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  1. Tycho's Game Control Screens

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    These are for use with @Retro808's excellent Game Controls pause theme. I love its utility, so I made my own screens. I've included "generic" (system-wide) screens, as well as some game- or series-specific screens. Those are placed inside a folder named for the platform, with each file named using the games' Launchbox database ID number. They've been tested and work as expected, assuming you've set up the theme correctly. Of course, you may have to rename some of the platform files or folders according to your own setup; see the original post of the theme for more details.

    Some of the screens include button mappings that obviously won't work for everyone, and I didn't even come close to making a screen for every platform (only the ones I have), so I've also included template files to create your own screens, using the PNGs and backgrounds that I've made/collected. There are Photoshop and Illustrator files, and I'm sure I used a non-standard font or two. Anyway, I hope these are of use to somebody - enjoy!


     


  2. 23 minutes ago, BobbyBadBoy said:

    One question, for some DOS Games the copy protection involved them asking a question and you had to know the answer as provided in the manual. I know that one of the goals of this Project to have all the manuals bundled, but is is possible to make some kind tiny script that can just punch in the answer. I'm not trying to like give anyone any extra work. I actually think this would be a nice tiny little idea for me to perhaps practice a little bit of scripting or learning more computer stuff.

    I could maybe do it for a handful  of games, maybe just some kind of character count script that counts the characters on the dos box screen and deduces which question was asked and then just copies and pastes the answer from an index file.

    I don't know any programing or anything, I'm just spitballing, I have done work in Microsoft Excel only lol. Does anyone think this would be a cool idea?

    This would be cool for like RetroPie or something where like you don't necessarily wanna be plugging in a keyboard and a mouse repeatedly. 

    All the games I've personally played from exo's pack were already cracked, or came with a crack. The games will then either skip the copy protection step, or are modified so that any input from the user "solves" the protection.


  3. On 2/13/2020 at 7:17 AM, Retro808 said:

    Try putting the following in the Running AutoHot Key tab of the edit emulators screen for RPCS3 in Launchbox.

    
    $Esc::  
    
    {  
    
        WinClose, ahk_exe {{{StartupEXE}}}  
    
    } 

     

     

    Recent RPCS3 user here. I tried this script, and I discovered that using my button shortcut to bring up the LB pause screen does work - but it's not visible. What I mean by that is pressing my button shortcut results in the mouse pointer becoming visible, so that led me to ALT-TAB, holding ALT to keep my list of open programs showing. I saw an entry for the LB pause screen, but switching to it did nothing. I'm not sure if the problem lies with an inability to render it on top of RPCS3, or if it's not working properly. The pause screen shows up on all the rest of my emulators.

     


  4. 15 minutes ago, eXo said:

    That process will break games that have sound options, like mt32 and sound canvas, or all my special launch options like pixel perfect.

     

    And my next release has ipx networking for multiplayer and curved crt shaders, which would also be broken doing this.

    Again, my memory is fuzzy, because I did this a while ago, mostly after one in the morning. So I may have run the included setup batch script (with only one game downloaded) before doing anything I mentioned above. I also have MUNT and GUS drivers installed on my system, previous to adding the eXo games, because I had already set up a ton of games on my own, with MT-32 and GUS support. But I can say that I've tested every game I added from the eXo pack, and they all work properly, with MT-32 and GUS audio.

    But yeah, I probably ran the setup script, first things first. Like I said, it worked for me, but that's no guarantee it'll work for everyone.


  5. 5 hours ago, jonboyuk said:

    Exo you are amazing. Thanks for compiling all of these games - it's astonishing.

    Quick question if that's okay?

    Is it possible to cherry pick games from the collection and set them up for use with DosBOX/LaunchBox using your configs? I can see a download to individual game zip files, but I wasn't sure what to do from that point given the structure of the unzipped games. Thanks 🙂

    I did this a couple of months ago. I downloaded the entire eXo pack, but I only wanted to add around 35 games to my existing 220-game DOS library. After a lot of trial and error, I ended up on a process that worked pretty well, but it's involved:

    1. Before beginning, make sure you have DOSBox and DOSBox ECE installed, as you'll need both versions.
    2. Find the game you want in the torrent, and only download those that you want; or just download the entire pack.
    3. If you're doing a partial download, make sure you absolutely download !DOSmetadata.zip and XODOSMetadata.zip.
    4. Extract the files from the game archives that you downloaded/want to install. Each archive is fully named, like "Space Quest 3", but the folders in the archive are more DOS-friendly, like "sq3".
    5. Move the extracted folders to your DOS games folder.
    6. Extract !DOSmetadata.zip and XODOSMetadata.zip. These are very large files, so be patient. These files contain the DosBox configuration files for each individual game. You'll need to find the one for the games you downloaded.
    7. My memory is failing me right now, so I can't remember the exact procedure here, but I believe what I did was I opened the .conf for a game, copied the text and created a new .conf for that game in my LB folder. (Personally, I keep all my DOSBox .conf files in the DOSBox folders, not the individual game folders.)
    8. Through extensive testing, I edited each .conf with the appropriate settings and commands to copy the details from eXo's .conf files. Sometimes simply copying and pasting would work, sometimes it would require a combination of .conf editing and LB tweaking to get the games to run properly.
    9. You can grab all metadata (boxes, screenshots, logos, manuals, etc) from eXo's metadata archive.

    Again, this is just what I ended up doing, and is by no means the definitive way to selectively add games to your LaunchBox build. It took a lot of trial and error, but it worked, and I'm happy. Good luck!


  6. Tycho's Video Snaps: MS-DOS Games

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    My MS-DOS games library had very few video snaps available, so I made my own for the ones that were missing. Most footage is my own gameplay, with a few using gameplay gleaned from YouTube. Videos 30 seconds long, in MP4 h.264 format, 640x480 at 60fps. I hope you enjoy them!

    1. A10 Tank Killer
    2. Abuse
    3. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons - Death Knights of Krynn
    4. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons - Dragons of Flame
    5. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons - DragonStrike
    6. Adventures of Willy Beamish
    7. Alone in the Dark 2
    8. Alone in the Dark 3
    9. Alone in the Dark
    10. Al-Qadim
    11. Altered Destiny
    12. Amazon Guardians of Eden
    13. Arthur the Quest for Excalibur
    14. Ballyhoo
    15. Batman Returns
    16. Battle Chess_ Enhanced CD-ROM
    17. Battlechess 4000
    18. Battlechess
    19. Betrayal at Krondor
    20. Beyond Zork
    21. Bio Menace
    22. Blackthorne
    23. Blake Stone - Aliens of Gold
    24. Blood
    25. Broken Sword II
    26. Broken Sword
    27. Castle of Dr. Brain
    28. Circuit's Edge
    29. Codename Iceman
    30. Commander Keen 1_ Marooned on Mars
    31. Commander Keen 2
    32. Commander Keen 3
    33. Commander Keen 4
    34. Commander Keen 5
    35. Commander Keen 6_ Aliens Ate My Baby Sitter!
    36. Conquests of Camelot
    37. Crime Wave
    38. Crusader - No Remorse
    39. Crusader_ No Regret
    40. D Generation
    41. Dark Castle
    42. Dark Sun - Shattered Lands
    43. Dark Sun_ Wake of the Ravager
    44. David Wolf - Secret Agent
    45. Death Rally
    46. Descent 2
    47. Descent
    48. Discworld
    49. Doom II
    50. DOOM
    51. Duke Nukem II
    52. Duke Nukem
    53. Dune II_ The Building of a Dynasty
    54. Epic Pinball
    55. Eric the Unready
    56. Extreme Pinball
    57. Eye of the Beholder II
    58. Eye of The Beholder III_ Assault on Myth Drannor
    59. Fade to Black
    60. Flashback
    61. Flight of the Amazon Queen
    62. Future Wars
    63. Gabriel Knight
    64. Gamma Force
    65. Heretic
    66. Hero's Quest
    67. Hexen - Beyond Heretic
    68. Hoyle's Classic Games
    69. I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream
    70. If It Moves, Shoot It
    71. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    72. James Clavell's Shogun
    73. Jazz Jackrabbit
    74. Jill of the Jungle 2
    75. Jill of the Jungle 3
    76. Jill of the Jungle
    77. Journey
    78. Karateka
    79. King's Quest I
    80. King's Quest IV
    81. King's Quest V
    82. King's Quest VI
    83. King's Quest VII
    84. King's Quest
    85. Lakers v Celtics
    86. Lane Mastadon
    87. Laura Bow - The Colonel's Bequest
    88. Laura Bow - The Dagger of Amon Ra
    89. Leisure Suit Larry 5
    90. Leisure Suit Larry 6
    91. Leisure Suit Larry II
    92. Leisure Suit Larry III
    93. Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards
    94. Leisure Suit Larry VGA
    95. Leisure Suit Larry_ Love for Sail!
    96. Lemmings 2_ The Tribes
    97. Lemmings
    98. Les Manley - Lost in L.A
    99. Les Manley in Search for the King
    100. Loom
    101. Manhunter New York
    102. Manhunter San Francisco
    103. Maniac Mansion - Day of the Tentacle
    104. Maniac Mansion
    105. Mario Teaches Typing
    106. Martian Memorandum
    107. Math Blaster Plus
    108. Mean Streets
    109. MegaRace 2
    110. MegaRace
    111. Mines of Titan
    112. Mixed Up Fairy Tales
    113. Monkey Island 2
    114. Monster Bash
    115. Norse by Norse West The Return of the Lost Vikings
    116. Nova 9
    117. Oregon Trail
    118. Paratrooper
    119. Pepper's Adventures in Time
    120. Phantasmagoria 2 - A Puzzle of Flesh
    121. Phantasmagoria
    122. Planetfall
    123. Prophecy
    124. Quake
    125. Quest for Glory I
    126. Quest for Glory III
    127. Quest for Glory IV
    128. Raptor - Call of the Shadows
    129. Reader Rabbit 3
    130. Reader Rabbit
    131. Red Baron
    132. Rise of the Robots
    133. Rise of the Triad - Dark War
    134. Rocket Ranger
    135. Shadowgate
    136. Sherlock
    137. Silpheed
    138. SimCity Enhanced CD-ROM
    139. SimCity
    140. Space Quest 6 Roger Wilco in the Spinal Frontier
    141. Space Quest I VGA
    142. Space Quest III
    143. Spaceward Ho!
    144. Spellcasting 101
    145. Spellcasting 201
    146. Spellcasting 301
    147. Star Wars - Dark Forces
    148. Star Wars - Rebel Assault II
    149. Star Wars - TIE Fighter
    150. Star Wars - X-Wing
    151. Star Wars Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II
    152. Star Wars Rebel Assault
    153. Stellar 7
    154. Stunts
    155. The 11th Hour
    156. The Amazing Spider-Man
    157. The Beast Within_ A Gabriel Knight Mystery
    158. The Curse of Monkey Island
    159. The Even More Incredible Machine
    160. The Incredible Machine 2
    161. The Incredible Machine
    162. The Legend of Kyrandia_ Book 3_ Malcolm_s Revenge
    163. The Legend of Kyrandia_ Book One
    164. The Legend of Kyrandia_ Hand of Fate
    165. The Lemmings Chronicles
    166. The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes
    167. The Lost Vikings
    168. The Pandora Directive
    169. The Punisher
    170. Tomb Raider Gold
    171. Tongue of the Fatman
    172. Tyrian
    173. Under a Killing Moon
    174. Warcraft II - The Tides of Darkness
    175. Warcraft_ Orcs & Humans
    176. Weird Dreams
    177. Where in the World is Carmen San Diego
    178. Where in the World is Carmen San Diego (original)
    179. Wing Commander II_ Vengeance of the Kilrathi
    180. Wing Commander III
    181. Wing Commander IV_ The Price of Freedom
    182. Wing Commander
    183. Wings of Fury
    184. Wolfenstein 3D
    185. Zak McKraken
    186. Zork Grand Inquisitor
    187. Zork I
    188. Zork II
    189. Zork III
    190. Zork Nemesis
    191. Zork Zero

     

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  7. Tycho's Video Snaps: Windows Games

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    So I made video snaps for almost all my Windows games in my LB build. I have more games, but these are the snaps I made myself; most use my own gameplay, a select few use footage I got from YouTube. Most are 640x360, 60fps, in MP4 h.264 format, and 30 seconds long. Enjoy!

    1. 3D Pinball - Space Cadet
    2. A Plague Tale Innocence
    3. Alan Wake
    4. Amnesia_ The Dark Descent
    5. Arise - A Simple Story
    6. Ashen
    7. Batman - A Telltale Game
    8. Below
    9. Besiege
    10. BioShock Infinite
    11. Black Future '88
    12. Blade Runner
    13. Blair Witch
    14. Blasphemous
    15. Blaster Master Zero
    16. Blazing Chrome
    17. Bloodstained
    18. Braid
    19. Castlevania - Lords of Shadow 2
    20. Cave Story+
    21. Control
    22. Cuphead
    23. Dark Souls - Remastered
    24. Dark Souls II - Scholar of the First Sin
    25. Dark Souls III
    26. Dead Cells
    27. Diablo
    28. Disco Elysium
    29. DOOM Eternal
    30. Dragon Age_ Origins
    31. Dragon_s Dogma_ Dark Arisen
    32. Dragon's Lair Trilogy
    33. Echo
    34. Enslaved_ Odyssey to The West Premium Edition
    35. Fallout
    36. Fallout 2
    37. Final Fantasy XIII
    38. Freespace
    39. Freespace - Silent Threat Reborn
    40. Freespace 2
    41. Frostpunk
    42. GALAK-Z
    43. Gears 5
    44. Geometry Wars - Retro Evolved
    45. Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy
    46. Gorogoa
    47. Grand Theft Auto V
    48. GRID
    49. Grim Fandango
    50. Gris
    51. Guacamelee! 2
    52. Hellblade  Senua's Sacrifice
    53. Homeworld Remastered
    54. Hotline Miami
    55. Hotline Miami 2_ Wrong Number
    56. Hyper Light Drifter
    57. Ion Fury
    58. Lumino City
    59. MDK 2
    60. Mega Man 11
    61. Million Arthur
    62. Monster Jam - Steel Titans
    63. Nier Automata
    64. Octopath Traveler
    65. Omen of Sorrow
    66. Ori and the Blind Forest
    67. Ori and the Will of the Wisps
    68. Outer Worlds
    69. Outlast
    70. Outlast II
    71. Pathologic 2
    72. Pinball FX3
    73. Planescape_ Torment_ Enhanced Edition
    74. Prince of Persia
    75. Prince of Persia_ The Sands of Time
    76. RealMyst_ Masterpiece Edition
    77. Resident Evil 2
    78. RESIDENT EVIL 7_ Biohazard
    79. Return of the Obra Dinn
    80. Re-Volt
    81. Rise of the Tomb Raider
    82. River City Girls
    83. Roller Coaster Tycoon 2
    84. Roller Coaster Tycoon 3
    85. Rune
    86. Shadow of the Tomb Raider
    87. Silent Hill 2
    88. Star Wars - Knights of the Old Republic
    89. Star Wars - Knights of the Old Republic II
    90. Star Wars - Rogue Squadron 3D
    91. Star Wars - Shadows of the Empire
    92. Star Wars Battlefront II
    93. Star Wars Jedi  Fallen Order
    94. Star Wars Jedi Knight - Jedi Academy
    95. Star Wars Jedi Knight II - Jedi Outcast
    96. Star Wars Starfighter
    97. Starcraft
    98. Starcraft II
    99. System Shock 2
    100. Tetris Effect
    101. The Dark Pictures - Man of Medan
    102. The King of Fighters XIII
    103. The King of Fighters XIV Steam Edition
    104. The Messenger
    105. The Surge 2
    106. The Takeover
    107. Transformers Devastation
    108. Unavowed
    109. Undertale
    110. Unravel Two
    111. Unreal
    112. Unreal II
    113. Unreal Tournament
    114. Unreal Tournament 2004
    115. VVVVVV
    116. Warcraft III
    117. Warcraft III - The Frozen Throne
    118. What Remains of Edith Finch
    119. Wolfenstein II The New Colossus
    120. XIII

     


  8. 2 minutes ago, Retro808 said:

    In >Tools>Game Details do you have Videos checked?

    I see what you're saying. I had to go into Options, then General>Game Details and then tick the "Videos" box. That's pretty random, because all the other boxes I had checked before were still checked; Videos was the only one I had to manually re-check. Thanks!


  9. Last week, the hard drive where my LaunchBox build was located suffered a catastrophic failure, and I lost my entire build. I had video snaps for every game, individualized settings for every MS-DOS game, you name it. Luckily for me, I had duplicated my build (minus my license file) and gifted it to a friend. He was kind enough to lend me his drive so I could rebuild mine, which I did.

    To completely test it, I added my license file to his build, just to make sure all the features activated. Everything works except for the video snaps, and I can't figure out why. All the MP4s are in the correct folder, just like everything else like manuals and images, and if I start BigBox, all the video snaps play for all the games and platforms. But when I run LaunchBox, I get no video snaps. The settings for each game list the video file location correctly, too. Is there a setting somewhere that I'm not seeing? Help!


  10. 7 hours ago, eXo said:

    merge your xml with my xml?

    I figured that, but I didn't want the content of 6,500 games I'm not planning on installing. It was only 30 or so games that I added, so I just did 'em all individually, manually. Your file and folder structure made that really easy to do; again, you and your team have my undending appreciation and respect, as I can now share these games — and how I played them as a young kid — with my own children.


  11. On 10/23/2019 at 11:41 AM, eXo said:

    To merge your eXoDOS launchbox files into an existing launchbox installation, do the following:

    First: 
    Run setup.bat

    Second: 
    copy .\data\platforms\MS-DOS.xml from the exodos folder to your launchbox folder
    move .\Manuals\MS-DOS\*.* from the exodos folder to your launchbox folder
    move .\images\MS-DOS\*.* from the exodos folder to your launchbox folder
    move .\eXoDOS\*.* from the exodos folder to your launchbox folder

    First of all, speaking as someone who hunted down 220 DOS games, then installed, set up, and tweaked them all manually, I have much respect for this project. I wish I had found it before I did my own hunting.

    So, because I have those 220 DOS games already in my Launchbox folder and database, I would like to integrate the games that I extracted from your build into my own. Is this possible? Like yourself, I spent the time to use specific builds of DOSBOX for specific games, I have .conf files for each game, joystick bindings, MT-32 and GUS support, as well as all requisite metadata. I don't want to overwrite what I already have, so I'm wondering if integration is even possible. Any tips?


  12. 5 hours ago, Jason Carr said:

    This is good to know, @tycho1974. I wish I had a solution for you, but sadly I don't. I haven't done any extensive testing with sideloaded Retroarch 32-bit vs. from the Play Store and controls, though. It may be worth trying some older (and/or newer) versions to see if all versions are affected by any bugs like that. It's not uncommon for Retroarch to put out official versions with bugs.

    Interesting tidbit about the official releases with bugs. I can say that I just got the APK from the Retroarch website, so I'm assuming it's the latest version.

    I did some further testing, and I discovered that the only way for my D-pad to function properly was to manually edit the bindings; specifically, I had to remap the "analog" stick inputs for left, right, up, and down to the D-pad instead of the left analog stick. The existing D-pad bindings do nothing in my testing, and my "Analog to Digital Type" setting does nothing when changed. I hope this helps anyone who is having this same issue...

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  13. So I followed ETA Prime's tutorial on loading my MAME games into Android, and apart from exporting my entire 10,000+ file romset, it worked great. My problem is that Retroarch 32-bit is pretty janky about controls, and I can't seem to fix it.

    I use the "official" Retroarch app to run all my other emulated games (NES, SNES, Genesis, PS1, etc), and input works flawlessly, using the D-pad for movement controls. But when I use Retroarch 32-bit to play my arcade games, the program insists on forcing me to use the analog control stick for basic UDLR movement. This is even before connecting a controller - the input OSD has to be switched over to left analog stick in order for me to be able to control movement in all games. I've gone into the settings and poked around, but nothing I do seems to make the app use regular D-pad inputs for movement. The same holds true after I connect a controller. Has anyone else run into this? This behavior has been consistent since first installing and running Retroarch 32-bit.


  14. After a couple of days of testing, I'm really liking where LB on Android is, especially out of the gate. The emulator setup and configuration is similar to the experience on my Windows machine (trial and error but rewarding when completed), and I'm impressed that so many features are working.

    That being said, I have some questions that I was wondering if other users have come across, and while I know that some of these are emulator specific, the LB community is pretty knowledgeable about these things, so maybe someone can help.

    Playstation Emulation
    Using Retroarch+PSCX-Rearmed

    • I noticed that when exporting out of LB, some of my PSX roms didn't make the journey. The files that launch (on my main Windows LB build) from a .pbp or .bin transferred fine, but any file that used a .cue or .m3u didn't. I had to manually add the .iso and .m3u files to the LB folder before I copied the whole thing to my device. Games that use .m3u include Metal Gear Solid 2 (2 discs) and the Final Fantasy games, and a .cue-based game would be something like Wipeout 3, in which the music track information resides in the .cue.
    • On the subject of Wipeout 3, while the game did successfully launch and run in Retroarch, none of the CD music was audible. I have verified that the game does in fact work with the CD audio on my computer, and I'm not sure what I need to modify to get it working correctly on my Android device.
    • Related to that issue: Currently, I cannot specify which file LB needs to launch. So in other words, I'd like to configure LB to use the .cue file to launch Wipeout 3, instead of the .iso. Are there plans to include such an option?

    Dreamcast Emulation
    Using Retroarch+Flycast

    • More of a comment than a question: I had to manually add the BIOS files to my Retroarch folder in order to get these games to work. Same goes for PS1 games. Really, just add all the BIOS files you have to the /system folder in your Retroarch folder.

    Retroarch General

    • Is there a way to use custom overlays/bezels? I was able to somehow load my PS1 bezel, but I could still see the controller button overlays. As far as I can tell, there's no way to just have the bezel, and not the overlay. Anyone know of a solution?

    I had other questions, but I can't think of them right now. Suffice to say that this is a fantastic start, and I can't wait to see what other features come on down the road. Thanks!

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  15. Tycho's BigBox DOS Intro

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    I just spent about two weeks adding my old DOS games to my BigBox build, including creating individual dosbox.conf files for each game, keybinding changes for modern gamepad support, and Roland MT-32 emulation for all my favorites (Sierra adventure games represent!) and I figured I'd make a special startup video that focuses on DOS games. Enjoy!

    Runtime: 30 seconds
    Resolution: 1920x1080
    FPS: 30
    Filesize: 19mb
    Music: Extreme - Play with Me

    Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to watch The Goonies again...


     


  16. Tycho's Arcade Startup (Version B)

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    Yeah, I'm addicted to making these startup videos. This one's got a focus on arcade games and an 80s style logo stinger (version B).

    Update: An alternate version of this intro, with the MAME logo subsituted for the BigBox logo, is located here.

    Runtime: 30 seconds
    Resolution: 1920x1080
    Filesize: 20Mb
    Music: Dance with the Dead - "Screams & Whispers"

    I hope you like it! And if you feel the inclination, let me know if you prefer version A or B (the only difference is the logo stinger at the end).


     

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