Moraff Help File

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Moraff Help File
Format typeText
Text purposeHelp
Line endingsCRLF
Character setASCII
Games

The format used by the *.HLP files in Moraff's World and the *.UHP files in Dungeons of the Unforgiven is a simple text-based format with designated characters to change the color of the text. The color or control tag can be specified anywhere in the line. All of the color or control tags are in lowercase, while all displayed text is printed in uppercase. Numeric values and punctuation are also acceptable printed characters. Any unrecognized tag character will be printed normally.

If the line of text is too wide to be displayed, the game will horizontally stretch the font to make it fit. The maximum number of lines that can be displayed appears to be 30. ! Tested with 1024x768. Verify with other screen resolutions.

Color Characters

The following characters select the output color of the text. If one of these are specified, all of the text following this tag will be printed in the specified color.

Character Resulting Color
b Cyan (#51CDFF)
g Green (#00FF00)
n Gold (#FFB600)
o Orange (#D75100)
r Red (#FF0028)
w White (#FFFFFF)
y Yellow (#FFFF51)
  • Multiple color changes can be specified in a single line, but only the last one will take effect. Inline color changes are not possible.

Control Sequences

The following character sequences provide a way of controlling the flow of text in the dialog box.

Character Resulting Effect
eX Pauses and waits for a key. When a key is pressed, the text pane is cleared and the next rows of text are displayed.
ee Pauses and waits for a key. When a key is pressed, the player is brought back to the help menu. This must be included, otherwise the game will freeze after the help text is displayed.
  • Both of these sequences can appear in the middle of a line. If ee is encountered, the line that it appears on is not displayed. If eX is encountered, the line that it appears on will not be displayed at all on the first page, but the characters following the sequences will be displayed on the second page, skipping the one immediately following the sequence. For example, if the string "HELLO WOeXRLD!" is in the file, the first page will be blank and the second will contain "LD!"

Moraff's World Help Filenames

! Work these out and create a table.

Dungeons of the Unforgiven Help Filenames

The *.UHP files are named using numbers, starting from 0 and ending with 29 (skipping 18 and 19, giving a total of 30 help files. The following table shows which files are mapped to each help menu option:

Shortcut Key Option Heading Help File
A A-CHANGE (A)RMOR 4.UHP
C C-(C)AST SPELL OR SPELL HELP 13.UHP
D D-GO (D)OWN LADDER 9.UHP
E E-SHOW (E)XPERIENCE NEEDED 12.UHP
F F-(F)IGHT MONSTER 2.UHP
G G-(G)RAPHICS CONTROL 0.UHP
I I-USE MAGIC (I)TEM 6.UHP
L L-(L)OSE OR DROP THINGS 8.UHP
M M-(M)ONEY (FINANCIAL) STATEMENT 5.UHP
O O-(O)PTIONS MENU 16.UHP
P P-CHECK (P)OCKETS (INVENTORY) 14.UHP
Q Q-(Q)UIT AND SAVE CHARACTER 1.UHP
S S-(S)ECTION MONSTER INFORMATION 11.UHP
U U-CLIMB (U)P LADDER 10.UHP
V V-VIEW YOUR (V)ITAL STATS 7.UHP
W W-SELECT (W)EAPON FOR ATTACKING 3.UHP
X X-E(X)PAND THE MAP 17.UHP
Z Z-(Z)OOM IN ON FORWARD VIEW 15.UHP
0 0-OBJECTIVE, (MEANING OF LIFE) 20.UHP
1 1-MOVING AROUND THE DUNGEON 21.UHP
2 2-GENERAL PLAY OF GAME 22.UHP
3 3-VISITOR'S GUIDE TO THE TOWN 23.UHP
4 4-SPELLS, SCROLLS, WANDS, PAPER 24.UHP
5 5-HOW TO USE MAGIC ITEMS 25.UHP
6 6-GENERAL HINTS FOR SUCCESS 26.UHP
7 7-MORAFF'S SPECIAL SECRET HINTS 27.UHP
8 8-TOP SECRET HINTS NO ONE KNOWS 28.UHP
9 9-HISTORY OF THIS UNIVERSE 29.UHP
  • The options in the help menu cannot be changed without modifying the strings in UNF.EXE.
  • While 18.UHP is included with the game, it is not used. It's a duplicate of 16.UHP, sans the "HIT A KEY" prompt and eX control character.