Dark Reign: The Future of War

This patch makes several important fixes and improvements (especially in multiplayer connectivity.)

You will need to have already installed the Dark Reign Patch v1.2 (offered above) or the­ Dark Reign: Rise of the Shadowhand expansion pack for this update to work.­

Application Details:

Version: 1.4
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.6-rc5

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What works

Installs fine, aside from a message about WinInet. Single player and Instant Action. Saving and loading games.

What does not

When I used ALSA there were random freezes infrequently during the game, and frequently when starting up. Changing to the OSS sound driver cured this.

Game does not reset the resolution properly on exit so your desktop remains 640x480 until restarting X.

Trying to switch windows will break the keyboard input to the game.

I had problems installing the 1.4 patch the first time I tried. My advice is to apply the 1.2 and then 1.4 patches immediately: do not test the game in between.


What was not tested

Multiplayer, Construction Kit. Haven't tested single player all the way through but everything works well so far.

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Additional Comments

Make sure you use OSS, otherwise the random crashes are extremely annoying. ---- Update by David Banks on Monday January 15th 2007, 15:04 Further to my test data for Gentoo AMD64 above, I have now tested Internet multiplayer using the patch from Everything worked fine.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 13.04 "Raring" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 20 20131.6-rc5Yes Yes BronzeLewis Clement 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 10 20091.1.13N/A Yes SilverFuryhunter 
ShowArch LinuxOct 17 20081.1.6Yes Yes PlatinumSpeedboy 
ShowArch LinuxOct 16 20081.1.1Yes Yes PlatinumSpeedboy 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 5.x "Lenny"Apr 18 20080.9.56.Yes Yes Platinumk2t0f12d 

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HowTo / Notes


2013-05-03 Admin note: the instructions below may be outdated. They are being kept here for the benefit of anyone who may wish to test and/or update them. 

Dark Reign - General notes
I had a old installation (Dark Reign + Rise of the Shadowhand + 1.4 patch) laying around on a windows box so I just copied the installation dir C:\Programme\Dark Reign\ to linux and renamed it to /home/joachim/darkreign/ afterwards dont' forget a chown like:

"chown joachim.users ~/darkreign"
"chown -R joachim.users ~/darkreign/*"

That will just work fine!

Dark Reign - Future of War
Didn't test the installation routine but worked in the past.

Dark Reign - Rise of the Shadowhand
Didn't test the installation routine yet but didn't work in the past and stopped with 80%. Have to test that again. (can someone please test it and post here?)

Dark Reign - Patches
These patches can be found here:

=== 1.2 ========================================
v1.2 is the second update issued for Dark Reign. The first was issued in fall '97. This update includes all the old v1.1 patch functionality as well as a host of new improvements. You do not need to have installed the previous patch for this update to work, but if you did that's OK as well. If you have already installed the Dark Reign: Rise of the Shadowhand expansion pack, you do not need to get this patch. You must have one or the other installed, however, to get the final update, patch v1.4

=== 1.3 ===

=== 1.4 ===
The latest patch - a must!

=== 1.4 (art package) ===
You will need to have already installed the Dark Reign v1.2 patch. The main purpose of this art update is to allow players to play against expansion players who are using the new armies or have maps on the new tileset. The update also includes the most current versions of the previously released 20 bonus multiplayer maps.


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