I’ve just uploaded the latest Ultima Patcher, version 1.66. The additions are:-
- Another fix from Natreg Dragon with a minor tweak to Weblock’s conversation tree in Ultima 5.
- The latest version of the Ultima 2 upgrade (2.1) from Voyager Dragon. This adds new graphics modes, a couple of fixes and a stat mode selector so you don’t have to count your steps.
- Also from Voyager Dragon, an alternative Ultima 4 music upgrade with more traditional instruments.
As always, my testing was minimal so let me know if something doesn’t work as expected. The patcher can be downloaded here
The updates for the Ultima Patcher are coming thick and fast this year. This latest one adds some tweaks from Natreg Dragon to Ultima 4, 7 & Serpent Isle. The most major of these is an EGA downgrade patch for the VGA upgrade. While this might initially sound counterproductive, it can be used to play the game with the original graphics but with the added enhancements the VGA patch offers such as music. The previous music only patch had major issues with low CPU cycles in DOSBox and I’ve dropped this from the patcher.
The tweaks to Ultima 7 and Serpent Isle are more minor and are detailed at https://www.facebook.com/groups/UltimaDragons/permalink/10156908034553797/. This patch will fix the ability to fish in both games and the Eiko/Amanda/Iskander is also fixed in Ultima 7. I’ve also added the earthquake fix to Serpent Isle.
The latest version can be downloaded here. Beyond checking that the patches apply, I’ve not done any testing of these so please let me know if I’ve missed anything.
Voyager Dragon has been hard at work on another version of the Ultima 3 Upgrade. Aside from bug fixes and a start new game option, this latest version adds in an intriguing new Sosaria mod. This alters the map to match the one from Ultima 1 for consistency. Apparently Ultima 2 is to follow in due course. This was originally moved to Earth to give the time travel some context and never did exactly sit all that well in the Ultima canon.
We’ll have to wait for Ultima 2 but I’ve added the latest Ultima 3 patch into the Ultima Patcher which can be downloaded here. It should be OK with existing installations but is probably best used with a freshly installed copy of Ultima 3.
This is a quick bugfix release – there was a problem with the Ultima 3 patch in 1.62 where it was installing an amalgam of the 3.1 and 3.2 patches resulting in the Exodus logo going missing (and probably other issues). This should fix it but I did have to reinstall Ultima 3 to get the new version of the patch to install correctly so you may need to do the same. The new patcher can be downloaded here
I’ve updated the Ultima Patcher for the first time in nearly 3 years. This was prompted by Time Machine Dragon contacting me about his improved Ultima 4 music patch (http://sacredbacon.com/ultima/). This swaps the music for modified versions of Minstrel Dragons MIDI files which were in turn based on the mockingboard Apple II soundtrack. These have more voices than the default music included with the VGA patch and can now be swapped in and out directly from the patcher. Note that this will only work correctly with MPU-401 as the sound device.
I’ve included the latest version of the Ultima 3 upgrade (http://exodus.voyd.net/projects/ultima3/). This corrects the PC speaker sound effect speed.
Finally, I’ve added in the current directories that the games are installed to by default in the automatic search so you don’t always have to find the directory manually. GOG seem to insist on moving these directories around for reasons best known to them.
The new version can be download here. As ever, if there is anything else I should include or something that doesn’t work please let me know.