Exile: Escape From the Pit for Macintosh FAQ
Section 1: What is Exile?
This section describes the game, what you need to run it, and how to get past various problems you may encounter.
1.0 What is it?
Full Description of Exile: Escape From the Pit for Macintosh
1.1 What are the system requirements?
Exile requires System 7, 256 colors, 2 MB free memory, 3 MB disk space, and a 13" monitor.
Q: What about my PowerBook?
A: Exile will only run on 256 color PowerBooks.
Q: I have 16 colors. Will it run?
A: Exile _sometimes_ runs on 16 color macs. It's a very dicey proposition, and when it does run, the colors are ugly. As long as you don't have a 16 color PowerBook, it may be worth a shot.
Q: What about my 12" monitor?
A: Yes. But. See section 1.6.
Q: What about AV Macs?
A: Go for it! It runs like a charm.
Q: I hear it crashes on older Macs, like the II, IIc, IIcx, etc.
A: It did, but that bug was fixed years ago. Go for it!
1.2 Why should I register?
Exile is $25 shareware. Without registering, you can play the first half of the game at full functionality, and believe me, that's a LOT of game.
Upon registration, you get a code that lets you into the second half of the game, a printed out instruction manual, and a command reference card. Plus, you have made it possible for a full-time Mac game programmer to continue making software for our favorite platform.
1.3 Bugs and troubleshooting.
There are a few problems people have had. Most are fixed, but...
Q: The game sometimes has blank spell-casting and training windows. What do I do?
A: Exit the game. Select More Info about Exile (command-I). Raise the memory requirements (at the bottom of the window) by 100 K each (to 2100 K). This is a very rare problem, but that should fix it.
Q: The game is really slow during combat sometimes! Why?
A: Running other applications sometimes causes the game to slow down during fights. Reduce the number of background processes.
Q: It crashes my Mac II (or IIc, or IIcx) when I run it!
A: You are running Exile 1.0. This is fixed in later versions. Alternately, if you have ResEdit, change the MDEF of MENU resource 500 to 0. This will fix the problem.
Q: My game became unregistered when I moved up to a new version!
A: When you register, make a copy of your misc.dat file and put it in a safe place. Put in in the folder with the new copy of the game.
Q: I registered, but then the game is unregistered when I run it again! What do I do?
A: Sometimes, the game becomes corrupted when it becomes uncompressed. This is the result. Move the misc.dat file to a safe place. Delete the old copy of Exile. Uncompress a new copy. Copy the old misc.dat over the new one. The game should register fine now. If not, call Fantasoft or (preferably) E-mail me.
Q: I'm getting other crashes, or weird, staticky graphics keep appearing!
A: Several steps to solve most of your problems...
1. If using background music, turn it off.
2. Run Exile without extensions ... reboot your Mac while holding the Shift key down, and then play.
3. Give Exile more memory. From the finder, click on Exile, select Get Info from the File menu, and increase the numbers in the two fields at the bottom of the window that just came up.
1.4 Does this feature exist?
Q: How do I save maps?
A: Move up to version 1.1 or later.
Q: How do I store away my excess items? I can't carry enough!
A: Same answer.
Q: How do I move several spaces a combat turn?
A: Upgrade to version 1.3 or higher.
1.5 How big is this game, anyway?
Big. The lair of Sulfras, Erika's tower, and Grah-Hoth's castle are at the far western edge. The Castle is at the east-west halfway point. Fort Duvno is at the north-south halfway point. There are 77 towns and dungeon levels, and 42 outdoor sections. Every section, town and dungeon has a bunch of special encounters. There's a lot of game there.
1.6 Can I use Exile on a 12" screen?
Exile is designed for screens 13" or larger. However, people have been able
to play it on 12" screens, using one of two methods...
i. Going in with ResEdit and modifying the dialogs so they fit on a smaller screen.
ii. There is a control panel called Drag Any Window, which one user told me can
be used the shift the dialogs around so that all of them can be accessed.
So the answer is yes, but it takes a little work.
1.7 Is Exile on the Web?
Yes. Related pages
1.8 How do I get Exile?
Exile is on a variety of shareware collections, can be downloaded from AOL, CompuServe, and EWorld, and is at all the major ftp sites, such as sumex-aim.stanford.edu, mac.archive.umich.edu, and mirrors.aol.com.
Section 2: Nastier Puzzles
The hint book for Exile contains piles of hints. It's over 20 pages of densely packed text. It's a good buy.
However, some puzzles are icky above and beyond the call of duty. Here's some hints to get you unstuck...
2.0: How do I pass the gremlins in the glade?
They're unhappy. Find some wine for them.
2.1: Where is the stone key?
Motrax saw it once. Ask him about 'bribe.' Then search the caves southeast of his lair. The key is at a special you probably visited already.
2.2 How do I get into the tower where Grah-Hoth is imprisoned?
The buttons are a red herring. Use a magic map. Look for secret things in the southwest corner of the dungeon. Then search for secret doors in the north wall of the tower.
2.3 On the third floor of the Crypt of Drath, how do I get past the teleporters?
(This is my favorite puzzle. You have to play it to find out how obnoxious it is.)
Walk into the east teleporter three times. Search for secret doors.
2.4 Where is the graymold?
Start in a boat by Fort Dranlon. Take the river east to the large lake. Follow the shore north, and follow the river heading away to the north. The graymold it at the source of that river.
2.5 Where can I store my items?
In version 1.1 or later. Leave items in the room in the inn with one crate in it in Silvar, or in the 3x3 room off the storeroom in the Castle.
2.6 Where is the fifth piece of mold?
On the other side of the river. To get across, see 2.7, or go mess around in the Giant Castle way to the north. You're looking for the giant's boats...
2.7 How do I get over chasms?
Get the Orb of Thralni. It's hidden in the Waterfall Warren, 2 sections west of Fort Dranlon.
2.8 How do I get past the goblins in Erika's tower?
(This is my second favorite puzzle)
"Pierce them both to get the prize."
2.9 How do I pass the double barrier in the Vahnatai cave to the far west?
Play Exile II.
Section 3: Miscellaneous
Odds and ends.
3.0 Is it safe to kill the dragons?
You are supposed to kill Pyrog. All the others know something you need to know for one of the winning quests. Once you find it, it's OK to kill the dragons, but it's not very nice.
3.1 If you killed a dragon you shouldn't have...
Find the Exile Editor v1.1 or later. It can unkill all the dragons in its unregistered state.
If you don't do this, you're stuck.
3.2 How can I get money?
The wandering encounters outdoors around the start are designed to give a decent amount of $$$ at low levels. Also, the Getting Started In Exile file that came with the game has many good tips.
3.3 Will there be Exile II?
Exile II: Crystal Souls is now out! There are twice as many spells. You can summon monsters. Nicer graphics! Nicer sounds! An even bigger world! It's a great game ... give it a try!