Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna

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Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna
Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna cover
Developers
Gas Powered Games
Mad Doc Software
Publishers
Microsoft Game Studios
Engines
Siege Engine[1]
Release dates
Windows November 11, 2003
macOS (OS X) November 11, 2003
Reception
Metacritic 73
IGDB 90
Taxonomy
Series Dungeon Siege
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Dungeon Siege
Dungeon Siege 2002
Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna 2003
Dungeon Siege II 2005
Dungeon Siege III 2011

Key points

Standalone expansion pack; includes Dungeon Siege along with new bonus content and gameplay improvements.

General information

ChickenGeorgeMods - collection of official and fan made tools for modding the game.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SmarteSECURE DRM disc check.[2]
Windows
macOS (OS X)

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Bonus Pack Download this archive, extract its files into the installation folder and create a shortcut with required arguments.
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions[3]
  1. See Command line arguments instructions.
  2. Use the nointro=true argument.

Playing on modern systems[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  • Download the following archive and extract its files into the installation folder.

Siegelets, maps and mods[edit]

Return To Arhok - official bonus single player map by Mad Doc Software.
Yesterheaven - official bonus multiplayer map for original Dungeon Siege made by Gas Powered Games. Single player conversion files are available here.
Myros Mod - converts the original Utraean Peninsula multiplayer map to singleplayer. Conversion files are available here or already prepared map can be downloaded here.
Utima V: Lazarus - a remake of Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny.
Ultima 6 Project - a remake of Ultima VI: The False Prophet.
Many notable fan made siegelets and maps can be downloaded here; Mageworld, The Elemental, Lands Of Hyperborea, Copperhead: Retaliation, Realm of Kings.
Dungeon Siege - high resolution textures - texture pack made for the original game using AI image upscaling ESRGAN .

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Dungeon Siege\
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Dungeon Siege LOA\
macOS (OS X)
Certain settings are stored in the DungeonSiege.ini file.
The default main character along with every other option is stored in the prefs.gas file.
The keybinds are stored in the %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Dungeon Siege\Keys\ folder in the current.gas file.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Dungeon Siege\Save\
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Dungeon Siege LOA\Save\
macOS (OS X)

Video[edit]

General settings for Dungeon Siege.
General settings for Dungeon Siege.
Video settings for Dungeon Siege.
Video settings for Dungeon Siege.
General settings for Legends of Aranna.
General settings for Legends of Aranna.
Video settings for Legends of Aranna.
Video settings for Legends of Aranna.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
See Widescreen resolution.
Ultra-widescreen
See Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Too high resolutions (above 1080p) will crash the game; use dgVoodoo2 for these resolutions. The in-game user interface will be very small.
Field of view (FOV)
See the WSGF entry. After starting a new game the normal executable can be used afterwards, so the menus are not broken.
Windowed
Affected by a slow framerate on a windowed mode. See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Main menu breaks when borderless. See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can cause framerate issues, it can be disabled with the vsync=false command line argument.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate cap. Use the bltonly=true command line argument to fix potential frame rate problems.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Widescreen fixes only work in-game, not on the main menu.
Widescreen aspect ratios are Vert-; to set FOV see the WSGF entry.
Some higher resolutions will crash the game; use dgVoodoo2 for these resolutions.
Any resolution warnings can be safely ignored when prompted (or see here).
Set in DungeonSiege.ini[4]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Dungeon Siege LOA\DungeonSiege.ini
  2. Change the width = and height = numbers to match your resolution.
  3. Save your changes.
Set in launch options[4]
  1. Add width=#### and height=#### to your games launch options.
  2. Replace #### with your desired resolution.
  3. Save your changes.

Windowed[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder and find DungeonSiege.exe or DSLOA.exe.
  2. See Windows Compatibility Mode.
  3. Tick the Reduced color mode checkbox and select the 16-bit (65536) mode.
  4. See Command line arguments.
  5. Use the fullscreen=false argument.

Shadow resolution[edit]

Instructions[3]
  1. Go to the installation folder and open system_detail.gas with a text editor.
  2. Increase the value of shadow_tex_size = 64 to 128, 256, etc... (changing the entry under [64M32B] should be enough).
  3. Save the file.

Notes

This is only worth doing when Complex shadows are enabled in-game.

Input[edit]

Input settings for Dungeon Siege.
Input settings for Dungeon Siege.
Input settings for Legends of Aranna.
Input settings for Legends of Aranna.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio[edit]

Audio settings for Dungeon Siege.
Audio settings for Dungeon Siege.
Audio settings for Legends of Aranna.
Audio settings for Legends of Aranna.

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

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP 2300-2400, 6073
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Unsupported display mode[edit]

When starting a game a Critical Error message appears about unsupported display mode. This can be ignored or use the following instructions, so it doesn't appear.
Instructions[3]
  1. Go to the installation folder and open system_detail.gas with a text editor.
  2. Add a new display mode with the resolution you want (adding a new entry under [64M32B] should be enough):
    • For example: [1920x1080] {max_back_buffers = 2;}.
  3. Save the file.

Low frame rate[edit]

Instructions[3]
  1. Use bltonly=true command line argument.
  2. Make sure vsync is not enabled in the GPU control panel or in a third-party graphics wrapper if they are used.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum[5]
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) 333 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD)

References