DaggerXL is a Modern Daggerfall Engine Recreation for current Operating Systems and hardware – essentially it is a remake in the spirit of a port. It will ultimately fully emulate the game of Daggerfall and then optionally enhance it by refining existing features and adding new gameplay elements that were originally intended.

DaggerXL makes use of hardware acceleration providing higher resolutions, color depth, greatly improved visibility, better texture filtering, enhanced performance and more. In addition DaggerXL will support full modability, similar to more modern Elder Scrolls games, using custom tools.

The original Daggerfall data is used, so the full game is required. Custom mods can then be applied to optionally enhance the graphics, sound or music.

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4 comments by Freak2121 on Dec 30th, 2013

I have resumed work on the DaggerXL Beta after taking a break for Christmas. I don't have much new to show yet but I will talk about a few topics. WebUI On the XL Engine forums there has been mod work towards using the WebUI system that will be present in the Beta release. I talked about this system before in a previous blog post but now Lazaroth has been busy working on a UI mod, using existing web technologies to prototype. I dropped the files into the WebUI folder under the XL Engine and modified a bit of code (that will be externalized for the release) and was able to view the new UI in the current version of the XL Engine. There are a few issues to work out but its a great start and will allow me to work out kinks in the WebUI system. It also shows that using HTML5/CSS/Javascript and a browser is a great way of prototyping new UI ideas and the results can be nearly "drop-in" for use in the XL Engine.


If you want more information on the mod or to help out, check out Lazaroth's thread on the forums.

Anatomy of a For-Loop in Daggerfall So what does a for-loop look like in Daggerfall? It turns out that recognizing for-loops generated by the compiler is rather simple as you'll see shortly. I have copied some of the actual assembly code with comments.

mov dword [ebp-0018],00000000
[19A283]				;for (int i=0; i<27; i++) {
cmp dword [ebp-0018],001B               ;//comparison block
jl 0019A293
jmp 0019A2D1
[19A28B]			        ;//for-loop counter block
mov eax,[ebp-0018]
inc dword [ebp-0018]
jmp 0019A283
[19A293]			        ;//code block
jmp 0019A28B
[19A2D1]				;} //for (int i=0; i<27; i++)
The actual assembly code is on the left, with code addresses shown in brackets [ ]. As you can see the local variable, ‘i' as I named it, is at ebp-0x18. So the first thing that happens is to fill the value with 0, basically the i=0; part of the for-loop. Next it enters the comparison block where the local variable is compared to a value - in this case 0x1B = 27, and if the comparison is successful the execution jumps to the code block, otherwise it jumps to the end of the loop (the last line shown above).

When you see the C/C++ code
for (int i=0; i<27; i++)
    //code inside the loop

The "code inside the loop" is the code block above. Once the code is executed or a continue is hit - then the execution jumps to the for-loop counter block. Here the counter is incremented, decremented or otherwise modified before jumping back to the comparison block. Obviously if a break is encountered in the code block, the jump will lead directly to the end of the loop or to a another address which will have a jump to the end of the loop if the difference in address is too big for a "short" jump (usually). Remember that for-loops look different with modern compilers and sometimes the format is tweaked a bit even in Daggerfall depending on what the optimizer does. But this is essentially what a for-loop looks like, even nested loops have a similar, though recursive, structure.

The Beta

I have recently continued work towards the Beta release and will start posting updates again as additional progress is made.

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DaggerXL Version 0.199

DaggerXL Version 0.199

Jun 27, 2012 Demo 15 comments

Contains XL Engine Launcher, version 0.199 of DaggerXL and build 9.50 of DarkXL.

HQ Font and Cursor replacement

HQ Font and Cursor replacement

Mar 10, 2011 HUDs 2 comments

4x Resolution font and cursor replacement for DaggerXL.

Version 0.198 Released - Bug Fix Build

Version 0.198 Released - Bug Fix Build

Mar 9, 2011 Demo 7 comments

Version 0.198 is mainly a bug fix build. One fun feature,though, is that random monsters are no longer just bears - though they still aren't correct.

DaggerXL Version 0.197

DaggerXL Version 0.197

Mar 8, 2011 Demo 0 comments

The current pre-alpha version of DaggerXL - version 0.197. Please note that this is still a work in progress and that many features need to be implemented...

DaggerXL Version 0.195

DaggerXL Version 0.195

Mar 7, 2011 Demo 1 comment

luciusDXL made this, obviously. I'm just re-uploading it here because the other file server was going down a lot.

DaggerXL Version 0.181

DaggerXL Version 0.181

May 18, 2010 Demo 0 comments

The current pre-alpha version of DaggerXL - version 0.181. Please note that this is still a work in progress and that many features need to be implemented...

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ceriux May 26 2010, 12:52pm says:

this is pretty awesome, i wish i was home im definantly watching this .

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lol1234 May 25 2010, 8:14pm says:

can't wait for finished product :)

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Jonko May 24 2010, 5:37am says:

Thank you for putting this in the headlines, ModDB! :)
Wonder why I haven't heard about this awesomeness earlier.

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Pvt_Pirate May 22 2010, 9:50am says:

i love the idea and you have put big efforts in this, but wouldnt it have been much easier modding it for morrowind?
with the "Morrowind Script Extender" it would be possible to implement all those functions.

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luciusDXL Creator
luciusDXL May 22 2010, 1:04pm replied:

There are a lot of little things that would be difficult to do in Morrowind's engine. For example, the terrain reads from the Daggerfall data and extracts a height map which is then filtered and rendered with bicubic patches. On top of that procedural displacements are applied (which depend on world position, so it always produces the same result) and finally the locations are applied on top (flattening the terrain but blending for some distance around). There are over 15,000 locations and the terrain itself is much much larger then Morrowind, Oblivion and Fallout 3 combined. That's just one example of the Daggerfall craziness. :)

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Pvt_Pirate May 27 2010, 1:45am replied:

ah, ok, its because DF uses another method for reading the terrain data.
is this at the moment the same as the original daggerfall, or is something missing?

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booman May 20 2010, 2:56pm says:

Just WOW!
I can't believe you are actually modding the graphics of daggerfall!
this is amazing! Those old pixelated graphics are hard on the eye, so I have put off playing it and instead tried Morrowind.
Do you still have to use DosBox to run it?
Does this mod work on the free version of Daggerfall?
Thank you so much! Now Tracking

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luciusDXL Creator
luciusDXL May 20 2010, 5:06pm replied:

You do not need DosBox to run DaggerXL and it does work with the free version of Daggerfall - if you patch it (the patch is supplied with the Daggerfall download). DaggerXL is a native Windows program and uses your GPU for rendering, which allows for greater draw distances, texture filtering, high resolutions, as well as new effects such as bloom (though all these things can be disabled). All the images and movies are using the original Daggerfall data, though creating mods with high resolution textures are possible with DaggerXL and in the future modding the music, 3D models, creating new areas and so on will be possible. Visit the forums for more details.

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booman May 27 2010, 2:33pm replied:

thanks for your reply...
Sounds great, I'm glad it uses the GPU for rendering...
This should run well on laptops too

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jeetkunedo May 20 2010, 1:59pm says:

Awesome !

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