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DigiTan
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Posted: 01 Dec 2008 08:27:19 pm    Post subject:

Okay, I've got it in. I'm trying to determine whether TempSwapArea is 232 bytes or 323. Anyway, so far: rectangular window-drawing is done. The first text routines are in. And I'm gonna start working on the File Select menu.
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pugboy


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Posted: 01 Dec 2008 08:39:39 pm    Post subject:

With the bench app in your last few posts, it works perfectly on the NSpire.

Also, the GS is better... It now looks like there is a scrolling effect in the background and on the water however, which looks nice for a wave/water ripple effect Razz
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tr1p1ea


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Posted: 02 Dec 2008 02:08:25 am    Post subject:

Yeah the grayscale routine probably needs to be fine tuned a little further. You always notice the rolling with large bodies of solid colour.
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DigiTan
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Posted: 02 Dec 2008 02:19:49 am    Post subject:

Heh heh. That's actually pretty cool. I'm probably going to add a small downward ripple to the water and check how it looks with this existing effect. ...Much like the wavy heat in Caldera's magma caves. As far what gamers will see running the game for the first time, it's going like this:

UTI Logo* --> Grayscale Title Screen --> File Select Screen

* To keep it from getting annoying, the logo stops appearing once you've played for a pre-set length of time.

The File Select uses the same general graphics as the TI-82 version. Stylistically though, the 83+ menu brings a lot more to the table. And more file options like setup, copy, and delete. None of which will appear on 82. I'll be working on all these this week.


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Mapar007


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Posted: 04 Dec 2008 11:35:44 am    Post subject:

tempSwapArea is 323 bytes
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DigiTan
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Posted: 23 Dec 2008 12:30:02 am    Post subject:

* Sprite support completed *

Alright! Thanks to some relocation help from Spencer, sprites are now working. (Remember you can see the checklist for overall progress). The full File Select menu is still quite a while from completion, but I plan to work on it over Christmas vacation....hopefully finishing up the first week of '09.

This one is just as icon-based as RW1's, but it's designed to look a little less like Palm OS this time. Since RW1 isn't too widely known, the help "file" provides a backstory (in just 40 words) anytime you want to read it.
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Madskillz


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Posted: 25 Dec 2008 12:46:05 am    Post subject:

cool digi, I'm glad you put some backstory into rw2, cause I missed out on playing the original to it's fullest. Keep us posted on the progress!
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Posted: 30 Dec 2008 05:55:09 pm    Post subject:

Extree! Extree! Read all about it!... Backstory and background art leaked for RW Flash Edition!...



Years ago, Dr. Edmund waged war on humanity with his army of drones. The hero -Edgar- used artificial PSI to topple him. Sensing a new threat, Edgar journeys to Oceanside to rebuild the Institute that trained him. Good luck!

More details emerge as you unlock the first areas of Oceanside: Why Edgar is back at level 0...What happened Edmund...and who helped develop his army so quickly.


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ZagorNBK


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Posted: 31 Dec 2008 02:57:47 am    Post subject:

Very cool!
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DigiTan
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Posted: 05 Jan 2009 11:39:21 pm    Post subject:

ZagorNBK wrote:
Very cool!


Here's a little glimpse of the File Select screen. There is a saved game on the system called "Joe," two empty slots and the help guide. The hovering effect is maybe x3 or x4 faster than I plan to have in the game, but this is the overall look it will have.



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GloryMXE7
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Posted: 07 Jan 2009 04:20:05 pm    Post subject:

looks cool any way ive always thought it kinda funny that game sequals start you back at level zero as if the original never happended at all
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Spencer


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Posted: 23 Jan 2009 07:47:38 pm    Post subject:

Didn't you have some static effect in Robot War 1? That ruled, do that
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DigiTan
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Posted: 16 Feb 2009 11:54:31 pm    Post subject:

I'm trying to find a cool way to integrate the static (former SpriteTV routine) in the game somehow. One problem I ran into is I don't have an equivalent to the CrASH shell's "RAND" routine. When I tried using the r register, I got random patterns, but they resulted in a scrolling, "waterfall" of random static. I'm trying to find out what exactly when into the RAND routine. Basically it just gave a 7-bit random number (bit 0 thru 6), and a random carry flag all without needing any kind of a randseed.
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tr1p1ea


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Posted: 17 Feb 2009 12:44:19 am    Post subject:


Code:
_rand:
  ld a,$00
  push hl
_randm:
  ld hl,$8000
  inc l
  dec h
  add a,(hl)
  ld (_randm+1),hl
  rlca
  rlca
  sub h
  add a,l
  pop hl
  ld (_rand+1),a
  srl a
  ret


Dissasembly?
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FloppusMaximus


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Posted: 17 Feb 2009 01:56:41 am    Post subject:

That's odd. For a source of randomness, it starts at 7F01 and moves backwards through the ROM? That won't give you a very random sequence. I would at least throw in the value of R at some point.

Not to imply that I've analyzed these things very deeply, but ionRandom seems pretty good. As I recall, it uses both R and the contents of a random memory address (based on the generator's previous output.)
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DigiTan
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Posted: 21 Feb 2009 04:45:06 pm    Post subject:

Whew! That definitely saves some trouble. I have a few other projects lined up for this weekend, but I'm hoping I'll have enough time to finish the last of the menu graphics and maybe even link it to the start of the game. The JET Fortress trailer is still on the way as well. I'm just trying to add more maps and features to toss in there.
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elfprince13
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Posted: 25 Feb 2009 08:44:19 pm    Post subject:

I'm sure i've asked this before, but you have what? one more area to do after JET fortress? or 2?
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DigiTan
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Posted: 26 Feb 2009 12:50:13 am    Post subject:

Just one. Plus Stadium City, which is pretty much just an extension on Oceanside. The delay for me so far has been trying out other PC projects on the side, youtube, and 83+ code. I'm thinking the final zone will go a lot faster because (1) there's no TI-82 version and I won't have to be obsessed with compression rates, and (2) the tiles for it are ready to go. And the special effects for it are already done.



One other sub-region I forgot to mention last season was the Pearl Desert that connects you to JET Fortress. This is a vast, open level that doubles as a general practice area. You can find a wider variety of enemies here than usual (in the TI-83+ version). The ease of fighting here is offset by the scarcity of "rewarding" enemies. And I might add Caldera-style heat later on. Since these spots got excellent compression (around 99%), they make up a big portion of your JET Fortress adventure.


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ticalcnoah


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Posted: 26 Feb 2009 09:10:25 am    Post subject:

Cool looks hard.I like it.
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elfprince13
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Posted: 26 Feb 2009 01:54:14 pm    Post subject:

is that large thing you're attacking a robot tank of some sort?
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