Edit: 10/28/07: The download link below is dead. Between human and software errors the mod was almost unusable. An updated version is now available. See the Arcanum:WIP 2.2 (Beta) Now Available thread. Thank you. Presented for your game-playing enjoyment is the updated (and debugged - I hope) version of my creation which is being hosted right here at HoL in the Downloads Section under the name of Arcanum Work in Progress, BETA 2. (Link further down) For those who are new to the forum, in June I made an unplanned (and problematic) release of an expansion pack I am creating for the stock game. This is not a revision like Car-Arcanum, but an attempt to add more adventures and solve a few problems in the process. Although still far from finished, this mod is fully playable and contains just about every known bug, dialog, and teleport fix, many of the common hacks, the Cargo Hold addition, new schematics, portraits, scenery, and a combined total of seventeen new areas to explore and conquer. Updates include: Added all the bug fixes needed for the A:WIP (1) release. Added the backgrounds hack. Added a new start-up splash. Four new adventures - Bear Trap, Spider Cave, Acererak's Tomb, and The Halfling Merchant Rescue. The Halfling village of Brandybuck, including eleven new buildings. Four hobbit-holes, a smithy shed, a village market, four thatched-roof cabins and a halfling-sized log cabin. A new merchant class - Fletcher. (Bows & Arrows) One new Halfling follower - Wrinko Minna. (Bow, prowling, lock pick). Weldo Rubin now has a melee/thief leveling scheme. (Bow, prowling, lock pick). Franklin Payne's strength boosted to 18. (Minimum needed for his elephant gun) Althea, the Shrouded Hills librarian, now has her own (initial) dialog. “The Atlas of Arcanum” – A list of all places in the game – has been moved to the Tarant Library. Known problems: The unpacked files make for slow game start and shutdown. 1 to 3 minutes depending on CPU speed. This mod still has unfinished scenes. Leahbo, in particular. This mod is not compatible with the Dark Magic hack. Most of the rest are already in here. I recommend not adding any. Acererak's Tomb: One concealed passage possibly too well hidden. Feedback needed! Spider Cave: Cobwebs frequently conceal NPCs. Live with it, folks. Wrinko Minna: Not full game tested. Weldo Rubin: Leveling scheme not full game tested. Franklin Payne: New strength not full game tested. Althea: Still has no "After Void" dialog. Brandybuck residents at night: Can be seen walking onto, then disappearing behind their homes. Brandybuck in general: Only the core items - merchants, follower, hobbit-hole purchase, and side quest - are done. No secondary dialogs or rumors yet. If this is of interest to you, then you will need: 1) A fresh, clean copy of Arcanum 2) The Arcanum_EN_126.96.36.199 patch 3) The AWIP2.exe Available here: http://www.terra-arcanum.com/downloads/arcanum/rroyo/AWIP2.exe Directions: Install Arcanum and patch. Download the AWIP2.exe directly into your Sierra/Arcanum folder. Double-click on the AWIP2.exe to extract the two folders within. Move the Arcanum.patch1 folder to your Sierra/Arcanum/modules folder. Start a new game. Note: A:WIP1 players can simply delete or rename their existing Arcanum5.dat and Arcanum.patch1 files prior to installing this update. Expect your saved games to be unusable! Edit: I renamed Virgil's script so the game would play normally. If anyone wants all the locations visable, go to the Arcanum5.dat/dlg folder and find the x01324Virgil.dlg and rename it by removing the X. Start a new game. The first clue for a successful install would be behind your PC at the crash site. There will be 2 wine bottles just behind and to the right. Special thanks to Mathboy and the Administrators of The House of Lords for graciously hosting this unfinished expansion pack; to everyone willing to voice an opinion about the first release; and to Arkas for all his scripting help and suffering through all my "I just remembered....!" e-mails. For any comments, questions, criticisms, praise, or death-threats, I can be reached here at Terra-Arcanum. Enjoy!