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Goto the PDF Files FFE support files now updated to PDF format!            Go to JJFFE and FFED3D
    Being a pretty good programmer, I've designed a lot of utilities to add to your enjoyment of the Elite series of games. Some of them are basic text files with information, others are custom patches for addition to the game directory. All of my files are very detailed, and often took months to complete. Most of the Elite sites on the web use some or all of these files on their download pages. Here you can download the complete and working originals. Nor will you find any Viruses or SpyWare as they are all clean and ready to use. So you will not find a better source for Elite, Frontier Elite II, and Frontier First Encounters utilities on the web.

    Note however that these modifications were created based on the original game files. Thus there is no guarantee that they will work on highly modified versions of the games. For example, my files won't work in glFrontier as they do not exist in the modified version. Nor will my ships load into the game. But not to worry!

YOU CAN NOW RUN ALL OF THE ORIGINAL IBM ELITE GAMES ON A WINDOWS XP PC!
JUST PRINT OUT MY INSTRUCTIONS HERE!

    Many of the games are available on the Versions page. Thanks to the generosity of David Braben and Ian Bell , many versions of the games are available on their respective websites. The games are also available via visiting other sites on the Links page.

    You can also run these games on a vintage PC as they are DOS games circa 1984-1995. The solution is to setup an older PC such as a 166mhz non-mmx system running DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.1 OS. All the original games will then run perfectly on this system. Setting up an older computer just to run games is not all that unusual. Old PC systems can be found for very little or no cost, and the Elite games are well worth the effort. There are also many other great DOS games that still hold up today, and can also run on this system.

    Another way to run the games on newer PCs is to patch an existing game installation with an updated executable, or run an emulator program and then run an image file of the game. These methods will also require a little programming effort. See the Programmer's Links section of this Utility page for more information.

    Finally a WARNING...These games are some of the best you will ever find on this planet! Forget they don't have the latest greatest graphics and audio. If you get hooked on them, you will join an Elite group of players who will always be forever dissapointed by the games you see in the stores today! So you have been dually warned!

ALL OF THESE FILES ARE USED AT YOUR OWN RISK ! ! !

    Neither I, the server provider, the game authors, your dog, or anyone else you can think of, is responsible in any way for the loss or damage to your programs due to the use or misuse of these utilities. With that said, follow the instructions in the files, backup your original files before using the new ones, and you should do just fine.
Access Access Files Authorization Authorization

Just Gimme' FFE!
Elite Install 430kb Yes, you can run all four of the IBM Elite games on a Windows XP PC! Here's the installation instructions!
firstenc.zip 2405kb SHAREWARE! - FRONTIER: FIRST ENCOUNTERS (v1.06)
JJFFE Patch639kb John Jordan's set of recompiled replacement executables for Frontier First Encounters. This is version ffewin28a7.exe originally dated 4/9/06. It has been modified so that the Lynx Bulk Carrier, Long Range Cruiser, and all the Thargoid ships will correctly display on the Ship Equipment Status page. Requires an original installation of the game.
FFED3D770kbThis file replaces the Elite Games's ffe3d3.exe file in the v1.12b patch originally dated 11/16/08, and has been modified so that the Lynx Bulk Carrier, Long Range Cruiser, and all the Thargoid ships will correctly display on the Ship Equipment Status page.
Buffet37kb W Hertz's Big Universal FFE Trainer which lets you change and edit your ship while playing the game! This is a major game spoiler so use it wisely!

Support Links

Support Links
wordvu.exe1.3Mb Most of the files are in .DOC format using Word 6.0 for Windows. If you do not have this program, click on the filename to download the file from the Microsoft web site. This is their freeware copy of the Word 6.0 Viewer.
wdviewer.exe12Mb Here's the latest freeware Word 2003 viewer. Note that the filesize is 10 times that of Word 6.0, but it will read all doc versions to date.
frontier.faq74kbFrontier Elite II Frequently Asked Questions - Click on the filename to be transported to Jades FFE site.
ffefaq.htm127kbFrontier First Encounters Frequently Asked Questions - The online HTML version. Click on the filename to be transported to Jades FFE site.
sge.zip 58kb Utility to decompress Unlzexe gamesave files - by Steve Critchlow.

Programmer's Links
    The Elite games are DOS programs. They do not like Windows 95 or better, and do not support most newer hardware directly. In an effort to resolve some of these issues, several programmers have created updated patches and game versions. The following links will get the games up and running on your newer PC. These files have been extensively tested by the Elite community, and they appear to work reliably. Be sure to carefully read their setup instructions and FAQs before proceeding with an installation.
JJFFE Central JJFFE is a set of recompiled replacement executables for Frontier First Encounters. These include versions that run under Windows 95/98/ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows NT4, OS/2 and Linux. Requires an original installation of the game - by John Jordan.
Christian Pinder Christian developed Elite - The New Kind which was a BBC disk version of Elite reprogrammed to run directly on a PC. Now he is at it again per a new 3D space exploration and combat game with the working title of Courier.
Arc Elite Arc Elite is an emulated version of Archimedes Elite located on Ian Bell's website. It requires an Acorn Archimedes Emulator to run on a PC.
Red Squirrel Red Squirrel is an Acorn Archimedes Emulator for Windows 98/ME/2000/XP. It requires the RISC 3.1 OS System ROM files to run.

Elite for All Platforms

Elite
The Games! Clicking "The Games!" will transport you to the U.K. home of Ian Bell's Web Site, where you can download many of the Elite games from the 1980s. Ian co-wrote wrote the programs and owns the commercial copyrights to the games. As they have been long been discontinued, Ian has graciously released them through his web site for the world to enjoy once again. A tear of joy falls from my eye in gratitude to this man's generosity to the world-wide fans of Elite!
elman.zip 196kb The ELITE Manual -Thanks to the lineart graphic abilities of Word for Windows, here is my interpretation of the Elite manual printed in 1984 by Firebird for the Commodore 64. This manual provides the rich environment of the games, and is a must have for ANY version of the game! It is complete and includes all the text with the British spelling intact, screenshots, artwork, wireframe pictures of all the ships (including the Thargon remote fighters), the game loading instructions, and the pilots log. The contents have been updated to support the page format of the file, and all subjects are documented. Instructions included for optional dualside (20 pages) printing.
ships.zip 3kb The complete list of ships for Elite, Elite Plus, Elite-A, Arc Elite, Frontier Elite II, and Frontier First Encounters. Details also include ships you can obtain in regular gameplay, not used, and some that are not really ships. Compliments the graphics on the Ship ID page. In Word DOC format.
aminfo.zip 29kb Amiga Elite - Charts and information on all the controls, equipment, displays, ratings, and tactics. Eighteen planetary systems are also documented to aid you in charting a profitable trade route. In graphic Word DOC (PC) and Amiga text formats.
amied.zip 14kb Amiga Elite - Provides the complete game save editing instructions and charts for using the built-in hex editor. In graphic Word DOC (PC) and Amiga text formats.

Elite Plus for IBM

Elite Plus
elchksum.zip 14kb Complete editing information and checksum routine.
elpinfo.zip 15kb Information Package - Playing Guide including controls, equipment, maps, tables, passwords, and bugs. Eighteen planetary systems are also documented to aid you in charting a profitable trade route. Also includes a fully equipped Cobra Mark III - for IBM v3.1
elpflt.zip 8kb Flight and Combat Guide ­ A step-by-step guide for a complete journey from one system to the next. Also a comprehensive guide on the tactics required for successful combat.
elpmiss.zip 22kb The Missions! ­ Eight gamesaves including all the missions, ready to play! Also a gamesave to obtain the Elite rating with just one more kill - for IBM v3.1

Frontier Elite 2 for IBM

Frontier Elite II
FE2 Manual49kbThe Frontier Elite II manual in HTML format - by Matt Dibb.
fe2cre.zip 12kb Credit Patch - Start the game with 2,000,000 credits!
fe2info.zip 12kb Information Package - Includes charts and complete information on all the ships, equipment, ratings, rankings, and controls.
fe2mod.zip 139kb Equipment Modification Patch - This patch modifies the Shipyard Upgrade page so that all of the equipment items are now FREE, and have no weight value. With this patch you can now buy any ship in the shipyard, and install equipment you desire, without regard for cost or weight.
fe2pro.zip 12kb Password Disable - This patch disables the password protection for the game. No more looking up words in the manual you misplaced three years ago! Typing any letter key will be accepted when the password screen appears.
fe2ship.zip 205kb Ship Collection - A great collection of 10 startup ships to use in the game. All the ships are custom designed, and are optimized for exciting gameplay. Includes the Thargoid ship.
frontier.zip 144kb The demo introduction animation sequence - from GameTek.
elit2min.zip 11kb Patch to fix the mining bug in the game - from MicroProse.
grf2bmp.zip 11kb Converts .GRF to .BMP formats for viewing - by Steve Critchlow.
seegrf.zip 64kb Image viewer for .GRF screen saves - by Steve Critchlow.
sge.zip 58kb Utility to decompress Unlzexe gamesave files - by Steve Critchlow.
fe2rank.zip 50kb Utility to display Elite ranking points and confirmed kills in a decompressed gamesave file. Includes Steve's SGE file - by Matt Parkins.
unlzexe.zip 12kb Utility to decompress Unlzexe executable files - by Mitugu Kurizono.

Frontier First Encounters CD-ROM

FFE CD-ROM
ffefix.zip 6kb Two Documents - One provides instructions for transferring the CD-ROM version of the game to your hard disk. The other provides instructions on how to fix the joystick bug, and use ANY joystick with the game.
first_cd.zip 777kb CD-ROM 1.06 patch to 1.1 Remastered. Repairs program bugs in 1.02 and 1.05 USA/UK versions. - from GameTek

Frontier First Encounters 3.5 in Disk

FFE 3.5 in Disk
ffemod.zip 705kb Equipment Modification Patch - This patch modifies the Shipyard Upgrade page to include nine new equipment items. ALL items on the list are now FREE, and have no weight value. All the hyperspace drives and lasers now appear at Gateway type systems, and remaining items at Soholia type systems. With this patch you can now buy any ship in the shipyard, and install equipment you desire, without regard for cost or weight. A Falcon ship is also included ready for customizing.
first_pc.zip 777kb 3.5in Disk 1.06 patch to 1.1 Remastered. Repairs program bugs in 1.02 and 1.05 USA/UK versions. - from GameTek

Frontier First Encounters Both Versions

FFE Both Versions
FFE Manual1284kbThe Frontier First Encounters manual in Word .DOC format - by Matt Dibb.
ffebmp.zip 39kb Background Screens - "Cold Steel in Space" is the theme of these seven new ship interiors to replace the standard ones.
Backgrounds
ffedit.zip 56kb Complete editing information and tutorial.
ffeinfo.zip 13kb Information Package - This package includes charts and complete information on all the ships, equipment, ratings, rankings, and controls.
ffemiss.zip 22kb Everything you ever wanted to know about all the special missions in the game. The guide describes each step in a mission, and exactly what to do next. Includes specific instructions for getting around all the mission bugs.
ffeship.zip 420kb Ship Collection - A great collection of 21 startup ships to use in the game. All the ships are custom designed, and are optimized for exciting gameplay. Also includes all the Thargoid ships, and the Argent's Quest. Note that these ships will also work with JJFFE.
ffestart.zip 43kb Starting Guide - This guide will take you step-by-step through the first two months of the game. By then you will have won the Wiccan Ware race, have 800,000 credits in your acount, and be flying an Asp Explorer with a Class III Military drive.
ffevid.zip 222Mb All the Video files for Frontier First Encounters.
ffemaps.zip 3.6Mb Andrew Hodge's excellent recreation of the Frontier First Encounters galaxy map, which is better than the original! If printed out it would be over 6 ft square! Also includes three PC wallpapers from the map.
forcecol.zip 4kb Patch to change color of space from dark blue to black - by Ben Jury.
ffesounds.zip 216kb Replace your stock laser, missile explosion, and camera sounds with these new ones - by Alex Yeoh.

JJFFE
JJFFE Patch639kb John Jordan's set of recompiled replacement executables for Frontier First Encounters. This is version ffewin28a7.exe originally dated 4/9/06. It has been modified so that the Lynx Bulk Carrier, Long Range Cruiser, and all the Thargoid ships will correctly display on the Ship Equipment Status page. Requires an original installation of the game.
JJFFE Mod 667kb Equipment Modification Patch - This patch modifies the Shipyard Upgrade page to include nine new equipment items. ALL items on the list are now FREE, and have no weight value. All the hyperspace drives and lasers now appear at Gateway type systems, and remaining items at Soholia type systems. With this patch you can now buy any ship in the shipyard, and install equipment you desire, without regard for cost or weight. A Falcon ship is also included ready for customizing. NOTE: not needed if you use Buffet!

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous
linewars.zip 96kb SHAREWARE! - Linewars was created by Patrick Aalto, and is freely distributed by PC-Sig, Inc.. Written in 1988, it was the first wireframe attempt at a multi-player 3-D space war game, based on the original version of Elite. You fly a Cobra Mark IV which is equipped with shields, up to six missiles, and two beam lasers, front and rear. Linewars can be played alone, or against a friend using a modem or cable.
FreelancerNoCD.zip 1.6Mb Replace your Freelancer.exe file with this one (copy your original to a safe place just in case) and you will no longer need the game CD in the CD-ROM to play the game.
Star Wars.zip 14.6Mb Here are ten save games for Freelancer that allows you to play the game using Star Wars ships. You can now fly the Millennium Falcon, etc., through all of the missions in the game to completion! Cool!

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