Fallout 2 mod FO2 Engine Tweaks (Sfall)

Discussion in 'Fallout General Modding' started by Dude101, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. Mad Ivan

    Mad Ivan First time out of the vault

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    Mar 6, 2008
    Did anybody notice that in DX9 mode there is a black screen whenever entering help screen until you move a mouse?
    Is there any way to change this or it is as it must be?
     
  2. Timeslip

    Timeslip Water Chip? Been There, Done That
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    Please could a couple of people give something a brief test for me. If you grab this, it contains a new fallout 2 exe. Copy it into a fallout install, (back up the old one first!) and see if you can still launch/load/save/run around a bit. I just want to make sure that everything's built properly, and that it runs for anyone other than me; there's no specific features in there to test. It's not compatible with sfall or the res patch unfortunately, so I've included a mini-sfall version that forces it into a dx9 window to prevent graphics problems. (so back up the old ddraw.dll too!) Since it wont work with the real sfall, the RP/unofficial patch/other sfall-using mod wont work with it properly. You may or may not still be able to get in game, but don't go around saving over your old save games. (Actually, don't go saving over your old save games regardless. :P)

    Yes, I've noticed that. I can't say I use the help screen often enough to want to look into it though.
     
  3. NovaRain

    NovaRain Casual Modder Modder

    Mar 10, 2007
    Did a quick test. I can launch the game (RP 2.1.2b), run around, save/load a new save game, and even start a combat. But I can't talk to Klint, don't know if it's normal. :oops:

    My OS is Win7 Ultimate x64 (English w/ MUI).

    EDIT: Another quick test, loaded an old save and can talk to NPCs.
     
  4. pelicano

    pelicano It Wandered In From the Wastes
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    Tried it quickly in a clean install (official v1.02)and apparently everything is normal. New game, load, save, combat, dialog, death, ...
     
  5. Timeslip

    Timeslip Water Chip? Been There, Done That
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    Thanks.

    Yay, that's promising. :)

    But that's not. Odd though; I can speak to him fine on both a new game and after loading.

    That exe had a few one liner fixes (sharpshooter, ereg, city limits,) the critical table fixes and one extra script opcode, which was mostly copy/pasted anyway. I didn't touch anything to do with dialog. :| I blame it on quantum weirdness.
     
  6. Ghouly89

    Ghouly89 It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Jul 14, 2010
    I'll grab the modified .exe in the morning and test it as extensively as 1 hour of time will permit :)

    Now for a question Timeslip: are you actually modifying fallout2.exe in assembly? :shock:
     
  7. Lexx

    Lexx Testament to the ghoul lifespan
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    Apr 24, 2005
    I am more interested in why you are editing the exe file directly? :> You have anything new in mind / want to change something else?
     
  8. Timeslip

    Timeslip Water Chip? Been There, Done That
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    Hmm? What else would I be doing? :look: :whistle:

    Not particularly. This was just a little test to check it worked. Actually thinking of something useful to do doesn't come till stage 3. :P

    There's some situations where sfall isn't really viable though, (other platforms, VMs,) so it might be useful for that sort of situation.
     
  9. valcik

    valcik So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Dec 20, 2008
    ..just another quick test on WinXP:
    On a clean install (v1.0 US) I ran only your executable file, without an additional dynamic library provided in the archive.
    Klint's dialogue and some quick fight worked fine, also a save/load functions seems to be working.
     
  10. Ghouly89

    Ghouly89 It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Jul 14, 2010
    I know, a dumb question because I knew the answer before asking it... :oops:

    I envy you and your exceptionally superior programming skills :) Assembly is beyond my reach, considering you're just working with individual bytes and their positions... and that's about it :shock:

    Did you learn to program assembly through school or independent research?
     
  11. Timeslip

    Timeslip Water Chip? Been There, Done That
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    Not quite the effect I was going for... This forum obviously needs a more shifty looking shifty eyed emoticon. :P

    Still not far off though. I imagine someone poking my exe in ida will spot what I did pretty quickly.

    Self taught. It's pretty hard to find university computing courses around here that teach anything other than java these days.
     
  12. Fallout1FTW

    Fallout1FTW Still Mildly Glowing

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    Oct 25, 2010
    I have two questions.

    1. Can we get colored lighting effects in Fallout 2 similar to those in FOnline? Right now, we only have white light.

    2. Can we have in-game movies which aren't restricted to 256 colors? It's really hard (impossible) to find a movie editing software which produces 256-colored movies.
     
  13. Timeslip

    Timeslip Water Chip? Been There, Done That
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    Difficult to do well with the limited palette, but I remember someone talking about it before... Can't remember what was said though.

    Already in.
     
  14. Timeslip

    Timeslip Water Chip? Been There, Done That
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    Looks like it's time for a slightly less subtle hint of what I'm up to.

     
  15. Lexx

    Lexx Testament to the ghoul lifespan
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    Apr 24, 2005
    My first guess is you want to port it to some platform?
     
  16. Dude101

    Dude101 Vault Fossil
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    Aug 3, 2005
  17. tiagop

    tiagop First time out of the vault

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    May 24, 2006
    Oh man, it would be really great if it is an Engine Remake for various platforms like Android or the PSP :D
     
  18. Fallout1FTW

    Fallout1FTW Still Mildly Glowing

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    Oct 25, 2010


    Care to spill the beans, Timeslip? :wink:
     
  19. SHADOW-XIII

    SHADOW-XIII First time out of the vault

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    Nov 19, 2007
    HOLY S....
    Fallout 2 using SDL engine? Awesome, there's already Android port of SDL, there's guy who ported few PC games to Android using SDL, so I am definitely waiting for this one Timeslip!!
     
  20. Oracle

    Oracle Vault Senior Citizen

    May 19, 2003
    So if it's true about the SDL engine part, what can be done with it when finished besides porting it.

    Would it be easier to mod?