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WIP / [WIP]FF7 Refined
« on: 2021-11-06 03:43:38 »
I've been working on a simple dialogue overhaul and combat rebalance project, similar to New Threat except more minimalist in approach. It doesn't fundamentally alter the gameplay with any new mechanics, enemies, or bosses, but rather seeks to rebalance what is already there while also cleaning up the original messy English translation. In essence, I want this mod to capture FF7 as you remembered it with rose-tinted glasses, before you might have taken notice of all the little errors and blemishes playing it as a kid.

I also wanted to offer an alternative to Beacause that is actually designed to work with 7th Heaven from the ground up. My script takes a significantly different approach though. For much of the original dialogue, I viewed it from an "if it aint broke don't fix it" lens. That means keeping iconic stuff like Barret's famous "pizza" line and censored profanity untouched. I wanted to keep the charm of the original script while smoothing out the rough edges. I also didn't make changes to things like "Sectors" being called "Districts" even though this might be more technically accurate to the original Japanese. My primary concern here is not really accuracy so much as simply making the dialogue have an elegant flow to it, and in some instances even improving upon it regardless if it might deviate slightly from the original script. Though as a consequence of correcting a lot of errors and inconsistencies from the original translation, it will end up more accurate regardless. I tend to take the view that all art is flawed and original artists are not infallible; there is always room for improvement, so I will make changes where I see fit, but generally speaking, I don't plan to make any drastic deviations from what's already there. Major plot points will not be changed. This is after all intended to be a refinement of FF7, not a fundamentally new experience. My goal here is to offer something that first-time players can use for a more polished vanilla FF7, as well as give returning players some nice quality of life updates while still remaining largely true to the original FF7 experience.

As for my approach to the combat, I like the general pacing of the original game, so I will largely be leaving HP values of enemies untouched. However I did want to buff the damage of a lot of encounters, especially in the early game, as they're just so weak to the point of being too easy even for a novice. Bosses so far are the only enemy type I've modified HP for, as I noticed for example that Cloud can limit break on Air Buster for 600 damage, which is half of the boss's total HP value in one strike, so the length was just a little too short for my liking. But overall don't expect a brutally difficult trial. This aspect of the mod is intended to make the game a more well-rounded challenge, not a gauntlet of punishment.

As this mod is still in very early development, I have only completed the script and combat tweaks up to just before Cloud and Aeris arrive at Wall Market. I will continue to update it as I find time, but I only work on this in my spare time / when I'm bored really, so don't expect any consistency from me, lol.

The mod is customizable so you can disable the combat tweaks while just using the dialogue or vice versa.



Some things I'd like to do:

- I can't get the Wall Market app to work on my PC, so I've been unable to make changes to things like potion healing values as I'd like to. If anyone has any tips on why it might not be opening, let me know.
- Currently the IRO was compiled by just slapping the whole flevel.lgp file into it, but I'd like to know how other mods break it up into smaller chunks, as I presume this would not only make the file size smaller but probably increase its compatibility with other mods by only modifying parts of the flevel file that are actually changed.
- Reading up on things, I noticed that some enemies will eventually get reused for the Gold Saucer battle arena with buffed stats, but I don't see separate enemies in ProudClod to represent this, which makes me a little concerned that it might modify their stats on-the-fly to be even more buffed despite that this mod already does that, which could result in some gameplay imbalances during this segment in the game. I'm curious if anyone knows how the mechanics of this actually work, as it could pose a problem down the road once I get to that point in the game.

FF7 Tools / Re: [PC] Text editor - touphScript (v1.4.0)
« on: 2021-09-10 03:12:00 »
Good call! Thanks, that worked.

FF7 Tools / Re: [PC] Text editor - touphScript (v1.4.0)
« on: 2021-09-06 22:28:52 »
The thing is I already do have an LGP file there to reference; it just fails to write to it anyway. Haven't been able to figure out why. Though at this point I think I might prefer to use Makou Reactor for script writing as it's nice to have more visual references when you're editing dialogue. But I might still need this for editing the scene.bin file as I think that's the only way to edit combat dialogue like in the scorpion fight.

Myst, this is a great tool. I'm liking the ease of use for the text edits I've been wanting to make to the dialogue of the game.

However, I'm wondering if I wanted to eventually make my edits into a 7th Heaven IRO file, how would I go about exporting the individual changes so that it works in a modular fashion like most 7H mods? I imagine you can't just slap your entire flevel.lgp file into an IRO and 7H will know what to pull from it and what not to so that it doesn't conflict with other mods.

I noticed that other mods like New Threat have exported their flevel changes as "chunk" files that get injected back into the LGP, but I don't know how I can replicate this with Makou Reactor.

Also can you edit battle text with Makou? I'm trying to fix the translation error in the first scorpion boss fight but don't know where to find it...

FF7 Tools / Re: [FF7] Enemies editor - Hojo (1.0)
« on: 2021-09-06 02:57:20 »
The download links for this seem to be down. Does anyone have a new one?

EDIT: Sounds like this app was superseded by ProudClod as that can do everything Hojo does now. I'll just download that.

FF7 Tools / Re: [FF7] Text editor - Loveless (v2.5)
« on: 2021-09-06 02:45:19 »
Does anyone still have a download link to Loveless 2.5? I can't find one anywhere.

Troubleshooting / 7th Heaven 2.3 not working
« on: 2021-09-05 20:28:23 »
Hi there.

All of my mods work fine in 7th Heaven 2.2 without issue, but whenever I try to update to either the canary builds or the stable build of 2.3, the game refuses to launch. While I could just continue to keep using 2.2, what I really wanted to try was using SYW's 30 FPS cutscenes, which requires a newer version to be installed. I've tried doing a completely fresh install of FF7, disabling all mods except just the latest version of SYW IROs (which I presume should support 2.3 seeing as that's what it's specifically designed for), doing the 640x480 compatibility trick as suggested by Chrysalis in other threads, aaaaaaannd nothing works.

It's strange because I'm using pretty much the exact same installation process as I do for 2.2, while downloading the latest FFNx update from the General Settings menu in 7H. There should be no reason theoretically that it doesn't work. This is a Windows 10 64-bit build, Core i7-6700K, 16 GB RAM, GTX 1070, 1998 disc-based install of FF7.

Anyone have ideas? Was the 7thWorkshop folder restructured in any way since moving to 2.3 that might cause issues copying old profiles over to it?

FF7 Tools / Re: [PC] Text editor - touphScript (v1.4.0)
« on: 2021-09-05 19:10:57 »
I'm in the same boat as Salk. I'd love to be able to use this software as it sounds like exactly the thing I would need to easily edit the script of FF7 and make some changes to the original English translation, but the first post talks about there being a readme file even though there is no link to it anywhere. When I try to dump the script, I just get a little textpad that says it found the registry entries for FF7 but no .ini file so it didn't generate anything. I'm guessing I need to include a .ini file somewhere, but again, without documentation from the readme I have no idea what that would be.

Can someone please point me in the right directions? I feel like this software would save me a lot of time compared to others as I wouldn't have to manually resize text boxes for the edits I make.


EDIT: Figured it out! Follow Harleyquinn's instructions just a few posts up. You will need to create a couple of text files. After that, open the touphScript.ini file that you created, and under the override paths section, manually set all the paths for your file references. Like for flevel in my case, I set mine to C:\Games\Final Fantasy VII\data\field\flevel.lgp (do not use quotations)

It depends on where you installed the game to and what version you have. I'm using the old disc version, so I don't follow the normal Steam paths. Once all that was done, it dumped everything!

EDIT2: Now I have a new problem. Can't encode once I've made a change. :(

Just writes some ambiguous errors to the log file: "Couldn't encode world_us.lgp: Couldn't copy file C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Local\Temp\ts6C84.tmp to C:\Games\Final Fantasy VII\data\wm\world_us.lgp"

Do you have to extract the LGP files on your own first in order for it to re-encode them?

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