Downloading the client
Please email support if you have ANY problems, we're very happy to help you get back into the Gate. Also we have players playing on Macs using VMWare, so don't let that stop you.
Quick version - download and run this Easy install wrapper and hopefully
it'll all just work and you won't have to read any further. Should work on XP now, too.
Download and Run the Sanctum Easy installer
If Option A didn't work, or you just want to roll your own for some reason, read on.
Since we're piecing the game together from various parts, it's a two step process to get
the game installed and connecting to the right server. The last stable NIOGA client
was version 1.70.46d, Sanctum with game auto-reconnect, so you must first download that
installer and run it. That will get you the game, but it will try to connect to the
NIOGA servers that are down, so we need a second step to patch the install so the
game will find the new non-Nioga server.
Download NIOGA Sanctum 1.74.6d installer
Download the installer and run it. If you have the 1.6 client installed, this install will most likely break it, but that's okay, we're moving on. Say okay to the security dialog if it appears, agree to the terms, and select your version of Windows. If you're on Windows7 you should pick the Vista option. For Win7 and Vista
Remember where you installed it. After it copies all files, uncheck the "Launch" option and Exit. The installer will start the install of DirectX and MSXML - if you're on Win7 you won't need either of those and they will either exit themselves or you can cancel them. On Windows XP you may very well need to install them both, so go ahead. Now open an explorer window, navigate to the directory where you installed Sanctum, where you can see the bin, Cache and Decks directories, and leave that window open.
Download Sanctum Redux patch
Download this zipped patch file. Open it. Select all the folders you see, bin, Cache and Decks, and drag and drop them into the Sanctum install directory from the previous step, where you can see the bin, Cache and Decks folders that we're replacing files in. Every dialog that pops up confirm that you want to replace all files.
That should be it - launch the bin/Sanctum.exe, admire the new Mongo-generated artwork. If you did it right there should be a little "redux" down in the center bottom of the first screen graphic. Log In with your old Nioga username and password. If there's a problem you can go to the Edit Account page and see if you can recover your account, or activate it again if it was set to inactive. Please update your email address as well, since if we get to generating vouchers and rewards that's where we'll be sending them. You may need to create your own shortcut on the desktop after the install as well.
Thanks to Mongo for tuning up the client graphics a bit, providing some new banners for the website links, and this website background design.