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by Sirius
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Coders Corner
Topic: Want to create automatic converter from demo files to videos
Replies: 20
Views: 1374

Re: Want to create automatic converter from demo files to videos

Unfortunately I'm not sure where a changelist is. I can list the stuff I remember though - and it's mostly multiplayer-related. Switched netplay back to mostly peer-to-peer (though it still uses the host as the entry point into a game and a proxy where peer-to-peer isn't possible due to routing issu...
by Sirius
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Descent Development
Topic: Can a HAM file be embedded into a HOG archive?
Replies: 16
Views: 625

Re: Can a HAM file be embedded into a HOG archive?

I... think so. It's been a while. Though I don't think you call the V-HAM "d2x", just missionname.ham.
by Sirius
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Coders Corner
Topic: Want to create automatic converter from demo files to videos
Replies: 20
Views: 1374

Re: Want to create automatic converter from demo files to videos

There was actually a reasonable description in the related commit comment - gave the following known issues with some examples: - Visual Studio 2017's C99 preprocessor support, like those of predecessor versions, is deficient regarding variadic macros, causing it to reject valid constructs with conf...
by Sirius
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Descent Development
Topic: Custom robots in descent 1 at all possible?
Replies: 10
Views: 535

Re: Custom robots in descent 1 at all possible?

The player weapons are in descent.pig in D1. They're in descent2.ham in D2... but HXMs can't touch weapon types, so I presume you wouldn't be able to adjust them with a .HX1. You'd need a more sophisticated .PIG hack, which... I'm not sure off the top of my head if there are any tools to edit that. ...
by Sirius
Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Descent Single Player
Topic: Descent controls : mouse vs joystick
Replies: 2
Views: 255

Re: Descent controls : mouse vs joystick

Both have advantages and disadvantages. Joystick is easier to keep up a constant turn with, and gives you somewhat more freedom of movement in a dogfight. Mouse gives you better aiming accuracy, although you probably need a high-DPI mouse and/or a large mousepad to get that without sacrificing turni...
by Sirius
Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Descent Development
Topic: Where is the Descent 1 boss sound in D2?
Replies: 19
Views: 599

Re: Where is the Descent 1 boss sound in D2?

Bet that's
* Delete last modified robot, now nothing is modified
* Save -> any modified robots? No -> don't write HXM
* Catch: not writing the HXM means we don't delete it either, so most recently saved version persists

I'll take a look at that, shouldn't be that hard to fix if that's the cause.
by Sirius
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Descent Single Player
Topic: XL - better, worse, or indifferent?
Replies: 20
Views: 898

Re: XL - better, worse, or indifferent?

Umm... yeah, if they're doing "incredible" damage, something got broken. That transition is probably the toughest part of the level, so if you can't get to it without full or mostly-full energy you're nearly guaranteed a respawn.
by Sirius
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Coders Corner
Topic: Want to create automatic converter from demo files to videos
Replies: 20
Views: 1374

Re: Want to create automatic converter from demo files to videos

There are things about C++11/14 I see the use for, e.g. auto comes in handy for iterators for complex types, and some things like that. But even then, MSVC supports all of that now. The things it doesn't support typically amount to edge cases, which usually have viable workarounds. (Much later) Edit...
by Sirius
Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Coders Corner
Topic: Want to create automatic converter from demo files to videos
Replies: 20
Views: 1374

Re: Want to create automatic converter from demo files to videos

The C++11/14 stuff rubs me the wrong way, since I've looked at the 0.60 Rebirth code and as far as I could see 90%+ of it was just procedural C in .cpp files. I couldn't see anything that used modern C++, never mind esoteric compiler features. Now that doesn't mean they're not there, or that it's an...
by Sirius
Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Descent Development
Topic: Can a HAM file be embedded into a HOG archive?
Replies: 16
Views: 625

Re: Can a HAM file be embedded into a HOG archive?

Right, it's all HXMs and POGs. POGs can replace practically anything you want - they just can't add textures. TEW is supposed to be able to run in DOS, and mostly does, but there are some glitches we never really figured out.
by Sirius
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Descent Development
Topic: A Few Questions about Textures
Replies: 38
Views: 1458

Re: A Few Questions about Textures

1. Just those pixels aren't transparent, or the whole texture? 2. Image/photo editing software will do this... the most famous one is Photoshop, but it's probably still expensive. The most powerful free alternative is probably GIMP, though its interface is challenging to learn (seems to be a common ...
by Sirius
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Descent Development
Topic: Custom robots in descent 1 at all possible?
Replies: 10
Views: 535

Re: Custom robots in descent 1 at all possible?

Retro mod and I think Rebirth 0.60 beta adjusted the D2 homers again, they at least try to track after that. Still slightly easier to dodge than in D1 without afterburner... except you're also slightly slower, so I'm not sure where it winds up on balance.
by Sirius
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Coders Corner
Topic: Want to create automatic converter from demo files to videos
Replies: 20
Views: 1374

Re: Want to create automatic converter from demo files to videos

There is currently no Visual Studio-based method for compiling Rebirth that I know of (if you find one let me know - there's something I would really like to debug). CMake could probably fix that, but Rebirth doesn't use it, and I'm not sure one way or the other whether VS's support for Linux is clo...
by Sirius
Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Descent Development
Topic: Can a HAM file be embedded into a HOG archive?
Replies: 16
Views: 625

Re: Can a HAM file be embedded into a HOG archive?

Correct. Yes, you are pretty limited. Well, kind of - the most common thing you'd actually want to change but can't is the weapons.
by Sirius
Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: Descent Development
Topic: Can a HAM file be embedded into a HOG archive?
Replies: 16
Views: 625

Re: Can a HAM file be embedded into a HOG archive?

Not familiar with DXA, but loading HAM files from the mission HOG is a Rebirth-only feature, yeah. Except for Vertigo-format HAMs, which only replace the Vertigo stuff.
by Sirius
Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Descent Single Player
Topic: XL - better, worse, or indifferent?
Replies: 20
Views: 898

Re: XL - better, worse, or indifferent?

Hmmm... I think I know what part that is... in retrospect it would have been better to make it actually difficult to get into that section, since people don't necessarily take the "these robots are too tough let's come back later" approach.
by Sirius
Sat Sep 23, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Descent Single Player
Topic: XL - better, worse, or indifferent?
Replies: 20
Views: 898

Re: XL - better, worse, or indifferent?

Still I'd like to play Anthology, do you think there is any way to do it now without constantly feeling pain in the ass? Because I still think the level design is very good and is worth to be played. I mean on Ace or Insane difficulty at least, and somehow avoid the worst game breaking bugs. Maybe ...
by Sirius
Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Descent Level Spotlight
Topic: Descent 1 1/2
Replies: 1467
Views: 88766

Re: Descent 1 1/2

Yeah, I definitely do feel like it. I've had issues with project overload :)
I'm not holding up the project at this stage, am I? It's just a "how long can it possibly take" issue?
by Sirius
Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: PTMC Cafe
Topic: I knew it. Sigma was a robot this whole time
Replies: 23
Views: 1470

Re: I knew it. Sigma was a robot this whole time

Thanks TC :) NiMH is, to my knowledge, newer than NiCd... not as high-performance as Lithium-ion I presume but I don't tend to see those sold in AA format. Only catch is I've been using them pretty heavily for wireless controllers, which I don't always use consistently, and I'm not sure they hold th...
by Sirius
Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Descent Single Player
Topic: XL - better, worse, or indifferent?
Replies: 20
Views: 898

Re: XL - better, worse, or indifferent?

It's complicated... I can't really pick an option out of a poll like this because it depends on too many things. I think the most obvious difference for most people is the graphics, and your experience will vary depending on what you turn on or off. Some people will turn off more than others. There ...
by Sirius
Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Descent Level Spotlight
Topic: Descent 1 1/2
Replies: 1467
Views: 88766

Re: Descent 1 1/2

Also, there's back-and-forth flickering in the cavernous area of The Cauldron, and that's even in Rebirth. Black flickers appear on the walls, generally when viewed from afar (they disappear when you're up close). Probably has something to do with the ungodly cube count in that area. Yeah, you're p...
by Sirius
Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Descent Development
Topic: A Few Questions about Textures
Replies: 38
Views: 1458

Re: A Few Questions about Textures

If your question is what I think it is - the number of frames in an animated texture is governed by... descent2.ham I think. You can't add or remove them with a .POG (which is what DLE is working with) - only replace the frames that already exist. So you will probably need to look for a texture with...
by Sirius
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:18 am
Forum: Descent Level Spotlight
Topic: Descent 1 1/2
Replies: 1467
Views: 88766

Re: Descent 1 1/2

One little warning with asymmetric stretching like that: if you care about the DOS version, its (less robust) texture mapping technique tends to cause textures aligned in that way to "twitch". If you don't care about the DOS version, carry on. :mrgreen:
by Sirius
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Descent Development
Topic: A Few Questions about Textures
Replies: 38
Views: 1458

Re: A Few Questions about Textures

Errr... that's a mistake on the website, apparently. Try http://www.descent2.de/files/dle-1.12.28.7z
by Sirius
Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: PTMC Cafe
Topic: I knew it. Sigma was a robot this whole time
Replies: 23
Views: 1470

Re: I knew it. Sigma was a robot this whole time

Hmm. What are the best practices for NiMH batteries?
by Sirius
Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: Descent Development
Topic: A Few Questions about Textures
Replies: 38
Views: 1458

Re: A Few Questions about Textures

I'm using DLE 1.11.90, and I want to edit some screens (animated textures) with the pixil editor (if you click "edit" under the texture tab). The problem is that I can't find all of the frames for the screen. I tried checking "show frames," but it only works for door textures. It only shows me the ...
by Sirius
Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Descent Level Spotlight
Topic: Descent 1 1/2
Replies: 1467
Views: 88766

Re: Descent 1 1/2

Re: palette, it depends what look you want the level to have. For D1 textures (which show up a lot in the level), they look more "classic"/"D1" if you use the original palette. Many aren't appreciably different in ice but I noticed a few that seemed more washed-out or monochromatic, probably due to ...
by Sirius
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Descent Development
Topic: New PIG available for Descent 2!
Replies: 21
Views: 2157

Re: New PIG available for Descent 2!

Hmm... that probably means see-through/transparent are always 254 and 255... which is specific enough to work with.
by Sirius
Sun Aug 27, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Descent Development
Topic: New PIG available for Descent 2!
Replies: 21
Views: 2157

Re: New PIG available for Descent 2!

I don't know. That's not particularly easy since you'd have to guess which color is supposed to be transparent, and guessing introduces the possibility of getting it wrong.

Though if I made it try to identify the source palette, it could get more reliable.
by Sirius
Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: PTMC Cafe
Topic: Eclipse Time!
Replies: 16
Views: 1022

Re: Eclipse Time!

That is pretty cool, yeah. Up here we got - I think I heard 94% totality, which was good enough for "crescent sun" and it was obviously dimmer and cooler than it normally would have been at that time of day, but it was still just a matter of degrees. Funny enough, seeing Corvallis in the path my fir...
by Sirius
Sun Aug 20, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Descent Development
Topic: New PIG available for Descent 2!
Replies: 21
Views: 2157

Re: New PIG available for Descent 2!

DLE can sure handle it, but it doesn't handle PIG integration. If using a POG were a wieldy solution, I'd have gone with that - sure enough texture replacement worked like a charm. But I wanted a more autonomous solution, and as far as I know, only DTX can do that. Ah. Right. I forgot DTX could edi...
by Sirius
Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Descent Single Player
Topic: Please recommend recording software for Descent videos
Replies: 12
Views: 546

Re: Please recommend recording software for Descent videos

It's hard to say - Descent has a lot of motion in it. It's probably worth some trial-and-error though, since most of the time taken will probably be in uploading the thing... depending on your connection speed anyway. At 640x480, though, I think you have a reasonable chance of it being watchable, I ...
by Sirius
Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Descent Single Player
Topic: Bouncing around and inconsistent speeds in DosBOX
Replies: 9
Views: 554

Re: Bouncing around and inconsistent speeds in DosBOX

Yes, it's cycles.
For memory, find the dosbox-0.74.conf file (I'm assuming that's still the current version) and look for the "memsize" setting.
by Sirius
Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Descent Development
Topic: New PIG available for Descent 2!
Replies: 21
Views: 2157

Re: New PIG available for Descent 2!

DLE should, in theory, be able to handle that now - assuming I didn't screw something up still. If I did, I would appreciate a heads-up so I can try to fix it... there is an issue with bitmaps that don't quite match the palette not getting properly transparent-ized, which I am planning to improve so...
by Sirius
Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Descent Single Player
Topic: Bouncing around and inconsistent speeds in DosBOX
Replies: 9
Views: 554

Re: Bouncing around and inconsistent speeds in DosBOX

Memory is probably configurable through its .ini file. Framerate, yeah, you have to adjust CPU frequency until it looks about right.

The DOS version of D1x allowed framecap, but it doesn't run easily in DOSBox for some reason.
by Sirius
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Descent Development
Topic: DLE camera movement controls
Replies: 1
Views: 320

Re: DLE camera movement controls

OK, the new version of DLE went out this morning (it also has a few bugfixes which may be of interest). I posted a more detailed how-to guide on the config stuff on the D2X-XL forums here: http://www.descent2.de/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=3390 GL/HF, and feedback is always welcome if you find someth...
by Sirius
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Descent Single Player
Topic: Bouncing around and inconsistent speeds in DosBOX
Replies: 9
Views: 554

Re: Bouncing around and inconsistent speeds in DosBOX

Sadly, there isn't. In the DOS versions of Descent, you just have to make sure your framerate ("frametime" cheat code shows you this in D2 - it's not a "real" cheat code though and doesn't reset your score to zero) doesn't go too high. Somewhere around 200 seems to be the breaking point, but keeping...
by Sirius
Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Descent Single Player
Topic: The Thief in Rebirth is insanely too aggressive!!
Replies: 3
Views: 252

Re: The Thief in Rebirth is insanely too aggressive!!

It has another bug in co-op, where you can get multiple kill shots on it - I've sometimes been awarded points three times for one thief kill.
by Sirius
Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Descent Development
Topic: DLE camera movement controls
Replies: 1
Views: 320

DLE camera movement controls

I don't know if anyone here was among their number, but I got a few requests to be able to rebind controls for DLE. I've recently completed work on a beta version that has this feature, which you can get here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/l942q02yswm6i3t/DLE.exe?dl=0 I wrote up a description of how to ...
by Sirius
Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Descent Single Player
Topic: D1 Apocayptic Factor - Level 2 broken
Replies: 50
Views: 1377

Re: D1 Apocayptic Factor - Level 2 broken

Wrong, they do that in Rebirth too. In Descent 2 only, of course. They expect you to pop out of cover at any time, so they fire in hopes their projectiles will zap you when that happens. It's not the same thing... they shoot a few shots after you disappear, but give up more quickly, and also don't ...