Homeland : The Stone of Night is now officially a freeware game

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Shock Trooper
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Homeland download (around 320 MB)

Instructions :

1) Decompress the archive with, say, WinRar.
2) In the Homeland CD folder, run SETUP.EXE
3) Be sure to choose the full install option.
4) Download the patch and extract it in the appropriate folder.
5) Give Tyran a hug.

Thanks to Steven J. Morris for allowing me to make Homeland freely available, and to the super-awesome Tyranicus for hosting.

[ Monday, January 28, 2008 06:17: Message edited by: The Lurker ]
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Wow. That's great work, although I gotta ask about the use of .rar for archiving. I use Winzip, and from their help file I find that,
quote:
WinZip® generally creates associations for files with the extensions ZIP, LZH, ARJ, ARC, CAB, TAR, TGZ, TAZ, TZ, GZ, Z, UU, UUE, XXE, B64, HQX, BHX, MIM.
Any help out there for folks that aren't familiar with .rar?

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Shock Trooper
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RAR is "better" than ZIP.
Just be glad I didn't use ISO. :P
If you've never seen a RAR file before, just download a trial version of winrar at RAR Labs.

[ Monday, January 28, 2008 07:13: Message edited by: The Lurker ]
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quote:
Originally written by The Lurker:

RAR is "better" than ZIP.
Just be glad I didn't use ISO. :P
If you've never seen a RAR file before, just download a trial version of winrar at RAR Labs.

Be that as it may, choosing that compression scheme may limit the usefulness of your endeavors.

Just sayin'.

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Shock Trooper
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Honestly, I believed most people would know about RAR files - they're quite famous. I did consider using ISO (which is used for compressing files from CDs), but I thought that would be a tad too evil. :P

I didn't use Winzip due to possible transfer roaches... I mean bugs.

EDIT : I've found even better for you shareware-haters out there : 7-zip. It should be able to unpack a RAR file.

[ Monday, January 28, 2008 07:34: Message edited by: The Lurker ]
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RAR is onomatopoeically apt, considering the game concerned. :P
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quote:
Originally written by The Lurker:

RAR is "better" than ZIP
And 7-zip (technically called LZMA) is "better" than RAR. 7-zip also can uncompress RAR files for those who are still stuck with that dinosaur called WinZip.

Edit: Didn't notice that Lurker already pointed to 7-zip. Personally I'd prefer a compressed ISO so I can burn it directly to a disc. :D

[ Monday, January 28, 2008 08:38: Message edited by: Frobozz ]
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Shock Trooper
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You really don't *need* to burn it to a disc, though - which is part of why I didn't use ISO. As long as you don't mess with the autorun, select the full install, and extract the patch it will actually work *better*. ;)
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At last! I can FINALLY play the full version! No more constant reloads!

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Shock Trooper
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Glad to know that a few people are actually interested. :D
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Agent
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I was messing around with it this morning. The character portraits are priceless.

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Is it windows only?

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Dikiyoba is pretty sure it is. Sorry. Or thankfully. :P

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I'll get around to it sometime, regardless of all the negative feedback from these boards. Thanks

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Alright thanks. That saves about 30 minutes of my life so I don't have to download it and struggle to try and get it to work.

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I suppose you could always just ask Niemand to port it to Mac. :rolleyes:

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Homeland does not deserve its reputation. What I want to know is just why everyone hates it so much. Apart from its vague resemblence to RUNESCAPE (Please don't smite me for mentioning that) it has nice music, a good plot and effective humour. Plus you get a Girlfriend!

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Shock Trooper
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I can't speak for the Homeland-haters, but I can guess.

1) Homeland's graphics look good on some monitors, and downright terrible on others. Not sure why. Also, it does have a few graphics that simply aren't that good even on the right monitor : the door graphics aren't exactly beautiful, and some people will strongly dislike the water graphics. The thunder graphics (which don't actually appear in the demo) look like they've been ripped from a Klik&Play game.
Bad Homeland graphics are still a minority, though, and some graphics are very good, like the Dragon, Maskim, the final 3D scene, the Void...

2) Homeland's gameplay is very different from other Spidweb games, and the fact that the official manual doesn't give all that much info does not help. The battles can be very confusing until you actually take the time to understand how they work.

3) Homeland's plot may not seem that good until you get to Braccus's library (it's in the demo) - and many Spidwebbers gave up before reaching it.

4) The lever puzzle in the sewers of Mandelin may seem impossible if you haven't found and carefully read a certain book.

[ Tuesday, January 29, 2008 01:52: Message edited by: The Lurker ]
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Oh dear. Just downloaded it to my Work computer. Now it comes as a Rar. file which my computer does not recognize. How do I get it to work from here?

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Tip : Read the whole thread first, then edit your post. I've already answered this question. :P
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quote:
Originally written by The Lurker:

Tip : Read the whole thread first, then edit your post. I've already answered this question. :P
*Brands himself "Noob" on the forhead before the rest of SW can do it themselfs*

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Don't feel bad, stuff like that can happen. Even to oldbies.
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Wow, did this really happen yesterday?

I thought about this game randomly today and tried to find it, only coming up with the demo on the Dragonlore site. I remember playing this game when it first came out, and I'm eager to play through it again. Crazy coincidence that it just became freeware.

Any possibility of the developer giving the code for HL2 out, so it can be finished?

Thanks for the hosting, and yeah .rar is more standard than .zip nowadays.

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quote:
Originally written by The Ratt:

Alright thanks. That saves about 30 minutes of my life so I don't have to download it and struggle to try and get it to work.
It works in XP in VMWare.

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quote:
Originally written by The Lurker:

Don't feel bad, stuff like that can happen. Even to oldbies.
Well, its working anyway. I can finally play Homeland to its full and proper extent as it should be!

LONG LIVE HOMELAND!

(And death to its enemies)

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