Discussion about the game.
Got it working on Windows 10!

@M123 Right, sorry. The stuck on loading was caused due to DirectPlay install prompt. I kept pressing install but postponing PC restart and it caused some issues. I was reluctant to restart because a Windows update came up, so yeah, restarting for DirectPlay install seems to be mandatory.

As for my experience with dgvoodoo, here it goes:

Running without dgvoodoo causes severe performance issues and pink texture (and eventually crash) upon going into the Options. First Person was basically impossible to cope with.

Then I installed dgvoodoo 2 (most recent build, 2.55) and placed copies of the dll files on the machines folder. The game became MUCH smoother, perfectly so in fact. However, I started running into game freezes a couple of seconds (but only video, the sound effects keep playing), sometimes minutes into a game, depending on the amount of units in combat (I experimented in campaign and also scenarios). I fiddled with dgvoodoo, particularly the videocard and VRAM options but the issue remained.

Finally, and my present set up. I'm running dgvoodoo2 but without the .dll files inside the machines folder. The performance is okay but not as good as with the .dll files and I'm not experiencing crashes/freezing.

Also, I'm running in compatibility mode with XP pack 3, but without it it's the same. Besides that one, no other checkbox changes anything, although windows keeps forcing the DPI scaling compatibility option.

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The game, resources, tools, and various files
Machines: The Game

@M123 Sadly not. Daemon Tools Lite just refused to work for me. I also tried another application to mount it but again no joy. I've just ended up playing the music from my phone because when I tab out of the game (to play the songs from the OST files) I can't reopen it.

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A place to talk about whateeeever you want
20 years

@M123 But completely worth it... if you don't mind going into crippling debt.

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Discussion / Information on modifying the game.
Getting Started with Modding Machines

Sentimental journey :)

Yet still the guide is pure gold!

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Discussion on the development of OpenMachines
OpenMachines - Roadmap / Download

@Judas nice! I'm guessing you're a software developer? Seems like everyone from the original forums went into the software field

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Blog posts from individual members
What It's like to CMD THE MACHINES

@X-Lord Strange, it should ask you to jump to the system in which the planet is, then you would use the orbit command on the planet, then you would launch one of the pods in that vessel.

I just tested it and it is intended to look like this:

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Thanks @Radler!

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A place for helping others with issues running the game.
Insert Disc 2

You need to either:

have a physical CD 2 in a disk drive mount a CD 2 image using either the built-in disk mounting feature of Windows 8.1 or above or a separate program such as MagicDisc, PowerISO or Daemon Tools use Machines Loader to bypass the disk check

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