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Celtic Minstrel

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  1. Just a heads-up if you're building the Linux version from HEAD – while HEAD builds, it has some crashes that are fixed by pull request 274, so you'll want to merge that locally as well (something like "git pull origin refs/pull/274/head" should work). It's not merged yet simply because I haven't had a chance to give it a detailed review. There are still some unimplemented bits in the Linux code, but the game itself pretty much works from what I understand. It might not build on BSDs though (at least one person, possibly two, tried that with no success).
  2. If you were walking through walls, or if you entered the joining cave that leads below the school (as a shortcut for later on), then that's a game bug.
  3. Huh, that sounds like a fairly bad bug if the game crashes trying to change terrain. Is there an error message or does it just suddenly die? A saved game should help debugging it, and of course I'd need to know the scenario.
  4. Hmm, okay, seems like there's a second bug there in that node step-through mode isn't properly linked to debug mode. I believe the shortcut to disable it is Shift+1 (probably requires debug mode enabled); alternately, when you see those messages, I think escape will disable them as well (which shouldn't require debug mode enabled).
  5. Huh, haven't seen that one before… just to clarify, by maps, you mean the areas you've explored on the automap, right? This one should be fixed in the next build. This almost sounds like it could be related to the debug mode bug, as there's a step-through mode that shows the current node in the transcript and pauses after each node… but it also sounds like it could be something totally different? Ugh, really? That's a pretty terrible bug… This one is known… Go Back is currently broken. Yes, the ability to trigger specials by casting spells is intentional
  6. Well, if you want to have an optimal party, and eliminate the possibility of some characters learning mage spells later on, sure. …really? Save as was working last time I checked… I'll check again though. Indeed, this is very annoying and I'm still not sure where it comes from. I think I have an idea to "fix" it, though. While I can't promise it'll look good, it's possible to edit the bladeprefs.ini to set the UISCale to 1.5 (or any other value you want to try) Other than the sluggish controls, what you're describing is debug mode plu
  7. Here's an actual screenshot of the Mac's standard 8-bit palette (taken from ResEdit running in Basilisk II).
  8. Yes, the editors have no fullscreen mode. The game itself can be toggled between windowed and fullscreen mode in the preferences (File menu on Windows/Linux, app menu on Mac).
  9. Another new build can be downloaded here. There are a few bugfixes, but the main difference is that the game will load graphics from the userdata directory in preference to the actual game directory. This could be used to make the UI look like Exile 3, for example, without needing to constantly modify the program directory. By "userdata" directory, I mean the location where Open Blades of Exile reads (and sometimes, writes) user-specific data. On Windows, this is in %APPDATA%\Blades of Exile. On the Mac, it will be $HOME/Library/Application Support/Blades of Exile, and I believe th
  10. The last part is easy - Exile I and II with updated graphics can be downloaded right from Spiderweb's site. For running the Exile trilogy in an emulator, I've found it works pretty good in Basilisk II (using the Mac version); for me this works better than DOSBox (using the Windows version). Unfortunately, getting Basilisk II set up is probably even harder than DOSBox+Win3.1…
  11. Thank you for explaining it, probably far better than I could have. :) Indeed, I too have one or two unreleased legacy scenarios that I might wish to someday polish up and release. (Plus one OBoE scenario that I started to show off some of the new features.)
  12. That's not a valid approach to backwards-compatibility. And it's not even needed in this case, to be honest.
  13. Such a node is possible, certainly, but rather than editing legacy scenarios to add this node, it would need to be set so that the default (at least for legacy scenarios) is the original 9x9 view. We can't add any features that require actively changing a legacy scenario, because there could be legacy scenarios out there that none of us know about (for example, ones that were never released), and such scenarios need to work just as well as the ones we do know about.
  14. Note that you can only scroll around when you have control, so for a cutscene, that might not be possible. Furthermore, legacy BoE does not permit scrolling while outdoors, so the border of world case is not negated by scrolling.
  15. After a long silence, I have finally produced a new build! Windows users can download it here. I am still unable to produce a Mac build that will run on modern Macs, but if someone else provides one, I'll mirror it on my site. This version has quite a few performance and stability improvements. There is a change to the save file format as well. I believe older saves should still load, but I can't guarantee they'll be playable. In addition, the Linux version of the game is finally usable. It now has a custom-built menubar, allowing Linux users to use alchemy, create new
  16. I've reported this issue to ADoS, so hopefully it can get fixed within 24 hours or so. It can also be downloaded from GitHub if you need it now, but that'll give you the entire source code (I don't think GitHub offers a way to only download the doc subdirectory).
  17. I still have a copy of the original game around and a working resource editor! The spider is PICT resource ID 968 in the Mac version. I don't believe the slith is present in the Mac version at all (at least I couldn't find it anywhere). Both are on sheet MONST2 in the Windows version.
  18. Using the targeting system for "all within radius" spells is an interesting idea, but I'm not sure how much work it would be to implement. Perhaps I could do it without too much effort by telling the targeting system to use a range of 1 or 0 or something like that… though that would mean you have to click right on the caster in order to cast it, which might be pretty weird. Adding a count to the look function, on the other hand, would probably be pretty easy.
  19. I'm pretty sure the palette used in Blades of Exile was basically the standard 8-bit colour palette used on the Apple Macintosh? As for Windows, I'd guess probably 8-bit VGA. I'm not sure what differences there might be between the two, but perhaps that's the reason why the graphics were always different on Mac vs Windows. In short, as far as I know, it's not using a super-restricted palette – it's using the best it could at the time. Of course, it's always possible that the artist imposed additional restrictions on their work, but I would have no way of knowing of those…
  20. According to the editor documentation, the "Skill" ability just increases her chance to hit in combat (probably works for missiles too, but not 100% sure on that). The "Thieving" ability should be helping her with traps though. The editor documentation (and game manual) can be found here (I think this is linked in the forum header too but not sure). The editor appendices are probably the most useful place to look if you're wondering what a particular item/monster ability does (though I think the names used there may not always be identical to the names used in the game, particularl
  21. So whether you disarm a trap is based on the trap's difficulty, your disarm traps skill (including from items if that's possible, I forget), your dexterity (including from items), items with the thieving ability, your luck skill, the nimble fingers trait, and the town's difficulty; so it's a pretty complicated formula. I'll try to explain the formula in words, but you can also view the calculation in the source code here. First, a bonus is calculated. This is your dexterity stat adjustment (which is different from your dexterity skill level, more on that in a moment) pl
  22. The original version from Spiderweb's site probably requires a 32-bit machine, so if it's possible to set Parallels to emulate 32-bit, that might allow it to run. Otherwise I'd just recommend using a DOSBox-based Windows 3.1 install instead of Parallels for the original version (same as the Exile trilogy). The messed up animations might be an actual bug in the open source copy, I can't remember.
  23. Not really liking the ordering there (they appear to be ordered alphabetically rather than thematically), but this does seem like an interesting idea… if and when you finish it, I might consider using a few of these for something.
  24. I believe it reduces your experience points (but never your level). Don't quote me on this though...
  25. You can add scenarios to that version, sure. I don't know about a list of scenario passwords though...
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