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Offline Nol Drek

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Re: Newbie Questions 'The Realm'
« Reply #15 on: August 26, 2015, 06:27:59 PM »
I transferred a ring of invisibility from 'Skeletons' to 'Keep at the Borderlands'.
The effect 'insibility(ring)' is displayed, but my magic-user still provokes attacks of opportunity when moving away from enemies. He didn't anything else in that round.

Any ideas?

Try un-equipping and then equipping the Ring.
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Re: Newbie Questions 'The Realm'
« Reply #16 on: August 27, 2015, 01:10:15 AM »
I did unready/ready the ring in Encamp-mode only. I'll try again during combat.

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Re: Newbie Questions 'The Realm'
« Reply #17 on: August 27, 2015, 01:56:11 AM »
A little question to ensure that I'm doing everything right: I installed FRUA (the one I bought on GOG), installed UAShell into it using the guide, and activated the module B6 Veiled Society from UAShell. Once I launched the game I found out that the graphics looked weird - the font was dark purple (which was unreadable on gray background) and also really un-fantasy-ish (looked more like a very narrow version of Arial font or something like that). Deleting FONT.FON and ALWAYS.TBL helped mitigate these issues (which restored the default font and font color, I presume), but the question still remains: was the game meant to look that way or was it something that I did wrong?... I tried reinstalling again but got the same results.

Here's an example of what I mean.
Thanks in advance for help!

Offline Olivier Leroux

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Re: Newbie Questions 'The Realm'
« Reply #18 on: August 27, 2015, 02:28:33 AM »
was the game meant to look that way or was it something that I did wrong?

I think it was meant to look that way. Ray is a top notch design author, one of our best, but his choice of fonts, frames and colors for some of the Realm designs have been criticized before. I think since he created so many designs for the Realm, he wanted to vary their looks as much as possible and use any font, frame and mouse icon set available from the community's archives`(hence the sci-fi font, for example). Anyway, you've already found the solution by yourself. If you don't like the looks of a hacked design run via UAShell, you can easily rectify that by deleting the according files from the DSN folder or replacing them with others you prefer. This includes:

FRAME.TLB, MENU.TLB, GEN.TLB for the general look of the UI (frame design and color, look of compass)
ALWAYS.TLB for the mouse pointer icons and the color of the text
GAME.FON for the font
COMSPR.TLB for the effect icons used in combat (e.g. death icon, corpse icon, missile icon, fireball icon etc.)
CBODY.TLB for the table of player character icons to choose from during character creation

Offline AgetianMaywind

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Re: Newbie Questions 'The Realm'
« Reply #19 on: August 27, 2015, 04:42:15 AM »
Ah, thanks for the information and additional tips! :)

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Offline Milos Gulan

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Re: Newbie Questions 'The Realm'
« Reply #20 on: August 27, 2015, 05:47:41 AM »
Cool, I will have to try it :D

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Re: Newbie Questions 'The Realm'
« Reply #21 on: August 27, 2015, 09:48:14 AM »
Also, welcome to FRUAdom, Agetian!   :wave:

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Re: Newbie Questions 'The Realm'
« Reply #22 on: August 27, 2015, 10:11:29 AM »
Also, welcome to FRUAdom, Agetian!   :wave:

Thanks! Glad to be playing FRUA again (after a long, long time) and being a part of your community! :)

P.S. The advice regarding those additional files definitely helps deal with some of the unusual color combinations and whatnot, so thanks again for the tip!

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Re: Newbie Questions 'The Realm'
« Reply #23 on: August 28, 2015, 02:49:49 PM »
seemingly the ring of invisibilty my human magic-user found in the 'Skeletons' module, doesn't work its magic for him. My other player characters have no such troubles. Works normally for them. Strange, isn't it?

Offline Ray

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Re: Newbie Questions 'The Realm'
« Reply #24 on: September 18, 2015, 11:27:49 AM »
LOL!!!

Guilty as charged...and Olivier nailed the reason why.  A big part of the project was getting to use as much of the community-created content as possible.  Some of it looked better to my then-20-year-old eye than it does now, after all these years...

Of course, I would never claim to have an artist's eye.  I make sure that whenever my wife asks if she's picked the right color for the walls in this or that room, I just nod and recuse myself...


was the game meant to look that way or was it something that I did wrong?

I think it was meant to look that way. Ray is a top notch design author, one of our best, but his choice of fonts, frames and colors for some of the Realm designs have been criticized before. I think since he created so many designs for the Realm, he wanted to vary their looks as much as possible and use any font, frame and mouse icon set available from the community's archives`(hence the sci-fi font, for example). Anyway, you've already found the solution by yourself. If you don't like the looks of a hacked design run via UAShell, you can easily rectify that by deleting the according files from the DSN folder or replacing them with others you prefer. This includes:

FRAME.TLB, MENU.TLB, GEN.TLB for the general look of the UI (frame design and color, look of compass)
ALWAYS.TLB for the mouse pointer icons and the color of the text
GAME.FON for the font
COMSPR.TLB for the effect icons used in combat (e.g. death icon, corpse icon, missile icon, fireball icon etc.)
CBODY.TLB for the table of player character icons to choose from during character creation

 

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