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Title: Major Release News ~ Ancient Magic is out.
Post by: Gideon Zhi on December 19, 2010, 12:34:36 AM
Ancient Magic is a fairly generic little RPG for the SNES by the much-maligned Hot-B. See if you can spot their advert for another of their products in the game! Despite its rather pedestrian roots, the game takes several surprising twists towards the end, and is generally worth sticking it out even if the wrap-up (or lack thereof) is a bit of a let down. As a note, there´s more game past "THE END." Also as a note, do set your window speed to "fast" in the in-game options menus - it´ll improve your experience dramatically.

A godawful amount of work went into this, probably more than was worth it. If I can find the time sometime in the next week or so, I´ll put up some kind of postmortem showing off before-and-afters of a bunch of the interface rearrangements. Fun fact, in the original Japanese version, you couldn´t see your max HP or MP in battle! You can in mine, though!

And now I´m going to bed.
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Title: Re: Major Release News ~ Ancient Magic is out.
Post by: Frumple on December 19, 2010, 12:53:26 AM
Ahaha, man, it's been a while since I've posted here. Just keying in to say 'awesome', and I that I was th'ninth person to nab the patch. No one after me shall be in single digits!

A postmortem would be interesting. Here's hoping you find th'time (if not at th'expense of your own enjoyment!).


Title: Re: Major Release News ~ Ancient Magic is out.
Post by: Gideon Zhi on December 19, 2010, 12:56:24 AM
As a note, of the three this one qualifies as the "something really old." We still have the "something old" and the "something waaaay older than even that last one, no, seriously" left to go!


Title: Re: Major Release News ~ Ancient Magic is out.
Post by: ChrisABlair on December 19, 2010, 01:17:09 AM
I was pleasantly happy to be fourth to download. Keep up the good work Gid.


Title: Re: Major Release News ~ Ancient Magic is out.
Post by: Myotis on December 19, 2010, 01:29:02 AM
It doesn't seem to work, I've tried it with several working roms which then cease to operate after patching.


Title: Re: Major Release News ~ Ancient Magic is out.
Post by: Mannypooh on December 19, 2010, 01:46:52 AM
i used win IPS to patch the game and it worked! just make sure to click on the create log box when you do it just incase anything goes wrong. :)


Title: Re: Major Release News ~ Ancient Magic is out.
Post by: Myotis on December 19, 2010, 01:53:47 AM
I see...should I not use Lunar IPS then? Thanks for the help.


Title: Re: Major Release News ~ Ancient Magic is out.
Post by: Mannypooh on December 19, 2010, 01:57:05 AM
i used lunar IPS but for me it didnt patch the rom or it corrupted it, thats what happens to me when i tried to patch it using that program a few times. You can get Win IPS from zophar.net. Go all the way down and you will see game modification on the right hand side; then go to patching. It worked for me pretty well, despite me having win 7 as my OS.


Title: Re: Major Release News ~ Ancient Magic is out.
Post by: Frumple on December 19, 2010, 02:10:26 AM
Lunar worked fine for me after I de-headered th'file in question. Made it to th'second town, but not before a pink pig nearly slaughtered my entire party (of two -- it dropped Jack th'female sailor in about three attacks.).


Title: Re: Major Release News ~ Ancient Magic is out.
Post by: Mannypooh on December 19, 2010, 02:16:23 AM
with my patching, i used lunar IPS and the patch failed to work and was still in japanese but i used Win IPS on the same file and translation file and got it to work :o just offering an alternative to see if it's the same problem or if he needs to change his video settings or emulator :)


Title: Re: Major Release News ~ Ancient Magic is out.
Post by: Myotis on December 19, 2010, 02:19:22 AM
Okay, so I tried the patcher you recommended, and it seemed to work at first, but then it was the same result. I thought it was the emulator, so I tried ZSNES, but that flat out crashed. I'm seriously confused now, and wondering if it's the rom or something. Thanks again for the help, though.


Title: Re: Major Release News ~ Ancient Magic is out.
Post by: Mannypooh on December 19, 2010, 02:36:12 AM
have you tried Bsnes? thats the one that im using. Just make sure the video driver is not open GL or you might get a blank screen :)


Title: Re: Major Release News ~ Ancient Magic is out.
Post by: Myotis on December 19, 2010, 02:48:54 AM
Okay, it has GOT to be the rom I'm using, seeing as nothing works. I like this emulator, so I'll find some from other rom sites and try them. Thanks again for all the help.

EDIT: Problem solved; I now know better than to go to that site again.


Title: Re: Major Release News ~ Ancient Magic is out.
Post by: Drake333 on December 19, 2010, 08:31:55 AM
Okay, it has GOT to be the rom I'm using, seeing as nothing works. I like this emulator, so I'll find some from other rom sites and try them. Thanks again for all the help.

EDIT: Problem solved; I now know better than to go to that site again.

In general, when browsing rom sites, I recommend always going for roms which don't have anything but (J) at the end of the filename. (or ! if nothing else is available.) You did the right thing though in that, when all else fails, try another rom.

As for the release, thank you Gideon Zhi for all your hard work as usual. At some point I'll have the money to be able to donate a little to you, (and the hundreds of other causes/projects on my list) but for now I hope my appreciation is good enough. ;)


Title: Re: Major Release News ~ Ancient Magic is out.
Post by: KingMike on December 19, 2010, 09:17:51 AM
Uh... I just downloaded the patch from this site... and where'd the readme go?
I'm curious what the bug is before I start. :)


Title: Re: Major Release News ~ Ancient Magic is out.
Post by: Gideon Zhi on December 19, 2010, 09:27:20 AM
Whooooooops. That's been fixed.

Anyway, the bug is in the character status screen. Blank digits in characters' stats display as part of the window border instead of blank spaces. I have no idea what's causing it, but it's purely cosmetic and isn't really all that noticable.


Title: Re: Major Release News ~ Ancient Magic is out.
Post by: Wizard on December 19, 2010, 05:11:42 PM
I downloaded the rom and applied the patch with the Win IPS that mannypooh recommended...worked fine and in am using Znes latest version...

I just find it odd that i thought you started at least as an wizard apprentice....but you have to choose occupations like priest or sailor....i really hope i dont become a healer in this game...i hate the healer´´role´´type :S....i am going as priest to have the Lore skill...

Anyway i will keep playing...thanks again for the translation Gid!


Title: Re: Major Release News ~ Ancient Magic is out.
Post by: Dave69 on December 19, 2010, 06:04:38 PM
Does somebody knows what's the hero's name ?


Title: Re: Major Release News ~ Ancient Magic is out.
Post by: Gideon Zhi on December 19, 2010, 06:34:21 PM
Does somebody knows what's the hero's name ?

Male character is Clive by default. Female is Shirley. The game will fill 'em in for you though if you leave it blank.


Title: Re: Major Release News ~ Ancient Magic is out.
Post by: MarkD on December 19, 2010, 07:00:12 PM
Awesome to see the greatest translation group still alive and well. Thanks for all the great releases throughout the years, and let the new projects come! :)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Gideon and team!


Title: Re: Major Release News ~ Ancient Magic is out.
Post by: Dave69 on December 19, 2010, 07:01:44 PM
Does somebody knows what's the hero's name ?

Male character is Clive by default. Female is Shirley. The game will fill 'em in for you though if you leave it blank.

Thanks a lot ! And thank you guys for your awesome work !


Title: Re: Major Release News ~ Ancient Magic is out.
Post by: Aquillion on December 19, 2010, 08:38:41 PM
Does anyone know what the difference between the various job choices you make at the beginning is...?  It's a bit vague what each skill does.