(Version 1) Patches
to upgrade from version 2.0 to the latest version are available
patches below update earlier 1.x versions of Zillions to version
1.3.1. There is no free patch to upgrade to version 2. If you already
have the full (unlocked) version 1.x and would like to upgrade to
version 2, please contact
Zillions with your Zillions 1 unlock key to receive an upgrade
1.3.1 Released -- June 17, 2001
new patch for the Colossal Collection -- November 15, 2001
to 1.3 (the previous patch) version 1.3.1 adds:
- Updated so you can't go the same direction twice in a row.
multiple problems with calculating the value of pieces.
and improved detection of negative-value pieces. [Affected CHESS:LOSING
If a variant contains multiple grids, they are now linked up only
with the directions they define, not with directions defined in
Dummy pieces with bitmaps are now drawn again. (back by popular
Language Reference improved. (new keywords, cross-links; 10 pages
list of changes is here. This is
a free upgrade.
Which version do you have installed currently? If you have...
find the version number by selecting "About Zillions..."
in the Help menu.
sure that Zillions is installed on your hard disk, then run the
.exe you just downloaded to proceed with the update. If you
installed Zillions to some place other than the default location
of C:\Program Files\Zillions of Games., you will be given
a chance to Browse to the spot where you installed Zillions.
owners with a version earlier than 1.3.1 who do not wish to purchase
version 2, which is the currently supported version.
do I tell what version of Zillions I have?
are two ways, either:
Choose "About Zillions..." under Zillions' Help menu.
The dialog will give the Version number. This is probably simplest.
* Right-click on Zillions.exe and choose Properties from the popup
menu. Switch to the Version Tab and choose "Product Version"
from the list.
the "p" or "e" at the end matter?
matters as to which updater you should use. However, in terms of
features, the number is the only thing that matters, i.e. version
1.3.1 and 1.3.1p have the same features and bug fixes.
the updater overwrite new rules files or bitmaps I have added to
my Zillions directories?
The updater is smart enough to leave alone any files it doesn't
have modified some of Zillions' standard rules files. What will
the updater do?
updater doesn't want you to lose your work so it will not make any
changes if it detects that the files in the original install of
Zillions have changed. In this case, we recommend you do a fresh
install of Zillions from the CD and then use the appropriate patch
on that new install.
the update change any system files on my computer?
This update only makes changes in your Zillions of Games directory.
have been some fixes to some game rules files in this update. What
will happen if a 1.3.1 user plays a user with an older version in
a game over the Internet?
the vast majority of variants, everything will work fine. However,
for the few variants that had problems in earlier versions, such
as Mu-Torere, High Jump, Ultima, Tafl variants, and Small Chess
variants, there might be situations where one side is sending a
move that the other side will not recognize as legal. Also, a user
of an earlier version of Zillions may get challenged to a game that
is only in 1.3.1. Both of these are good reasons for all users to
upgrade to 1.3.1.
else to be aware of?
you go to "Add/Remove Programs" to uninstall Zillions,
the uninstaller may not know how to remove the files that are new
with 1.3.1. You will have to find the Zillions of Games folder and
manually delete these items.
Microsoft® HTML Help (.chm files) is the standard help system for
the Windows platform; however, if your copy of Windows 95 does not
have this service pack, problems may be had when trying to view
the updated .chm (language & help) files.
you experience a problem, try the following:
service pack probably exists in: http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/
to update your system, but it may be simpler to just update the
HTML Help component directly by running this updater: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/tools/htmlhelp/wkshp/hhupd.exe
is part of the ReadMe for that:
All the components necessary to display HTML Help are installed
with any of the following:
Microsoft Internet Explorer version 4.0 or later
Microsoft Windows 98, ME, or 2000
Microsoft Windows NT Server or Windows NT Workstation version 5.0
none of these are available on your computer, you may need to install
or update the HTMLHelp on your system to view the help. hhupd.exe
will update HTML Help to the latest version. It will work in all
Help requires about 8 MB of free disk space.
HTML Help Installation and Update Package (any language version
of Hhupd.exe) will not run on a Windows NT system unless you have
2000 users should not run the HTML Help Installation and Update
Package. Help component updates are provided via Windows service
packs. For more information, visit the Windows 2000 Home Page.