Play old version on Win 10 64 bit pc

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Play old version on Win 10 64 bit pc

#1 Post by oldversion » Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:58 am

I played this game online about 10 years ago, and have been looking for it ever since. Found it!! Problem is, I want to play that version from 10 years ago. I liked the simple interface and the depth of the game at the time. I downloaded 0.3.13 and installed, but upon launching it opens a few dos windows which shortly disappear, and that's it.

Can I get some help on installing/playing the old state of the game? If not, is it still hosted online somewhere?

Thanks!

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Re: Play old version on Win 10 64 bit pc

#2 Post by Geoff the Medio » Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:19 am

Old versions are still available on SourceForge: https://sourceforge.net/projects/freeor ... FreeOrion/

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Re: Play old version on Win 10 64 bit pc

#3 Post by oldversion » Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:15 pm

Geoff the Medio wrote:Old versions are still available on SourceForge: https://sourceforge.net/projects/freeor ... FreeOrion/
I found it there, thanks. When I installed and tried to run I got a dos window flashing up for a split second, and then closing. Any idea how to troubleshoot that?

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Re: Play old version on Win 10 64 bit pc

#4 Post by Geoff the Medio » Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:10 pm

Run it from a dos window that's already open, so you can read any error message it outputs.

See if there are any .log files produce in the directory with the program, or in the user data directory (something like C:\Users\YourWindowsUserName\AppData\Roaming\FreeOrion but possibly somewhere else). If you can find one, have a look in it for relevant error messages.

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Re: Play old version on Win 10 64 bit pc

#5 Post by Dilvish » Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:33 pm

Although those old versions may have had simpler controls that you liked, they also had a lot of significant memory leak problems and other errors. Plus, the AI back then was very simplistic and couldn't actually threaten you (the game instead had some late-appearing monsters that could provide some carnage and challenge); the whole game was mostly a development sim and exploration (quick)sandbox.

I'd highly recommend that you read our (only modestly outdated) starter guide and try the current versions a bit more.
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