I am so happy to be "done" this project that I couldn't resist putting the news in a new topic instead of the existing one. Anyway, the new Dragon Quest 8 Overworld map is finally complete! Here is a massively scaled down overview of the finished product:
The full resolution version weighs in at 110MB in size as a loss-less compressed PNG image. Dimensions are 14,300 x 10,750.
You can download this map at various different resolutions here:
I came really, really close to burning out on this, but the advantage of sinking so much time into it is that I couldn't let all those hours go to waste by not finishing it. Big thank you to sk8erpunq for helping me overcome the technical hurdles with auto-piloting Empyrea's trajectory as she flew over the terrain collecting screenshots for me at the proper perspective angle. There is absolutely no way this would have worked if I had to manually fly that bird.
Ok, that's all. Time to start marking it up with treasures and notorious monster locations.
Hey now, wait a minute. You're making a rather big assumption that he was the recipient of this surgery. His post left so much to our interpretation, that we can fairly presume that he may have been performing the surgery. I think it was pretty obvious that he was telling us that he was doing a routine appendectomy when all of a sudden the appendix burst, casting flames all over the room. His tone naturally implied that the patient was killed instantly and the nurses and other attending physicians are in critical but stable condition. He was miraculously unscathed, which is why it was so interesting.
Welcome to the second campaign in a series of contests called "Dragon Quest for the West". The purpose of these contests is to create a social media firestorm with the intention of increasing awareness of the Dragon Quest series and getting the attention of the series' creators and other parties who have the power (but not yet the incentive) to bring these games to the west.
Your mission in this contest is to create an advertisement for Dragon Quest VII, focused on Maribel
Each entrant has to come up with at least one piece of art done in the concept of an advertisement for DQ7 using Maribel. The sky is the limit, anything you can think of.
Are you a lousy artist who thinks this contest is not for you? Well don't run away just yet! There are plenty of options for you to not only participate in this contest, but also to win! Instead of a drawing or a beautifully Photoshopped design, you could try doing some cosplay and taking photos. Or you could even make a video advertisement of sorts. You could even just partner up with someone and help them out in some way. Both of you will earn badges! The winning advertisement will receive a twitter blast and all kinds of glory.
Enough of the preamble, here are the juicy details:
1) Submit your advertisement to me via private message or directly in this topic if you prefer
2) Submit as many advertisements as you have the time to create, and feel free to work with others
3) You have until Thursday, November 20th 2014 to make your submissions
4) Submissions will be voted on by the community to determine the winner
5) All submissions will be tweeted out during the contest period under the hashtag #QuestToTheWest
6) The winning advertisement will get an especially focused twitter blast
In case you missed the Arus campaign results, you can see the submissions from that campaign here.
The project is on hold at the moment. The team made some good technical break-through's to be able to extract and decompress the entire game script. Translation is not going to commence until a proof of concept is done on the recompression and re-insertion side of things. SOuimet was working on that, but he hasn't been heard from since July 19th of this year. I think all we can do now is wait for him to re-emerge from the shadows with a new helping of free time.
Presumably someone with an interest (and some skill) in hacking could try to pick up where he left off, but even then there would probably be a steep learning curve.
I'm kind of with Plattym3 on this one. It's a lot to keep running at once, but I could possibly be convinced to try if I thought we could police this somehow. Unfortunately, I don't see what would prevent someone from using a Party to get you to the finish line, and then just switching to solo for the money shots.
I think those ideas are all cool, but maybe instead of being tied to contests / badges, we should just have a thread for it where people can post about it, post their progress and then post screens when they reach certain milestones.
It was also spoiled for me by Nintendo Power, but I remember being really excited to find it out (even if by spoiler, rather than by playing). I loved going to Alefgard and seeing the changes to the land. Getting to see Haukness before it was destroyed was awesome.
I was glad to have played them in the intended sequence of 1-2-3. My son is playing through the trilogy for the first time now, and I am doing my best not to spoil that for him. I want it to be a true surprise when he reaches Alefgard. He is in the middle of DQ2 Mobile right now.
Quick update to report on progress. Things are moving nicely. Finished Neos and then decided to move west instead of south-east. I am doing the entire western continent + Orkutsk region as one collection to help optimize the strip-mosaic work. Kind of wish I had done this with North-East and South-East continents, but wasn't sure my PC could handle it. Turns out it can!
Anyway, here are some scaled down graphics to show the results. Neos at 40% zoom and the partial progress on Western Continent at 12% zoom.