Anachronox Unofficial Patch

The Anox Build 44 patch is an unofficial secondary patch

Anachronox Unofficial Patch

The Anox Build 44 patch is an unofficial secondary patch created by one of the ION Storm Anachronox team members.

Here are the patches for Anachronox. These are all "second Anachronox patch" and later, also known as "patch 1.02" and other names.

List of changes:

- Speed up the game by holding down the backslash key. See those animation

bugs!

- Filesystem code rewritten from scratch. Improvements to performance and

flexibility. Any part of the os filesystem, a dat file, or a zip file can be

mounted anywhere in the anox virtual file tree. For example, the patch is

packaged in a zip file (anox1.zip) and mounted to root alongside the actual

anoxdata directory. Probably a couple pointer bugs were fixed in the process,

since the old filesystem code was such complete and utter ass.

- If old patch files are detected sitting around when the game starts for the

first time after patching, they will be deleted. So, if you tooled around with

files that were included in the old patch files, then they will not be

automatically deleted if their contents were changed, in which case you will

have to nuke them manually (or do a clean install). Ignore all this if you

haven't modified any game files yourself.

- Command line tool afscmd which allows conversion of dat files to zip files,

and adler checksums of files stored in compressed files or in the filesystem.

Note that the game will not, by default, load retail dat files which have been

converted to zip.

- If you want to speed up load times and are sick of digging around for CD2,

copy the entire cd to some directory on your hard drive and add +set cddir to

your shortcut.

- Somewhere along the patching way, minimum and normal install problems have

been fixed. All three installation sizes should run without any problems.

- Completely new savegame generation system implemented. It is triggered on a

map transition every fifteen minutes or on a map transition before an important

cinematic. These "story saves" do not save any map entities since it takes

place between maps and is much more stable. In many cases it replaces the very

buggy "View Cinematics" menu which contains code I dare not gaze upon lest my

eyes be blinded.

- There is no limit to the number of autosaves and story section saves that can

be generated. Load them up by scrolling in the load game screen, which is

improved and displays more information. Sorry, no pictures.

- Fixed a crash bug when loading old patch1 or retail savegames that were

created while a door or elevator was moving somewhere in the level. Fun with

remapping absolute code pointers. Rewrote entity function mapping code from

scratch.

- Fixed an evil pointer bug or three. There was a really fun one that would

randomly write a backslash to a random part of memory every time a model was

loaded. Oh, and another one where free would be called on an invalid pointer,

slowly fragging memory. I don't understand how people were able to finish the

game at all.

- Wrote a new afex system from scratch, in perl. Afex was our poor broken asset

crawling tool which would start at the first map of the game and attempt to

find all scripts, textures, models, etc. references. But being a broken pile of

crap, it missed a lot of important files. So the size of the patch is bigger to

include these missing sounds and other files.

- Lots and lots of little typos and gameflow bugs fixed. Big thanks to the

patch testers for all of these. Important ones are the Hyrax quest, getting

stuck in the bricks elevator shaft, etc.

- Jake and Richie made a nice taxi service so you can get around the bricks

easier.

- Fixed copy protection incompatibility problems with certain new DVD-ROM

drives.

- Updated libpng to 1.2.4 (less crashing on corrupt input) and zlib to 1.1.4

(fixed buffer problems).

- Rewrote dual parabolic environment mapping back into the new shader code,

also using q coordinate of texture matrix on newer cards.

- Oh, plenty of other stuff I forgot to mention.

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