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The Apprentice alteration

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:50 pm
by Shikotei
As this requires either the emulator, or someone who is willing to burn CDs with some alterations of the game files I've placed the thread here.

@Forum mods: If it's still wrongly placed, feel free to move it to its proper location.

Currently I'm building The Apprentice from scratch, but on a PC-platform. I'm using Director 8.5 (back when it was owned by Macro Media) and have a pretty demo-worthy version at the moment.
But that is not why I'm posting.
I'm posting because, for the life of me, I cannot figure out the math behind the games Goodies choice.
By goodies I mean the food items in the Medieval Tower:
Goodies.png
Goodies in the Medieval Tower
Goodies.png (5.25 KiB) Viewed 1472 times
These items all have the same item number in the source files (it's number 6), but are not all the same item on screen.

What I ask, is that someone applies the alteration below (can be applied directly to the source with a find-replace command), then uses the emulator to run The Apprentice and run it to the point where the first stage of the Medieval Tower is shown.
I'd like the screenshot of what is seen there... It should help me figure out the math.



Replace the following:

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00 00 00 00 00 00 00 07 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 06 00 00 00 00 
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 
00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 2C 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 07 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 06 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 07 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 35 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 1B 00 00 
00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 0D 00 00 00 07 
00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 00 00 00 00 03 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 07
With the following:

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00 00 00 00 00 00 00 07 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 06 00 00 00 00 
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 2C 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 07 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 06 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 07 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 35 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06
00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06 00 06
00 06 00 06 00 06 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 1B 00 06 
00 06 00 06 00 06 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 06 
00 06 00 06 00 06 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 0D 00 00 00 06 
00 06 00 06 00 06 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 03 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 06 
00 06 00 06 00 06 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 38 00 39 00 3A 00 3B 00 2F 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 06
00 06 00 06 00 06 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 06 
00 06 00 06 00 06 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 06
The screen I get (with my Apprentice PC-game) is the following:
Goodies test.png
Screen previewing the alteration
Goodies test.png (68.7 KiB) Viewed 1472 times
As you can see, I'm using a line-by-line based method.
I'm very curious as to what the actual game will show.

Re: The Apprentice alteration

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:23 am
by Shikotei
Small update:
I've looked a bit further than just the Medieval Tower in the hope that other towers may shed some more definitive light into this.
In Seb's video of his playthrough of The Well, Stage 3 between 1:39 and 1:47 on the left hand side there's a sardine-can (1:39) and a worm-on-a-hook at the bottom (1:46).
On his revisit (he dies at 1:46) at 2:15 that same sardine-can is now a fish-grate. The same goes for the worm-on-a-hook (see 2:22) which turned into a fish-grate.

Seems that the goodies are perhaps flag-number based, or startline based.
Whichever the case is, there's another factor involved other than position...