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Icewind Dale

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Icewind Dale
Icewind Dale cover
Developers
Black Isle Studios
macOS (OS X) Contraband Entertainment
Publishers
Interplay Entertainment
Mac OS MacPlay
Engines
Infinity
Release dates
Windows June 29, 2000
Mac OS (Classic) March 26, 2002[1]
macOS (OS X) April 17, 2014[2]
Icewind Dale at Wikipedia
Icewind Dale
Icewind Dale 2000
Icewind Dale II 2002
Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition 2014

Key points

Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS by default; increasing affects game speed.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Uses simple CD-check and LaserLock DRM for copy protection.
Released on both 2-3 CDs or one DVD.
Windows
Mac OS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Bundled with Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition.[3] Includes compatibility fixes and the Heart of Winter and Trials of The Luremaster expansions.
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Heart of Winter
Windows
Heart of Winter - Trials of the Luremaster Requires the Heart of Winter expansion.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Mods[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Navigate to the installation folder, then to Data and either delete or rename the following files:

  • eMovWOTC.bif (Wizards of the Coast logo)

There are two more videos (Black isle logo and game intro), if anyone finds out which files to rename please complete this list. Note that trying to play these disabled movies from the movie selection will crash the game.

Playing without CD[edit]

If you performed a full install you can play without the CD in your drive by tricking the game. The copy protection will only check for the presence of a CD drive and the presence of a certain file. Set up a virtual CD drive using a tool of your choice and make sure it has one or both of the following files in its file tree:

  • CD2/data/IWDCD.2 (base game)
  • CD3/Data/IWDCD.3 (expansion)

Wine users can use Wine's winecfg program to set up a folder as a CD drive. Using cracks is not recommended since they can break compatibility with mods.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>/icewind.ini
<path-to-game>/Keymap.ini
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>/mpsave
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Widescreen Mod.
Multi-monitor
Use Widescreen Mod.
Ultra-widescreen
Use Widescreen Mod.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
30 FPS default cap. Frame rate is tied directly to the game's clock and changing it will change the game speed.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
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
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Korean
Polish
Russian
Spanish
Turkish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
6 Co-op
Online play

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 2300-2399, 47624
UDP 2300-2399, 47624
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

General[edit]

  • The game will have problems with running with Avast! Antivirus Realtime Shield. The issue manifests in the game crashing when you try to edit your character bio or you try to import a character into a game.
  • Install outside Program Files to avoid issues with file redirection.
  • Will crash when you try to start a new game on newer operating systems, this can be fixed if you run the program as administrator.[4]

Multiplayer-Specific Issues[edit]

  • The game will have issues with displaying if you try to join a multiplayer game while in fullscreen mode. To get around this use Alt+ Enter to switch to windowed mode and back once you've successfully joined a multiplayer game.
  • On older systems like Windows XP it is important to check your network interface priority if you keep having connectivity issues when you have more than one network.
  • Ensure all players are running the same version of the game (the GOG.com version is v1.41). The game version can be found by starting a single player game and opening the main menu; the game version is then displayed in the bottom left of the screen.
  • Check that the game's 'Cache Size' is at least 140mb. This can be checked and changed with the 'Config' program, which is located in the folder where the game is installed to.
  • Check that both players share the same 'Game Speed' value. This can be checked and changed with the 'Config' program, which is located in the folder where the game is installed to.

Game does not start on Windows 10 (GOG.com)[edit]

The GOG.com version does not start correctly on Windows 10.
Delete/rename ddraw.dll[5]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename ddraw.dll. The game should now start correctly.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) 300 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 800 MB 1.96 GB[6]
Video card (GPU) DirectX 5.0 compatible

References