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First post, by almeath

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I have been digging through old posts, and reading the Nerdly Pleasures blog, but I cannot find the answer to these questions which have irked me for some time:

1. Was a patch ever made (by New Rising Sun or anyone else) that allows Sound Blaster effects with MT-32 music in Conquests of the Longbow? I notice that the game installer allows the selection of MT-32/CM-32L for "music" and Sound Blaster for "speech", but in the game I only hear the MT-32 being used for sound effects (i.e. it is quite obvious in the first scene when picking up the pouch and coins). I am not sure why the installer specifies speech because I do not remember there being any in this game, but I have not completed a play-through in years so I could have just forgotten.

2. I realize there will probably never be a way (in real DOS or DOSBox) to apply the high-resolution (i.e. Windows 640x480) portraits in King's Quest VI to the DOS CD version of the game, which runs in 320x200. I know it can be done in ScummVM, but for various reasons I do not want to run the game in that engine. As a fall-back, is there a way to at least remove the annoying title bar at the top of the screen in the Windows version, and apply some settings to the cfg/ini files that will prevent the ugly stretching of the 320x200 image? I know that in SCI2 games this can be done by specifying "titlebar=false" and manipulating the "wwidth" and "wheight" parameters. Unfortunately, these seem to have no effect in SCI 1.1 or lower.

Reply 1 of 4, by Laukku

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Regarding point 1, it's indeed possible to play the game in DOSBox with MT-32 music and digitised audio, I did so in early 2013. Here's a longplay video with such a sound setup; the arrow-firing sound effect in the title screen is a clear tell. Note that not every sound effect is made with recorded samples, many are made with the synth - that may be throwing you off.

My YouTube account, with miscellanous DOS game stuff: http://www.youtube.com/user/LaukkuTheGreit

Reply 2 of 4, by Jorpho

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almeath wrote on 2020-11-13, 06:36:

I realize there will probably never be a way (in real DOS or DOSBox) to apply the high-resolution (i.e. Windows 640x480) portraits in King's Quest VI to the DOS CD version of the game, which runs in 320x200. I know it can be done in ScummVM, but for various reasons I do not want to run the game in that engine.

Wait, is that possible now? I thought the ScummVM team was virulently opposed to such blendings. Has there been an ideological shift of some sort?

Reply 3 of 4, by almeath

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Laukku wrote on 2020-11-13, 20:52:

Regarding point 1, it's indeed possible to play the game in DOSBox with MT-32 music and digitised audio, I did so in early 2013. Here's a longplay video with such a sound setup; the arrow-firing sound effect in the title screen is a clear tell. Note that not every sound effect is made with recorded samples, many are made with the synth - that may be throwing you off.

Oh, that does make sense. I do hear the arrow sound effect in the title screen. I was not aware that Sierra did not provide a digital sample for every sound effect. So that would mean that someone with a Sound Blaster (only) would hear some digital effects and others that were re-created using the FM synthesis?

Reply 4 of 4, by almeath

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Jorpho wrote on 2020-11-13, 20:57:

Wait, is that possible now? I thought the ScummVM team was virulently opposed to such blendings. Has there been an ideological shift of some sort?

Actually, you are right. On closer inspection, what ScummVM is doing is displaying the 640x480 backgrounds but without the Windows title bar. It is not correcting the 'stretch' of the backgrounds and it uses the Windows black and white cursor icons. The stretched resolution is really what ruins it for me, hence my question above. If there is no way to fix this with config tweaks then I will settle for playing the DOS CD version with the low res portraits. To be honest, given the low res backgrounds, the DOS portraits are far more consistent and less out of place. I could learn to love this version the most.