So, you want
to play user made add-on missions on your Mac do you?
Most Dark Forces levels were created on PCs, so you will have
to follow these easy steps to convert
those pesky PC files into something your Mac will understand.
Pictured above is an open window from Zipit 1.3.8 showing an open
Zip archive containing a great
add-on mission for Dark Forces that you are just dying to play!
While Macs commonly use Stuffit to compress files, PCs use WinZip
or similar applications to make Zip archives. Most levels on the
web are in this form, so you want Zipit to help you expand them.
The only files you will need to play are the .GOB and .LFD files.
You should probably read the text (,TXT) file also- it usually
contains level info.
Look in the
far right column marked "LF". This means "line
feed" and its something you won't want in any of your converted
Mac files (except for text files). Notice that I removed the LF
by clicking on the black box next to the .GOB file. With none
of the LFD or GOB files containing LFs, the contents are now ready
to be expanded or "unzipped".
you unzip the files, make sure your Dark Forces Data folder
looks like the one to the left. Notice how the Dark Forces
application is located in the Cutscenes folder. If it is
located elsewhere while playing add-on missions, you won't
be able to see new cutscenes or textcrawls!
Drag the GOB file (the actual mission) into the Dark Forces
Data folder. Drag any LFD files into the Cutscenes folder
inside Dark Forces Data.
the new, unzipped files are blank icons instead of the nifty
stormtrooper icon variety. This is because they are still
to convert those new GOB and LFD files to Mac files, use
Mac GOBer .
n' drop the two files on the MacGober icon. They will reappear
as stormtrooper icons,
as seen at left. They are now encoded for Mac play!