Chances are, if you want to learn how to make games, you will soon want to know how to make 3D games. This category of tutorials has everything you need to get started with 3D games in XNA. There is a lot to cover with 3D graphics, but these tutorials will get you started.

## 1 - 3D Modeling ProgramsBefore we can make 3D games, we will need 3D models to work with. If you are working on a full fledged game with a large team, there will probably be artists on the team who are responsible for creating these models. But if you are going through these tutorials, you probably don't have a large team yet. You can sometimes find 3D models online, but they are often quite expensive or not what you are looking for. The best option for someone who is learning how to make 3D games is to find a 3D modeling program and learn how to use it. Then you can create your own models. This tutorial discusses some of the 3D modeling programs that are out there, including some free ones. For the purposes of these tutorials, I have uploaded the models that I am using to my [[[model-library |

## 2 - Basic Matrices and Coordinate SystemsBefore really getting in to 3D game making, there are a few principles that we need to cover. Matrices (the plural of matrix) are mathematical tools that do a wide variety of things in 3D games. Don't let the word "mathematical" scare you though. We only need to work with them at a high level, so we don't need to know too much about the underlying math. This tutorial will cover a little bit about how matrices are used in a 3D game. Also, this tutorial will cover the basics of the coordinate systems in a 3D game, which will prepare us for the next tutorial, where we start drawing 3D models. |

## 3 - Using 3D ModelsThis tutorial is probably the one you've been waiting for. Having laid the foundation for drawing in 3D, we are now ready to draw 3D models. This tutorial will show you how to get a model from the file into your game and onto the screen. |

## 4 - Simple 3D AnimationIn the previous tutorial, we looked at how to draw a 3D model on the screen. We will now look at the simplest method of 3D animation that there is. Later on, we will discuss some more advanced animation techniques. |

## 5 - The BasicEffect ClassThe |

## 6 - BasicEffect LightingThis tutorial discusses some of the principles of lighting in any game, and then continues on to demonstrate how to do lighting with the |

## 7 - BasicEffect FogThis tutorial continues on with the discussion about the |

## 8 - Mesh-by-Mesh AnimationThis tutorial covers a more advanced method for animation, which is done by individually transforming the parts of a model separately. |