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Challenges / [NeoLemmix] Minimum total skills
« on: November 15, 2020, 12:51:36 am »
Another import of an old challenge to NeoLemmix :P This one asks for the minimum number of total skills to complete each level; which skills doesn't matter, nor does how they are distributed, but only the total number. As usual with challenges that don't specify otherwise, the aim is simply to pass the level, and you are limited to the actual skillset and time limit (if any).

Lemmings Redux

|Rating | 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 Total |
|Gentle | 1  1  3 11  3  2  2  4  2  1  5  2  2  4  5  7  2  3  5  3  9  5  9  4  7  8  3 22  4  2  6 12  169  |
|Quirky | 5  3 10  3  8  3  7  7  6 12  5  6  3 10  5 10  7 10  3  3  5 15  7 10  5  5  7  4  9  8 12 15  228  |
|Zany   | 5 10  9  9  5  4  1  6  3  1  5  7          11 11 11  5  5 12  8  9  3           4     3  8          |
|Manic  | 5  5 11                          3  7       12                 6  9  5                      13       |
|Lunatic| 4 13        7  8 12 10                      16             17                   16       12          |

The default scroller text is now 14 lines long, and each line takes 10 seconds to scroll past. While it's true that pack-specific text plays first followed by the default text, if the user is distracted and misses some of the pack-specific text, that's over two minutes they have to wait for it to come back.

(Including a butt joke. Yes, I know that "namida" and "kindergarten humour" are virtually synonymous, but you're putting this in the space that pack authors have to give credit to people who have contributed.)

Allow packs' info.nxmi files to include an "OVERRIDE" command that makes the scroller play only the pack-specific text and not the default text.

Engine Bugs / Suggestions / [SUG][PLAYER] "Purge replays" button
« on: November 08, 2020, 11:12:49 am »
"Purge replays" would be similar to "Mass Replay Check", but it would delete all replays that don't pass, and so it won't need to generate a text document summary. (It should also warn the player before starting work, just in case they click on it by accident.)

It's possible to achieve the same result by running Mass Replay Check and deleting replays manually, but that's more laborious and this would automate the process.

The main use case is when importing a pack and its associated replays from an older version of NL -- usually I have no use for replays that no longer work, since I will have to re-solve the levels anyway. Also, if I was in the middle of playing a pack, then I am hoping to finish it eventually and post replays for the pack author when I do, and then it's just a courtesy to them to exclude replays that don't work any more. (The only time I can think of that I might want to keep defunct replays is when it's a pack I'm designing, since I may want to know how people have solved my levels, and I might not have gotten round to looking at all replays and making appropriate changes by the time a new version of NL is released. Needless to say, I play many more packs than I design.)

Closed / (Player) (Bug) Negative number saved?
« on: November 07, 2020, 11:36:43 am »
I started the level "Compression Method 1", which I had not previously played in my 12.10 installation, and immediately hit Esc to exit play.

The postview screen states:

You rescued 0
You needed 30
Your record -1

Closed / [BUG][RC-PLAYER] 12.10 RC: crashing bug
« on: October 19, 2020, 07:07:43 am »
On a fresh install of the RC, after the following actions:
* Delete the levels that come packaged with the RC
* Copy Lemmings Redux into the levels folder
* Open NeoLemmix (Gentle 1 is selected)
* Go to the level preview screen
* Press up (selects Quirky 1)
* Press down

NeoLemmix crashed with the error message shown.

Engine Bugs / Suggestions / [SUG] Zombies in CPM
« on: June 19, 2020, 12:16:32 pm »
In this topic, an image was posted showing regular lemmings, neutrals and zombies in CPM. It occurs to me: the zombies are hard to distinguish from regular lemmings. I would suggest making them green (dark for without permanent skills, light for with). Green tends to be associated with poison and infection in video games.

Closed / [BUG?] Music selection in 12.9
« on: June 01, 2020, 08:43:40 pm »
Not sure if there's a bug here or if I've just done something stupid.

I am attempting to split the "Extra Levels" pack into separate packs for 2P, Genesis, and so on. I have moved the level subfolders from Extra into the main levels folder, gone into each pack's levels.nxmi, and added "BASE" at the start to show that it's (now) a separate pack. In case it makes a difference, I've done this on a brand-new installation of 12.9 with no other levels other than Redux installed.

To help reproduce the bug, I've attached a zip with the exact current state of my levels folder.

Expected: Each pack starts the music rotation with track 1 (Cancan).
Observed: NL treats all the packs as if they were a single pack, so 2P ends with track 11, and the next pack starts with track 12.

* * *

On a similar note, it was mentioned on discord the other day that it would be desirable if putting a music.nxmi inside a rank folder told NL "use this music rotation for this rank, and start with track 1". An example use-case that came up was WillLem's Amiga Lemmings project, where he would like to have an overall music rotation for the pack, but restart from track 1 with the 2P rank.

After a recent discussion that I won't link to since it involved several different threads and was partly on discord, I am taking over maintenance of the NeoLemmix versions of official levels.

I have attached a zip of the current levelpacks, in the last version offered by namida. I am designating this version 0.1.0 going forward.

Please note that, for challenge purposes, this is a work in progress. I expect that I will only be making cosmetic changes that won't affect gameplay much, if at all. However, if using these levels for challenges, be aware that at the moment, I consider the packs to be a work in progress, and future changes may possibly invalidate results. When I consider the packs to be finished, I'll show that by moving the version number to 1.0.0.

Changes I definitely intend to make:

* Restoring the decorative terrain to "Call in the bomb squad" and "Save Me" (and maybe other levels, but these two stand out);
* Adding WillLem's conversions of the special graphics entrances/exits to the special graphics levels;
* Adding other official levels, where NL conversions exist (L2 Classic tribe, and NES/ZX Spectrum levels);
* Splitting the "Extra Levels" pack into separate packs for 2P, Genesis, PSP, and others.

I will also look through the packs to see if there are other changes that I feel need to be made, or changes namida has made that I disagree with :P If there are, I'll post about any changes I intend to make so that the community can give feedback.

In Development / Updates of Lemmix packs to new-formats NeoLemmix
« on: May 06, 2020, 07:09:56 am »
This is a follow-up to Nepster's "Updates of Lemmix packs to NeoLemmix" topic. I have downloaded the packs from his topic, run them through namida's NXP extractor, and cleansed the levels in NL 12.7. This means the levels are now playable, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

First, I'll go through each pack and make a levels.nxmi for it (and maybe split some of the packs into ranks, where appropriate). Once this step is done, I'll be ready to share the pack as a work in progress.

Then, we will need to create a solving replay for every level. If there any that are not solvable in current versions of NL, these should either be removed or fixed. I can do some of the work here, but as there are a lot of levels and some of them are very hard, I hope I will get some help from the rest of the community, otherwise the task will never be finished! There may also be some levels that should be removed for other reasons, for instance copies of official levels or levels that have already made their way to new formats elsewhere.

I have already removed the following levels:
* exit's cLemmings: This pack is part of a series, and for some reason, only the first instalment was included in Nepster's compilation. I believe the cLemmings series should be treated as a separate project and not part of this one.
* Gaston Splatt's Farlight: Brought to new formats by namida, here.
* MazuLems: Exists as a separate pack in new formats.
* TMChallenge: Exists as a separate pack in new formats.

If anyone doesn't want their levels included in this project, just let me know and they will be removed, no questions asked.

NeoLemmix Levels / TMChallenge (decorative terrain challenges)
« on: May 06, 2020, 02:05:21 am »
TMChallenge is a pack that mobius and I made back in the Lemmix days, and was included in Nepster's updates of Lemmix packs to (old-formats) NL. Thanks to namida's new tool, I have converted the pack to new-formats at last.

I'm going to work on converting more of the packs from Nepster's topic, but there are a lot of levels, many of which I haven't seen or solved before, so please be patient -- it's going to be a long haul.

TMChallenge contains 10 levels, all taken from original Lemmings with exits (and sometimes trapdoors) moved into the decorative terrain. The original skillsets were unchanged, but (I believe) all levels are still solvable. The one level I haven't been able to confirm as solvable is "Forgive Me", which was originally intended to require steel glitches, but Clam was able to solve it (in Lemmix) without glitches, so this solution might work in NL. Please let me know if you are able to solve this level 8-) (Confirmed by namida -- thank you!)

Suppose you have a level less than single-screen, so there are grey inactive areas around the play area. Now have two lemmings close to the edge, so you need your cursor to overlap A but not B, in order to assign to A. Sometimes the cursor will have to move off the play area for this. If it does, NL will refuse to let the cursor "see" the lemming and assign it the skill, even though it's within normal overlapping distance.

Engine Bugs / Suggestions / [BUG?] Priority of postview messages
« on: April 24, 2020, 02:14:16 pm »
As seen in Roundthewheel's LP of Lemmings Redux, part 32, at 11:32, he saved 15 on a level requiring 16/20, and got "A little more practice on the level is definitely recommended".

Being 1 short of the target should always give the "OH NO, So near and yet so far" failure message.

According to the NeoLemmix tutorials, "For the most part the priority is 'the later it is in the file, the higher priority it has', but there are a few special cases." Redux has the same postview.nxmi as Original Lemmings, in which the "OH NO" message is indeed later than "A little more practice...", so either something's up or else this is one of those "special cases". If the latter, could the tutorial explain the special cases so that I know how to fix the postview.nxmi file?

Closed / [SUG] Don't allow packs to customise helper graphics
« on: April 21, 2020, 05:52:52 pm »
According to WillLem's tutorial, packs can include custom helper graphics in the same way as custom panels and so forth.

This seems like a really bad idea. Sure, allow the user to customise their splat ruler if they don't like the default. But I cannot see any reason why a pack designer should have the power to impose a different splat ruler on the user. These tools are part of the way the player interacts with the levels, not part of the levels, and should remain outside the scope of pack-level customisation.

We have a separate discussion thread for each of the other skills under consideration, so the bazooker/mortar should have its own one as well :P

First, I want to list some of the decisions that could go one way or the other, so as to make clearer the range of possibilities we are talking about.

* The projectile could be fired horizontally (L2's Bazooker) or in an arc (L2's Mortar). Of course, we don't have to keep the L2 names in either case. The projectile could also be fired straight upwards or in a diagonal line, but I don't think those are under serious consideration; they seem to be strictly less versatile than either of the main options.

* For the Mortar, we'd have to decide on the size of its arc. Strato Incendus seems to envisage the Mortar having a Jumper-sized arc (roughly 18 pixels up, 36 across), but I think at minimum it should be double this, maybe even larger (such as 64/128). (Remember that skill shadows will aid with placement, so this should not be much of a consideration.) I don't know what the arc size is in L2.

* The explosion could kill zombies, or all lemmings. (The explosion having a flinging effect as in L2 is not under consideration.)

* The explosion crater could be differently shaped or sized, compared to the bomber's crater.

* The projectile itself, while in motion, is a unique object whose interactions should be considered. Does it explode when it hits a lemming or another projectile? Can it teleport? Does it bounce off one-way fields?

Closed / [SUG][PLAYER] Two suggestions for selecting level music
« on: April 08, 2020, 07:30:16 pm »
A minor issue: loose levels (ones in the main levels folder and not any subfolder) are treated as a rank -- the first one gets track 1 in the rotation, the second gets track 2, and so forth. This is okay but personally I'd prefer it if loose levels got a randomly chosen track.

Much more importantly, I would like to be able to give levels an ordered selection of tracks, so for instance "MUSIC smstitle; orig_01" would play smstitle if the user has that track in their music folder, and orig_01 otherwise.

Use cases for this: firstly, I'd like to be able to refer to tracks from other packs, while also having a fallback for users who don't have a particular pack installed. WillLem has said he's happy for other users to use his Lemminas music, but at the moment, if I set a level to a Lemminas track and a user doesn't have it, it will fall back to the default rotation, which isn't what I want.

Secondly, when I release GemLems and its music pack, I'd like my levels to have a fallback option for users who choose not to install the GemLems music. I know this has been a touchy subject in the past, but the fact remains: music packs take up so much disc space and download time that some users won't bother with them at all, or will be selective about which ones they install.

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