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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
Whoever found that above link, you da man! I lost all my old patches when my HD melted and was having trouble with all the discontinued links.

Okay wait, the patches aren't downloading. I get a thing about "download will start after this advertisement" and then nothing,
Post edited October 06, 2013 by tinyE
Don't bother answering the above; we were pronounced dead twenty minutes later. :-/
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VanishedOne: Don't bother answering the above; we were pronounced dead twenty minutes later. :-/
Oh cut me some slack, the last post in here is a month ago. I'm sorry for being so hasty, my apologies.
Post edited October 06, 2013 by tinyE
Hi all,

I just got the game and run Windows 8. I played the game some years ago, and would like to breeze thru it this time around. Do any character editors work in Win 8?
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madglee: 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)
Thanks for the help. This fixed it for me as well. Game runs fine. Now to read the manual and see what kind of character I want to make.
The lack of interest from modders community for Arcanum is so immense sadly. The game is so great, and yet one of the most buggiest / unbalanced one in the genre.

Why still there is no mod to fix summons' kill xp to share with the player itself after all these years ? This is only one example among many which I can remember at the moment, I mean it, its so mandatory to ignore :(
New account member. Found this whole website because I just reacquired a disc copy of Arcanum and was curious if anyone ever made mods for it. Wild. I had a lot of problems with some of the mod links and patch installations but it seems the forums here already had every issue addressed successfully. Well played. I'm looking forward to trying out and old favorite with a shiny new spin.
Is there any mod/patch rebalancing firearms? You know, gunslingers suck in this game.

edit: found it in next topic.
Post edited January 10, 2014 by alexnerd
Thanks for posting the links to the patches I'm really enjoying playing this game at 1920x1080 on my laptop. I do have one problem though. I can only scroll down on the world map no matter where I click on the widget it only scrolls down. Is this a problem with the patch or is my resolution too high?
So I'm installing the patch and get the CMD window and all, I press [I] for installation and it fails saying:

Error: error loading [Arcanum.exe]

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Error: Unix.Unix_error<20, "stat", "arcanum.exe>

I have win7 64bit.
the game is from GOG
I installed the GOG version of the game on my laptop. I have been playing it for a while but the game keeps slowing down and I have to save and restart for it to work properly again. Has anyone else experienced this? Is there a fix? Will I have to restart my game if there is a patch?

My system:
AMD A6-4400M
Memory: 6 GB
64 bit OS - Windows 8
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JFR13: I installed the GOG version of the game on my laptop. I have been playing it for a while but the game keeps slowing down and I have to save and restart for it to work properly again. Has anyone else experienced this? Is there a fix? Will I have to restart my game if there is a patch?

My system:
AMD A6-4400M
Memory: 6 GB
64 bit OS - Windows 8
I'm not sure I understood the specifics of your issue, but if you're playing the game in it's basic form, out-of-the-box (I hate the "vanilla" definition, but if it makes you understand it better, then, yes, if you're playing the "vanilla" Arcanum), bear in mind it's a Troika game and, therefore, quite buggy. Still pretty stable, for the Troika standard, but far from being glitch- and issue-free.

Though it may have something to do with Windows 8 (it's not exactly the friendliest OS when it comes to gaming, even more so when we're talking older games), in which case I'm not the person to help you, try installing the universal fan patch, which makes the game playable and addresses most of the problems it has. You can download the latest version from this link.

If you're into modding your games with other mods aside from the fixing ones, be sure to read the OP, as it provides some other mods that are considered "essential", if you're into that sort of thing.
I was under the impression that GOG games came patched and updated to run on new OS. You are saying I need to patch it. What are the required patches and will it mean I have to restart the game?
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JFR13: I was under the impression that GOG games came patched and updated to run on new OS. You are saying I need to patch it. What are the required patches and will it mean I have to restart the game?
GOG games do come patched and are optimized to run on modern OSes. Still, rarely, you come across one like Arcanum, which was already very glitchy to begin with, and there's not much GOG can do, using only the official fixes and patches, to make it glitch-free.

The first post in this thread gives you detailed explanations on the essential mods and how to use them, in case you're interested.

I'm not a mod fan, myself, so the only one I installed was the one I linked you in my previous post (you can find it in the first post of the thread, as well), in order to make my copy of Arcanum more playable. If you choose to install that patch -- and you should --, there's no need to install the game again, though it's likely you'll have to start it all over, as unpatched Arcanum save games tend to be incompatible with the patched game.

As for "required" patches, that's about it. Other ones increase resolution, add in-game content, etc, but the only one you really *need* is the universal patch.
With Arcanum Factory, you can now create new items and make them available in Arcanum or WorldEd, it is very complete and allows you to create new art as well:

Arcanum Factory 1.2
www.terra-arcanum.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=18570

Also if you ever wanted to open up the Arcanum in WorldEd and realized you can't, then you may want to use this little tool:

Arcanum Module Enabler 1.0
www.terra-arcanum.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=19018

Have fun!