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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
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DarthSpie: Do you know if this is needed to be put in before or after the unofficial patch?
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Petrell: I don't think it matters as they come in their own DAT files (modules are completely separate from base game) but if you want to be sure, install UAP and any other big mods first.
Groovy. I wasn't sure. It'll probably be safe. Thanks for sharing those as I don't believe I downlaoded them before.
Does anyone have a mirror of the equilibrium balance patch or any other good balance patch? The official website (terra-arcanum) seems to be down.
Err.. do I need the HQmaps, if I'm probably not gonna use the HQpatch?
I mean, do they fix the maps in the vanilla game or are these just needed for high resolutions?

EDIT: wait, does the HQpatch force widescreen resolutions, or just allows them? (so I could still use the original one)
Post edited May 05, 2015 by phaolo
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phaolo: Err.. do I need the HQmaps, if I'm probably not gonna use the HQpatch?
I mean, do they fix the maps in the vanilla game or are these just needed for high resolutions?

EDIT: wait, does the HQpatch force widescreen resolutions, or just allows them? (so I could still use the original one)
The HQ Townmaps pack improves maps in their original resolution/size. The Widescreen/Hi-Res mod is customizable and allows for pretty much any resolution.
Post edited May 05, 2015 by YnK
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YnK: The HQ Townmaps pack improves maps in their original resolution/size. The Widescreen/Hi-Res mod is customizable and allows for pretty much any resolution.
Thanks, +1

Do you also happen to know if:
- there are still working links for the HQ music patches. EDIT found them!
- the official modules were good. Were they expansions or separated SP\MP maps? Links?
Post edited May 05, 2015 by phaolo
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phaolo: Do you also happen to know if:
- the official modules were good. Were they expansions or separated SP\MP maps? Links?
The modules are basically standalone mini-campaigns using the same gameplay rules. Haven't played any yet, have seen a playthrough of Vormantown and it seemed sorta boring (the gameplay, not the story). Terra-Arcanum has these.
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YnK: The modules are basically standalone mini-campaigns using the same gameplay rules. Haven't played any yet, have seen a playthrough of Vormantown and it seemed sorta boring (the gameplay, not the story). Terra-Arcanum has these.
Thanks. However, some users wrote that they aren't anything special, so I'll probably just skip them.
Post edited May 05, 2015 by phaolo
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YnK: The modules are basically standalone mini-campaigns using the same gameplay rules. Haven't played any yet, have seen a playthrough of Vormantown and it seemed sorta boring (the gameplay, not the story). Terra-Arcanum has these.
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phaolo: Thanks. However, some users wrote that they aren't anything special, so I'll probably just skip them.
Do make sure you install the UAP patch too. Enjoy the game!!!
Hey

New to these forums. Played Arcanum a long long time ago (not in a galaxy far away) and just recently decided to treat myself to Arcanum on GOG. I went ahead and downloaded the recommended patches:
- UAP 091225
- HQ Townmaps
- HQ Music
- HighRes 1.1a

Was kind of hoping to get it all going with no hiccups but have had textures missing, sometimes units appearing invisible, pink colours etc and some bad FPS.

I know these are all unofficial mods and I'm to expect no support though I was wandering if I did something wrong? I downloaded the listed patches/extras from @Sanpats link in the second post of this thread.

After installing them all I created a new game and the problems started.

Thanks and I know this is a long shot though I would really appreciate any help.

PC is running Windows 8.1 and I'm also using an Nvidia card with the resolution (1920 x1080).



*EDIT -- Scouring the net I found a fix that worked. Turning off AA in the Nvidia control panel and running the game windowed (1920x1080) fixed the game. I've got a very high end PC too~
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Post edited May 11, 2015 by Suicidalmoose
Hey guys, I can't remember or not but does Drog's UAP alter guns at all? I just couldn't remember if he did anything to them.
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DarthSpie: Hey guys, I can't remember or not but does Drog's UAP alter guns at all? I just couldn't remember if he did anything to them.
I don't think so. But the patch does (optionally) restore some guns that were cut from the game, I think.
Hi there :)
I've recently (a couple of hours ago) installed Arcanum and, after an initial fase in which I had that annoying black screen with floating dialogues problem, I installed the UAP091225, the HighRes and High-quality townmaps patches.
Anyway, I'm not sure that the latter installs correctly: I run the setup and address it to the GOG folder where Arcanum is installed. At the end of the setup, though, I get a windows pop-up that tells me that the program may have not been installed correctly. This happens for the High resolution patch as well, but I can see its files in the game folder but I don't see the high-quality townmaps patch files anywhere in the game folder.
Is this normal or is the patch bugged?

P.S. I downloaded all the files from the links in the top post, Terra-Arcanium
Post edited May 14, 2015 by Nephilim88
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Nephilim88: Is this normal or is the patch bugged?
Windows often complains about random software even if it installs correctly, so if everything works okay, it's probably safe to ignore this.

Maps should be in the modules\Arcanum\Maps folder, I think.
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Nephilim88: Is this normal or is the patch bugged?
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YnK: Windows often complains about random software even if it installs correctly, so if everything works okay, it's probably safe to ignore this.

Maps should be in the modules\Arcanum\Maps folder, I think.
Yes, they are there, but I really can't tell if they are the high quality maps or not... they have very, very strange file names and apparently no extension (just to make an example: one file is named "2 krY qcjdgtgrqcJ hcnvpvicrvpH") o.ò
Everything looks fine, though... next time I play I'll run fraps and post a screenshot ;)
Post edited May 14, 2015 by Nephilim88
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Nephilim88: Yes, they are there, but I really can't tell if they are the high quality maps or not... they have very, very strange file names and apparently no extension (just to make an example: one file is named "2 krY qcjdgtgrqcJ hcnvpvicrvpH") o.ò
Everything looks fine, though... next time I play I'll run fraps and post a screenshot ;)
They have weird names, yes. But this is where they should be - does the timestamp on the files match the time when you installed the patch? If so, they're okay.