Hello there, 8-bit Warrior, total noob here. My friend and I have some interest in ROM hacking and thought a Secret of Evermore hack would be a good place to start. You see, Secret of Evermore had some cool ideas (time travel, alchemy, a boy & his dog), but after World 1, got mired down by some level design which one might refer to as, er, total crap.
We'd like to preserve interest in this otherwise great game by re-doing the majority of the levels. I am a noob to this scene, but I do have a decade of experience in level, sprite, script, and just about everything else editing for Doom. So I feel well-equipped to handle this. We've even got a good start, as the ROM map (incomplete) is on datacrystal and all of the area maps are clearly indicated.
Problem is, I have no idea where to start. I've familiarized myself with hexadecimal and various workings of FFIV, but that's about it. Any pointers, given the information about the scope of this project?
Also, would anyone know where to find the Nightmare modules datacrystal mentions on the wiki page?