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AKA Eye of Antares (on REwiki, defunct) / ETTiNGRiNDER (most places)

Tools of the trade

Some stuff I use.

  • ICY Hexplorer - A really good hex editor for Windows, with wide compatibility with OS versions from 9x through to modern ones and with WINE on *NIX-style systems. Includes handy features such as disassembly of x86 opcodes and a pixel view mode that is sometimes useful for helping to locate graphical data.

List of games I'm interested in seeing on this wiki

Games I am working on / have worked on

  • Abuse - Working on better documentation for formats / modding
  • Chasm: The Rift - An unofficial engine remake exists which might be a good place to look for further format information; the author probably understands the inner workings better than I do
  • Dark Legions - Still need to finish recovering/re-checking info I put on REwiki some years ago; there are also aspects that remain to be discovered. Map format is mostly known, graphics formats are somewhat known
  • Heretic - Particularly HHE / EXE patching
  • Hexen - Deeper clarification of various modding aspects, EXE patching
  • Star Goose - Basics of graphics and level format are now known. EXE patching is needed for full level editing possibility.
  • Witchaven - Most formats are understood, sound system and save game format need work
  • Witchaven II - Most formats are understood, sound system and save game format need work
  • Dark Angael - Based on the Abuse engine, probably same or similar formats. (Windows 9x)
  • Disciples - official map editor exists (with some bugs/omissions), possible third-party graphics extractor. I know a few map format tweaks to achieve things the map editor doesn't cover. (Windows 9x)
  • Mageslayer / Take No Prisoners - same engine for both, probably same/similar formats. The games contain debug codes that would be useful to jump-start RE of the level format. (Windows 9x)

Games that I am aware of mods / modding info elsewhere that could be added or at least linked to

  • Blake Stone - Extant mods and utilities not yet documented on this wiki
  • Corridor 7 - Extant utilities not yet documented on this wiki
  • Dungeon Master - Most mods seem to use an unofficial Windows port but there might be some DOS format info / tools out there - check this
  • Master of Magic - Insecticide mod (bugfix), possibly some other DOS mods remain available.
  • Warcraft - Custom scenarios were made by hacking savegame files, using a Windows 16-bit utility by BJ Pollard. A few other utilities like Stratlas and WarDraft may also have viewing functionality. Archive format may be shared with Warcraft II. Shareware/Demo version may have used an older format.
  • Warcraft II - file format docs exist, official map editor, some extant 3rd party tools
  • El-Fish - There is some format documentation out there: [1]

Games that are not currently on my plate but I might work on in the future or would be glad to see worked on in general

  • Alien Breed
  • Alien Rampage
  • Blackthorne (AKA Blackhawk in some versions)
  • CyClones - Possibly same/similar engine to Shadowcaster? There seems to be some knowledge on extracting images
  • Demon Stalkers - Comes with some editing capability, no surviving mods?
  • Fantasy Empires - Appears to share some similarities with Dark Legions so check for possible same formats (a cursory look suggests that it probably uses an older iteration of the Dark Legions DAT format)
  • Gauntlet II - DOS port is competent, albeit with only PC speaker sound. A graphics/text mod (with questionable content) also exists.
  • Gods - A Java remake exists with level editing capacity but no modding for the original game that I am aware of
  • Iron Blood
  • Shadowcaster - A few things here and there are known, but more is needed to do more than just rip the resources
  • Dark Vengeance - Developer comments suggested that modding support was intended, but no specs/tools were released that I am aware of. (Windows 9x)
  • Deathtrap Dungeon - Possibly already known how to extract graphics (Windows 9x)
  • Fire Fight (Windows 9x)
  • Get Medieval - official level editor exists, no custom level releases that I'm aware of (Windows 9x)

File formats