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Old 24 July 2021, 21:26   #41
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Great to hear! I'm slowly hacking away at making the menus for joystick settings. The PSXPort support is already in place, so that's also coming.
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Old 28 July 2021, 22:26   #42
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Finally had time to try this out and WOW!!!! This is an amazing port of a great game that I have never played before - how did I miss it?

Thanks for all your hard work and is super smooth on V1200 in 320x200 mode, pretty smooth in 640x400 too!

Is there a way to show FPS?

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Old 28 July 2021, 22:39   #43
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Is there a way to show FPS?
Press T and then write rate, then press enter.
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Old 28 July 2021, 22:56   #44
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Thanks!

I have tried both the 040 and 060 on the V1200. Both run but the 060 has messed up font and textures. 040 seems to run absolutely fine. Will now go and test FPS.
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Old 28 July 2021, 23:11   #45
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Ok - so had a look at frame rate.

At 320x200/240 - frame rate on V1200 sits around 40 fps(dropped to 35 at one point). At 640x400/480 then get just under half this at 13-15 fps. Obviously this depends on complexity of screen and number of bad guys.

So if you are used to play AB3D2 then 640 mode will seem nice and smooth but when you change to 320 there is a massive difference!

Morale of the tale - play at 320...

Detail setting doesn't seem to make a difference?

Should have said that this is all in RTG mode as don't know how to get to AGA mode (yet).
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Old 28 July 2021, 23:24   #46
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Should have said that this is all in RTG mode as don't know how to get to AGA mode (yet).
If you don't have RTG, it uses AGA.

Check icon tool types. There is a FORCEMODE=PAL commented out. Remove () and it uses PAL 320 x 256, put NTSC it uses 320 x 200.
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Ok - so had a look at frame rate.

At 320x200/240 - frame rate on V1200 sits around 40 fps(dropped to 35 at one point). At 640x400/480 then get just under half this at 13-15 fps. Obviously this depends on complexity of screen and number of bad guys.

So if you are used to play AB3D2 then 640 mode will seem nice and smooth but when you change to 320 there is a massive difference!

Morale of the tale - play at 320...

Detail setting doesn't seem to make a difference?

Should have said that this is all in RTG mode as don't know how to get to AGA mode (yet).
I'm glad it's running well. Blood has the heaviest game code on top of Build, so 640x480 is probably a bit too much.
To force specific screen modes, you can use the tooltypes described here in the "Fullscreen" section.
The detail slider adjusts the number and type of particle effects visible on the screen.

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Old 29 July 2021, 17:32   #48
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I'm glad it's running well. Blood has the heaviest game code on top of Build, so 640x480 is probably a bit too much.
To force specific screen modes, you can use the tooltypes described here in the "Fullscreen" section.
The detail slider adjusts the number and type of particle effects visible on the screen.
Whoops - that's what comes of failing to read the manual!
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Old 31 July 2021, 06:04   #49
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I updated the public test version. There's now joystick support for both CD32 controllers and PSX gamepads connected via PSXPort, you can find the settings in "Options / Controls ... / Joystick". I recommend the Classic preset for CD32 and the Modern one for PSX as a starting point. I also fixed some glitches for the tall pixel (320x200 and 640x400) modes, for example the level and episode name on the Map. The precache system received some improvements too, loading saved games should be much faster if the level didn't change.

I found that the sound code has a lot of overhead which makes some later levels unplayable. I lowered the default number of voices from 16 to 8 to reduce the CPU load. If you have already started the game, change "NumVoices" to 8 in nblood.cfg, or simply delete nblood.cfg if you didn't customize any of the settings yet. I'm planning to make some changes to minimize the mixer overhead, and some of these are already in place in this version.
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Great - thanks for the update, PSX controller here I come...
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I'm looking for testers with CAMD-compatible MIDI devices. If you have one handy and would be interested in trying out the MIDI support, drop me a PM.
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Cool! Loved the MIDI music of Blood. You know what I am waiting for ;-)
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I know, I know! Unfortunately some serious performance issues surfaced that I must fix (not just the sound mixer, the framerate tanks on some levels for an unknown reason), but every file I open I also remove the gunk from it, so I'm getting there. As the saying goes: after you finish the first 90% of a project, you have to finish the other 90%.
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I know, I know! Unfortunately some serious performance issues surfaced that I must fix (not just the sound mixer, the framerate tanks on some levels for an unknown reason)[/I].
Please don't remove features for the sake of performance or rather make them conditional (so not included when compiled for 68k) :-)

I actually do have a Roland SC-55 MKII which works perfectly with ScummVM WOS, but I am reluctant to test it with 68k games/programs.
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I'm looking for testers with CAMD-compatible MIDI devices. If you have one handy and would be interested in trying out the MIDI support, drop me a PM.

You can test CAMD on Winuae with munt, a Roland mt-32 emulator,
works really good.
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Please don't remove features for the sake of performance or rather make them conditional (so not included when compiled for 68k) :-)

I actually do have a Roland SC-55 MKII which works perfectly with ScummVM WOS, but I am reluctant to test it with 68k games/programs.
I don't intend to remove features, my goal is to improve the performance, which should benefit other platforms as well.

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You can test CAMD on Winuae with munt, a Roland mt-32 emulator,
works really good.
I'm currently testing it with WinUAE, but due to some incompatibility some instruments or channels simply don't play. I didn't have the same issue on real hardware, that's why I'm looking for testers. This is with the Microsoft GS Wavetable synth that worked fine with other programs, but I'll try munt as well to see if it makes any difference.
edit: Well what do you know, with munt everything plays back normally. There must be something in Blood's MIDI tracks or the EMIDI playback routine in JFAudioLib the MS Synth doesn't like. Anyway, I'm still looking for testers to see if the performance is improved

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Captured from a real A1200 060 AGA + MIDI Roland SC-88

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Old 03 August 2021, 16:39   #58
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Sounding great!

I always especially liked the sound effects of Blood. Especially the cultist babbling is something else.
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Sounding great!

I always especially liked the sound effects of Blood. Especially the cultist babbling is something else.
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