Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard

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Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard
Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard cover
Developers
Liquid Entertainment
Publishers
Original Atari
Budget retail re-releases Sold-Out Software
Current Hasbro
Release dates
Windows September 25, 2005
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres Strategy, RTS, RPG
Themes Fantasy
Series Dungeons & Dragons
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Warnings

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

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v4 DRM[Note 1].
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
A free demo version is available from Archive.org and GamePressure.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Official patches can be found on Patches-Scrolls.

Skip intro movies[edit]

Add -nointro parameter to Dragonshard.exe to auto skip intro movies and logos.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Dragonshard\
.pro files contain configurations for individual game profiles, editing possible with notepad.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Dragonshard\
Saves contains individual save games.
Profiles contains profiles and campaign progress.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
OneDrive
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.

Video[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Toggle with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Set desktop resolution in-game then toggle with Alt+ Enter.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
On/off only.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
On/off only.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Disabled by default.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate cap.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Input[edit]

Audio[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Voice and Effects.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Game mutes and pauses.
EAX support

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Retail only.
Polish
Russian

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
GameSpy services have been shut down;[3] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

"An unhandled exception has occurred" when choosing GameSpy multiplayer[edit]

Temporarily disconnect internet[4]
  1. Disconnect from the internet.
  2. Choose the GameSpy option in-game.
  3. Reconnect to the internet.
  4. Return to the game and continue normally.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
G3D, Z3D
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]

References