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Personal Projects / Possessioner (PC-98) English Translation
« on: January 31, 2019, 09:51:33 pm »
Here's the PC-98 gif everyone loves to post:

It's from a game called Possessioner, which is a neat little sci-fi graphic adventure/18+ visual novel/RPG by Queen Soft. In 2035 Tokyo, women are constantly disappearing, then returning possessed by monsters. You play as Alisa, a member of an elite squad that tracks down the possessed women, defeats them and the monsters in combat, and then... subdues them in a consensual but not terribly safe-for-work fashion.

This game looks and sounds so good! Great character art, and some of the most gorgeous and detailed backgrounds I've seen on the system. The FM synth soundtrack is fantastic too. (Here's a song on YouTube)

You spend most of the gameplay exploring the city, talking to people and solving puzzles. The combat is pretty simple, but decently fun, with some fun little animations for all of your attacks.

(Top-right image has a translation taken from a WIP by Nana. The rest is machine translations.)

I've made some decent progress on hacking so far. Here are some accomplishments:
  • All of the system text is (machine) translated and working. That includes all the commands for the adventure segments, combat, and H-scenes.
  • The dialogue file format is pretty easy, so they can be reinserted and expanded without any issues.
  • I've reverse-engineered one image format (.SEL), which is used for all the combat controls and various UI elements. I wrote an encoder for it, and so far all the combat images are translated.
  • Nametags in dialogue wouldn't display ASCII by default, so I hacked that in.

And here are some remaining challenges:
  • All the dialogue pointers, from like 25 different files, are hard-coded into a huge code segment in the main EXE. This presents some difficulties.
  • The intro text has some quirks. All the text is twice as wide as it should be, and apostrophes/commas doesn't display correctly. That'll need some hacking.
  • The intro has some images in a second image format, .CGX, so I'll need to reverse engineer that too.
  • I'd love to be able to increase the text speed. Gotta respect the player's time and all that.

Since I'm just a hacker, I am seeking a translator as well. The script is about 485 KB, and has some significant adult content. You can see the full plaintext script dump here. If you think you'd be interested in working with me on this, please let me know!

P.S. I usually hack for a group called 46 OkuMen, and we are doing just fine! I just thought I'd pick up another project to pass the time while the others are busy handling major life events. I figure this is the kind of project they wouldn't miss if I did it without them.

Edit 2/1: Added link to the game's script.

Personal Projects / 46 OkuMen - PC-98 Translations
« on: March 08, 2017, 09:45:31 pm »
So we're the guys who released the recent translation patch for E.V.O.: The Theory of Evolution (46 Okunen Monogatari: THE Shinkaron). Rather than call it a day, we've spent the past few months working on a few more projects that I hope you guys will find interesting. This thread will be where we post screenshots and updates on what we're working on.

Latest Release
CRW: Metal Jacket - July 1, 2017
Project Page | RHDN Page | Trailer

Current Projects

Appareden -Scroll of the Hidden Dragon- (Appareden -Fukuryuu no Shou-)
Project Page

Beta testing, image edits, script edits.

Appareden -Fukuryuu no Shou- is an RPG from the late stages of the PC-98’s life cycle released in 1995 by TGL, the same developers who released the Farland Story series of games that were among some of the first translated PC-98 games. It features a nicely animated battle system, and a story rich with history and lore from Japan’s past. The game takes place on the Japanese islands and stars Gento, a not-too-bright swordsman who will do anything so long as he gets paid, and his talking cat monster companion, Benimaru. They are given a scroll by a dying samurai and told to deliver it to Edo, but find themselves in the middle of plots to take over the world!


Different Realm: The Eternal Sage (Different Realm: Kuon no Kenja)
Project Page

Translation is in early stages, working on menu display hacks.

Different Realm: The Eternal Sage (Different Realm: Kuon no Kenja) is something we consider to be a true hidden gem for the PC-98. It is an RPG that was developed by Glodia and released in 1993 by ASCII. The combat is a combination of turn-based and strategic battle systems on a battlefield with no grid, creating a fairly free-form system where you move your characters on their turns, experiment with different formations and line up attacks. The game runs quite smoothly, which is quite unlike many of the choppy grid-based RPGs for the PC-98 system. The art is colorful, and often adorable and funny. Overall, it’s a game we really think is worth introducing to Western audiences from a developer who put a whole lot of love into their product.


Completed Projects
E.V.O.: The Theory of Evolution (46 OkuMen Monogatari: The Shinkaron)
Turn-based RPG about evolving from a fish to a dinosaur and beyond. Predecessor to E.V.O.: Search for Eden.
December 29, 2016
Project Page | RHDN Page | Trailer

A clone of Castlevania with wide-open nonlinear stages, starring a green-haired lady in leather named Rusty.
May 7, 2017
Project Page | RHDN Page | Trailer

CRW: Metal Jacket
A tactics game where you command a squad of mecha pilots fighting insurgents in future Japan.
July 1, 2017
Project Page | RHDN Page | Trailer

Core Members
hollowaytape - Hacking
kuoushi - Translation
SkyWelse - Graphics

About the Team
46 OkuMen was initially formed as a nameless group with the sole purpose of translating E.V.O.: The Theory of Evolution (46 Okunen Monogatari: THE Shinkaron) on the PC-98. Neither kuoushi nor hollowaytape had ever worked on a romhacking project before, but both ended up picking this game and joining together to translate E.V.O. PC-98 and release that to the public. Along the way they met SkyeWelse who had some experience in romhacking projects (with Heroes of Legend, cool dudes), as well as the ability to edit/create translated graphics and everything fell into place there.

If you guys have any questions about what we're working on, game suggestions, or anything related to the group at all, don't hesitate to ask. We're dedicated to the PC-98 catalog currently, and there's no guarantee we'll work on or finish any suggestions, but we're always open to hearing about games that people like. (We also check the RHDN Translation Request List.)

The Game
46 Okunen Monogatari: The Shinkaron (PC-98, 1990) is the predecessor to E.V.O.: Search for Eden (SNES, 1993). We're titling our translation of it E.V.O.: The Theory of Evolution.

Our translation is complete! Download it here on RHDN or here on our team website.

This game is a turn-based RPG about evolution, and is rather darker, with a more fleshed-out story than its sequel Search for Eden. Unlike the SNES game's body-part-based evolution system, here you evolve by allocating points to one of four stats, and you evolve into an entirely new creature when you cross a certain threshold. Here's a Hardcore Gaming 101 article about both E.V.O. games, if you want more details.

Watch the trailer here.

Project Scope
Translate all text and images in the game, including the creature encyclopedia and game over stories.
Patch should work on real hardware.
Translate the manual as well.
Help out people who are just getting started with PC-98 emulation.

Project Status
Done: Mapping, Dumping, Translation, Reinsertion, Revision, Bugfixes, Image Reinsertion, Formatting, Finishing Touches, Manual Translation, Manual Layout, Beta Testing

Release Date: December 28, 2016

46 OkuMen (Core Team):
hollowaytape - Hacking
kuoushi - Translation, Editing, Trailer
SkyeWelse - Chapter Title Graphics, Manual Layout, Promo Art

Racoon Sam / SkyeWelse - Main Title Graphic
M-bot - Graphics Hacking
sonofashark / Ultimate - Manual Scans
not_log - Manual Scanlation
joseji - Special Thanks
Highwang, SkyeWelse, Arboreal, RadGalaxy, measuredincm, gonameyourself - Beta Testing


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