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The Lounge / Most emotional video game moments & Ruined ones
« on: June 21, 2016, 01:07:53 PM »
I'd like to see what everyone thinks about which games have the strongest emotional moments... scenes that you can't help but cry every damn time.
Quite a few games have pretty emotional moments, but for a few reasons I somehow can't get myself emotionally involved; I don't understand why I block that way, it's like I can't take the game seriously or something.

My list of most emotional video games moments

Legend of Mana

Valkyrie Profile

Grandia

Unfortunately, these are the only ones I can think of right now... but those first two are always the ones I go back to if I need a powerful emotional release.


My list of worst ruined moments

Final Fantasy IV

Disgaea

Use any format you want, but do use spoilers.

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Hacking/Patching Tools / FFTPatcher Helper
« on: May 09, 2016, 10:26:22 PM »
What does this do?
It rips data from your FFT Image... then will give you loads of useful information:
  • Which Effects are tied to which Ability, and a list of those that aren't
  • Where Abilities are used (Skillset, Job Innate R/S/M, Weapon strike, Ability cast) and a list of the unused ones
  • Where Inflict Statuses are used (Abilities, Weapon strikes), and a list of those which aren't used on top of pointing out every duplicate entry
  • Which Item Attributes are tied to which Item, and a list of those which aren't used on top of pointing out every duplicate entry

You need my FFTText Editor to be able to import text into this spreadsheet.

How to use
  • Click Load FFTText, then select your "FFTText Editor.xlsm"
  • Patch your .fftpatch to your FFT Image
  • Click import and select said FFT Image

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Tutorials and Learning / Editing Effects' Palette and Graphic
« on: May 06, 2016, 05:38:41 PM »
Why this tutorial?
To show people how change the graphics and palettes of Effect files (ability graphic animations)

Requirements

For every user:
  • An image editing program such as GraphicsGale or Photoshop (or even MSPaint if you are that masochist)
  • CDMage or cdprog
  • HxD (or any Hex Editor of your choice)

For 32bit Windows users:

For 64bit Windows users:

Tutorial

Getting started
Visit http://ffhacktics.com/wiki/Effects. This page contains very important information used through this tutorial. Also, make sure you grab the .BMP version of the Effect file you want to edit.


Editing the file
Just change the colors and graphics as you want... unless you know what you're doing, do not change the dimensions, and if the wiki page states that the Effect file is "4bpp Multi-CLUT", do not use any color other than the first 16. Feel free to edit the colors; but don't use them in the graphical area.

For the sake of this tutorial, we will be using this "Bloody Sword" edit I made:



Reducing colors while maximizing quality (optional)
* This is a lot more for 8bpp effect files than 4bpp; since you only have 16 colors per palette, chances are, using this method won't change a damn thing, in fact, it could become a hindrance

What it comes down to, is the TIM files that will be generated for 8bpp effects are in fact 15bpp + 1 byte for the transparency channel, but indexed. 15bpp means 5 bits per color. So instead of the usual 0 to 255 Red, you'll have 0 to 31 Red. Or, if you prefer, 0-8-16-24-32-and so on... i.e. in increments of ~8. Unfortunately, the best way, by far, to achieve this, is using Photoshop. So, if you don't have Photoshop, sorry because I don't know how any other way to do this.

Assuming you were working with a .psd (and you should), save your file as a BMP, but select 16bit (which is really the 15bpp I mentioned earlier).


Next, open that BMP in Photoshop. Then, we want to reduce it to 8bpp, so head over to "Image"/"Mode"/"Indexed Color"


Make sure "Preserve Exact Colors" is checked! Otherwise, new colors will be generated, and there WILL be conflict, making similar colors becoming the same when creating a TIM out of it, and you WILL lose quality. Otherwise, just adjust the Dither and its % as you wish.


Just save as a 8 bit BMP and you're good to go!


Creating a 4bpp BMP (optional)
* This section is only necessary for Effect files that have a "4bpp Multi-CLUT" color depth, and only if the Graphic was altered.


Creating a TIM file
WARNING: If your Effect file's color depth is "4bpp Multi-CLUT", and you want to import a new graphic, you will need to create a 4bpp TIM file. However, if you edited the colors beyond the first 16 (i.e. the other palettes) and want to import those changes, you will need to create a 8bpp TIM file. Obviously if you want both new palettes and new graphics, you will need to create the two; a 4bpp and a 8bpp TIM.

Simply use TIM Utility with the right settings as displayed below. You can preview your file using the "Preview..." button; if it doesn't display properly, something's wrong. If everything looks good, close the Preview window and click "Convert...".
4bpp: For 4bpp files (Graphic)
8bpp: For 8bpp files and 4bpp files (Palette)
Translucent except black
Transparent for black
Write Type: TIM



Importing the new Palette (optional)
* If your Effect file's color depth is "4bpp Multi-CLUT", use the 8bpp TIM file that you created for these steps. If you only edited the first 16 colors, you can instead use the 4bpp TIM file with the range 0x 14 to 0x 33.
  • Open your TIM file and the E???.BIN file in HxD
  • In the TIM file, select 0x 14 to 0x 213 (Use "Select Block..." [ctrl+e] to help)
  • Copy (ctrl+c)
  • In the BIN file, Goto (ctrl+g) to the "Palette Offset" specific on the wiki page for that Effect
  • Paste Write (ctrl+b)



Importing the new Graphic (optional)
* If your Effect file's color depth is "4bpp Multi-CLUT", use the 4bpp TIM file that you created for these steps
  • Open your TIM file and the E???.BIN file in HxD
    • 8bpp: In the TIM file, select from 0x 220 all the way to the end of the file (Use "Select Block..." [ctrl+e] to help)
    • 4bpp: In the TIM file, select from 0x 40 all the way to the end of the file (Use "Select Block..." [ctrl+e] to help)
  • Copy (ctrl+c)
  • In the BIN file, Goto (ctrl+g) to the "Graphic Offset" specific on the wiki page for that Effect
  • Paste Write (ctrl+b)



Finishing steps
  • Save your edited BIN file
  • Import it using CDMage/cdprog
  • You is done!



Advanced hacking notes
Let's say your file changed filesize... Normally you'd use the wiki, where I was nice enough to compile a list of all the offsets for you guys, but here is how it is actually calculated:

4bpp:
  • Graphic Start: File Size - ( Image Width × Image Height ÷ 2 )
  • Palette Start: Graphic Start - 0x204
8bpp:
  • Graphic Start: File Size - ( Image Width × Image Height )
  • Palette Start: Graphic Start - 0x404

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PSX FFT Hacking / Steam Job Wheel Discussion
« on: February 17, 2016, 02:31:10 PM »

You might have heard that I'm making a job wheel hack, allowing to replace any generic job with a special job under given conditions, and even forbid them.
The hack currently allows making Bard/Dancer not gender restricted anymore if you wish, and auto-masters any job that replaces Mime (because there is not RAM allocation for the learnt abilities flags).

I'm also considering adding the option to have more auto-mastered jobs past Mime. Of course, they would have no requirement, which is a downside (it would be possible, but I'd rather not use a lot of precious SCUS space). I'm reluctant to add this because of all the trouble involved, and its usability into regular mods.

I also wish to add the ability for monsters to change job, but I want to hear people's opinions about this. My wife and I thought about it; it could be job level based, yes, but also plain regular level based... for example: Chocobo (lvl 1), Black Chocobo (lvl 25), Red Chocobo (lvl 60). It might not be possible to please everyone, but I want to find a good middle ground. So everyone's opinion would be welcome.

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Hacking/Patching Tools / FFTText Editor (last update 2016/01/06)
« on: January 01, 2016, 12:09:22 AM »
FFTText Editor v1.00

Easily locate text, in this convenient, neatly ordered editor!

See live what your text looks like in game, along with line lengths! (minus font colours)

Lots of settings!

What is this?
This tool allows to conveniently edit a .ffttext file generated by FFTacText, then generate a new one to load in FFTacText and easily + quickly generate/update your resources.zip. It is used by many of my tools to directly fetch text data for my hacks so that you know what is what without typing everything yourself.

Requirements
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Excel 2007 or higher (with macros enabled)

Instructions
  • Extract Altima_8.ttf from FFT_Font.zip to C:\Windows\Fonts
  • Open FFTText Editor.xlsm
  • Check out the tutorial in the next post

Download

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War of the Lions Hacking / Duplication trick fix
« on: October 29, 2015, 07:51:29 PM »
I still don't know after all these years, because apparently no one can be bothered to test...

Which version of the duplicate bug was fixed? Or was it both?

Version 1: Requires Dual Wield, only works on dual-wieldable items (fewer than those even). You have to pay to acquire the item. Only 1 time per unit per Fitting Room entry.

Version 2: Requires nothing. Works on any weapon or shield. The item is automatically added to your inventory's stock. Only 1 time per unit per Fitting Room entry.

Instead of trying to explain the methods myself, I'll just link a video which covers both:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVnOfgZq5Tw



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Tutorials and Learning / Slow ppf-o-matic? Read this!
« on: September 27, 2015, 05:42:35 PM »
It is taking you hours to patch a ppf file?

I've decided to investigate and finally once and for all get rid of this issue.
It turns that ppf-o-matic just hates fragmented ISOs. But don't worry: there's a very simple to fix. You just need the right program. It's called "Defraggler" and it allows to completely defragment individual files.

1. Download, Install and Open Defraggler

2. Open your FFT Image




Now just wait for it to complete...




3. Patch away!
The process should be way faster now. Enjoy!


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Recruitment / Yes! We'd love your help, but...
« on: August 09, 2015, 10:43:45 AM »
I'm making this topic not because we have too many talented people available, but rather, the lack of dedicated and talented people applying.

As project leaders, we know we can do shit.
So when someone is proposing to help, which means a potential of countless hours of work lifted from our shoulders, it sounds awesome! Thank you! Except... the vast majority of people require us to babysit them only to see them quit after a few days. This happens very often and it is incredibly tiring.

I understand that some people have very valuable information that not many are knowledgeable about, but there are tutorials for almost anything. Please look up tutorials and get your hands dirty before saying you'll do anything for us! (spriting, eventing, ASM Hacks, etc.)
Unless you played with those things beforehand, you have no idea what you're in for.

So please, if you're only going to make us waste our time, just cut it short, try those tutorials and see for yourself how much work modding really is.
And if you do get past those tutorials and are still willing to help? Good! This proves you have dedication, and you are exactly the type of person we are looking for.
Our time is precious, we have busy lives, and modding is a heavy commitment. Consider the possibility that while trying to help us, you might slow us down. Show us that you're not all talk! Please!

Yes! We'd love your help, but...

→ → → Tutorial Link Index ← ← ←

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PSX FFT Hacking / Ability Requirement Hack 2 - Code it yourself!
« on: August 09, 2015, 10:16:51 AM »
Ability Requirement Hack 2
The infamous ARH comes back, better than ever!
Upgraded from v1.1

Requires Excel 2007+


Code it yourself!
ARH2 removed all tables and you are pretty much forced to ASM in the requirements that you want. It is, however, as friendly as possible for coding that I could think/manage inside of Excel's limitations. Why did I do this? People kept requesting different things for the ARH, and ultimately, bending to everyone's needs would have created needlessly huge data tables, consuming absurd amounts of space when most people hardly use any of the ARH's capabilities. Now with all that junk gone, the ARH was trimmed down from the equivalent of 831 Kanji space lines, down to ~350 Kanji lines + 22 SCUS lines, including major upgrades.


A Bonus Abilities skillset
Its main new feature is a skillset innate to every unit in the game, the "Bonus" skillset, which can contain ANY regular action ability in the game (i.e. not chemist/draw out/charge type abilities). All you have to do is configure the requirements for those abilities.


Available AI abilities recalculated on new turns
Before, the only way these could be recalculated was if the unit used equip change or had a piece of equipment stolen/broken. Now, at the start of every turn, and during them, abilities recalculate their conditions, so that requirements of status based nature and the like aren't Player only abilities anymore.


Vanilla requirements are already coded in!
This probably isn't a consolation to many people, but Swordskills and Limit Breaks have their requirements already set up like they were in vanilla. If anything, at least it shows you how to code it yourself.


Some custom routines just for you~
Just use some very convenient routines that I made myself to very quickly determine if an ability will be enabled or not. I figured other routines were pointless due to how few lines they would actually require without much complexity involved.
Includes:
  • Count # of Skillset ID Equipped
  • Count # of R/S/M ID Equipped or Innate
  • Count # of Item ID Equipped
  • Get First Weapon's Type
  • Get Weapon(s)'s Elemental Attack
  • Get Item Types


A convenient spreadsheet
Of course, it isn't perfect, but you have options to save directly to your pSX quicksave to see the results of your coding LIVE, immediately.
You can also copy the xml's contents with a single click, on top of functionality like bookmarks to save your positions in code.

Many thanks to Chotokukyan!
Without his extensive notes on the wiki, who knows how many more frustrations I would've faced...
or if I would have even finished this hack!

Currently unavailable for download as important fixes are pending

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PSX FFT Hacking / Free SCUS space?
« on: July 29, 2015, 02:06:01 PM »
Ok, so basically I trimmed a routine from 1120 lines to 677... which took hours. Then I was curious to see which routine would call upon this one because I could never breakpoint the damn routine. Turns out only one routine does... and that one doesn't seem to have a reference.

The routine in question is at 0x8002705C.

I could not find 5c700280 (0x8002705C) in the entire ISO.
I could not find 179C000C (jal 0x8002705C) as a properly aligned word in the entire ISO.

Am I missing something? We're talking about a LOT of potential free space.


Of course, there are probably more like these, but I just gotta make sure I'm not wrong first.

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Spam / Undeniable Rules of JRPGs
« on: July 06, 2015, 03:16:25 AM »
If a game doesn't follow these rules, it is not a true Japanese RPG. Feel free to add your own!

1) You need a doctorate's degree to manage sewers
2) Your first boat trip will not go well
3) You will be thrown in a prison cell and escape (easily)
4) At least one town will be destroyed

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News / WotL on Android
« on: June 06, 2015, 02:27:11 AM »
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.square_enix.android_googleplay.FFT_en2&hl=en

It happened! We don't know how easy it will be to mod yet, but just letting out the news that the release is now official!

Thanks to Aadarm for pointing it out.

PS: Of course, it comes with all the issues from the iOS release... given that they "patched" the slow effect issue, I don't have a clue how hard it would be to revert the fix (will probably never happen), on top of adding Archaemic's slowdown removal.

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News / Changed mail server again
« on: April 28, 2015, 01:29:49 AM »
Yes, AGAIN.

This is about the fifth time I change mail servers, and I'm getting sick of it. Microsoft seems to hate my guts or something, because I always get blocked out of my mail servers because of them from what I gathered. I'm guessing it's because we are called Final Fantasy Hacktics. We respect their policies, but still end up blocked every single time. And every time it takes me hours to move to another mail server to fix it.

So yeah, sorry to Microsoft e-mail users, but you won't be able to register on FFHacktics unless you use a different e-mail; otherwise no one receives e-mails for weeks.

Banned e-mails: (only when registering)
  • @hotmail.com
  • @outlook.com
  • @live.com
  • @msn.com
  • and variants

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News / Transfer to a new server
« on: April 24, 2015, 03:40:51 PM »
If you can see this, it means you have successfully transferred to the new server!

Thanks again to kivutar for providing us a server.
Please warn me of anything not working properly, I might very well have forgotten something.

Also, sorry it was down for so long.

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Spam / Welcome to FFH where all your dreams come true!
« on: February 27, 2015, 03:48:45 AM »

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The King of Ivalice / Development
« on: January 18, 2015, 06:41:36 PM »
This is the Development thread, here you'll find information about how the mod is progressing.

Please provide your input to make sure KoI will please most people.
If you want to discuss something that involve spoilers, please use [spoilers] tag.

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The King of Ivalice / Patch Information
« on: December 31, 2014, 06:28:27 PM »
This mod will only be available for the Playstation (PSX) version!
This mod is not currently available because it is still too early in development for any release

King of Ivalice
This mod is meant to immerse you into the world of Final Fantasy Tactics, but seen from the eyes of the second main character: Delita Hyral. Of course, this mod will not be Matsuno's original story because it won't be written by him. However, we will try our best to keep faith to everything that is canon and take some liberties where possible. Not being Square, we can feel free to include all sorts of content it would be illegal for them to add.


King of Ivalice Revolution
This version is just like the original King of Ivalice, but heavily alters the vanilla (original) aspects of the game, like generic jobs, generic monsters, items and abilities in order to give a different, new flavor to the mod for players who are interested in that kind of experience. These edits are meant to make the game fun and different; not to give you a hard time, but still challenging enough. This idea is inspired by Celdia's Complete Patch.



Credits

Development
  • Xifanie
Events
  • Xifanie
  • Elric
Sprites
  • Xifanie (French Maid)
  • Toshiko
Mechanics
  • Xifanie
ASM Hacks
  • Xifanie

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The King of Ivalice / [KoI] Special Jobs
« on: December 31, 2014, 06:02:45 PM »
Those are only ideas for jobs for recruitable characters; nothing is set in stone yet.

Recruitable Characters
Squire
Holy Knight
Divine Knight
ArcheologistUses artifacts found/dug around the world to fight. When artifacts break, he/she needs to return to his/her workshop in Goug  to repair them.
LeaderSupport abilities
HarlequinLuck related skill; invoke random abilities
Special ChocoboWeak, but incredible as a mount
SuccubusCauses confusion, blood suck, drains HP/MP
Great FlanInstant cast spells: basic black magic, cure, drain MP.  Innate protect and Defense Up.
Shinto PriestessUses sigils/seals (single target disable 100% hit vs physical evade)
Chaos MageUses forbidden magic (harms the user/inflicts bad statuses but very powerful)
SlayerExpert in anatomy. With the right weapon deals incredible damage to monsters/humans. (Axe VS minotaurs, Bow VS juravis, etc. / Innate Equip Change) Status infliction also increases with the right weapon.
Mystic KnightChannels the power of a spell into his weapon somehow? Using Defend as Runic?
MagusPowerful attack spells
SagePowerful recovery spells
AssassinSkillset at disabling and making quick work of targets. Agile.
MinstrelUses harps for useful AoE effects
Telekinetichigh range, weak damage, wind elemental, knockback effect abilities
Phantom ThiefExcellent at swordfighting and stealing
Maid (French)Love and Devotion!
Blue MageBlue Magic
KirbyEnough said
TrainerGreat at handling monsters

Foes

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The King of Ivalice / [KoI R] Mechanics (nothing here yet)
« on: December 31, 2014, 05:57:20 PM »
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The King of Ivalice / [KoI] Mechanics (nothing here yet)
« on: December 31, 2014, 05:56:30 PM »
Steal
Double accuracy when attempting to steal from dead bodies

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