Darklands

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Darklands
Darklands cover
Developers
MicroProse
Release dates
DOS 1992
Windows October 13, 2011[1]
OS X May 9, 2013[2]
Linux July 24, 2014[3]

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Darklands Yahoo! group

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail Floppies or CD-ROM. Use DOSBox and install the .07 Patch. DOS
GOG.com Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[4]
Steam Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[5]

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The latest retail patch is .07 Patch. Patches do not integrate the previous patches and must be installed in order. The GOG.com version already has this patch.

Utilities[edit]

Darklands All-in-One Chart v1.0 by bongo64738. An Excel spreadsheet that includes an occupations progression table, city table, potion maker and saints lists. A detailed description can be found here
Darklands Quest Lister v.1.1 by Michael Petzold: Enables you to generate a list of your current quests from a save file. Very useful as this is the only non-manual way to track such quests.
Darklands Map Tool by Savcho Savchev: Flash based; enables you to find towns from a clickable list. There is also a live online version.
Darklands Saints Tool by Savcho Savchev: Flash based; enables you to view details of saints from a clickable list. Also allows you to view which saints offer particular benefits (for example, travel by water). There is also a live online version.
Darklands Alchemy Tool by Savcho Savchev: Flash based; enables you to view details of potions from a clickable list, showing the required ingredients, quality, and risk involved. There is also a live online version.
Character Editor v2.2 by Dan Collins ("jugglindan)": Enables you to edit characters' stats and appearances.
Darklands Monetary Converter v1.1 by Jerry "Deth-B0y" Kelly: Enables you to convert "complex" monetary amounts (expressed in Florins, Groschen and Peffenigs) to "simple" monetary amounts (expressed in Peffenigs only) and vice versa.
World Regeneration Tool by Dan Collins ("jugglindan)": Enables you to randomise and regenerate an existing world by rebuilding destroyed villages and other locations. Can also shuffle the world by altering the random seed used by the game to calculate item availability in various locations (saints, ingredients etc.). The seed also determines which villages and castles are good or evil.
City Tracker Spreadsheet v1.0 by Paul Moloney: An Excel spreadsheet containing a row for each city in Darklands, showing hardcoded values (such as map coordinates, quality of blacksmith, bowyer and so on) with empty fields to fill with values particular to your instance of the game (for example, saints, formulae and physician quality).
Darklands Editor v1.1 by Steven J. Cotellesse: Enables you to edit characters' stats (older than the Character Editor by Dan Collins and not as fully featured)

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\DARKLAND.CFG
Windows <path-to-game>\DARKLAND.CFG
macOS (OS X)
Linux
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\SAVES
Windows <path-to-game>\SAVES
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Upscaled 320x200 only.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Set in Graphic Mode Setup (GOG.com) or toggle with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Sound options from game's config/installation utility
Sound options from game's config/installation utility
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
German

Issues fixed[edit]

Sound problems (GOG.com)[edit]

Use this fix if the audio sounds unusual (e.g. random sounds rather than clashing weapons during combat).
Rename sound files[6]
  1. Rename PSOUND.DLB to PSOUND.DLB.old
  2. Rename PSOUND.DLC to PSOUND.DLC.old
  3. Rename PSOUND.DB to PSOUND.DLB
  4. Rename PSOUND.DC to PSOUND.DLC

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes VGA

Simultaneous MT-32 music and SoundBlaster digital speech[edit]

The game can be modified to support the MT-32 and SoundBlaster simultaneously.
Rename and overwrite files[7]
  1. Run DOSBox and mount the game as normal
  2. Go to <path-to-game>.
  3. Run the following commands:

COPY PSOUND.DLC PSOUND.DC
COPY PSOUND.DLB PSOUND.DB
COPY ASOUND.DLC ASOUND.DC
COPY ASOUND.DLB ASOUND.DB
COPY RSOUND.DLC PSOUND.DLC
COPY RSOUND.DLB PSOUND.DLB
COPY RSOUND.DLC ASOUND.DLC
COPY RSOUND.DLB ASOUND.DLB

  1. Run INSTALL.EXE
  2. Selected Reconfigure hardware option(s)
  3. Ensure a non-Roland soundcard is selected (such as the SoundBlaster).
  4. Save and exit INSTALL.EXE

Notes

Roland MT-32 music will not be correct unless you configure either a real MT-32 or an MT-32 emulator to run in DOSBox.
To restore normal functionality, run the following commands in DOSBox:

COPY PSOUND.DLC PSOUND.DC
COPY PSOUND.DLB PSOUND.DB
COPY ASOUND.DLC ASOUND.DC
COPY ASOUND.DLB ASOUND.DB
COPY RSOUND.DLC PSOUND.DLC
COPY RSOUND.DLB PSOUND.DLB
COPY RSOUND.DLC ASOUND.DLC
COPY RSOUND.DLB ASOUND.DLB

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) DOS 5.0
Processor (CPU) IBM 386 or compatible IBM 486 or compatibles
System memory (RAM) 2 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 22 MB
Video card (GPU) VGA graphics
Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 82 MB 82 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible DirectX 9 compatible
OS X
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or later
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM

References

  1. New release: Darklands ● GOG.com
  2. Mac Game Update: 10 New Classic Additions ● GOG.com
  3. GOG.com Now Supports Linux! ● GOG.com
  4. List of GOG games using DOSBox, page 2 - Forum - GOG.com
  5. Darklands · AppID: 327930 · Steam Database
  6. Problems with sound, page 1 - Forum - GOG.com
  7. Darklands README.TXT, "SIMULTANEOUS ROLAND & SOUND BLASTER SUPPORT"