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Editing the font and text in Phantasy Star II and IV.
« on: June 13, 2010, 04:33:13 am »
The font in Phantasy Star II is...the most hideous thing I have ever had the displeasure of gawking at. I've gone through the ROM a few times in YY-CHR, but I can't seem to find it. I've also poked around in a hex editor to see if the miniscule text I wanted to edit was in ASCII with no luck, and hunted for a .TBL file to no avail.

While here, I'd like to ask about editing Phantasy Star IV's font and text. Similarly, I've looked through the ROM in YY-CHR, but I'm unable to locate the font. Though it's actually quite pleasant to look at, I dislike the fact that the font is thick and the numbers are thin. Also, I'd like to see about editing a tiny amount of text here as well.

I'd be appreciative if someone could direct me toward editing these--or hell, at least the font in PSII.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Editing the font and text in Phantasy Star II and IV.
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2010, 06:27:45 am »
More than likely the font and dialog are compressed in both games. I know for a fact that the Japanese version of 4 has the font uncompressed.
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Re: Editing the font and text in Phantasy Star II and IV.
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2010, 09:55:12 pm »
Well, that's a place to start, I guess. Thanks, Azkadellia.
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Re: Editing the font and text in Phantasy Star II and IV.
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2010, 10:07:17 am »
Are you looking for the font in the Japanese or US version of PS2?

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Re: Editing the font and text in Phantasy Star II and IV.
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2010, 04:52:51 pm »
I'm looking through the US version of PSII. The US version of PSIV, as well, but I suppose the mention of thick letters and thin numbers made that obvious.
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Re: Editing the font and text in Phantasy Star II and IV.
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2010, 12:20:04 am »
Can you read ASM code?

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Re: Editing the font and text in Phantasy Star II and IV.
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2010, 06:25:42 am »
Nope. Is it hard? I'm guessing that'll be the key element to modifying this monstrosity, but I'm willing to learn.
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Re: Editing the font and text in Phantasy Star II and IV.
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2010, 09:19:54 am »
Not hard, but it's time consuming and there's a learning curve.  That curve is easier to manage if you already know binary/hex or have some programming experience though.

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Re: Editing the font and text in Phantasy Star II and IV.
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2010, 04:56:13 pm »
Never looked for the font in PSII. With a table file you can see some of the text (many event texts and all items/equipment) so either there are two table files used or the rest is compressed. I was going to correct all of the spelling and grammar mistakes Naflin's Ego made when he inserted the re-translated english script but I got bored of it after making a table file and never revisited. Here's the table I had made if that helps getting you started-

25=a
26=b
27=c
28=d
29=e
2A=f
2B=g
2C=h
2D=i
2E=j
2F=k
30=l
31=m
32=n
33=o
34=p
35=q
36=r
37=s
38=t
39=u
3A=v
3B=w
3C=x
3D=y
3E=z
00=
0E=D
0F=E
10=F
11=G
12=H
13=I
14=J
15=K
16=L
17=M
18=N
19=O
1A=P
1B=Q
1C=R
1D=S
1E=T
1F=U
20=V
21=W
22=X
23=Y
24=Z
0B=A
0C=B
0D=C
C1=<LINE>
45='
3F=,
44=.
C3=<PROMPT>
46=-
44=!
43=?

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Re: Editing the font and text in Phantasy Star II and IV.
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2010, 06:08:03 pm »
Genecyst has a ppu viewer, which will help you if there's another table (if the story text is uncompressed with another table), it requires dos box if you're with xp or above, period ;O
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Re: Editing the font and text in Phantasy Star II and IV.
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2011, 08:34:40 pm »
Is anyone still working on this?  The 'retranslation' of PS2 definately could use a bit of editing and font-love, since the built-in font in the game can be quite fugly and take up too much space.  At the least, dialogue needs a bit of love.  If anyone's still working on this and needs an editor/tester, lemme know :)

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Re: Editing the font and text in Phantasy Star II and IV.
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2011, 04:27:32 pm »
It's funny you mentioned this. I recently thought about trying to get back into Phantasy Star, but I never figured out the font. I have absolutely no programming experience or whatnot, so tummai's comment was sort of discouraging.

I did, however, manage to edit some of the text thanks to kingofcrusher. I think "Neihelm" looked a lot better than "NEIMET." :p Unfortunately, when it got down to playing the game, I got extremely frustrated at the incessant slow walking of the team. It got to the point where I noticed I was holding down the speedup button constantly, but now I want to give it another shot.
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Re: Editing the font and text in Phantasy Star II and IV.
« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2011, 09:37:19 am »
Sorry about necrobumping again, but I've decided to play the games again! I found some .TBL data for PSIV and decided to make some files in WindHex32. They should work in all hex editors, though.

EDIT: dead link

There; now this time even if I give up, others can easily try!
« Last Edit: September 29, 2012, 02:57:44 am by vivify93 »
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