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Ishad Nha

Porting of BoE creatures, terrain and items

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Porting of objects (creatures, terrain and items) is based upon the conversion tables. Said tables envisage no customization of any object. This is not helpful when the best scenarios feature a lot of customization of objects.

Currently the tables are hard-coded, written into the Editor program itself. They are found in the header file Bl A Fileio.h.

 

Porting a heavily customized scenario requires the ability to alter the header file and then compile the program, something not everyone will be familiar with.

 

Two approaches are possible here:

(1) tables are no longer written into the program. Instead the program reads them from an external file.

(2) tables in the scenario editor are patched by a slab of data, which could be written with a spreadsheet. Actual patching is done by a hex editor. In my last version of the Editor, most of the tables were found after offset 595,423.

 

Version of Bl A Fileio.h found at the Halls of Chaos SVN repository has been customized for one scenario only: Shadow of the Stranger. This will need to be corrected.

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