Descent Dimensions and LOTW as missions?

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Descent Dimensions and LOTW as missions?

Post by seeker3 » Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:38 am

I posted this in the Rebirth developers section as well but have had no responses so I thought I'd try here as well.I have the Dimensions disc and the LOTW disc.I like the way the LOTW starts with being able to select what map you want to play,except that a !Contest menu selection doesn't show up in the Rebirth mission selector,and with Dimensions it doesn't show as a selectable mission either.What I would like to know is how to make each one of these packs a selectable mission,like Descend Again or Vignettes.Is it something that would be hard to do? Or would it be easy? I have no idea and that's why I'm turning to you guys for help.Does it have something to do with putting everything in a hog file? If someone could do this for me,or point me to a method of doing it myself,I would appreciate it.I was also wondering if there is an app to choose maps or missions on your hard drive and then run them in Rebirth?
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Re: Descent Dimensions and LOTW as missions?

Post by Pumo » Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:41 pm

You can do the missions with Yahoma or Hoggle to put all .RDL (level) files of LOTW and/or dimensions on a single HOG (and also to extract the RDL from the missions contained in HOG files on LOTW, etc) and a text editor to make the mission (.MSN) file with the list of the levels.

The syntax of a .MSN file is as follows:

name = Your mission name
type = normal
num_levels = 99
<-(as many as you want)
levelname1.RDL
levelname2.RDL
levelname3.RDL
...

and so on.

So the .MSN file should call the levels stored inside the HOG file you make with Yahoma and must share the same name (e.g. LOTW.HOG and LOTW.MSN).

Hope this helps.

BTW, this makes me nostalgic, as it makes me remember when I was a kid and I extracted some levels from HOG files from LOTW with an Hex editor and made a custom multi-level mission with them, and forced my brothers to play that custom mission that even included hex-edited palettes (with very ugly colors, I must say :P )
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Re: Descent Dimensions and LOTW as missions?

Post by seeker3 » Fri Mar 04, 2011 1:32 pm

Thanks Pumo,that helps a lot,I'm going to play around with it and let you know how it turns out.
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