As I promised, here is the info that some of you diehard CinemaWare fans had
been asking for. First, where to find the player attributes? They are in a
file called "seas.blt". If you use the Norton DiskEdit program, this is
actually quite easy to do. Bring up the file and simply page down until you
start seeing the player names. They are grouped by team. You will notice there
will be a section of names followed by a section of seemingly useless hex
codes. This "useless" section is really the attributes for each player on the
team directly above. Take note: Each player has a 12 byte attribute string
associated with him. If you look closely you sill see that the player
attribute strings are separated by two groups of zeros (i.e. 00 00).
Below is a listing of the attribute bytes in order and what each is:
1. Stamina - the higher hex number means this player can stay in the game
longer before tiring. I've noticed that players with higher stamina are more
likely to commit fouls, violations etc. . . In other words find a happy
2. Height - still must be in the range of 5'7" to 7'7". The hex code for 6'6"
is 0E. Count up or down from there in hex for heights. Trying greater than
7'7" will give a figure with no head or arms, just long legs and midsection.
3. Jersey #- hex code 07 will show a #10 jersey. Some numbers are not
4. Release - as you may have noticed, not all players shoot alike. Some hold
the ball a little longer before releasing to be successful on their shot. This
byte determines how long.
5. Arc - how high the ball arcs when shooting. A hex code of 01 or 02
indicates almost a line drive, while an 04 is one rainbow of a shot. The catch
is high arcing shots are much harder to block, but line drive shooters draw
6. Velocity -determines how the ball will drop into the basket. Higher arcs
need less velocity so they will tend to drop straight into the basket. Line
drives need to drift forward and glide more horizontally into the basket.
The next six bytes you will recognize as the "pencil" attributes.
7. Shooting -outside shooting.
8. Passing - ball-handling and passing.
9. Defense - self-explanatory.
10. Rebounding - "
11. Quickness - "
12. Jumping - "
Though it is possible to put in attributes on the ratings of 9 or more, I'm
not so sure it helps after a certain point. To keep the game exciting, I still
stick to 8 as the upper limit, I just have more than one #3 and #4 players :
). The best part of this is, you can save the seas.blt file under different
names, thus once you have gotten the file edited the way you want it, you can
have one file with just college teams and players in it, another with pros,
and so on. The schedule and season are also saved in this file after each
game, so if you make a .bat file that will copy the version of the modified
seas.blt to "seas.blt" you can switch around between pros and college.