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This website is home to the 1.50 fan patch for Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares (Master of Orion 2, MOO2), a turn-based strategy game set in space from 1996.
The 1.50 patch fixes a slew of issues that remained in the game after the last official patch, version 1.31 from 1997, and the 1.40 fan patch from 2006.
10 critical crash bugs -- 8 networked multiplayer bugs -- About 30 interface bugs -- Over 100 game-rule bugs.
Random number of opponents -- 6th ship design slot -- Auto-designed ships -- Greatly improved build queue management -- Unbuy function -- New hotkeys.
Modding with plain text configuration files -- Lua scripting support -- Integrated mapgen functionality.
1.50 improved -- 1.50 multiplayer -- Version 1.2 mod -- ICE -- VDC -- Melee -- Randomized tech tree -- Lots of mapmods -- Mirror maps option -- A standard mode is available, which is only the patch, no mods.
The changelog describes changes for each version of the 1.50 patch. The manual has detailed descriptions of fixes, new features, modding options and game mechanics.
Supports English, German, French, Spanish and Italian DOS editions of MOO2. -- Installing 1.50 does not break 1.31 or 1.40 installations. Original files are preserved.
A working copy of MOO2 DOS version 1.31 or higher -- The MOO2 game directory should contain ALL game files (full installation).
While installation with MOO2 Launcher should be easy, it is advised to carefully read the installation instructions before starting your adventure.
Fan patch. Oct 25, 2022. 11567 kB zip file
Development of the 1.50 fan patch for Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares (MOO2) started in 2015, and the first version (1.50.0) was released February 6, 2016. Now, seven years on, we have arrived at patch version 1.50.20. The Changelog (txt) describes changes for each version of the 1.50 patch. The download is a zip file that includes the patch, several mods and MOO2 Launcher. MOO2 Launcher is a GUI program for installing, configuring and running the patch. We took great care putting together this pack. If you encounter any bugs, do let us know on the MOO2 Discord server. You may also write on one of the forums that have a 1.50 patch thread. It helps a lot if your description is detailed, includes your ORION2.LOG, and a savegame from the turn before the bug happens if possible. Carefully read the installation instructions (txt) before installing the patch.
Fan patch. September 12, 2022. 1178 kB zip file
For 1.40 speedruns. 'f' stands for: Super fast screen switches and Build queue warnings disabled. The zip file includes a changelog (txt) and the source code of the 1.40 patch.
Fan patch. May 22, 2006. 30 kB zip file
The English DOS version sold online today is this fan patch from May 2006. The zip file includes the original patcher program that updates version 1.31 to 1.40b23, the readme and the changelog.
Version 1.31 is required for installing 1.40 and 1.50 patches. There are no official patches for the French, Spanish and Italian editions because they were already at version 1.31 at initial release. The German edition released at version 1.3. English version 1.2 patch for the US version 1.1 cd-rom was distributed as a patcher program that would patch six version 1.1 files. The download below includes that original patcher program as well as the six patched files.
Microprose patch. April 11, 1997. 3350 kB zip file
Microprose patch. April 11, 1997. 2342 kB zip file
Microprose patch. March 3, 1997. 3294 kB zip file
Microprose patch. November 25, 1996. 4425 kB zip file
Proposes gently tweaked race pick valuation. Introduces new combat mechanics like Ship Initiative 2.0, Interactive Combat Stats (ICS) and Simplified Beam Formula. Makes various tweaks to weapons and special systems. Special care was given to improve AI ship designs. The Excel manual included with the download explains it all.
Based on 1.50 improved with a number of options for multiplayer enabled and modded race picks.
Version 1.2 mod
This little mod approximates MOO2 version 1.2 as close as possible with current 1.50 config: Creative costs 6 picks again, Psilon race design restored, original Guardian and Antaran ship designs, Plasma Cannon, Ion Cannon and Gyro Destabilizer weapon stats set back to original values.
Designed for single player games, making the AI much more challenging. This mod changes race picks extensively. The Tech Tree has also been modded. The only difference between ICE and ICE-X is AI strength: ICE-X Impossible has the strongest AI, you'd better know what you are doing!
This mod is designed for 1v1 multiplayer. Included is version X9_V66_B11_GM3.
Spiral galaxy mod 1.0
Mod by Epirasque that creates a spiral galaxy, one arm per player with their home world at the tip.
Techtree mods 1.0 for version 1.50.19+
Bundle of Lua mods by Epirasque. Contains several mods that alter the research tech tree or otherwise interact with how players acquire tech through research. Follow the installation instructions from the included Readme. Note that these mods do not work on 18.104.22.168 and earlier versions.
Miniaturization report for version 1.50.19+
Lua script that shows miniaturization report when you press '4' in the Main screen, which is useful with random tech trees. Script from patch 1.50.19 that is no longer included because it can crash multiplayer games sometimes. Works just fine in single player games. Place the file in 150\scripts\main\ (no need to restart).
No AI surrender mod
Micromod that prevents AI from surrendering before turn 1000. Unzip the No AI surrender mod and place the config file in 150\mods\150\, then restart MOO2 Launcher.
VDC_X10_V67_B7 for version 1.50.19+
Latest version of the VDC mod. See included readme for the changelog.
Savegame Editor. Corion version 1.1.1 has been optimized for the 1.50 patch. 153 kB zip file.
LBX editor suite by Grig de Griz. Handles text, picture and font files. Includes a leader editor. 2713 kB zip file.
LBX graphics viewer by Marco. Easy scanning of contents of LBX files. 20377 kB zip file. Other work by the same author can be found on Github.
O2M 4.02 page
Thread on CivFanatics for the modding tool and game launcher by Ponkyo. Includes a tech tree editor.
O2M is not fully compatible with MOO2 Launcher. If you want to use both, then create 2 separate MOO2 game directories, one for each launcher.
Official website of DOSBox. Emulator to run MOO2 on modern machines.
MOO2 Discord server
Looking to play with other humans? Or to talk about the game? Then join the MOO2 chat server on Discord! 1000+ members!
Multiplayer over Internet
Instructions for playing MoO2 internet multiplayer. Works both for Steam and GOG game.
Forum for MOO1, MOO2 and MOO3.
Forum for MOO2.
The Orion Nebula
Dedicated MOO2 community forum. Not active anymore, but got some good posts.
Forum section for MOO2 and other Civ-related games.
Civilization Forum (Deutsch)
Forum section for Master of Orion.
Master of Orion Subreddit
Subreddit community for all Orion games.
Siron's Master of Orion 2 blog has come back to life. Contains news & interesting posts about MOO2 mechanics.
Lord Brazen's blog. Has not been updated for a long time. For information about his 1.40 patch, see the 1.40 patch FAQ of his blog.
Rocco on Youtube
My Youtube channel has lots of MOO2 vids.
moo2niac on Twitch
Good assortment of multiplayer recordings.
Cabman Housing video discussion
Discussion thread about the housing-technique demonstration video by Cabman.
Turn 100 Benchmarks
Discussion thread about turn 100 benchmarks.
Biospheres vs Hydro-farms discussion
Discussion thread about Biospheres vs Hydroponic Farms.
MOO2 section with various (old) guides and other info.
MOOniac's Guide to the Galaxies
The Master of Orion II pre-FAQ from 1997.
Cybersaber's Strategy Guide
Overview for players new to online play.
Delthea's ramblings on MOO2
Overview of MOO2 race picks and technology choices.
dirtbag's blitz guide
Overview of various blitz strategies.
Humbe's ramblings on MOO2
Overview of MOO2 game mechanics and strategy.
Humbe's -10 challenge
Overview of games played with custom races with -10 worth of penalties.
Kfizzle's MOO2 Guide
The moo2 how to play more effective faq.
Steffens späte Spieltipps
Elaborate overview of the game auf Deutsch.
Thotimx Let's Play archive
Contains a couple of playthrough write-ups.
The Scientific Gamer
In Praise Of: Master of Orion 2.
Master of Orion 2: The Formula behind the Success.
Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares Review.
PC Retroview: Master of Orion II.
Contains tools for MOO2 versions 1.31 and 1.40, including OCL_Improved and PickHack.
Overview of speedrun records with videos.
microprose moo2 page
Internet Archive capture of Microprose's MOO2 page.
First moo2mod website design
Internet Archive capture of my first moo2mod design from 2015.