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Hi all,
Ive recently got back into Moo2 and saw there was a way to make awesome races again the cpu but I cant get pick hack to work.
I downloaded moo2 off GOG and use windows 7.
I am useless with computers so any help would be greatly appreciated.
Also when I try to run pickhack through dosbox emulator is starts then errors.

Thanks in Advance
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From this thread - http://www.gog.com/forum/master_of_orion_series/moo2_where_is_pickhack_looking_for_the_racestuflbx_file

The file you want PICKHACK to read is RACESTUF.LBX and the location needs to be in the same folder as PICKHACK.EXE. So if you drag PICKHACK.EXE into the main resource folder (where RACESTUF.LBX is) and run PickHack there, it should work.

Also, backup your original RACESTUF.LBX first!
Post edited July 04, 2014 by triock
I haven't heard of PickHack before, might try it next time I play...

There are some reports that PickHack simply doesn't work on Windows 7, but the copy found here seems to work for me: http://apolyton.net/showthread.php/112242-Changing-Modifying-values-of-Picks-in-MOO2

Extract the exe, put it in the MOO2 directory (where RACESTUF.LBX is), then run it (normally, not through DosBox). You should get a window with a list of pick costs (all set to 0) and an error message about readme - ignore the error. Click "Load LBX" button - now you should get the actual costs. Change them as you want, then click "Modify LBX".

Close the window, start MOO2 and a new game, choose custom. Picks should now have your new values.

And as mentioned by triock, backup your original RACESTUF.LBX first - otherwise you'll need to reinstall to return to default values.
Post edited July 04, 2014 by Myshovoore
Thanks for your help so far guys,
My problem is I cant even find the moo2 directory to put the pickhackEXE into.
I'm shocking at this.
All Ive managed to find is the GOG folder with a heap of shortcuts to moo2 things like multiplayer and settings but no actual directory.

Thanks again for your help guys, I really appreciate it
Ok, assuming you have a reasonably fresh GOG version of MOO1+2 installed, here's how to find where MOO2 is:
1. Find the "Master of Orion 2" shortcut used to launch the game.
2. Right -click it and choose "Properties"
3. Check the value of "Start in:" field; it should end with "\DOSBOX"
4. The part before "\DOSBOX" is your MOO1+2 installation, inside it is a "Master of Orion 2" folder that contains MOO2 files. Place PickHack.exe there.
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Myshovoore: Ok, assuming you have a reasonably fresh GOG version of MOO1+2 installed, here's how to find where MOO2 is:
1. Find the "Master of Orion 2" shortcut used to launch the game.
2. Right -click it and choose "Properties"
3. Open File Location.
4. Browse one folder up and down into Master of Orion 2 folder.
Post edited July 06, 2014 by Gydion
Thanks so much guys! We are almost there...
I can now find racestuf.lbx but can't get pickhack to run.
It saves as a PHP file and gives me no other options
Do I need to download a program that allows my comp to read it?
Any other tips would be great
You guys are awesome!
Hey guys I'm still struggling to get pickhack to work.
Do I need to download any programs to get it to run as it's not doing anything when I place it in the moo2 folder with racestuf
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Fossil: Hey guys I'm still struggling to get pickhack to work.
Do I need to download any programs to get it to run as it's not doing anything when I place it in the moo2 folder with racestuf
Fossil, you don't have the correct file yet. Click on the link in Myshovoore's July 4th post, above. That takes you to a discussion board thread. The second message on that page has a link to pickhack.rar. THAT is the file you want. Good luck!
ok, now what if all we get are error messages.

example: cannot open file readmeph.txt (yes, the file error says readmeph, dont know why the ph is there)

or: read beyond end of file

and: I/O error 32.

???

in case it is useful info, im using windows 7 and running moo2 via dosbox.
Post edited November 04, 2014 by Shadowolf6
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Shadowolf6: ok, now what if all we get are error messages.

example: cannot open file readmeph.txt (yes, the file error says readmeph, dont know why the ph is there)

or: read beyond end of file

and: I/O error 32.

???

in case it is useful info, im using windows 7 and running moo2 via dosbox.
still takes you to a php file
Alright, so this is an old thread but i figured i'd make a post for anybody else who is trying to get pick hack working.
For those who don't know what it is, it's basically a simple little program that lets you cheat by modifying how much certain selections cost on the custom race page. By default you have 10 points to spend with various options, such as creative which allows you to unlock all research per tier in 1 go, rather than needing to unlock everything (like shield AND guns) separately. By using pickhack, you can make this selection cost 0 and therefore be able to basically build your race however you want.

Now first things first, in case the forum link above goes down, here's the program:
s000 (dot) tinyupload (dot) com/index.php?file_id=24347436799189559780
That's an .rar containing a single .exe
mega (dot) co (dot) nz/#!lUFngTBa!Xk7304-env0NghthGQMSp7aBqhe_HvIpAl5DanIEVhs
That's the raw .exe

Now to get it working, you need to do these steps:
Download it and extract it, go into the folder and copy 'PickHack.exe'
Now you need to find the MOO2 install location, and depending on where and how you installed it this can be easy or simple. I've noticed that if you use galaxy, the icon it puts on the desktop is one of those useless ones that redirect to the microsoft games folder, so if in doubt just do it the hard way and navigate to your C drive (computer, first icon on top left) and find GoG, GoG Games or similar in either that directory, a games directory or in program files. For me with galaxy, this path is just C:\GOG Games\Master of Orion 2.
Now you want to make sure this is the right folder, scroll down and try to find 'RACESTUF.lbx', this is what the program modifies.
Once you've found it, simply paste pickhack into this folder.
Now before you run it, copy+paste racestuf to the desktop or wherever else as a backup in case something goes wrong.
Right click on pickhack.exe and select run as administrator or you can click properties, compatibility and select it there
Now the program should have opened and complained about not being able to find a readme.txt, don't worry about this as the readme is built in to the program and can be found with the tab at the top.
To modify the actual race picks, you now click the 'Read LBX' button on the bottom right, which should fill in all the options with values from -6 to 10.
Now's the fun bit, modify whatever you want. Note that the game won't let you select any more than -10, so you can't just do it the easy way and make a single value -99 so you can select everything, you'll have to manually go through and choose what you want to make cheaper.
Once you're done, click 'Modify LBX' and assuming everything has gone correctly it won't pop up or change any of the values shown. Close the program, open MOO2 and see if the changes have worked.

If there's any other problems, check to make sure you're in the correct folder (should have tons of .LBX) and that you're running as administrator. If you can't get it working for some other reason you might need to get someone else to modify their racestuf.lbx and send it over to you.
Post edited May 21, 2015 by MattVRX
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MattVRX: Now first things first, in case the forum link above goes down, here's the program:
s000 (dot) tinyupload (dot) com/index.php?file_id=24347436799189559780
That's an .rar containing a single .exe
mega (dot) co (dot) nz/#!lUFngTBa!Xk7304-env0NghthGQMSp7aBqhe_HvIpAl5DanIEVhs
That's the raw .exe
I am not so sure why you would write links in such complicated ways?
Anyways, I would recommend users to download MOO2 stuff from:
http://moo2.nirran.com/
It is a good & safe site.
Pickhack is there too.
Post edited May 21, 2015 by Rocco.40