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    .pl8 files...What are they?

    I'm poking around my copy of Lords of the Realm 2 trying to "play around" with the resources to create a sort of clone of the game.
    However I am confused with what to do with these .pl8 files. I figure they have got to be some sort of image or animation, but I cannot find anything on converting them or getting them to straight run.

    Anyone know ANYTHING on .pl8 files, or what they could be?

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    Re: .pl8 files...What are they?

    Several things you might try:
    • Running "file <filename>". 'file' will try recognising the file.
    • Opening it in a hex editor and searching some of the strings inside online. It might, for example, be a DLL with a different extension.
    • If those don't work, could you post the file? Or at least the first 512 bytes? I don't have a .pl8 file handy, but someone might be able to recognise the format.
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    Re: .pl8 files...What are they?

    I think it may be a (X)COFF compiled PL/8 file, PL/8 being a dialect of the PL/I language. Look at this: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infoce...iles/XCOFF.htm

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    Re: .pl8 files...What are they?

    Quote Originally Posted by smartbei View Post
    Running "file <filename>". 'file' will try recognising the file.
    I get this when I do file VILL.PL8 (one of hundreds of pl8 files)
    VILL.PL8: MS Windows icon resource

    A Microsoft icon file....that explains why it tried to view it as a image and failed.

    Anyone know of a program to open or convert MS icon files???

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    Re: .pl8 files...What are they?

    hmm... I almost noticed that some of them are just data
    Code:
    FLAGS.PL8: data
    This is really boggling me.

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    Re: .pl8 files...What are they?

    I've noticed that games, maybe on purpose, make strange files to store the i.e. videos between 2 levels, so as the user will find it difficult to modify it? i don't know really, but the only thing I have to say is that you shouldn't recognise a file from its extension, because
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    Re: .pl8 files...What are they?

    Based mostly on the names of the files, I would happen a guess at they are sprite or template files of some kind. Thats the closest I can get to it though.

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    Re: .pl8 files...What are they?

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Bradbury; April 02, 2012
    That’s a long time ago in gaming history terms!

    From my recollection
    256 file were pretty much just dumps of an palette with a byte each for rgb
    Pl8’s I think were similar but also had the possibility of being stored in a compress format.

    I will have a look and see if I kind find anything for you!

    I’m usually somewhat busy and so it could take a while however…

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    From the technical artist's resume, it seems they started out as PhotoShop/Illustrator files.

    My guess is, for more complex ones, they represent each a single angle of view for a sprite. Like Fallout's FRMs, these contain animations in a layered form. FRMs also share the separate palette data.

    I'd love to find a utility for making something usable of them. You'll find the same file format in the Caesar games.

    Unfortunately, I've no idea how to go about reversing it.
    Last edited by AlterEG; August 20th, 2012 at 09:31 PM.

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