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Newcomer's Board / Re: Attempting first project: a few questions.
« on: August 13, 2014, 03:28:04 am »
I have looked up what breakpoints are, and as far as I can tell they are parameters which you give the programme to pause at. Is this so that you can see what's happening to the memory of the ROM at that specific moment?

Also, I can't figure out what is meant by 'memory viewer'. Every time I look it up I get links to programmes which have memory viewers, but I don't know what that is or how to access it on SNES9X. An explanation or of what a memory viewer is, and an image showing how to use it in SNES9X would be awesome.

(using the disassembly view with breakpoints on instructions, on memory read/write, and with the memory viewer).
So what does that mean? And how do I do that? I'm guessing that doing this involves setting the breakpoints so that the programme pauses at a moment where you can check something relating to the memory, but I'm not sure.

Any clarification or help would be great, as right now I feel totally clueless (and a bit stupid)...

p.s. I have no idea how to set breakpoints. A link to a guide on that would be great, as I was unable to find one.

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Newcomer's Board / Re: Attempting first project: a few questions.
« on: August 12, 2014, 09:03:27 am »
I now have a SNES emulator with a debugging console (SNES9x). I can use it to play the game, but how do I use the debugging console to 'edit' the game? I have read a lot of FAQs and walkthroughs which say things about disassembly and assembly etc. but they all just say that they won't cover it and that other guides explain those parts.
Is there any guide which explains, for beginners, the way you use a debugger to edit the data within the ROM? If so would anyone be kind enough to link me to it? (my aim is to edit the growth rates of stats of characters to make Fire Emblem more balanced)

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Newcomer's Board / Re: Attempting first project: a few questions.
« on: August 12, 2014, 04:50:13 am »
thanks STARWIN and BlackDog61, I'm very grateful for the help.

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Newcomer's Board / Re: Introduction Topic
« on: August 11, 2014, 06:21:47 pm »
hi, I'm 11tw

I'm new to coding/hacking of any kind, but I've been using emulators for about 3 years. Love old-school games like Fire Emblem and Zelda, would love to hack them to add modern twists and technical improvements (as much as I love early Fire Emblem games, certain characters are pointless and that makes me sad).

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Newcomer's Board / Attempting first project: a few questions.
« on: August 11, 2014, 06:15:54 pm »
Hi, I'm new to romhacking. I've taken it up as a way to learn binary and hex coding. My original plan was to level/stat edit the Japan-only release Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, in order to make units more balanced.
I have:

The translated ROM
Znes emulator

I have read as many guides as I could, but none of them go into the specifics of level editing, most of them mention either a) using hexadecimal code to edit a ROM or b) using/making a level editor.
I am not keen on using a pre-made level editor, as I would prefer to do this from scratch.

What would really help me start out would be:

1) a link to an in-depth guide into level editing
2) some advice on which method of hacking would be best to complete my target
3) any corrections on anything I've got wrong so far, programmes I should install, incorrect use of terminology etc.

thanks for any feedback,
11tw

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