Hey all, Klok here.
I’ve been wanting to make big progress on the Spell Animation Repo for at least two years now. Unfortunately, the tools I have available don’t work well for making it nearly up to the standards of the rest of the Repository.
How does this translate ingame? Does it look good? Does it look funky or weird? Etc.
What I would like is a tool that overlays the ‘battle layer’ of a typical GBA battle. I would like to have some generic enemy, such as a soldier, on the left, and a magic user, such as a mage, on the right. I would like to be able to insert the spell and spit out a GBA-sized gif of the mage casting his spell, the spell playing, and striking the enemy.
This would give the spell animation repo a good gif preview for each spell.
The second and far less desirable option is to record videos of each spell in the rom. This comes with its own benefits and problems, however. Take Mikey Seregon’s latest post, where he includes a video of the spell previewing.
This video gives us a full preview in the game of how the spell looks and what SFX it uses. Great, right? Except because the video includes all of the spells in one post, I’d have to put them all in the same folder, or use the same video link multiple times and leave people to guess which one represents the specific spell in the video.
Additionally, this would require the slow and tedious task of inserting spells, getting them working, setting up a battle, recording, editing, and putting that video in the repo. One by one. Dozens if not hundreds of times. It’s not sustainable and there’s no easy way to do it. A lot of spells actually do have videos, notably those submitted by SHYUTERz, but not all of them do.
Maybe @7743 could include some sort of "Dump spell with a battle background’ option into FEBuilder? Maybe someone can whip up a workable prototype I could use to format all the spells to some hitherto nonexistent uniform standard?
I will take any suggestions or thoughts. Let’s work together on this; the current Spell Repo is absolutely gross and not fun to slog through, and we can do better to improve it.