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Nomad is a space trading/adventure game developed by Papyrus Design Group and Intense! Interactive and published by GameTek in 1994.

The file formats and much of the game logic was reverse engineered by cmb.


File formats

The data for Nomad is stored in five archive files. For the file format of the archives themselves, see DAT Format.

Files in ANIM.DAT

Contains images and data tables for the alien portrait animations.

File name Format Description
*.ANM Frame sequence tables that describe the animations
*.DEL DEL Format Raster image data
*.SQB Voice synchronization tables?

Files in CONVERSE.DAT

Contains data tables with the characteristics of all the aliens, places, items, ships, facts, and equipment in the game. Each table uses its own format with a repeating structure.

Also contains data tables that are used by the game's alien conversation/talk engine.

File name Description
ALIEN.TAB Alien data data table. Describes each individual alien by their species, and a number of percentage/scaling values that may represent the alien's attitude or disposition.
CCLASS.TAB Communication jammer data table
ECLASS.TAB Ship engine data table
FACT.TAB Data table describing the responsiveness of each alien race to the learnable facts in the game universe
GAMETEXT.TXT Concatenated list strings, each one providing the name of a person, place, object, ship, or planet/star class. Also contained here are the strings of fact text and the meta-text phrases from which the game's conversation engine chooses pseudo-randomly. Uses Nomad Text Format.
INVENT.TAB Ship inventory data table. Operates as a linked list of 4-byte records, each one containing the count of a single type of item.
LBOOSTER.TAB Labor botbooster data table
LCLASS.TAB Labor bot data table. Describes the efficiency of each type of labor bot at a particular task.
MCLASS.TAB Missile data table
META.TAB Meta-text data table for conversation engine
METATXT.TAB List of offsets (into GAMETEXT.TXT) for meta-text strings
MISSION.TAB Alliance mission data table
MISTEXT.TAB List of offsets into MISTEXT.TXT
MISTEXT.TXT Mission text strings in Nomad Text Format
MSYS.TAB Missile loader ("MLoader") data table
OBJECT.TAB Inventory object data table. Describes the type of object, links to any informational text associated with it, and provides the relative value to each alien race.
OBJTEXT.IDX List of offsets into OBJTEXT.IDX
OBJTEXT.TXT Inventory object informational text strings in Nomad Text Format
PCLASS.TAB Place class data table (for star and planet classes). Contains lists of resources that can be harvested from each class of planet, and the quantities in which they are available.
PLACE.TAB Place data table (for stars and planets). Describes the place by the alien race that has claimed it, and its position in the star map.
PODCLASS.TAB Zeroed; unused by the game
RCLASS.TAB Robot class data table (for ship-repair bots)
SCCLASS.TAB Scanner class data table
SCLASS.TAB Ship class data table. Contains a link to the name of the ship class, and the installed equipment.
SHCLASS.TAB Shield class data table
SHIP.TAB Ship data table. Contains many runtime flags that track the currently installed equipment as well as missile system status, damage to shields and armor, and location.
STCLASS.TAB Star class data table
TLKNCxxx.TAB Conversation engine table. Contains pointers to lines of dialogue and can optionally indicate whether a line is a direct question to the player. Used by only the single alien whose ID is in the numeric portion of the filename.
TLKNRxxx.TAB Conversation engine table. Contains pointers to lines of dialogue and can optionally indicate whether a line is a direct question to the player. Can be used by any member of the alien race whose ID is in the numeric portion of the filename.
TLKPCxxx.TAB Conversation engine table. Creates links between statements and reactions, which is used when the player interactively chooses a response from a list during conversation. This table determines the line of dialogue with which an alien will respond when the player chooses a particular path. Used by only the single alien whose ID is in the numeric portion of the filename.
TLKPRxxx.TAB Conversation engine table. Creates links between statements and reactions, which is used when the player interactively chooses a response from a list during conversation. This table determines the line of dialogue with which an alien will respond when the player chooses a particular path. Can be used by any member of the alien race whose ID is in the numeric portion of the filename.
TLKTCxxx.TAB Conversation engine table. Allows lookup of dialogue lines based on topic. Points to records in TLKNCxxx.TAB. Used by only the single alien whose ID is in the numeric portion of the filename.
TLKTRxxx.TAB Conversation engine table. Allows lookup of dialogue lines based on topic. Points to records in TLKNCxxx.TAB. Can be used by any member of the alien race whose ID is in the numeric portion of the filename.
TLKXCxxx.IDX Conversation engine table. List of offsets into TLKXCxxx.TXT at which the actual strings of dialogue text are stored. Used by only the single alien whose ID is in the numeric portion of the filename.
TLKXCxxx.TXT Concatenated list of Nomad Text Format strings, each one being a line of dialog for the alien whose ID is in the numeric portion of the filename.
TLKXRxxx.IDX Conversation engine table. List of offsets into TLKXRxxx.TXT at which the actual strings of dialogue text are stored. Can be used by any member of the alien race whose ID is in the numeric portion of the filename.
TLKXRxxx.TXT Concatenated list of Nomad Text Format strings, each one being a line of dialog for the alien race whose ID is in the numeric portion of the filename.
USERTEXT.TXT Unused; zero length

Files in INVENT.DAT

Contains images of inventory objects.

File name Description
inv####.stp Image data (in STP Format) for each of the inventory objects in the game, plus a few unused images that were never removed from the game's data files before release

Files in SAMPLES.DAT

Contains audio files. All audio in the game is packed into archives using the very simple NNV Format. This is used even when the NNV archive contains only a single audio file. The audio data itself is encoded using the Nomad Sound Format.

File name Description
ALTEC.NNV Altec Hocker theme music
ALWAYS.NNV Minor user interface sounds (computer beeps, etc.)
ARCHBOT.NNV Arch-bot speech
ARDEN.NNV Arden theme music
ATLOSTEN.NNV Sound effects used at the Losten planetary gateway
BELICO.NNV Bellicosian theme music
BOTSEND.NNV Labor bot status announcements
CARGO.NNV Cargo stowage sound effects
CFIRST.NNV Ship's computer name input instructions
CHNTCLR.NNV Chanticleer theme music
COMLINK.NNV Inter-ship comlink announcements and sound effects
DAMAGE1.NNV Damage and capsule ejection sound effects
END.NNV End game narration
FAILSAFE.NNV Audio for the Fail-Safe Device
FARMBOT.NNV Farm-bot speech
FIXED.NNV Engineering systems repair complete announcements
FIX.NNV Engineering systems repair announcements
GASBOT.NNV Gas-bot speech
HUMM.NNV Background hum
IMMED.NNV Explosion, combat, and engine sound effects
INVNAV.NNV Starmap zoom sound effects
KENELM1.NNV Kenelm speech
KENELM2.NNV Kenelm speech
KENELM3.NNV Kenelm speech
KENELM4.NNV Kenelm speech
KOROK.NNV Korok theme music
LAND.NNV Ship engine sound effect
LOSE.NNV Game-over narration
MEND.NNV Exit/credits theme music
MINEBOT.NNV Ore-bot speech
MUSIN.NNV Musin theme music
NAR01.NNV Intro narration - Disneyland / Space Mountain version
NAR02.NNV Intro narration - Disneyland / Space Mountain version
NAR03.NNV Intro narration - Disneyland / Space Mountain version
PAHRUMP.NNV Pahrump theme music
PHELNSE1.NNV Phelonese theme music
PLANET1.NNV Planet orbit announcements
PLANET2.NNV Labor bot telemetry sound effects
POWER.NNV Engine power-up/power-down sound effects
RANCHBOT.NNV Ranch-bot speech
SCAN.NNV Scanner sound effects
SHAASA.NNV Shaasa theme music
SHIELDS.NNV Shield sound effects
SHOOT1.NNV Combat status announcements
SHOOT2.NNV Combat status announcements
SPYBOT.NNV Spy-bot speech
TALK.NNV Miscellaneous com-link sound effects
THEME.NNV Theme music
THEM.NNV Announcements for other ships activities
TIMELOCK.NNV Ship's computer speech announcing time lock
URSOR.NNV Ursor theme music
VOICE1_1.NNV Altec Hocker speech
VOICE2_1.NNV Arden speech
VOICE3_1.NNV Bellicosian speech
VOICE4_1.NNV Chanticleer speech
VOICE5_1.NNV Musin speech
VOICE6_1.NNV Pahrump speech
VOICE7_1.NNV Phelonese speech
VOICE8_1.NNV Shaasa speech
VOICE9_1.NNV Ursor speech
VOICE10.NNV Korok speech
WARP1.NNV Engine power up/down sound effects
WARP2.NNV Ships entering/leaving local space sound effects
WARP4.NNV Engine power up/down sound effects
WIN.NNV Endgame victory narration

Files in TEST.DAT

Contains everything else: 3D models, cutscene/intro images, overlay graphics and sprites, minor animations, palette data, and fonts.

File name Format Description
ARDBC.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format Arden ship 3D model
ARDDS.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format Arden ship 3D model
ARDFGT2.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format Arden ship 3D model
backg.lbm Raw VGA Image Fullscreen intro/cutscene image
backg.pal Nomad Palette Format VGA palette data for backg.lbm
BARREN#.PAL Nomad Palette Format VGA palette data for planet surface
BELDS.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format Bellicosian ship 3D model
BELPD.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format Bellicosian ship 3D model
BELRD.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format Bellicosian ship 3D model
border.stp STP Format Intro sequence frame border
BOTA.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format Labor bot 3D model
BOTB.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format Labor bot 3D model
BOTC.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format Labor bot 3D model
CHACR.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format Chanticleer ship 3D model
CHALB.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format Chanticleer ship 3D model
CHANS2.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format "Second Harmony" star station 3D model
CHATP.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format Chanticleer ship 3D model
cock#.lbm Raw VGA Image Cockpit zoom animation frame from intro sequence
COMPUTER.BIN
CONTROL.ROL ROL Format (image archive) Stamp roll of ship flight control graphics
crashed.lbm Raw VGA Image Fullscreen cutscene image
cred000#.lbm Raw VGA Image Fullscreen credits sequence images
cred000#.pal Nomad Palette Format VGA palette data for fullscreen credits sequence
design.stp STP Format Intense! Interactive logo
EARTH#.PAL Nomad Palette Format VGA palette data for planet surface
end1a.lbm Raw VGA Image Endgame scenario fullscreen image
end1a.pal Nomad Palette Format Endgame scenario fullscreen image palette
end1b.lbm Raw VGA Image Endgame scenario fullscreen image
end1b.pal Nomad Palette Format Endgame scenario fullscreen image palette
ENGINE.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format 3D model
ESCAPE.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format 3D model
EX0#.STP STP Format Explosion overlay graphic
EXP0#.STP STP Format Explosion overlay graphic
fixed.lbm Raw VGA Image Fullscreen image from intro sequence
GAME.PAL Nomad Palette Format VGA palette data for most of the game's resources
getname.lbm Raw VGA Image Fullscreen cockpit image for player name entry
getname.pal Nomad Palette Format VGA palette data for fullscreen cockpit image
gtek.stp STP Format GameTek logo as overlay for intro sequence
guybody.stp STP Format Overlay graphic of shadowy government figure from intro sequence
guyhead.rol ROL Format (image archive) Overlay graphic of shadowy government figure from intro sequence (head animation)
guyhead2.rol ROL Format (image archive) Overlay graphic of shadowy government figure from intro sequence (head animation)
guyturn.rol ROL Format (image archive) Overlay graphic of shadowy government figure from intro sequence (body animation)
ICE#.PAL Nomad Palette Format VGA palette data for planet surface
KORCR.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format Korok ship 3D model
KORFGT.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format Korok ship 3D model
korok01.lbm Raw VGA Image Fullscreen image of Korok endgame scenario
korok01.pal Nomad Palette Format VGA palette data for fullscreen image of Korok endgame scenario
korok02.lbm Raw VGA Image Fullscreen image of Korok endgame scenario
korok02.pal Nomad Palette Format VGA palette data for fullscreen image of Korok endgame scenario
KORSP.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format Korok ship 3D model
LGFONT.BIN Nomad Font Format Font data (large type)
MISSILE#.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format 3D models (one for each missile type)
MOLTEN#.PAL Nomad Palette Format VGA palette data for planet surface
MUS.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format Musin ship 3D model
MYSTERY.NNV NNV Format Intro music
NAR#.NNV NNV Format Intro narration (final version, non-Disneyland)
NAVBKGND.STP STP Format Navigation map background
NAVMAP.STP STP Format Navigation starmap
newexp.nnv NNV Format Explosion sound effect
nomad.stp STP Format Title graphic overlay
oesi.lbm Raw VGA Image Intro sequence fullscreen image
open08.lbm Raw VGA Image Earth on starfield
open08.pal Nomad Palette Format VGA palette data for open08.lbm
PAH.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format Pahrump ship 3D model
papyrus.stp STP Format Papyrus design group overlay logo
PHELD.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format Phelonese ship 3D model
PHETD.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format Phelonese ship 3D model
PLAYER.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format Player's ship 3D model
PSCAN.STP STP Format Planet scan overlay graphic
SC200240.BIN  ?  ?
SH0#.STP STP Format Shield effect overlay graphics
SHABC.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format Shaasa ship 3D model
SHABS.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format Shaasa ship 3D model
SHAFGT.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format Shaasa ship 3D model
SHIELD.STP STP Format Shield effect overlay graphic
SHIP.PAL Nomad Palette Format VGA palette data for ships?
SHIPST.ROL ROL Format (image archive) Series of overlays for ship's engineering systems
SHP.ROL ROL Format (image archive) Series of overlays showing ship schematics
SMFONT.BIN Nomad Font Format Font data (small type)
smk.rol ROL Format (image archive) Intro snowfield crash and smoke plume animations
snow.lbm Raw VGA Image Fullscreen image from intro sequence (snow field)
STAR00##.STP STP Format Distant star overlay for starfield background
URSCG.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format Ursor ship 3D model
URSFGT2.BIN Nomad 3D Model Format Ursor ship 3D model
WATER#.PAL Nomad Palette Format VGA palette data for planet surface
win01.lbm Raw VGA Image Fullscreen image for victory endgame scenario
win01.pal Nomad Palette Format VGA palette data for fullscreen image (victory endgame scenario)
win03.lbm Raw VGA Image Fullscreen image for victory endgame scenario
win03.pal Nomad Palette Format VGA palette data for fullscreen image (victory endgame scenario)
win04.lbm Raw VGA Image Fullscreen image for victory endgame scenario
win04.pal Nomad Palette Format VGA palette data for fullscreen image (victory endgame scenario)
WORLD##a.pln Raw VGA Image with single-word header Planet surface texture. Raw VGA (8-bit) data prefixed by a single little-endian 16-bit word that contains the image width.
WORLD##a.pal Nomad Palette Format VGA palette data for planet surface texture file with the same numeric filename portion. The alpha character 'a' may increment for multiple palettes.

See also