After dying too many times and waiting way too long for the
endless disk access when loading games I decided to take a peek
at my saved games.
Initially I had a hard time finding my attributes because they
aren't defined in numbers within the game, but I began to look
around in the directories that the install program created. In a
the sub-dir TEXT, there is another directory called CHARGEN, it
contains the initial information used when creating the characters
at the start of the game in an ASCII text file called CHARDATA.
It seems to be of this general configuration:
Mr. Charles Weiss
It was announced yesterday that an heir to the Winthrop estate has been
found. Mr. Charles Weiss of Bangor, Maine, who... (blah, blah, blah)
2 3 2 2 5
1 1 1 1
0 0 3 0
1 1 0 0
All I'm concerned with at the moment are the lines below STATS.
The first line is your major characteristics,
in the order of DEXTERITY, KNOWLEDGE, STAMINA, STRENGTH, and WILLPOWER.
So in this example, DEX = 2; KNOW = 3;STA = 2;STR = 2;WILL = 5.
It's good to set those to at least 200, that will give you a
large amount of magic as well as health.
The next three lines are the individual attributes that are under
the DEXTERITY, KNOWLEDGE, AND STRENGTH headings.
(such as ELECTRONICS, FIREARMS, MEDICINE, etc.) Generally if you
set these to something above 10 (15 works quite nice) you won't
ever fail at the things that you try.
The next two lines represent the spells that you start with.
They are represented in the form of:
I think those are pretty much self explanitory. One thing though,
you can only have two spells at the start, so make it good ones
(Wind of Destruction or Shards of Annihilation are good attack spells),
and make sure to use Elixir of Health) I've included the list of
spells in the game along with this file.
If you don't want any spells... use -1 -1, -1 -1, -1 -1 through
the three lines You don't really need a powerful attack spell in
the game after you hike your stats up, I was pretty much able to
kill about anything with one hit from my briefcase, although Sword
of the Shadow kills alot quicker for the nastier monsters.
If you're already in the middle of a game and don't want to start
over then get out your hex editor (Norton's DE, PCTOOLS, or the like)
for this next part. A list of the hex offsets for the character's
DEXTERITY - 5,282
KNOWLEDGE - 5,284
STAMINA - 5,286
STRENGTH - 5,288
WILLPOWER - 5,290
All breakdowns of those attributes are in even numbered hex
locations 5,294 - 5,316
When your character gets low on health or magic(and he/she will!)
the hex addresses for your health are here:
Health 5,262 - 5,263 5,264 - 5,265
Magic 5,266 - 5,267 5,268 - 5,269