Panda3D 1.7 Game Developer's Cookbook

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  • Develop a camera system that smoothly follows a target
  • Add lights, shadows, and particles to make your scenes more interesting
  • Use shader effects to take control of the rendering output
  • Set up custom render-to-texture pipelines for advanced render effects
  • Apply full-screen post-processing effects like depth of field and color correction to achieve cinematic and more stylized looks
  • Connect Panda3D to the network and download files, send high-score lists, and update game object states
  • Use one of the ODE, PhysX, or Bullet physics engines to add more realism
  • Get input from keyboard, mouse, a game controller, a microphone, or even a webcam
  • Debug and profile your game to find bugs and bottlenecks
  • Package your game into a bundle and make it ready for redistribution using the web browser plugin

Panda3D is a free and open source game engine. It has been used successfully by hobbyists as well as big studios to create games ranging from quick prototypes to full-scale commercial MMOs. Panda3D makes it easy to use models, textures, and sounds to create impressive interactive experiences. With this book, you too will be able to leverage the full power of the Panda3D engine.

Panda3D 1.7 Game Developer's Cookbook will supply you with a set of recipes with step-by-step instructions to guide you to usable results quickly and take you through all the topics involved in developing games with Panda3D. First it takes a quick sweep through setting up a basic scene. Then focused articles covering advanced topics of game development carry you closer to your game development goals step by step. With each article you will be able to add more features, as the recipes guide you through getting user input from gamepads, keyboard, mouse, microphone, or even webcam, using shader effects, setting up custom render-to-texture pipelines, applying full-screen post-processing effects, adding physics with the ODE, PhysX, or Bullet physics engine, using the engine's networking capabilities with the event-driven Twisted server framework, debugging and performance profiling, and packaging your game for distribution. It will also put you in touch with other languages and technologies like C++, the Cg shading language, and the Twisted server framework.

Panda3D 1.7 Game Developer's Cookbook provides a great reference for your Panda3D game development needs and helps you to deliver impressive results more quickly and with great ease.

  • Dive into the advanced features of the Panda3D engine
  • Take control of the renderer and use shaders to create stunning graphics
  • Give your games a professional look using special effects and post-processing filters
  • Extend the core engine libraries using C++
  • Explained ready-to-use sample code along with plenty of screenshots for easier and quicker learning
Page Count 336
Course Length 10 hours 4 minutes
ISBN 9781849512923
Date Of Publication 23 Mar 2011


Christoph Lang

Christoph Lang is a game developer currently working for Mi’pu’mi Games in Vienna. He has a BSc in Computer Science and an MSc in Game Engineering and Simulation Technology, both from UAS Technikum Wien. You can find him blogging on and tweeting as @moorx.