We now have an Arokh’s Lair steam group which you can join to chat with other fans and find former Drakan players who play games you may already own. It seems most former Drakan players play FPS games but me personally prefer RPG games. It’s worth a look at the group and it’s members to see if any of us have any games in common.
The link is here http://steamcommunity.com/groups/arokhslair
The all in one patch has been updated again with a minor update. Here’s what was posted on the forums which details the changes:-
I’ve re-uploaded the patch today because there was an overlooked issue with multiplayer since the previous update on level transition if the game was in fullscreen mode and minimized. The whole point of the new patch was basically the fact that with the first one, needless calls were made to the rendering APIs when they shouldn’t be. All this messing around because for some reason the game is coded in the way that it drops network activity if the primary DirectDraw surface is lost.
The update can be downloaded on the downloads page.
I put a forum post up about seeing if any ex drakan players play ESO and if they would be interested in joining a guild / group so we could adventure together in the world of Tamriel. The post is here if you want to take a look at the details. I play on the EU server but seem as characters are not transferable between the EU and NA servers two guilds may have to be set up. We will see. For now more information is in the forum post.
Mathijs Roosen as updated his Reo to Obj converter file used for level editors to extract models from the game and convert them into a more standard workable format. As always the link to the forum post is here https://arokhslair.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3930 and the file can be downloaded on the downloads page.
The all in one patch update I was talking about on the previous post has now been released. This update mainly provides fixes for the level editor so that it works on modern operating systems and the infamous crashes have been fixed. This is why many gave up making levels for the game as it could only be reliably run on Win 9x systems. Now that has been remedied if you were wanting to make a level series but couldn’t now you can. As always the forum thread is here https://www.arokhslair.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3765
Another update for the Drakan All in One patch is in the works – this will be of use to you level editors out there who became stuck due to the game engine’s incapability of working on later versions of direct X without crashes, bugs etc making it nearly if not impossible to create levels.
The link to the entire thread is here https://www.arokhslair.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3765
Ucyborg has posted on the forums that his Drakn AiO (All in One) patch has been updated so the game will run on Windows 8.1 and later operating systems without having to use the DGVoodoo renderer which makes updating the game to work on modern operating systems much easier.
The forum post is here
OK so there hasn’t been anything regarding Drakan to post recently and there’s been no new levels, fan art and fanfics submitted for years but I have something from Skyrim that is worth posting. I have been playing this game as an Argonian who you can find on earlier posts as they are a cool race to play as and Skyrim is remotely similar to and much more modern than Drakan.
Anyway there is a great fanfiction centered around an Argonian character which I found and it is a well written emotional story with professional writing. It follows the main story of the game plus a little prequel about the main character’s backstory. It’s currently not finished but there are currently 2 arcs which come to around 300 pages; about the size of an average book. This will be massive epic story when it’s done.
It’s called Dragon of the East and can be found on the below links:-
Inkit fanfiction entry Inkit fanfiction entry
Arcs 1 and 2 complete on fanfiction.net
And finally where all new chapters will be added
As some of you know the game does not run in full screen or not at all on Windows 8 and above due to the DWM (Desktop Windows Manager) which cannot be turned off by applications & games on these operating systems. However there is a program called DGvoodoo which is a ‘virtual’ graphics card based on the 3Dfx Voodoo cards. Ucyborg found this excellent program which, when installed correctly restores full screen and a much improved frame rate. I can confirm the game is now playable on Windows 10.
The forum post is here with all the details:-
Chapomon found a rare promotional poster on ebay and scanned and touched it up for other Drakan fans to enjoy. The image is the some one that was used at E3 on Psygnosis’s stand when the game was announced at E3 1999. The poster was sent as a promo to various limited game store outlets and most have now been thrown away so this is a very rare find indeed.
The poster was a bit wrinkled but has touched up well and was not printed on glossy paper so has a matte finish. Anyway here it is:-
Here’s a reworked version which enhances the colours and contrast edited by Metalfist. Forum link and image download here:-
link to forum topic with improved image (right click and ‘save as’ on the image for full resolution version)