Zombie

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In Topic: UFO: Enemy Unknown Alien Stats

12 December 2018 - 05:35 AM

My favorite thing in life: to necro a thread 12 years old. That's gotta be some sort of record! ;)

View PostZombie, on 29 September 2006 - 05:51 AM, said:

I just completed another major research project into alien stats today. In short, I edited each alien stat in the executable and tried to link it to a unitref.dat offset. For the most part, this plan was very successful as out of the 39 stat bytes, four do not show up in unitref. (And two of those are attributes which probably only apply to unitpos). In addition, I figured out another unknown so now we are down to 8! Posted Image

Backstory: the way I did this was to edit an unknown alien stat in the executable to an easily recognizable number (100 is good, but something like 101 is even better as it doesn't show up very often), then see if any offsets in UNITREF.DAT matched.

Why didn't some edits show up in UNITREF.DAT though? Well, the game ignores these values and does not transfer them to UNITREF.DAT (another option is that a value outside of the expected range is either ignored or reverts to the first value in the range - doubtful, but sounds good). Why does the game ignore some alien stats in the executable? Well, most are due to the fact that a stat was dropped during development or was never implemented completely. Back when I first started this topic I had a strong feeling that all alien stats in the executable were used somewhere and as I know now, this is just not the case. The game was mostly complete, true, but there were things which never made it in for whatever reasons.

We've made great progress over the years deciphering UNITREF.DAT and for the most part it's completely understood now. For this reason, I've updated my Alien Stats page on the site to take this info into consideration. Most of the changes can be found under the Editing Alien Stats heading. It's really a good feeling to see a section fully fleshed out after years of nothing but question marks. No more unknowns!

The one thing I want to do to the page yet is put descriptive anchors instead of the junk /#ufostatsX. Shouldn't be too hard to fix that.

Anyhow, I figured I'd keep everyone updated on this! :)

- Zombie

In Topic: Zombie's Ultimate X-COM Collection

10 December 2018 - 04:08 AM

View PostZombie, on 04 December 2018 - 06:04 AM, said:

I also picked up a very, very rare 3.5" floppy (+ the cardboard sleeve!) from Software Evolution containing a Shareware (!?!) version of X-COM. It's a single disk though, so I'm not really sure how much of a full game it could possibly be. I don't really have much info on this right now, so I'm pretty stoked to get my grubby fingers on it to do some proper research. Posted Image Only downside was that it was rather expensive, but considering I've never seen this for sale yet it's worth it. Posted Image

I got this in the mail the other day and took a look at it with my trusty imation USB 3.5" floppy drive. Just as I suspected, it's nothing more than a glorified UFO:EU demo (though internally it is named the usual X-COM: Terran Defense Force). What is interesting is that the sleeve is big enough for a CD, yet only holds the floppy.



Ahem. Posted Image

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In Topic: I'm on Google Street View!

06 December 2018 - 04:14 AM

Or Odomile. ;)

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In Topic: Zombie's Ultimate X-COM Collection

05 December 2018 - 01:58 AM

View PostThorondor, on 04 December 2018 - 10:12 AM, said:

"Over $100 in value" indeed. Well, I'll say one thing, the abundant red glow behind the alien's head is immediately noticeable as an unusual feature amongst such XCOM 2 promotional posters.

Yup, it's different, but it's just following the cover art for the XCOM 2 Collection. ;)

View PostThorondor, on 04 December 2018 - 10:12 AM, said:

And then you go stratospheric - a shareware version of X-COM?! Posted Image Man, oh man, if that floppy is still readable that's one crazy bloomin' heck of a find you've got there! Posted Image

Because it's only one floppy, I can almost guarantee that it's just the UFO:EU demo, but I'm hoping there's something different too. Here's a quote from the back of the sleeve:

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Enclosed is a complete and fully operational SHAREWARE or DEMO package representing some of the best software available on a try before you buy basis. If satisfied, you may register the program with the author for an additional fee & receive additional benefits. We encourage you to register and support the shareware concept. Full technical support is included. See inside.

Even if it's the normal demo version, there might be some original software or text included for registering which could be cool. :)

Still hoping someday I'll run across the holy grail: an alpha. Posted Image

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In Topic: Zombie's Ultimate X-COM Collection

04 December 2018 - 06:04 AM

In my normal XCOM,X-COM searches last week I came across a XCOM 2 Collection poster, which I purchased (wasn't very much since the XCOM 2 collection is recent). So I put some pics of that up on the XCOM 2 Promo items page (near the end). It's kinda interesting as it's a totally square poster. Posted Image

I also picked up a very, very rare 3.5" floppy (+ the cardboard sleeve!) from Software Evolution containing a Shareware (!?!) version of X-COM. It's a single disk though, so I'm not really sure how much of a full game it could possibly be. I don't really have much info on this right now, so I'm pretty stoked to get my grubby fingers on it to do some proper research. Posted Image Only downside was that it was rather expensive, but considering I've never seen this for sale yet it's worth it. Posted Image

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