Fundraising for Retropalooza

January 27th, 2017 by legalize freedom!

Those interested in donating to offset the cost of the SF3 Translation Project’s presence at Retropalooza can do so through this link:

https://www.paypal.me/sf3translation

I decided to go with PayPal. It may be the least flashy, but it’s easy and I don’t anticipate this being a big operation.

 

The Shining Force III Translation Project has always been and always will be a volunteer effort that has refused donations from supporters, so it is a little awkward to now be fundraising for this event, but I think it makes sense in this situation. I have put countless hours and resources into this project personally and I’m not interested in profiting from this event. On the contrary, I will be committing a tidy sum to make it happen.

I want to explain what the funds are being raised for and where they will go. Many of the amounts aren’t known currently, but will be filled in as things come together. Many of these items could be reused for future events as well.

Expenses
$130 Retropalooza booth (with electricity)
$100 Full Colour Banner (8′-0″x 3′-0″)
$??? Business Cards
$100 Game Stations and Tablecloths
$??? Table Rental

Using my own
48″ TV (for big screen video, buying new for this event, but I will use it afterwards)
40″ TV (for hardware setup, buying new for this event, but I will use it afterwards)
27″ Computer monitor (for emulation setup)
Computer (for emulation setup)
Laptop Computer (for big screen video)
Modded Saturn (for hardware setup)
Audio System

I don’t know what the total will be and probably won’t until it is done, but any remaining funds will go to the SFC annual beg for site hosting.

Thank you in advance for your support!

 

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SFIII Translation at Retropalooza!

January 4th, 2017 by legalize freedom!

I’m excited to announce the Shining Force III Translation Project will have a booth at the upcoming Retropalooza Houston on April 22-23, 2017!
http://retropaloozahouston.com/

I would like to invite anyone interested and able to attend. It would be really nice to get a few SF3 fans out to show support and maybe help watch the booth. The ultimate would be if we could get three people to cosplay the heros 🙂

We’ll see what all is possible, but I’m planning to have 2-3 screens. One large one with a looping video and two with live gameplay. One will be emulated and one using a Saturn. And of course a banner and some cards to give away.

In order for all this to happen, I’ll need a bit of help. I’m hoping someone is interested in editing together a video or two. A design for the banner and cards will also be needed. I’m considering doing some fundraising to help offset the cost, but I haven’t decided how to go about that yet. Stay tuned.

Tickets are only $20 for both days, so you are primarily looking at travel and hotel expenses. I can help advise on that if you are on a tight budget. Please contact me or post in the FORUM if you are interested and able to attend.

 

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SF3Patch Version 18 Released!

December 19th, 2016 by legalize freedom!

V18 is here! Download from the button to the right.

Please report any issues on the FORUM.

In addition to the many corrections and improvements made throughout, these items will be the most visible.

  • Battle and search messages made consistent in present tense
  • Some battle messages made clearer (charmed in particular)
  • Friendship bonuses given more descriptive names (Crit Evade vs Succumb) and better descriptions
  • Ruin Maps given identifiable names and descriptions based on feature and location.
  • Permanent increase items given better descriptions
  • A few special attacks renamed for various reasons (Flash Kill, Chaos Cauldron, Penguin Butt)
  • Tybalts special attacks in the final battle of Sc2 corrected
  • Names of Pappets’ beasts corrected
  • Names of Domaric’s security detail renamed to Royal Guard to differentiate from Spiriel’s White Knights
  • Three ninjas in Sc3 battle 13 given descriptive names (Rin Ninja, Zai Ninja and Jin Ninja). For more information on what these mean, search the internet for “ninja hand signs”.
  • Several entries in the bookcase (both Sc2 and Sc3) corrected and/or improved
  • Cutscene from the end of Sc2 and the beginning of Sc3 (on the ship) coordinated
  • Hero meeting 4 (on the bridge) coordinated in Sc3
  • New patcher (SF3TranslationPatcher.exe) included and documented in the Read Me as well as on the Patch Instructions page

Sc2 is now ready for beta through the beginning of Ch4.

Enjoy!

 

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SF3Patch Version 18 Test Files Posted

October 27th, 2016 by legalize freedom!

The SF3Patch V18 test files have been posted to the FTP. Grab them with the button to the right as usual.

A separate package has been posted for the new patcher if you prefer or need that one.
http://sf3transftp.shiningforcecentral.com/SF3TranslationNewPatcherV18Test.exe

Please try them out and report any issues in the forum HERE.

This is the first version where the new compressor has been used. All appears to be working smoothly, but there is always potential for issues when something new is introduced.

Work will continue over the next month or so before the official release, so be sure to update again next month.

More Let’s Plays on the way! Along with the three other ongoing LP’s, BlueAnkylo is blazing along. After starting his LP in Sep, he has already progressed to Sc2. He brings some light voice acting into the mix for yet another enjoyable LP. I have also heard that a couple more LP’ers plan to start up after V18 goes live, so look for them soon. I plan to add these to the media page as they progress.

 

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Progress Report – September 2016

September 14th, 2016 by legalize freedom!

The process of preparing the game files for V18 is underway. The plan is to release test files around the first week of November. Then allow for around a month test period before officially releasing V18 in early December.

Thank you for your continued feedback on the forums regarding various issues or changes that pop up. It looks like Flash Kill has won out for the Assassin Knife special name. It is fitting. Friendship and ruin map names and descriptions got a good pass through this time and I believe will be easier to understand.

The LPs continue to impress. Marauder EX is in the last chapter (6) of Sc2. RichterBelmont12 is in Ch4 of Sc3. DaTruth DT is in the first chapter of Sc2. Check the Media page for links. Thanks for your effort guys! (and thanks for being playtesters ;-))

The next time you hear from me there will be shiny new V18 files to play with!

 

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Progress Report – June 2016

June 22nd, 2016 by legalize freedom!

Hello Shining Fans!

Just a quick update to let you know what is going on.

We have reached a great milestone! Tasia (noted as Kaivokz on the credits page) has finished the review of Sc2! Even better news than that is she plans to continue to contribute with the Sc3 review! This is fantastic news for the translation project! Thank you for your continued contribution, Tasia!

Before I continue the polishing of Sc2 and incorporating the remaining Sc2 review, I plan to focus on the newly reviewed Sc2 ending. It ties in with the events at the end of Sc1 and needs to be coordinated and polished as a priority.

I’m playing Sc3 for the first time! While thoroughly enjoying myself, my purpose is to correct anything that is severely lacking or just plain wrong in the process. I’ll probably also try to polish the Sc3 opening scene, at least partially in anticipation of the current Let’s Play’s making it to Sc3 in the near future. The Sc3 dialog has not gotten very much love to date. It’s there and you can follow what is happening, but it will require a lot of work that most certainly won’t happen before the LPs reach it, but I wanted to make sure there weren’t any really bad spots.

Speaking of, thanks for the feedback on the Sc3 issues posted in the forum. There are some really good suggestions. Many of which are not being considered due to length. Please continue to post suggestions if you have them. The ninja hand sign names I mentioned as favorites fit well and are particularly attractive because they are so short while still having a lot of character. And for Rollie’s attack, I’ll go with Unicorn Buck for now and see how that looks in game.

The SF3 Let’s Plays continue to showcase the translation and provide excellent entertainment. Marauder EX is currently in Sc2 Ch2 while RichterBelmont12 is in Sc2 Ch5. But wait! We have a new LP as well. DaTruthDT is currently up to Sc1 Ch3. He has a smooth and candid commentary style. Check him out!

I have added the RichterBelmont and DaTruthDT LPs to the media page. I recommend you check them all out as they scratch different itches for SF3 fans.

 

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Progress Report – March 2016

March 11th, 2016 by legalize freedom!

I hope everyone is enjoying V17!

The big news since the last update is the development of a new patcher! After issues began to arise with Windows 10 and the Isomaker program, Knight 0f Dragon began working on a new custom patcher. It is still in development, but is functional and available so try it out, particularly if you are having issues. You can get it in the main directory of the FTP, tentatively named SF3TranslationNewPatcherV17.zip. Unzip it anywhere. I’m posting this on the FTP for those who are having issues and/or simply want to try it out and give feedback. If you are interested in or want to comment on the code, Knight 0f Dragon has also posted a version that includes everything.

The new patcher automagically detects the disc in your physical drive (virtual drives not yet supported, but planned) and asks you to verify the scenario you want to patch. There is also an option to include paul_met’s excellent resolution mod which slightly increases the resolution and removes the black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. PAL versions of Sc1 are currently not supported, but that is planned. Other functionality is also planned. For more information about the new patcher, you can follow its progress in the forum.

In other exciting news, the SF3 Let’s Play’s featuring V17 of the translation patch are in full swing:

Marauder EX is doing a great job of showcasing the translation, primarily the storyline dialog. He is currently nearing the end of Sc1. His Let’s Play is now featured on the Media page. I will also be providing him the latest files as he makes his way to Sc2.

RichterBelmont12’s Let’s Play is currently at the beginning of Sc2. This one doesn’t focus much on the dialog, so I’m not planning to feature it on the Media page, but these guys are entertaining.

On the progress side, I’m currently focused on polishing Sc2 Ch3. I’m trying to get as much polished as I can before Marauder EX reaches this point.

Until next time!

 

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SF3Patch V17 Correction

December 6th, 2015 by legalize freedom!

There was an issue with the battle files for Sc1. It should be corrected now.

Please download again if you had already grabbed V17.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

 

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SF3Patch Version 17 Released!

December 3rd, 2015 by legalize freedom!

The Shining Force III Translation V17 is now available! Download from the button to the right.

In addition to many minor improvements across all 4 discs (primarily Sc2 and Sc3 this time), the following will probably be the most visible:

  • Sc2 polished through the end of Ch2
  • Hero meeting 3 during and after the Suspension Bridge battle has been coordinated between Sc1 and Sc2.
  • In Sc1, clarity added to the dialog in Malorie after Wilmer takes you to the waiting room.
  • In friendship battle messages, the name of the character you’ve gained a friendship level with is now shown in the bold/blue text.
  • In Sc1 Blacksmiths when picking up ordered items, the name of the item is now shown in the bold/blue text to match the other scenarios.
  • Sc1 Ch3 ruins renamed to Holy Road Ruins (previously Tidal Flats)
  • Sc1 mercs named to match SF2 mercs (Karna, Eric, Tyrin, Randolf)
  • Changed “Condition” in status to “Effects” to allow this to remain blank unless a status effect is present. This goes a long way towards eliminating the text ghosting in the status dialog.

Thanks to everyone who gave feedback and submitted errors during the past year. In particular, I would like to thank SFC member Hrith for the excellent (Sc2 and Sc3) report. There were a few that will require some research and will have to wait for the next version, but I got all the others incorporated.

Translator volunteer Tasia continues to produce at a modest pace and we are only a few files away from having Sc2 completely reviewed for accuracy!

I’m also totally jacked because a fairy told me the long-time YouTube Shining Hero Marauder EX is revisiting SF3 for a full play through. Be sure to look for it in the coming weeks on his channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/marauderex

I hope you enjoy the new version! Shining Force III has never looked better!

Please continue to report any issues you may have in the threads designated for each scenario in the forum.

 

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SF3Patch Version 17 Test Files Posted

October 30th, 2015 by legalize freedom!

The SF3Patch V17 test files have been posted to the FTP. I will take feedback for about a month before posting the official V17 release.

I encourage everyone to test this new version and let me know if you have any issues. Many issues that have been submitted will be incorporated over the next month. This test period is primarily to be sure there are no major issues such as crashing.

The V17 test package is located at the typical location on the FTP. You can download with the button to the right.

Please report any issues with these test files to this SFC Forum Thread.

 

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