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Subject: The Guild Gold Edition (Europa 1400 Gold / Die Gilde Gold)

I found the hint in this thread (german only):
http://www.gilde2.de/social/thread/7491

1. Copy this new build of "ddraw.dll" in the Guild Gold main folder (where the exe files are located)
2. Use the "GildeGold.exe" (NOT "GildeGold_TL.exe")
3. If you have problems with wrong colors or doubled/distorted graphics, activate the "Reduced color mode" in the compatibility settings of the "GildeGold.exe" and set it to "16-bit (65536) colors"

This new "ddraw.dll" you get from the guy "Flaktrack" (linked in the thread above) or here from the original source:
https://github.com/narzoul/DDrawCompat/releases
https://github.com/narzoul/DDrawCompat/releases/download/v0.3.1/DDrawCompat-v0.3.1.zip (last tested build from 16 May 2021, 246 KB)

This procedure also fixed the problem with missing graphics on the right side of some menus (for example missing paper in annual account or missing slots in handcarts...), problems with fast scrolling and problems with mouse clicks.

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Other useful hints:

Sometimes the resolution slider in the graphic options menu cannot be moved to a higher resolution (freezed at 800 x 600). In this case you can set the resolution manually in the "game.ini", section [Gfx]:
[Gfx]
...
cur_res=0 --> for 800 x 600
cur_res=1 --> for 1024 x 768
cur_res=2 --> for 1152 x 864

The windowed mode can also only be set manually. In section [General] in the "game.ini" you can write:
[General]
...
Bildmodus=DIRECTWINDOW --> for windowed mode
Bildmodus=FULLSCREEN --> for fullscreen
Post edited December 08, 2021 by Lebostein
Worked perfectly for my needs :) thank you very much
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Lebostein: Subject: The Guild Gold Edition (Europa 1400 Gold / Die Gilde Gold)

I found the hint in this thread (german only):
http://www.gilde2.de/social/thread/7491

1. Copy this new build of "ddraw.dll" in the Guild Gold main folder (where the exe files are located)
2. Use the "GildeGold.exe" (NOT "GildeGold_TL.exe")
3. If you have problems with wrong colors or doubled/distorted graphics, activate the "Reduced color mode" in the compatibility settings of the "GildeGold.exe" and set it to "16-bit (65536) colors"

This new "ddraw.dll" you get from the guy "Flaktrack" (linked in the thread above) or here from the original source:
https://github.com/narzoul/DDrawCompat/releases
https://github.com/narzoul/DDrawCompat/releases/download/experimental/ddraw.zip (last build from 2017-11-18, 233 kB)

This procedure also fixed the problem with missing graphics on the right side of some menus (for example missing paper in annual account or missing slots in handcarts...)

___________________________________________
Other useful hints:

Sometimes the resolution slider in the graphic options menu cannot be moved to a higher resolution (freezed at 800 x 600). In this case you can set the resolution manually in the "game.ini", section [Gfx]:
[Gfx]
...
cur_res=0 --> for 800 x 600
cur_res=1 --> for 1024 x 768
cur_res=2 --> for 1152 x 864

The windowed mode can also only be set manually. In section [General] in the "game.ini" you can write:
[General]
...
Bildmodus=DIRECTWINDOW --> for windowed mode
Bildmodus=FULLSCREEN --> for fullscreen
You sir are a legend!

Thank you very much for this! Every time I wanted to play this recently, I balked because the choice between a bunch of graphics being cut off and crappy performance wasn't a good one... No longer is that the case!
This solution works for my case in which the lag already started on the menu screen.
When i copy that dll ist only get a Blackscreen when the intros are gone. I hear the starting-music, but nothing more.
Edith: works, got an old version.
Post edited March 26, 2020 by JensSkywalker1337
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JensSkywalker1337: When i copy that dll ist only get a Blackscreen when the intros are gone. I hear the starting-music, but nothing more.
Edith: works, got an old version.
Do you know anything more specific? I still get the black screen with every version of the file i tried so far.
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Lebostein: Subject: The Guild Gold Edition (Europa 1400 Gold / Die Gilde Gold)



1. Copy this new build of "ddraw.dll" in the Guild Gold main folder (where the exe files are located)
2. Use the "GildeGold.exe" (NOT "GildeGold_TL.exe")
3. If you have problems with wrong colors or doubled/distorted graphics, activate the "Reduced color mode" in the compatibility settings of the "GildeGold.exe" and set it to "16-bit (65536) colors"
There is no "GlideGold.exe or GlideGold_TL.exe in the game folder.
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Lebostein: Subject: The Guild Gold Edition (Europa 1400 Gold / Die Gilde Gold)

1. Copy this new build of "ddraw.dll" in the Guild Gold main folder (where the exe files are located)
2. Use the "GildeGold.exe" (NOT "GildeGold_TL.exe")
3. If you have problems with wrong colors or doubled/distorted graphics, activate the "Reduced color mode" in the compatibility settings of the "GildeGold.exe" and set it to "16-bit (65536) colors"
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Goopydop: There is no "GlideGold.exe or GlideGold_TL.exe in the game folder.
There should be a Europa1400gold.exe. Try that.

Thank you OP for this. It completely fixed the low FPS issue.
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Post edited September 07, 2021 by parogenspade
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JensSkywalker1337: When i copy that dll ist only get a Blackscreen when the intros are gone. I hear the starting-music, but nothing more.
Edith: works, got an old version.
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SwagErec: Do you know anything more specific? I still get the black screen with every version of the file i tried so far.
I don't know what i meant there. It only works for me, if I set Bildmodus=DIRECTWINDOW in the game.ini
I installed the ddraw.dll file in the main folder and this is what I get:

-Using the Europa1400Gold.exe I can view the 4 opening movies then the software just shuts down.

-With the Europa1400Gold_TL.exe I can get all the way into the main menu but then the screen is black.

I also tried changing the ini file but nothing I did there worked. Tried different resolutions. Tried toggling on windowed mode, but then the game would just render with distorted colors and two game screens side-by-side.
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Zingrad: I installed the ddraw.dll file in the main folder and this is what I get:

-Using the Europa1400Gold.exe I can view the 4 opening movies then the software just shuts down.

-With the Europa1400Gold_TL.exe I can get all the way into the main menu but then the screen is black.

I also tried changing the ini file but nothing I did there worked. Tried different resolutions. Tried toggling on windowed mode, but then the game would just render with distorted colors and two game screens side-by-side.
For me the two green game screens problem was solved by using the reduced color mode fix:
3. If you have problems with wrong colors or doubled/distorted graphics, activate the "Reduced color mode" in the compatibility settings of the "GildeGold.exe" and set it to "16-bit (65536) colors"

But that brings me to my main problem:
I can either run in windowed mode 1024x768 which is really tiny on my screen and use the dll and be low fps free
or I can go fullscreen mode and have insane flickering of all kinds of elements as long as I use the dll.
So anyone found a way to get the game running in fullscreen mode with the dll installed?