Version 1.00 - Everything is done. Absolutely nothing that was in the previous patches remains. Everything is brand new.
Version 0.50 - Intro is done. Forest is completed and a spelling mistake has been corrected. This will likely be the final prerelease of the game before it is complete.
Version 0.40 - First two towns redone. Third town text done and part of forest. Monster names through third town done. A few more battle and magic messages translated.
Version 0.35 - All right guys, it's what you've been waiting for. That's right, real game text. The first two towns are translated and part of the first tower. Also, all messages except battle messages should now be translated. Some were written to be more like the japanese version. Pointer table found, promising to make this translation much better.
Version 0.25 - Items, Weapons, Armor, Spells all pretty much translated. Names fixed to better match Japanese. Several Dual Tile situations fixed for better looks. Out of the few that still remain, we can't do much about those.
Version 0.10 - Main menu translated. Character names translated. Church mostly translated. Several sub-options translated. Inn finished. Some monsters, items, spells, other small touch-ups done.
Version 0.05 - Inn translated. Main battle menu translated. Stores translated.
Version 0.01 - 8x8 font converted from Japanese characters to English letters.
December 1997. I (Taskforce) did not start out working on the Villgust project. I began working on Magic Knight Rayearth under my own group (of one), called Magic Translations, in December 1997.
January 11, 1998. In January, Razor-X started the Razor-X Translation website, and began work on Villgust, releasing his first patch (a font replacement) the next day.
January 16, 1998. Razor-X asked me if I would like to merge our two groups. I wasn't making much progress with Rayearth, so I felt it was a good idea. He asked me to help out with Villgust, and a great partnership was born.
January 17, 1998. We made great strides in one day. We released Patch 0.05, which included some menus and a few other things translated.
January 19, 1998. Patch 0.10, with more menus, items and other small things were done. Tomo came aboard as our first translator.
February 4, 1998. Necrosaro, of J2E translations, did a script dump for us, then proceeded to teach me about script dumps insertions and pointers. This info was invaluable while working on Villgust.
February 15, 1998. Villgust patch .15 out with several new things translated. It still looks like an early patch, but things are going very well now.
February 28, 1998. Patch .35 is released. I've found the pointers and have started working on the actual game script. Razor-X informs me that job requirements will not permit him to work on any projects at this time, and he turns Villgust over to me.
March 13, 1998. With more people, a group name change is appropriate. Dibz, no longer with us, suggested Transcore and we voted to use that.
March 15, 1998. Faraday came aboard. He quickly became bogged down with work, but eventually finished the sizable Villgust script dump.
April 12, 1998. Patch .40 released. It included a complete redo of all script already done, including punctuation :).
June 6, 1998. Patch .50 released. This was the final beta patch released to the public. The rest were kept strictly in-house, as changes came so rapidly, it was not in our best interest to have them floating around.
June 14, 1998. I asked Wildbill to become my only beta tester. (I didn't know how good he was with scripts at this time.) He accepted, and within a few days, we worked out that he would also help design the script, and be the script editor.
October ??, 1998. Finally. Villgust has reached 1.00 status. And its only been a remarkable 10 months. That's quite amazing to me, because we only do this in our spare time and I've seen companies take longer to finish conversions.
Please report any bugs or ask any questions on this project by emailing us at:
firstname.lastname@example.org - Taskforce - Rom Hacker and Programmer
email@example.com - Tomo - Translator
firstname.lastname@example.org - Faraday - Translator
Big Thanks to Necrosaro of J2E translations for the Text Dump and giving me info on how pointers work in Super Nintendo Games. Without his help this translation would not have been finished as fast as it was. Big thanks also for helping me figure out how to do text dumps/insertion.
Thanks to Tomo for his initial translation work that got us going. And a HUGE thanks to Faraday for for finishing the preponderant balance of the sizable script dump. Without Faraday's contribution, this game would still be a long way from completion.
Big Thanks to Wildbill. My silent partener. He was my script editor and helped with much of the original writing in the script. He should also be commended as he has put up with my "Slave Driving" attitude, and my Bend-But-Don't-Break stand on grammatical usages. And has been one of the best script editors I've ever seen (Especially to catch all of the mistakes I make). He deserves many thanks.
Big Thanks to The Gun. I've asked him to look into SNES Assembly issues for me and he has done so with one of the greatest attitudes ever. You are truly one of a kind, buddy.
Finally to Faraday and Wildbill, I look forward to working with you two on whatever my next project(s) happen to be.
You know, a successful port requires three key elements: a crackerjack programmer who learns the ROM code cold, a native-level translator who can convey the special spirit of the game, and an English scriptwriter who can convert that spirit into a blockbuster Western plot that still remains true to the storyline. I won't yet declare that we've created a blockbuster English RPG, but we certainly have worked hard enough to do so. I can't think of any paid professionals who have exceeded our energy level, especially while working within limited personal resources.
That said, I want the RPG-playing community to understand that it was I who urged the programmer and the primary translator to make certain propitious alterations to the raw translation of the Japanese script, so that the Villgust story would assume a Westernized action-adventure plot style. I won't go into a technical discussion of what those elements are, but I will certainly swear to all Villgust players that I made no "adjustments" that the programmer and translator did not cheerfully accept. This approach has brought much acclaim to Working Designs ports, so who are we to challenge its legitimacy?
I'm a cheerful fellow, who loves RPGs (and the hobby of creating English versions), so I would say to anyone who believes our Villgust rendition can be improved upon: The ingredients are out there for resourceful people, so I challenge anyone to create a better game. In a more humble opinion, I believe our Villgust rivals the Lufia and Final Fantasy series for fun and playability, but that's for YOU to decide...
The Villgust algorithm is unique to any RPG I've played, pushing the difficulty level of this game to medium hard, true to the reality of Japanese RPGs being relatively more challenging than English versions. But toughness of play should not deter any RPG-lover from playing Villgust. In fact, once you get into this game, you may find that force driving you forward to be refreshing.
The game begins when a young hero and his sweetheart are suddenly thrust into a strange, medieval setting. Only Shun's girl is nabbed by an evil magician before the hapless fellow can gather his wits. But a group of strangers befriend Shun, offering to help him find his friend, Michiko; and the quest is on.
Several levels into the game, players will discover that experience and gold derived from combat will slowly diminish, especially after clearing the main obstacle in a given scene, or mini-quest. Thus, it will serve no purpose to linger for slow level-building battles, for in many cases, local monsters will disappear altogether from that "cleared" setting.
This feature forces the player to move forward into more forbidding territory, facing much tougher foes. Spend your limited money wisely, upgrading prudently, and you will prevail through the judicious use of weapons, magic, and items.
If you love classic platform RPGs, Villgust should provide you with many hours of gameplay in a genre heretofore limited by marketing decisions over the past decade. Enjoy!