I just purchased the game directly from here:
The version that I downloaded is 220.127.116.11. I see that the Steam version got a 18.104.22.168 patch. Just to see if it would work I downloaded the patch from the thread on this forum and installed it but it stopped the game from launching giving a steam_api.dll is missing error. Re-installing the game fixed that problem.
My question is, will there be a patch to bring the non-Steam versions up to the same patch level? I'm curious since I can't get the config tool to lauch. (I get the config tool has stopped working message) I was hoping that maybe the new patch would get around it.
Launching the shortcut that bypasses the config tool works but then I am missing a lot of the config options that way.