Talk:BGLOB.DAT

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Offsets 74-75 looks like the 'local time' of the mission. It is translated into brightness by a 24 entries array of words (2 bytes) located at offset 0x6C99C. Seb76 05:39, 21 June 2008 (PDT)


So in decimal, the values are:

16,16,16,16,16,16,16,16,16,16,12, 8, 4, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0

Well, yeah, those seem like the sort of values you'd expect to see in BGLOB. However, the highest value I've seen stored at MISSION[74-75] is 15... I'm not sure how you could map that range to the 24 values here. Also it's not really a "night to day to night" cycle, it just goes from dark to light.

Any chance MISSION[74-75] isn't the time, but a value derived from the time? That makes a little more sense to me.

- Bomb Bloke 06:03, 21 June 2008 (PDT)


The value is computed from offset 2 of LOC.DAT and the time of the day so I assumed it was local time. Well anyway, it is a time representation of some kind ;-) Seb76 09:59, 21 June 2008 (PDT)


Note that MISSION[76] also as a purpose here, but I didn't tinker too much with it when I first found out about it (who knows how long ago)... I think I got the impression that the type of mission would affect the BGLOB lighting scheme? - Bomb Bloke 06:03, 21 June 2008 (PDT)


I could find the following usage for offset 76:

  • Power source explosion check during map creation
  • Clean up of LOC.DAT and CRAFT.DAT entries after a crash recovery mission
  • UFO CRASH RECOVERY/UFO GROUND ASSAULT message selection before a ground mission
  • I found it set to 1 only for crash sites

Also the time is only used for mission types 0 and 1 (where dark zones use ambient level+4). Mission type 2 is hard coded to 8; and types 3,4,5 to 0x10 (for both normal and dark tiles). I could not find anything else. Seb76 09:59, 21 June 2008 (PDT)


Can't seem to replicate my results or remember exactly what they were. All I can remember is that messing with that offset would provide SOME results, hence why I made a point of updating the MISSION wiki page at the time... Ah well, not important, these results look pretty good to me. :)

Great to know that's what the power source check is based on. I was wondering, couldn't seem to find a flag for it anywhere else.

Bit confused by the "I found it set to 1" bit. What was set to 1? Surely not the LOC referrence? That should always point to whatever record is relevant, shouldn't it?

- Bomb Bloke 02:23, 23 June 2008 (PDT)