Hello and welcome to a new application that might be helpful for almost everyone. If you haven’t seen the FEE3 presentation yet feel free to check it out:
First of all, what exactly is Emblemier PatchUp? Think about is as a web application that combines a built in online patcher with a database of Fire Emblem hacks, a search engine that makes it easy to find what you are looking for and many more features to make patching and project managment of fangames and translations much more accessible.
If that catched your interest you might join the discord server as well.
Features for everyone
- Online patching of ROMs supporting IPS, UPS, BPS and xDELTA
- Finds ROMs in ZIP files and can patch directly from a ZIP
- Supports cutting headers
- Automatic redirect to a README file directly after patching (optional)
- Search engine for projects with filters for game, language, popularity and date
- Bugtracker for each project with a simple ticket system + reddit like comment system
- Login system uses Discord with minimal permissions (identify scope only)
- Subscribe to projects with notifications whenever something new happens
- Get push notifications via discord when enabled. Palla bot sends you live notifications on project updates
- Database of checksums provides accurate feedback when selecting a wrong ROM and helps to secure that only Fire Emblem patches get uploaded
- Multilingual (If you want to help translate, feel free to contact me)
- Dark and light theme options
Features for creators
- Webspace for your fangame/translation
- Patch creation directly within the browser (IPS, UPS, BPS - xDelta planned)
- Individual changelogs for each patch that will be combined as well for a complete overview
- Permission system for projects
- Enable/Disable patch upload, savegame upload, bugtracker and more for everyone or specific persons only
- Add new members that can maintain the project as well
- a customizable overview page with a project description, tags, screenshots and more options like providing links to youtube trailers or discord servers
In my video I mentioned that there will be an open beta. I will make an announcement once I am confident that the time has come. That will be definitely within 2020 though - probably in November since all important stuff is already done.
In my community many people are working on hacks and over the years many projects have been created. At one point we made a discord channel in order to store project links at one place. This was a good solution in the beginning but after a while things got messy when there was just too much going on - it proved to be confusing for people that were just looking for a specific project.
For a while I already thought about making a little website similiar to a blog so that it’s easy to keep track of everything. But after more time passed I saw that many people struggle nowadays when it comes to patching ROMs. There are those who are just confused about patching software especially on mobile devices. If they are on mobile users might also run into malicious patching tools more easily. In other cases a anti virus application might send a false alarm for your patch which is also pretty bad.
Then there are users that don’t open a readme file and many even fail at tasks like unpacking a file.
You might think patching is the easiest thing in the world but in reality there are tons of potential problems. In the end having to provide support is time consuming for both creator and player - so why don’t we avoid these problems in the first place?
Considering all these things let me to believe that there can be a solution that gets rid of these problems all together. I started developing a patching tool that supports most common formats and can find a ROM within a ZIP file as well. It can also cut headers which is required for some games. All of this had to run in the browser on multiple platforms so users never even have to install anything and it feels like they download a ROM expect they don’t. This also prevents legal issues since users never upload or download ROMs. They download a patch and patch a ROM locally just by using a web browser.
What about the name?
It might sound a little bit strange at first but there is some history involved. The name of the application is actually just PatchUp! It can be interpreted as patch & upload but I also felt like it literally patches thing up that could have been improved a long time ago. Emblemier on the other hand is a Fire Emblem network that I’ve been working on for years. I first wanted to make the most modern german Fire Emblem website since https://fire-emblem.de/ seemed to be stuck in time. After comparing with other websites globally though it seemed to me that most Fire Emblem websites are technologically outdated and after what is probably more than 1000 hours of work now I came to the realization that it’s ridiculous for one person to create a website that has information about everything Fire Emblem related. At one point I decided it’s better to split everything up into specialized apps so that there can be a steady progress. One of them for example is a
FE4 guide app
with a more modern approach that I am planning to release in the future.
tl;dr I am probably just a insane person with too much passion for FE lol