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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
I followed everything in the original post. I'd like to run the game windowed very much, but adding "-window" or "-"windowed" to the shortcut just crashes it at launch. Can someone please help me?
So I just installed Galaxy and imported this to my client and it fudged with the mods. going to reinstall and disable automatic updates (not really possible when importing). Will edit this if there are further issues.

I searched but didn't see that this was posted as a known issue.
Where do I install these mods? The high resolution mod gives me an error, stating, cannot find dialogue.tlk.
The high resolution mod is causing me a lot of problems, the fmvs are skewed, and when I go to the creation screen part of the in-game UI is showing. when I try to pick my first items, the UI that is showing turns purpleish in color, and I can't use the arrow buttons to move between the character creation screens. Can I uninstall the resolution mod, or do I have to uninstall the entire game and download it again?
I've been trying to install the High Res patch but after I hit ''i'' to install it tells me patching failed and (Arcanum.exe version 1.0.7.4 English required ) .
this is a fresh install game starts normally using goggalaxy is that matters, any idea on whats going on?

edit - fixed my problem turns out I was forgetting the \ at the end of arcanum woops
Post edited June 16, 2016 by Razi31
When I install this it just ends up on my desktop. It brings a readme up of all the various patches. I don't know what to do next.
Sorry guys, I'm a little confused as to whether the unofficial patch includes the extra animations, or if the Extra Animations Patch should be installed in addition to it?


https://www.reddit.com/r/arcanum/comments/12w71f/stepbystep_modding_guide_arcanum_of_steamworks/

http://terra-arcanum.com/drog/dest/uap.html
Hi everyone,

So finally I decided to dive again in Arcanum, I installed all the patches but the game has slowdowns, especially when when I choose an answer or when I run around in an area.

If anybody has an idea where it comes from...

Also, my OS is Windows 10.

Thanks in advance.

EDIT : well if there are still slowdowns while selecting an answer, it seems there is workaround which make the game more bearable (especially when you are running around the map or fighting) : go to the folder where the game is installed, right click on the launcher icon, in the "compatibility" tab select "run as administrator".
Post edited September 02, 2016 by Snowman59
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Snowman59: Hi everyone,

So finally I decided to dive again in Arcanum, I installed all the patches but the game has slowdowns, especially when when I choose an answer or when I run around in an area.

If anybody has an idea where it comes from...

Also, my OS is Windows 10.

Thanks in advance.

EDIT : well if there are still slowdowns while selecting an answer, it seems there is workaround which make the game more bearable (especially when you are running around the map or fighting) : go to the folder where the game is installed, right click on the launcher icon, in the "compatibility" tab select "run as administrator".
Heyo,

you can also set some starting parameters for more stable game just add -doublebuffer -no3d to the Targetparameters , it helps me and alot of other users:)

Hope o could help you :)
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Thanks for your answer but I found the solution with this video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLx5WOUE6U0

I needed to do a clean install to get the game working as the setup on my previous install made things worse :-/

Everything works perfectly (even if navigating in 1920x1080 is sometimes tricky ^^) except you cannot launch form Galaxy, you need to add a shortcut on your desktop.
Post edited September 05, 2016 by Snowman59
Without this ddraw file, on win10, even following this guide to the letter, would end up with a laggy unplayable game.

once I installed this, game became smooth.

https://github.com/narzoul/DDrawCompat
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GanjaStar: Without this ddraw file, on win10, even following this guide to the letter, would end up with a laggy unplayable game.

once I installed this, game became smooth.

https://github.com/narzoul/DDrawCompat
this also fixed my Alt-Tab problem, thanks a lot :D
Since now using this patch.. both me and virgil have turned invisible.

Any ideas what I have done wrong? I can see our shadows.. not keen on playing the game this way though..
Since I am unable to download things from the links supplied in the OP (no Flash and I'd like to keep it that way) I found the files at a different location: http://ton-hur.mbnet.fi/files/Arcanum/ - might want to add that?

Sorry if someone has already suggested it earlier in the thread, I had a quick look through it but did not find it.
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Warrgarbl: Since I am unable to download things from the links supplied in the OP (no Flash and I'd like to keep it that way)...
FYI, you bypass Flash by copy/pasting the .hash URL embedded in the page HTML.