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La abadia del crimen in English?
« on: 10:37, 11 February 11 »
Hello guys,


I read in the latest RetroGamer that La Abadia has been released in english for the MSX (fan translation, of course). Since this looks like an awesome game I was wondering if we could use the english translation in any meaningful ways to port it to the CPC? Dunno, maybe by disk-editing the MSX image?


Any thoughts?

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Re: La abadia del crimen in English?
« Reply #1 on: 11:35, 11 February 11 »
Hello guys,


I read in the latest RetroGamer that La Abadia has been released in english for the MSX (fan translation, of course). Since this looks like an awesome game I was wondering if we could use the english translation in any meaningful ways to port it to the CPC? Dunno, maybe by disk-editing the MSX image?


Any thoughts?
Yes I thought the same, but editing the cpc disk with the english translations ;)
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Re: La abadia del crimen in English?
« Reply #2 on: 11:36, 11 February 11 »
Any Spanish friends in here who maybe know someone involved in the project? Maybe they could provide us with a resource file...?

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Re: La abadia del crimen in English?
« Reply #3 on: 17:04, 11 February 11 »
Well, for the case of the parchment (intro and outro) or the info about the percent of game completed, there is no problem in the translation (how you can see in the snapshots for winape that i have attached), but not all the characters are in the font, because that instead of the"w" (a rare letter in spanish) is the "ñ" and that it's the reason of the corrupt red uppercase characters, too.

For the messages that appear during the game, there is a list with the words (encoded how the RSXs in CPC, last letter + $80) and other with the words that make up all the sentences. In  the msx, they patched for printing the full sentences storaged in ascii. You can find a disassembly of the cpc version with comments (in spanish  :P ) here.

I have attached a zip, with two (one with the parchments and the "info game over screen" with the msx english text) snapshots made in winape from the original 128KB version, the english translation of the instructions from the WOS and a few memory dumps with the CPC and the MSX texts. If somebody want to try, go on... in other case, you will have to wait  a few months (more or less  :D ) when i have finished all my projects  ;)

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Re: La abadia del crimen in English?
« Reply #4 on: 17:26, 12 February 11 »
Hmmm thanks for all the info!


Is there anyone with the technical ability to help (modify the font perhaps, patch the game)? I'm willing to do the legwork if needed...

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Re: La abadia del crimen in English?
« Reply #5 on: 21:01, 07 December 12 »
any news?
I never played this game (don't speak spanish) and it look like an awesome cpc game!!

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Re: La abadia del crimen in English?
« Reply #6 on: 22:10, 07 December 12 »
It Does look an epic game , but looks a little repetitive and samey , I'd love to find out it is not.
Another Game that looks epic is 'Iron Lord'? is that French only?

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Re: La abadia del crimen in English?
« Reply #7 on: 11:27, 12 December 12 »
It Does look an epic game , but looks a little repetitive and samey , I'd love to find out it is not.
Another Game that looks epic is 'Iron Lord'? is that French only?
I believe an English version of Iron Lord was planned, but never released?
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Re: La abadia del crimen in English?
« Reply #8 on: 16:33, 12 December 12 »
I know it appeared in that "overseas games" special in AA but I'm not sure they mentioned something like that...

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Re: La abadia del crimen in English?
« Reply #9 on: 18:03, 12 December 12 »
IronLord by UBIsoft (1989)
Back in 1989 this was a very different time for the european Video Games industry...
I was before the Maastricht treaty so it was hard to have those "big games with lots of text" into international versions.

UBIsoft was just a French company, not the big international megacorpo it is nowadays.

I guess we can even see the gap between before and after the treaty.

UK's magazines (which one ?) even did some articles on this at the time.
Can someone hack into Iron Lord to see if changing the texts would be easier than for Abadia del Crimen ?

Amiga, ST and 16bit versins seems to have an English version.
C64 too.

Perhaps the CPC disk market was judged too small in other countries than France, remember that the Disk was mostly a French speciality.

C64 and Speccy were sold by huge millions elsewhere than in France.
And CPC in Spain or UK were most often 464 than 6128.

Being a big game in 2 complete 3" disk meant the game was expensive to sell (those disk were like 3x to 4x more expensive than 3"1/2 Floppies)
Not sure the game needs 128K though.