Happy I got it working again. My copy has been acting up every time I tried to play this for the last... year? Couple of years...? Anyways, got a new copy yesterday, and finally started to really attack this one head-on. Facing a severe shortage of weapon orbs, due to some poor upgrading decisions I made much earlier on, but managed to recover some of that, and am now on my way to rockin' a very nice weapon. I give this one a couple of weeks to completion, to be on the safe side.