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[Civ2] Civ2 Title/Text/Font Colour Editor?

Discussion in 'Civ2 - Scenario Creation' started by Blake00, Jul 14, 2019.

  1. Blake00

    Blake00 Prince Supporter

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    Hey guys,

    Across the sites there are so many editors and hack programs for Civilization 2.. map editors, civ editors, city editors, dll gif editors, sound editors etc.. however I haven't been able to find a program that allows you to change text and title colours to better match custom GUI backgrounds. Does anyone know if there is a Civ2 text appearance editor out there??

    There are very few Civ2 scenarios out there with custom GUI backgrounds likely due to the fact text becomes unreadable on anything that isn't the boring bright grey Civ2 marble pattern lol. I've never seen custom text colours in Civ2 before so I've been wondering weather it's just not possible or if no one cared enough to try haha. If there is a way to do it I'd love to know please as I have a number of things I'd like to use it on.

    For example:

    I'm working on a remastered version of an old Test of Time graphics pack for Civ2 MGE. I'd love to make the backgrounds dark black & dark grey marble just like in ToT however I can't do that unless I can make all text white like in ToT instead of MGE's usual black and dark grey text.

    I'm also working on a remastered version of Wonx2150's Command & Conquer Civ2 scenario and would like to use some of the dark and moody GUI stuff with light green text like what's used in C&C games.

    Would also like to do something similar on my old unreleased Star War Civ2 Scenario too. Eg Star Wars'y scifi GUI backgrounds with bright text.

    And finally I'm working on a Heroes of Might & Magic 2 Civ2 scenario with the talented @Metro Polis and have created a nice GUI background similar to the original HoMM2 GUI however the ugly grey text is still a problem! eg in the pic below you can barely read the window title "Map Track Enemy Moves" and if I try to make the background GUI lighter it just looks cr*p! So would love to change the title text colour!

     
  2. Knighttime

    Knighttime Warlord

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    As far as I know, there isn't a way to change only window title colors. But at least in Test of Time, you can change many instances of black within the game (excluding those appearing within 24-bit images), which includes window titles, by editing palette index 0 within the file Editorpt.gif in the root directory of your Civ 2 installation. I believe this file contains the "master" palette that Civ2 uses in the display of many 8-bit images, and I think this is true in MGE as well as ToT. Be warned, this will have far-reaching affects on many of the graphics in the game which may not be desirable!

    I would love to be wrong about this ;) so if anyone else has different information that would provide a better solution, please share.
     
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2019
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