||Kingpin Patch v8 by Monkey Harris
This is a patch for Kingpin that fixes a number of bugs, and adds some other
improvements too (see the lists below). No files are modified by the patch, so
it works with all Kingpin (v1.21) releases, including the Steam version. The
WSOCK32.DLL file is the patch that gets loaded by Kingpin and PATCHCFG.EXE is a
configuration app for the patch. Both files should be put in your Kingpin
If you have Kingpin installed under "Program Files" or "Program Files (x86)"
then you may need to run PATCHCFG.EXE as administrator (right-click on it) for
it to be able to write the patch's PATCH.CFG config file.
New features and tweaks
More screen resolution options
All resolutions supported by the video card are included in the video mode
option in the "visuals" menu. A custom resolution can also be set via a new
"vid_size" console variable (eg. "set vid_size 1024x768"). Fullscreen mode
can be set to always use the native/desktop resolution, in which case the
video mode setting only applies to windowed mode. Both options can also be
set in the PATCHCFG app, to override the in-game setting every time Kingpin
in started. The current resolution is now added to the "gl_mode" console
variable (which is sent to servers) as well as being in the new "vid_size"
When running in windowed mode, the size of the Kingpin window can be adjusted
by dragging the edges. Note this is only possible when the "fullscreen mode"
option is set to "native", so that an irregular windowed resolution does not
prevent fullscreen mode working.
The PATCHCFG app gives the option (enabled by default) of automatically
adjusting the FOV to maintain the same vertical view with any aspect ratio.
This results in the horizontal view expanding, instead of the vertical view
shrinking, when using a widescreen aspect ratio. The "fov" console variable
is unchanged by this (the adjustment is applied on top of that).
Improved support for any size of image
Standard Kingpin limits images/textures to 256x256 pixels and anything larger
gets reduced, losing detail. It also resizes any images/textures that are not
a power of 2 (256/128/64/etc) because they needed to be a power of 2 in the
past, again losing detail. Both of those limitations are removed now, so
affected images/textures are shown in higher quality. The "texture quality"
option (gl_maxtexsize) has been removed from the "visuals" menu as it no
longer has any effect. If wanted, power of 2 images can be re-enabled by
setting the new "gl_pow2" console variable to "1" ("vid_restart" is needed
A new anisotropic filtering option is available in the "visuals" menu and a
"gl_anisotropy" console variable. When enabled, it keeps images/textures
looking sharp when they are viewed at an angle. Higher settings allow it to
have effect at greater angles and distances. Note this setting may be
overridden in the video card's control panel.
A new multisample anti-aliasing (MSAA) option is available in the "visuals"
menu and a "gl_multisample" console variable. When enabled, anti-aliasing
smooths jagged edges. Higher settings are smoother but more demanding. Note
this setting may be overridden in the video card's control panel.
Vertical sync setting
A new vertical sync option is available in the "visuals" menu, which gives
access to the existing "gl_swapinterval" console variable. Setting it to "no"
(off) is recommended to reduce input lag. Note this setting may be overridden
in the video card's control panel.
Improved lighting of see-through surfaces
See-through surfaces (eg. grills/fences/banners) now have the same lighting
applied as other surfaces in the same area, so that they blend in better.
Dynamic lighting is also now applied to those surfaces, and they can be
charred by explosions and flames.
Improved dynamic lighting
The performance of dynamic lighting (and charring) is much improved so that
it can now be enabled on Intel GPUs without causing lag. Dynamic lights also
now work properly on bmodels (eg. moving platforms) and windows, and no
longer show on the other side of thin walls.
Dynamic light disabling
A new dynamic lighting option is available in the "visuals" menu. When that
is set to "none", no dynamic lighting or charring is applied to surfaces.
When set to "partial", map lights and charring are enabled, but not other
dynamic lights like muzzle flashes or explosions. When set to "full", all
dynamic lights are enabled.
Surface charring (eg. from explosions and flames) is limited to 75% to avoid
the map becoming pitch black. Charring also no longer affects the lighting of
players/NPCs or items except for props.
Improved effect visibility
Effects such as flames/sparks/blood/etc are now visible through translucent
surfaces (eg. windows and water).
Shadows are now shaded rather than pitch-black. They also point away from the
nearest/strongest light sources, and are not shown for things that are a long
way off the ground.
Hybrid directional lighting
A new "hybrid" setting is available for the directional lighting option
(which is now in the "visuals" menu) that combines the map's lightmap with
the normal "junior" lighting to prevent too dark shading of players/NPCs in
areas of the map that are bright.
Maximum FPS setting
The maximum frames per second (cl_maxfps) can be set in the PATCHCFG app.
This limits the screen refresh rate and also how frequently your input is
sent to a server. If vertical sync is enabled then the FPS will be limited
to the monitor's refresh rate. It may also be limited by the server. FPS is
no longer limited by the "rate" setting.
A new FPS display option is available in the "visuals" menu and a "showfps"
console variable. When enabled, the current number of frames per second is
displayed at the bottom of the screen, along with the highest number of
milliseconds between 2 frames during the last second.
Internet server browsing
A live server list is downloaded and included in the "join network server"
menu. A copy of the list is also written to a SERVERS.TXT file, which will
be used if the master server is ever unavailable. The dead "play on heat.net"
menu option is removed.
Download speed is no longer limited by the "rate" or "cl_maxfps" settings or
by vertical sync, and can now reach speeds of up to 4 MB/s if the server
allows. A speed limit can be set in the PATCHCFG app and a new
"max_download_rate" console variable can be used to change the limit in-game.
Downloads are also sent in fewer/larger packets when connected to a kpded2
server, for greater efficiency.
PAK downloading tweaks
PAK files are downloaded (if the server offers any) before any other files,
to avoid separately requesting files that are in the PAKs. Only the mod's
directory is checked for existing PAK files (and other root directory files)
so that existing files in the "main" directory do not prevent mod-specific
client files being downloaded.
PAK update downloading
When kicked for having old client files, the new "redownload" command can be
used to reconnect and download the latest PAK file(s) from the server instead
of visiting a website to get them.
When kicked for having an incorrect version of a map, the new "redownload"
command can be used to reconnect and download the map from the server.
Map downloading to main
The PATCHCFG app gives the option (enabled by default) of having map files
always downloaded to the "main" directory instead of mod-specific
directories, to avoid wasting time and disk space on downloading duplicate
Model skin downloading
Skins/textures used by models (including weapon models) are downloaded from
Model extras downloading
Any accessory options (hat/cigar/etc) that a custom player model has are
downloaded from the server.
When connected to a kpded2 server, game state data will be compressed when it
would otherwise be too large to send, instead of dropping it. This can be
disabled by setting the new "net_compress" console variable to "0". Note that
demos containing compressed data will not be playable without the patch
enabled. File downloads are also compressed for greater speed and lower
Increased entity limit
The entity display limit is increased from 128 to 256. This fixes the problem
of your gun sometimes disappearing/flickering when there is a lot of action.
Visible gun with any FOV
You can choose in the PATCHCFG app to have your gun visible with any "fov"
setting, not only up to 90.
Consistent HUD layout
The position of the HUD items and the chat text are now the same in all
screen resolutions and aspect ratios.
A new hud size option is available in the "options" menu and a "hudsize"
console variable, to adjust the size of the HUD items and scoreboards (and
centered text messages) when using screen resolutions over 600 pixels high
(and over 1280 pixels wide for scoreboards). The minimum setting leaves
things at their original size.
Hi-res console text
A hi-res font is used to show console and overlay text, adding support for
lowercase letters and colouring. A new console font size option is available
in the "options" menu and a "con_scale" console variable.
Hi-res small text
The hi-res font is used for small text items in the HUD and for centered text
Centered text is not logged
Centered text messages no longer appear in the console, which also stops the
overlay and chat text areas being cleared whenever a centered text message is
Improved text input
Non-US keyboard layouts are now supported, and the cursor can be moved using
the left/right arrow keys to modify the entered text. The Ctrl key can also
be used to jump words, and the home/end keys to jump to the start/end of the
Highlighted non-chat text
Non-chat text shown in the chat area (eg. connection notifications) is shown
in light blue to make it more distinguishable from chat. This also applies to
the console when hi-res console text is enabled.
Nicer scoreboard text
Scoreboard text now has smoother edges and a drop shadow.
Chat while console is open
The chat area is now still shown while the console is open.
Console access without developer mode
The console key (`) and menu option can now be used to access the console at
any time without needing the "developer" variable to be set to "1".
Console history duplicate removal
When a command is repeated in the console, the old entry will be removed from
the console's command history (accessed by pressing the up/down keys).
Larger console buffer
The console buffer size is now 128 KB rather than 32 KB, which allows 4 times
as many lines of text to be retained.
The mouse wheel can now be used to scroll the console.
Console width limiting
The number of characters per line of console text can be limited in the
PATCHCFG app and in-game with a new "con_maxwidth" console variable. Shorter
lines allows more lines of text to be retained.
Fixed console image brightness
The brightness (vid_gamma) setting no longer effects the console background
image, so that the text does not become harder to read when the brightness is
Console image removal
The console background image can be replaced with a solid colour to make the
text easier to read. This can be set in the PATCHCFG app and in-game with a
new "con_noback" console variable. A new "con_color" variable can be used to
change the background colour to an RGB value (from "000" to "999").
The console background transparency can be set with the new "con_alpha"
console variable, in the range of 0 (transparent) to 1 (opaque).
Console overlay lines
The maximum number of lines of console text that overlays the top of the
screen can be adjusted in the PATCHCFG app and in-game with a new
"con_notifylines" console variable.
The maximum number of lines of text shown in the chat area can be adjusted in
the PATCHCFG app and in-game with a new "chatlines" console variable.
Improved chat word wrapping
Chat area text can now be broken at hyphens too, not only spaces. Very long
text that exceeds the console width is also rejoined now to avoid an
unnecessary line break.
Chat across maps
Chat text stays on screen across map changes.
The netgraph and timegraph backgrounds are now semi-transparent. The
transparency can be changed with the new "graphalpha" console variable, in
the range of 0 (transparent) to 1 (opaque).
The screen can now be up to 2048 pixels wide (instead of 1024 pixels) before
the netgraph and timegraph displays repeat.
Netgraph ping range
The ping range covered by the netgraph display can now be set with the new
"netgraph_min" and "netgraph_max" console variables.
Menus are drawn using a hi-res font that is sized according to the screen
resolution, to make them easier to read.
Darkened menu background
The PATCHCFG app gives the option (enabled by default) of darkening the
background when using menus to make them easier to read.
Quicker visuals option changes
The enter key can be used to apply changes in the "visuals" menu without
having to first select the "apply changes" option.
Up to 27 extra crosshairs (30 in total) can be installed for selection in the
"options" menu. The selected crosshair image is also shown alongside. The
extra crosshair files are searched in sequence until the first non-existent
one, so they should be added in sequence (eg. CH4.PCX first).
A new crosshair size option is available in the "options" menu, and a
"crosshairsize" console variable.
Customisable crosshair colour
A new "crosshair color" option is available in the "options" menu, which
allows the crosshair colour to be changed. It can also be set to change
colour with the health level. Custom RGB settings (from "000" to "999") are
possible with a new "crosshaircolor" console variable.
Unused crosshair removal
The crosshair is not shown when spectating except when using eyecam mode.
Targeted player name placement
A new "crosshair names" option is available in the "options" menu, and a
"crosshairnames" console variable, which allows adjustment of where the name
of the targeted player is shown. The amount of cash carried by the player
(if it is a bagman teammate) is also placed accordingly. Targeted player
names are also now shown during playback of demos.
Weapon key binding
The weapons can now be bound to other keys/buttons in the "customize
controls" menu. A "previous weapon" option is also added to the menu.
Raw mouse input
A new "raw mouse input" option is available in the "options" menu, which
enables bypassing Windows' mouse motion processing. It can also be enabled by
setting the "in_mouse" console variable to 2.
More precise mouse movement
Mouse movement processing is now done in floating-point rather than integer,
which allows fractional mouse sensitivity settings to have the expected
Support for 5 mouse buttons
If your mouse has them, 2 extra buttons (MOUSE4 and MOUSE5) can be bound in
the "customize controls" menu options and AUTOEXEC.CFG files.
Binds are reloaded from the "main" config whenever changing mod so that
mod-specific binds do not carry over to other mods. Mod-specific CONFIG.CFG
files are only written when they already exist and "+set game" is used in the
command-line because that is the only time they get loaded.
Ignoring arrow key commands
When an arrow key is pressed, a command is sent to tell the server even if
those keys are bound to something else (eg. player movement). Those commands
are generally ignored by servers, so they are now not sent by default. The
command sending can be re-enabled by setting the new "cl_sendarrows" console
variable to "1".
Improved reverb effect
Kingpin's built-in reverb sound effect is replaced with a better sounding
one. A new option is available in the "options" menu to switch back to the
original reverb effect or disable reverb. That option is also accessible
with a new "s_reverb" console variable.
Custom model sounds
A new custom model sounds option is available in the "options" menu, and a
"s_models" console variable. When enabled, model-specific sounds will be
played instead of the usual male or female sounds when jumping/dying/etc,
if custom sounds are installed for the player model. The sounds will not be
downloaded from servers but are included with some player models that are
available from www.kingpin.info.
Sound when inactive
A new "mute when inactive" option is available in the "options" menu, and a
"s_focus" console variable. When disabled, it allows Kingpin's sound to still
be heard when Kingpin is in the background.
Sound quality is always high
The sound quality is now permanently set to high. The option has been removed
from the "options" menu.
Improved playback of 8-bit sounds
The playback quality of 8-bit sounds is improved, particularly at lower
Sound buffering control
A new "buffer / delay" option is available in the "options" menu, which gives
access to the existing "s_mixahead" console variable. It determines how much
sounds are delayed by. Note there may be glitches in the sound if it is set
Asynchronous sound loading
Sound files are loaded asynchronously (in the background) so that the
gameplay does not get delayed and stutter in the meantime, particularly when
Kingpin is installed on a slower drive. This can be controlled with a new
"s_async" console variable (0 = disabled).
A new "screenshot format" option is available in the "options" menu, with the
option of writing screenshots in the JPEG format at various quality levels. A
new "screenshot_quality" console variable is also available for more control
over the JPEG quality level (0 = TGA). The high quality TGA format is still
supported and is also compressed now but the size reduction will not be as
great as JPEG.
Screenshot filename display
When a screenshot is saved, its filename is displayed.
The existing railgun laser has been replaced with a new one that supports
different colours, for use in the instagib game mode (can also be used in
other mods). The muzzle flash is also the same colour as the laser now.
Underwater rocket tweak
A rocket's flame trail stops when it enters water.
More efficient scoreboards
New scoreboard layout options are supported that allow more players to be
shown in the scoreboards.
Reduced idle bandwidth usage
When you are not moving, fewer packets will be sent to the server, reducing
bandwidth usage, and server load too.
Reduced userinfo bandwidth usage
The "msg" and "hand" console variables are not sent to servers when they are
set to 0.
Increased default "rate" setting
The default "rate" setting is now 25000 (T1/LAN) instead of 4000 (56 MODEM).
Playing demos from Windows Explorer
DM2 demo files can be associated with Kingpin in the PATCHCFG app, which
allows them to be played from Windows Explorer and other software.
Demo playback speed control and rewinding
The mouse wheel can be scrolled forward to speed up demo playback, and
scrolled back to slow down/pause. Scrolling back again will rewind the demo,
or restart it if the shift key is held down too. The demo's position is
displayed at the bottom of the screen then. The volume level is reduced when
playing at higher speeds to prevent excessive noise.
Demo angle adjustment
The view angle can be changed during demo playback by holding down the left
mouse button and moving the mouse.
Demo end pausing
Demos can be paused instead of unloaded at the end (allowing rewinding) by
setting the new "cl_demowait" console variable to 1.
Using commands/binds while playing demos
Key binds can be used while playing demos (eg. to take screenshots). The
console can also be accessed while playing demos.
Downloads excluded from demos
Any files that are downloaded while recording a demo are now not included in
F12 confirmation and disabling
To avoid mishaps, the F12 key can be disabled or set to ask for confirmation
before closing Kingpin in the "options" menu.
Reset to defaults option removed
To avoid mishaps, the "reset to defaults" option has been removed from the
"options" menu. If wanted, the MAINCONFIG.CFG file can be deleted to revert
to the default config.
Sorted console variables
The "cvarlist" command now gives a sorted list of all console variables.
No empty directories created
Directories are no longer created for missing downloads.
CPU priority boost
Kingpin's CPU priority is raised to reduce the chances of other processes
denying it CPU time and causing lag. This can be adjusted with a new
"win_priority" console variable. Possible values are: -2 = low, -1 = below
normal, 0 = normal, 1 = above normal, 2 = high. The default is 1 (above
normal). When the priority is raised, Kingpin will pause for a bit between
frames (when it has nothing to do) instead of trying to hog the CPU, so it
will actually use less CPU than normal.
Reduced background CPU usage
Kingpin will pause between frames instead of trying to hog the CPU when it is
in the background. When Kingpin's CPU priority is raised, it will drop back
to normal priority while it is in the background. If it is totally inactive
for a while, frame processing will stop entirely to use practically no CPU.
No CD check
The CD check is disabled so that you can play without having the CD in the
drive (if you are using the CD version of Kingpin).
Recovery when model limit is reached
When the number of loaded models exceeds the limit (eg. when trying lots of
different player models), models that are no longer needed will be unloaded
instead of leaving the game with a "mod_numknown == MAX_MOD_KNOWN" error
More verbose model error messages
The model's filename is included in "R_DrawAliasModel" and "R_CullAliasModel"
Launch freeze fix
On Windows 7, the PATCHCFG app gives the option of applying a registry fix
that stops the GameUX component (from Games Explorer) blocking the first
launch of Kingpin after booting when it gets stuck trying to contact defunct
Microsoft servers. This will also affect/fix other games that GameUX deals
Alt-tab does not work even when enabled in the "options" menu.
Physical memory detection only works up to 2GB RAM. This bug could result in
reduced sound and texture quality.
Multiple copies of images/textures being loaded when they have uppercase
letters in their name. This bug can result in "MAX_GLTEXTURES" errors.
If a player carries a cashbag/flag while spawn protection is active, it results
in multiple "r_cullaliasmodel" errors for everyone that sees them.
Cast characters that are set to use a custom skin may not have the correct skin
on when the pain skins option is enabled.
Chat text turns to garbage in the output of the "condump" command.
Crash when there have been 32768 lines of console text.
Buffer overflow/crash with text messages over 4095 characters long. This bug
prevents Kingpin running without Windows' app compatibility feature enabled.
Applying any changes in the "visuals" menu results in a graphics system
reinitialization even if the changes do not require it.
Trying to change model in the "player setup" menu after a model has been
downloaded from a server (or installed manually) can result in a crash.
Memory leak when going to the console while the "player setup" menu is open.
Kingpin cannot be played on a secondary monitor because the mouse is handled
Demo playback is jerky, particularly during fast movement.
Looping sounds are not recorded in demos.
The game directory is not updated when playing demos, possibly resulting in the
wrong textures/sounds/etc being used.
Only the first map is played back from demos that span multiple maps.
Demos end early when they contain an empty message (caused by an overflow when
the demo was recorded).
Muzzle flashes are bigger in playback of multiplayer demos than they were when
the demos were recorded.
Flames from the player's flamethrower are not visible in demos.
If the player is firing the flamethrower at the end of a map or when becoming a
spectator, the flames will continue to appear on screen.
When another player/NPC stops firing a flamethrower, their flames immediately
disappear instead of dying out, and those flames then reappear if the player
starts firing again (possibly at a different position).
When a flamethrower is fired from close to a wall, the flames can disappear
into the wall.
When another player/NPC fires a flamethrower while crouching, the flames still
appear at their standing height.
The flames from the player's flamethrower are in the wrong position when
spectating in eyecam mode.
Crash when taking a screenshot before the game's directory exists.
When a map's texture is missing, it may be requested from the server multiple
times instead of just once.
When changing mod, the Kingpin window is unnecessarily recreated/reinitialized.
When connecting to a mod server and then a standard server, files (eg. config
and downloads) will be written in Kingpin's root directory instead of "main".
In deathmatch, the reverb sound effect is only applied to the first player
Distortion and panning of non-attenuated sounds.
A targeted player's name is not shown when the player is behind a see-through
surface (eg. fence or window).
Targeted player names are not shown when movement prediction is disabled
through the "cl_predict" console variable or by the server (eg. when chasing).
The surface area covered by dynamic lights and charring is inconsistent across
different texture sizes.
Dynamic lights (eg. muzzle flashes and explosions) are not visible on players
and NPCs when directional lighting is enabled.
A server's instruction to disable directional lighting is ignored on the
player's weapon, which means it may be pitch-black on some maps.
The lighting of the player's weapon is incorrect when spectating in eyecam mode
with directional lighting enabled.
Laser beams are sometimes black instead of their correct colour.
Semi-transparent entities may be drawn in an incorrect order, resulting in
more distant entities overlapping closer ones.
After picking up cash, the amount display does not fade-out with the cash icon.
You are sometimes left facing the ceiling/floor after spawning or teleporting.
The graphheight console variable (to set the height of netgraph and timegraph
displays) does not work properly.
The Esc key does not access the main menu while a scoreboard is showing.
Using Alt+F4 keys to quit results in an error message.
The Kingpin window sometimes re-grabs the mouse when clicking away from it.
The "dir" command lists the files in a mod's directory twice.
When hosting a server, renderfx2 flags with a value of 256 or above will not be
sent to clients in some situations.
Nvidia drivers automatically turn on vertical sync when it has been turned off
in-game and the driver is set to use the game's setting in the Nvidia control
New/modified menu options
gangbang > join network server
options > custom model sounds
options > reverb
options > buffer / delay
options > mute when inactive
options > raw mouse input
options > crosshair
options > crosshair size
options > crosshair color
options > crosshair names
options > console font size
options > screenshot format
options > allow f12 to quit
options > customize controls
visuals > fullscreen mode
visuals > hud size
visuals > anisotropic filter
visuals > anti-aliasing
visuals > vertical sync
visuals > dynamic lighting
visuals > directional lighting
visuals > show fps
New console variables
Modified console variables
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