Drakan: Order of the Flame

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Drakan: Order of the Flame
Drakan: Order of the Flame cover
Developers
Surreal Software
Publishers
Psygnosis
Japan Imagineer[1]
Engines
Riot Engine
Release dates
Windows July 14, 1999
Taxonomy
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action
Themes Fantasy
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Key points

Use Drakan Community Patch to install and run the game on modern systems.
Riot Engine Level Editor, 3D modeler and export plug-ins for 3D modeling tools are available for making custom content.
MPlayer.com online services have been shut down. Use alternative master server list provided by Drakan Community Patch.

General information

Arokh's Lair
Arokh's Lair Forum - The only Drakan forum. Not very lively.
OpenDrakan - Open-source recreation of Surreal Software's Riot Engine. Project is still in an early stage.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Disc check; install the latest patch to play without the CD.
Windows
This game is not available digitally.
Demo available (mirror1 (4th link)/mirror2/mirror3/mirror4)

Essential improvements[edit]

Hidden developer settings.
Hidden developer settings.

Patches[edit]

Patch 445[edit]

(Arokh's Lair (3rd link)/Mod DB)

Removes CD-Check from the game.

Unofficial Patches[edit]

AiO Unofficial Patch (377/447)[edit]

(Arokh's Lair (2nd link)/Google Drive/Mod DB)

Contains all previous patches.
Improves stability of game and level editor.
Fixes crash after selecting difficulty and multiplayer disconnect bug on modern operating systems.
Adds widescreen fixes.

Drakan Community Patch[edit]

(Arokh's Lair (1st link))

Uses AiO Patch as a base with additional fixes.
Contains all fan-made singleplayer & multiplayer levels.
Recommended for playing multiplayer as all community hosted servers are compatible only with this patch.

Modifications[edit]

Drakan: 10th Anniversary[edit]

(Project Site/Arokh's Lair (8th link)/Mod DB)

Fixes the majority of known bugs and adds new graphic effects based on an additional DirectX 9 rendering engine.
Deprecated and abandoned. Causes graphical glitches and low frame rates. Use dgVoodoo 2 wrapper (included with Drakan Community Patch) instead.

Developer mode[edit]

This allows you to select and play player-created levels when you select New Game in the main menu.
Enable Developer Mode[citation needed]
  1. Hold Shift while opening the game via double clicking the game icon.
  2. In the Riot Engine Options window, click the Developer tab.
  3. Check Enable Developer Mode. Now click OK to start Drakan.
  4. To select difficulty, hold Ctrl when you click New Game, otherwise it defaults to Normal difficulty.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Drakan.cfg[Note 1]
AiO Patch changes the default path to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Drakan\Drakan.cfg. Patch specific config is stored in Arokh.ini.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Saves\[Note 1]
AiO Patch changes the default path to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Drakan\Saves\.

Video[edit]

External graphics settings.
External graphics settings.
In-game graphics settings.
In-game graphics settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use AiO Patch for proper widescreen adjustment.
Multi-monitor
Use AiO Patch for proper widescreen adjustment.
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use AiO Patch to set the FOV multiplier.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use AiO Patch.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Can be forced via driver settings, but it corrupts fonts.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
Preferred frame rate for glitch-free experience.
120+ FPS
Can be run this fast, but is not recommended due to physics and visual glitches (eg. invisible flame on flaming swords).

Input[edit]

Audio[edit]

External sound settings.
External sound settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
It mutes unless Creative ALchemy is used to restore 3D sound and EAX.
EAX support
EAX 1.0 & A3D 1.0[2]

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Japanese
[1]
Spanish

Network[edit]

In-game network settings.
In-game network settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
12
Online play
12

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 27045, 27046, 27910
UDP 27045, 27046, 27910
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Crash after exiting the level "Alwarren"[edit]

Install AiO Patch[3]

Notes

If this doesn't work, disable Dithering from the Graphics tab in the Riot Engine Options and then enable it again after getting out of Alwarren. Dithering is useless except on ancient hardware that couldn't support 32-bit color modes.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6.1, 9 D3D9 renderer is provided by Drakan: 10th Anniversary mod.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer MPlayer.com Mplayer.com services were taken offline in 2001.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 320 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6.1 compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).

References