August 4th, 2014 by legalize freedom!
Hello shining fans!
I’m currently polishing in chapter 2 of Scenario 2. Having endured the cutscene fest at the beginning and Saraband (which is like 3 cities in one) in Ch1, I’m just finishing up the Stella battle in Anafect. It’s exciting to be able to consider such a large chunk of the project completed, but there is still obviously much to do. The most difficult polishing is ahead.
What I’m not so excited about is the roadblock I see not far ahead. Translators have only reviewed up until the middle of chapter 5 in Scenario 2… and there is still Scenario 3. I can’t stress enough how important this review is. Beforehand, much of the dialog is clunky and there are question marks. After the review everything flows smoothly and sense can be made of every line. The actions of the characters on screen also become apparent and are matched with the spoken dialog. That’s where we want to be.
There have been a few translator volunteers over the years, but only a couple have produced anything meaningful (thank you, thank you, thank you Atolm and Ryuu). I believe I know why. The translator program has been the method of communicating the lines to the translators and I hear from every one of them that the characters are jumbled or otherwise not correct, making it very difficult to translate.
I believe the solution is to screen capture the lines straight from the game. This should make things much easier on the translators, but will require some effort.
That’s where all you beautiful shining fans come in! I’m taking volunteers for this screen capture effort. The requirements are pretty simple. You need to be able to run SF3 on SSF and have Windows 7 (for the Snipping Tool) or have other means of quickly capturing windowed portions of the screen. If you are interested in helping out with this very important task, please EMAIL me. We can also discuss any specifics in the forum thread HERE.
Along with this effort, we obviously also need translator volunteers. Reading the lines will be much easier for you now, so please volunteer if you are qualified. I will be reaching out to all the previous volunteers. Wish me luck!
The next time you hear from me (around the first of Nov) I will be posting V16!
May 18th, 2014 by legalize freedom!
I’m very excited to announce work on Scenario 1 has been completed. The ending is all ironed out and the transition to Sc2 is smooth. I’m really happy with how it came out. Sc1 will still receive updates if specific issues arise, but it can now be considered finished.
This content will obviously be included in V16 that will release near the end of the year, but to celebrate this occasion, I thought I’d make the updated files available to those interested in seeing the updated Sc1 ending in all its glory. You can download the files HERE. Just copy them to the SF3Patch > files > s1 directory (overwriting all) and apply the Sc1 patch with Isomaker as usual. Let me know in the forum if you see any issues.
I’ve also updated the Game Saves directory with a complete set of Sc1 saves including a Complete save in it’s own internal memory file. In this directory you’ll also find a Sc1 Records.txt file that has descriptions for every save. Get them HERE.
Now to begin polishing Sc2!
February 17th, 2014 by legalize freedom!
I hope everyone is enjoying V15! The release went very smooth.
As I wrap up my thorough review of Sc1, I think the time is right to start beta testing. In the next few days I’m going to be contacting those who have volunteered previously for testing roles. In addition, I’d like to invite anyone interested in beta testing Sc1 to email me HERE.
December 6th, 2013 by legalize freedom!
The Shining Force III Translation V15 is now available! Download from the button to the right.
Pardon the long post, but I wanted to expand on some of the changes.
Along with the usual plethora of improvements, you can also expect the following in this version:
Several proper nouns were introduced and/or made more consistent. These are the most visible:
- Bulzome Temple which was previously known by a handful of names including shrine and palace, is now consistent throughout. The main building is known as the Temple while the 2 smaller buildings are known as Shrines.
- The previously referenced “ice field” among other less descriptive names, is now known as
the Frozen Sea. A particularly attractive translation of the otherwise clunky previous description(s). This is the frozen water area around Bulzome Temple.
- The terminology of the save game files is now consistent. They are now referred to as Records throughout. Previously they were called a handful of names such as files, saves, save games, records, etc. Other related terms have also been made consistent such as Overwriting records.
Some hard decisions were made on several class names. Those changed were deemed too long. They made the on-screen character box too long and contributed to the status screen ghosting issue.
Harold and Jade
Ninja (2nd) Previously Master Kunoichi. Hated to change this, but just too long.
Mecha God (3rd)
Godchild (2nd) He’s known everywhere else as Godchild, but his class was Holy Child.
Due to a far-out revelation that Hedoba and David were named after the early 70′s singing duo, Hedoba is now known as Hedva. They were apparently a hit in Japan back in the day. The two Davids look exactly alike. Search for “Hedva and David”. Here is the forum thread: http://forums.shiningforcecentral.com/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=24596
and a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZ_K6aeDSz8
David really turns on the charm 1:00 in.
Some weapon descriptions were updated thanks to research by Special T for his work on the Jumesyn site. Most were values that were off by one point. Most of the gloves were affected and a couple of the regen and spell levels were corrected.
And saving the best for last! The text on the PD images was re-imagined. Again thanks to Special T for his image work. They came out great!
Released in time to enjoy it over the holiday break. Enjoy!
October 28th, 2013 by legalize freedom!
The SF3Patch V15 test files have been posted to the FTP. I will take feedback for about a month while also finishing up a couple of outstanding things.
Everyone is encouraged to try this version out and make sure everything is working properly. Please also verify any issues you have submitted have been resolved.
The V15 test package is located at the typical location on the FTP. You can use the button to the right.
Please report any issues to this SFC forum thread:
October 3rd, 2013 by legalize freedom!
The process of updating the files for release has begun. The plan is to have the test release posted by November 1st.
I’ll then take a month or so of feedback before releasing the official V15 patch in early December.
Doesn’t look like I’m going to quite make it all the way through my testing of Sc1. The end has quite a bit to look at. However, you can expect it to be beta up through the catacomb battle (27).
The re-dress of the PD images came out great. Thanks to Special T for his work. Speaking of Special T, he is currently well in to the facelift of the Jumesyn site. He’s bringing the already fabulous site in line with the patch as well as making any additions and corrections. I believe his plan is to offer his work as a stand alone site (not actually on the internet) to be posted on the SF3 Translation Project FTP. More details on this later.
August 17th, 2013 by legalize freedom!
Lots of good improvements ongoing. Currently under review are the last chapter of Sc1 and the Sc2 bookcase.
It will be a good milestone to get a full scenario ready for beta even if it is the easiest one. I’m filling the last remaining holes in the bookcase by checking it in every possible location and with differing story line options (thanks to BoneIdol’s awesome editor).
The next version release is on the radar. The next time you hear from me I will have a date for the release of V15.
June 7th, 2013 by legalize freedom!
Basic stuff still on-going, but a couple of notes to pass along.
mr2dax has rejoined the project after returning from a stint in Japan. I’m not sure how much time he will be able to offer, but his return is very welcome.
The PD images have been completed and will be included with the next version. Thanks to Special T once again for the image editing.
Keep shining until next time.
April 4th, 2013 by legalize freedom!
Working on mostly basic stuff since the release of V14, such as continuing to incorporate the translator reviewed files from Sc2.
Synbios16 has started back up on his play through of Sc3. I believe he plans to start recording for Sc3, once we’re sure the shining vid embargo is over. I will once again make his review a priority so the vids can be the best they can be.
And certainly not least, Special T and I are working through the PD images, the select screens… making them a bit shinier.
Until next time.
February 11th, 2013 by legalize freedom!
The V14 patch has been re-posted due to a couple of lines that slipped through the cracks. Normally I probably wouldn’t find it necessary to re-post for just a couple of lines, but these were the final mass promotion lines from Remotest church late in Sc3.
So please grab the patch again before playing Sc3.
Thanks to Rune for pointing this out!