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FUUIN.EXE are now fully
What does this mean?
You can now add any data or code to TH01's main menu or ending cutscenes,
by simply editing the ReC98 source, writing your mod in ASM or C++, and
recompiling the code. Since all absolute memory addresses in
FUUIN have now been converted to labels, this
will work without causing any instability. See the
position independence section in the FAQ for a more thorough
explanation about why this was a problem.
As an example, the most popular TH01 mod idea, replacing MDRV2 with PMD, could now at least be prototyped and tested in
OP.EXE, without having to worry about x86 instruction lengths.
📝 Check the video I made for the TH04/TH05
OP.EXE PI announcement for a basic overview of how to do that.
What does this not mean?
The original ZUN code hasn't been completely decompiled yet. The final
high-level parts of both the main menu and the cutscenes are still ASM,
which might make modding a bit inconvenient right now.
It's not that much more code though, and could quickly be covered in a few pushes if requested. Due to the plentiful monthly subscriptions, the shop will stay closed for regular orders until the end of June, but backers with outstanding contributions could request that now if they want to – simply drop me a mail. Otherwise, the "generic TH01 RE" money will continue to go towards the main game. That way, we'll have more substance to show once we do decide to decompile the rest of
FUUIN.EXE, and likely get some press
coverage as a result.
Then again, we've been building up to this point over the last few pushes,
and it only really needed a quick look over the remaining false positives.
The majority of the time therefore went towards more PI in
REIIDEN.EXE, where the bitplane pointers for .BOS files yielded
some quite big gains. Couldn't really find any obvious reason why ZUN used
two slighly different variations on loading and blitting those files,
As the final function in this rather random push, we got TH01's
hardware-powered scrolling function, used for screen shaking effects and
the scrolling backgrounds at the start of the Final Boss stages. And while
I tried to document all these I/O writes… it turned out that ZUN actually
copied the entire function straight from the PC-9801 Programmers'
Bible, with no changes. It's the
setgsta() example function on page 150. Which is terribly
suboptimal and bloated – all those integer divisions are really
not how you'd write such code for a 16-bit compiler from the 90's…
And that gives us 60% PI overall, and 50% PI over all of TH01! Next up: More structures… and classes, even?