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General Discussion / RIP Ricardo Montalban
« on: January 14, 2009, 06:16:44 PM »
He is known best for two roles, one of Mr. Roarke in Fantasy Island, the other as Kahn in the first season of Star Trek, and in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn. No cause of death was announced at the time. Rest in peace.

Taken straight from the post at RHDN, with my added typo fix:

FF6LE is an open source level editor for Final Fantasy IV VI built using the Lazy Shell technology developed by myself and Giangurgolo. Its very comprehensive level editor that allows users to easily edit most every aspect of the levels and should allow for some great hacks. It has many of the unique features that will be found in Lazy Shell. Feel free to ask questions.

FF3LE requires the Microsoft .Net 2.0+ Runtime Environment which is freely available for download here:

A few of the unique features include simple level data importing and exporting, level image exporting and much more, all of which will also be seen in Lazy Shell.

Here are a few pics of the editor.

The main window

Albrook Outside

Figaro Castle

Nikeah Ferry

It should be clearly noted that
   * This is just a Level Editor, not a complete game editor.
   * Final Fantasy 6 is also known as Final Fantasy 3 in North America when it was first

released, but FF6 is the more common title.
   * The MD5 checksum of the rom image used in development is:

54-43-11-E1-04-80-5E-92-60-83-AC-F2-9E-C6-64-DA but this is just for reference, it will most likely work fine with any NTSC FF6 rom. I wrote a quick utility to check this which you can download below. It also requires .Net 2.0+.
   * FF6LE is a side project that resulted during the development of Lazy Shell, so there is no help file. If you have any questions, ask for help, but try and figure it out yourself

before asking.

Release Version
Direct Link:

Source Code
Direct Link:

MD5 Hasher
Direct Link:

If need be, I can put a link up at Slick in case Acmlm's goes down.

Slick News / 2008 - The year in review
« on: December 31, 2008, 02:06:24 PM »
Today we see the closing of 2008, a year with many ups and downs.

On the rom hacking front, Pandora's Box has seen much progress, mostly in terms of new features and oddities. This includes new targeting, some varying-width font goodness, hell expanded, a different element, and coloration differences in battle. With the many new features (and more yet to be implemented), the worst thing that could happen would be to lose focus. And that we did, slightly. However, with the new year ringing in, there's still plenty of big splashes to be made, and one should be made very shortly. So, for those that have been patiently waiting on us, your patience will be rewarded.

Not related to Pandora's Box, Dragonsbrethren also released a couple new Goldeneye hacks. They can be found on his front page.

Outside of us, a Japanese hacker, Rock5easily, made 2 Megaman hacks. Well, Rockman, actually. One of Rockman 5, which now seems to be complete, called Rockman 5 Endless, and another of Rockman 3, called Rockman 3 Endless. Both were made in inspiration of Megaman 9's Endless mode. Since the hacks were updated continuously, and since Rock5easily never archived older versions of the hacks, Dragonsbrethren set up two archives for the hacks, here and here. Both are quite fun, in their own quirky ways. :happy:

2008 also saw the fall and revival of Zophar's Domain, neither of which were fully expected to happen. Things have a way of clinging on for dear life, and ZD certainly did that for many years.

Outside of "the scene" and emulation entirely, we saw many new games, including the much anticipated Super Smash Bros Brawl. 2008 also saw a new game with a retro look, Megaman 9. There was also Lost Oddysey, Infinite Undiscovery, and Metal Gear Solid 4 for games on the new front. The DS saw some highly anticipated titles, the two biggest being Final Fantasy 4 and Chrono Trigger. 2009 looks to be a good year for the DS, at least in terms of games. Titles will include many from the Dragon Quest series, which has many people smiling. If you look beyond the games, another new version of the DS will be seen, this one called the DS-i. This new version will eliminate the backwards compatibility with Gameboy Advance games (among other things). This leads me to believe that Nintendo still hasn't really "gotten it" from the stuff they pulled in the mid-90's, but I am merely one person.

Going into reality, it was an interesting year for sports. In baseball, the Tampa Bay Rays came from out of nowhere, certainly surprising the hell out of everybody they ran over. They did what only one team before them had done, go from worst record to the World Series the next year. The other team that did this was the 1991 Atlanta Braves. The Braves lost the World Series in 7 games, and the Rays lost the World Series in 5 games. With what the Braves did, they set up a foundation that would last for the next 15 years. Now, I don't see the Rays winning 14 consecutive AL East titles, but they will be contenders for many years to come.

In basketball, the Boston Celtics essentially traded away for an NBA title. It worked. Usually something that like doesn't go over well, since there's things like team chemistry, ball-hoggers, and etc that can ruin things. The Celtics got the right players, and they steamrolled everybody.

In hockey, the Red Wings returned to glory, beating the up-and-coming Pittsburgh Penguins for the Stanley Cup. That was one of the better Stanley Cup series I had seen in many years. Sidney Crosby has a solid team, and assuming injuries don't overtake them, they should be set for a while. Along with Crosby, his "rival," if you want to call him that, Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals,  look to have an excellent back-and-forth battle for many years to come. No, neither were rookies, but they've certainly announced their presence (they did that last year, actually). It's only fitting that they finally get some props from me.

And then, there's football. The New England Patriots did what nobody thought was possible, go 16-0 in the regular season. Unfortunately for them, and to the delight of many others, they lost the Super Bowl to the New York Giants. Nobody expected the Giants to win, which is kind of similar to the Patriots first Super Bowl title seven years ago against the St. Louis Rams. The Rams then, and the Patriots last year were complete offensive machines, and nobody could stop them. And just like seven years ago, they were upsets that nobody could see coming.

That, in a nutshell is 2008. Will 2009 be any bigger? Maybe, maybe not. The only thing I am certain of, it should not disappoint. :cycle:

General Discussion / Woes of Internet Explorer
« on: December 13, 2008, 03:01:11 PM »
Oh, goodie. A new exploit is out and about. The gist of it, as I read at SDA (specific thread).

Quote from: rooster
There is a heavy exploit going around, being injected in big websites with many hits by hackers, that is targeting IE users and is very dangerous.

This exploit can potentially take control of the computer without requiring the user to actually click somewhere (which is the usual way to clickjack a pc). Meaning that the user only has to visit a website to get infected. Few current Virus, Backdoor and Malware scanners can spot it yet, so be warned, use a different browser until the IE has been patched (or a different browser alltogether Cheesy).

or if you like neither of these: Google Chrome

For people interested in how the exploit works:
Basically the error is the xml parser of IE. People place an (invisible) iframe on a website, that calls an illegal xml path, which crashes the xml parser and allows entrance into the stack, to run machinecode.

I hope I can save someone from SDA through this post.

General Discussion / RIP Paul Newman
« on: September 27, 2008, 12:23:16 PM »
One of the better actors of a couple generations has died. Those that had some say had been downplaying his declining health, insisting he would make a full recovery.
1925 - 2008. Rest in peace.

General Discussion / RIP Don LaFontaine
« on: September 02, 2008, 02:58:13 PM »
You probably don't know the name, but I guarantee you know the voice. He has done countless movie trailers, most of which were action packed. No official cause of death has been announced yet, but it's believed to be a collapsed lung. :sad:

Pandora's Box / The project
« on: August 31, 2008, 02:31:50 AM »
For those that don't know, the project is a massive Final Fantasy 6 hack that started back in February of 2006. It started out as a rebalancing effort to follow up the work King Lettuce and I did for Demonic Pandemonium. The team started out with just Dragonsbrethren and myself. About a couple of months after we got our feet wet, King Lettuce was brought into the project. Some months later Imzogelmo signed on to the project as well. :cycle:

So what is this project really about? Potential, more or less. As you may or may not be aware, Final Fantasy 6 was sadly rushed onto the shelves. The game had many bugs left in, many aspects of the engine left unresolved, and many things that frankly left a lot to be desired. :isuck:

One such area was the difficulty, as it was easy to get around with the exception of a few areas of the game. This was because of the damage formulas, kinda. Kejardon designed and wrote the new physical damage formula, as well as some code for some crucial bug fixes. :whoa:

Another area was the dialogue, or the script in general. Despite how obvious it is at times, there are numerous questions about how to play the game. :blits: To that end, the entire script is getting a complete rewrite. It's not going to be based on anything, though aspects of the three major scripts we are familiar with (RPGone's, FF6A, and the original) will contribute. :picsorstfu:

But what's a hack without new features? Rest assured, the new stuff will not disappoint. :banonsmash: Check the screenshots and videos threads for the new content. Of course, if you feel the need to pitch in, you can do so here. :cookie:

That leaves the bugs. The bugs, that for the most part have crippled the game to insanity, hilarity, or wackiness. We're going to fix as many as we can (with emphasis on the ones worth doing). If you want to see a list of bugs fixed, check the signature. If not for the efforts of Master ZED, assassin, and Novalia Spirit, much of this project may not have happened. :omg:

In the end, when we finally do finish this thing, there will be potential that is untouched. We're doing so intentionally, to show what this game is truly capable of. :omghax:

Gaming Discussion / FF3/6 - Understanding Gogo
« on: August 19, 2008, 12:55:03 PM »
Gogo - I cannot live w/o the Steal command
Really? Locke isn't recruited, so steal shouldn't be available to you. I get Locke very early because he's one of my best overall fighters, and any level re-averaging sucks. One party of Terra, Sabin, Celes, and Edgar and another party of Mog = massively beaten Phoenix Cave. :happy:

I also get Mog pretty quickly because the Moogle's Charm is really helpful in areas annoying to clean out (Kefka's Tower, Cultists' Tower, etc).

Slick News / Another new section
« on: August 10, 2008, 01:56:32 AM »
This one is the documents section to Final Fantasy 6. This was a long time coming, and with a lot of time invested all over the place. However, as is the case with many disassemblies, these are incomplete. Banks C0, C1, and EE stand out in that regard. The area that saw the most attention was C3, and D4 was discovered and added during that time.

If you have comments to add, or you weren't included in the mess of authors (and there are a lot of them), drop a line. :happy:

General Discussion / Olympics officially begin in under 24 hours
« on: August 08, 2008, 01:36:58 AM »
The question is, do any of us care? Are there any compelling story lines to the games this year other than the smog and the pollution and the oppression? :hmm:

I, for one, will be watching the highlites on ESPN, since the division races seem to be more interesting at the moment. :blush: There's also preseason football! :tongue:

Slick News / Update at the trade deadline!
« on: July 31, 2008, 03:29:55 PM »

Ok, corny joke. My apologies, but Manny Ramirez just isn't gonna get traded. *attempts to dodge pies thrown in his direction*

Ok, ok, ok. To real business. A couple of weeks or so ago, somebody from "the minibosses forum" sent me an email with a bunch of brand new NSFEs. Who am I to turn down more entries? :cycle: I tried to get the accents to appear for Deja Vu's title, but they won't show up. :sad:

Additionally, Joelsmith380 sent in a brand new FF2 patch, which he's calling Basic Improvement.

General Discussion / Baseball mid-season report
« on: June 30, 2008, 06:39:18 PM »
Well, the season has been zany, to say the least. All 30 teams in a quick dismissal sentence!

Al West:
Angels: Just this weekend they no-hit the Dodgers, and lost. They scored one run for the entire series. In a way, that's been a cataclysm for their entire season. Vlad's been hurt, Escobar's been hurt (or was it Saunders?), and their offense is putrid. Somehow, they lead the west, and for how much longer remains to be seen.

Athletics: Every year they are in it, and every year nobody knows why or how they keep doing it. Credit to Billy Bean for finding talent in every nook and cranny. It's not a team built for the playoffs though, especially since all of their closers keep getting injured.

Mariners: A popular pick for winning the west, until they actually started playing. They have been consistently the worst team in the entire league, and they've already fired their GM and manager Scott McCleran. The spiral downward continues, and only when the team is blown up can they rebuild.

Rangers: Every year they show offense, and every year they go nowhere. They have the best story in Josh Hamilton. Milton Bradley has also rebuilt his career as well, but unfortunately it won't be enough. I wouldn't be surprised if both were traded in the near future.

AL Central:
Indians: One of two picks to win the division. However, due mostly to injuries to Fausto Carmona and Travis Hafner, ineffectiveness of Rafeal Bettancourt, and a bad start by Sabathia, this team is pretty much dead in the water. Many believe Sabathia will be traded very soon.

Royals: A trendy pick to contend for a while, but then they fell back to earth. Being no-hit may have had something to do with it (it was the start of their 10+ game losing streak). José Guillen decided to rant, and he and his team have picked it up (somewhat). If they can pick it up, they can finish as high as third (depends on how this now-insane race goes).

Tigers: The other of two picks to win the division. Early injuries to Joel Zumaya and Fernando Rodney was only a foreshadowing to their problems. With them down, they had no bullpen, so no lead was safe. To compound matters, their offense didn't show up. To that end, just yesterday they finally got back to above .500, and are breathing down the Twins and White Sox collective necks. If their offense can maintain itself, they will be in it.

Twins: Hunter leaves to sign with Angels. Santana is traded to the Mets for basically nothing. Nothing new. :tongue: Liriano coming off of Tommy John surgery has been ineffective. He's in the minors getting his confidence back, but whether or not  he has the stuff he had before the surgery is doubtful. And as they do every year, the organization plugs holes. Right now, they are in the race. The team is basically winning by being clutch, but that can't keep up forever.

White Sox: I don't think anybody thought the Sox had a shot this year. Ozzie has been Ozzie, and he even threw his GM under the boss (I still believe the two planned it out) after losing a series to the Rays (right now both Chicago teams are 1-5 against the Rays). Their rotation has been really good, and their offense has shown up. Right now, they are the strongest of the three teams trying to win the division. Lou is right, the Sox should win the division by at least 5 games.

AL East:
Blue Jays: They had expectations to contend this year. They had reason to believe they could win the division. Really, there's no reason why they couldn't. They have one of the better rotations. Problem? No offense, at all. John Gibbons has been canned already, and he was replaced by Cito Gaston in what has to be a PR move. Fork is stuck.

Orioles: A feel-good story at the beginning of the year, though they've tapered off lately. For a while it looked like they would contend for a while (a while is not 2 weeks, I was hoping for at least 3 months) but they seem to be star-crossed. I don't know why, but they just can't seem to put things together.

Rays: :wtf: Seriously. :wtf: I guarantee absolutely nobody saw this coming. They made some very quiet moves in the offseason. They acquired Matt Garza and Jason Bartlett from the Twins for Delmon Young. Rays have gotten the better end of that deal so far. They signed Troy Percival. Repeat, they signed Troy Percival. For the first time ever, their bullpen looks scary. They locked up Evan Longoria long-term, and their roster is very solid. They only have one flaw, and that's them being young. Despite that, this team is for real. :eek:

Red Sox: Defending World Series champs. Attempted to acquire Santana, but didn't want to trade the prospects. Some may consider that to be a very dumb move, but the Sox look very smart for not doing anything. Already with one no-no under the belt, they have a real chance to repeat.

Yankees: Fear the power of the golden thong and the mustache! The circus that is this clown-team seems to revolve year in, year out. And with Mini-Me, errrrr, George Jr., errrrr, Hank making a lot of noise, they seem to be a lot of fluff. One way or another, they'll stick around. Some team always makes sure they do.

NL West:
Diamondbacks: It's the return of the NL worst! :happy: The Diamondbacks were expected to contend, and contend they have. While leading the division at .500, they are also contending for the worst record to win a division (then again, all of these teams are). To their own defense, they've had a lot of injuries very early, including both hamstrings going on Eric Byrnes, and a cancer operation on Doug Davis. They'll be in it, simply because nobody else is. Randy Johnson is going for 300 wins (he's currently 12 shy), but there's no telling if he's going to make it.

Dodgers: The return of Joe Torre, and unfortunately his team has no offense to speak of. Granted, their offense is more or less dependent on Rafael Furcal, who is still on the DL. They will be in it, but they won't be a serious threat this year.

Giants: Other than Tim Lincicum, they don't have much to speak of. Unfortunately, I have no intelligence on this team, so I cannot comment.

Padres: Lucky for them nobody has decided to run away with the division (ok, the Diamondbacks did at first, but they fell back to earth since) which means they can finally make a run. With Peavy and Young healthy again, they are probably the strongest threat to the Diamondbacks.

Rockies: The Rockies are still trying to recover from the world series sweep. Tulowitsky (sp?) got hurt almost immediately after signing his long-term deal, and they have closer issues.

NL Central:
Astros: The club with issues. First it was banning Clemens from the facility because of getting a potentially bad rap, then it was Tejada with a birth certificate, and now it's Chacon throwing down his GM (and very promptly getting axed). This team has some real issues, and Lance Berkman can't get them past all of it by himself.

Brewers: Signing Eric Gagne was a mistake. To rectify it, they signed Solomon Torres, and he's been lights out as their closer. This is the fourth closer in the last two years now. Derrick Turnbow didn't work out, Gagne obviously won't work out, and Fransico Cordero signed with the Reds. This team has a lot of pop, but their rotation is shaky. They are expected to be in the Sabathia sweepstakes when he's put on the market. I'd like to know how, though, since he's going to want a lot of money.

Cardinals: This year's M*A*S*H unit. Everybody's hurt, and they are in it. Tony clearly knows what the hell he's doing if he's got this team this far ahead with not a single player healthy.

Cubs: By and large the division favorite from minute one. Soriano can't stay healthy though, and Big Z is showing signs of not being healthy. Hopefully that's just an apparition.

Reds: They already fired their GM, and it looks like they're going to be rebuilding soon. Ken Griffey Jr. recently his career homer 600, and that's probably the high point of the season. Whether or not Griffey or Dunn are traded this year remains to be seen, though I don't think either will be traded.

Pirates: This team is by default irrelevant. Their infield is still very flashy, but the rest of the team is "meh" at best.

NL East:
Braves: Tom Glavine went back to Atlanta, only to go on the DL for both the first and second time in his career. Smoltz is done for the year, and his career might be over. That's unfortunate, because he's been the face of that franchise for a long time. They have a chance to take the Phillies, because they have enough bats, but their rotation is really shaky.

Marlins: :wtf: Seriously. :wtf: I guess this one is less shocking, since we know this team can win with nothing. But still, this will mark the first time that both of Florida's teams will be a real threat this late in the season. It's kind of exciting. :happy:

Mets: After spinning their wheels out of the gate, and just playing terribly for basically the entire season, they canned manager Willy Randolph. I believe it was Billy Wagner that said they suck because they suck. It ain't Willy's fault that his players can't put it together. Also, attention Mets fans. Get off Carlos Delgado's back. :tongue:

Nationals: New ballpark, and that's about it. I have no intelligence on this team to make any comments.

Phillies: I'll say this now, Chase Utley will win the NL MVP. That'll make the third Philly in a row to win the award. They have the strongest team to win the division, even though probably everybody picked the Mets to win it. Hell, I know I did. :tongue:

Gaming Discussion / This is odd...
« on: June 24, 2008, 05:51:10 PM »
I wiped my OS the other day, because I was a moron and thought that something pre-existing was preventing this new sound card from working. But now with a fresh OS, all of the emulators seem to be running pretty sluggish. Kega Fusion, Zsnes, all of them. All games are running noticeably slower, and I don't know why. Yesterday I thought I got myself infected with something because I had Java/script enabled while browsing (this was before I got noscript).

Any ideas?

General Discussion / $@!*&% downloading
« on: June 23, 2008, 12:58:59 PM »
You'd think this would be easy, right? Use something other than a browser, easy to resume, can continue files long after a nice snooze. Except for that resume part. An entire night of downloading 63 megs worth of drivers go for naught, as the filesize decided to reset itself. :wtf: Yep, back to 0. Six hours of downloading for absolutely nothing.

[spoiler=Vulgar rant]Why the fuck can't these fucking companies make these fucking filesizes smaller because of people that have to use dialup?![/spoiler]


General Discussion / Hooray failing hardware!
« on: June 11, 2008, 04:18:14 PM »

Over the past couple of years, various pieces of hardware for my PC are slowly dying. The list as it is currently:

One stick of 64 megs SDRAM. It currently only has 32 megs.
Top right corner of monitor has dying pixels, and it is getting progressively worse. It's like images are being burned to it, but leaving the monitor off as much as possible seems to help...somewhat.
Onboard modem - initially broken when I got this machine 4 years ago. What's worse is that it's soldered and blocking a PCI slot.
One PCI slot is shot, and doesn't work with anything.
Unknkown if the AGP slot works or not.
Onboard sound does not work. I tried for two hours to get Windows to find it, and it wasn't able to.
Sound card (takes up PCI slot) has a failing port, as the connector for the speakers is failing. I usually have to twist the connector to get it to sound right. Initially I thought it was the Y-splitter I was using, but plugging the speakers in directly does the same thing as the Y-splitter.

Wow, bigger list than I thought. :tongue: The IDE controllers, the processor, the other two sticks of ram, the video card, and the power supply all work fine. :happy: Who else has dying hardware?

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