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Arcanum is actually pretty stable for a Troika game, but as anybody who's played it knows, there's tons of minor bugs, unbalanced items and quite a bit of unused content which simply never got patched or enabled.

Fans to the rescue. Thanks to a modder named Drog, we not only have a fully working widescreen patch, but a huge fan patch that fixes tons of issues. And the great thing is, it adds nothing that wasn't already in the game, just re-enables some things that seem to have been accidentally left out, like extra dialogue options, voice clips, and items.

WARNING: While I and many others have played through the game with these patches, they are technically unofficial, and the modder in question has said he is finished with Arcanum modding, so expect no support. Also, you MUST apply them before you start a new game, to avoid issues with incompatible saves.

Apply these in order from top to bottom:

The latest version (12/28/2009) of the fan patch. Essential. Must have. Get it here.
http://www.terra-arcanum.com/downloads/arcanum/fixes/UAP091225.exe

High-quality townmaps (Better looking in-game maps, also fixes some potential missing map errors):
http://www.terra-arcanum.com/downloads/arcanum/fixes/HQ_Townmaps.exe

And the High Resolution Patch. Weidu-based, so follow the directions to set it up for your system. Will allow you to run Arcanum at pretty much ANY resolution, provides an optional "compact" UI and optional high-res fonts:
http://www.terra-arcanum.com/downloads/arcanum/highres/HighRes1.1a.exe

Version: 1.5.1 (October 4, 2019): http://terra-arcanum.com/drog/uap.html#download

And that should set you up real nice. If you want more info on Arcanum, or any of the other Troika games, head to http://www.terra-arcanum.com and have a look around. Note that they also have some other mods and things for Arcanum, but most of them significantly alter the core game, or are incompatible with the UAP bugfixes. You might want to give the high-quality music patch a spin, but the original music sounds excellent and I wager you won't be able to tell much of a difference. For the purest and most hassle-free experience I recommend you stick with these patches for your first playthrough.

EDIT: If you have any problems with not being able to download, try refreshing the download page, or try the alternate links at this forum post (thanks sanpats), or for the 91225 update and High-res patches try these alternate links, courtesy of Petrell: UAP91225 update and High-res patch.

EDIT 2: Removed old patch version, as apparently version 91225 is stand-alone. Vagabond says it is anyway. Blame him if it breaks.

EDIT 3: Removing contributed torrent link due to torrent site jumping the shark.
Post edited October 16, 2019 by Irrehaare
Does this mean we shouldn't use any of the Patch links on page 1 or that we should just not use the High Res patch?
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PandaManJB: Does this mean we shouldn't use any of the Patch links on page 1 or that we should just not use the High Res patch?
It means you shouldn't download anything from Demonoid. That link was removed some time ago.
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Gydion: It means you shouldn't download anything from Demonoid. That link was removed some time ago.
On page 1, in the first post there is three links:

The latest version (12/28/2009) of the fan patch. Essential. Must have. Get it here.
http://www.terra-arcanum.com/downloads/arcanum/fixes/UAP091225.exe

High-quality townmaps (Better looking in-game maps, also fixes some potential missing map errors):
http://www.terra-arcanum.com/downloads/arcanum/fixes/HQ_Townmaps.exe

And the High Resolution Patch. Weidu-based, so follow the directions to set it up for your system. Will allow you to run Arcanum at pretty much ANY resolution, provides an optional "compact" UI and optional high-res fonts:
http://www.terra-arcanum.com/downloads/arcanum/highres/HighRes1.1a.exe

The website from which those are from is not called Demonoid. Should they also not be downloaded?
Post edited June 19, 2013 by PandaManJB
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Gydion: It means you shouldn't download anything from Demonoid.
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PandaManJB:
DEMONOID. The link was deleted.

www.terra-arcanum.com is safe. It's where I downloaded UAP & HQ_Townmaps from. Get the HighRes1.1a.exe there as well if you want it.
Post edited June 19, 2013 by Gydion
Thanks!
I have an issue though, i try and do the patches and it tells me i need a disk after ward
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Archeus9: I have an issue though, i try and do the patches and it tells me i need a disk after ward
Please specify what patches did you install. Also, by change, did you install the game under program files folder? If you did, uninstall and reinstall game somewhere else (say c:\games or similar).
I downloaded the first patch. The essential one.
But when i try to install none of the files seem to be able to install.
It tells me that there are issues and i cant install any of the files, do i move on to the next patch?

EDIT: I reinstalled the game and got rid of all old game saves, that did the trick.
Post edited July 11, 2013 by Touchstone
I need help please. I play Acranium with the the three essential patches Pandaman recommended (community unofficial patch, the better town maps, and finally the high resolution mod). The problem I have is the world map.... my resolution is set at 1920x1080 and I can't make out the travel points/markers on the World Map. I have the font for the UI set at 18 font BTW. What I need is a way to read the world map by using a zoom function (which does not exist as of yet and would have to be written by someone other than me who has the Talent for such things) or changing the high resolution mod for just the world map (most likely deleting the HR mod World Map file BUT I have absolutely no idea what file that would be). So please someone please help... pretty please. :)

Thanks for your help,
Cheers
CJ
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caj190: I need help please. I play Acranium with the the three essential patches Pandaman recommended (community unofficial patch, the better town maps, and finally the high resolution mod). The problem I have is the world map.... my resolution is set at 1920x1080 and I can't make out the travel points/markers on the World Map. I have the font for the UI set at 18 font BTW. What I need is a way to read the world map by using a zoom function (which does not exist as of yet and would have to be written by someone other than me who has the Talent for such things) or changing the high resolution mod for just the world map (most likely deleting the HR mod World Map file BUT I have absolutely no idea what file that would be). So please someone please help... pretty please. :)

Thanks for your help,
Cheers
CJ
Use resolution patch again and change resolution to lower one.

Bigger resoultion in 2D games makes everything smaller.
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Touchstone: I downloaded the first patch. The essential one.
But when i try to install none of the files seem to be able to install.
It tells me that there are issues and i cant install any of the files, do i move on to the next patch?

EDIT: I reinstalled the game and got rid of all old game saves, that did the trick.
Yep, same with my me, good catch.
Just uninstalling and reinstalling wasn't enough, uninstalling the saves was also necessary.
I have the original real CD of arcanum, well cds, is there a patch for that now that the dev is gone? or do i have to buy gog to get it to work, as i have win 7 64 bit and the game doesnt run, barely installs correctly same with nox and many others gog has to offer but i own, and would like to not pay again though I do love gog :P
just seems bad to have to pay for a patched game vs the real deal

can my original game be patched somehow to work with newer systems?

deus ex, nox, arx fatalis, and many more dont run at all but I read here they do !

hope someone sees my call for help sorry if this is the improper forum thread but its relating to patching arcanum
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Gydion: It means you shouldn't download anything from Demonoid. That link was removed some time ago.
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PandaManJB: On page 1, in the first post there is three links:

The latest version (12/28/2009) of the fan patch. Essential. Must have. Get it here.
http://www.terra-arcanum.com/downloads/arcanum/fixes/UAP091225.exe

High-quality townmaps (Better looking in-game maps, also fixes some potential missing map errors):
http://www.terra-arcanum.com/downloads/arcanum/fixes/HQ_Townmaps.exe

And the High Resolution Patch. Weidu-based, so follow the directions to set it up for your system. Will allow you to run Arcanum at pretty much ANY resolution, provides an optional "compact" UI and optional high-res fonts:
http://www.terra-arcanum.com/downloads/arcanum/highres/HighRes1.1a.exe

The website from which those are from is not called Demonoid. Should they also not be downloaded?
I don't get it. I have Windows 7 32 bit.

I installed Arcanum, works great. Installed the high-quality townmaps. Works great. Then, when I install the High Resolution Patch and try to start the game, it's just a black screen. The computer is not locked up but I can't go to task manager and I cannot CTRL-ALT-DEL or anything. I end up having to push reset on my computer.

I've tried running High-Res as administrator, and tried a variety of different resolutions.

The only thing I can think is that maybe I should not install Arcanum inside of Program Files? Has this happened to anyone else? I can't figure out what the problem is.

THIS FIXED IT: Also right click the arcanum shortcut, select properties and add "-no3d -doublebuffer" to the end without " ". (should look something like this C:\games\GOG.com\Arcanum\Arcanum.exe -no3d -doublebuffer)
Post edited September 15, 2013 by madglee
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madglee: The only thing I can think is that maybe I should not install Arcanum inside of Program Files?
I see you have it working, but yes as a rule you should install old games outside of Program Files.
Thanks for this link :)
Post edited September 25, 2013 by Macos10