Dear users of the Circle of Eight Modpack, starting with version 7.9.0, our modpack comes with a brand new version of ToEE Front-End X, rewritten from scratch for stability and feature enhancements. Please read the included documentation and FAQ to get up to speed with the latest changes and peculiarities and learn about the common problems and their solutions. In short, the new ToEE Front-End X is a cross-platform Java application. You no longer need .NET Framework to run TFE-X. Instead, you need the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installed on your system. The minimal version ToEE Front-End X is compatible with is v1.7.0, also known as Java 7. Both the standard Oracle package and the open source OpenJDK are fully supported. If you are on Microsoft Windows, you can download Java here. If you are on Linux, your distro repository should contain a version of Java (e.g. OpenJDK) that you can use. The new ToEE Front-End X is a drop-in replacement of the previous version of TFE-X and is fully compatible with it. Thus, you do not need to reinstall the game to make use of the new modpack and the new front-end. Your TFE-X preferences should also be kept intact after you apply the update. The new ToEE Front-End X is fully cross-platform and can work on any operating system supporting Java 6 or newer, including all versions of Microsoft Windows starting with Windows XP, various flavors of the Linux operating system, and Apple's Mac OS X. IMPORTANT: The latest versions of the Circle of Eight Modpack (v8.0.0 and newer) require Java 7 to activate correctly. If you're receiving an "Invalid CEN Header" error when trying to activate the Co8 Modpack v8, please update your Java to the latest official version and then try again. The most important points to remember when working with the new front-end are: 1. Always launch the front-end as administrator on Microsoft Windows systems newer than Windows XP (e.g. Windows Vista, 7, 8). This does not apply to Windows XP, Linux, and Mac OS X systems. On the contrary, avoid running the front-end with root privileges on Linux and Mac OS X systems, that is unsafe and will ruin your file access privileges in the game folder! 2. Always use the platform-specific launcher to start ToEE Front-End X - that is, use the executable (TFE-X.exe) on Windows systems and the shell script (TFE-X.sh) on Unix/Linux systems. Avoid launching the JAR file directly (TFE-X.jar) unless you have no other option and your system can neither work with the Windows executable nor with the Unix/Linux bash script. 3. Always start the game through ToEE Front-End X, avoid launching the game directly using the game executable (toee.exe) to ensure the correct initialization of the game with all desired options chosen in the front-end. 4. If you are on any operating system other than Microsoft Windows, ensure that Wine is installed to be able to actually launch the game. If you have trouble launching the game, check the Wine application database (appdb.winehq.com) to ensure that your version of Wine is compatible with Temple of Elemental Evil (all the latest builds at the moment of this writing are). 5. If you are on Microsoft Windows and are using anti-virus or anti-spyware software that is actively scanning your system, please ensure that both toee.exe and temple.dll are whitelisted and do not get quarantined while ToEE Front-End X is trying to set up or launch the game. Some anti-malware software is known to identify the game executable(s) as false positive trojan horses and thus block them, quarantine them, or remove them from your system. It most commonly happens with toee.exe, and only in extremely rare cases with temple.dll. We hope that you will find your experience with the new ToEE Front-End X pleasant. If you do run into issues, and consulting the documentation and FAQ does not solve your problem, please post your issue here according to the bug submitting guidelines described in the ToEE Front-End X documentation. We will do our best to help you. Also, any positive feedback and constructive criticism you may be willing to provide are highly welcome. You can download the latest version of ToEE Front-End X here. Stable builds are recommended for general use and should not cause any critical errors that can't be repaired. Experimental builds should be approached with caution and used for testing purposes, they contain bleeding edge modifications that improve the software but that are not yet well-tested and may contain bugs of different severity. ================================================= LATEST STABLE BUILD: v4.7 LATEST EXPERIMENTAL BUILD: None Please note: In order to update your TFE-X, all you need to do is unpack the files from the update archive into your ToEE folder, overwriting the old files. There is no need to reinstall the game or reactivate the current module. ================================================= Best regards, - The Circle of Eight team.