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Given how long this community has been modding, I'm not sure how useful this will be to most people, but as a spreadsheet nerd, I did find this to be helpful to me.

The point of this tool is that while pasting in player card photos and entering corresponding names into NOSE, I would note the offset in Tile Molester and also paste the names into the matching PLAYER NAME field. Then using some fancy formulas, it all gets crunched into the first column, which can be copy/pasted into the PlayerCardsDefault.txt file that EARE uses. I've tested this on a couple of ROMs and it seems to do the job quite nicely in complimenting EARE's Player Picture setting function while also helping me keep track of the rosters, while giving me a quick reference to go to a specific player pic in the case when I wanted to edit or swap it out.

As an aside, one interesting thing I encountered was that the PlayerCardsDefault.txt file needed to be edited and saved before I opened EARE. Not sure if it was real or imagined, but it seemed as if for quick indexing, the program would reference the .txt file in the state it was as the program was opened. Anyway, once I kept that in mind, I had no further problems.

A visual reference:
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Note the Offset of the player photo as you are importing images.

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Paste Player Names into the cells that correspond to the Picture Offset [as opposed to the Card Pointer]
Once all names have been entered, select and copy ALL of Column A and paste it into the PlayerCardsDefault.txt file as found in your EARE.exe folder.
[I keep a copy of the original unedited file just in case]

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Open EARE, and click Set Player Pictures. Repeat as players may be traded, to redirect to player's new roster spot to the old photo spot.

Of note, I even found this worked for multiple instances of the same player, so in the case of an All-Star team or, in my case, having a player selectable and a non-selectable version of the same team [for playoff alignment purposes] both instances of the same named player would end up referencing the Last reference of player name/photo pointer on the list.

Sorry if this is too redundant, I've been told it's important to skew your instruction to all skill levels. Anyway, hope this is helpful.

NHL94 Cards Hex.ods NHL94 Cards Hex.xls

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If you like spreadsheets, well have I got something for you! :)

I don't use EARE for player cards anymore. I use this spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1oPiasWKUsK2bS49QsQiZ0cQNyEwFfublFUury2LUsFg/edit#gid=697626098

which once you have a list of player cards and offsets (similar to your list), I use the roster extract to copy/paste the players into the document and then it does the work for me.  The document spits out the new table that you can copy into Hex.  

The cool thing is you can also choose which player cards cycle through the menu screen.  

Full details here: 

Hope you find it useful as well.

 

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Heh. Have to admit, that is some pretty impressive spreadsheeting. Although I also have to admit that sometimes I stick with novice level techniques a bit longer than I should as it gives me time to iterate in my mind many times over before I physically complete any one task.

That starting lineup is a pretty cool feature though. I remember as I was just learning I was stuck either searching the hex location and manually entering the roster spot or just being lazy and putting the players I wanted into the roster position that was pre-selected to be featured on the main menu.

Don't have another '94 based game on the to-do list for a while, but I'll have to see how this one works for me when I do.

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Right, dumb questions alert...

@kingraph - You mention in your guide that 6 players per team get shown in the selection screen but all 26 slots have to be assigned. 

Is it the case that the same 6 players get shown every time or does the game cycle through a random 6?

What happens if a team doesn't have 26 players in a roster to start with? 

Do you have to fill the (selectable) player slots in each team with random players to pad things out or is it a case that the cards section needs to refer to 26 players and you can just make up names for the extras (and use generic images) on the basis that they will not be visible anywhere because (a) they're not in the main "in game" rosters and (b) only 6 players per team will cycle through?

Basically, I am going to be updating my EIHL (UK) ROM over the next few weeks and have got pretty much everything I need to sort the player cards.  I just need to make sure I don't balls everything up by starting off on the wrong foot, so apologies if these questions are SUPER basic.

Thanks!

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1 hour ago, LaTormenta said:

Right, dumb questions alert...

@kingraph - You mention in your guide that 6 players per team get shown in the selection screen but all 26 slots have to be assigned. 

Is it the case that the same 6 players get shown every time or does the game cycle through a random 6?

What happens if a team doesn't have 26 players in a roster to start with? 

Do you have to fill the (selectable) player slots in each team with random players to pad things out or is it a case that the cards section needs to refer to 26 players and you can just make up names for the extras (and use generic images) on the basis that they will not be visible anywhere because (a) they're not in the main "in game" rosters and (b) only 6 players per team will cycle through?

Basically, I am going to be updating my EIHL (UK) ROM over the next few weeks and have got pretty much everything I need to sort the player cards.  I just need to make sure I don't balls everything up by starting off on the wrong foot, so apologies if these questions are SUPER basic.

Thanks!

You can choose which 6 roster spots are shown in the cycle, which is cool.  You can see how to choose which roster spots get displayed in my google sheet document.  You can select it for each team too.

There is also a hack out there where you can actually choose more or less than 6!  https://forum.nhl94.com/index.php?/topic/20230-how-to-limit-of-player-cards-shown-on-menu-ron-barr-screen/

 

If a team doesn't have 26 players, the way I do the table is make the remaining player card spots to a default picture.  Works perfectly every time.  

 

 

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8 hours ago, LaTormenta said:

Right, dumb questions alert...

@kingraph - You mention in your guide that 6 players per team get shown in the selection screen but all 26 slots have to be assigned. 

Is it the case that the same 6 players get shown every time or does the game cycle through a random 6?

What happens if a team doesn't have 26 players in a roster to start with? 

Do you have to fill the (selectable) player slots in each team with random players to pad things out or is it a case that the cards section needs to refer to 26 players and you can just make up names for the extras (and use generic images) on the basis that they will not be visible anywhere because (a) they're not in the main "in game" rosters and (b) only 6 players per team will cycle through?

Basically, I am going to be updating my EIHL (UK) ROM over the next few weeks and have got pretty much everything I need to sort the player cards.  I just need to make sure I don't balls everything up by starting off on the wrong foot, so apologies if these questions are SUPER basic.

Thanks!

Not to take away from kingraph's guide, but it if helps, I tested my EARE list generator on my 1920 ROM and all of the rosters had between 7 and 12 players.
And I actually had two versions of each team, [one that the player can select, one they can't - for purposes of playoff configuration] and just linked them to the same set of photos. I even changed the order that the teams were listed in NOSE and set the cards again without changing any of the sprites. The thing with EARE is that as long as the player's name and card offset on the list, match with the player whose picture is located at that offset, the program doesn't care. It also by default uses the NLC Line as the main menu featured cards. You can change the NLC line after the fact and it will modify the lineup for Ron Barr's pre-game screen, but will leave the main menu alone. Used along with the hex code change to set how many players are featured on the main screen and you can effectively feature your top players regardless of position, [and the #1 goalie] just so long as you initially set the top two D-men as two of your desired featured players. After that, it seems to just run down the list starting after the top three forwards.

The only real issue with this method I find is that you just need to make sure that you haven't made any spelling or copy/pasting errors along the way and that everything is exactly the way you want it before you click that "Set" button. Otherwise you might be going back and setting it again.

And like kingraph's, any name in NOSE that doesn't have a corresponding entry in the card list, will just end up linking to the default Lefty/Righty Player/Goalie pics after you click that button.

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Thanks, guys.  I need to tidy up the images that I have, which is next week's task, and I'll start working through the guide and see where I get to.  Fingers crossed!

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