Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition

Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition

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Altarn Nov 28, 2015 @ 10:06am
Community Update opt-in beta availalble on steam!
If you experience any problems with the beta. Post them in THIS thread. I'll see to it it is either fixed or passed onto Stardock. Thansk!

Update! 10-12-15. This build could be it!

Hello everyone,

The Galactic Civilization's II - Ultimate Edition has a major update in the works made by and for the community.

Here's what happend. A few months ago a group of modders put their heads together and got to work with one single goal: 'fix' everything with a promise from Stardock this would become an official update. Now, it's happening, and you can be a part of it.

The Community Update features:
  • Vastly improved AI research
  • Vastly improved AI planetary management
  • Re-balanced weapons
  • Re-balanced defenses
  • Re-balanced abilities
  • Re-balanced techtrade
  • Lore friendly new tech and improvement descriptions
  • Better custom races.
  • A 100+ page manual written from scratch
  • Fully working AI's thanks to an update to the EXE

An opt-in beta is available for anyone who owns the Ultimate Edition. To activate it do the following:
  1. Right click on Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition.
  2. Select Properties
  3. Click the 'Beta's' tab
  4. From the drop down menu select the opt-in beta for 2.20 Community Update
  5. Click OK
  6. Now you need to clear your customizations. They are not compatible with the beta.

The game will be updated to the Community Update. Keep in mind, it is a beta so if you experience any problems post them in this thread and I'll see to it personally it reaches Stardock. Do not forget to clear your customizations!

Clearing customizations. Do not skip this step.
  1. Start the game.
  2. Click New Game.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Click Next again.
  5. Click Load.
  6. Use the pop-up screen to remove all customizations.
  7. Restart the game.

Disable Community Update Mod. If you never installed the mod, you can skip this step.
  1. Start the game.
  2. Click Options
  3. On the Game tab, untick Use Mods.
  4. Click Main menu
  5. Restart the game.

Documentation
I've written a (large) guide for the Community Update. The manual is located in:
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition.
Look for a file named: GC2 Community Edition Guide.pdf

Or...
Download the manual here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bl3l8ad3iykyrzh/GC2%20Community%20Edition%20Guide.pdf?dl=0

Enjoy!

Edit: Added file location for the CU manual.
Edit 2: Added a guide how to remove customizations from within the game.
Edit 3: Added a guide how to disable the Community Update mod.
Last edited by Altarn; Dec 10, 2015 @ 10:54am
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impsuley Nov 28, 2015 @ 11:13am 
It is very very incredible achievement!
Minoris Nov 28, 2015 @ 11:57am 
This... that... here...
That was unexpected. And welcomed! Thanks for the hard work to everyone working on this thing. I'll be testing it soon enough!
impsuley Nov 29, 2015 @ 12:10am 
Is there any differece from http://forums.galciv2.com/466754/page/1/#3569726 ?
Altarn Nov 29, 2015 @ 12:56am 
Originally posted by impsuley:
Is there any differece from http://forums.galciv2.com/466754/page/1/#3569726 ?

Nope!
impsuley Nov 29, 2015 @ 3:17am 
Originally posted by Altarn:
Originally posted by impsuley:
Is there any differece from http://forums.galciv2.com/466754/page/1/#3569726 ?

Nope!
Thanks!
Marvin Nov 29, 2015 @ 9:09am 
Looks good. :)
Eboreus Nov 30, 2015 @ 3:50am 
Does beta mean this is going to be released officially some time soon? Or will it stay in beta?
Altarn Nov 30, 2015 @ 6:28am 
Originally posted by Eboreus:
Does beta mean this is going to be released officially some time soon? Or will it stay in beta?

It should become official at some point.
W+M1 Dec 3, 2015 @ 8:06am 
Hi, this looks great, I have just installed it but sadly it won't start - GalCiv2 Ultimate was working fine previously except for steam overlay. When I try to load the game it opens the steam window which displays the key opens, then when I press play the 'game' opens a new steam window (albeit an empty, unviewable one) which is 'not responding. After some time Steam boot loader crashes. Error log below

I tried deleting the local content as well as the files in My Documents and doing a full reinstall but this did not change anything

Debug Message: Version v2.04 Twilight of the Arnor last updated on: Tue Nov 1 11:59:59 2011 Debug Message: Checking DX Version. Debug Message: *********DXDiag info follows.********* System Info Time: 12/3/2015, 19:25:00 DirectX Version: DirectX 11 Machine Name: THINKPAD Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.151019-1254) Languages: English (Regional Setting: English) System Manufacturer: LENOVO System Model: 4282A23 BIOS: Default System BIOS Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2720QM CPU @ 2.20GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.2GHz Physical Memory: 24576MB RAM Page File: 3745MB used, 30951MB available Windows Dir: C:\Windows Display Info Display device 1: Device Name: \\.\DISPLAY1 Card Name: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family Manufacturer: Intel Corporation Chip Type: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family DAC Type: Internal Key Device: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0126&SUBSYS_21D117AA&REV_09 Display Memory: 4095 MB Current Display Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (50Hz) Monitor Name: ThinkPad Display 1920x1080 Monitor Max Resolution: Driver Name: igdumd64.dll,igd10umd64.dll,igd10umd64.dll,igdumdx32,igd10umd32,igd10umd32 Driver Version: 8.15.0010.2538 Driver Date: 9/26/2011 01:44:56 DirectX Acceleration Enabled: Yes Sound info Sound device 1: Description: Speakers (High Definition Audio Device) Default Sound Playback: Yes Default Voice Playback: Yes Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_14F1&DEV_506E&SUBSYS_17AA21CF&REV_1000 Manufacturer ID: 1 Product ID: 65535 Driver Name: HdAudio.sys Provider: Microsoft Driver Version: 6.01.7601.17514 Driver Date: 11/21/2010 03:23:47 Type: WDM Other Drivers: Acceleration Level: 1 Cap Flags: 0 Min/Max Sample Rate: 0, 0 Debug Message: *********END dxdiag info.********* Debug Message: Entering WinMain Debug Message: ******* Starting Game Shell ******* Debug Message: Preparing to change display settings. Debug Message: Using hardware vertex processing Debug Message: Using multilsample setting: D3DMULTISAMPLE_NONE Debug Message: Attempting to create D3DDevice at resolution 1280 x 1024, Windowed: 1, Multisample: 0 Debug Message: Game Resolution: 1280 x 1024 Debug Message: Running in windowed mode. Debug Message: HAL (hw vp): NVIDIA Quadro 1000M Debug Message: D3DPRESENT_INTERVAL_IMMEDIATE Debug Message: Refresh rate: 0 Debug Message: Bit Depth: 32 bit. Debug Message: *********Checking D3DDevice Caps*********************** Debug Message: A full-color cursor is supported in hardware at high resolution modes. Debug Message: Border size reported as 6 by 33 Debug Message: RGB in format 6:6:6, Masks reported as ff0000:ff00:ff Debug Message: Now windowed. Debug Message: Shell initialization complete Debug Message: GalCiv2 is activated. Debug Message: ***** Initializing Game ***** Debug Message: Timer Frequency is 0 20ad53 Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\steam\steamapps\common\Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition\./Data/ShipTemplates/\*.shipcfg Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\documents\My Games\GC2TwilightArnor\ships\*.shipcfg Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\documents\My Games\GC2TwilightArnor\shiptemplates\*.shipcfg Debug Message: Could not open reg key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE\Stardock\ObjectDesktop\DesktopX Debug Message: Initializing sound card. Debug Message: initailizing bink Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\steam\steamapps\common\Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition\DarkAvatar\Movies\techs\*.bik Debug Message: No files found matching mask Movies\techs\*.bik Debug Message: No files found matching mask Gfx\Tutorials\*.bik Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\documents\My Games\GC2TwilightArnor\Gfx\Movies\*.bik Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\documents\My Games\GC2TwilightArnor\sfx\*.wav Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\documents\My Games\GC2TwilightArnor\Music\*.mp3 Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\documents\My Games\GC2TwilightArnor\Event Music\*.mp3 Debug Message: Create setup screens. Debug Message: Clear galaxy settings. Debug Message: Clear influence. Debug Message: Clear up laws. Debug Message: Clear first time events. Debug Message: Clear wonders and trade goods. Debug Message: Clear sector mapper. Debug Message: Set mouse. Debug Message: Set update timer. Debug Message: No files found matching mask ./Data/*.xml Debug Message: Clear data definitions. Debug Message: Killing ship styles: Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\documents\My Games\GC2TwilightArnor\ships\*.xml Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\documents\My Games\GC2TwilightArnor\shiptemplates\*.xml Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\steam\steamapps\common\Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition./Data/English/\ShipStyles\*.xml Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\documents\My Games\GC2TwilightArnor\ShipStyles\*.xml Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\steam\steamapps\common\Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition\DarkAvatar./Data/\FleetFormations\*.fleet Debug Message: No files found matching mask ./Data/\FleetFormations\*.fleet Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\steam\steamapps\common\Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition\DarkAvatar\Gfx\Planets\C0*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask Gfx\Planets\C0*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\documents\My Games\GC2TwilightArnor\*.raceconfigxml Debug Message: No files found matching mask gfx/Terrain/1SideN*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask gfx/Terrain/1SideE*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask gfx/Terrain/1SideS*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask gfx/Terrain/1SideW*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask gfx/Terrain/2SideN*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask gfx/Terrain/2SideE*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask gfx/Terrain/2SideS*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask gfx/Terrain/2SideW*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask gfx/Terrain/3SideN*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask gfx/Terrain/3SideE*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask gfx/Terrain/3SideS*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask gfx/Terrain/3SideW*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask gfx/Terrain/4SideN*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask gfx/Terrain/4SideE*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask gfx/Terrain/4SideS*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask gfx/Terrain/4SideW*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\steam\steamapps\common\Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition\DarkAvatar/gfx/Terrain/1SideN*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\steam\steamapps\common\Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition\DarkAvatar/gfx/Terrain/1SideE*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\steam\steamapps\common\Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition\DarkAvatar/gfx/Terrain/1SideS*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\steam\steamapps\common\Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition\DarkAvatar/gfx/Terrain/1SideW*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\steam\steamapps\common\Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition\DarkAvatar/gfx/Terrain/2SideN*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\steam\steamapps\common\Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition\DarkAvatar/gfx/Terrain/2SideE*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\steam\steamapps\common\Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition\DarkAvatar/gfx/Terrain/2SideS*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\steam\steamapps\common\Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition\DarkAvatar/gfx/Terrain/2SideW*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\steam\steamapps\common\Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition\DarkAvatar/gfx/Terrain/3SideN*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\steam\steamapps\common\Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition\DarkAvatar/gfx/Terrain/3SideE*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\steam\steamapps\common\Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition\DarkAvatar/gfx/Terrain/3SideS*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\steam\steamapps\common\Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition\DarkAvatar/gfx/Terrain/3SideW*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\steam\steamapps\common\Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition\DarkAvatar/gfx/Terrain/4SideN*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\steam\steamapps\common\Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition\DarkAvatar/gfx/Terrain/4SideE*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\steam\steamapps\common\Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition\DarkAvatar/gfx/Terrain/4SideS*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\steam\steamapps\common\Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition\DarkAvatar/gfx/Terrain/4SideW*.png Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\documents\My Games\GC2TwilightArnor\ships\*.shipcfg Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\steam\steamapps\common\Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition\./Data/ShipTemplates/\*.shipcfg Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\documents\My Games\GC2TwilightArnor\ships\*.shipcfg Debug Message: No files found matching mask D:\documents\My Games\GC2TwilightArnor\shiptemplates\*.shipcfg Debug Message: Reading Star Names Debug Message: Reading Star Names... Done Debug Message: No files found matching mask ./Data/English/Tutorials/*.xml Debug Message: TitleWnd: Quit Button. Debug Message: Posting WM_CLOSE message. Debug Message: WM_CLOSE message received. Debug Message: GameUninitialize start Debug Message: Killing Galaxy Debug Message: Killing threads. Debug Message: Kiling civs. Debug Message: Killing ships. Debug Message: Killing rallypoints. Debug Message: Killing misc objects. Debug Message: Killing stars. Debug Message: Killing anomalies. Debug Message: Killing asteroid fields. Debug Message: Killing asteroid field mining bases. Debug Message: Killing space resources. Debug Message: Killing ascension crystals. Debug Message: Killing colonies and planets. Debug Message: killing scenario. Debug Message: Clearing Turn Event Log Debug Message: Clear galaxy settings. Debug Message: Clear influence. Debug Message: Clear up laws. Debug Message: Clear first time events. Debug Message: Clear wonders and trade goods. Debug Message: Clear sector mapper. Debug Message: Clear data definitions. Debug Message: Killing ship styles: Debug Message: Killing Galaxy: Completed Debug Message: Shutting down sound system. Debug Message: Clearing sound and music handles. Debug Message: GameUninitialize end Debug Message: Device not cleared. 1 counts left. Debug Message: D3D not cleared. 1 counts left. Debug Message: Destroying Window. Debug Message: Main Shell terminating normally
Last edited by W+M1; Dec 3, 2015 @ 11:49am
Altarn Dec 4, 2015 @ 9:45am 
There are some issues with latest beta build. Stardock is aware and working on it
Altarn Dec 8, 2015 @ 10:49am 
There is a new build available. Enjoy
W+M1 Dec 9, 2015 @ 12:24am 
I have re-updated to the beta and have the same issue as before, I cannot find a debug.err file this time though. The beta version is v2.20
I installed the community update from your instructions elsewhere however on top of a working install and it appeared to work fine.
Is there anywhere to give feedback on that as I have a seperate issue which could just be an intended 'feature' of the update
Altarn Dec 9, 2015 @ 9:26am 
Originally posted by W+M1:
I have re-updated to the beta and have the same issue as before, I cannot find a debug.err file this time though. The beta version is v2.20
I installed the community update from your instructions elsewhere however on top of a working install and it appeared to work fine.
Is there anywhere to give feedback on that as I have a seperate issue which could just be an intended 'feature' of the update

Ohh. You dont need to install the community update mod wheb you wnter the beta, its included.
W+M1 Dec 10, 2015 @ 9:57am 
Sorry what I am saying is, community update mod will work for me but the beta will not run, have tried a clean install of galciv with beta enabled from the off and my personal settings deleted, still have the same issue
Altarn Dec 10, 2015 @ 10:44am 
I had a look at your debug.err log.

Here's the top few lines of mine:
Debug Message: Version v2.20 Twilight of the Arnor last updated on: Thu Dec 10 10:17:08 2015
Debug Message: Could not open reg key HKEY_CURRENT_USER SOFTWARE/Stardock/Drengin.net/GalCiv2UL
Debug Message: Could not open reg key HKEY_CURRENT_USER SOFTWARE/Stardock/Drengin.net/GC2EU
Debug Message: Could not query reg key HKEY_CURRENT_USER SOFTWARE/Stardock/Drengin.net value named Serial No
Debug Message: Could not open reg key HKEY_CURRENT_USER SOFTWARE/Stardock/Drengin.net/GC2
Debug Message: Could not query reg key HKEY_CURRENT_USER SOFTWARE/Stardock/Drengin.net/GalCiv2 value named Serial No
Debug Message: Could not open reg key HKEY_CURRENT_USER SOFTWARE/Stardock/Drengin.net/GalCiv2/DarkAvatar
Debug Message: Checking DX Version.
Debug Message: *********DXDiag info follows.*********

I maked the version in bold. Yours appears to be version 2.04. Is this still the case? Maybe the old exe file is stilling sitting around. The CU featured an experimental executable, maybe steam didn't touch it.

If you uninstalled from steam maybe steam left some residual files. Try this:

  • Uninstall in steam.
  • Go to you C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\ folder
    ]*] Remove Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition if it's still there.
  • Reinstall
  • Install the beta.[/ist]

    Hopefully this will help.



Last edited by Altarn; Dec 10, 2015 @ 10:53am
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