while spending some time with my Falcon today I gave Crown of Creation another go (after literally decades). And I noticed that I had version 1.4 installed. Which is probably of interest to some, given that only version 1.3 is floating around the net at the moment?
But then I also noticed something curious about the protection. I had a pilot file right after mission 8 and when I continued it, CoC duly asked me for disk 3. But after passing this check, well, that was it. It kept asking for the manual but there were no more disk checks. Even after reset/reload or when playing through the missions with a new pilot.
First I thought it may just be rather random, when CoC checks for the disk and when it doesn't. But then I noticed, that one of the original files (MKN.COC) had an odd new date (odd because my NVRAM/RTC is no longer working and produces fantasy numbers). So I grabbed a backup of the file and copied it in its place. And sure enough CoC asked for the disk again. And once I passed the check, the MKN.COC had a new date and the disk requests were gone.
Now, there may still be more about this. It may yet be a fluke. But it works reliably for me. So I thought I share it for you to try.
The archive contains the modified MKN.COC (after the disk check) and the original MKN.COC (renamed to MKN.COX).
And at the very least some of you can grab the latest 1.4 version (which should be the final release).
P.S.: I also included two old pilot files of mine. One after mission 8 and one after mission 20 (for those who just want to watch the end sequence).
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