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Ultima 8 is best played with Pentagram, even though its GUI is not that advanced! :)

But please post questions on Pentagram in Exult's own forum at http://exult.sourceforge.net/forum/list.php?f=1 <- our forum is very registration friendly and you will get better answers there than here - Almost all of Pentagram developers are from the Exult development team, so asking questions on Pentagram is encouraged there.
I'm posting this because I noticed several questions on exult and it is easier for me to help on our forum.


@Moderator, could you make this a sticky topic?
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DominusExult: Ultima 8 is best played with Pentagram, even though its GUI is not that advanced! :)

But please post questions on Pentagram in Exult's own forum at http://exult.sourceforge.net/forum/list.php?f=1 <- our forum is very registration friendly and you will get better answers there than here - Almost all of Pentagram developers are from the Exult development team, so asking questions on Pentagram is encouraged there.
I'm posting this because I noticed several questions on exult and it is easier for me to help on our forum.

@Moderator, could you make this a sticky topic?
The official page seems to imply that Pentagram is still really buggy. Is that not up-to-date? Just started playing 8 again and would love to try an improved version.
People tend to love Pentagram more than Dosbox to play Ultima 8, and it seems rather stable. We just have never come around to do a proper GUI and, much worse, a proper release.
The warning is the standard release-less warning...
I found this whole thing quite confusing so I thought it'd be handy to add some tips here.

You can download Pentagram here - if you're using Windows 7 or 10 then get the file labeled Windows Binary:
http://pentagram.sourceforge.net/download.php

Run and install the thing but don't launch it because it won't work. You need to edit pentagram.ini which, if you're using Windows 10, is in your \Users\USER NAME\AppData\Roaming\Pentagram folder.

If you downloaded u* through GOG, modify the line that says "path=..." to "path=C:\GOG Games\Ultima 8\ENGLISH". This is because you need to get to the directory with U8.exe in it, which if you're playing in English is in that folder. This tripped me up the first time because when you run Pentagram without setting this up, you see a bunch of text scroll by faster than you can read it so I had no idea what was wrong.

Then just run Pentagram and it should work! I've found the game to be practically unplayable in DOSBox, but MUCH improved with Pentagram. Plus you can configure the keys!