YS FLIGHT SIMULATOR Ver. 20150425 (for Windows, Mac, and Linux)
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Happy New Year!
Fall semester went just as usual. I have taught this introductory programming course many times by now, and I know what materials to cover and how much time should be used where. But, last spring-semester course, advanced-level course was difficult. It was finalized in November, two months before the semester started. I had very short time to prepare. What made it more difficult was some contents that I was planning to cover was overlapping with other courses and had to drop them. I was totally under-prepared. This time there is no such excuse. I must spend time and well prepare for the comin semester, but...
I ended up spending looooong time playing a classic RPG called Xanadu and Xanadu Scenario 2 by Falcom. I have purchased the re-make version based on an official PC-8801SR emulator, two years ago, and the package had been sitting in my bookshelf. By the way I'm wondering why Falcom does not sell the English-translation of those titles. They are such a nice games. If they need a translator, I'll be more than happy to volunteer. Xanadu was released in 1986 and Xanadu Scenario 2 in 1988.
I ended up with starting these two games to test my program for stitching screenshots together to make a 1:1 scale map of 2D role-playing games. I was browsing a Japanese Amazon (Amazon.co.jp) late November, when I realized a package called Xanadu Perfect Collection was available. It was a re-make version of Xanadu series. It included for the first time a re-make version of Revival Xanadu 2. Actually, the package was on sale a year ago. The package was sold for pre-order only. I knew it too late to place an order.
But, I really wanted it. I played Xanadu and Xanadu Scenario 2 on my old 8-bit FM77AV when I was a junior-high student. I was away from the Xanadu series for long, but after I moved to Pittsburgh. I imported and played the re-make version called Revival Xanadu. Then I played the more modern version called Xanadu Next last winter. So, I have played three Xanadu titlesmade for PC, Scenario 1 (Revival 1 is same as Scenario 1), Scenario 2, and Next. But, only one made for a PC, Revival Xanadu 2, was only available for PC-9801, and never ported to Windows until this Xanadu Perfect Collection. It was too late to buy it new. But, some sellers were selling it at almost twice the original price. I took it, and asked my co-worker who is visiting Japan this winter to pick it up for me.
I won't receive it early enough to play this winter break, but I'll be able to put my hand on it during the spring break or summer. When I played Scenarios 1 and 2, I bought the game package and a cheating book together. I had just followed the book to the ending. But, if I play a new title (new to me) now, I want to clear without such a guide book. Playing with a cheating book is just like traveling with a tour guide. Playing by myself is like exploring an uncharted territory.
If I play without such a cheating information, what is essential is field maps. I will need to make a map by myself. Suddenly the idea came to my mind. It's a classic 2D game. If I take screenshots, trim, and stitch together, I can make a 1:1 scale map. Of course, if you do it in a general image editor, it will take infinity. But, if I write a program, I should be able to do it.
So I did write a program. I pull out Dragon Slayer Chronicle that I bought two years ago, and started Xanadu Scenario 1 to test my program. I was playing and enhancing my program simultaneously. It went very well. Then I couldn't resist starting Scenario 2. As a side-effect, I am able to type non-English (UNICODE) characters into a text-box widget of my GUI library. This will be also available in YSFLIGHT. (I need to upload a test version!)
I will also release this Retro RPG Map Tool soon.
By the way, I flew this Friday. For whatever reason, the runway was not plowed and snow-covered. It was a bit of real-world soft-field take-off and landing. Mmy actual PIC (my PIC time without a presence of current CFI) reached 300. U.S. regulation allows to log PIC time regardless of the presence of an instructor on board after you get a license. But, Japanese regulation does. Although my chance of flying as a pilot in Japan is nearly zero, I keep track in my Excel version logbook. This year, I expect to reach 600 total flying time, and 1500 landings.
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