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This document describes the raw data format of the color palette (PAL) file. The same format was used for both Fallout and Fallout 2, giving all PAL files complete compatibility with both game engines.

General Information[]

Information about PAL files was obtained by various TeamX members through analyzing relevant functions in MAPPER2.exe and FALLOUT2.exe, as well as trying to implement a simple FRM display in a program.

Technical Information[]

PAL files contain a palette used when rendering FRM frame data. Additionally, they contain a table for transforming RGB values into an index in the palette (speculated as being used for extracting fonts), and also several tables concatenated beyond the main file data whose uses are not clear.

Required Fields[]

As referenced below, the Palette area (0x00000000 - 0x000002FF) and the RBG Conversion Table area (0x00000300 - 0x000082FF) are required elements in PAL files.

.exe-Generated Data[]

The purpose of the .exe-Generated Data is not clear. When loading PAL files, if these tables don't exist FALLOUT2.exe and MAPPER2.exe will generate them.

Also note that values contained in custom PAL files provided for individual FRM files are subject to certain changes in the game and mapper engines.

PAL data[]

Offset Size Type Value Description
0x00000000 1 unsigned byte 0..63 Red000 Palette

Colors in the palette are in the range 0..63. The first element (index 0) is always considered transparent (actual color is ignored). If the value of one color component is not in the range 0..63, in a special table the index is marked as unused, and all components of the color are set to 0.

Elements from 229 to 254 are used as 'animation colors' and Fallout sets their values itself. 229 to 232 are animated green (for radioactive waste), 238 to 247 are orange, red and yellow (for fires), and the rest are bright blue (computer screens).

Since normal RGB goes from 0..255, using palette colors (0..63) directly to draw the image will make it very dark. The easiest way to get correct colors is to multiply the value by 4, so that a palette entry of "1,2,3" actually becomes "4,8,12" in RGB.

0x00000001 1 --"-- --"-- Green000
0x00000002 1 --"-- --"-- Blue000
0x00000003 1 --"-- --"-- Red001
0x00000004 1 --"-- --"-- Green001
0x00000005 1 --"-- --"-- Blue001
... ... ... ... ...
0x000002FD 1 --"-- --"-- Red255
0x000002FE 1 --"-- --"-- Green255
0x000002FF 1 --"-- --"-- Blue255
0x00000300 1 unsigned byte 0..255 Element00000 RGB Conversion Table

Table for converting RGB values => index in the palette.

... ... ... ... ...
0x000082FF 1 unsigned byte 0..255 Element32767

.exe-Generated Data

0x00008300 4 char[4] 'NEWC' Tag for the availability of additional tables.?
0x00008304 65536 byte[65536] Additional table 1
0x00018304 65536 byte[65536] Additional table 2
0x00028304 65536 byte[65536] Additional table 3

External Links[]

Original document at (in russian)