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There are many generators that I started but haven't yet completed or polished up into a releasable form. Here's that list, plus some status info.
 
There are many generators that I started but haven't yet completed or polished up into a releasable form. Here's that list, plus some status info.
  
== Stuart Little: The Journey Home (GBC) ==
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==Stuart Little: The Journey Home (GBC)==
 
The font had to be manually extracted because it's stored as images, not characters. I've not yet fixed the letter-spacing and the generator will need support for explicit line origins to handle the weird layout of this game's dialogue screens.
 
The font had to be manually extracted because it's stored as images, not characters. I've not yet fixed the letter-spacing and the generator will need support for explicit line origins to handle the weird layout of this game's dialogue screens.
  
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There's also another screen that could be added, the notepad. This one has a different font and similarly it'd be hard to extract, but it'd be nice to do both.  
 
There's also another screen that could be added, the notepad. This one has a different font and similarly it'd be hard to extract, but it'd be nice to do both.  
  
[https://twitter.com/Foone/status/1128871210199072768 Twitter thread]<gallery>
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[https://twitter.com/Foone/status/1128871210199072768 Twitter thread]<gallery widths="160" heights="144">
File:Stuart Little Dialog.png.png|Dialogue
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File:Stuart Little Dialog.png.png|nice airquotes, george
File:Stuart Little Notebook.png|Notebook
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File:Stuart Little Notebook.png|All great games start with you collecting dirty laundry, right?
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
== Susume! Mile Smile / Go Go! Mile Smile (Arcade) ==
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==Susume! Mile Smile / Go Go! Mile Smile (Arcade)==
 
Did some initial screenshotting and started font image extraction. There's a cutscene at the start (I need to find out if there's more: check longplays?) and a tutorial with a dialog box, both would be good.
 
Did some initial screenshotting and started font image extraction. There's a cutscene at the start (I need to find out if there's more: check longplays?) and a tutorial with a dialog box, both would be good.
[[File:Go Go Mile Smile.png|alt=Go Go! Mile Smile|none|thumb|Go Go! Mile Smile]]
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[[File:Go Go Mile Smile.png|alt=Go Go! Mile Smile|none|thumb|A great start for any game: Dream pursuing!|320x320px]]
  
== Snow Bros. 2: With New Elves ==
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==Snow Bros. 2: With New Elves (Arcade)==
 
Generator mostly finished: I need to hook in the overlays of the different characters, and to get the text positioned correctly I need explicit line origins.
 
Generator mostly finished: I need to hook in the overlays of the different characters, and to get the text positioned correctly I need explicit line origins.
[[File:Snow Bros 2.png|none|thumb|Snow Bros 2]]
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[[File:Snow Bros 2.png|none|thumb|Scary Ice Clown Baby Will Turn You Into A Snow Ball And There Is Nothing You Can Do To Stop It.|320x320px]]
  
== Gabriel Knight 1 ==
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==Gabriel Knight 1 (DOS)==
 
Mostly finished. I need to complete hooking up the overlays and the per-character colors. [https://twitter.com/NoxicoDev/status/1126821552291549185 @NoxicoDev has provided the info for that.]
 
Mostly finished. I need to complete hooking up the overlays and the per-character colors. [https://twitter.com/NoxicoDev/status/1126821552291549185 @NoxicoDev has provided the info for that.]
  
 
[https://twitter.com/Foone/status/1126734985757511680 Twitter thread]
 
[https://twitter.com/Foone/status/1126734985757511680 Twitter thread]
[[File:Gabriel Knight.png|none|thumb|Gabriel Knight]]
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[[File:Gabriel Knight.png|none|thumb|You remind me of the babe!|320x320px]]
  
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== Jill of the Jungle (DOS) ==
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Extracted font, need to overlay it on the background. Also should probably extract the portrait from Onesimus as well. Maybe the EGA/CGA versions in addition to VGA?
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[[File:Jill of the Jungle.png|none|thumb|Jill looks pensive as vague puns fly]]
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== King of Casino/Poker 3 (NES) ==
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Font extracted, need to hook up the multiple screens and portraits.
  
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[https://twitter.com/Foone/status/1122763627159621632 Twitter thread]
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[[File:King of Casino.png|none|frame|The town is named Casino, apparently]]
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== Eagle Eye Mysteries (DOS) ==
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Font and portraits extracted. I need to figure out how to hook up the various dialog box styles, and extract the portraits from the sequel.
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[[File:Eagle Eye Mysteries.png|none|thumb|Willy's afraid to skate? Doesn't he know that you have to SKATE OR DIE?]]
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== The Dagger of Amon Ra (DOS) ==
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Portraits extracted, font extracted, mostly implemented but layout on this one is a nightmare of horrible inconsistency. A lot of work needs to be done to finish up getting the borders into some kind of shape.
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It's actually impossible to make this one accurate to the game, as the game is not accurate to itself.
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[[File:Dagger of Amon Ra.png|none|thumb|"Oooh, look at me! I'm Captain Important Smart-Guy McGunna-Get-Stabbed"]]
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== FastTracker 2 (DOS) ==
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Font extracted, but it needs some special coding to handle the multiple color themes available.
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[[File:FastTracker2.png|none|thumb|376x376px|As a misophonic retrocomputerist, YES, actually. ]]
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== Shaq-Fu (SNES) ==
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Font extracted and images collected. I need to set up overlays and cutscene pictures, plus font colors.
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[[File:Shaq-Fu.png|none|thumb|256x256px|Shaq In Tokyo is an amusing image, the dude is a full foot and half taller than the average Japanese person. SHAQZILLA?]]
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== Shovel Knight (Windows) ==
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Extracted font and portraits, but it'll need special coding as this game has basically unlimited font coloring. I don't have dynamic tinting in the generator yet.
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[[File:Shovel Knight.png|none|thumb|400x400px|Always thank your witch, or your car may be toad.]]
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== Art of Fighting (SNES) ==
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Collected a bunch of screenshots for story mode, but no font yet.
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[[File:Art of Fighting.png|none|thumb|256x256px|Can I just ask for her with my words, instead?]]
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== Battle Kid (NES) ==
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Collected screenshots of cutscenes and extracted the font. Just need to code up overlays.
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There's two revisions of this game, and one difference is the cutscenes. I may need to track down the other version and support both.That may be harder: I got ending cutscenes from a TAS, but if the other version desyncs (which it almost certainly will) I'd instead have to play it all the way through, which is.. . slightly hard.
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[[File:Battle Kid.png|none|thumb|256x256px|I know "kid" is in the title but are you supposed to be like 7 years old?]]
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== FTL: Faster Than Light (Windows) ==
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Extracted font, extracted backgrounds, then was driven mad by the fact that the background is actually like 4% transparent so getting a clean version of it is basically impossible.
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I haven't had the courage to go back into hacking on it again
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[[File:FTL.png|none|thumb|616x616px|"TIP: DEATH" is why this game is perfect for the generator]]
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== Fallout 1 (DOS) ==
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Extracted font, partial backgrounds (need the rest of the heads), but it turns out there's some overlaying on the screen that's both complex and paletted and not easy to emulate.
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I may have to rig up some special code to calculate them and then pre-bake them into the portraits.
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[https://twitter.com/Foone/status/1080786973944557568 Twitter thread]
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[[File:Fallout 1.png|none|thumb|640x640px|Hey, could you MacGyver me a way out of this mess, please?]]
 
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Revision as of 14:03, 16 May 2019

There are many generators that I started but haven't yet completed or polished up into a releasable form. Here's that list, plus some status info.

Stuart Little: The Journey Home (GBC)

The font had to be manually extracted because it's stored as images, not characters. I've not yet fixed the letter-spacing and the generator will need support for explicit line origins to handle the weird layout of this game's dialogue screens.

Some letters for French & German were added from the European release.

There's also another screen that could be added, the notepad. This one has a different font and similarly it'd be hard to extract, but it'd be nice to do both.

Twitter thread

Susume! Mile Smile / Go Go! Mile Smile (Arcade)

Did some initial screenshotting and started font image extraction. There's a cutscene at the start (I need to find out if there's more: check longplays?) and a tutorial with a dialog box, both would be good.

Go Go! Mile Smile
A great start for any game: Dream pursuing!

Snow Bros. 2: With New Elves (Arcade)

Generator mostly finished: I need to hook in the overlays of the different characters, and to get the text positioned correctly I need explicit line origins.

Scary Ice Clown Baby Will Turn You Into A Snow Ball And There Is Nothing You Can Do To Stop It.

Gabriel Knight 1 (DOS)

Mostly finished. I need to complete hooking up the overlays and the per-character colors. @NoxicoDev has provided the info for that.

Twitter thread

You remind me of the babe!

Jill of the Jungle (DOS)

Extracted font, need to overlay it on the background. Also should probably extract the portrait from Onesimus as well. Maybe the EGA/CGA versions in addition to VGA?

Jill looks pensive as vague puns fly


King of Casino/Poker 3 (NES)

Font extracted, need to hook up the multiple screens and portraits.

Twitter thread

The town is named Casino, apparently

Eagle Eye Mysteries (DOS)

Font and portraits extracted. I need to figure out how to hook up the various dialog box styles, and extract the portraits from the sequel.

Willy's afraid to skate? Doesn't he know that you have to SKATE OR DIE?

The Dagger of Amon Ra (DOS)

Portraits extracted, font extracted, mostly implemented but layout on this one is a nightmare of horrible inconsistency. A lot of work needs to be done to finish up getting the borders into some kind of shape.

It's actually impossible to make this one accurate to the game, as the game is not accurate to itself.

"Oooh, look at me! I'm Captain Important Smart-Guy McGunna-Get-Stabbed"

FastTracker 2 (DOS)

Font extracted, but it needs some special coding to handle the multiple color themes available.

As a misophonic retrocomputerist, YES, actually.

Shaq-Fu (SNES)

Font extracted and images collected. I need to set up overlays and cutscene pictures, plus font colors.

Shaq In Tokyo is an amusing image, the dude is a full foot and half taller than the average Japanese person. SHAQZILLA?

Shovel Knight (Windows)

Extracted font and portraits, but it'll need special coding as this game has basically unlimited font coloring. I don't have dynamic tinting in the generator yet.

Always thank your witch, or your car may be toad.

Art of Fighting (SNES)

Collected a bunch of screenshots for story mode, but no font yet.

Can I just ask for her with my words, instead?

Battle Kid (NES)

Collected screenshots of cutscenes and extracted the font. Just need to code up overlays.

There's two revisions of this game, and one difference is the cutscenes. I may need to track down the other version and support both.That may be harder: I got ending cutscenes from a TAS, but if the other version desyncs (which it almost certainly will) I'd instead have to play it all the way through, which is.. . slightly hard.

I know "kid" is in the title but are you supposed to be like 7 years old?


FTL: Faster Than Light (Windows)

Extracted font, extracted backgrounds, then was driven mad by the fact that the background is actually like 4% transparent so getting a clean version of it is basically impossible.

I haven't had the courage to go back into hacking on it again

"TIP: DEATH" is why this game is perfect for the generator


Fallout 1 (DOS)

Extracted font, partial backgrounds (need the rest of the heads), but it turns out there's some overlaying on the screen that's both complex and paletted and not easy to emulate.

I may have to rig up some special code to calculate them and then pre-bake them into the portraits.

Twitter thread

Hey, could you MacGyver me a way out of this mess, please?