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Last of the 3 weeks of almost full-time ReC98 work, supposedly the least stressful one, and then things still get delayed thanks to illness 😕 In better news though, it looks like I'll be able to extend these 3 weeks to 8, as my RL is shutting down for coronavirus reasons. I'm going to wait a bit for the dust to settle before raising the crowdfunding cap though, since RL might give me more to do from home after all. I may or may not also get commissioned for a non-Touhou translation patch project to be worked on in that time…
The .GRP file functions turned out to, of course, also be present in
FUUIN.EXE. In fact, that binary had the largest share of
progress in this push, since it's the only one to include another
reimplementation of master.lib-style hardware palette fading. As a typical
little ZUN inconsistency, the
FUUIN.EXE version of one .GRP
palette function directly calls one of these functions.
As for the functions themselves, they basically wrap the single-function Pi load and display library by 電脳科学研究所/BERO in a bowl of global state spaghetti. 🍝 At least the function names now clearly encode important side effects like, y'know, a changed hardware palette. The reason ZUN used this separate library over master.lib's PI loading functions was probably its support for defining a color as transparent. This feature is used for the red box in the main menu, and the large cyan Siddhaṃ seed syllables in (again) the Konngara fight.
Next up, we've got the .PTN format!