Xela the Cat – Stepmania Character

Xela the Cat – for Stepmania

Xela the cat is a revamp of a character for Stepmania that I had on my hard drive for a while that I decided to push it out to the net. Compatible with Stepmania 5.0 (If you don’t mind the randomizes instead of actually CHOOSING your character) and of course backwards compatible with Stepmania 3.9.

Pre-Requisites before downloading Stepmania characters.

All Stepmania character require the bone and helper files in order for any of them to work! You may click on the download button to get this .smzip file. Installation is very simple. Just double-click on the file and stepmania shall import the files into your /Characters/ folder. This has been tested in Stepmania 3.x and Stepmania 5.x.

Lets Begin! Download the Xela.smzip file:

You may either click HERE for the direct download of this character or feel fee to head over to the DOWNLOADS section of my site.

If you have StepMania installed properly, it should associate the .smzip file extension and automatically install this character for you with a simple double-click..

About Xela.

This character comes in a bit heavy at 1,244 polygons modeled in Lightwave and then using Milkshape to do the exporting work. However , with the hair, tail, ears etc, and detail in some of the limbs this can easily rack up the polycount for things like that. There’s still a bit of rag-doll action going on with this model and I tried my best to minimize it.

About facial animations.

Just like the original Stepmania characters I have implemented the usage of the face.ini file so the character can have different expressions in the face while dancing. This procedure was talked about briefly in reverse engineering your stepmania characters. However, I will go into detail about how to add the face.ini file back into a stepmania character. It’s really simple!

Adding animations into the Stepmania model.

Just open the model.txt file of your exported ASCII file, and find the materials section.

"head"
0.200000 0.200000 0.200000 1.000000
1.000000 1.000000 1.000000 1.000000
1.000000 1.000000 1.000000 1.000000
1.000000 1.000000 1.000000 1.000000
0.000000
1.000000
"head-01.bmp"

Change this to:

"head"
0.200000 0.200000 0.200000 1.000000
1.000000 1.000000 1.000000 1.000000
1.000000 1.000000 1.000000 1.000000
1.000000 1.000000 1.000000 1.000000
0.000000
1.000000
"face.ini"

And StepMania will take over with directing the animation files files from there which the contents are as follows:

[AnimatedTexture]
Frame0000=head-01.bmp
Delay0000=4.00
Frame0001=head-02.bmp
Delay0001=0.30
Frame0002=head-03.bmp
Delay0002=3.00
Frame0003=head-02.bmp
Delay0003=0.30
Frame0004=head-04.bmp
Delay0004=1.00
Frame0005=head-05.bmp
Delay0005=4.00
Frame0006=head-02.bmp
Delay0006=0.30
Frame0007=head-01.bmp
Delay0007=3.00
Frame0008=head-05.bmp
Delay0008=2.00
Frame0009=head-02.bmp
Delay0009=2.00
Frame0010=head-05.bmp
Delay0010=2.00
Frame0011=head-01.bmp
Delay0011=5.00

Thats it!

Related Blogs:

Video instructions on how to install Stepmania Character is here.

Curious as to how to transfer a 3d model into StepMania? Click here!

Want to check out our first StepMania Character? Ukidig is available here.

Creative Commons information.


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Finally feel free to modify it. put it in your own game. I don’t care anymore. Only thing I ask is to let me know what you put it in. I want to watch/play it.

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