#pentagram@irc.freenode.net logs for 5 Apr 2009 (GMT)

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[11:20:07] <Hythlodaeus> new binary release?
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[12:01:51] <Kirben> The updated Windows binary you mean?
[12:07:10] <raptorjesus> yes
[12:07:25] <raptorjesus> could debrief me on the changes please?
[12:08:00] <Kirben> It just has more features enabled (HQ2X scaler, and FluidSynth support).
[12:08:17] <raptorjesus> idont want to sound dumb, but what are those?
[12:10:07] <Kirben> HQ2X is a graphics scaler, and Fluidsynth is a software synthesizer using soundfonts.
[12:11:22] <raptorjesus> graphics scaler as in detail filter or as in larger window?
[12:12:24] <Kirben> Both.
[12:12:30] <raptorjesus> cool
[12:12:36] <raptorjesus> so better graphics for u8 then
[12:15:48] <raptorjesus> so can we scale both the window size and map scale?
[12:16:19] <raptorjesus> cuz I always i always thought the u8 view was a bit restrictive
[12:16:43] <raptorjesus> the screen always seemed to small for the amount of zoom
[12:17:41] <Kirben> See the readme for more details.
[12:17:42] <wjp> yes, you can show arbitrarily large areas of the map
[12:18:25] <wjp> but since the maps weren't designed for that, sometimes you may see things you aren't supposed to
[12:18:38] <raptorjesus> awesomeas in?
[12:18:48] <raptorjesus> sorry two phrases mixed
[12:19:01] <raptorjesus> as in?
[12:19:35] <wjp> I don't know any examples off-hand
[12:21:07] <wjp> one more serious issue is that some triggers are only reset when they leave the screen
[12:21:24] <wjp> and when the screen is too large, it may become impossible to reset them
[12:21:57] <wjp> (This can get you stuck in a room at some point when the exit teleporter can't be triggered)
[12:22:27] <raptorjesus> ffff
[12:44:21] <raptorjesus> so anyway, you're still focusing on improving the graphical performance an fixing glitches then
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[15:26:13] <raptorjesus> i suppose some of you guys are involved in exult aswell
[15:28:53] <wjp> yes
[15:36:30] <raptorjesus> is it still updated regularly? i havent checked their page in a long time
[15:37:07] <wjp> yes, there's still quite a bit of progress
[15:37:13] <wjp> http://exult.sourceforge.net/snapshots/ChangeLog
[15:37:35] <raptorjesus> are you guys changing the game code itself aswell?
[15:37:55] <wjp> you mean the scripts?
[15:38:03] <raptorjesus> and stuff like that yeah
[15:38:09] <raptorjesus> i never played non-exult u7
[15:38:25] <wjp> yes, we've been fixing a number of bugs in the scripts
[15:38:37] <raptorjesus> ah, but no gameplay changes
[15:39:38] <wjp> well, there is modding activity: http://www.seventowers.org/downloads.php?section=0
[15:41:08] <raptorjesus> lol a quest to adda keyring
[15:41:09] <raptorjesus> haha
[15:41:43] <raptorjesus> avatar, for thy bravery i present thee with this simple tin ring
[15:41:55] <raptorjesus> you can store keys with it, its really nice
[15:43:59] <wjp> oh and also http://www.thefeudallands.ca/
[15:46:45] <raptorjesus> what is this mod about?
[15:49:19] <wjp> lots. See http://www.thefeudallands.ca/?p=117 for a selection
[15:51:36] <raptorjesus> looks nifty
[15:51:43] <raptorjesus> new map they say?
[15:51:56] <raptorjesus> enlarged version of the original or simply a new zone?
[15:52:55] <wjp> the name (feudal lands) suggests an entirely new area
[15:54:36] <raptorjesus> it also suggests an economical system based on the exploitation of peasants
[15:57:17] <wjp> somewhat, but it's most likely a reference to http://www.ultimainfo.net/Maps/U1MapFL.htm
[15:58:05] <wjp> Ultima 1 had four main map areas. Two of those turned into U7's Britannia and the Serpent Isle. The Lands of the Feudal Lords is another one
[15:59:02] <wjp> (but that the feudal lands are the lands of the feudal lords is speculation on my part)
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[16:27:17] <raptorjesus> just a question, what is there any difference between the exult and pentagram team objectives aside from working with different games?
[16:31:09] <wjp> pentagram has no real mod-support currently, while exult does
[16:43:16] <raptorjesus> eh
[16:43:32] <raptorjesus> i was expecting a rather large community at the exult channel
[16:45:01] <wjp> things are more forum-based I think
[16:46:50] <raptorjesus> i always find the irc channel to be the shoes of a community
[16:47:19] <raptorjesus> clothing may deceive, make up may hide, but shoes never lie, when ti comes to a woman
[16:48:29] <raptorjesus> but then again, i suppose kids these days really dont want to play ultima
[16:49:01] <raptorjesus> they would have migraines the second they find out that you need reagents to cast magic lol
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