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Practical for Students of the ETH Zurich at the departement ITET


In 2004, Patrick Boenzli? and Benjamin Grauer started to create Orxonox. In the autumn semester of 2005, they decided to offer Orxonox as a PPS at the ETH. The goal was to teach the students about open source development and to deepen their knowledge of programming and modeling and, last but not least, to create a cool game.

Since that time a lot has changed: The two fathers of Orxonox finished their studies and so former students of the PPS took over and continued the PPS. Every semester, the growing group of developers meet and organize a new PPS. There they try to learn from earlier mistakes and to build on gained experience. Because in the end, all we want is our students to be happy with their work and experience in our PPS.


If you're a student at the ETH Zürich at the departement ITET and you're in the 2nd, 3rd or 4th semester, you can participate in our PPS. The Project is intended for students interested in game development or programming and modeling in general. Feel free to look around on our page to find something you're interested in.

2nd Semester

Facts about our PPS for the 2nd semester:

  • You get 6 PPS-points
  • The PPS takes place on Friday, 13:15 until 16:00
  • The PPS starts at the 2nd of March 2012
  • Rooms: ETF C109 (teaching, courses, tutorials) and ETZ D96 (coding sessions). You will be informed about room changes via email.

For more information feel free to contact the PPS leaders:

Date Room Topic Slides
2 mar ETF C109 Introduction and Tools (wiki, forum, svn and blender), Blender Tutorial Introduction, Licensing, SVN, Blender
9 mar ETF C109 Framework and coding tutorial? Framework, Handout
16 mar ETF C109 Choose the projects, start planning.
23 mar ETZ D96
30 mar ETZ D96
6 apr home searching easter eggs
13 apr home searching the easter bunny
20 apr ETZ D96 1st Review
27 apr ETZ D96
4 may ETZ D96 2nd Review
11 may ETZ D96
18 may ETZ D96 3rd Review / Presentation prep
23 or 25 may t.b.a. Presentation
  • Requirements: You should at least be able to work on a computer. Most things will be taught by us, but we're not unhappy if you already know stuff about open source development tools.
    • Coding: Knowledge from the first year of the electrical engineering studies is sufficient
    • Design: Basic knowledge of image editing or 3D modeling
  • Also: This is not a useless PPS, where you learn nothing and just get it over with. Everything you do in the PPS will be used in Orxonox and helps to make it better. In addition you learn a lot about how to work with others and participate in a project.

Recommended Projects

Ticket Summary Owner Project-Page Assistant
#274 Spaceship Navigation
#326 Weapons
#337 Sound effects and Music
#338 Create a Level?
#346 Create Pickups
#351 extend Skybox Generator
#355 Enhance Questsystem
#356 Big Ships
#359 Shader: glow / dazzle
#370 System for interactive dialogue
#373 Design a phpBB Skin For Our Forum
#381 Waypoints
#325 Gametype?

Alternative Projects can be found here.

PPS Archive

Have a look at the past PPS semesters in the PPS Archive?.

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