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You really need to move on. GalCiv2 is the way to go now. If you want something just like MOO I, but bigger and better, and you thought MOO III was unbelievably misguided, I suggest trying Galactic Civilizations. Very much like MOO I, but with a lot more depth. Highly recommended. They have a great forum supporting the game, the developers are making regualr updates, and you get buy/download it on-line. If MOO 2-3 had been made the way it should have it would be GalCiv2.

For years the original Master Of Orion was my favorite computer game. There's something about it that is so addictive. Even with all of the new games out now, I still found myself playing it regularly 15 years after it came out. MOO II just wasn't as good. I tried really hard to like it because it was prettier and had more features, but somehow they lost the part I really liked. MOO III was a mish-mash of good ideas that came together very, very badly.

Okay, here are links to the game. I have two files here. One has all the individual disks, and the other is just the whole game in one zip file. WARNING: You may get errors telling you that you don't have enough memory of some sort. Typically you'll have to edit your config.sys to fix this. This is a DOS game. They did things differently back then. To fix the problem you should have this in your config.sys file:

    DEVICEHIGH=C:\windows\emm386.exe RAM
Double Warning!!!! If you do this wrong you can totally hose your computer. You should know what you are doing before messing with your config.sys. And this is just for Win98, it may not make the game work with WinME, WinXP, etc. Here's some advice for WinME. And here's some XP advice.

Download all disks
Download Game

For the copy protection you can look at this file. (That would be the ship names) Here's a smaller version.

So here are some links to resources for the original Master of Orion.

Screen shots
Master of Orion FAQ (version 1.3 in hypertext)
Master of Orion FAQ (version 2.8 in plain text)
MOO Strategy Guide
Master of Orion 1.3 Patch
Game editor
Ship editor
Map Editor
Other Editors -,

Master of Orion Message Board Lots of good advice and helpful folks here.

MOO Search at eBay - Here's a direct link to the Master of Orion search on eBay. They usually have complete games or 5-10 bucks. I got an unopened game for $8.50.

Orion Palace - Another great MOO site.

Underdogs - Another good download site.

Star Lords - The original pre-release version of the game. (press enter to skip by copy protection)

Microprose's tech FAQ

Game manual in PDF format (See above for copy protection)
Here's a smaller text version.


ALT + Galaxy - Scouts the whole galaxy for you
ALT + Moola - Gives 100bc while in Planet screen
ALT + Events - turns off events
ALT + P - Scrambles all leader personalities and objectives to completely random ones.

Keyboard shortcuts

F1 - Help
F2- Cycle to next colony
F3- Cycle to previous colony
F4- Cycle to next newly created fleet
F5- Cycle to previous newly created fleet
F6- Cycle to next fleet
F7- Cycle to previous fleet
F8- Cycle to next colony that has enemy ships enroute
F9- Cycle to previous colony that has enemy ships enroute
F10- Instantly saves game to Continue Game File
The F8 and F9 keys require Advanced Scanner tech.

1. Tech Screen: '=' sets all research allocations to the same amount.
2. ALT-M will display a 5 parsec by 5 parsec grid on the control screen.
3. The "C" key will tell you how many spies were caught that turn.
4. The "B" key will allow you to scrap missile bases.
5. ALT-C centers the screen on the current planet.
6. ALT-R changes all RELOCation destinations to the selected planet.

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