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Nightfire MDL format documentation

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:43 pm
by x6herbius
Hi all,

I was wondering whether there is still any information on the Nightfire MDL format actually available? I'm looking into GoldSrc modding and wanted to see whether I could load models of that format, without having to decompile and convert them explicitly to the GoldSrc format.

I know that, back in the day, the NFBSP wiki had a research page on the v14 format, but the Wayback Machine only seems to have archived the main page and a few of its links. The v14 page is not accessible from there; however, via the archived 009 site's external links I was able to get to the original NFBSP site, and found an incomplete spec of the format by FordGT90Concept.

I gather that, since an MDL decompiler/converter did come to fruition back in the day, you guys worked out the format more or less completely? Is the full v14 spec available anywhere?

Thanks.

Re: Nightfire MDL format documentation

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:03 am
by Ignacio
Here you go, I re-uploaded some of the stuff, most of it is there:
http://whileago.scrolldown.org/nffiles/ ... earch.html

Re: Nightfire MDL format documentation

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:08 am
by x6herbius
Awesome, thanks - though the v14 spec on those pages was the one I was able to get to through the web archives. Is that the newest document we have? If so I guess I'll run with it.

Re: Nightfire MDL format documentation

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:53 pm
by tschumann
What you posted wouldn't load but I had two articles backed up, though one was a lot more details.
Paste the contents of https://pastebin.com/LZ5UYYdZ into a .html file.

Re: Nightfire MDL format documentation

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:52 pm
by x6herbius
Thanks! Ulti has also provided me with the C# code for the MDL decompiler via email, so that should be pretty helpful.

Off topic: I've been working on reading Nightfire BSPs in the meantime, and my notes on that are here in case they're helpful to anyone.

Re: Nightfire MDL format documentation

Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:39 pm
by click4dylan
Nightfire bsp format is fully documented and a near-perfect decompiler is available at https://github.com/wfowler1/jbn-bsp-lump-tools