Ragdoll August Challenge

Hi everyone!

Hot off the heels of our July challenge, this next challenge is hosted by our friends over at Agora, here are the details.

Posting and Submission

We will be available both on this forum, and in the Agora Discord chat; so you’re welcome to post work-in-progress either here or there.

If you do post in there, it would be marvellous if you could also post here so as to gather all great content in one place for future Ragdoller’s to witness! :blush:

Final submissions are happening at the Agora Discord chat, stay tuned for a link.


Here’s what we’ve got for you this time around!

Product Value Licence
1x Ragdoll Unlimited $1,999 Lifetime
1x Ragdoll Complete $799 Lifetime
1x Ragdoll Personal £99 Lifetime


We’ve got 4 assets for you, courtesy of Agora and Jason’s mad Ragdoll rigging skills.

  • Woody
  • Spiderman
  • Demon Gargoyle
  • Unit 01

Download Links: Agora.community | Assets

Here’s what they look like!


All rigs are setup similarly, here’s how you can use the Woody asset.


To participate in this challenge, you’ll receive:

Resource Details
Assets See above :point_up:
Licence See below :point_down:
Support Right here on the forums :fist:

To learn Ragdoll, have a look here for every resource currently available.


For the duration of this challenge, any and all participants are entitled to a free licence of Ragdoll Unlimited.

To use this licence, here’s what you do.

  1. Start Maya
  2. Open your Windows → General Editors → Script Editor
  3. Run this script:
    import os
    os.environ["RAGDOLL_FLOATING"] = "agora1.ragdolldynamics.com:8011"
  4. Reload the Ragdoll plug-in


If the licence isn’t working, for any reason, try this alternative address.

  • agora2.ragdolldynamics.com:8004

If it still isn’t working, ensure that Maya has Internet access.

import socket

    socket.create_connection(("agora1.ragdolldynamics.com", 8011)).close()
    print("You've got internet")
except Exception:
    print("Maya can't reach the internet")

If you’ve got internet access, but it still isn’t working, ensure the script above got called correctly by having Maya print the URL.

print("The URL is: %s" % os.environ["RAGDOLL_FLOATING"])

Still isn’t working? Let us know by posting to this thread.

Technical Users

The more technical user can put this into their userSetup.py script, to automatically load the licence on Maya startup. The even more technical user can set the RAGDOLL_FLOATING environment variable to this value. In both cases, you will be able to auto-load the plug-in without any further intervention.

That’s it! Agora is posting an announcement later today at which point I’ll update this post too. Stay tuned!



Hey, it’s not working for me. I get “you’ve got internet” if I run the check, but both the addresses show my license as expired and no markers have physics.

Hey @V4NDL0, can you have a look at what this window looks like for you?

If it isn’t listing the Agora URL, then make sure you’ve run the script above and then reloaded the plug-in.

Hey, Unloading and re-loading the plugin fixed it. Thanks for your help.

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Hi all,

In addition to the rigs on Agora’s website, here’s one more that is very light and highly performant. You would be able to reference 10 of these and animate them in parallel without trouble.

In order to use the gargoyle and spidey rigs, users will also need to have a version of mgear installed.

Yes, that is true! There is an mGear in each of the downloadable character rigs, but it can be a bit finnicky to install.

The above Manikin rig has no dependencies and is also welcomed to be used for this competition.

For setting up your own character, have a look at our official tutorials. It’s written not for the rigger, but for the animator, so don’t be shy!

don’t know about others, but august challenge license stop working correctly, i was activate personal license and continue to play with that

Thanks for reporting this. We just finished Siggraph and I will investigate this in the next 4-5 hours.

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Sorry for the delay, the server had indeed gone down but is now back up!

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It’s still not working for me. It stopped about a week ago and I have not been able to use it since then.

I was just check it, and it works, try few things, start new scene, restart the ragdoll plugin thru windows–>preferences/settings–>Plugin manager
Good chance to understand what this software can do, don’t waste it

Oh no! Can you share a screenshot of what you are seeing? Have you tried the test script above, starting with import socket? Have you tried the alternative URL, agora2.ragdolldynamics.com:8004?

Last week I was also unable to use the 8011 script, but the 8004 was still working.

My steps to get it working consistently.

  1. Make sure ragdoll plugin isn’t set to load or auto load, keep them unchecked.

  2. Run either of the scripts, (the 8011 or 8004 one)

  3. Check-on the load checkbox for ragdoll in plugins window.

  4. Open your scene.

  5. Sometimes my scene crashes though if I try to open it and my maya playback is set to frame 1, but this is because I start my scenes ragdoll sims at frame 1001, so before I open up my scenes I also make sure that the first frame in my timeline is set to 1001.