Some months ago I made a thread
asking about the differences between several releases and the contents of the physical box.
I'm now happy to say that I'm now a proud owner of a nice near-mint copy of the game (lucky find on ebay) and I'm ready to experience for the first time the game that so many claim to be the #1 RPG.
These past days I've been reading and searching for relevant mods that may improve gameplay and fix some problems. I've also taken some notes for personal use detailing some aspects of all this.
My questions are:
1) does this seem like a non-broken mod stack?
2) am I missing anything else? (maybe there are more appropriates mods than the ones I'm using)
C:\games\Arcanum\ - install the game
arcanum_op_1074.exe - official patch 18.104.22.168
portraits_DarkSentinel.zip - additional portraits;
unpack into C:\games\Arcanum\data\
Arcanum_Splash_2010.zip - additional loading screens;
copy Arcanum9.dat dir to C:\games\Arcanum\
HQ_Townmaps.exe - high quality townmaps
HQ_Music_MP3_320kbps.exe - high quality music
ArcanumXNoNoise.dat - removes extremely annoying loop sounds in certain spells (eg, Agility of Fire);
put it in the game root folder
FollowerEditor.zip - edit follower stats in-game;
start trainer then run the game, press alt+Z to edit and alt+X to back to normal
arcanum_up_091225.exe - unofficial patch v091225;
choose the Main Data and Extra Content options
arcanum50patch-0.0.1.zip - universal level cap remover up to level 100;
extract the .mes file into C:\games\Arcanum\data\rules\ then place and run the patch in C:\games\Arcanum\ and type 100
Magick_Restoration_v100306.exe - adds missing spells
rename Arcanum8.dat to Arcanum7.dat (this is because Rebalance Pack already has an Arcanum8.dat)
Rebalance_Pack_v1.1.zip - balance sword, spells, Worthless Mutt;
put Arcanum.PATCH4 into C:\games\Arcanum\modules\ and put Arcanum8.dat in C:\games\Arcanum\
firearmsboost.zip - firearms now cause fatigue, schematics learnt from smithy, range & damage fixes;
unzip to C:\games\Arcanum\data\proto\
highres_1.1a.exe - Arcanum High Resolution Patch 1.1a;
press F10 for a different HUD (NOTE: there seems to be a bug when switching, to solve the freeze after F10 press 'i')
ArcanumBeta_v0.1.exe - adds almost 1500 missing animations and 21 ambient sounds, it has some minor bugs
ArcanumMagicMod.zip - rebalances the magic system (NOTE: incompatible with other mods that use the same .mes files);
extract to C:\games\Arcanum\data\
There was a small problem with this, which was with the mods Magick_Restoration_v100306.exe and Rebalance_Pack_v1.1.zip, which both used Arcanum8.dat.
So I renamed MRP's Arcanum8.dat to Arcanum7.dat.
I can run the game perfectly in vmware with D3DWindower. But I haven't really had any play time yet (haven't left the crash site area).
3) BTW, which character would you recommend me to pick for my first playthrough? Should I be a technologist or a mage?
I'm hoping the mods above fix the imbalance issues I hear so much about.
4) If I'm missing any important mod-related info, feel free to let me know (eg, it comes to me that I remember reading here about some gems that are only sold once by a particular merchant).
Thank you for your feedback gentlemen.