Sebs UFOLoader should probably also be listed somewhere easily accessible to guests. It's not listed on www.xcomufo.com.
I'm thinking there should be an 'up to date' forum topic or webpage dedicated to troubleshooting X-Com and TFTD *and* applying mods and getting them to work under various circumstances. Right now things seem to be rather spread out and it would be helpful to have all of the options and necessary troubleshooting steps in one place. I seem to be one of the only people who has mentioned Enabling V-Sync as a troubleshooting solution, for example.. Not sure what results others have had with this but I think it deserves some further testing and feedback.
Just putting those suggestions out there. I know this post is relatively off topic. I would be willing to undertake this task myself if others are willing to contribute their experience/expertise/suggestions/comments/knowledge.
A good start would be a complete list of known "bugs" (available on X-Com Wiki) and common problems getting X-Com to work under various OS's (somewhat addressed on xcomufo.com), combined with a list of all known Mods and patches, along with what exactly they fix/modify.
I'm thinking of maybe even creating a table making all of this information easy to access.
[ _ ] [Program/Mod]
[Problem ] [ X ]
Anybody interested in this please feel free to contact me
Email/AIM : email@example.com
I figured I would take the initiative and get this started. In order for us to keep this community strong we need to keep people playing the game and with the constant improvement of technologies and updating of software and hardware it makes it increasingly difficult for people to find solutions to these problems without consulting peers. There is a lot of information out there and there are several informed people who visit this forum. The problem is that much of the information is spread throughout many posts or on several various websites so it makes it difficult for the casual user to find their answers without scouring the web for hours. I hope to resolve that problem here by creating an up to date database with user feedback and interaction.
To make this work, I will need the assistance of other forum regulars, as well as the creators of mods, and the users themselves. So I will ask the following of all of you:
Mod programmers - Please provide as much up to date information on your program as possible including everything that it changes, fixes, and effects, and as many troubleshooting answers as you can possibly come up with for the various operating systems. Any compatability issues with other mods that you are aware of is also helpful.
Experienced users - Many of us have probably changed operating systems and updated our monitors, video cards, and other hardware dozens of times throughout the course of our game 'career'. We generally know what it takes to get things working. I ask that you put all of that information out on the table and help to answer questions as they come. Since the variety of different possible PC setups is virtually infinite it's important that we pool our knowledge when it comes to this matter. I may have experience with XP, while someone else has experience with Vista, and someone else has experience with Window7 64bit.. While another person has experience with Windows 32bit, ecetera. You may be running a CRT monitor while I'm running a LCD widescreen. All of this makes a difference.
Casual Users/Guests - If something here has worked for you, please say so. If you have tried something and it does not work. Please say so. We will only know how good our solutions are if we get feedback. If you tried something and it worked, please include as much information as possible. If you tried something and it didn't work, please give honest feedback on that as well.
Forum Moderators - I can only assume you support this cause. I will try to update this regularily and I will attempt to maintain some organization. If this database gets clustered or confusing or out of sorts I would appreciate your help in resolving that. Feedback is appreciated. Thanks.
Keep in mind, I am currently working 2 jobs and have other responsibilities, so I will only be able to update this a few steps at a time. I also do not have 100% of the information available to me at the time I am writing this post.. so it will be necessary for me to create a general layout and then go back and edit. Please be patient, and by all means: You can start helping at any time by posting all of the information available to you!
If the issue you put forward gets addressed, or you provide information that becomes accurately integrated into the database please go back and delete your posts as to avoid clutter.