Sunday, September 19, 2010

Release Plans

Okay, so here's the deal. I've changed the way ROM file handling works - when you load a ROM now, it creates a project file that stores the original file plus all the shit you modified. You can then export these into a new ROM whenever you want, or just keep them around in the project file package.

I've been working on the project file handling lately.. the nice thing about it is I can read and write in whatever format I want, so the development goes a little faster. The current plan is to have an initial release that allows various things to be edited and saved to the project, but not exported to the ROM yet. As I finish up some ROM write routines, I'll release revisions that allow certain pieces of project data to be exported to ROM. In the mean time, you'll be able to work on whatever projects you had in mind, you just won't be able to write them to a ROM yet. Later releases will allow your project data to be saved as a ROM.

To the few people who actually still follow this project, what do you think of this?

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21 comments:

Droooid said...

I think it's a great idea!

You say "few people", but I'll bet there's more than you realize. They've probably just been waiting for something to get their hands on and have been silent otherwise. I'll bet once you get something tangible out in the wild for people to test out and play around with, they'll come out of hiding. Then, as they start posting screenshots of their hack ideas, it will generate interest among other Mana fans. I would suggest creating a resource forum (if you have a way to do that) for people to discuss their hacks, give feedback (and report bugs) on the editor, and just get some discussion brewing among Somedit users.

bregegrahf said...

Yes !

I'm french and I spoke a lot of the project with some others players around the world !

I know a lot of fan of your work !!

And your idea is very good !

thenattak said...

"The current plan is to have an initial release that allows various things to be edited and saved to the project, but not exported to the ROM yet."

Yeah, that sounds like a great plan. That way you can at least get something out for now, and we could start working on some SOM projects finally! I myself can't wait to try out anything that has to do with this editor. TY Mop!

And there are a lot of people that are following your progress the last couple years, that I know of. So no worries there.

seigneurdeus said...
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seigneurdeus said...

i'm french too and I follow this project since 2008, I wait this with impatience and I'm not alone !!!! A SoM editor is a dream for me and you're in process of realize it. Thank you very very much.

yaesen said...

I'm French too (plein de fans de SOM dans ce pays, c'est fou!!) and I look forward to being able to test your stuff.

+1 for the idea of the dedicated forum, it would be easier to describe bugs & suggest new functions, I think. I'm sure you would gather a heck of a crowd with that program.

fucious1920 said...

Im not french, but I have been waiting too and all I have to say is MOP YOU ARE THE MAN. Thanks

Chaz Estell said...

Sounds like a plan, can't wait to start playing around with this :D

SamMumm said...

I'm so excited!
Can't wait to try it out.

Creon said...

as you may noticed MOP ago many people who read your work and I can push myself even edit SOM

Droooid said...

I've been thinking of ideas for names for a resource forum.

Since this is a tool to shape SOM into something new, I think it would be cool to use the Watts/Weapon Orb theme. Of course, if you've played Mana, you know that Watt's is the blacksmith that upgrades your weapons with the Mana Weapon Orbs found throughout the World of Mana.

So, maybe something like:
"Watts' Forge" or "Watts' Anvil"
Or maybe just "The Forge".

Of course, followed by the tagline "The Secret of Mana Hacking Resource" or something like that.

Thoughts? Ideas?

Malachi353 said...

It's a great idea, I hope you continue to complete this project.

Grieverzz said...

Great project, I know several people who would fall in love with this thing if it were ever released. In the case where you can't finish the project could it be released for others to finish?

Edzward said...

Can you pretty pretty please with sugar on top release the editor already? =/
I'm dying here in anxiety.
SOM is my favorite RPG ever.

This blog is now my homepage.
By the way, I'm from Brazil.

x-project said...

very cool thing ;)
i'm watching your project long
time! Can't wait for release. ...

Greatings from Germany

Edzward said...

Hey Mop, Can I suggest the name "Mana Crafter" as the name of editor?

Droooid said...

I was hoping to see this with my Halloween candy, but maybe we'll get it with our turkey and dressing instead?

Mariusz said...

Hey,
I've been waiting for this many months! I hope you're gonna release it in the next weeks :D

Edzward said...

I'm waiting for this as my Holyday Gift.

Steve said...

You kniow, I absolutely can't wait for this. SOM is my favorite game by far! And I am really happy to see this project getting bigger and better!

I also think Droooid is right! A place to share stuff would be great!

Kagemaru said...

Cant wait!