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
Ubisoft
Release dates
DOS 1986
Mac OS (Classic) 1987
Windows (DOSBox) September 3, 2009[1]
Might and Magic Book One: The Secret of the Inner Sanctum on IGDB
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 and Magic: Clash of Heroes 2011
Might & Magic X - Legacy 2014
Might & Magic Showdown Cancelled
Might & Magic: Chess Royale 2020

Key points

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]

Automap[edit]

Where are we, an automap program for Might & Magic 1-5.

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]

GOG.com DOSBox Configurator.
GOG.com DOSBox Configurator.

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

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 and/or PC booter 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