Tag: technical

Sometimes it’s easier to walk around then straight through

Compressed Quite of few TES:Arena IMG files are compressed in a crazy-wack-funky format that only the executable can decipher. No one has successfully found a way to decompress them. I had, quite a long time back, experimented with trying to replace them with uncompressed… Continue Reading “Sometimes it’s easier to walk around then straight through”

Bring marshmellows and a stick…

For this texture set, I wanted to retain the fire/lava vein effect in the walls. Although I had mapped it out from my previous run through all the textures as covered in a previous post, I ended up making quite a few changes. Click… Continue Reading “Bring marshmellows and a stick…”

Where do I start….

Design Document ARENA DEPIXELIZATION PROJECT(ADP)  Texture mod for The Elder Scrolls 1: Arena   PURPOSE: Create the (first) TES1:Arena texture mod replacing the down-sampled blocky artwork with smoother less pixelated textures that is hopefully appealing and unique.   GOALS Create a new unique art style… Continue Reading “Where do I start….”

Who’s steering this thing?

Planning One thing I noticed recently on my work w/ Arena is that I don’t really have much of a game plan other than “finish Wall SETS then IMGs”. Considering how much project management is part of my work, I found it odd that I… Continue Reading “Who’s steering this thing?”

Ooh…Shiny keys

WARNING: Potentially boring technical stuff below. Oh and it’s probably unnecessarily long Whenever I’m feeling a lack of drive to work on a particular project, I tend to stray to something else till that motivation returns. Although I strive to stick to one project,… Continue Reading “Ooh…Shiny keys”

Strange times at Septim High

Ingame appearance As I have worked on several games, I have noticed various oddities. I have covered one before: unused assets. However, there are a few others. In the game TES:Arena, most SET files are reserved either for walls or for floors. The exception… Continue Reading “Strange times at Septim High”

RETRO POST : The long road to Arena

Why Arena? *This post was originally drafted in 2012 but never submitted. I have revised and updated it. The next brief diversion was an even older game called The Elder Scrolls:Arena. It is the first game in one of my favorite video game series… Continue Reading “RETRO POST : The long road to Arena”

It all began in 1999…well kind of

A while back I happened across a website that detailed instructions on how to install an old PC game called Darkstone on Windows 7 64bit. Apparently, although the game ran fine on that operating system, the games “installer” didn’t and thus you couldn’t get to the “game… Continue Reading “It all began in 1999…well kind of”