Darkstone

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Darkstone
Darkstone cover
Developers
Delphine Software International
Publishers
Gathering of Developers
Anuman Interactive
VectorCell
Gravity Europe SAS
Release dates
Windows July 31, 1999
Darkstone guide at StrategyWiki
Darkstone at Wikipedia

Key points

For Windows 8 and later use the low frame rate fix.
A Quest Editor is available for making custom content.
Major graphics glitches on recent AMD drivers (see Broken graphics on AMD graphics cards).
The in-game music will frequently skip and stutter on modern hardware. There is no known fix.[1]

General information

Darkstone Database community site
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].[4]
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
Steam
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Windows

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Journey in Uma Released for free.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The latest patch is v1.05b. Some previous patches are required. The GOG.com version is already fully patched.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Add -nointro to shortcut[citation needed]
  1. Go to the shortcut properties.
  2. Add -nointro to the end of the target.
  3. Click OK to save your changes.

Quest Editor[edit]

The Darkstone Quest Editor supports adding or editing monsters, NPCs, buildings and quests.

Journey in Uma addon[edit]

Journey in Uma is an official quest pack built with the Quest Editor.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\config
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/320320/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\save
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/320320/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry.
Multi-monitor
See the WSGF entry.
Ultra-widescreen
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
For Windows 8 and later use the low frame rate fix.
120+ FPS

Windowed[edit]

Add -32bit -window to shortcut[5]

Use the -32bit -window command line arguments.

The 32-bit parameter must be present or the interface will be broken.[5]

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Set in <path-to-game>\config\keyboard.txt.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
SFX, Music, Voices
Surround sound
Subtitles
Disabled by default.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Swedish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Not supported (Steam store page is incorrect).[6]
LAN play
2 Co-op
Online play
2 Co-op

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

Broken graphics on AMD graphics cards[edit]

Characters and buildings display incorrectly on recent AMD drivers.
Characters and buildings display incorrectly on recent AMD drivers.
3D elements are broken on AMD drivers newer than Catalyst 13.1.[7][8] The -sortbyz command line argument will fix some issues but others remain.[9]
Use dgVoodoo2[citation needed]
  1. Download dgVoodoo2.
  2. Open the ZIP file downloaded and copy DDraw.dll and D3Dlmm.dll from the MS folder.
  3. Paste the file into the installation folder.

Notes

If you use a multi-monitor setup and intend to play the game fullscreen, you'll also need to extract dgVoodooSetup.exe to the folder of your choosing so you can set the display monitor to your primary (See Readme.txt, included in the ZIP file, for more details).

Broken interface in windowed mode[edit]

Setting 32-bit color mode fixes the windowed mode interface.[5]
Set 32-bit color mode[5]

Use the -32bit command line argument

Low frame rate in fullscreen mode[edit]

This game has frame rate issues on Windows 8 and later when running in fullscreen mode.
Apply necessary fixes[citation needed]
  1. Install the Darkstone low frame rate fix.
  2. Use the -32bit command line argument to avoid flickering/invisible graphics.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6.1
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Xaudio MPEG Audio Engine

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 233 MHz MMX
(or AMD equivalent)
Intel Pentium II 350 MHz MMX
(or AMD equivalent)
System memory (RAM) 32 MB 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 170 MB 380 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6.1 compatible
4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6.1 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 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/320320/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (320320) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References