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Wasteland Wiki
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Files in the Wasteland directory on the PC version are as follows. As more of these files are decoded, this table will be updated with the information gleaned.

The files in bold are those most likely to be edited in a remake. The EXE will need a patcher, as we can't distribute the EXE. The items that are oversized are no longer required, as displacer has created external, decrypted files containing all information contained in the master files!

ALLHTDS1 Tile sets 0-3 in this file
ALLHTDS2 Tile sets 4-8 in this file
ALLPICS1 Encounter Graphics
ALLPICS2 Encounter Graphics
COLORF.FNT The font used to draw the user interface of the game
CURS The mouse cursors
END.CPA The End scene, CPA probably stands for Compressed Pic Animation or something. Uses the Huffman Image Compressor and vertical XOR scheme
GAME1 The Game Maps Data File from Disk 1. Also contains Character Data.
GAME2 The Game Maps Data File from Disk 2. Also contains Character Data.
IC0_9.WLF The 10 Sprites. Used to draw the monsters, the player image, the loot bag and some other images on top of map tiles
INFO Game Installation and Disk Information.
MASKS.WLF The Sprite Masks so that the Sprites can have transparent sections. This file is not encrypted.
TITLE.PIC The Title Picture for the game.
TRANSTBL The only one left........
WL.EXE Game Main Executable, Packed with Microsoft EXEPACK. An Unpacker can be found [1]. The Item list is being worked on now.*
WLA.BIN Graphics handling code, overlaid in the WL.EXE at offset 0
  • - If the game tries to start, but just dumps you to a black screen, it may be that the EXEUnpack within the game is not working properly. If you download the Unpacker, and unpack the WL.EXE file, the unpacked EXE still runs just fine, although it'll be a bit larger. This is a known problem in early versions of M$'s ExePack utility. I've found the game to be slightly more stable when starting under XP and Windows 2003 this way. - Nick