thanks for the kind words guys.
I was somewhat amused to read this post of mine from January 2006: http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=223811&postcount=1
Bloodwych - glad to see you approve so readily! re: original map editor, i suspect there must have been one, as only 4 bytes are changed by my editor of parts which are "hardcoded" (some values are moved to a register prior to activating a "wooden door trap" , which only occur once each in the entire game anyway!
Also, i read somewhere about Legend's original map editor, so being by the same authors, so... "that seems very likely".
Maybe Rainbird Rich will spot this thread and give us some insight into the methods behind the madness of Mr Taglioni.