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The Lion War / Re: The Lion War - FAQs
April 04, 2020, 07:11:23 pm
Quote from: Gordon_Ramza on April 04, 2020, 02:29:16 pmWould it be possible to add both Ashley and Luso in 1 patch (making a new event to recruit one of them and removing either Boko or Malak to make room in the party)?

Yes, you could do that. I wont, but yes, its doable.
Quote from: Ansehelm on April 01, 2020, 12:30:19 amQuestion - so if I use the specialized Shishi editor provided in the resources zip, I notice that it copies imported spritesheets to any areas that have redundant sprites in vanilla - for example, if I import new sprites into the undead knight, oracle, wizard etc (located near or between the Lucavi sprites) that are graphically the same as those used later on for generic units, not only does the new sprite replace the intended redundant sprite, but it also replaces the later iteration of that sprite used for generics (knights, oracles, etc). 

This considerably limits the amount of new sprites I'm able to add into my mod, so I'd prefer to use a more standard version of Shishi that allows me to replace the extras without screwing up generic job classes.  Assuming I add all the TLW sprites in correctly, will this interfere with the functionality of the rest of the mod (i.e. is the data saved by apparently referencing a smaller sprite pool needed elsewhere), or am I clear to go ahead with this method?

So, you are clearly doing something wrong.

You need to use that version of shishi because the current release doesnt have the required fix for reis formation sprite. The one in the resources does. It have NO other differences from the current release version of shishi... thats not even how shishi works...

Im sorry, but what you are saying just makes no sense to me

All sprites replaced are duplicates that do NOT IN ANY WAY affect generic units...
The Lion War / Re: BUG REPORTS
March 29, 2020, 11:55:50 pm
Quote from: Porklin on March 29, 2020, 09:40:10 pmI'm having a problem where female units are unable to learn any new skills.
This doesn't occur when I apply the ppf to a clean FFT iso, but only when I "build up" a clean FFT iso using the resources pack 1.05.

I was able to isolate it to the Extra Job Hack XML - if I dummied that ASM hack out, female units were fine.

Is it possible the latest version of that table didn't actually make it into the resources rar?

It's possible, I will check later tonight, thanks for the info
Quote from: Aiolon on March 29, 2020, 01:04:52 pm

Hello, Elric and the other smart guys behind the development of JOT5. (I know most of your names but since im not entirely certain that i got all of them, i prefer to not mention them one by one since i honestly don't want to forget about someone and discredit them)

I would like to share a small, boring story with you!
7 years ago as i was browsing youtube a curious video of FFT with some odd stuff in it caught my eye. It was the Parted ways mod IRC.
As soon as i learned about this mod, i came to FFH for the first time and had some fun looking at the stuff you guys were creating here.
Lucky as i was back then, only a few days after i discovered this community, JOT5 launched its very first version and i, of course, went ahead and played it.

I was shocked and could have never, absolutely never imagined that one day i would be playing a game of my childhood but with Dante, Link and Solid Snake on it.
The first events, the way you portrayed each of the characters was incredible. I was fortunate enough to be given the chance to play and finish the respective games of each of those characters before JOT5 so i already knew what they were like and was honestly very curious to see how they got along with each other.
The moment the line "This sword looks like a piece of shit" dropped, i just knew i was going to love the mod and i was not wrong.

The first battle began, and it didn't take me long to notice that i was not playing the Orbonne or the Gariland fight from vanilla. I was legitimately getting my ass kicked but i managed to win  :cool: .
and so, after that horrendous victory, i went into the menu and studied each of the characters' skillsets. Excited, wanting to unlock them just to see what they look like and maybe pop a quote. I went ahead and fought the v1.1 of barius hill with the difficulty on: "Player must die" courtesy of Raven.

stuff happened, i won some fights, i lost some others, but wanting to continue and find out what was going to happen next, i had no choice but to get gud and win my way to the end. and i was of course wanting to see more but the little mod i had just finished left me very, very impressed and satisfied.

These days, 7 years after, as i got hit by nostalgia right after playing the predatory mobile crap that is FFBE:WOTV (wich i actually like)
I got FFT fever and decided to turn on my laptop and play some real FFT but... something was wrong. I noticed vanilla FFT bores me to death  :|
Must be because i have played and finished several mods and the fact i even made my own, but i remembered one in particular that was just "perfect": JOT5 of course. So i loaded it and BOY! i got just what i needed.

All in all. All i want to say is: THANK YOU VERY MUCH for this amazing experience! Having learned how to mod FFT i also learned how extremely time consuming, tiring and from a moder's standpoint: Overwhelming it is to make mod. its not the same when you know every bit of it, so the best part you get its not to play the game, but the praise you get from those who get to play it.

I couldn't bring myself to properly share the excitement and joy i got from this project back when it was hot and hype. I was very shy and back then, my English was nuts  :(  (It still is. But i've gotten better)

I have just finished another playthrough of this gem and i wrote this wall of text out of nostalgia maybe, but im certain this is not the last time i play it. Even if chapter 2 is never to come, i will forever treasure this slice of the cake.

Late Congratulations Elric.

With love and grattitude, from a random guy on the Internet  :oops:

This gave me all the feels. I know its been forever, but Jot5 is still being worked on. It's slow going and i cannot say when the re-release and Ch2 (pretty much a combo package at this point) will come out, since we've about finished the mining event, but still need to copy/pasta that for the wood gathering event, as well as then working on the farming event, which will be a pain. But we are still making progress :)

Thank you for sharing your story, you've made an old man's day.
The Lion War / Re: TLW resource editing questions
March 26, 2020, 10:38:28 pm
Quote from: RetroTypes on March 26, 2020, 05:26:00 pmElric, I'll ask this here instead of making a whole other thread about it: how did you get Bremondt and Aliste's portraits to show in the Brave Story section? You used previously unused slots for them and they show up in the Brave Story fine, so can we edit which Brave Story entries use which files in Wldface.bin? If so that'll be the fix for Simon using the female DK portrait, and it'll let me use way more UWEntries slots since guests are no longer seen in the party (but still use the same portrait for their Brave Story entry).

Also Xif I have no idea how your Snowflake spreadsheet works lmao I'll keep playing with it but any pointers would be great.  :p

Tactext to edit brave story ports. Bios
Quote from: Verdeni on March 23, 2020, 04:55:47 pmHmm... I can't imagine the map itself is the issue. It most likely has to do with the way the event was pieced together--even something as simple as not including the relative wait command for a specific instruction can cause issues.

Can you upload the text file of your event?

Who are you and why do you know things? *stares suspiciously*
Quote from: Porklin on March 23, 2020, 06:31:23 pmAha! That was absolutely it.

I ended up just deleting the effect and that solved it.


Effects can be finicky. I recommend you do like I did when I started out (I've made more events than square did at this point!) and make yourself a cheat sheet of easily to copy/paste commands. I'll post mine here, maybe I'll make a thread for things like this in the future. I apologize if it looks wonky, as it is being copy/paste from one of my excel docs.

I do have a example of a standard effect in here, as i use them frequently, however keep in mind that event with this setup, you may have to increase/reduce the wait time or add one between the start and end of the effect.

















Quote from: yamish on March 17, 2020, 09:54:18 pmShishi wouldn't open my unit.bin and i didn't see it readily in when i opened the iso.  But i resolved the issue.

So you alter the image as normal: setting it to 4bpp, no dither, type A.  Then click the down arrow by palettes and removed unused colors.  Saving this will result in the issue I am having. Rather:
Choose to export the image with these options.
Type: Multiple Files (Combined File will not work)
File Name: doesn't matter
Prefix: whatever you want to name your file
Filetype: *.bmp
Alpha Channel: output as BMP
Trim: leave this unchecked
Frame options: leave this unchecked

This results in a bmp that is not preserving the color depth of the original file

.... just open the fft image in shishi, go to other images, and scroll to unit.bin
Quote from: Punkioinapit713 on March 15, 2020, 10:36:58 pmSorry. I'm use to installing and playing mods on stuff like Skyrim and Mass Effect. I'm not used to patching and with the game save editing, It was easier on Mass Effect... So, can  anybody point me in the right direction for some guides for patching and games save editing for FFT and FFT WoTL on PSP. Also how to get FFT working on the ePSXe so like Elric said I can learn to bugtest and memory edit on pSX and play on ePSXe.. Sorry for asking a lot, I'm just not used to trying to get thing working on this platform. Like I said it was easier on the other games I play. Cause of Nexu Mods and all. Thank you for all the help you guys have given me...

Well bethesda games are made to be modded and does most of the things for you.

This is a whole different world. Ive modded fallout games for years. Lol there are tutorials on patching, in the tutorials section.
Quote from: Punkioinapit713 on March 15, 2020, 12:08:54 pmI was wondering what is better to use... pSX or ePSXe? What's the difference... do you guys and gals use ePSXe?

If you have to choose between those two:

ePSXe, playing the game
pSX, bugtesting/memory editing
Help! / Re: Decision oddities
March 14, 2020, 05:36:40 am
Quote from: FickleLemon on March 14, 2020, 05:11:22 amOkay Elric, the 5% possibility was what ended up being the problem. I changed the lines to those which went below the original character counts, meaning that I was able to get the text box for the decisions. Thank you all.

Yeah no... What you just said still makes it seem more like it was the first one. The text offset probably wasn't removed before recompiling... This would mean that more text than the original would cause a derp, while less would not.
Quote from: Squaresoft on March 13, 2020, 09:37:24 amHello there.
How comes there is a version v0.492 and this "STICKY" only links to older versions?,

Because we have a tools section, and when I'm not made aware of a new release, or asked to update the link, it doesn't happen.

Glain is the one who currently works with FFTP and he is not the OP of this thread, so he is unable to update the OP...
Help! / Re: Decision oddities
March 14, 2020, 02:17:25 am
95% - You didn't remove the text offset before recompiling.. (can't be sure cuz you didnt show the full event)
5% - Line could be too long, causing it to pick the first choice and skip the rest. (dialogue DOES have character limits per line, which is why we have {br})

It's one of those 2 things, but I'm leaning toward the former.
Event Editing / Re: Event Editing Gibberish
March 13, 2020, 04:10:57 am
Goltana's nothing but idiots!
Help! / Re: Battle Event Editing
March 10, 2020, 06:26:50 am
Quote from: DarthFutuza on March 10, 2020, 02:19:24 amSo after reading more posts on the forums and doing more searches it looks like there's no way to add new events given that the scenario list is full and the unused ones are apparently unusable (at least without doing some very drastic assembly hacking which is probably not worth the work to me) :(  I can however, replace the tutorial events so there's at least some room to work with since that won't affect the main game itself.  Guess I'll try that first. :)

You cant use the tutorial events. Those slots are not useable as we previously thought... You can use TLW, is has a lot of free event slots.
The Lion War / Re: TLW resource editing questions
March 07, 2020, 02:39:29 am
Quote from: RetroTypes on March 04, 2020, 11:50:15 pmSo I've been making my own mod with TLW as a base, and I'm having trouble with a few things, hoping someone can help me out here. For some base info, I'm adding in some other ASM's and changing a decent amount of stuff in the patcher, but I'm not getting any conflicts in FFTorgASM (other than the level down fix ASM conflicting with itself) and nothing else is screaming errors or otherwise showing signs of not working as far as I can tell.

1. When editing the mini-ARH spreadsheet, I've made a few extra requirements such as requires shield, or requires spear, etc. But every time I set an ability to have these requirements, they disappear from the ability list entirely, even when I have the required item equipped. I'll post my edited spreadsheet if it'll help, but any idea why my edits cause this?

2. More of a generic patcher question, but is it possible to make a unit either not appear in a battle or be unconscious the whole battle, but join the party afterwards as a fully-functional special unit? I know you can set their job to be Teta's for the fight (aka innate dead) but then they keep it after joining until you switch it, so I don't really wanna go with that.

3. I'm pretty sure I've got this worked out, but just to be sure, with guests no longer appearing in the formation party roster in TLW, their unit/wildface pics can be safely replaced and rerouted via UWEntries, correct?

4. This is just for curiosity's sake, as I plan to experiment on my own with this once I've got everything else fully functional, but if you can use the other half of the Bard and Dancer's jobs to make a new job, why not move them both to a single job slot via the same hack and then open up a complete job slot that would allow it to show to the opposite gender once unlocked for one person? Was it just easier to leave those in place and combine the unused halves?

5. If I'm replacing some generic classes with new classes, where do I edit the screen that's displayed when viewing what classes pieces of equipment are available to? (The one with two-letter abbreviations for each class) I'm not seeing it in the large batch of pics exported from the other images tab of Shishi.

I cannot answer all of these at this moment, but as for number 5. I'm not 100% sure what you mean, but what you are describing sounds like text, not a image. You should find that in tactext
The Lion War / Re: The Lion War - FAQs
March 05, 2020, 09:37:24 pm
Quote from: Jordan95 on March 05, 2020, 06:36:43 amI was working with events in ATTACK.OUT, TEST.EVT, Battle Conditions, etc.. and I noticed the event for Bethla Sluice (Hint) was just completely removed. Was there a reason for this or just something that was missed? I've been trying to add it back in myself but I don't have the knowledge. Seems to be something I'm missing in ATTACK.OUT or the conditions

I could be mistaken, but if i recall correctly, the hint was just rolled into the text in the opening event before the bsttle starts. This was to save on event space before we figured out how to remove the setup events
The Lion War / Re: BUG REPORTS
March 05, 2020, 09:28:39 pm
Quote from: RetroTypes on March 05, 2020, 08:15:07 pmThink I found a tiny bug, in the Balthier battle, once you win and get the congrats message, your units don't stop moving like they do in every other battle. Guessing someone forgot a line at the end of the event? Not super important regardless, everything still works as intended.

Thats vanilla lol. The battle and victory events are direct cuts from the wotl test.evt
Quote from: Jordan95 on March 01, 2020, 10:01:42 amI think I found a slight issue with the Ashley Riot opening for ENTD 1E2. When it gets to Ramza's message the DisplayMessage location is a bit off. I will show with this picture.

My guess is in the TEST.EVT when DisplayMessage is used it is using the wrong Unit ID, which is currently x02, but not sure what the correct Unit ID would be.

Is this just me?

Edit: I'm sorry I just realized this is the wrong place and should be in the Bug Reports thread

Nyzer is correct in what he said.

Do not assume youve found a bug instead its during normal gameplay... you are manipulating my data to do a thing, of course its not gonna behave correctly while you have the wrong Ramza ID. You would never normally encounter that scene while having ch1 ramza
Event Editing / Re: Testing Late Game TEST.EVT Changes
February 29, 2020, 07:00:37 pm
Quote from: Jordan9232 on February 29, 2020, 05:23:39 pmSweet, I just tried it and that worked. I only started modding like a month ago and haven't needed to change the ATTACK.OUT file yet. But seemed pretty simple. Thank you!

Yup, this is the method I used for many years. There is also savestate eventing which helps a lot and can be used in conjuction with this trick to sort of build the event in something closer to real time