I’ve finally had a chance to look into the recent problems with the Ultima Patcher and they were indeed caused by the new versions of the GOG installers which now use two rather than one Dosbox config file. At the time of writing, all of the Ultima games on GOG are using version 2 installers except Ultima 7/Serpent Isle which will presumably follow shortly. Among other things, the new setup broke every patch that needed to change the Dosbox config which has now been fixed in version 1.5. This new version isn’t compatible with the original GOG releases when it comes to MT-32 emulation so I’ll leave version 1.42 up in case anyone still wants to use it with the older installers.
Other minor fixes include the correct filenames for the MT-32 ROM’s in the description text (underscores instead of dashes), and the patcher now looks in the new default install directories before asking for a game installation directory.
Version 1.5 can be downloaded from here.
I made it safely back home and have a couple of jobs to do around here. First on the list, a patch was released while I was away which fixes the earthquake and white noise effects in Ultima 7 on Dosbox. I’ve added support for this to the Ultima Patcher.
I can report that my luggage also made it back safely which was something of a concern as I was carrying 3 glass items, one of which was a serious lump. Airport security initially took some offence to that particular collectible but let me keep it in the end. I have the perfect occasion to post about that coming up next year so I’ll hold onto it until then. The other two were a nifty short glass gifted from the WC CIC and better still an Origin beer glass. Along with the WC3 prop glass, I think my drinking needs are pretty well covered although I wouldn’t say no to an Origin-themed shot glass if there is such a thing:-
It’s not likely I’ll ever be able to return the favour for the CIC glass with any merchandise of my own but I did send off the Wing Commander 4 35mm movie trailer to be converted to HD digital today and should hopefully have that to share sometime next month.
I’ve uploaded a new version of the Ultima Patcher. The changes are:-
- Support for Beautiful Britannia. Due to the size of this patch, you will have to either download it inside the patcher or manually copy the zip into the Files folder (Thanks to Ken at the Ultima Codex for hosting the download).
- Fixed issue when adding the MT-32 ROM’s where the install/uninstall MT-32 button wouldn’t necessarily appear depending on which game menu you were in.
- You can now change your Avatar name when using the Ultima 9 dialog patch (Well done to Natreg for spotting that the renaming utility ran in DOS).
That’s everything I can think of so barring any more bugs/tweaks, this should be the last release outside of keeping up with new Ultima mod/patch releases.
It’s only been 2 days since the last one but I was persuaded that there was a need for Ultima 9 support and have uploaded a new version of the Ultima Patcher. This adds the new Forgotten World mod, as well as an easier way to change screen resolution and swap between Glide/D3D. I’ve also put in the monster/economy and dialog patches which people may or may not prefer to the vanilla experience.
A couple of things to note:-
Installing/uninstalling Forgotten World will replace your Ultima 9 config (Options.ini) with the FW or GOG recommended settings respectively.
The dialog patch originally came with a utility to rename your Avatar. This crashes on 64 bit systems so I’ve left it out for the moment. On a 32 bit system, you can rename your Avatar by running u9name.exe in your Ultima 9 directory after installing the dialog patch. Failing that you are stuck with an Avatar called Grandor.
I’ve uploaded a new Ultima Patcher. This doesn’t add Ultima 9 patching but does add easy MT-32 emulation for the remainder of the relevant games (Ultima 6, 7, Serpent Isle and Underworld 2). You will still need to bring your own MT-32 ROM’s however.
There are a couple of bug fixes as the previous build didn’t always allow users to change the sound settings in UW1 & 2. Also patching UW1 to use MT-32 would break UW2 since they shared a copy of DOSBox.
One thing to note, because of these shared copies of DOSBox if you add MT-32 support for any game that was installed with another title in the same package you will also add it to that other title. i.e. installing MT-32 support for UW1 installs it for UW2 and so on. I’ve attempted to allow for all possible combinations of patches in these situations and apply restrictions/fixes as appropriate. Please email or post on here with any bugs or if I’ve missed anything.
Unless there is a clear demand, I’ll probably skip Ultima 9. It’s a Windows game so it should be easier for people to patch and I’m not convinced anything further is needed with the work other people are already putting in. Also mods like Beautiful Britannia are fairly big and I don’t want to force people to download anything that size to patch all the older games.