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About ant222

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  1. Re: Archived topics

    Whenever one wishes to find some informtation, one does not usually care whether it is in the archived or active section of the forum. On rare occasions one may desire to limit the search to recent postings, so it might be best to modify the radio button to Active threads and All threads, and to select the latter by default.
  2. Re: Archived topics

    Yes, and that such importaint games as Dune II and Dune are tucked into the unpretentious sub-section of "Other Dune games".
  3. Of harvesters and tanks

    As promised, and although belated, here's our intelligence on the enemy tanks' firing on the move, probably owing to their secret gun stabilizers: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/59075928/DuneII-TanksShootingOnTheMove.zip The archive contains several exatractions from our reconnaisance 'topter's camera, encoded using the Zip Motion Block Video codec, used by DosBox and available from its distribution.
  4. How to determine the version of Dune II?

    Thanks, I am allright but busy all the time, although I have managed to complete an English translation of the Star Heritage Demo. Out team could have made the full version but very few people seem to be interested in playing it :-( Hope you are well & in good spirits! Didn't find it. This is worth mentioning in the readme. Thanks for the explanation. I have started to play sd2class and was rather worried about the AI not rebuiling destroyed structures, which is said to have been fixed in 1.07. But I no longer worry about messing up the installation. Must the relevant thread be archived—I might want to ask several questions about it. Will have to start new threads.
  5. How to determine the version of Dune II?

    But Free Pascal can (cross-)compile for MS-DOS. Glad to know you have chosen this venerable and fine language. Did you manage to make the interactive debugger (breakpoints, watches, &c) work? I already wrote I had made sure that my .exe was 1.07 in several ways, and MrFlibble has answered my question.
  6. Of harvesters and tanks

    X3M, Yes, I am talking about Dune II. Yours is an interesting explanation and I'll have it in mind when analysing a relevant video recording. Thank you.
  7. Of harvesters and tanks

    Not so with the turrets of the enemy tanks! I think I can record a video showing that if need be.
  8. How to determine the version of Dune II?

    Thanks for the info. I am still a tad worried about my executable because it seems to lack some of the fixes released in 1.07, namely: The corners of the map are no longer revealed from shroud at the beginning of the mission. In my case the south-east corner is exposed on every mission. The saboteur is now visible to the player. I don't see enemy saboteurs, should I? The "Repair" button on the sidebar now starts flashing red when a building is below 50% its original HP (in v1.0, the button always flashes red regardless of the damage). In my version the button flashes red-white whenever it is visible. In despite of sporting an old-school text-based GUI, your editor seems compiled for Windows, so I can't run it on my MacBook. Will try it on my Windows machine a bit later. By the way, did you write that TUI by yourself or using a third-party library? EDIT: Ah, I see. My version has all those fixes as described, and it is super.exe from Super Dune II Classic that seems based on version 1.00 and has all those problems and more. Is it expected or did MrFlibble upload the wrong file by mistake?
  9. Of harvesters and tanks

    My officers are rather envious of the skill of the enemy tank gunners who can fire from a moving tank with great accuracy. By deft operation of the rotating turret they often manage to engage targets not only while heading towards them but also while passing them by and even moving away from them. Is there a way to train my gunners accordingly? Is there a procedure to attach a harvester to a specific Spice Silo? Even after unloading by explicit order at the required Silo they will often revert to another Silo even though it be much father away from the spice field.
  10. Hello all, According to MrFlibble the version of Dune II can be identified by the size of the executable. Could you tell me which version is mine if it is 371 616 bytes?
  11. Dune 2 eXtended Project

    Still haven't found a debugger? Try working from within an emulatotor like BOCHS (it's free). It emulates everything ideally, instruction by instruction, so there'll be no difference from a real DOS-based machine except that it has no full-screen support under windows and that it'll work a bit slower. Another alternative is a virtual machine, of which I know Microsoft's Virtual PC (free) and VMWare Workstation (commerical). They both should run MSDOS 6.22 pretty well and fast, but the emulation may be not as perfect as that in BOCHS. So, if speed is not critical for you, I recomment BOCHS. I am using it myself (with MSDOS 5.0 and 6.22) and know for sure it does the job. You'll need an MSDOS distro and program to work with image files.
  12. Noah's Flood: revisited

    Don't you know that a lot of Bible legends have a highly pronounced figurative meaning? For example, the legend of Cain and Abel. Cain means labour, and Abel means Rest. ... And Rest was a shepherd, and Labour a husbandman. When God rejected the gifts of Labour and accepted those of Rest (smoke of the Labour's altar drifted on the ground, while that of Rest's rose in the sky), Labour got vexed and lowered his face to the ground (the constellation of Hercules with a club, drooping his face to the ground; the constellation of Rest — now the Snakeholder — is looking above the Altar at the sky) Sin (the constellatioin of the Snake) is at your door, it strives towards you, but you can resist. — said God to Labour. But Labour rose up agaisnt Rest and killed him. "...When thou shalt till it (earth), it shall not yield to thee its fruit: a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be upon the earth." — said God — "and whosoever shall kill labour on earth, shall be punished sevenfold." And the lord set the mark of eternity onto the face of Labour, and Labour went out from the face of God and dwelt in the Land of Complaints, before the face of Eden. There He built the town of Mercy (Henoch) — after his son's name, and there he begot Handicraftsman (Lamech — LMK — "acting with a cutting instrument"), whoose wifes were Clothing (ELE), and Roofing (TsLE). His first wife gave birth to Prosperity with his flocks ("the father of such as dwell in tents, and of herdsmen.") and Holiday (IUBL, jubilee), the inventor of pipes and gusli ("he was the father of them that play upon the harp and the organs."). From the second wife he had daughter Beauty and son Voolcano (BALCAN), the inventor and smith of all the brass and iron instruments. And the Handicraftsman said to his wives: "Clothing and Roofing! <...> Whereas the murder of labor shall be punished sevenfold, the destruction of craft shall be revenged seventy and seven-fold!" ("Sevenfold vengeance shall be taken for Cain: but for Lamech seventy times sevenfold.") Same goes to the legend of the Great Flood. The names of his sons are: "And he said: Blessed be the Lord God of Sem (Noble), be Chanaan (unskilled worker) his servant. May God enlarge Japheth (elegant), and may he dwell in the tents of Sem, and Chanaan be his servant." So, this is the legend about the origin of the three classes: grand people (noblemen), elegant people (gentlemen) and common people. The elegent people live in the tents of the noblemen and the common people serve them. My knowledge of the Biblical dialect of Ancient Arabian language is even worse than that of English, so I just wrote here a couple of thoughts from a book called "The Christ: The History of Culture from a Natural-Scientific Viewpoint". It has a lot of fun and interesting things to think over, so you're lucky if you find an English version. After reading about the book of Apocaliplse, I got so sure about it's astrological (and thus the day the book was written was calculated) and nature-scientific meaning that I don't know what can dissuade me from it...
  13. Dune 2 eXtended Project

    Well, I am afraid you'll have to improve your skillz anyway. And, as great secret: SoftIce 2.80 can be downoaded via ed2k (eMule). Beware of fakes though!
  14. Dune 2 eXtended Project

    Apart from the evident google search, try finding an MSDOS version of SoftIce. And, I am not sure if there aren't some msdos emulating solutions (virtual machines, emulators (BOCHS)...) that allow debugging...
  15. Dune 2 eXtended Project

    MrFlibble: I know nothing of that matters. Though, upon a superficial look, I'd suggest OllyDbg.