From: San Antonio, TX
We have also had ongoing patches. There is currently a beta out there, but it is a very stable beta from all accounts. I strongly recommend updating to at least the latest release. We have made a lot of fixes as well as added some nice features with the patches.
So the patch I downloaded called, "v1.01.08r9 Dated Feb, 8 2012 is "not" the lastest patch?
Claystone, sorry if this is pedantic, but it was confusing to me once upon a time as well-so I'll spell it out.
There have been several 'vetted' official patches / releases that have been developed and distributed since the initial iteration. We call these 'official' patches in the vernacular. These have significantly improved gameplay and stability since over the version burned onto the CD came out. Don't play that version-it's a waste of time since the official patches are out and have been well received.
There are also 'beta' patches. MichaelM has periodically released these betas that are more timely patches to (usually minor) gameplay issues or playability issues. Some old-timers really like these and upgrade as soon as there's a new beta. Others play with the last official patch.
The choice is yours, of course. I certainly will second the voices that recommend you upgrade to the latest official patch at the very least. Personally, I'm not a big fan of the betas and do not play with them. YMMV.