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King Zenith

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#393304 Dragon Quest IX World Map Gets a Facelift

Posted by King Zenith on 24 July 2014 - 09:08 PM

Thanks.  It took about 4 hours.  With all the tools in place, I just had to kick things off and just babysit them to make sure they kept running.  Hardest part was lining up the strips and removing the seamlines.  Fortunately, the starflight covers a pretty wide ground swath, so it only took 15 strips to cover the whole map.  By comparison, in DQ8 it took 15 strips to just cover the island with the dark ruins on it...

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#393276 Dragon Quest IX World Map Gets a Facelift

Posted by King Zenith on 24 July 2014 - 09:12 AM

Thanks guys!


Sweet.  How did you get the Starflight Express out of the images?  Cropping or air-brushing?


Cropping.  This map is composed from thousands of screenshots (or more accurately, frames from a video file), and I only use the bottom 3 lines from each screenshot so that perspective is maintained while composing a vertical strip.  Since each screenshot is essentially cropped to those bottom three lines, the Starflight Express never comes into the picture.  The shadow comes close though.  Wish I could turn off the cloud layer.  There's a couple of pretty heavy cloud belts in this map.

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#393266 Dragon Quest IX World Map Gets a Facelift

Posted by King Zenith on 24 July 2014 - 08:02 AM

I decided to redo the Dragon Quest IX World Map to take advantage of recent improvements to my process.  I rescanned the whole map as viewed from the Starflight Express.  Some of the key improvements:


- Higher resolution, giving more detail at 100% zoom scale

- Proper aspect ratio maintained (the previous version was squished in the north-south direction, making it seem like the world was much wider than it was tall

- Colors are brighter


In any case, here is the new finished map (click on it and view as image to see full resolution):





Just for fun, here are some comparison images to show the change in detail (and aspect ratio) from the old version to the new version:


Alltrades Abbey Region:


New Version:



Old Version:





Magmaroo Region:


New Version:




Old Version:





Angel Falls Region:


New Version:




Old Version:



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#393252 hullo

Posted by King Zenith on 23 July 2014 - 09:16 PM


thank u guys but i think its magenta not purple
the hero in that zoma pic is tana is that a reference tp tana nile from rigel?

I honestly couldn't say. It was sent to me by my friend on this site during our very long conversation on here.



Cool, time to start searching for something to use the next time someone joins.  Hurry! Someone could join tonight!

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#393228 Big book of beasts

Posted by King Zenith on 23 July 2014 - 12:29 PM

If I wanted breasts, I'd go over to Tumblr.



Wow, cool.  I didn't know Tumblr could do that!  I figured if I wanted breasts, I would need surgery.

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#393212 Big book of beasts

Posted by King Zenith on 23 July 2014 - 11:23 AM

You must be referring to this:


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#393180 Big book of beasts

Posted by King Zenith on 23 July 2014 - 05:38 AM

Wow, sounds like a big project.  I actually just came to this thread because I thought the title said "Big Book of Breasts".  Imagine my disappointment. 


Still, this would be very cool to see.  I don't have any time to commit to it, but I thought I would point you to this Monster DB that was created by Dragonlord's Realm and AerynB.  I have linked you to the Green Dragon page, since you have an affinity for them.


Good luck with this!

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#393002 How many hours have you played Dragon Quest

Posted by King Zenith on 21 July 2014 - 09:05 AM

Dragon Quest VIII - My first beaten at ~80 hours but I had an earlier attempt which got to ~30 before I left if

Dragon Quest VI - I'm playing through this right now and are 10 hours in, but I had also tried once before and gotten 20 in

Dragon Quest IX - Played 2 hours of this to unlock the quests before the servers went down


So only around 150 hours so far, but I plan to increase that 


Hey JimJam! Welcome to the den.  The great thing about not having that many hours into DQ yet is that there are still hundreds of hours of new DQ experiences awaiting you. 

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#392863 Contest #113-Dragon Quest: The Movie

Posted by King Zenith on 18 July 2014 - 01:40 PM

You guys are catching all that smoke too, hey?  I can't go outside without it smelling like I am camping.  We had our windows open for quite a while yesterday and now the house smells like smoke too.  I'm Ok with the heat though. We had a long enough winter that I just can't bring myself to now complain about the heat.


As for the mind-piece, well... I would hate to damage anyone's id.  I bruise ego's all the time though.

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#392860 Contest #113-Dragon Quest: The Movie

Posted by King Zenith on 18 July 2014 - 01:30 PM




... Sorry, it was too tempting for me to resist using that screenshot.  Unfortunately, I don't have a screenshot that encapsulated me actually being willing to help validate video entries if that is what is desired here.  I'd be happy to help out with whatever is needed, though I don't want to inflict any damage on whatever "piece" of mind it was that Democrobot was referring to.  Perhaps somewhere in the prefrontal cortex?


Anything I can do to improve your peace of mind, I am happy to help as always. ;)

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#392855 Contest #113-Dragon Quest: The Movie

Posted by King Zenith on 18 July 2014 - 01:09 PM


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#392846 Contest #113-Dragon Quest: The Movie

Posted by King Zenith on 18 July 2014 - 12:14 PM


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#392736 Dragon Quest guitar covers

Posted by King Zenith on 17 July 2014 - 08:04 AM

Nice, great work.  It's a bit odd listening to only the melody of the song as there are some parts with some small gaps where other instruments would be filling in with that "dun dun dun dun..." stuff.  My head filled it in nicely since I am familiar with the tune, but I could see how other people listening might wonder why some of the pauses seem a bit long.


Anyway, there's nothing you can do about that and I am not even sure why I felt I needed to mention it.  Thanks again for sharing this with us!

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#392657 Contest #113-Dragon Quest: The Movie

Posted by King Zenith on 16 July 2014 - 12:18 PM

I think it's fine.  Actually, I think it's awesome!

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#392549 DQVIII Progress - Summer '14

Posted by King Zenith on 15 July 2014 - 09:57 AM

My save file!  It's.... back!






So, I finally dusted myself off and decided to jump back into this game after the tragic save wipe last week.  My plan was to turn it on, and see exactly how far along my cloud save was.  I had guessed Alexandria.  Well, as it turns out I will never know because when I turned the game on, my saves were still gone but the auto-save recovery option was actually there this time!  I cautiously elected to load the auto-save, taking note of the warning that it would be deleted as soon as it was loaded.  The game loaded up and plunked me down right outside of Baccarat (where I was standing just prior to performing the alchemy that crashed my game and wiped all my saves). 


I made a quick-save, dashed off to church and made a save there, then returned to the menu screen and made a cloud save. 


Yeah, I am back in business now!  And to think I came within a hairs width of just uninstalling the app and forsaking my life of DQ-devotion.  But no! I stuck in there and the goddess rewarded me.



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