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Subject: The Marathon Trilogy - Get It!

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This guide works for Windows, OS X, and Linux.

With the release of Aleph One 1.0 on December 1st, 2011, the hitherto-confusing installation process has been streamlined dramatically. Curated community plugins have been bundled with the game files into a single download for each game. Get your Marathon here!

If you wish to find alternatives or additions to the bundled plugins, check out Simplici7y. The site is active, with new content submitted regularly.

It should also be noted that Marathon 2: Durandal is available for purchase from the Xbox Live Arcade.

[Edited on 03.04.2012 5:04 PM PST]

  • 12.29.2009 2:55 PM PST

Useful Stuff

Instruction Manuals, Plot, and Walkthroughs

The instruction manuals are available as pdfs. They make for interesting reads.

> Marathon Instruction Manual
> Marathon 2: Durandal Instruction Manual
> Marathon Infinity Instruction Manual

A comprehensive summary of the plot, as well as all terminal messages, may be found on this site (scroll down the sidebar to the left to navigate by game/level).

If you get stuck, refer to the Marathon Spoiler Guide. You may also use this to find all the hidden areas. Alternatively (and only for Marathon 2), BerserkerBarage has created a very nice series of video walkthroughs, found here.

The Preferences Menu

Before starting the game, walk through the preferences menu. You'll probably want to change your control scheme to use the mouse to aim. Also, take a look at the keyboard layout - of particular importance is the Map key, which brings up a map of the area you have explored so far. While you're there, an old trick is to make caps lock your Run key, so you can toggle it instead of having to hold it down (note that Always Run is turned on by default).

Tips & Tricks

You can start playing at any level from the main menu. Hold ctrl + shift then start a new game, and you will be presented with a list of levels. Note, however, that you will only start with a couple clips for the magnum and your fists.

Hangbrain has written a very nice summary of gameplay tricks found here.

Multiplayer

All the Marathon games have online play capabilities, including the Xbox Live version. There's likely to be a few people online at any given time, but for a more structured experience you should check out For Carnage Apply Within, which is a very active group that organizes matches.

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  • 12.29.2009 2:56 PM PST

The Community and Extras

Marathon Scenarios

Marathon has a dedicated and surprisingly active modding community. Many fan-made scenarios exist for you to play, with some approaching the quality of the original games.

> Marathon: Resurrection
A full remake of the original Marathon in the Unreal engine. Requires a copy of Unreal Tournament to play.

> Marathon: Eternal
Eternal picks up the story hundreds of years after the original Marathon. Using Jjaro technology, you and your A.I. travel back in time to the colony ship shortly before the Pfhor assault begins. Amazing music.

> Marathon: Rubicon
Impressive in its scope, Rubicon features multiple storylines and endings depending on your choices.

> Marathon: Evil
Your starship crashes on a planet inhabited by strange and terrifying creatures.

> Marathon: Red
After your patrol ship comes across a Pfhor cruiser drifting in space, a boarding excursion goes horribly wrong.

Community Websites

The following is a list of websites you should look into if you're interested in joining the community. If you have experience programming, making 3D models, or manipulating images, your contributions would be appreciated!

> Marathon.Bungie.org
The hub of the Marathon community, major news such as the release of new scenarios or items of general interest are posted here.

> Marathon Open Source
Home of the Aleph One project. Watch this site for update releases and other news.

> Simplici7y
The current home for all user-created map packs, mods, and utilities. Have a look around - it's likely you'll find at least a few interesting things. Perhaps someday you'll submit your own.

> The Pfhorums
Home for general discussion of Marathon with heavy emphasis on scripts, mods, and scenarios, the Pfhorums is where the minds that made this possible congregate. If you wish to contribute to the community, declare your interest here.

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  • 12.29.2009 2:57 PM PST

Other Bungie Games

The Marathon Trilogy is the most recent game series to have been freewared by Bungie. Oni and the Myth series unfortunately possess the twin misfortunes of being hard to find and illegal to download, so the best you can do is find them on an online store or play the demos.

The main obstacle to playing even older Bungie games is that they were all written for now-obsolete Apple computers from the early 90's. The only way you are able to play these is through emulation (which will not be discussed here) or through the use of an actual Apple computer from that era. The games themselves are all freeware, and may be downloaded from the following pages:

> Gnop!
> Operation: Desert Storm
> Minotaur: The Labyrinths of Crete
> Pathways into Darkness

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  • 12.29.2009 2:59 PM PST
Subject: The Marathon Trilogy - Get It! (v2.0)
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lollololololololol

  • 12.30.2009 1:58 PM PST

Posted by: Tycho 41 49
Delving even further in Bungie history, you'll find Pathways into Darkness, a sci-fi game set in a lost pyramid. You are an American SpecOps soldier, on a mission to set and detonate a nuclear weapon to destroy the pyramid and stop the awakening of the Dreaming God. The style of gameplay incorporates heavy puzzle-solving and role-playing elements as well as standard FPS gameplay. Additionally, there are quite a few interesting plot tie-ins to the Marathon universe. Due to the difficulty of obtaining the original game and getting it to work, a project is well underway to port the game to the Aleph One engine. The project website is found here; it may appear to be dead, but rest assured that is not the case. You can download a demo and somewhat-functional beta of the game at this time. Be sure to check this website once in a while for further updates.
How do you know it isn't dead?

[Edited on 11.20.2010 11:27 AM PST]

  • 12.30.2009 3:20 PM PST

I know somebody who knows the guy.

I should clarify, it isn't officially dead. He apparently still works on it from time to time. Knowing how these things work, it's probably vaporware. That's just my prediction though, I certainly hope I'm wrong.

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  • 12.30.2009 4:14 PM PST

I search tirelessly for the secrets of the one known as the webmaster and for ling-ling's head.

will this aleph one and the marathon games work with Windows Vista?

  • 12.30.2009 6:06 PM PST
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good articles.it is useful for me.thanks

  • 12.30.2009 7:33 PM PST

Posted by: Shadow Krait
will this aleph one and the marathon games work with Windows Vista?

Yes.

Also if anyone wants to submit scenarios that they have played and approve of, I might include them in the last section.

I would prefer it if said scenarios took place in the Marathon universe, and don't just share its game engine (e.g. Morgana's Revenge).

[Edited on 12.31.2009 3:31 PM PST]

  • 12.31.2009 1:42 PM PST

Posted by: Tycho 41 49
I know somebody who knows the guy.

I should clarify, it isn't officially dead. He apparently still works on it from time to time. Knowing how these things work, it's probably vaporware. That's just my prediction though, I certainly hope I'm wrong.
I actually know the guy. I was just wondering how you knew.

  • 01.01.2010 12:20 PM PST

Very timely! Just the other day I was thinking about reviving my old Marathon Pacifist project, and even did a few test runs. Unfortunately, saved films still cut out at the end frequently on AlephOne, which makes certain levels less likely to properly complete, but I might find a work-around if I decide to go forward with those again.

  • 01.02.2010 11:58 AM PST
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hi every i really like your comment many knowledgeable information in this site and every articles in this site really very nice thanks for share it.

  • 01.02.2010 12:28 PM PST

I search tirelessly for the secrets of the one known as the webmaster and for ling-ling's head.

I am having trouble installing Marathon.

-I downloaded and unzipped the Aleph One
-Then I downloaded the Marathon:Infinity scenario
-I tried to unzip the Infinity but it gave me an error message saying that the zipped folder is empty and i need to copy files to it but the file read that it had 29.342 MB of data in it so, I shrugged it off and decided to copy the Aleph One.exe to it
-Then I get another message saying that that the zipped folder is corupt or invalid. So it did not transfer the Aleph One.exe

Any help with this? And if it is of any relevance I am running Windows Vista 64-bit

  • 01.02.2010 9:00 PM PST

Try re-downloading the Infinity game files. What unzipping program are you using?

  • 01.02.2010 11:22 PM PST

I search tirelessly for the secrets of the one known as the webmaster and for ling-ling's head.

I already tried redownloading the infinity files but when I download it, it shows no progress bar but a line under it saying "open so far: (MB)" but i click on the save button.

I am using whatever unzip program that is integrated into Vista

  • 01.03.2010 9:56 AM PST

You're having trouble downloading? Try a different browser. I wouldn't be sure if that would work, but really that's highly irregular. Try downloading a different scenario as well.

  • 01.03.2010 10:17 AM PST

I search tirelessly for the secrets of the one known as the webmaster and for ling-ling's head.

I already tried doing Durandal but it gave me the same thing so I went to other sites to download infinity or durandal but once again the same downloading error occured
i think the files are either incompatible or corrupt

  • 01.03.2010 12:37 PM PST
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How very -blam!-!

  • 01.03.2010 12:52 PM PST

Can you provide screenshots? Upload them to imgur.

I can tell you the files are certainly not corrupted, and I have successfully played all the Marathon games on 64-bit Vista.

  • 01.03.2010 2:22 PM PST

I search tirelessly for the secrets of the one known as the webmaster and for ling-ling's head.

Before i give you some screenshots do you think that it is because of the file directory I put the Aleph One in and Marathon: Ininfity because currently I have both of those listed under a folder I created in C:Program Files(x86)\Bungie (but when you get to the Bungie file you click on compatibility files)

  • 01.03.2010 8:59 PM PST

Um. Well maybe. It might have something to do with user permissions since you need to be an admin to do most things in the Program Files directory.

  • 01.03.2010 11:01 PM PST

Yeah, try going through the steps in another directory outside of Program Files as a test. If it works, you'll know that's the problem. If not, you will have at least eliminated one possible reason for it.

  • 01.04.2010 9:21 AM PST

I search tirelessly for the secrets of the one known as the webmaster and for ling-ling's head.

Ya well it ain't workin out....I moved it to the My documents directory and the inifity files are still giving me that download problem

  • 01.04.2010 6:03 PM PST
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Thanks for the M3 post. I downloaded and unzipped everything effortlessly. Copied A1 to each of the game directories. Ran A1, but got the following in the stderr file:

"Can't open video display (No video mode large enough for 1280x800)
WARNING: Failed to initialize OpenGL with 24 bit colour
WARNING: Retrying with 16 bit colour
Can't open video display (No video mode large enough for 1280x800)"

Any help ? What is OpenGL ?

WO

  • 01.04.2010 8:21 PM PST