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Revision as of 18:47, 4 August 2021

Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor
Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor cover
Developers
Stormfront Studios
Publishers
Ubisoft
Release dates
Windows September 27, 2001
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This page is for the 2001 sequel using 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons rules. For the original 1988 Gold Box game, see Pool of Radiance.

Warnings

GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Warnings

A known bug for the uninstaller included in the original 1.0 release deleted system files when the game was uninstalled, causing the operating system to fail. This can be fixed by using the 1.1 uninstaller patch.

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Requires disc 2 in the drive to play.
Windows
Two retail versions are available: the original 1.0 release and a re-release that has been pre-updated to version 1.2 (German release: 1.28) and also includes the 1.1 uninstaller.
This game is not available digitally.

Essential Improvements

Patches

If your original version is 1.0 (version can be checked in the main menu, bottom right), you will first need the 1.1 uninstaller patch to avoid the uninstaller deleting system files. This patch is not included with the 1.2, 1.3, or 1.4 updates. This patch is not necessary to install if you have the updated 1.2 retail re-release, as that version includes the 1.1 uninstaller.
The latest official patch is 1.4 (different files depending on language version). It includes game fixes from the 1.2 and 1.3 updates, but does not include the uninstaller from the 1.1 patch so that will need to be used separately if you have the original 1.0 release.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>/savegames/[Note 1]

Video settings

Game settings menu.
Game settings menu.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Only runs in 800x600.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings

Adversely affected by Windows mouse acceleration. Disable "Enhance pointer precision" under "Pointer Settings" in Windows to fix problems with mouse acceleration in-game.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Only able to change hotkeys. See Remap Hotkeys.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Remap Hotkeys

In-game help menu only displays the default hotkeys regardless of what you actually have them set to.
Modify keymap.txt
  1. Go to <path-to-game>
  2. Open keymap.txt.
  3. Hotkeys are presented as such:
KEY	FUNCTION

For example, the "display help menu" hotkey defaults to the following:

F1	SHOW_HELP
  1. Change KEY to desired key for the associated function.
  2. Save the changes and launch the game.

Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
German
French
Spanish

Issues fixed

Game doesn't launch on modern system

Install the latest patch

Install patch 1.4 from here, choose the correct file for your language version. If your game version is 1.0 (can be checked on the bottom right of the main menu), then you must first run the 1.1 uninstaller patch and then the 1.4 patch.

Use compatibility mode

You can also use compatibility mode for Windows 10 SP 3 on the Pool II.exe, but that should not be required if you have patch 1.4 installed.

Invisible objects and transparent characters

Use dgVoodoo
  1. Download dgVoodoo 2. Ignore virus warnings that you might get, it is known to set off false positives.
  2. Unpack dgVoodoo. Copy dgVoodooCpl.exe and dgVoodoo.conf to your game folder (where the Pool II.exe is). Then do the same with D3D8.dll, D3Dlmm.dll and DDraw.dll from dgvoodoo under MS/x86, copy those 3 files to the game folder as well.
  3. Execute dgVoodooCpl.exe in the game folder. This opens the dgVoodoo menu. Here, you can set your custom settings for the game. Click on the symbol on the top right (.\) to set this location as running instance.
  4. In the dgVoodoo menu, set the following:

General tab: Appearance: Full Screen; Scaling Mode: Stretched, 4:3 Aspect Ratio
DirectX tab: Under Miscellaneous, uncheck everything
Finally, click Apply or Ok. Then you can launch the game and all objects / characters should be visible now.

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
No longer functional due to GameSpy shutting down.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
The "real" executable is por2main.exe, not Pool II.exe (the latter just calls the former). The Windows 10 task manager shows it as "engine executable (32 bit)".

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Windows 95/98/ME
Processor (CPU) Pentium III 500 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) 32 MB

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References