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Old August 12th, 2008, 02:17 PM
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I'm happy to hear you aren't going to change your ideas just because I didn't like them. More hackers should just do what they believe instead of making a hack so people will like it.

You seem like you would be quite a good reviewer... My only concern is that (forgive me if I'm wrong) you haven't been hacking for very long. I'm still a little undecided. For the next issue I've got a bunch of ideas so I won't need another interviewer. Excellent idea about having them in the same thread. I don't want to clutter the Rom Hacking section with my newsletter. Carpet making place? XD
In actuality, I've been hacking for probably a year...but when talking about scripting...well, you've hit the nail on the head! I probably tried scripting 5 or 6 times before realizing, "Ohhh, you can put whatever you want after the $" (we're talking about the PokeScript days). Tehehe.

I'm excited to have given advice for how to distribute the ROM Hacker's Weekly! It'll make it easier for me to keep up.

Another idea I had (although, based on something someone already thought up)...I saw what Visual said about the CSS and what you said and thought how you could do something along the lines of like the "Trendy Center" where you could put the info about CSS and other things like...I dunno...maybe, trends involving the use of Fakemon or other things (I haven't looked at a lot of other hacks recently...)?? You don't even have to do it for every issue, just when some new trend among hacks pop up!

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Old August 15th, 2008, 01:41 AM
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Rom Hacking Newsletter
Issue 2 - Friday, 15 August 2008
Introduction
In review of the newsletter

Welcome to second issue of RHN! The first issue was a hit! I'm very pleased to see the amount of positive feedback that we got! Here are a few of the comments the first issue received:
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Hey, This Is awesome dshayabusa (I spelled it right? no I copyed it in)
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Interesting, it was interesting to read (specially when people take this kind of things seriously it always makes me happy), hope to see more issues in the future.

By the way, the newsletter has a nice layout, very professional.
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That's a nice news letter you got there! :D
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Cool! It's...awesome...can't say anything...xDDD
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but if they update every week, they'll get more viewers, but then they'll (peeps who made this) start getting it up late and forget to do their part so they'll probly need help.
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Acually Dshayabusa comes from his real name and a character from Ninja Gaiden, Ryu. :D

I'd like to introduce a new member to the staff... its Cartmic. A very experienced hacker who will not only be a reviewer but is also this weeks interviewee! Also new to the staff; Time, who will be a reviewer also.

The newsletter is now called "Rom Hacking Newsletter" just because it sounds better, if you have an even better name please post it. This week we've got a whopping 2 hack reviews + a new segment; Hacking News, which will talk about the goings on in the Rom Hacking scene (and shamelessly promote the staffs hacks).

Last weeks feedback was good but what we would like to see more of are ideas and criticisms. So now that all the serious stuff is out of the way, sit back, relax and enjoy this weeks issue!
Opening words by dshayabusa




Hacking News
Staying current with the rom hacking scene

CSS Designed Threads

There has been a recent explosion of threads with CSS threads in the Hacks Showcase. Don't get me wrong, thread presentation is important and I love visiting threads that are neat and organised. The only problem is when the all start looking the same. I must have had at least 10 requests from people to use the Pokemon Genesis threads CSS. I really can't disallow it because there's nothing to stop people from simply quoting the thread and stealing the code for themselves...
I don't mind if people look at the code to learn how to use it but don't just copy the whole thing and only change the font/colours.

Movie Based Hacks
Movie based hacks? I thought everyone hated the anime? I know I certainly do... Why anyone would want to play through a very poorly constructed plot is beyond me. Ok, maybe I'm a little biased, but think about it. Hacking is very limited, there are just too many restrictions to make a decent movie based hack.

Pokemon Genesis Delayed
Oh noes! Most of you won't care but anywho... Yeah, Pokemon Genesis will be delayed for an unknown period of time. Not only have I got bored of hacking but I've got a few too many things to do. I won't be releasing a fixed beta btw. If I had to estimate the time till the next update I would say about 3 weeks. I'll still be doing this newsletter though since I can get everything done in under an hour.
Article by dshayabusa




Hack Review
Hacks in review

Pokémon Lost Treasure [Link]
Hack Author: MaKü
Reviewed By: Time
Reviewer's Rating: 3.7/5

POKéMON Lost Treasure is one of the new hacks in the Hack Showcase thread. And for me, it has the potential of completion, that is, if the hacker's motivated to go on.

Now, about the hack, well, let us start with the mapping. This includes the palletes, and the tiles as well. And so far, in the screenshots, it's really looking pretty nice. I like how the trees look as well as the soft-coloured ground. But the grass tiles are somehow blending with the ground. It needs a darker pallete. Also, the flowers' pallete are green, which also is needing for a pallete change.
Also, it's noticeable that the hack has this some ancient statue tiles which are interesting.
There are new updated screenshots showing about a 'torn world'-like area, which was pretty cool. I just wish the scripts are as awesome as the screenshots.

The story is a bit hanging, however. How in the world did the boat hit a rock? Were the crew asleep or something? We may find out the truth later in the progress of the hack. Other than that, the idea of a boat sinking is a bit unique.

I can't tell whether the scripts are awesome or are boring, for there is no preview of the game available as of now. So let us await for time.

The hero's overworld is a bit irritating in my eyes, to be honest. It's big, really big. I think changing it to a normal-sized hero overworld sprite will add some positive points to this hack.

Let us also note that MaKü has another hack in progress, which is POKéMON SkyIslands.

Though the hack's just begun, it's already a great hack, mainly because of it's tiles and mapping.
Article by Time


Pokémon Septo Conquest [Link]
Hack Author: Magneto20, Andyp5-15
Reviewed By: dshayabusa
Reviewer's Rating: 0.5/5

I should have known as I downloaded the patch it was going to be bad when I saw the file size. I'm sorry but I am going to have to be really hard here.

This hack is terrible. I feel really bad saying that because of the amount of time and effort you have put into it. But honestly, if you didn't realise how low quality your hack was, then I guess someone else needs to tell you. Not only are there glitches, map errors, scripting errors etc. but this hack also has a lot of offensive text as well.

Truth be told, I didn't actually finish the entire hack. I played for about an hour before getting stuck in a glitch that forced me to get killed by wild Pokemon to get out of. The maps are sooo bad I won't even talk about them, they should be self explanatory. Changing the map connections would have been nice.

New scripts are almost non-existent as much of the game is merely text and OW edits. The text changes have jokes in them that make me cringe. They also use this hack to insult gay people and WOW players. Again, I have not played the entire game so to the best of my knowledge the majority of scripts are not original. This is a rom edit not a rom hack. It definitely needs a LOT more work.

I can't really end the review without talking about one this one thing that really bugged me: the starters. How on Earth did they decide that Machop, Drowzee and Skarmory would be good starters together? Each has a different amount of evolutions. There is no weakness/strength triangle. Drowzee/Hypno are ridiculously weak. Skarmory is ridiculously strong (especially early on). It just doesn't make sense.

Kudos for creating a full game though.
Article by dshayabusa




Tips and Tricks
A cool new trick that you may not have known about

This weeks tip isn't as interesting as last weeks but it might be quite useful? This'll basically just be about how I made the boat script in Pokemon Genesis. Last week I said that you could only go to specific maps but somehow I am able to make the player go wherever I want.

The script itself is a little complex and might take a while to explain everything. Therefore I'm just going to explain the important parts. Last week I explained how to use special 0x17A. Basically what I've done is covered the map that you are taken to after the animation with black tiles that cover everything. Then using the following level script I warp to any map I want.

setvar 0x4075 0x1
setvar 0x4052 0x0
setflag 0x22A
#raw 0x3A 0x3 0x29 0x1 0x0 0x0

Ignore the setflag and setvars. #raw 0x3a is warp2 in XSE, it makes it so there is no sound effect when warping. 0x3 0x29 0x1 is the map location and 0x0 0x0 are just fillers.

As I said not that exciting. I've got better ones but I'd like to save them. So, please if you would like to donate a tip, please PM the editor; dshayabusa. You will recieve full credit.
Tip donated by dshayabusa



Interview
An in-depth chat with... Cartmic
Spoiler:
(9:46:40 PM) Malin: How long have you been hacking for?
(9:47:34 PM) Cartmic: 6 Years this August
(9:48:07 PM) Cartmic: So that would have been back in 2002
(9:48:20 PM) Malin: Wow, that's very impressive!
(9:48:30 PM) Malin: Have you been hacking Pokemon only?
(9:49:39 PM) Cartmic: Publicly yes, but in private I was fiddling around with Zelda: Links Awakening
(9:49:58 PM) Malin: Oh, very cool.
(9:50:11 PM) Malin: Is that a lot different to hacking Pokemon games?
(9:52:06 PM) Cartmic: Well, almost, a gameboy boy game is a gameboy game, they usually have similarities.
(9:52:52 PM) Cartmic: I didn't go too much into Zelda, Pokemon was my main priority
(9:53:31 PM) Malin: So what got you interested in rom hacking in the first place?
(9:59:54 PM) Cartmic: Well back in 2001 I had an all day rehersal at my Amature Dramics Society, and I got talking to my friend about Pokemon, and he said his friend got Pokemon Yellow on his computer, so after I went home and eventually found out about emulators. Then later on that year I found a site with "home made" Pokemon games, I thought "wow this is great" so I had many 15 minute sessions on the internet....
(10:00:07 PM) Cartmic: Hang on a sec I've got more XD
(10:04:41 PM) Cartmic: Looking for "Pokemon Game Makers" I eventually found Pokemap, Thingy32, and Mr CLicks TileED. My first hacks were called Pokemon Emerald, and Pokemon Emerald 2: Flood. The first Emerald was shamefully hacked off another hack, though considering all that they did in it was change the title screen and a bit of Oaks text and that I mostly hacked right over what they did it didnt really matter.
(10:05:20 PM) Malin: That was rather lengthy!
(10:06:17 PM) Malin: And much more interesting than how most people get into it.
(10:06:33 PM) Malin: Anyway...
(10:06:47 PM) Malin: We haven't seen a hack from you for while.
(10:06:52 PM) Malin: Is there a reason for that?
(10:10:10 PM) Cartmic: Yes, going back to my Computing course that led me onto university I didn't release much due to I was busy with that trying to get to university. If I remember correctly I did release something in 2006, there is a beta floating around various rom sites, which I would not recommend playing as it wasn't a very good attempt.
(10:13:24 PM) Cartmic: Then this last year a very close family member has been recovering from a Stroke that happened recently. So as well as trying to do my first year at university I was worried about my family member, I eventually had to drop out if university this year and look after them.
(10:14:34 PM) Malin: I'm sorry to hear that
(10:15:46 PM) Malin: Well I hope your relative gets better soon.
(10:16:04 PM) Cartmic: They are getting better, they have made a miraculous recovery!
(10:17:03 PM) Malin: What do you think about the Rom Hacking scene today?
(10:17:18 PM) Cartmic: A complete and utter shambles!
(10:18:19 PM) Cartmic: I see it almost at the point that a rom hacker should go before a board of experienced rom hackers before they can show anything at the hacks showcase of Pokecommunity
(10:19:35 PM) Malin: So do you think there should be much harder guidelines to get your thread approved in the showcase?
(10:19:46 PM) Cartmic: Yes
(10:19:54 PM) Malin: Such as?
(10:22:56 PM) Cartmic: Hacks that have maybe one demo or beta out with little content should go into a renamed Scrapbox being the Workshop, then when its nearing completion, say at 3rd/4th beta or demo, then it can be allowed into the hack showcase. There are too many hacks people start, then disappear and never come back, which leaves a place full of junk.
(10:23:39 PM) Cartmic: I also have a problem with the simple questions thread. A new thread should be created, kind of like an FAQ with all the common questions.
(10:24:19 PM) Cartmic: As there are too many repeated questions, even though it says "Search Before Asking".
(10:24:32 PM) Malin: I totally agree.
(10:25:00 PM) Malin: But then if people ignore the "Search before asking" they might ignore the FAQ thread too.
(10:25:27 PM) Cartmic: Then they should be banned for a week until they understand.
(10:26:32 PM) Malin: Yeah I feel the same way sometimes.
(10:30:49 PM) Malin: Are you working on any hacks at the moment?
(10:36:02 PM) Cartmic: Yes, Pokemon Violet, it is a red hack I started back in 2003. Its had countless tweaks and revisions since then. Violet is set in the land of Crion just West of Johto, North of Naljo. Its had all sorts of changes to make it feel truly like a new land and game and not like some modified Kanto. Currently I'm working to try and get the first fully complete demo out by August 24th.
(10:37:59 PM) Malin: Could you tell us about a new feature that will be in your hack?
(10:40:50 PM) Cartmic: Libraries, Colleges, Research Centres for mesuring the earquake activity going one, also you can visit parts of 2 other Lands.
(10:41:55 PM) Malin: Sounds very cool! I look forward to trying out the demo when it is released
(10:27:04 PM) Malin: So, before we wrap things up, is there a hack you would like to recommend?
(10:28:18 PM) Cartmic: Plasma Red, its came along way since Blazichu started back in 2006, as he has put alot of time and effort into it.
(10:42:04 PM) Malin: Any final words?
(10:46:42 PM) Cartmic: A little one for those new hackers out there, search hard for yourself, don't ask other people to do things for you, then when you are truly stuck with somthing ask an experienced hacker, do that and you will be a much more knoledgeble, competent, and respected rom hacker in the future.
(10:47:05 PM) Cartmic: Never did me any harm :P

Interview by dshayabusa



Closing Notes
Some house keeping

There are more than enough people working on this newsletter now so for the time being we don't need any more. I cannot stress enough the value of comments and ideas. This newsletter can only grow with the help of the community. If you have a tip/trick please donate it. Also I will be taking requests to be interviewed. The decision on who is interviewed is at my discretion. Please don't read anything into my decision.
Closing by dshayabusa
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Old August 15th, 2008, 04:01 AM
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Whoooo!!!
Me first post! Awesome!

Nice tip there, I really needed it... :D
Goodonya! Keep it up!
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Old August 15th, 2008, 06:48 AM
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Wow, that was a really interesting article. I definitely liked the interview and the tip was really helpful.
Really Good work.
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Old August 15th, 2008, 07:12 AM
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I should agree with Cartmic.
Anyways, nice new issue, boss. :D

I am excited to read the next issue.
For the best~
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Old August 15th, 2008, 09:13 AM
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Niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, love it :)

You guys are like born for this, the reviewing and interviewing rocks :) Born professionals ;)

Yea, surprisingly, I liked reading the interview (I thought I'd get bored), but I didn't at all!

Though, what happened to the tool part? I know no new 'amazingly helpful' tool has come out this week, but why not, always fun to have, even for an existing tool that isn't recognized that much.

I hope the makers of Septo Conquest don't get mad >.<
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Old August 15th, 2008, 09:27 AM
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Hello, thank you for writing on us in the article , the only thing that lacking you is that the creators of Pokemon Lost Treasure we are maku and I, but nothing happens xD

I think that Pokemon Septo Contest deserve more rating...
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Old August 15th, 2008, 01:11 PM
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I can't tell whether the scripts are awesome or are boring, for there is no preview of the game available as of now. So let us await for time.
This realy made me laugh...
To revie some thing you don't got and have zero idea about... Realy the reviu was just stupid in my oppenium...
Tim was just juding by some screenshot...
it didn't display any thing about the hack...

This is third time I write this message... I can't tell if it's because the Forum keeps going down or the MODs delete it... I'll keep posting it through...
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Old August 15th, 2008, 02:45 PM
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This realy made me laugh...
To revie some thing you don't got and have zero idea about... Realy the reviu was just stupid in my oppenium...
Tim was just juding by some screenshot...
it didn't display any thing about the hack...

This is third time I write this message... I can't tell if it's because the Forum keeps going down or the MODs delete it... I'll keep posting it through...
Son Sebbe, we know you love to express your opinion on how hacks with no beta are unratable, unvotable, unreviewable etc. but I'd like to see you have an unbeta'd hack that wants a bit of population.
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Old August 15th, 2008, 08:17 PM
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This is a great idea. I love this. I love to hear reviews on hacks. I just think this is a very superb idea. If some hackers are too busy hacking to check out the news, then they can jsut look here and know all they need to know.
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Old August 16th, 2008, 11:45 AM
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Finished reading some parts, but not the whole issue this time. I'm gonna finish it later, but so far it seems another interesting issue. Good to see that you have what it takes to make reviews of not only the good games, but also the ones that need more improvment. Hope the creators take this as a warning and it helps them to keep improving.

By the way, since I see you are always looking for ideas, how about if you gather a small group that searches the web for more than just Pokemon hacks. There are a lot of non-Pokemon hacks out there and making reviews of them could lead people into liking other kind of hacks (there are a lot of awesome Mario hacks outside Pokecommunity), I'm sure it'd be a good addition to the hacking newsletter.
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Old August 17th, 2008, 04:06 PM
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Great second issue! I just got back from vacation and went straight to my laptop to check the issue. Lol! I loved reading the reviews, as they weren't repetitive. Also, I'll definitely try to work those tips into my hack...eventually, =). Maybe, you could have a section about different hackers and their strong points (scripting, mapping, etc.). Not necessarily reviewing hackers, but just as an FYI, or to mention who is good at making sprites, titlescreens, etc. For your name situation, I prefer ROM Hacker's Weekly, but...well, that's just me! Haha. Personally, I'd like to see Cooley interviewed, because, from how we've talked, he seems like an interesting person, and knows his hacking! Luckily, I'll start school after Summer Break to fill the meaningless void between now and the next issue, XD!

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Old August 21st, 2008, 05:13 AM
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I love the way you've made the thread with CSS, very neat. Onto the newsletter; I found a lot on information from it, I also love the way you explained Pokemon Lost World and Septo Conquest.

Nice work!
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Old August 24th, 2008, 05:47 PM
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What's happening with this now dshayabusa? Are you busy or has this stopped production?
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Old August 24th, 2008, 08:19 PM
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What's happening with this now dshayabusa? Are you busy or has this stopped production?
My guess is that he's busy. :\
If he wanted to give up on this, he would probably post hear saying so...:\
I hope he didn't quit. I love this news letter.
Hopefully, when there's more, this could be sticked! XD
Hope your still working on it~
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Old August 24th, 2008, 08:21 PM
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I agree. I'm sure that he is only busy.
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I spoke with Dayboshahsh this morning and he said I should post this weeks interwiu... Until next Issures comming..
Spoiler:
Quote:
Sebbe siger:
Are you a marmon like Zana?
gabe_k siger:
no
Sebbe siger:
Do you belive in good, Like Zana?
gabe_k siger:
yah
Sebbe siger:
Do you belive in Mac like Virtual Chatot?
gabe_k siger:
no
Sebbe siger:
Do I belive in god?
gabe_k siger:
yah
Sebbe siger:
Do I belive in Mac?
gabe_k siger:
no
Sebbe siger:
Do Zana Belive on mac?
gabe_k siger:
no
Sebbe siger:
Do virtual Chatot belive in God?
gabe_k siger:
yah
Sebbe siger:
Do I belive in Buddah?
Sebbe siger:
Do you belive in Buddah?
Sebbe siger:
Answer me?
gabe_k siger:
nop
Sebbe siger:
Do Buddah belive in Virtual Chatot?
Spoiler:
I don't wanna inset the Bold code any more... I got better things to do...

gabe_k siger:
no
Sebbe siger:
Do Buddah belive in buddah? (As a god)
gabe_k siger:
dunno
Sebbe siger:
Do Virtual Chatot spell Buddah, "Buddah"?

gabe_k siger:
yeah
Sebbe siger:
Do you like whack a hack=
Sebbe siger:
?
gabe_k siger:
yah
Sebbe siger:
Do you look at your self as a hunter or hunted?
gabe_k siger:
hunter
gabe_k siger:
-.-
Sebbe siger:
If you were a member of pc, who would you be?
gabe_k siger:
gabe_k
Sebbe siger:
If I was a member of pc who would I be?
gabe_k siger:
hmm...
gabe_k siger:
what's that really gay kid's name?
gabe_k siger:
he's like
gabe_k siger:
christos's husban
Sebbe siger:
Do you like christos's husban?
gabe_k siger:
no
Sebbe siger:
Do christos's husban like christos's husban?
gabe_k siger:
i don't like christos
Sebbe siger:
If you were a hero of a game, who would you be?
gabe_k siger:
hmm...
gabe_k siger:
that's tough
gabe_k siger:
i'd say
gabe_k siger:
naruto
Sebbe siger:
Invaild Hero, Please Try again:
gabe_k siger:
from naruto gnt 4
Sebbe siger:
Invaild Hero, Please Try again:
gabe_k siger:
ash
Sebbe siger:
Invaild Hero, Please Try again:
gabe_k siger:
**** you
Sebbe siger:
Invaild Hero, Please Try again:
gabe_k siger:
screw this -.-
Sebbe siger:
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Invaild Hero, Please Try again:
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Old August 28th, 2008, 10:30 PM
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Niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, love it

You guys are like born for this, the reviewing and interviewing rocks Born professionals

Yea, surprisingly, I liked reading the interview (I thought I'd get bored), but I didn't at all!

Though, what happened to the tool part? I know no new 'amazingly helpful' tool has come out this week, but why not, always fun to have, even for an existing tool that isn't recognized that much.

I hope the makers of Septo Conquest don't get mad >.<
I don't think the tools thing is really that important. Tools don't come out as often as hacks.

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Finished reading some parts, but not the whole issue this time. I'm gonna finish it later, but so far it seems another interesting issue. Good to see that you have what it takes to make reviews of not only the good games, but also the ones that need more improvment. Hope the creators take this as a warning and it helps them to keep improving.

By the way, since I see you are always looking for ideas, how about if you gather a small group that searches the web for more than just Pokemon hacks. There are a lot of non-Pokemon hacks out there and making reviews of them could lead people into liking other kind of hacks (there are a lot of awesome Mario hacks outside Pokecommunity), I'm sure it'd be a good addition to the hacking newsletter.
Thats a really good idea I just don't know if people would be keen for it. If anyone would like to please leave a message for me.

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Great second issue! I just got back from vacation and went straight to my laptop to check the issue. Lol! I loved reading the reviews, as they weren't repetitive. Also, I'll definitely try to work those tips into my hack...eventually, =). Maybe, you could have a section about different hackers and their strong points (scripting, mapping, etc.). Not necessarily reviewing hackers, but just as an FYI, or to mention who is good at making sprites, titlescreens, etc. For your name situation, I prefer ROM Hacker's Weekly, but...well, that's just me! Haha. Personally, I'd like to see Cooley interviewed, because, from how we've talked, he seems like an interesting person, and knows his hacking! Luckily, I'll start school after Summer Break to fill the meaningless void between now and the next issue, XD!
Thanks a lot, those are some good ideas. I think I will implement them in further issues.

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What's happening with this now dshayabusa? Are you busy or has this stopped production?
I'm not really busy I've just decided that I need to concentrate on my studies. I won't be able to work on it for the next 3 weeks.

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I spoke with Dayboshahsh this morning and he said I should post this weeks interwiu... Until next Issures comming..
sigh...... Sebbe...

Sorry I haven't posted the latest newsletter. Exams have gotten in the way. I'll be posting the latest one though..... Hope the staff don't mind the double post.
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Old August 28th, 2008, 10:47 PM
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Double post won't happen :D Can't wait to see the new newsletter
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Old August 28th, 2008, 11:02 PM
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Rom Hacking Newsletter
Issue 3 - Friday, 29 August 2008
Introduction
Before we begin

Woooowwww!! Its been a while! I'm sorry I just suddenly left. I've been studying for my mock exams. I need to do really well in them for Uni. See the closing notes for more info. No one really seemed offended by my very critical review of Septo Conquest so I probably won't tone it down. Hmmm not much else to say... I've decided that having a team is kinda stupid. Anyone can contribute articles to RHN, just PM me and as long as it isn't outrageous I'll put it in. So send all your articles in!

P.S. Thanks XDRules!
Opening words by dshayabusa




Hacking News
Staying current with the rom hacking scene

Flame of Rage Beta 1

The very popular hack Pokemon: Flame of Rage has finally had a beta release. I'm sure I don't need to say but this has been highly anticipated by a lot of the community. But does it live up to the hype? Find out in my review below.

Return of suspended hacks
OMG!! They are finally back! Two of my favourite hacks ever have finally come back! Pokemon Opal & Coral and Pokemon Azure Horizons! I highly recommend taking a look at them. I can't believe I was absent for their re-emergence. :'(

Article by dshayabusa


GSC Scripting
Attention Gold/Silver Hackers!
Your hex days are over! Score_under and I will be working on the long-awaited Pokemon Gold Scripting program.The program will be integrated into PKSV, so no getting used to a new format of scripting
It will feature user-friendly command names, and a fast compiler.The expected release is within 2 weeks(tops) So look out Metal Generation hackers

PM me for more Information...And good luck waiting!
Article by cooley




HOTW Winner
Spotlight on the Hack of the Week

POKéMON White Isle [Link]
Hack Author: riolu 9
Reviewed By: Time
Reviewer's Rating: 3.8/5

POKéMON White Isle is the first hacked-ROM based on an Emerald ROM which won in the 25th votings of the Hack of the Week, created/hacked by riolu 9.
Sounds amazing, huh? Well, to me, it is.

Now this project's story's common in every hacked-ROMs we see around here. Nothing exciting about it for now, at least.

The screenshots are truly awesome for we can finally feel a true day-night system in a GBA game.

Towards the scripts, well, riolu 9's not providing much proof in scripting, so I can't tell for now whether the scripts are awesome, or boring. I guess only time can tell.

Now the tiles are nice in my eyes, though it's a ROM base, but still, it's pretty cool.

The hack's great so far. What can we expect from a hack which won HotW #25?
Article by Time




Hack Review
Hacks in review

Pokémon: Flame of Rage [Link]
Hack Author: Rom Reaverz Inc.
Reviewed By: dshayabusa
Reviewer's Rating: 3.5/5

Its been in production since March and they've finally come out with a beta. Obviously one of the most popular hacks around with some very well known team members.

I've always had a problem with people working in teams to make a hack. I've tried it a few times myself but its never really worked for me. Flame of Rage should reveal whether teams work or not.

Lets talk about mapping first. Neti's style of mapping is very different to my own. Some people even recognise him as the best mapper in PC. His style is completely different to that of Nintendo's and is supposedly more natural. The maps are certainly neat and well designed, not my style but they are very good non-the-less.

The scripting is really good. They are implemented really well. They just seem to be missing the small things like text colour and spelling etc.

Sorry but this has to be really short, I'm a little busy now! I might do a better one later.
Article by dshayabusa




Tips and Tricks
A cool new trick that you may not have known about

Hi, Everybody
I’m writing a tip this week, D-Trough told me about it, so let’s go ”yay” on him…
You properly seen in the Help section people asking about how to expand the rom, and it are pretty simple…
First we open our Hex Editor and in the end we put a few new bytes in… Now we expended it, but this won’t do any difference since a pointier only can point from 0x000000(Deci - 0) to 0xFFFFFF(Deci – 16777215)
But to point after this, we only change the 08 to 09
09 points too 0x1000000 to 0x1FFFFFF
This should be pretty useful for people who are scared to run out of space or will need a lot of space for another reason… I must say through, the free space in the roms is pretty big, so in the start you would be able to use it, and for long…
*If you expand the rom file to much then some emulators won’t play it
**Give D-through a huge hug!
Tip donated by Sebbe and D-Trough



Interview
An in-depth chat with...
Spoiler:
No one again. Sorry! We'll have someone next issue, I promise!

Interview by dshayabusa



Closing Notes
Some house keeping

I will be away until September 12th. It seems a lot of exciting stuff has happened in the short amount of time I have been away. So hopefully I'll have tonnes of stuff to write about when I return. Also as I said in the opening if you have any articles you would like to see in the newsletter just PM me you can even say what issue you want it to be in. If possible take the time to make sure your article will look nice in the newsletter. Use proper paragraphing etc.
Closing by dshayabusa
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Old August 29th, 2008, 12:56 AM
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The explanation of the Tip/Trick is bad.. AND my name is written wrong..!
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Old August 29th, 2008, 01:31 AM
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Yeah, I agree.
What does it mean by change 08 to 09? There wasn't any 08 mentioned!
Maybe you should have written it, not Sebbe?

Well, this issue was pretty good...Yeah, I think you should extend it to more than just Pokemon ROM Hacking. I mean, it's not the "Pokemon Rom Hacking newsletter" so...yeah.

Ooh! Mock tests? You're studying for something like the HSC or something, right?
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Old August 29th, 2008, 02:56 AM
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Wow, so the third issue's up. Sweet. :D
Though the tips and tricks are truly written bad. -___-

Anyways, exams sure sucks. -__-
But we, your team, will be here for ya!

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You're just jelous you didn't get an article in the newsletter...
I really hate the way to talk, Sebbe.
And I agree with Dark Lakitu...
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Old August 29th, 2008, 04:13 AM
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No, Son Sebbe. It's his tip. Without his tip, you wouldn't have a mention. And yours sucked so no-one could possible be jealous.
So there! -yays D-trogh-
I command you to take back that yay
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I really hate the way to talk, Sebbe.
So, Are you with me?
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Old August 29th, 2008, 01:43 PM
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Um...yays for issue #3! Although, the grammar has gone downhill TERRIBLY, and not just in the Tips and Tricks section. I noticed many spelling and grammar issues in every section. Also, unless there is some standard for rating a hack (i.e. some sort of system based on certain aspects), I think giving the hacks a x/5 is irrelevant, since different people are reviewing and each person seems to have different standards. Even though I'm giving quite a bit or criticism, don't take it personally, since the Newsletter is overall very nice...and of course, attractive.

On the grammar/spelling note again, maybe you should have people PM you an idea and a preliminary article, and then you can edit or re-write it, so the Newsletter keeps a similar writing style. Or, you could have a, sorta, ohh, shoot!...what is it called? Um, kinda a Bulletin Board of sorts, where people can post their own news (i.e. "Hey guys, it's Kawaii, Inc. here! Just wanted to post about an opening in Tree of Peace's Team. We're looking for a spriter to help with overworlds and the such!"). Kinda like that?
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