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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.

Important resources

Coding guides, help, documentation: Coding? (read this!)

Administrative Information

If you're a student at the ETH Zürich at the departement ITET and you're in the 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.

3rd Semester

Facts about our PPS for the 4th semester:

  • You get 6 PPS-points
  • The PPS takes place on Monday, 13:15 until 16:00
  • The PPS starts at the 23th of September 2013
  • Room: ETZ D 96

For more information feel free to contact the PPS leaders:

Date Room Topic Slides
23 sep ETZ D 96 Introduction and Tools (wiki, forum, svn and blender), Blender Tutorial Introduction, Licensing, SVN, Blender
30 sep ETZ D 96 Framework and coding tutorial? Framework, Handout
7 oct ETZ D 96 Choose the projects, start planning.
14 oct ETZ D 96 Project Work
21 oct ETZ D 96 Project Work
28 oct ETZ D 96 Project Work
4 nov ETZ D 96 1st Review
11 nov ETZ D 96 Project Work
18 nov ETZ D 96 Project Work
25 nov ETZ D 96 2nd Review
2 dec ETZ D 96 Pizzaessen
9 dec ETZ D 96 3rd Review
16 dec ETZ D 96 Presentation Preparation / Polish Up
23 dec to be announced 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
#338 Create a Level?
#325 Gametype?
#392 Scriptable Controller
#356 Big Ships
#394 Upgrade the Turret
#404 Revamp the Spaceships
#405 In-Game HUD overhaul
#152 Cut Scene Camera
#406 Intelligent Formation
#384 Inside a space station
#326 Weapons

Alternative Projects can be found here.

PPS Archive

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

PPS Administration

How to lead a PPS? - Some notes about the last PPS, so we can improve the next one (Don't take everything too seriously)

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