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  1. Dungeons & Dragons Manuals & Modules Platform

    Added images to the Platform - D&D - Fanart folder so the main title in BigBox has artwork.
    If you already have the platform installed, instead of downloading the latest version, simply copy a few images you like from the ..\LaunchBox\Images\Playlists folders into the ..\LaunchBox\Images\Platforms\Dungeons & Dragons\Fanart folder.
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    The latest updates to this Dungeon & Dragons Platform include the following
    Added new playlists Added descriptions to all playlists Added new images to various playlists. Some minor corrections in the various file descriptions. In order to attach a playlist to the main Dungeons & Dragons Platform, perform the following steps within LaunchBox:
    On the left drop-down menu select Playlists Right-click on the a playlist and select EDIT.  Click the Parents tab Check the box next to Dungeons & Dragons There is no need to place the Box-Front image into the Fanart-Background folder. To have the background image in LaunchBox be the same as the Box-Front image, perform the following steps:
    Click the Main Menu (the 3 horizontal lines) in the upper left-hand corner. Navigate to TOOL --> OPTIONS  Click on Background Priorities and check the BOX-FRONT checkbox. Set the Default Background to Use Blown Up Art If you are missing artwork for the Video Games Playlist, do the following in LaunchBox:
    Open the D&D Video Games Playlist do CTRL+A to select all items in the playlist. Click the Main Menu (the 3 horizontal lines) in the upper left-hand corner. Select Download Metadata and Media. The D&D Video Games Playlist is by no means complete for every console and arcade title out there. It presently contains mostly PC games. If you have an extensive library, add any and all games you'd like to the playlist.
    If you want to add a description to the main D&D Platform, do the following in LaunchBox:
      Right-Click on the Dungeons & Dragons Platform and select EDIT. Click on the Notes tab. Paste the below description: Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&D) is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game (RPG) originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. It was first published in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. (TSR). The game has been published by Wizards of the Coast (now a subsidiary of Hasbro) since 1997. It was derived from miniature wargames with a variation of Chainmail serving as the initial rule system. D&D's publication is commonly recognized as the beginning of modern role-playing games and the role-playing game industry.
    D&D departs from traditional wargaming and allows each player to create their own character to play instead of a military formation. These characters embark upon imaginary adventures within a fantasy setting. A Dungeon Master serves as the game's referee and storyteller while maintaining the setting in which the adventures occur, and playing the role of the inhabitants. The characters form a party that interacts with the setting's inhabitants, and each other. Together they solve dilemmas, engage in battles, and gather treasure and knowledge. In the process the characters earn experience points in order to rise in levels, and become increasingly powerful over a series of sessions.
    The early success of Dungeons & Dragons led to a proliferation of similar game systems. Despite the competition, D&D has remained as the market leader in the role-playing game industry. In 1977, the game was split into two branches: the relatively rules-light game system of basic Dungeons & Dragons and the more structured, rules-heavy game system of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as AD&D). AD&D 2nd Edition was published in 1989. In 2000, a new system was released as Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition; a revised version 3.5 was released in June 2003. These rules formed the basis of the d20 System which is available under the Open Game License (OGL) for use by other publishers. D&D 4th edition was released in June 2008. The 5th edition, the most recent, was released during the second half of 2014.
    As of 2004, Dungeons & Dragons remained the best-known and best-selling role-playing game, with an estimated 20 million people having played the game and more than US$1 billion in book and equipment sales. The game has been supplemented by many pre-made adventures as well as commercial campaign settings suitable for use by regular gaming groups. Dungeons & Dragons is known beyond the game for other D&D-branded products, references in popular culture, and some of the controversies that have surrounded it, particularly a moral panic in the 1980s falsely linking it to Satanism and suicide. The game has won multiple awards and has been translated into many languages beyond the original English.
    Please let me know if you encounter any issues with the release. Enjoy!
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    Uploaded The FULL Dungeons & Dragons Manuals & Modules LaunchBox Bolt-On file. 
    Simply extract the archive to your Launchbox folder! No need to get it from the MEGA site any longer! Includes the necessary Rocket Launcher files for connecting the D&D platform with Rocket Launcher. This is in case you want to use Soda PDF Reader and Rocket Launcher with the D&D Platform but not necessary to run the D&D platform. Copy and Paste the files from the ..Images/Dungeons & Dragons/Box - Front folder into the Fanart - Background folder for the full D&D Platform layout/effect as seen in the screenshots. This was done to keep the uploaded RAR file smaller. If you're a Dungeons & Dragons player, enjoy reading the mythology, or simply enjoy the artwork, you may enjoy this LaunchBox system. The games within the system consist of Dungeons & Dragons rulebooks, gaming modules, cards, and boardgames from Original D&D all the way through the end of AD&D 2nd Edition (~1972-2000). This is not a video game system but a PDF e-reader system. THERE ARE NO D&D PDFs FOR DOWNLOAD, ONLY IMAGES AND DB FILES FOR USE WITH LAUNCHBOX! I will NOT provide you with PDFs, PC CD ISOs, or links to them. A simple Google search will return a "Trove" of results. If you already possess the PC programs or PDF modules/books, this is simply an art-driven way to collect them all together and make it easy to find and launch for your gaming sessions.
    Simply put these files/folders into your LauchBox directory.
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    I've been working on a new LB Dungeons & Dragons system, mostly for personal enjoyment, for quite some time now. I originally made it for my Hyperspin installation but finally decided to try it out for Launchbox. Once I saw how feature-rich LaunchBox is, I decided to rework this D&D system for LB. I extracted the front and back images from all modules and manuals, reworked almost every filename so they are longer and more descriptive, and added NOTES/Descriptions for all 960 files. This took a LONG time but was totally worth it (it gave me something to do). I think I started on it in September and worked on it as I had time but the 1st draft is finally here for you all to enjoy.
    This is of course the very first version of the database (XML) file. I figured it would be wisest to post this on the forum, while I link the other files to my MEGA storage, as this is the file that will likely change the most. The images are quite large so it isn't feasible to upload them on the forums. The FANART - BACKGROUND images are the SAME as the BOX - FRONT images so you can really just skip downloading those and copy/paste the BOX - FRONT images to the FANART - BACKGROUND folder. 
    There will definitely be updates to the filenames, images, and notes as I find misspellings, omissions, grammatical errors, and other mistakes. I did not type all the notes myself but found a lot of information and back-cover descriptions for each file on sites such as rpggeek.com, tsrbothgunsblazing.com, tomeoftreasures.com, waynesbooks.com, dmsguild.com, worthpoint.com, and several others. Much of the data on these sites had a lot of misspellings, omissions, and grammatical errors so I did my best in refining the data.
    You may be wondering how it works with a PDF reader. Well, I use Soda PDF with Rocket Launcher and it works amazing. Please search for and download Soda PDF reader (it's FREE!) version 7.2.03 and connect it to RocketLauncher. RocketLauncher already has built-in AHK files for Soda PDF which makes it super easy to run properly. I also like to view the PDFs in 3D as it has the nice page-turning effect.
    I've included several playlists that make up the various game settings such as Forgotten Realms, Planescape, Ravenloft, and DragonLance. As you can see in the examples, I use the front page of the manual as the background for the selected item. Using the FLIP feature, you may also view the artwork/descriptions from the backs of every item.  I also included several background images and logos for the various playlists. It definitely needs more work to reach its full potential but I am happy with how it's turned out so far.
    I really hope you like the D&D Platform. Please let me know your thoughts on improving what I have already. If any of you awesome artists would like to contribute to this platform, by all means, please do so!
    NOTE: This system has not been set up with any custom BigBox themes except the 2 that come included with BigBox. If you use a custom theme, you'll need to move the images to the proper folders.
    I'm hoping, at some point, this D&D system can be part of the automatic downloads one receives when setting up a new platform.

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  2. Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition - Manuals & Modules

    After months of amassing the artwork, descriptions, playlists, and details, I have the first version of the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Launchbox Platform! The system contains artwork for around 486 PDF files and 14 Playlists detailing manuals, adventures, errata, character sheets, DM rewards, etc. for use in your 5th edition gaming sessions. 
    This is not a video game system but a PDF e-reader system for Dungeons & Dragon 5th Edition. THERE ARE NO D&D5E PDFs FOR DOWNLOAD, ONLY IMAGES AND DB FILES FOR USE WITH LAUNCHBOX! I will NOT provide you with PDFs or links to them. A simple Google search will return a "Trove" of results. If you already possess the PDF modules/books, this is simply an art-driven way to collect them all together and make it easy to find and launch for your D&D 5E gatherings.
    Simply extract the RAR archive to the ..\Launchbox\ directory. Once the files have fully extracted, open LaunchBox. You should see the new D&D 5th Edition Platform, although it may need the Playlists reattached.
    In order to get the playlists to show up under the 5th Edition Platform, you'll need to do one of the following:
    BACK UP ANY XML FILES BEFORE YOU EDIT THEM. I am not responsible for you damaging your playlists, parents, or platforms. WHILE INSIDE LaunchBox, set the left menu to PLAYLISTS. Right click on each D&D5E playlist and select EDIT. Click on the Parents Tab. Click the + next to the directory tree. Check the box next to D&D 5th Edition.  (OPTIONAL) A bit faster way to do this for those that know how to edit XML code. CLOSE LAUNCHBOX. COPY the XML code from the included Parents-D&D5E.XML file and APPEND it into the PARENTS.XML file located in your ..\LaunchBox\Data\ folder. DO NOT OVERWRITE THE FILE OR YOU WILL LOSE ALL YOUR PARENTS. Re-open LaunchBox. If you were successful, you should see the Playlists under the D&D 5th Edition Platform. To add the D&D 5th Edition Platform Description, You will need to do one of the following
    BACK UP ANY XML FILES BEFORE YOU EDIT THEM. I am not responsible for damaging your playlists, parents, or platforms. Inside LaunchBox, set the left menu to PLATFORM CATEGORY. Right-click on the D&D5E PLATFORM and select EDIT. Click on the NOTES Tab. PASTE in the following description from Wikipedia: In January 2012, Wizards of the Coast announced that a new edition of the game, at the time referred to as D&D Next, was under development. In direct contrast to the previous editions of the game, D&D Next was developed partly via a public open playtest. An early build of the new edition debuted at the 2012 Dungeons & Dragons Experience event to about 500 fans. Public playtesting began on May 24, 2012, with the final playtest packet released on September 20, 2013.
    The 5th edition's Basic Rules, a free PDF containing complete rules for play and a subset of the player and DM content from the core rulebooks, was released on July 3, 2014. The Starter Set was released on July 15, featuring a set of pre-generated characters, a set of instructions for basic play, and the adventure module Lost Mine of Phandelver. The Player's Handbook was released on August 19, 2014. The fifth edition Monster Manual was released on September 30, 2014. The Dungeon Master's Guide was released on December 9, 2014. The edition returns to having only three core rule books, with the Player’s Handbook containing most major races and classes.
    Mechanically, 5th edition draws heavily on prior editions, while introducing some new mechanics intended to simplify and streamline play.
    Skills, weapons, items, saving throws, and other things that characters are trained in now all use a single proficiency bonus that increases as character level increases. Multiple defense values have been removed, returning to a single defense value of armor class and using more traditional saving throws. Saving throws are reworked to be situational checks based on the six core abilities instead of generic d20 rolls. Feats are now optional features that can be taken instead of ability score increases and are reworked to be occasional major upgrades instead of frequent minor upgrades.
    The "advantage/disadvantage" mechanic was introduced (and was inspired by the mechanics of the avenger class from 4th edition), streamlining conditional and situational modifiers to a simpler mechanic: rolling two d20s for a situation and taking the higher of the two for "advantage" and the lower of the two for "disadvantage" and canceling each other out when more than one apply.
    The power system of 4th edition was replaced with more traditional class features that are gained as characters level. Clerics, druids, paladins, and wizards prepare known spells using a slightly modified version of the spell preparation system of previous editions. Healing Surges are replaced by Hit Dice, requiring a character to roll a hit die during a short rest instead of healing a flat rate of hit points.
    (OPTIONAL) A bit faster way to do this for those that know how to edit XML code. 
    CLOSE LAUNCHBOX. COPY the Platforms-D&D5E.XML file and PASTE it OVER THE EXISTING D&D 5TH EDITION section in the Platforms.XML file located in your ..\LaunchBox\Data\ folder. If you don't see the platform in the XML, STOP what you are doing. You may not have extracted the Platform to the correct location or opened Launchbox since extraction. Re-open Launchbox.  If you own a copy of BigBox, open it up and view the D&D 5th Edition Platform. The Platform looks the best under the CriticalZoneV2 theme. There will certainly be future updates as I refine the platform more.
    If you encounter any bugs or have trouble getting the platform to work, please let me know.
    Hope you enjoy!

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  3. Default assets - Extract to Platforms directory

    Note: using these requires LaunchBox 9.10 beta 1, or above.
    The files in the attached archive are the start of my effort to create 'default' images for most of my installed platforms. Copy the archive to your <launchbox install directory>\Images\Platforms directory and extract there. Start Launchbox, select your matching platform names, then refresh all images. Any missing media in your same image categories as mine should now show up (you may have to rename some of the extracted directories if they don't match the platform names in LaunchBox). I modeled most of these on graphic types from EmuMovie assets. Please feel free to make requests, or post your own default images.
    The archive has files for the following platforms:
    3D Nintendo Entertainment System Acorn BBC Micro Acorn Electron Amstrad CPC Amstrad GX4000 Apogee BK-01 Arcade Atari 800 Atari 2600 Atari 5200 Atari 7800 Atari 7800 Homebrew Atari Jaguar Atari Jaguar CD Atari Lynx Atari ST Bally Astrocade Bandai Sufami Turbo Bandai Super Vision 8000 Camputers Lynx ColecoVision Commodore 64 Commodore 128 Commodore Amiga Commodore Amiga CD32 Commodore CDTV Commodore MAX Machine Commodore Pet Commodore Plus 4 Commodore VIC-20 Dendy Dragon 32 Dragon 64 Emerson Arcadia 2001 Entex Adventure Vision Epoch Super Cassette Vision Fairchild Channel F GCE Vectrex Magnavox Odyssey 2 Mattel Intellivision Microsoft MSX Microsoft MSX2 Microsoft XBOX Microsoft XBOX 360 MUGEN NEC PC-8801 NEC PC-9801 NEC PC-FX NEC PC Engine NEC SuperGrafx NEC TurboGrafx-16 NEC TurboGrafx-CD Nintendo 3DS Nintendo 64 Nintendo 64 (Japan) Nintendo 64DD Nintendo DS Nintendo Entertainment System Nintendo Famicom Nintendo Game Boy Nintendo Game Boy Advance Nintendo Game Boy Color Nintendo GameCube Nintendo MSU-1 Nintendo Satellaview Nintendo Switch Nintendo Virtual Boy Nintendo Wii Nintendo Wii U Nintendo WiiWare Panasonic 3DO Philips CD-I Philips Videopac G7000 Philips Videopac Plus G7400 PopCap RCA Studio II Sega 32X Sega CD Sega CD 32X Sega Dreamcast Sega Game Gear Sega Genesis Sega Master System Sega Mega-CD Sega Mega Drive Sega Saturn Sega SG-1000 Sharp MZ-2500 Sharp X68000 Sinclair ZX-81 Sinclair ZX Spectrum SNK Neo Geo AES SNK Neo Geo CD SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color Sony Playstation Sony Playstation 2 Sony Playstation 3 Sony Playstation Vita Sony PSP Sony PSP Minis SpectraVideo Super Nintendo Entertainment System Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Pal) Tandy TRS-80 Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer Windows WonderSwan WonderSwan Color  

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  4. Visual Novel & Doujin Platforms/Playlists Art for Unified Big Box Theme

    This includes Backgrounds, Logo, Pointer and VideoBorder art to create a "Visual Novel" & "Doujin" Platform/Playlist in the "Unified" Big Box Theme.

    Simply go to "LaunchBox\Themes\Unified\Images\Theme" and drop the images in the same folders found in this zip.
    Background images are in the jpeg formats for the newer 1.2 version of Unified.
    Hopefully someone finds this useful.

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  5. NEC Computer Systems Platform Art for Unified Big Box Theme

    This includes basic Backgrounds, Logo, Pointer and VideoBorder art to create Platforms for the big four NEC computer lines in the "Unified" Big Box Theme. 
     
    Set includes the NEC PC-6001, NEC PC-8001, NEC PC-8801 and the NEC PC-9801.
     
    I did use the background art from the TurboDuo in the Unified theme to great a more unified look among all the NEC machines . If I did not credit you for creating the background art my apologies.
    Simply go to "LaunchBox\Themes\Unified\Images\Theme" and drop the images in the same folders found in this zip.
    Background images are in the jpeg formats for the newer 1.2 version of Unified.
    Hopefully someone finds this useful.

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  6. Super Mario Bros. Hacks (NES)

    Here are 298 hacks for Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo Entertainment System. I love these, there are some good ones that are a lot of fun!
    The file Nintendo Entertainment System (Mario Hacks).7z is to be unzipped and placed in your LaunchBox\Images folder. These are all the screen-titles and screen-shots. The file Nintendo Entertainment System (Mario Hacks).png is a clear-logo I made (of course you can make your own if you wish). The file Nintendo Entertainment System (Mario Hacks).xml is to be placed in your LaunchBox\Data\Platforms folder as this has all the game notes. You will just need to use the replace function in Notepad++ to change the directories from G:\Nintendo Entertainment System (Mario Hacks) to whatever your directory will be. There are no clear logos for the games themselves. I just settle with the generic font if using BigBox.
    As for the games themselves, most hacks come in the form of a patch file like the .ips extension. You name your .nes file and .ips file the same name for each game. Some patches need a specific ROM like (JE) or (World) etc. Once named correctly, place them all in the same folder, then import the .nes file to LB and upon launching, it patches automatically as long as the files are named the same as stated above.
    If you need some ‘help’ with the actual games (.nes and .ips files) themselves, send me a PM.
    Also, I’ll always be adding more to this as I obtain more.

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  7. PinBall FX3 2D Box

    Since I use all 2D box art I needed something for FX3..This a a quick mock up for me until I get motivated someday for a different layout..Huge credit to any original creator on some of the dockets i found on the web. Total list should have 73 images..

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