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Offline Nol Drek

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Show Me Your Gold Box PC Icons
« on: March 14, 2015, 03:08:50 PM »
I'm interested in creating a PC combat icon file with a collection of 49 PC icons screen-capped from various Gold Box games such as Pool of Radiance.

In games like Pool of Radiance, your character could be Large or Small, have one of 14 Heads, and one of 32 Weapons/Bodies. This made for 896 different unique combat icon combinations. When you added the fact that Weapon, Body, Head, Shield, Arms, and Legs each had 2 colors to be chosen from a palette of 16, the number of possibilities became ASTRONOMICAL.

I wonder if the community here might be willing to share screen caps of some of the characters in their Gold Box saved games. The first 49 entries will be used and the result uploaded to the FRUA archive for all to use.

To create a screen cap, open an old Saved Game, Encamp, Alter, select Icon and press Print Screen for each party member. I don't need the palette info. I just need to see the body type and color choices you made.

Here are my 6 entries:

1) Male Human Paladin
2) Female Human Ranger
3) Male Dwarf Fighter/Thief
4) Male Human Magic-User
5) Female Human Magic-User
6) Female Human Cleric
« Last Edit: March 15, 2015, 12:09:00 AM by Nol Drek »
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Re: Show Me Your Gold Box PC Icons
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2015, 03:35:35 PM »
Whenever I play a Gold-Box game that requires me to make my own character icons, I always make my characters look the same.  I do this for the same reason that I always choose the same character icons when I play FRUA; because, in combat I want to know who is who so that I'm not guessing which one is the cleric and which one is the mage.  In the early days, I would sometimes forget a character had spells or was a Thief or whatever.  This put an end to that.

So, for me, this is what my party always looks like:

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Re: Show Me Your Gold Box PC Icons
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2015, 07:30:22 PM »
Thanks for the input.

Correct me if I'm wrong. I think your chars are:
1) Male Human Fighter
2) Male Elf Fighter or Male Human Ranger?
3) Male Human Cleric?
4) Male Human Thief
5) Male Human Mage
6) Female Human Mage

12 characters so far, I still need 37 more.
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Re: Show Me Your Gold Box PC Icons
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2015, 11:06:47 PM »
Correct me if I'm wrong. I think your chars are:
1) Male Human Fighter
2) Male Elf Fighter or Male Human Ranger?
3) Male Human Cleric?
4) Male Human Thief
5) Male Human Mage
6) Female Human Mage

Close on some...way off the mark on others.  They're actually:
1) Male Human Paladin
2) Female Human Ranger
3) Male Half-Elf Cleric/Fighter/Magic-User
4) Male Half-Elf Fighter/Thief
5) Female Human Cleric
6) Female Human Magic-User
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Re: Show Me Your Gold Box PC Icons
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2015, 01:54:11 PM »
Three human fighters, one half-elf fighter/mage/thief, one human cleric, one human mage.

Fighter #2 became a mage in Secret, fighter #3 became a cleric in Pools.

If you're interested I can post the portraits I had for them in Pool (which the icons are based on).

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Re: Show Me Your Gold Box PC Icons
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2015, 05:19:08 PM »
Your first character icon and mine are almost identical, except for a slight color variation.  Interesting.
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Re: Show Me Your Gold Box PC Icons
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2015, 05:39:32 PM »
There's always the idea that your main guy in front is a soldier with a sword and shield--goes back to King Arthur and the rest. Notice how Nol guessed it was a paladin, because that's who he makes his guy in front, I'll bet.

Then you need your icons to look different, so guy with the bow gets put in. Dude with the dagger probably goes back to the thieves with no shoes in Pool of Radiance (probably after that 1st ed PHB illustration). (Interestingly, there is no way to make your characters shoeless in the Gold Box games.)

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Re: Show Me Your Gold Box PC Icons
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2015, 10:28:42 AM »
Here's my Champions of Krynn party, in case you need more. Yes, the last one was called 'Raistlina'. I thought about giving her a low Constitution until I realized it would get my character killed in Dark Queen of Krynn.

If you're not getting enough, you could pick the icons nobody's using and recolor them yourself.

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Re: Show Me Your Gold Box PC Icons
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2015, 12:25:04 AM »
Thanks for the icons Null Null.  :)   I especially appreciate the Kender Cleric/Thief because I expect that I will get a ton of Male Human Fighters and will have a harder time filling the FRUA slots which are reserved for Short Guys (Dwarves, Gnomes, and Halflings).

I was expecting many of the icons to look similar, such as:

guy with black beard, blue shirt, white pants
    vs
guy with black beard, black shirt, gray pants
    each with red shield and white sword

The point is that, of the millions of color combinations, some of them are frequently used because they "look right" while other combinations are unpleasant to look at. If I fill a slot with a commonly used combination, then someone is more likely to say, "I could use this CBODY file, since the guys look pretty much like my guys usually do."

24 icons so far... I still need 25 more... especially Short Guys...
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Re: Show Me Your Gold Box PC Icons
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2015, 11:21:55 AM »
Here's some extras for you, including two short folk.  If you want more, let me know, and I'll throw some more together for you to add to your collection:

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Re: Show Me Your Gold Box PC Icons
« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2015, 12:00:47 PM »
Here's the party I'm using in POR right now. They're all humans, as I intend to take them all the way through POD.

1) Male Paladin (fighter)
2) Male Ranger (fighter)
3) Male Fighter (he fancies himself quite the rogue, and will dual to thief at some point in a later game)
4) Female Magic-User (Elvira, hence the "revealing" top)
5) Female Ranger (fighter)
6) Female Cleric (nicknamed "The Maul", she likes to hit things with extraordinarily large hammers)
« Last Edit: March 24, 2015, 12:20:18 PM by eldir »

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Re: Show Me Your Gold Box PC Icons
« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2015, 12:17:03 PM »
ProphetSword, you have a nice eye for the palettes. I've compulsively tweaked on my party's icons to try to give them a little flavor and individuality while trying to stay away from gaudy color combinations, but I'm still not sure I'm totally happy with the cleric. Taking a look at yours, I might steal some inspiration and go tweak some more....  :P

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Re: Show Me Your Gold Box PC Icons
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2015, 09:41:56 PM »
Null Null
PC1 Human Fighter
PC2 Human Fighter
PC3 Human Fighter
PC4 Half-Elf F/M/T
PC5 Human Cleric
PC6 Human Mage
Are PC1-PC6 all male or are there any females in that party?

COKPC1 Human Fighter
COKPC2 Human Fighter
COKPC3 Human Fighter
COKPC4 Kender Cleric/Thief
COKPC5 Human Mage
COKPC6 Female Human Mage
I assume that the Kender and Raistlina are the two females in the party.

ProphetSword
CH1 Gnome Mage
CH2 Elf Fighter
CH3 Human Cleric
CH4 Dwarf Fighter
I assume that my guesses are all wrong. Corrections to my Gender/Race/Class labels are appreciated.

Eldir
Thank you for providing accurate Gender/Race/Class labels to go with your icons! This will help me place them in the correct slots in the replacement CBODY file.

If anyone has Neutral or Evil Mages and Clerics, that would help because FRUA also considers alignment when selecting default icons.
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Re: Show Me Your Gold Box PC Icons
« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2015, 10:09:48 PM »
If anyone has Neutral or Evil Mages and Clerics, that would help because FRUA also considers alignment when selecting default icons.

My 3rd (fighter) and 4th (magic-user) characters are Chaotic Neutral, and the 6th (cleric) is Lawful Neutral. Hope this helps!

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Re: Show Me Your Gold Box PC Icons
« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2015, 01:07:29 PM »
ProphetSword
CH1 Gnome Mage
CH2 Elf Fighter
CH3 Human Cleric
CH4 Dwarf Fighter
I assume that my guesses are all wrong. Corrections to my Gender/Race/Class labels are appreciated.

I made these icons specifically for this thread, so they're whatever you want them to be.  If you want any more, let me know.  It's pretty easy to crank them out in a quick manner.  I'm just trying to help you fill in holes, which is why there are two small icons, a drow elf and another random one thrown in to round them all out.
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