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Avatars - Suggestions and Questions
I was inspired by Jinx's new avatar, so I started working on a new one for myself. I really wanted to move beyond the concept of a traditional head/torso/arms avatar, and I had some questions and suggestions while I was working on it.

1. So I guess the bug still exists where if you use an arm/hand that replaces the hand, the buttons on that arm don't work (unless you're looking in the "Me" mirror)? I'm curious why, if there's a ball for the finger and a ball for the arm, we can't replace hands and arms separately?

2. Is it possible to have the unused Avatar ball indicators disappear when not used? For example, the avatar I created is a brain in a space ship. It fits on the head ball and doesn't use the torso or anything lower. But those balls still show, which kills the effect that I'm a flying brain in a space ship. I would think that so long as the head ball is used (and the hands, since they appear by default), the others could fade out when not being used.

3. Can we please, please, please have a way to position and view our avatars when not on us. I put on the avatar, but then can't see the back ever. It's also really difficult to position anything when having to do it on myself. An avatar mannequin would be immensely helpful.

4. A "When told by body move" script step (or something of that nature) that indicates when the body is in motion would be awesome. Like, if I have thrusters on my back, it would be really awesome if they could be scripted to only fire when I'm in motion. Legs could work similarly. They only "move" when the avatar moves.

5. A random variable. I think I've seen it mentioned somewhere before, but the ability to script a movement randomly would be brilliant. I'm thinking mostly of the blinking of eyes. Basically, I'd just set an invisible piece to say "When Starts Become 2 in RANDOM seconds." Then state 2 would have "WHen Starts Tell BLINK" and "When Starts become 1 in 0.2s." Then the eyes could be listening for the blink command, which would come at random intervals, allowing for more "spontaneous" blinking.


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random but within 1s and 5s
so parameters
Last edited by Nicolas Cage; May 16 @ 7:10am
I would love avatar stands. So we could leave them arround for people. Like how you place an avatar in manyland!

And then people could just press a button to equip a minigame avatar
Last edited by Nicolas Cage; May 16 @ 7:17am
Jinx May 16 @ 7:36am 
Yes! I inspired someone! My goal is fulfilled. =)

1. Yeah, that limitation still exists. (I wouldn't call it a bug, it's intentional to prevent certain collision issues I think?) I had 2 previous right arms that replaced the hands, loved having a custom hand, but I love having buttons & custom scripts more which I why I haven't (yet?) replaced a hand on my latest avatar.

2. I seconded this request! Almost everyone has the floating white sphere for a hat on their heads (mine is in my hair). The arm spheres are outward from the line of the index-finger-hand-wrist, so when I make arms I want them to line right up along that line but the spheres are outward so I have to make invisible spheres on my arms to get them to connect. And then the white spheres are floating there off my arms. ;-)

3. OMG yes! Putting on my head is honestly the *only* complaint I have about all of Anyland. Really, the only negative for me. Even once I manage to get it on it's never perfectly straight or aligned, and then one tiny adjustment and >poof< it's gone, start all over again.
An idea: what if from the ME menu there was a button that closed the mirror and projected a 3-D "mannequin" of the white placement spheres + any body parts you currently have equipped. Then you could walk around the whole placed "mannequin avatar" temporarily for only you to see and add/remove/tweak alignment of body parts. That would keep with the in-VR theme Anyland has, instead of like a 2D paperdoll in a menu like an RPG.

4. So many fun things we could do with a "When Body Moving" type command.

5. A random number generator in Anyland would be a great addition to the feature set, for many, many things.
Originally posted by Nicolas Cage:
random but within 1s and 5s
so parameters
Totally, but it would be easy to say "Become 2 in RANDOM 1-5" or "in RANDOM 6-20" or whatever. And by easy, I mean easy for us. Not so easy for Phillip :)
Originally posted by Jinx:
Yes! I inspired someone! My goal is fulfilled. =)

lol! It was actually the sleeves that got me thinking, but yeah, you totally made me rethink my avatar, so thank you!
Philipp  [developer] May 16 @ 11:19am 
And thanks for this nice list of suggestions!
Jinx May 16 @ 11:33am 
Originally posted by shauniedarko:
lol! It was actually the sleeves that got me thinking, but yeah, you totally made me rethink my avatar, so thank you!
You're welcome! =)
The sleeves evolved from my previous avatar's arms -- I had a ton of feature buttons on one arm and had made a panel to cover them, which slid back to reveal them on touch.
You know what I really want to do with that idea is armor plating that pops out and covers me! ;-)

If you get bored, I previously made 2 "avatar show-off" videos about my previous avatar. It had some other features that my new one doesn't (yet?).
As long as you dont do Johnny 5,gizmo, weekend at bernies,duckman, worms, psychonauts,
toejam n Earl, kungfu Chaos.

Those are all on my build list, just waiting to get in : P

just kidding if you do decide to do any of those id love to see the final product.
I just found some gems
VJFranzK May 17 @ 4:59am 
Interesting! at some point i will be a swimming whale.

also thought it'd be fun to make a scrolling spaceship game, wherein it's placed on the hand to control.

manequin +1 it'd be easier to get the avatar in place.

Originally posted by shauniedarko:
I was inspired by Jinx's new avatar, so I started working on a new one for myself. I really wanted to move beyond the concept of a traditional head/torso/arms avatar, and I had some questions and suggestions while I was working on it.
Originally posted by Jinx:
Originally posted by shauniedarko:
You know what I really want to do with that idea is armor plating that pops out and covers me! ;-)

That would be kind of amazing. A button that deploys body armor rather than the bubble shield.
Originally posted by VeGas GhOst:
As long as you dont do Johnny 5,gizmo, weekend at bernies,duckman, worms, psychonauts,
toejam n Earl, kungfu Chaos.

Those are all on my build list, just waiting to get in : P

just kidding if you do decide to do any of those id love to see the final product.

lol. No, none of those. It's kind of a weird bodiless Mars Attacks! martian. I haven't tried recreating anything specific yet though.
Jinx May 17 @ 7:16am 
Originally posted by shauniedarko:
Originally posted by Jinx:

That would be kind of amazing. A button that deploys body armor rather than the bubble shield.
Right!
Just like the bubble shield, each part would start hidden inside the body parts. Then they'd all respond to one "When Told By Body" command and come out to cover the normal body parts!
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