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Hello everyone!

I just want to let the Dark Reign community know about the v1.8.1 Community Patch that fixes most of the major issues present in the GoG release.

v1.8.1 is available at https://www.darkreignws.com

It's also worthwhile checking out the main community site http://www.darkreign.ws or joining the discord @ https://discord.gg/fhgQwub

Fixes include things like no longer requiring taskkill on explorer.exe process, Expansion pack music being added back in, restored Multiplayer functionality, Windowed mode and more.

Come say hi :)
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Marquis231: Hello everyone!

I just want to let the Dark Reign community know about the v1.8.1 Community Patch that fixes most of the major issues present in the GoG release.

v1.8.1 is available at https://www.darkreignws.com

It's also worthwhile checking out the main community site http://www.darkreign.ws or joining the discord @ https://discord.gg/fhgQwub

Fixes include things like no longer requiring taskkill on explorer.exe process, Expansion pack music being added back in, restored Multiplayer functionality, Windowed mode and more.

Come say hi :)
So, this is just an archive file. Is it intended to be unzipped into the GoG install directory? I tried unzipping it separately, and it asks me for my disk... I'm about to try unzipping it on top of the GoG install, but am dubious about whether this will work out properly. You should NEVER publish a patch without at least a "readme" file included... and the only "readme" in here makes ZERO mention of "GoG."

So... basic instructions, please, and confirmation that yes, it will not make my GoG version "require the CD?"

EDIT: And, yes, as expected, "unzipping" this on top of the GoG installation results in (a) proper videos, (b) no need to shut down Explorer, but also in (c) requesting the CD be inserted, and (d) crashing upon choosing either "yes" OR "no," with my sound card being "stuck" on the last background sound sent to it by the program (requiring a disabling of my sound card and re-enabling... which works sometimes... or a full reboot when it doesn't work).

So... Nope. Not serviceable as a simple "unzip over the GoG installation" version.
Post edited March 31, 2019 by CLBrown
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CLBrown: So, this is just an archive file. Is it intended to be unzipped into the GoG install directory? I tried unzipping it separately, and it asks me for my disk... I'm about to try unzipping it on top of the GoG install, but am dubious about whether this will work out properly. You should NEVER publish a patch without at least a "readme" file included... and the only "readme" in here makes ZERO mention of "GoG."

So... basic instructions, please, and confirmation that yes, it will not make my GoG version "require the CD?"

EDIT: And, yes, as expected, "unzipping" this on top of the GoG installation results in (a) proper videos, (b) no need to shut down Explorer, but also in (c) requesting the CD be inserted, and (d) crashing upon choosing either "yes" OR "no," with my sound card being "stuck" on the last background sound sent to it by the program (requiring a disabling of my sound card and re-enabling... which works sometimes... or a full reboot when it doesn't work).

So... Nope. Not serviceable as a simple "unzip over the GoG installation" version.
It is meant to replace it actually. It's extract and play. But if you have Windows 10 you can expect shi. ton of errors! The community is working hard at the moment to the v1.8.2. It will probably be released this summer.

Join the Discord and chat live.
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CLBrown: So, this is just an archive file. Is it intended to be unzipped into the GoG install directory? I tried unzipping it separately, and it asks me for my disk... I'm about to try unzipping it on top of the GoG install, but am dubious about whether this will work out properly. You should NEVER publish a patch without at least a "readme" file included... and the only "readme" in here makes ZERO mention of "GoG."

So... basic instructions, please, and confirmation that yes, it will not make my GoG version "require the CD?"

EDIT: And, yes, as expected, "unzipping" this on top of the GoG installation results in (a) proper videos, (b) no need to shut down Explorer, but also in (c) requesting the CD be inserted, and (d) crashing upon choosing either "yes" OR "no," with my sound card being "stuck" on the last background sound sent to it by the program (requiring a disabling of my sound card and re-enabling... which works sometimes... or a full reboot when it doesn't work).

So... Nope. Not serviceable as a simple "unzip over the GoG installation" version.
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NaniteTank: It is meant to replace it actually. It's extract and play. But if you have Windows 10 you can expect shi. ton of errors! The community is working hard at the moment to the v1.8.2. It will probably be released this summer.

Join the Discord and chat live.
Well, I'm running it on Win7x64, and the result of attempting to run it was (whether run "stand-alone" or "on top of the GoG installation") was a failure based upon it needing me to "insert my CD." Which, obviously, is not going to happen on a GoG installation, right?

In any case, it seems that this game is simply non-playable at present. Until SOMEONE figures out a legitimate way to bypass the CD-check on digital-only installations, that is.

It's really sad, because the game engine DOES run PERFECTLY using dgVoodoo v2.54. It's ONLY the "copy protection" (which GoG is supposed to remove before selling ANYTHING, but in this case seems to have merely "defeated" with a strange hack which doesn't really work properly).
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CLBrown: Well, I'm running it on Win7x64, and the result of attempting to run it was (whether run "stand-alone" or "on top of the GoG installation") was a failure based upon it needing me to "insert my CD." Which, obviously, is not going to happen on a GoG installation, right?

In any case, it seems that this game is simply non-playable at present. Until SOMEONE figures out a legitimate way to bypass the CD-check on digital-only installations, that is.

It's really sad, because the game engine DOES run PERFECTLY using dgVoodoo v2.54. It's ONLY the "copy protection" (which GoG is supposed to remove before selling ANYTHING, but in this case seems to have merely "defeated" with a strange hack which doesn't really work properly).
Yeah they did a bad job for this game I agree. Like I said join the discord dark reign community. You will get your questions answered faster. And all the community is on discord.
And Win 7 is almost dead don't expect gog to make anymore fixes for a dead os.
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NaniteTank: And Win 7 is almost dead don't expect gog to make anymore fixes for a dead os.
Except, at the core, Win7 is the same (with only minimal tweaks) as other versions which have come later. Mainly, tweaks to the UI, with a few "holes patched" along the way.

I remember when "Thief - Deadly Shadows" came out. This was around the time that WInXP was coming out, as well. We were all told that it was impossible to run the game in Win9x. That the game was "more advanced" and thus would only run on the "more advanced operating system."

It took a few weeks to identify the ACTUAL issue. Thief - Deadly Shadows was written with a specific internal icon resource which was larger than Win9x would support. By using a hex editor and removing that icon resource (removing the EXE's internal icon, and doing nothing else) the game suddenly ran perfectly on earlier Windows. There was no actual incompatibility in the CODE.

The same thing happened with Doom3. It was supposedly incapable of running on Win9x, because "that's old." And yet, with a very minor tweak (unrelated to actual game execution) it ran perfectly.

In fact, both versions ran faster and more smoothly... and with less crashes... on Win9x than on WinXP.

Since then, I've seen countless similar claims of "incompatibility" which, similarly, turn out to be entirely false.

We very, very frequently, at present, are told that "old games are not designed for modern operating systems, so tough" when we get color-pallet issues within games or applications written for DirectDraw. And yet, many, many people have found ways to fix this issue and make those older games and apps run perfectly... simply by dropping in a new file (not the original DirectX one, mind you) with the name "ddraw.dll" which PROPERLY redirects the DirectDraw calls to "modern" functions, as opposed to the buggy and hacky "emulation" which Microsoft created when they decided to pull DirectDraw from DirectX.

So, you'll forgive me for being more than slightly skeptical of claims that "such and such operating system is old and dead." There is no reason... none whatsoever... that code written to be run by one operating system will not run on a later revision of that operating system, except that features are being removed (and this is usually an easy fix once you understand what it is) or that features (like large-format icons internal to EXE files) have been added, as was the case with Thief-DS.

I don't expect "fixes for Windows 7." Because it's not specifically related to that. But... in any case... Win7 is not "dead." It still has a massive installed base, of people who (like me) didn't want to "upgrade" to what was in essence a downgrade... Windows 8... or "upgrade" to a system which, to date, removes most user control over the system, and regularly pushes "updates" which break core elements of the system (Windows 10).

I have two laptops running Win10. These have more downtime than any other hardware I've ever owned... and often, WHILE I'M WORKING, the OS suddenly "takes over" and shuts down whatever I was doing, sometimes for as long as an hour. This is INSANE.

So, until I gain the ability to choose what I install, and when, on Windows 10... I won't "upgrade" to using it.

As it is, I bypass the built-in (and sorely lacking) "Windows Search" functionality in favor of a third-party search engine which actually allows me to find files faster, with more accuracy, and does not (unlike "Windows Search") consistently fail to find files I may even be looking at at the time I run the search!

I also use an alternative shell... which gives me full access to the Win10 UI, IF I want it... but also provides me with "classic start menu" functionality (which is far, far more usable from my perspective, as it allows me many tiers of structured organization in my start-menu, from general categories to subcategories to game series to individual games, to types of links.

Case in point... here's the start menu path to my version of Superhot from GoG, and in particular the documents.

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Recreation\1st-Person Games\S-Z\SUPERHOT\GoG\Documents

Since the Windows 10 "start menu" structure is tile-based, and does not allow for "nested folder" structures, I could not, say, have the sort of structure I see there. I can sort by source (disk, GoG, Steam, Origin, whatever) and by type of link... and get to EVERYTHING I want to get to, easily and logically, through my "start menu."

And I can do this in Windows 10. And still (if I ever WANT to) get to the silly "tile based start menu" MS implemented with Win8 and is still, with modifications, pushing today.

I'll "upgrade" to Windows 10 the moment that it becomes more of a benefit to me than a cost. And since fully half of what I currently own and run is known to "no longer work" on Windows 10... and since MS regularly pushes "updates" that disable things, without allowing any user control... it's not really a benefit to me.

It is, however, a benefit to Microsoft's bottom line. So I guess, if that's important to you... feel free to "upgrade" (even if it's really a downgrade in terms of your own usage) every time MS wants to sell you a new product.

I'll wait 'til I need it.
I don't understand. What's the point of your comments? I thought you had a question.
And Windows 10 was a free upgrade for Win 7 and 8.1 users.
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NaniteTank: I don't understand. What's the point of your comments? I thought you had a question.
And Windows 10 was a free upgrade for Win 7 and 8.1 users.
So, let's suppose you have a cherry 1968 Mustang... and someone offers you an "upgrade" to a Chevy Volt. Would you necessarily take it?

The idea that "newer is always an upgrade" is nonsensical on its face. As shown by the fact that, after all this time, so many people (I'm FAR from alone) have not yet "upgraded" from Win7 to Win10.

In fact, my second laptop... which has Win10 on it... got pushed a "Windows Update" a couple of days ago. It happened while I was working... didn't give me any notice whatsoever... just interrupted my work and took over for, as it turned out, nearly two hours.

What was in the "update?" I don't know... they don't bother to tell us anymore.

But I can say this... my USB ports, which previously worked fine, no longer work. They provide POWER. They work fine off of a boot disk, or from within BIOS (and yes, the BIOS still exists, even if they've made it harder to get to it and tweaked the UI a bit). There's no HARDWARE issue. But Windows Update "broke" all... every single bit... of USB on this laptop.

Furthermore, when I tried going to "System Restore," I discovered that, as part of the "upgrade," all my restore points were deleted (since they're from "an incompatible version of Windows.")

Oh, and since the Bluetooth system is nominally "USB connected," everything BT is also broken now. Which means my mouse, among other things.

And that's an approved MS "Update."

So... you can feel free to preach how silly it was for me not to "upgrade" my main system from Win7 to Win10. But... it's still working flawlessly. As is my Win7 Netbook. But my Win10 notebook is essentially USELESS to me right now, and will likely have to be restored from the factory image. All because Microsoft "pushed" a supposed "fix" which was actually damned near SABOTAGE.

But to your point... you said this: "And Win 7 is almost dead don't expect gog to make anymore fixes for a dead os."

To which my response is this: "Any executable able to run on the current, or forseeable, versions of Windows 10 is also able to run on the current version of Windows 7x64, unless there's code added in to PURPOSEFULLY DISABLE it through a "version check."

So... GoG doesn't need to "write fixes for a dead OS." They only have to write fixes which are OS-agnostic. Which is actually a lot easier.
Hi Marquis231, i've tried to download the 1.8.1 on this site www.darkreignws.com but after finished the file seem to be corrupted and i can't unzip her.

Can you check it's good ?

Thank you :)
Just an update to let everyone know the multiplayer community has hit 300 members and v1.8.1 works for 99% of people on both Windows 7 and Windows 10 and there are even regular multiplayer games. No GOG version required at all to play.