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Old 2007-10-20, 19:06
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Default Extracting data from NScripter games?

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I use Mac OS X. I hear that using ONScripter, you can extract the data from a Wintel-based NScripter game and play with ONScripter.

How do you do this? Thanks.
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Old 2007-10-20, 19:16
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You don't need to extract anything. Just have the mac onscripter binary in the game directory and run it.
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Old 2007-10-20, 19:54
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In addition to the ONScripter executable, you'll also need a font (Sazanami Gothic works well) called default.ttf in the same directory as the executable and data files.
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That one should already be in the directory, though, I think.
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Old 2007-10-20, 21:17
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Yes, but most games come packed as an exe installer -- how do I extract the data files from there?

Thanks.
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Old 2007-10-20, 23:32
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That one should already be in the directory, though, I think.
It won't necessarily be there if the game comes with the Nscripter binary instead of ONscripter. If I recall correctly, Nscripter supports using a system font, whereas ONscripter does not. Of course, if the game is already using ONscripter, then all that's needed is the Mac binary.

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Yes, but most games come packed as an exe installer -- how do I extract the data files from there?
Hmm, that can be a challenge. The easiest way is to run the installer on Windows, then copy the resulting game directory over to your Mac. That, of course, only works if you also have a Windows machine or a friend with one that you could use.

If the installer is just a zip self-extractor, you may sometimes be able to change the file extension to .zip and it will work. (Stuffit Expander used to be pretty good about extracting self-extracting zip archives, but I don't know if that's true anymore.)
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Old 2007-10-21, 03:52
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The easiest way is to run the installer on Windows, then copy the resulting game directory over to your Mac. That, of course, only works if you also have a Windows machine or a friend with one that you could use.
Why not to use an Virtual Machine software then? :) I know, it could be a huge waste of time (finding it, installing WinXP, unpacking, transferring to host OS) and complicated too (it was a pain for myself to unpack the .SIT (StuffIt) files under Windows :P).

Well, the NSIS (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System) EXEcutables could be extracted with 7-Zip (portable Open Source archiver. http://www.7-zip.org/).
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Old 2007-10-21, 08:52
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Yeah, I have a Windows machine -- I was just hoping that there was some way around having to use it.

Thanks!
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I've got a problem -- it's not working. D:

I unzipped the file on my brother's PC, took it over to my Mac, and now I get some kind of error in the console window about missing cursor images or something. Here it is:



Thanks again.
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Old 2007-10-21, 19:47
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The cursor error messages shouldn't be fatal, the game will just display without cursors. You can try copying them over from a game that has them, if you want.
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