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Unofficial Patches


These patches and modifications are not the product of Dynamix nor are they supported or endorsed by them. These patches have gone through rigorous testing but the authors assume no responsibility for any damage caused by their use. Please read all instructions and back up necessary files before running any of these patches!


UNOFFICIAL PATCHES BY BOB CHURCH

Red Baron PC Box Cover (1990) XBaron

Developer: Bob Church (Website)
Publisher: Bob Church (Website)
File Name: xb146.zip
File Type: Patch
File Version: 1.46
File Release: 28-May-1995
File Size: 59 kB
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NOTE: The XBaron package consists of a patch and support programs for use with Dynamix' Red Baron w/ Mission Builder. XBaron provides several extensions which will improve and enhance the performance of Red Baron, especially on 486/33 and faster computers.

The major features of XBaron are:

  • A Frame Rate Limiter in the simulation that limits maximum frame rate to a value that allows Red Baron to run at optimum performance.
  • A Frame Rate Limiter in the VCR that regulates playback time so it is the same as the record time.
  • Additional keyboard functions available in the VCR for adjusting tape speed during playback.
  • Improved joystick routines with provision for adjustable response curves and adjustable dead zone settings.
  • Additional joystick button functions as well as the capability to reassign individual functions to any available button.
  • Built-in support for the Thrustmaster FCS/PFCS hat switch for controlling cockpit views.
  • Built-in support for proportional analog throttle to replace the 'ratchet' analog throttle that RB provides.
  • Optional support for proportional analog rudder to replace the 'off-on' analog rudder that RB provides.
  • Optional support for a partial rudder-aileron linkage that adds a little roll whenever the pedals are depressed.

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Red Baron PC Box Cover (1990) XBaron (Improved Version)

Developer: Bob Church (Website)
Publisher: Bob Church (Website)
File Name: xb146a.zip
File Type: Patch
File Version: 1.46a
File Release: 29-Dec-1998
File Size: 67 kB
Compatibility:

NOTE: XB146A.ZIP contains an update to my old XBaron utility for Red Baron I. XBaron fixes problems that were encountered when RBI was run on machines faster than a 486/66. It also added support for the TM FCS hat switch, programmable control response, proportional rudders, and configurable joystick button actions. The ZIP also includes a copy of my old CALRB utility which is necessary to keep the cursor stable in the Main Menu. You need to start with a fresh install of RB, run the CALRB utility first, then install XBaron. Be sure to read the enclosed documentation for information on getting things configured properly. XBaron only works with the 'Mission Builder' versions of Red Baron. It will not work with the original Red Baron that didn't include the MB, nor will it work with the 16-color version that Dynamix has posted for free download.

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Red Baron PC Box Cover (1990) FIXRB5

Developer: Bob Church (Website)
Publisher: Bob Church (Website)
File Name: fixrb5.zip
File Type: Patch
File Version: 1.10
File Release: 08-May-1993
File Size: 68 kB
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FIXRB5 approximately doubles the sensitivity of the rudder pedals in RBMB. This is necessary when using rudder pedals such as the Thrustmaster RCS which have pots which are centered when the pedals are centered, but do not reach near zero resistance when the pedals are full left. Because of the way which RBMB calibrates, the resistance read at hard left and hard right pedal on these types of rudder systems will often not cause the rudders to actually move. By increasing the sensitivity, the point where the rudders activate will move back to about 50% of maximum pedal travel in either direction.

To install the patch, put the file FIXRB5.EXE in your RBMB directory, usually C:\DYNAMIX\BARON, do a CD\DYNAMIX\BARON and type FIXRB5. The program patches only the main simulation file, RB.EXE.

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UNOFFICIAL PATCHES BY BILL 'SAMURAI' CICIORA AND JAMES 'JAYBIRD' JOHNSON

Red Baron PC Box Cover (1990) Ace Rank Patch

Developer: Bill Ciciora
Publisher: Bill Ciciora
File Name: acefix.zip
File Type: Patch
File Version: -
File Release: 07-Nov-1992
File Size: 2 kB
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ACEFIX.BAT is a cosmetic fix for Red Baron Mission Builder. In my research I have found the highest rank each ace attained in the War. The ace table included in Mission Builder has some errors. ACEFIX will set promotion dates for aces as in the table below. The dates are not necessarily historically correct for the new aces, but coincide with command assignments. It is likely that the new aces would have received their promotions just before taking command of a new or larger unit.

The only place this shows up is when an ace leads a mission; the mission assignment screen names the ace and shows his rank.

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Red Baron PC Box Cover (1990) Bristol F.2B Patch

Developer: Bill 'Samurai' Ciciora and James 'Jaybird' Johnson
Publisher: Bill 'Samurai' Ciciora and James 'Jaybird' Johnson
File Name: brismb.zip
File Type: Patch
File Version: -
File Release: 12-Oct-1992
File Size: 17 kB
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This patch assigns the Bristol F.2B as the standard recce aircraft to Veteran and Regular RFC pilots in certain months in 1917 and 1918. This is an aircraft that the player would never see unless flying a special hacked mission. For some reason Dynamix neglected to include this aircraft in any of the campaign missions in either RB or RBMB.

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Red Baron PC Box Cover (1990) Mission Builder Patch

Developer: Bill 'Samurai' Ciciora and James 'Jaybird' Johnson
Publisher: Bill 'Samurai' Ciciora and James 'Jaybird' Johnson
File Name: mbptch.zip
File Type: Patch
File Version: -
File Release: 29-Oct-1992
File Size: 12 kB
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The Jaybird/Samurai Red Baron Mission Builder Patch Kit. Enables the new aircraft and new aces in career mode. Automatically backs up the files it's going to patch. Modular structure; allows you to enable individual aircraft or aces, or installs all patches en masse. Fully documented with historical notes. A joint project by J.W. "Jaybird" Johnson (74020,1734) and Bill "Samurai" Ciciora (73717,2274).

Time constraints in the release of Red Baron Mission Builder prevented Dynamix from integrating the new aircraft and new aces into Career Mode. The files included in this ZIP add these new aircraft and aces to Red Baron campaigns. Each aircraft file set modifies one or both of the Mission Builder squadron tables. Each ace file set modifies the Mission Builder ace table and possibly one or both of the squadron tables. This approach allows players to tailor the changes to their personal preferences. Some of these changes are not historically accurate. We feel that some historical inaccuracy is a small price to pay for the ability to fly with and against the new aces and new aircraft while in a campaign.

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Red Baron PC Box Cover (1990) Mission Builder Patch Fix

Developer: Bill 'Samurai' Ciciora and James 'Jaybird' Johnson
Publisher: Bill 'Samurai' Ciciora and James 'Jaybird' Johnson
File Name: mpchf2.zip
File Type: Patch
File Version: -
File Release: 27-Apr-1993
File Size: 2 kB
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This patch corrects an error in the Mission Builder Patch which accidently assigned a German pilot to a British squadron for a month. (requires MBPtch.zip)

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UNOFFICIAL PATCHES BY JOE 'THE MAVERICK' SCOLERI

Red Baron PC Box Cover (1990) Red Baron Realism Patch

Developer: Joe 'The Maverick' Scolari (Website)
Publisher: Joe 'The Maverick' Scolari (Website)
File Name: rbreal10.zip
File Type: Patch
File Version: 1.0
File Release: 04-Mar-1996
File Size: 74 kB
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A historical update patch. Corrects some errors in the historical aircraft data and modifies other values to make the program more realistic. Includes RB EXPERT, a utility which modifies the on screen messages to reflect the limited knowlege a pilot would have.

Download: download icon rbreal10.zip (external link)

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UNOFFICIAL PATCHES BY GRAEME VON CREE

Red Baron PC Box Cover (1990) Ace's Aircraft Patch

Developer: Graeme von Cree
Publisher: Graeme von Cree
File Name: rbpers.zip
File Type: Patch
File Version: -
File Release: 17-Oct-1993
File Size: 4 kB
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Richthofen: The Famous Aces screen shows 3 of Richthofen's personal planes: the Albatros D-III, the Albatros D-Va, and the Fokker Dr-1. However, Richthofen never flies the Albatros D-Va during the Campaign Game. So what's the Albatros D-V doing there if he never flies it? This patch changes Richthofen's personal plane from an Albatros D-III to an Albatros D-Va in the months of June and September 1917.

McCudden: In the Campaign Game, McCudden flies with #56 Squadron from 7/17 to 2/18. We know that he flew earlier yet he doesn't appear in the Campaign Game during this period. The reason is Dynamix's reluctance to deliberately bend history. During his DH-2 days McCudden flew with #29 Squadron, and since #29 Squadron doesn't appear in the game, neither does this period of McCudden's career. This patch adds him to #24 Squadron until Feburary 1917.

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Red Baron PC Box Cover (1990) Ace's Aircraft Patch (Richthofen)

Developer: Graeme von Cree
Publisher: Graeme von Cree
File Name: richth.zip
File Type: Patch
File Version: -
File Release: 17-Oct-1993
File Size: 3 kB
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This patch adds more planes flown by Manfred von Richthofen. Richthofen flew a Halberstadt during January 1917 when his Albatros was damaged, and used a Pfalz in early 1918 when numerous airframe failures temporarily grounded the Fokker Dr-1's. This patch allows him to fly both of these aircraft at the appropriate time in the campaign game.

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