|This is a tutorial page.Versions available: PyPRP; 3ds Max; Korman.|
This tutorial will show you how to properly set up Blender for Korman.
Korman is the spiritual successor to PyPRP, created by the Guild of Writers' H'uru team specifically to streamline the Age-building process for multiple versions of URU, both online and offline.
Luckily, unlike 3DS Max, Blender for Korman is free and open source, so getting your own copy is easy.
IMPORTANT NOTE: As of 0.13, you no longer need to install Blender separately. Blender for Korman will now install both for you.
For Windows Vista and above, you will only need Blender for Korman (32 or 64 bit depending on your system).
You can choose either the installer or the ZIP archive, whichever you prefer.
Installing Blender for Korman
If using the installer, run the EXE and follow the directions. If Windows Protector brings up a green error screen, just click on More Info and then Run Anyway.
It will ask where to want to install. You want to select a folder that's not in any of the Program Files folders.
You'll then have the option of where to place a Start Menu shortcut. Choose one, create one (default is Korman #.##), or just choose Do not create shortcuts if you'd prefer to do it yourself.
Next comes the Choose components window. You can leave this and click Install. This process may take a few minutes.
Once installation is complete, click Finish to close the installer.
If you're using the ZIP file, simply create a new directory for Blender for Korman and drop the ZIP's contents into that folder. You can then create a shortcut to blender.exe.
Starting Blender for the first time
When you first start Blender for Korman, the engine mode needs to be switched over to Korman from the default Blender Render (or any of the other render modes), like so:
Next, if you set up your layout the way you want it and want to save it as your default when loading a new blend, simply click File->Save Startup File or press Ctrl+U, then click on Save Startup File again to confirm.
A note about Blender
Korman's tutorials assume you already have a knowledge of Blender and its basic workings and functions. There are many off-site tutorials that can be searched for online.
Choosing Game and Python Installations
Once you've installed Blender for Korman, go to the Properties window, then to the World panel.
Scroll down until you see the Plasma Games panel and click on the wrench to the right (see above image).
Here, you'll be able to choose your various game installations to export to (simply navigate to the main directory of each install, whether an online or offline version), as well as which avatar to use upon Linking into the game using Test Age or Launch Age options from the World window.
Simply click on the + to add an URU installation.
- For an online URU install, use your preferred avatar's KI number. For the server, server.ini is usually sufficient, but check your install.
- For offline URU, choose the name of your preferred testing avatar.
You can also set your Python installations here as well, but it's not required.
Click Save User Settings and close the User Preferences window.
You are now ready to use Korman!
To set up a basic Age from scratch, continue on to the getting started tutorial.
If you're updating an existing Age from PyPRP, see Korman:Updating From PyPRP.