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Old May 2nd, 2015 (10:28 AM). Edited 4 Weeks Ago by Mana.
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A fortnightly beginners challenge

Hello o/ welcome to ROM Hacking!

#HA2 has just started, it's open to all! Read the tasks below and download the patch. Feel free to ask any questions you have!

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The purpose of this event is to help new hackers become more comfortable with the basics of hacking - honing the basic skills that will make designing and creating their own hack that bit easier.

Each fortnight three tasks will be given. These tasks will start off with very simple elements of ROM hacking. Whilst the first tasks will be very open, the secondary, harder tasks will require a bit more focus! In order to help complete these objectives I will be providing mini-tutorial tips as well as linking to useful documents here on The PokéCommunity.

These tasks will act as grades - completing task one will give you a bronze trophy, tasks one and two will get you a silver and finishing all three will earn you a gold. Show a screenshot, or upload a patch, as evidence and I'll award you with a trophy (and maybe some emblems as well)!

Whilst this contest is aimed at beginners, I am happy for anyone to join. Similarly, if you'd like to help someone or comment on how they can improve on their work feel free. As long as you're constructive, anyone can help out.


#HA3: Scripting with XSE pt 1
DATE 06/06/15 - DATE 20/06/15 - NEXT TIME: Scripting with XSE pt 2

You will need: Advance Map (1.92 or 1.95), a Fire Red ROM, Hackmew's Xtreme Script Editor (XSE) and a ROM player, such as video boy advance.


Follow the instructions below as accurately as possible. Your evidence in this round should be screenshots in-game and a copy of your written script. Use diegoisawesome's amazing tutorial as a reference to help you out.

TASK 1:
  • Add a new person event to the player's room.
  • Set it's image to the 'Mom' overworld.
  • Write a simple text script to make Mom say: Finally, [PLAYER]! I thought you were going to be late! when spoken to.
TASK 2:
  • Using the downstairs of the player's house.
  • Replace Mom's script (or use a person event).
  • Write a script to give you an item of your choosing, as well as some custom text from the NPC!
  • Use a flag to make sure you can't continuously collect the item when speaking to them.
TASK 3:
  • Using Pallet Town's map (and any old/new person event).
  • Write a script where the player is given a lv 20 Pokemon of your choice the first time they talk to the NPC.
  • If you talk to the NPC a second time, they ask if you'd like to battle.
  • When you win the battle, the NPC gives you a Gym Badge.

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Spoiler: #HA1
WEEK 1: Using Advance Map
DATE 02/05/15 - DATE 16/05/15 - NEXT TIME: Mapping FINISHED

You will need: Advance Map (1.92 or 1.95), a Fire Red ROM and the #HA1 IPS PATCH.
This week, I have prepared three task maps for you to work with. Each one is properly labelled, you can find them overwriting the first few towns, in map bank 3.

TASK 1: Change the houses in Viridian City to those of another town (Map 3.1).
TASK 2: Complete the forest map by assigning the correct movement permissions (Map 3.2).
TASK 3: Block edit some new tiles to fix the five errors (Map 3.3).


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Spoiler: #HA2
#HA2: Mapping
DATE 17/05/15 - DATE 31/05/15 (ISH) - NEXT TIME: Scripting with XSE

You will need: Advance Map (1.92 or 1.95), a Fire Red ROM and the #HA2 IPS PATCH.
This week, I have prepared three task maps for you to work with. Each one is properly labelled, you can find them overwriting the first few towns, in map bank 3.

TASK 1: Using the map 'base' provided, fill the map with decoration tiles and NPCs (Map 3.1).
TASK 2: Complete the town map, using the starting corner as a base, to fill the blank space. NPCs/Events not needed. (Map 3.2).
TASK 3: Design an ocean map around the existing person events. You may change their appearance and movement type but you may not move or delete them. (Map 3.3).

This week's #HA is a bit more complicated - in order to be awarded a trophy for your efforts you should:
  • Make sure your tiles are used correctly,
  • Avoid tiling errors,
  • Follow the above instructions carefully.
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Prizes will be given out when a member fulfils the criteria you do not need to participate every week to obtain these goodies! If someone wants to help me make these feel free to PM.

<emblem not made> I like g-o-o-o-old.
Well done for obtaining three gold medals!


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HA: Week 1 All Tasks Complete!

<emblem not made> Cartographer
HA: Week 2 All Tasks Complete!

<emblem not made> ROM Hacker-sensei
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I think this is a great idea! I'm new to hacking and I really appreciate things like this to help others get comfortable with the different concepts of a hack!

I will definitely be participating in as many of these as I can, just have 1 question. My Advance Map is 1.90, is this going to cause any issues?
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Quote originally posted by JaDe.X105:
I think this is a great idea! I'm new to hacking and I really appreciate things like this to help others get comfortable with the different concepts of a hack!

I will definitely be participating in as many of these as I can, just have 1 question. My Advance Map is 1.90, is this going to cause any issues?
Yes, you will need to download advanced map 1.92 or 1.95.
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Quote originally posted by JaDe.X105:
I think this is a great idea! I'm new to hacking and I really appreciate things like this to help others get comfortable with the different concepts of a hack!

I will definitely be participating in as many of these as I can, just have 1 question. My Advance Map is 1.90, is this going to cause any issues?
Hello! It won't make too much difference - but 1.92/1.95 are the most used versions. If you grab one of those from the links from TheRealOCD then at least it'll be easier for people to help you out, if needed.

Look forward to seeing what you can do! :D
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Here's what I have so far, tasks 1 and 2.
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Update from my earlier post, task 3 completed.

This was the first time I've ever messed around with the block editor, which is why I'm submitting 2 separate times. Very beneficial, thank you for doing this, you filled my Saturday with an enjoyable activity/exercise/fun project
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I'd like to join in this, but I have some questions....
For #1 I assumed you meant only the houses, so I changed the two actual houses on it into the Pewter City PC and Mart. If I need to rewarp the others too, just tell me. ^.^U

The second task is confusing me though. The map 3.2 is Pewter and I can't see anything wrong with the movement permissions, so I assumed you meant Viridian Forest, but couldn't find anything wrong there. I don't know if I'm reading any of this wrong though. Can you please explain for a simple thinker like me? @.@U
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Old May 3rd, 2015 (01:33 AM). Edited May 3rd, 2015 by Mana.
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Quote originally posted by JaDe.X105:
Update from my earlier post, task 3 completed.

This was the first time I've ever messed around with the block editor, which is why I'm submitting 2 separate times. Very beneficial, thank you for doing this, you filled my Saturday with an enjoyable activity/exercise/fun project
I've had a chance to look! :D

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Progress so far:

TASK 1: Pretty good! You've managed to change tilesets and switch out the houses nicely. There is a small error - you've used the roof from the bike shop as decoration. Houses are all good though!

TASK 2: Good movements - your map works perfectly . You may see that tutorials recommend [D] as the permission for ledges, but [1] works just as well due to the built-in behaviour of the tile.

TASK 3: Your block edits are all good, actually. The problem may be less obvious just looking at that map - have a flick back to the Task 1 map and look at Viridian City's mart... In order to stop your block edits happening on every mart/pokecenter you should overwrite an underused tile (preferably in the bottom tileset - if you know what I mean).


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I'd like to join in this, but I have some questions....
For #1 I assumed you meant only the houses, so I changed the two actual houses on it into the Pewter City PC and Mart. If I need to rewarp the others too, just tell me. ^.^U

The second task is confusing me though. The map 3.2 is Pewter and I can't see anything wrong with the movement permissions, so I assumed you meant Viridian Forest, but couldn't find anything wrong there. I don't know if I'm reading any of this wrong though. Can you please explain for a simple thinker like me? @.@U
Hm, if you have the patch added on to a ROM you should be seeing:



Where 'T2' has replaced Pewter. It's definitely a forest in the HA Patch.
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okay I like thi.. It feels like a bootcamp haha

Edit: Heres my patch thanks! I learned how to block edit because of the Hack Along hehe
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I'm joining as I take all the trophies! O: just kidding, I think this is fun and helpful to improve everyone's basic hacking skills. Good luck to me and to all! c:
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Finished all the task.

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Finished all the task.

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Looks like you've managed all three tasks! There is a small error on the T1 map, due to you changing tilesets, so watch out for that in the future!

Progress: [COMPLETE]

Emblem will be on your doorstep shortly :3.
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Hi here it is: http://www51.zippyshare.com/v/kGSofSN3/file.html
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Progress: [COMPLETE]

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Progress: [COMPLETE]

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Thanks! I'm looking forward to the next challenges. I hope I learn a lot from these :D
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Looks like you've managed all three tasks! There is a small error on the T1 map, due to you changing tilesets, so watch out for that in the future!

Progress: [COMPLETE]

Emblem will be on your doorstep shortly :3.
I thought I fixed that? well maybe I didn't lol Well anyways I can't wait for le emblem! c:

Looking forward more task cause this is really improves everything.
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have a flick back to the Task 1 map and look at Viridian City's mart...
Ahh good catch! I would not have noticed that, but makes total sense why that happened.
Went back and fixed the mart roofs, as well as my house with the bike shop roof (I was just mixing and matching for that part, but for consistency I corrected it, had to block edit boulders out of the background)
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Ahh good catch! I would not have noticed that, but makes total sense why that happened.
Went back and fixed the mart roofs, as well as my house with the bike shop roof (I was just mixing and matching for that part, but for consistency I corrected it, had to block edit boulders out of the background)
Progress: [COMPLETE]

Boom! You're a pro-block editor now . All tasks complete, I'll ship you an emblem once they're uploaded to the server~
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i litterally just read a intro to rom hacking and got a couple programs for doing this is it to late to enter? i'd like someone to look at my work and tell me how i do(assuming im capable of doing any of it)


as a complete noob though i unforuntately do have to ask how to even edit the IPS patch i barely had 10 minutes so far to learn anything.
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Ok I gave this a go but tbh I gave up on the trees in the block edit task because I simply just do not get it. Like, I couldn't find the tiles/textures for it?

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i litterally just read a intro to rom hacking and got a couple programs for doing this is it to late to enter? i'd like someone to look at my work and tell me how i do(assuming im capable of doing any of it)


as a complete noob though i unforuntately do have to ask how to even edit the IPS patch i barely had 10 minutes so far to learn anything.
It's not too late to submit one yet! You should try at least c:
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think i got it not really sure if i made the patch right (or did anything right really) but check please xD http://download674.mediafire.com/eb34g55tbdog/p8cpmcpo8pr3srh/HAWEEK1finish.ips
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