Realms of Arkania: Star Trail

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Realms of Arkania: Star Trail
Realms of Arkania: Star Trail cover
Developers
Attic Entertainment Software
Publishers
Sir-Tech
U.S. Gold
Fantasy Productions
Release dates
DOS September 1994
Windows 2009
macOS (OS X) June 18, 2013[1]
Linux March 14, 2014[2]
Realms of Arkania: Star Trail 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

Key points

Characters can be imported from Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny (see Import characters).

General information

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

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
Floppies or CD-ROM.
DOS
GamersGate
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
GOG.com
DRM-free
Includes Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny. 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 manual is needed to answer copy protection questions (see passwords.pdf for digital versions).

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Speech Pack
DOS

Version differences[edit]

The English version has MIDI music whereas the German version has CD music; it is possible to Use CD music in English version.

Essential improvements[edit]

Import characters[edit]

Copy save files (non-OS X)[5]
  1. Go to the Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny installation folder.
  2. Copy the *.GAM files.
  3. Go to the Star Trail installation folder.
  4. Go into the GAMES folder and paste the Blade of Destiny files.
  5. Run the game and load the save you want. The party will be imported.
Copy save files (GOG.com OS X)[citation needed]
  1. Open a Finder window.
  2. Open the Go menu and choose Go to Folder.
  3. Paste the following and click OK: ~/Library/Application Support/Boxer/Gamebox States
  4. Go into com.game.realms-of-arkania-1
  5. Right-click Current.boxerstate and choose Show Package Contents.
  6. Go into C Realms of Arkania 1.harddisk
  7. Copy the saves (*.GAM).
  8. Go back to the Gamebox States folder.
  9. Go into com.gog.realms-of-arkania-2
  10. Right-click Current.boxerstate and choose Show Package Contents.
  11. Go into C Realms of Arkania 2.harddisk
  12. Go into GAMES and paste the saves here.
  13. Run the game and load the save you want. The party will be imported.

Use CD music in English version[edit]

These steps change the German CD version to use English text. This requires the German CD version (GOG.com has both).
The intro and some minor game text will still be in German.
To have German speech with English subtitles copy only STAR.DAT from the English folder.
NPCs will have 50x their normal XP value when you recruit them, as the English version uses has a multiplier for all XP gained or required. This can be fixed by hex-editing STAR.DAT, but must be done from a save from before the NPC is recruited to prevent excessive stat increases.
Use CD music in English version[6]
  1. Go to DATA in the English installation folder.
  2. Copy SPEECH.DAT, SPEECH.FN, SPEECHCD.DAT, SPEECHCD.FN and STAR.DAT.
  3. Go to DATA in the German installation folder.
  4. Paste the files here, replacing existing files when prompted.
  5. Delete DPATCH.DAT.
  6. Use the German version of the game which will now be in English.

Game data[edit]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\GAMES\*.GAM
Windows <path-to-game>\GAMES\*.GAM
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Boxer/Gamebox States/com.gog.realms-of-arkania-2/Current.boxerstate/C Realms of Arkania 2.harddisk/GAMES
Linux
Generated characters are stored in <path-to-game>\GAMES\CHARS1.DAT; this file is not needed for loading save games (characters are stored in each save).
In-game settings are stored in each save rather than shared.
Exported diary and character sheet files are saved in <path-to-game>
Diary and character sheet data is saved to file when Print to is set to File in Game Options (F3). To print from within the game see printer support.
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

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
Music, Sound FX, Speech.
Surround sound
Subtitles
All speech is subtitled by default (Speech as Text in Game Options).
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
German

Issues fixed[edit]

No voices (GOG.com)[edit]

GOG.com's Windows version is incorrectly configured.
Fix DOSBox IRQ[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit dosbox_realms2.conf.
  3. Change irq=7 to irq=5 and save your changes.
  4. Voices will now work correctly in-game.

Printer support[edit]

Official DOSBox builds don't support printing.
Enable printer support[citation needed]
  1. Set up DOSBox printer support.
  2. For the GOG.com version the file to edit is dosboxrealms2.conf in the installation folder.
  3. For the GOG.com version also copy the FONTS folder from the DOSBox folder into the Realms of Arkania 2 folder.
  4. Journal pages and character sheets can now be printed when Print to is set to Printer in Game Options (F3).

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) 30 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 7.0 compatible DirectX 9.0 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
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