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« on: June 30, 2015, 10:13:39 PM »

I bought Dark Omen when it originally came out. I really enjoyed the game and when I found out there was a previous game (Shadow of the Horned Rat) I sought it out. At that time (1998) I had no luck and subsequently put Dark Omen away, as Windows evolved. Just recently I stumbled across Shadow of the Horned Rat on Ebay. I bought the disk, but it won't load on my XP machine (says I have to have Windows 95!). Anyway, this renewed my interest in Dark Omen and I loaded it. I can get the intro movie, but when the game actually starts, the only things that are stable are the options bar below and the flags of the units on the map. The map itself flickers with odd triangular shapes, which I assume are pieces of the map.

Is there anything I can do to stabilize the game so I can play it again? Is there any way to play SotHR without having Windows 95?

Hopefully, there are still members who frequent this site from time to time.

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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2015, 10:19:50 PM »

I forgot to mention that beside running on XP32 Professional, I have an NVidia GTX560. If you need any other information about my setup, please let me know.

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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2015, 11:02:28 PM »

Hi and welcome, start by reading our help section ->

http://forum.dark-omen.org/help-section/ultimate-dark-omen-xpvistawin7-game-fixes-t111.0.html

To Fix Game change to CPU mode and not Coloured Cursors on the First time u run the game.


1) Install Dark Omen-Full Installation

2) For Vista/Win7/8 Download d3drm.dll and Copy this file to "DarkOmen-Directory\PRG_ENG".    
    http://en.dark-omen.org/dark-omen-and-windows-vista.html

3) Download  The Intro Crash Fix for both Vista and XP and run it.
    http://en.dark-omen.org/downloads/view-details/5.-miscellaneous/intro-crash-fix.html

For SOTHR ->

http://forum.dark-omen.org/tactical-wargaming-and-other-warhammer-games/shadow-of-the-horned-rat-t121.0.html

However best played on PSX Emualtion as more 3d and graphically enhanced

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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2015, 01:13:47 AM »

Thanks for your reply olly. I got DO working on my Windows 98 setup. I followed the instructions. Did the alt/tab until the background clipping ended. Then I changed the settings to "CPU" and changed the cursor to non-color. Everything works great now.

SotHR is going to be a different story, but I'll worry about that once I play through DO again.

I'm curious about the mods for DO, so I will look around the site to see what is available.

Thanks again,
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