Might and Magic Book One: The Secret of the Inner Sanctum

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Might and Magic Book One: The Secret of the Inner Sanctum
Might and Magic Book One: The Secret of the Inner Sanctum cover
Developers
New World Computing
Publishers
New World Computing
3DO
Digital Ubisoft
Release dates
DOS 1986
Mac OS (Classic) 1987
Windows (DOSBox) September 3, 2009[1]
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres RPG
Themes Fantasy
Series Might and Magic
Might and Magic Book One: The Secret of the Inner Sanctum on IGDB
Might and Magic Book One: The Secret of the Inner Sanctum guide on StrategyWiki
Might and Magic Book One: The Secret of the Inner Sanctum on MobyGames
Might and Magic Book One: The Secret of the Inner Sanctum on Wikipedia
Might and Magic Book One: The Secret of the Inner Sanctum 1986
Might and Magic II: Gates to Another World 1988
Might and Magic III: Isles of Terra 1991
Might and Magic: Clouds of Xeen 1992
Might and Magic: Darkside of Xeen 1993
Might and Magic: World of Xeen 1994
Swords of Xeen 1995
Heroes of Might and Magic (series)
Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven 1998
Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor 1999
Crusaders of Might and Magic 1999
Arcomage 1999
Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer 2000
Legends of Might and Magic 2001
Might and Magic IX 2002
Dark Messiah of Might and Magic 2006
Might & Magic X - Legacy 2014
Might & Magic Showdown Cancelled
Might & Magic: Chess Royale 2020

Key points

Otherwise known as Might and Magic I
Many different versions of the game exist, with varying degrees of graphical fidelity and additional features, such as voice acting. The only version currently readily sold however is the MS-DOS release.
Because the game was poorly written and its speed is dependent on CPU cycles, the game runs too fast on many computers.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Celestial Heavens' subforum

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
Use DOSBox for DOS version.
DOS
Mac OS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Bundled with games 1-6. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[2]
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Where Are We[edit]

Supported by Where are we, an automapping and reference utility.

Grid Cartographer[edit]

Supported by Grid Cartographer. Its Game Link feature assists in creating the game map. This is not an automap. From the Grid Cartographer's documentation: “This approach enhances the immersion factor by allowing you to draw the map as you perceive it, not revealing every secret ahead of time. Hidden doors remain obscured, traps are left undetected and unsprung. It's still up to you to explore and record what you see on the map as you venture forth!”

Game data[edit]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\ROSTER.DTA
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
ROSTER.DTA stores all characters; it must be present to play (an empty file with this name will work).

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
On/off only; toggle with V.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Everything is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Russian
Fan translation by «Ardash & Бюро переводов Old-Games.Ru». Download here: https://www.old-games.ru/game/download/51.html

Issues fixed[edit]

Text appears too fast[edit]

This is caused by the game being CPU cycles dependant.
Use text speed patch[3]

Use the Might and Magic 1 text speed patch.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible
These are general GOG.com system requirements, the game will run on almost any hardware.

Notes

  1. File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS game data. For the GOG.com release, file changes in DOSBox are redirected to <path-to-game>/cloud_saves/ even if GOG Galaxy is not used (this folder contains all redirected files, so some files in the cloud_saves folder might be temporary files or other files that do not contain saves or settings).

References