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1  General Boards / Mapping Tips/Guides / Re: How do I stitch together a bunch of screenshots in to make a map? on: August 27, 2018, 11:55:55 PM
It sounds like a lot of work, but this is probably the easiest and least confusing way to map a game. One thing you need to keep in mind while taking your screenshots is how you are going to stitch them together later. A screenshot goes to waste if you can't remember where it goes.

Try to get something that's easy to see in every screenshot, so you can "stitch by landmark" by having these objects overlap when you paste them onto the map. An example of landmark stitching might be like finding a town in Dragon Warrior, and taking 4 screenshots with that town in each corner of the screen. That way you know for certain what goes where.

Also a good idea to only take 20 screenshots at a time if you're working on a BIG map so you don't lose track of what you're doing.
2  General Boards / Maps In Progress / Re: My mapping projects on: March 23, 2018, 08:23:54 PM
I just submitted everything that was ready to go for Magic Knight Rayearth. It covers about the first 1/3 of the game.

It looks like Yabause doesn't handle the water graphics very well. I had to leave some effects out of the Great Whirlpool where the sun was hitting the water, and some of the rooms in the Eternal Ice Cave were so bad I had to swap the water out with the water from other rooms. I've played through the whole game and know there's at least a few more places where i'll have to replace water backgrounds.

I spent a long time thinking about what to do with all the chests and hidden items. Since everything in this game has it's own icon I just put the treasures on little white cards so all of the hidden Rainbow Amulets would be easier to see.
3  General Boards / Maps In Progress / Re: My mapping projects on: August 16, 2017, 09:16:04 PM
Magic Knight Rayearth on Saturn just became plausible. I got Yabause up and running and i've finally made some position modifier codes to get into inaccessible areas.

060FDB4C ????      Horizantal Axis Position
060FDB50 ????      Vertical Axis Position

This is going to be my new long term project. If I can figure out how to deal with the Forest of Silence, which is a repeating maze much like the Lost Woods, I should be in good shape.

Edit: I found a good way to map the Forest of Silence. All I have to do is walk around in the black area, which is normally off limits, and I don't have to worry about the game warping me all over the place.
4  General Boards / Map Gab / Re: ( Genesis ) Castle of Illusion: Staring Mickey Mouse on: August 13, 2017, 06:45:15 PM
I have some stuff in the works, though for now I have to break in a new computer and figure out how to use some new emulators. On the plus side, it looks like the number of new submissions has been picking up again, especially with all the arcade maps coming in.

Your Super Ghouls N' Ghosts maps were a nice surprise. I'm quite familiar with how challenging that game is, and how elaborate the backgrounds are. Smiley
5  Main Boards / VGMaps Social Board / Re: VGMaps is now 15 years old! on: May 09, 2017, 11:30:57 PM
I remember what things were like before vgmaps. Always looking for maps and never finding anything, except maybe hand drawn maps or compressed jpg maps with sprites and seam lines. If it wasn't featured in Nintendo Power and didn't have it's own player's guide a game would basically have no maps anywhere. Tough luck if you're a fan of some obscure game...

As far as saturation goes there's still a lot of work to be done for systems other than NES and SNES. There's a ton of PS1 games i'd like to see mapped someday, and maybe some Saturn games. Problems with 3D aside there's still enough 2D games for these systems.
6  General Boards / Maps In Progress / Re: My mapping projects on: May 09, 2017, 11:04:44 PM
Extras from Zombie Hunter. I found out how to change the background colors into one solid color while I was mapping so I made a sprite sheet.
7  General Boards / Maps In Progress / Re: Nosferatu (SNES) Mapping on: March 07, 2017, 08:06:07 PM
Hi Robert. If you're looking to get into places that are inaccessible during normal gameplay there are a few things you can try.

Making position modifier codes will usually do the trick. You just need an emulator with a code engine. Start your search, jump, and select less than previous value. Then fall back down and select greater than last value. Keep doing this until you have it narrowed down to a few possible codes. I've drawn a crude graph to illustrate where on the screen you can expect to find your character.

The great thing about axis position modifier codes is that if you get a vertical code you can set the value high, at say 10, and float in the air over anything that would distract you from mapping. I've already made Nosferatu codes for this. Screen orientation moves the screen itself. Player position moves your character. x256 pixels moves you an entire screen.

7E0069??   Horizontal Screen Orientation
7E006A??   Horizontal Screen Orientation x256
7E006B??   Vertical Screen Orientation
7E006C??   Vertical Screen Orientation x256
7E006D??   Horizontal Player Position
7E006E??   Horizontal Player Position x256
7E006F??   Vertical Player Position
7E0070??   Vertical Player Position x256

The hacking utility vSNES can also help you out sometimes. You can load up your savestate and pull map data out of it. It can disable layers and change the default background color to make ripping graphics easier. It can also flatten out a screen by killing the mode7 graphics. Depending on which game you're playing you might be able to take gigantic screenshots with it too.

Hope this helps.
8  General Boards / Maps Of The Month / Re: 2017/03: The Legend Of Zelda (NES) - Rick Bruns on: February 28, 2017, 11:49:16 PM
I always thought that Zelda SWF map was a great idea for this particular game. Now I don't have to waste time burning/bombing everything in sight just because I mistakenly swear there's something on this screen.
9  General Boards / Maps In Progress / Re: My mapping projects on: February 27, 2017, 02:06:07 PM
It must just be your workplace filter, the link works just fine over here.

And you're right, i should share with them, the thing is... i've never edited a wiki before. I guess that's one of those things i should really learn how to do.
10  General Boards / Maps In Progress / Re: My mapping projects on: February 27, 2017, 12:25:55 PM
Heh, that's pretty much right. The only two characters in your party at the time are both female and the dojo master insists on having only male students, so you have to find a different teacher after losing this battle.

Still, the fact this item was a guaranteed drop in a fixed battle makes me think the programmers were considering multiple branches to the story at one point and eventually decided against it.
11  General Boards / Maps In Progress / Re: My mapping projects on: February 25, 2017, 10:39:55 PM
I have something to share now that i'm finishing up Lunar Walking School. The fixed battle in the MAN'S Dungeon can actually be won if you play this on something with a memory editor. Set RAM address C526 and C527 to 00 when you fight Gear and it will go down in one hit. You get an item called "Manliness" which is normally impossible to get, and when you deliver it to the person who asked for it he doesn't even acknowledge that you have it. Oh well.

Doing research on more Beavis and Butt-Head PC games now.
12  General Boards / Maps Of The Month / Re: 2017/01: Crystal Warriors (Game Gear) - zagato blackfist on: January 01, 2017, 01:01:30 AM
These games were actually pretty fun to map. I decided to go with strategy guide maps and collect all the enemy stats. For that I needed to cast scan on the enemy units and fix the transparency on their sprites, as they would otherwise completely cover the tiles they stand on. Getting the actual maps put together was the easiest part of this project since most of the work was in the editing. Thanks for choosing this for MotM. Smiley
13  General Boards / Maps In Progress / Re: My mapping projects on: October 31, 2016, 03:39:15 PM
Next up, Magic Knight Rayearth (Game Gear) and Royal Stone (Game Gear).
14  General Boards / Map Gab / Re: Gauntlet [Arcade] - All 125 arcade boards mapped out, plus extras on: October 16, 2016, 11:33:12 PM
While I'm still here, does anyone know of any sprite rips for I or II?

Are you specifically looking for sprite rips and not maps? You could always try the spriters resource if that's it.
15  General Boards / Maps In Progress / Re: My mapping projects on: August 26, 2016, 11:46:42 AM
New projects.

Beavis and Butt-Head [Genesis]
Beavis and Butt-Head [Game Gear]

I think i might have figured out how to map Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball too. I made some codes that move the guy in the back of the field after he picks up the ball. It's going to be time consuming though, and will probably take a while just to map the Kingdome.

7E0784?? Horizontal Axis
7E0785?? Horizontal Axis x256
7E0786?? Vertical Axis
7E0787?? Vertical Axis x256
7E101E80 Doesn't cut back to batter screen after you pick up the ball, stay on field forever
7E10BC03 Freeze background animation
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