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Pseudo Safari
19th Feb 2006, 09:47 AM
I'm currently making a map (about DM-Asbestos size) where I want to line the walls on the lower levels with 3d bamboo. My approach so far has been to place individual bamboo stems along the walls but already the FPS in my map is dropping. Is there a way that I can still have a 3d wall texture and somehow reduce this slowdown?

sandorski
21st Feb 2006, 10:24 AM
How many Polygons per Bamboo SMesh? How many SMeshes make up your Walls?

I think you might have to compromise on how the Walls are constructed. Rather than solid bamboo SMeshes, use a flat SMesh with Bamboo texture, then put enough bamboo SMeshes in front to give the impression of a solid bamboo wall.

Your Bamboo SMeshes also don't need to be cylinders(assuming they are from what I can see in pic), at least not complete cylinders. You could probably get away with Cubes with Normals Softening to give a rounded effect.

Hourences
21st Feb 2006, 02:02 PM
The problem very likely lays in your individual bamboo sticks. If really every stick in that pic is a seperate mesh you got hundreds of meshes in view.
Each mesh is a sector. Each material is a sector.
The sector count has more influence on FPS than the actual polycount. You should try to combine some sticks so the bamboo stuff is made up of only a few large meshes. Attach sticks together.

Kantham
21st Feb 2006, 02:24 PM
That sounds just logical, hourences.

Pseudo Safari
22nd Feb 2006, 05:58 PM
Thank you very much for the replies and advice. I simplified the mesh models slightly and made large bamboo sections into their own mesh - the map runs much smoother now. ^. ^