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  1. MrFlibble

    Dune II: The Neural Upscale

    Hey, sorry for not replying sooner. I was experimenting with different approaches to this, including neural network interpolation and using another network called SFTGAN. It does some pretty good job with screenshots from Command & Conquer (as shown here, scroll down for SFTGAN results).
  2. I'm fairly sceptical about this whole community feedback thing. They have already picked select outstanding community members who are deemed to have enough expertise to advise. There's no need to listen to the crowd and try to please everyone — chances are this will simply ruin the project, not make it better.
  3. MrFlibble

    Dune II: The Neural Upscale

    So the increasing the resolution of old video game graphics using neural networks is all the rage these days, so I decided to jump in! My first try was waifu2x, which turns out to be not the best thing around by today's standards, yet it produced results far beyond what a conventional pixel scaler can do. But now there's ESRGAN, and people are getting pretty interesting results with a model trained on Manga images. So I tried this out, with quite interesting results (IMO), and I couldn't resist doing some Dune II screenshots too (all coming from the official Westwood screenshot pack): None of the images were edited in any way, except scaled down from 1280x800 to 640x480 (for correct aspect ratio) and converted to the original 8-bit palettes using mtPaint with Dithered (effect) dithering method.
  4. That's what I'm hoping for too. I'm not particularly excited but I think that simply scaling up graphics alone like with StarCraft Remastered won't do the job. Also I'm a bit concerned that this entire thing came out of the blue, almost as if they jumped on the remakes bandwagon because it's trending now. I mean, StarCraft Remastered came out ahead of the celebration of the 20th anniversary, and Age of Empires Definitive Edition is made by people who are madly in love with the franchise and do stuff with it all the time. Yet C&C seems to have been collecting dust on EA's shelf for so long, and then they suddenly announce the remaster amid similar projects coming out from other quarters. Don't get me wrong, I'll be happy if everything goes well with it, and it's great that they have Frank K on board once again.
  5. MrFlibble

    [ADULT 18+] Behind The Dune by David Goujard

    Somehow I find it odd for this to be called ADULT 18+ while nothing could be more remote from a mature audience than this persistent obsession with exaggerated anatomy in the art style. However this might be a clever ploy to remake the game while avoiding a C&D order — nobody would take it serious! On yet another side I wonder if it is ethical to commercially exploit the entire thing via Patreon, I doubt the guy actually licensed anything from DeLaurentiis, the Herbert Estate or whoever owns rights to Dune at this point.
  6. MrFlibble

    List of Dune II Editing Tools

    Siberian_GRemlin's site is back online, probably was a temporary downtime.
  7. MrFlibble

    List of Dune II Editing Tools

    Big thanks for finding correct URLs, I just couldn't find the time to fix this -- the entire forum messed up after the upgrade, that was literally demoralising. I also fixed the download link for Siberian String Table Editor. Currently Siberian_GRemlin's site is down, not sure if permanently, but it's accessible via the Wayback Machine, and the files repository is so far online. Would be nice if you mirrored his editor if you haven't already. (I just force-saved it to the WM JIC.)
  8. MrFlibble

    The Search and Trying Continues

    Hey, sorry for a super late reply (I don't check back here often these days). You need DOSBox to see the CD by using the MOUNT command as described here, then run the installer (assuming that the CD has a DOS based installer routine).
  9. MrFlibble

    Map seeds

    Hi, sorry for a very belated reply! A while ago I created a set of (almost) 100% accurate seed maps using Stefan Hendriks' extractor and a modified Dune 2 EXE with MVC's sight range set to such a value that it would immediately reveal the whole map without having to scout, also allowing to save the game with no buildings before the defeat trigger would kick in. The file was attached to this post but after the forum software upgrade it is either lost completely or not retrievable (if you download it just like it is you get a file of 0 bytes in size). I think that maybe the maps from that pack were included in TCH's scenario editor, but at any rate they're obsolete now that the seed generation algorithm is known. I wonder why you'd want them though?
  10. MrFlibble

    List of Dune II Editing Tools

    Nyerguds' C&C64 File Converter now supports the Dune 2 SHP format and as such has been added to the list. Read more about this tool here. Thanks Nyerguds!
  11. MrFlibble

    Dune 2 with Gravis Ultrasound in DOSBox

    Just replace the SOUND.PAK file with the original unmodified one. Also please don't post links like this.
  12. MrFlibble

    List of Dune II clones and remakes

    Yes,anything Dune related is very certainly copyrighted, but I assume that if you change all names and create designs that are not similar to Dune II you might get away with it just fine. E.g. the fight over a rare resource doesn't have to happen on a desert planet, it could be a volcanic planet or an ice planet. For an example, here's a rather straightforward clone that is commercial: Battle of the Sands. At some point in development it even used modified sprites from Stefan's D2TM.
  13. Are you talking about the books or the games? Fremen aren't a "sub-house", which isn't even a term used in the books in the first place. There are Houses Major and Houses Minor, of the Landsraad. Houses Major Atreides and Harkonnen aren't "important" (I don't know what you mean by that), they are just the focus of the narrative (and the conflict). It is known from the books that House Harkonnen was way wealthier than House Atreides, but the Atreides had better military, and they were related to House Corrino which may or may not have played a role in the Atreides getting control of Arrakis (but of course the whole scheme was to take the Atreides down with the Emperor's approval). Factions interested in the conflict apart from those mentioned above were the Bene Gesserit and the Spacing Guild (obviously), CHOAM and possibly the smugglers. Houses Minor are mentioned briefly in the books but not specified. There were House Minor members present on Arrakis during the overthrow of Atreides rule, and the Baron ordered Rabban to take hostages from each such House so that they would not spread word of the events that would contradict the "official" version. What? Where?
  14. MrFlibble

    Dune II micro is balanced?

    You got it all wrong. All tests were run on mission 1. Updated numbers only show what I added to the post, in case someone read it while I was making updates. However you can perfectly get 100% efficiency in any "mission with harvesters". You only need to have at least as much credits as when you started. The dumbest way to do that is to sell your buildings just before you end the mission.
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