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PLanetary Rings Question

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Post Wed Dec 06, 2006 4:22 am

PLanetary Rings Question

I am wondering what can all be done with the rings of a planet? Is there any way to change how they look? Can one make them rocks instead of the flat ice disks? How do you change the colors of these rings?

I guess I am looking for what can all be edited on these rings.

Post Wed Dec 06, 2006 4:49 am

There's a lot can be done with the rings, for a start you can make them any colour you want.

shape = icering1
detail_shape = ringdetail
detail_tile = 25, 5
color = 200, 100, 200 <-------------------COLOUR
opacity = 0.700000
thickness_edge = 0.900000
outer_edge = 0.300000
inner_edge = 0.100000
num_segments = 64 <-------------------- I think ring segments
transition_dist = 100

Next bit is the clouds within the rings,

max_distance = 800
puff_count = 40
puff_radius = 80
puff_colora = 175, 150, 255
puff_colorb = 200, 200, 255
puff_max_alpha = 1
puff_shape = rock_wisp1
puff_shape = rock_wisp2
puff_shape = rock_wisp3
puff_shape = rock_wisp4
puff_weights = 3, 1, 1, 1
puff_drift = 1.000000
near_fade_distance = 175, 300

Each new ring that you make and i've made a few already has to be defined in the shapes.ini as i understand it, there are some entries in here for ring exteriors and ring detail info as well. Not all rings come with ice, you can always insert an asteroid field and modify the settings so it displays as a ring which is dead easy to do

Post Wed Dec 06, 2006 7:13 am

Thanks for the info. I was thining an astroid field would work, just need to modify the hieght of is so it looks like a ring.

Post Wed Dec 06, 2006 8:47 am

Yes you can use an ateroid field overlap a ring. Make it very flat, and make an exclusion zone slightly larger than the hole in the ring. Also, you may want to keep it from appearing on the NavMap, or use property_flags = 131072 to just get a circle around the planet.

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