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Offline SaladBadger

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Versions of Descent 3?
« on: April 18, 2021, 10:14:27 AM »
I'm currently finalizing my work on my Descent 3 patcher to get a public release out, but I'm having some trouble with versions. So I only have the dateiliste fan repack version of Descent 3 handy, which I obtained before Descent 3 was available on digital stores like GOG and Steam. This repack comes with two versions, one labeled "1.4" with a filesize of 1,818,624 bytes. It also contains one named "1.5" but which internally seems to be referring to itself as "1.4", with a filesize of 1,806,336 bytes. But the RE work, which was started by Arne, was done against the GOG version which he sent me a copy of, which is 1,794,048 bytes large and also also identifies itself as "1.4". But this isn't some strange GOG or Steam specific version, because the "Black Pyro Justice" mod (which simply changes the string for loading extra13.hog, from what I understand) is also 1,794,048 bytes large, so this version has been extant for a long time too.

For the moment, I've loaded in offsets for the 1,818,624 byte version and the 1,794,048 byte version from GOG for my patcher, but I'm really confused here. Which version is the most common one in use today? Why are there 3 versions calling themselves "1.4"? And which ones should I be caring about?

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Re: Versions of Descent 3?
« Reply #1 on: Yesterday at 08:02:14 AM »
The most common version in use today will be what GOG and Steam provide. No CD version, no dateiliste version. Although those are held and used by old farts like myself, I imagine most (if not all) new D3 installations are with those two platforms..
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Re: Versions of Descent 3?
« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 05:53:02 PM »
The 1.5 patch is an unofficial patch which isn't available for Linux or Mac IIRC. The unofficial part may be why they didn't/couldn't change the version on the exe. At least back in the day, 1.4 official was the only version ever used for multiplayer with the sole exception of the very rare Olympus Gold game which would crash without the 1.5 patch. For singleplayer or for multiplayer with Windows/WINE users, 1.5 probably makes sense as I think it has better stability on modern operating systems. For Linux/Mac you still have no other choice.

 

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