i got a workaround, i overwrote the spartan.exe with the one uploaded in this old launcher thread.
The link for the spartan exe: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx94rCIbdauHMnlxLXJONm1FT28/view
Thank you Mindgem!!
Tried downloading Penelope 3 for a shoutout.. it worked, no problem there with the exe either. Just though it will help