Here's some sort of explanation on how to do bunnies. It was written as a reply to an email
and the answer apparently helped the receiver.
You may also want to refer to the discussion in
thread in the forum for further explanation of the more advanced bunny style known as quake2 bunnies.
So, example setup for a player that jumps with mouse2:
bind w +forward
bind s +back
bind a +moveleft
bind d +moveright
bind mouse2 +jump
Ok. Explaining how to bunny correct isn't easy, and explaining how to bunny
good is very hard. But there are some basic pointers I hope I can give.
- The first technique to know is the accelerating jump that nobody has
bothered to think up a good name for. It's the first jump which gets the
bunny sequence going, and it's where you start abusing the quake physics ;)
Stand still on the ground, swing your mouse to turn 90 degrees to the right,
while holding +forward and +moveright. When you've turned your 90 degrees,
press +jump and immediately *release all buttons*. The 90 degree turn
together with strafing will increase your speed, and you'll find yourself in
a jump which is faster than ID ever intended.
You have to get a feeling for the timing! You can't just do the jump after
a microsecond of turning and expect high speed. You have to give the engine
some time to apply its flawed physics to the player. It doesn't take very
long at all but it does take a fraction of a second.
Just practice doing this acceleration jump. I remember spending a lot of
time on the start map just doing it back and forth back when I was a newbie.
- The second technique is the bunny sequence. Once you get your speed, from
an acceleration jump, from a slope or from a grenade boost, if you keep
jumping, you'll keep moving in the direction you started off at. You have to
jump as soon as you hit the ground, because prolonged exposure to ground
friction will slow you down. Do the accelerating jump and then hit +jump
again right before you hit the ground, again and again. You'll keep some of
your initial speed but after a few jumps you'll be standing still.
- Here comes the part which is really hard to explain. You can maintain
your speed (and even increase it) if you use strafing in the air. When you
have jumped, don't release +moveright (but do release +forward!!!!!). Keep
it pressed, and keep moving your mouse to the right. But only for half of
the duration of the jump. After the first half of the air flight, start
moving your mouse to the left, let go of +moveright, and push +moveleft
instead. The ground is now approaching, and you'll have to push +jump again.
Do the jump, but keep moving your mouse to the left, and keep pressing
+moveleft. When you reached the top height of the second jump, again start
moving your mouse to the right, let go of +moveleft, and push +moveright.
This sounds very complicated but after a lot of practice you don't think
about it anymore, it's all in the fingers and wrists. Remember, you don't
use +forward in the sequence, only in the accelerating jump.
You could try this on any map, 100m
is fine because there are no monsters.
Slow motion is fine as well, you can learn the basics in slomo and then
increase the speed gradually until you're ready for full speed.
- One thing to keep in mind is that you're supposed to always be facing in
the direction you're moving. If you follow my description in step 3 you'll
hopefully find this is true =)
- A bonus technique which gives you that extra speed push but isn't
necessary to begin with, is to hit +forward every time before you hit the
ground, and release it as soon as you've left it again. This way you'll
preserve speed a little better but it's difficult and several players do
just fine without it.
Good luck, hope this explanation helps! We'll be expecting to see some demos
from you some day ;) Remember that the key is practice. Always practice.