Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Some news on Red Book

Yeah, so just a quick update :D
I ported the text routine over to Red Book and it seems it's smooth sailing for that. Just need to fix the other million of routine and err... right ^^"
Anyway, I found some bugs that can be fixed in Black Book as well. As of now, nothing is functioning, but I'll keep you posted.

Here are some comparison screens of the battle menu and the status menu. Current Red Book on the left, current Black Book on the right.

Yes, quite a difference, ain't it?

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

2009!... Err...too late.

Yeah, so I thought I'd honor 2009 by at least posting a small update.

Right now, there's seriously much to do in uni, so I haven't been able to do anything at all with both Red Book and Black Book. I did a little comparison work to see what routines need to be updated for Red Book in order to "catch up" with Black Book hacking progress.

So far nothing that will make for good new pictures, sadly. Also, I'm thinking there is a bug in one of the battle routines that still persists and needs fixing. Something with centering strings *burr* So yeah, I'll see to that... sadly eventually :(



Monday, 3 November 2008

Updates :D

So I'm finally back in Germany *yay* And hacking progress can continues... well... almost. I still don't have the "internets" at home, so that's like 2 more weeks of nothing feasible to do...
Then, I moved to Vista so that's a huge deal for some programs... Japanese locale for some as well. I already fixed thingy32 to work for me again (locale problems) but I'm actually thinking of porting it to VB.NET just for better compatibility with unicode (currently: none) and newer language seems better to me, anyway.
The old thingy32 does everything with strings, so that's why it's so slow :D

Then again, university has me cornered and I can't select "Run" - but that'll work out eventually. Right now I'm having a lot of free time to go thru all the stuff I did so far and finally compile some of my decumentations into something actually usable :D

Tom wants to see some progress with the insertion and English version of the game, so that will move on as well.
I'm kind of really big-time excited to actually finish up some loose ends on this one to move on to fixing Red Book up to the current status Black Book is at (not a huge deal tho).

So until then :D

EDIT: Oh yeah, pictures will follow shortly ^-^

Saturday, 9 February 2008

Black Book script translated :D

Hi, so after a long time of not posting anything on my blog, the translator I found months ago has translated the full dialog script that is in Black Book :D
I will translate the remaining German script files and revise the already translated ones!

Also, the collaboration with Shadowsithe (see here) that began like ages ago will actually continue to bring out English versions of the two, possibly three, games :D
Hackingwise I'm a bit stalled at the moment, because of my duty. However, progress is being made :D Lastly, only special text strings used in menus only need to be dumped and translated :)



Saturday, 7 July 2007

Rest of Work

I got military duty to do, so the translation work will have to wait approx. 9 months until I can pick it up at full pace again. Nevertheless, it will be actively seen thru to completion after that period of time.

I'm still thinking whether I will upload all of the dumped scripts somewhere or not, so translators can get an idea of what my dumps are like. Post comments, folks.



Friday, 11 May 2007


So I finally got the code in Black Book working and put it into Red Book. Now I just need to apply the menu changes and all will be sweet. I busied myself with the DeviDas which I will call from now on "Devikon" (Devil + Lexikon) :)

So, I'll put a nice picture of the stuff I changed around here:



Thursday, 5 April 2007

Script Snippet :D

So I'm kind of positive that this will work, so I'll upload the first text bank dumped into a unicode txt file. So there it is:

*Link deleted*

Anybody is welcome to try and translate this. Really, all I need is Japanese to English translation (though Japanese to German would work best). I know the games pretty good and will check for consistency and such.

In case above link doesn't work, please comment =)



EDIT: Deleted the link, because it was outdated.

Tuesday, 3 April 2007

Text Dumping

So I finally got around to do it and so I coded a very early text dumping tool :) I got already the first "bank" of scripts dumped 100% correctly and I'll work on automation and then insertion in a bit.

I'll probably edit this post and attach a snipped from the dump when I feel confident enough that it might be the final formatting.

EDIT: So today I finally dumped all of the text (hopefully). Need to do some checking if I didn't mess up anything during the dumping and then I'll probably create a "help wanted" ad over at RHDN.

So long


Thursday, 15 March 2007

Grand Opening

So today I decided to finally get a blog and just post about my hacking progress of the game as well as my efforts to get the script dumped and translated (at least Japanese to English if not Japanese to German) and show some cool pics off.
On the right is the new titlescreen for Devil Children: Black Book =]

I've worked on that game now for some years, three namely, however, after I took break for a year in the US I decided to start over and make it even more prettier. It already features a full-blown vwf that is used for dialog and menus. However, flip side of the medal is, that I have to hack each and every menu on its own as they're all hardcoded into the game... Which... takes a lot effort and time I don't have right now^^"

Oh, and if anybody was wondering, I work on Black Book and Red Book simultaneously, however, I usually hack Black first... So now I'm stuck with some changes I made several months ago that I didn't hack into Red yet... Will happen soon. Tonight I'm gonna try my first script dump ever, and that's actually how I got the idea of opening a blog (like the BoF2 blog) in the first place.

Well, so long,

Thanks for reading,