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Panels in Portal 2

"The planks of tomorrow!" ~ Cave Johnson

Panels are architectural elements. They are individually positioned so that, together, they form the test chamber. Because the panels are moved individually by robotic arms, the room can react to the player. They can form stairs, new ledges, open like doors, and tend to convey a sense that the room itself is alive.

Creating Panels

1. Create a prop_dynamic entity with the following settings:

Property Name Value
World Model models/anim_wp/room_transform/arm64x64_interior.mdl
Name panel1
Collision Not Solid

2. Create a 256Lx256Wx32H block brush above the model. Tie it to a func_brush entity with the following settings:

Property Name Value
Name panel1_brush
Parent panel1

3. Create a logic_auto entity and set up the output as follows:

My Output Target Entity Target Input Parameter Delay Only Once
Io11.png OnMapSpawn panel1_brush SetParentAttachmentMaintainOffset panel_attach 0.00 Yes(?)

Now the func_brush can follow the animation of the prop_dynamic.

4. Create a logic_relay with the following settings:

Property Name Value
Name relay_panel1_animation

and the following outputs:

My Output Target Entity Target Input Parameter Delay Only Once
Io11.png OnTrigger panel1 SetAnimation (ANIMATION NAME) 0.00 Yes(?)

List of panels attachments

Note: Idle / Static models do not move. These are strictly aesthetic.

Model Path Animated Panel Attachment Name
anim_wp\arm_interior_192\arm_interior_128.mdl Yes GLASS - N/A
anim_wp\arm_interior_192\arm_interior_192.mdl Yes GLASS - N/A
anim_wp\arm_interior_192\video_arm.mdl Yes monitor_attach
anim_wp\arm_interior_192\video_arm_big.mdl Yes monitor_attach
anim_wp\circle_shield\circle_shield.mdl Yes panel_top
anim_wp\framework\circle_shield_static.mdl No N/A
anim_wp\room_transform\arm64x64_interior.mdl Yes panel_attach
anim_wp\room_transform\arm64x64_interior_rusty.mdl Yes panel_attach
anim_wp\telescope_arm\telescope_arm.mdl Yes panel_top
anim_wp\telescope_arm_128\telescope_arm_128.mdl Yes panel_top
anim_wp\telescope_arm_128\telescope_arm_128_glass.mdl Yes GLASS - panel_top
anim_wp\telescope_arm_128\telescope_arm_128_idle.mdl No N/A
anim_wp\telescope_arm_128\telescope_arm_128_upidle.mdl No N/A
anim_wp\telescope_arm_128\telescope_arm_128x256.mdl Yes GLASS - panel_top
anim_wp\telescope_arm_trans\telescope_arm_trans.mdl Yes GLASS - panel_attach
props_livingwall\armliving64x64.mdl Yes panel_attach

See also