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16  General Boards / Maps In Progress / Re: FlyingArmor's Map Projects Present and Future on: September 26, 2016, 03:17:32 PM
Inching closer to completing the Final Fantasy VII map set! I've now got the Northern Cave and Inside the Planet areas mapped and labeled.

Assembling the Inside the Planet map was a nerve-wracking experience. Because there are FMV sequences playing in the background when you're in this area, they obviously won't be visible when viewing the maps in 7mimic. The major problem I was running into was trying to find any program that could open the BIN files that the videos are encoded as. Most of the major FMV sequences in the game are stored as MOV files, and most programs I came across don't have any problem playing those, but none of those programs could play files ending in *.BIN. Long story short, I just bypassed the whole BIN file thing by downloading the AVI files from the PC Version of Final Fantasy VII instead. Ah, much nicer!

It still took a bit of effort to get the lighting correct on everything (or rather as correct as I can possibly get it) which involved separating the foreground and background and other such stuff, but at least it looks more or less how it's seen in-game. And because of this learning experience, I decided to go back to my Whirlwind Maze map and add in all the wavy background effects found in that area, which I didn't bother to do at the time I was working on it.

There's only a few more in-game maps to worry about, as well as the overworld map (which I haven't bothered working on yet), so I'm just about done with this game. Cheesy
17  General Boards / Maps Of The Month / Re: 2016/08: Suikoden II (PSX) - mechaskrom on: September 10, 2016, 12:57:03 AM
The Japanese text on the world map reads something like: "You cannot see this far" or "There's nothing to see here". So basically, a cute, quirky comment. Smiley
18  General Boards / Maps In Progress / Re: FlyingArmor's Map Projects Present and Future on: August 29, 2016, 09:47:35 PM
I would say it's still a true statement. I think I have about 3 or 4 more game maps to finish off, and there's the overworld map as well. We're about six months away from March, so it's definitely within the realm of possibility!

By the way, I did end up buying a used PS3 back near the end of June and have been playing Final Fantasy XIII on and off since then. It's quite an amazing spectacle to behold! I still find the battle system a bit strange, although I've gotten used to it somewhat. I do however like not needing to heal after battles and not having to worry about MP!
19  General Boards / Maps In Progress / Re: FlyingArmor's Map Projects Present and Future on: August 20, 2016, 04:10:47 PM
ReyVGM: I'm actually trying to reduce the number of projects I'm working on at the moment, so adding even more would be counterproductive in that regard. Once I get the majority of my current projects out of the way (Light Fantasy and Ultima VI mainly), I'm probably going to take a break from mapping for a while to concentrate on other things. However, I do appreciate you suggesting me such projects! Cheesy

YelseyKing: Thank you very much! Although I don't mind adding the amount of detail to my maps that I have (by detail I take it you mean where all possible obtainable items can be found, and the mini maps with the latitudinal and longitudinal co-ordinates), it's really the game itself that requires me to do it. And these are just the maps for the SNES version of the game! If I were to apply to same standard to the PC original, the item legends would no doubt be at least two or three times as long, given how many more items there are to obtain (which more often than not, end up being useless items like honey jars, rakes, oven spatulas, plates, chairs, etc).
20  General Boards / Maps In Progress / Re: YK's random map progress thread on: August 15, 2016, 06:20:58 PM
I don't recall anyone calling dibs on that game, and doing a search for it just brings up your post, so I'd say you should be okay. Smiley
21  General Boards / Maps In Progress / Re: FlyingArmor's Map Projects Present and Future on: August 08, 2016, 01:23:30 AM
FF3 was the easiest FF to map by far; not having to jump through technical hoops to map things properly was really nice.

As for FF8, I have no plans to map it. If there's anyone out there who wants to give it a shot, by all means! Just because I've done most of the mapping for Final Fantasy on this site doesn't mean I have a monopoly on it. Wink
22  General Boards / Maps In Progress / Re: FlyingArmor's Map Projects Present and Future on: August 06, 2016, 03:51:58 PM
I'm about ready to wrap up work on Final Fantasy III; I just got two more maps to label and it'll be done!

Working on these maps also made me do a ton of corrections with my FF4 maps mainly, but also a number of FF5 ones as well. A lot of it is just correcting the spacing of certain letters in the item legends, since I noticed a problem with my font file for typing the translations of item names. This also prompted me to fix some other errors I stumbled across in the process, as well as making sure the naming conventions I chose for recurring items remain consistent across the three games.

I won't dump all of that along with the remaining FF3 maps onto Jon all at once, but here's a heads up that it'll come in due time. Smiley
23  General Boards / Map Requests / Re: Request Listings on: July 27, 2016, 11:25:57 AM
I cannot speak for Trop, but if I were in his position, Points would be the last means of exchange I would ever consider, the primary reason being that you cannot convert Points back into currency. The only things Points seem to be good for is for buying stuff from the deviantART store and for getting memberships.
24  General Boards / Maps In Progress / Re: FlyingArmor's Map Projects Present and Future on: July 19, 2016, 07:38:38 PM
Glad you approve of the Brain Lord maps! I'm just happy to have finally completed that collaboration project with you.

I got about 20 new maps done for Ultima VI so far, and two of those are dungeons, so I'm whittling those away one by one. Cheesy
25  General Boards / Map Requests / Re: Ultima and Final Fantasy on: July 19, 2016, 03:57:34 PM
I find there's pros and cons for both the SNES and PC versions of Ultima VI, so it's difficult for me to side with one or the other. One of the pros of the SNES version is you see more of the world at any given time when wandering around, as opposed to the PC version where your view is much more limited in comparison.

No, I don't think it uses the Super NES Mouse. And I don't think that when it was brought over to North America that the programmers would have wanted to redesign everything to accommodate the mouse, if that was ever a thought that cropped up in their minds. The Japanese port came out a few months before the mouse did in Japan (although the game came out in April of 1992, the in-game credits say 1991 for some reason), so that's probably one solid reason for there being no mouse support in the North American version.

Personally, I never really found the controls to be all that bad. It certainly is different compared with the original PC version, but the way it was restructured I find still works fairly well.

No problem! And there's more to come!
26  General Boards / Maps In Progress / Re: FlyingArmor's Map Projects Present and Future on: July 16, 2016, 09:23:14 PM
I just finished labeling the Brain Lord maps (mapping done by Tropicon) which I had started a few years ago, so now anyone who's curious about where all the items are as well as how to enter the various hidden rooms, you won't be disappointed.

Now that Brain Lord's done, I'm back working on Ultima VI. Been mainly focusing on towns and standalone buildings, but I'll get to the dungeons eventually.
27  General Boards / Map Gab / Re: Something (possibly) from VGMaps spotted at E3... on: June 16, 2016, 05:04:48 PM
Heheh, that's a pretty interesting application of a Zelda map. Next step for VGMaps: textiles!
28  General Boards / Maps In Progress / Re: FlyingArmor's Map Projects Present and Future on: June 11, 2016, 01:50:28 PM
Well, since my PC is over 10 years old (I got it from the electronic dump around here) I don't think I'd be able to play Final Fantasy XIII on it. I've never ever had the latest and greatest with PC hardware, so that's probably a huge reason why I play consoles and am not all that interested in PC games.

However, I did end up buying Final Fantasy XIII (Japanese) on eBay for a little over $25 CAD after a little searching, so now I just gotta find some place where I can get a PS3 for cheap (under $150 would be nice). My birthday is coming up soon anyway, so might as well treat myself, eh? Smiley
29  General Boards / Maps In Progress / Re: FlyingArmor's Map Projects Present and Future on: June 10, 2016, 05:21:42 PM
Don't worry about that Gilts Village map. I just uploaded that map here to make a point about how you'd have no idea to search around the trees for hidden items if you didn't already know they were there in the first place. Besides, that map is out-of-date anyway; I've made a lot of changes to it since that post.

The huge break from Final Fantasy VII maps is mainly due to not wanting to slog through battle after battle leveling up my party. I was fairly under leveled by the time I got to Mideel, and I didn't find the correct codes for modifying the amount of EXP and AP gained after battle at that time, so I simply put mapping Final Fantasy VII aside. Now that most of my characters are close to level 99, I can simply breeze through the game without worrying about being too weak to proceed on. The only thing that's gonna take some time to do is the Chocobo breeding.

So with all that said, I should have all the maps done long before the remake comes out if I continue to work on them regularly.

Even now I've yet to play Final Fantasy XIII (not having a PS3 is certainly a major factor in that), and it being so linear is the one thing I always hear about it. That aspect alone won't deter me from playing it though. I'll just know what to expect in that respect. Wink
30  General Boards / Gaming / Re: Waterloo Video Game Swap - anyone here live in Ontario? on: May 28, 2016, 05:14:47 AM
If it were next weekend, I would definitely have gone to see what was all there, but at the moment I'm in Toronto attending Anime North and won't be returning back home until Sunday night, well after the swap has ended. So this time I got a better excuse to not go! Wink

By the way, I posted some photos of the stuff I got in the flea market last night at AN on my tumblr. There were plenty of video games for sale at there as well. I think I mainly saw stuff for PS2 and newer. I did catch a glimpse of a Japanese FF6 cartridge on one table, but since I already got that game complete with box and manual, I paid it no more attention, lol.
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