My name is Paul Renault and one of the founders of Monolith and designed the Gruntz and their worlds. Happy to see people still enjoying the game.
Welcome to "GooRoo's Gruntz Forum", Paul! Perhapz you may be able to shed some insight as to how to name the seven additional Secret Levelz that are 'waiting in the wingz' for inclusion in an update to the Gruntz.rez file? Too many hourz of experimenting with different SL namez, only to have the Grunt disappear into limbo when the conditionz are met. I grew tired of trying the "re-name game".
The .pid filez are imagez (apparently) in proprietary format not supported by the common commercial paint programz. I took the time to do screen capturez of the Tile Window of each graphicz set, and stored them as .jpg filez. Using commonly available paint programs, I 'flipped' some imagez to create replacementz for those imagez that are duplicated in the Gruntz.REZ file ... providing more variation. For example, in the Miniature Masterz graphicz set, there are Tilez containing portionz of Red and Blue 'tubing'. It is impossible to create certain tube designz, because cornerz may provide two Red/Blue Tilez, but no Blue/Red Tile (or vice-versa)! So we are trying to find a meanz to manipulate .pid filez ... or a meanz to convert from .pid to .jpg ... and back. Either method would allow us to enhance the graphicz of Gruntz!
Post by FriedGruntzaholic on Mar 16, 2007 21:29:19 GMT -8
Wow! This is an honor! First Kevin, now Paul. I hope you like what we've done here, Paul. I hope that you'll come back and visit with us again (as your time permits, of course ) and maybe share some insights into the world of Gruntz. Thanks for stopping by.
How do you open the pid filez in the Gruntz.rez file?
I think we're barking up the wrong tree with these .pid filez. Doing a little Googling of the .pid file extension yielded two possible meanings for the extension, neither of them graphic oriented in nature: Physical Interface Device or Process IDentification, which is apparently used in UNIX applications. The only graphics program that I can think of that might use .pid as a proprietary extension is PhotoImpact, but I don't recall any such file extensions being used in that program.
I can't take it anymore! I think I'm going to ex-PLODE!! ...Ha! Ha! Scared ya', didn't I?
I purchased Photo Impact 10, and it does not support .pid filez. If this was an Amiga computer, I would be able to disect the .pid file, but the toolz I had on that computer do not seem to exist on this Intel-based computer. Microsoft (in their infinite wisdom ) has made it more and more difficult to create command-based program utilitiez ... and more and more difficult to use the few remaining in existence.
SUP PAUL MY MAN! thanx for creating this unique game! I've played the biggest titles of gaming there is - from Half-life to Halo to Need for Speed to... (list goes on and on... I don't think you wanna hear it)
but for sum eccentric reason I still wanna play this weird puzzle game from 1998. It's a game that just has something extra.... I dunno wat though
anyway thanx and by the way - you say you were the founder. Does this mean that you thought up the game? If so, HOW did you think of something so compellingly creative?
G.R.U.N.T.Z - Gooey Ruthless Ugly Nude Thing... er... Zany? ya well i can't say Gooey Ruthless Ugly Zany Thing cause then the 'Z' and the 'T' are then mixed up in the word... OK, well it's not like you, my immaculate reader could come up with a better acronym.