Sphere 3d World

Sphere 3d World

I read about a game in the last few months (sorry, I cannot remember the
name) that was 3d, but instead of using polygons to design their world,
they used spheres.  Is there any information on how to do this???  It looks
like an interesting way of rendering, and I would like to design a graphic
engine around it.....

thanx,
Jesse Andrews

Sphere 3d World

>I read about a game in the last few months (sorry, I cannot remember the
>name) that was 3d, but instead of using polygons to design their world,
>they used spheres.  Is there any information on how to do this???  It looks
>like an interesting way of rendering, and I would like to design a graphic
>engine around it.....

I was making a game like that, but I've put it on hold for the time
being, since I've begun a much better game as a project with some
friends (see my homepage for the 3D modeler I'm writing).  The way I
did it was very simple; I just scaled precalculated bitmaps according
to distance.  Limiting one's self to spheres is, however, very
limiting, so be warned.

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I have:

1. A 3D Bezier curve on the surface of a sphere.  That
is x^2+y^2+z^2 = 1 for all points along the curve.

It is known that the curve does not intersect with
itself (all points on the curve are unique).

2. A plane in an arbitrary orientation that cuts the
sphere.

Question:

How do I determine if and where the plane intersects the
Bezier curve?  I believe that there are either 0, 1, or 2
points of intersection.

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