Popular Tech Writing Sample
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Popular Tech Writing Sample
Originally written on 10/28/05
Still referenced as recently as 04/08/14
Instructions for Hex Workshop:
Click Options > Preferences > Layout tab, make sure Bytes/Row says 16 and Group by: is 1 byte.
Instructions for Hex FAQs (Maps):
FAQ = File
Alter Egos = alter.dat
Booking = match.dat (This is probably the one I did the least work on because it's so complex)
Championships = belt.dat
Creating Dates **DISREGARD OR DELETE** (This is simply the Date Calculator Excel formula for
E-Mail = news.dat
Event History = history.dat
Events = event.dat
Feuds = feudinfo.dat
Gameinfo = gameinfo.dat
Incidents = incident.tmp
Promotions = promos.dat
Relationships = relate.dat
Sponsors = sponsor.dat
Stables = stables.dat
Staff = staff.dat
Tag Teams = teams.dat
TV Networks = network.dat
TV Shows = tv.dat
Wrestlers = wrestler.dat
- Whenever you see "xxx ID" mentioned, what you're looking for will be in the relevant file i.e.
Wrestler ID in wrestler.dat, Promotion ID in promos.dat, etc.
Instructions for Date Calculator:
To use the Date Converter you need to make sure you install the Analysis Tool Pak in Excel. To do
this in Excel 2003, click Tools > Add-Ins, check the box next to Analysis Tool Pak, and click OK. It
should either install automatically or prompt you to put in the CD.
Real to Hex- The date is processed backwards meaning that 8/8/10 will come up in the spreadsheet
as E3B9DE. This must be put into the appropriate place in Hex Workshop as DEB9E3.
Hex to Real- The date is also processed backwards. DEB9E3 from Hex Workshop must be put in as
E3B9DE in the spreadsheet.
I really wish I could give credit to the person on this board who first taught me how to do this but that
was atleast 5 years ago. I spoke with him about two years after and he was really impressed with
how far I took it. The rules he taught me were as follows:
* Except for dates and readable text, most values come in groups of four. Meaning that if you set
everything up the way I instructed, there is a pair of pairs for each value. Since everything is
backwards, the first value is usually what really matters, followed by a pair of 00's. It is crucial that
you do it in this order or your values will be messed up and more than likely a game crash will
happen. If that happens, just go back to the last thing you edited and fix the mistake and you'll be
* Do not attempt to add or get rid of values entirely. It is not possible to add or subtract matches, add
more rows in Event History, etc.
Every once and a while someone asks about hex editing. Some people don't get it while others don't
even know what it is. So I'm taking the initiative to post a sort of end-all, be-all for hex editing on
these boards. Hopefully this gets pinned too and not cluttered up like the EWR Resources thread.
What is Hex Editing?
It's using a hex editor to edit files. In this case we're trying to edit the files for EWR.
Why do it?
I find it fun. It expands my EWR game and adds replay value to it.
What if I mess something up?
Make backups. I can't stress this enough. I'm not really familiar with the Hex Workshop's backup
system and it's just annoying in general so that's why we turned it off.
The way I make backups is to:
a.) Right click on the file(s) you want to backup.
b.) Select copy.
c.) Paste them in a different folder or on your desktop.
If you mess up something, just:
a.) Right click on the backup(s).
b.) Select copy.
c.) Paste them back in the original folder.
d.) If it asks you to overwrite, click Accept/Yes.
Now rather than use my old approach of telling you what's what and letting you ask the questions I'll
take the most frequent questions and answer them.
How do I change the dates?
That will help you turn the dates you want into hex dates. Previously there was a big confusion over
how to get dates for hex editing so I made that simple excel file.
1.) Open up the Hex Workshop program.
2.) Open the belt.dat file in the save that you want to edit the title histories for.
Find where the belt you want to edit is. Click the 4 right before the name of the belt. Press Ctrl+G on
your keyboard. A box will pop up. Select the Current Position option under the From Where section
on the right of the box that just popped up. Enter in the number below that you want and then click
Go. You'll end up at where you need to be.
Start of Reign: 51
End of Reign: 84
Start of Reign: 92
End of Reign: 125
2 Champions Ago
Start of Reign: 133
End of Reign: 166
3 Champions Ago
Start of Reign: 174
End of Reign: 207
4 Champions Ago
Start of Reign: 215
End of Reign: 248
5 Champions Ago
Start of Reign: 256
End of Reign: 289
6 Champions Ago
Start of Reign: 297
End of Reign: 330
7 Champions Ago
Start of Reign: 338
End of Reign: 371
8 Champions Ago
Start of Reign: 379
End of Reign: 412
9 Champions Ago
Start of Reign: 420
End of Reign: 453
Once you get to where you need to be, the three following pairs are the date. The last pair of the
three will most likely be E2 or E3. Once you've gotten there, open up the Date Calculator you had to
download at the beginning of this explanation. Enter in the date you want. It should spit out the hex
date below. After you get the hex date, do the pairs in reverse to get the new date.
To explain better, 1/1/2003 gives me E25EDE. To make that date usable with the hex editor it will
have to be DE5EE2.
E2 5E DE
DE 5E E2
Once you've done the necessary work for your hex date, replace the three pairs that you originally
went to with these new pairs. Press ctrl+S to save or just click the Save icon on the toolbar. Exit the
program and open EWR to check if you did it right. If you've done it right, just repeat the above
process for any title history date you want to change.
How do I add people to the title histories?
The numbers you use for the Goto box are still the same. The only difference is that before each
date you'll have to add 7B 1F 6F 29 and after each date add 40.
7B 1F 6F 29 DE 5E E2 40. Simple right?
Adding names to those dates is easy too.
Current Champion: 55
Last Champion: 96
2 Champions Ago: 137
3 Champions Ago: 178
4 Champions Ago: 218
5 Champions Ago: 260
6 Champions Ago: 301
7 Champions Ago: 342
8 Champions Ago: 383
9 Champions Ago: 424
Just remember that you only type in the champion's name in the space where the word "none" or the
present champion's name is and the blank spaces after it. Don't overwrite anything that isn't a blank
Booker T ....@..@
Chris Benoit ....@..@ (Good)
Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels@..@ (Bad)
How do I change the current date?
Open up the gameinfo.dat file in the save that you want to edit. Press Ctrl+G. Click Beginning of File.
Type in 391 and click Go.
Use the date method from above in the Title Histories section.
Can I alter the market?
To change the percentage, press Ctrl+G, click Beginning of File, type in 427, and click Go. In Hex
Workshop, click Tools, Base Converter. On the decimal side enter the percentage you want (0-100).
On the left you get the hex number you want. Change the value that's already there with your new
00 (0 Percent)
64 (100 Percent)
To change the direction, press Ctrl+G, click Beginning of File, type in 429, and click Go. Type in FF
FF for the market to go up or 00 00 for the market to go down.
How do I change my promotion size?
Open up promos.dat in Hex Workshop. Find your promotion. Click the 4 before the name of your
promotion. Press Ctrl+G, Type in 89, Click Current Position, Click Go.
01 for Global
02 for National
03 for Cult
04 for Regional
05 for Small
06 for Backyard
How do I change public image?
Find your promotion. Click the 4 before the name of your promotion. Press Ctrl+G, Type in 103, Click
Current Position, Click Go. Use the base converter inside Hex Workshop under the tools menu to
get the public image you want. Enter the regular number on the Dec side, you get the hex number
on the left side. Replace the old number with the new one.