Avernum

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Avernum
Avernum cover
Developers
Spiderweb Software
Release dates
Windows 2000
Mac OS 2000
macOS (OS X) January 15, 2013
Avernum at Wikipedia
Avernum
Avernum 2000
Avernum II 2000
Avernum III 2002
Blades of Avernum 2004
Avernum IV 2005
Avernum V 2007
Avernum VI 2009
Avernum: Escape from the Pit 2011
Avernum 2: Crystal Souls 2014

Key points

The game has been remade as Avernum: Escape from the Pit.
Original Mac OS version is not compatible with OS X 10.7 (Lion) and later; use the Wineskin port.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Official website
Official forum
Useful links

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Developer website
CD key
OS X 10.7 and later not supported.[1]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
GOG.com
DRM-free
Part of "Avernum: The Complete Saga".
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\irunin.ini
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows *.sav
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)
Save games can be created in any location.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video settings[edit]

Game settings
Game settings

Input settings[edit]

Movement handling[edit]

In Avernum, characters can be moved with a mouse, arrow keys or numeric keypad. However mouse movement is too sensitive for some people and arrow keys only move in directions perpendicular to the cardinal (N, E, W, S) which can be a problem, especially since doors and pathways are set alongside the cardinal directions. To be able to move diagonally:
  1. Use the numeric keypad or
  2. Download ToArrows utility (registration required).

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
No voicework present.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Issues unresolved[edit]

You can work around many glitches by using game's character editor.
  • Incompatibility with newest MacBooks with the GMA X3100 graphics chip (not present in GOG.com version).
  • Inability to dismount from a horse or move after climbing ladder while on horseback.[2]

Issues fixed[edit]

Black screen with only sprites visible[edit]

When transferring old save games, this can happen because the game acts as a demo and a registration key is required (this does not happen on GOG.com version of the game).

Installing from CD on Vista and later[edit]

If you have problems, follow these steps:
CD on Vista and later[citation needed]
  1. Open "Computer" in the Start menu, right-click on the CD and select Explore.
  2. Run the installer program (the application that has Install at the beginning of the name).

Installer/game not launching correctly on newer Macs[edit]

Renaming to .app[4]
Avernum might not run properly on newer Macintoshes and trying to run the game/installer will give an error. This problem is caused by the name of the program not ending in .app.
  • To fix the problem, change the name of the program so it ends in .app. If you are trying to run an installer from a CD, copy it to your machine, change the name so that it ends in .app, and run it.

Game crash[edit]

If your game crashes in any way, try these steps, one at a time:
Crash[citation needed]
  1. Restart the computer.
  2. Close other programs before running.
  3. Reinstall the drivers.
  4. Turn off Sounds in the Preferences window.
  5. Reinstall the game.
  6. (Windows) Turn on XP compatibility mode.
  7. (Mac OS) Give the game more memory. To do this, in the Finder, click on the game and press Command-I.
  8. (Mac OS) Play the game with a minimal set of extensions. To do this, Restart your Mac, and hold the shift key down while it boots up. You will need to also use the Extensions Manager control panel to turn off all extensions but DrawSprocketLib.

Reactivating Character Editor[edit]

Character editor[citation needed]
  • Macintosh: Throw away the "Avernum Prefs" file in the Preferences folder.
  • Windows: Delete the "Avernum.dat" file in the Avernum Data folder.
If you have registered the game, this might unregister it. If your game suddenly becomes unregistered, see Requesting a new key.

"Requires admin privileges to run" when installing CD on Mac[edit]

Admin privileges[5]
  • First solution: Install the demo and request a new key.
  • Second solution:
  1. Open the Install file. A window will open with the game art and an installer with the game icon. Drag this installer onto your desktop.
  2. Hold down the Control key and click on the installer and select "Show Package Contents."
  3. Open the Contents folder and then the Resources folder.
  4. Open the file "installscript" If it asks you what program to open it with, choose TextEdit.
  5. Scroll down until you find these lines and change it to FALSE:

Require Authentication

TRUE

  • Save and quit. The installer should now work.

Mac OS version on OS X Lion or newer[edit]

Use the Wineskin port instead.

Other information[edit]

Backing up the registration key[edit]

If you want to play the game with the same key, transfer the "avernum.dat" file (Windows) in Data folder or "Avernum Prefs" (Mac OS) in Preferences folder (inside the Systems folder on your hard drive) to a safe place.

Requesting a new key[edit]

If you have lost a registration key, go to this page or e-mail the developer to get one.[6] Be sure to add:
  • The game title
  • The complete mailing address you ordered the game under (NOT an E-mail address)
  • The new game and/or editor registration number the game is giving you now
  • Windows or Macintosh version

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP or newer
Processor (CPU) 1.6 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible DirectX 9 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.7
Processor (CPU) 1.6 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 MB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.
These are GOG.com system requirements; retail requirements are much lower.

References

  1. Spiderweb Software Compatibility Guide - last accessed on 2015-12-29
  2. Spiderweb Forums - Serious 1st trilogy engine glitch
  3. Spiderweb Forums - Avernum 1 - Black screen freeze on main map.
  4. General Troubleshooting FAQ
  5. Spiderweb Forums - Installing Macintosh Games From CD: "Requires admin privileges to run.
  6. General Games Troubleshooting FAQ