Battle Realms

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Battle Realms
Battle Realms cover
Developers
Liquid Entertainment
Crave Entertainment
Publishers
Ubisoft
Release dates
Windows November 7, 2001
Battle Realms at Wikipedia

Warnings

GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Key points

Online multiplayer no longer works due to the GameSpy servers being shut down.[1]
Can use multiplayer with GameRanger.
Small online community on Discord and GameRanger.

General information

Battle Realms Wiki
Battle Realms Community Discord
The oldest forums dedicated to Battle Realms (Down as of February, 2019)
Battle Realms Reddit
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1].
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Includes 'Winter of the Wolf' expansion.
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Winter of the Wolf
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The latest version of the game is also the expansion - Winter Of The Wolf (1.50q). The latest non-expansion version is 1.50g.
Patches for the non-expansion game are available. The page falsely states there is a 1.50q (Winter Of The Wolf) patch while it's the 1.50g patch for the original game.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Battle_Realms.ini[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Saved Games[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video settings[edit]

Game settings
Game settings

Windowed[edit]

Use DxWnd[citation needed]
  1. Download DxWnd.
  2. Extract it and launch it.
  3. Click Edit from a bar and choose Add.
  4. Type in a name for the game.
  5. Click ... right of the Path input box.
  6. Go to the installation folder and choose Battle_Realms_F.exe.
  7. Check fields:
    • Hook Enabled
    • Run in Window
    • Hook all DLLs
    • Remap Client Rect
  8. Leave other fields unchecked.
  9. In position panel, type in the game's resolution (e.g. W 1024 H 768).
  10. Go to Video tab and check check Hide multi-monitor config (leave the rest of fields unchecked).
  11. Go to Input tab.
    • In Cursor visibility panel choose Hide.
    • In Cursor handling panel choose Correct mouse position and Force cursor clipping.
  12. Click OK, minimize DXWnd and run the game.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings
Input settings
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Available via the in-game custom profile menu (not settings).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Scroll speed is responsible for the screen navigation sensivity.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Sound Effects, Music, Dialogue
Surround sound
Subtitles
Only in cutscenes.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
The addon WotW is not localized.
German
The addon WotW is not localized.
Spanish
The addon WotW is not localized.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
GameSpy services have been shut down;[4] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 7174,7175,7177
UDP 7174,7175,7177
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Could not find supported display mode / Could not rasterize API[edit]

Use the Resolution & FoV Patch
Allows playing online.
Fixes most of the videocard-related issues.
  1. Download the latest version
  2. Follow the instructions.
  3. Use the resolution native to your monitor.
Use dgVoodoo2[5]
Allows capturing Battle Realms with OBS.
Eliminates most of the issues.
Prevents from playing online by making the game unable to synchronize progress.
  1. Download the latest version of dgVoodoo2.
  2. Copy the files in the MS folder and place them in <path-to-game>.
  3. Run dgVoodooSetup.exe
  4. Under Config folder/Running instance, click Add
  5. From the window which appears, navigate to <path-to-game> and click Select Folder.
  6. Select the folder you just added from the dropdown list under Config folder/Running instance.
  7. Under Full Screen Output, choose which monitor you want the game to be displayed on from the dropdown list. For example, if you want your primary monitor, choose \\.\DISPLAY1; if you want your tertiary monitor, choose \\.\DISPLAY3.
  8. Click the Apply button, then click OK.
Run the game in windowed mode[citation needed]
Disable other monitors[citation needed]
  1. When on desktop, press Win+P.
  2. Choose single monitor.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 7
64-bit executable
can use the 4GB patch.

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 400 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 500 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8 compatible

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).

References