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Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny

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Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny
Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny cover
Developers
Attic Entertainment Software
Publishers
Sir-Tech
U.S. Gold
Fantasy Productions
Release dates
DOS April 1992
Windows 2009
macOS (OS X) June 18, 2013[1]
Linux March 14, 2014[2]
Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny at Wikipedia
Realms of Arkania
Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny 1992
Realms of Arkania: Star Trail 1994
Realms of Arkania III: Shadows over Riva 1996
Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny (2013) 2013

This page is for the original game. For the 2013 remake, see Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny (2013).

General information

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

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
Floppies or CD-ROM. Use DOSBox.
DOS
GamersGate
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
GOG.com
DRM-free
Includes Realms of Arkania: Star Trail. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[3]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[4]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
The German version needs the manual to answer copy protection questions (see passcodes.pdf for GOG.com).

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip intro (retail)[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit BLADE.BAT.
  3. Delete the intro line.
  4. Save your changes.
Skip intro (GOG.com)[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit dosbox_realms1_single.conf.
  3. Go to the end and delete the intro line.
  4. Save your changes.

Use CD music in English version[edit]

These steps upgrade the English version with the German version's CD music. This requires the German CD version (GOG.com has both).
This reinstates the copy protection questions; refer to passcodes.pdf in the German version's installation folder for the answers.
Use CD music in English version (GOG.com)[5]
  1. Download and install both the English and German versions of the game to their individual folders.
  2. Go into the English installation folder.
  3. Delete or rename BLADEM.EXE.
  4. Rename BLADE.DAT to SCHICK.DAT.
  5. Rename INTRO_A.OVL to INTRO_E.OVL.
  6. Go to the German installation folder.
  7. Copy the German MUSIC, game.gog, game.inst, INTRO.EXE, SCHICKM.EXE and SOUND.CFG to the English installation folder, replacing existing files when prompted.
  8. In the English installation folder rename SCHICKM.EXE to BLADEM.EXE.
  9. Edit the English version's dosbox_realms1_single.conf.
  10. Make a new line below mount C "..\Realms of Arkania 1".
  11. Add this line: imgmount D "..\Realms of Arkania 1\game.inst" -t iso
  12. Save your changes. The game will now have CD music.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\SOUND.CFG
Windows <path-to-game>\SOUND.CFG
macOS (OS X)
Linux
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.
In-game settings are not stored between sessions.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\*.GAM
Windows <path-to-game>\*.GAM
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Boxer/Gamebox States/com.game.realms-of-arkania-1/Current.boxerstate/C Realms of Arkania 1.harddisk
Linux
GAMES.NAM stores save game names; saves can't be accessed if this file is missing.
Generated characters are *.CHR; character files are not needed for loading save games (characters are stored in each save).

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For DOSBox set in the DOSBox configuration file.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
No volume sliders; on/off only.
Surround sound
Subtitles
All dialogue is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
German
Russian
Fan translation, Download.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 5.0
Processor (CPU) 386DX/33
System memory (RAM) 4 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 MB
Video card (GPU) VGA
Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz 1.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 150 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible DirectX 9 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or later
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM

References