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Domain change for Dark Reign Central

Posted in News Archive on July 18th, 2008 by Element

Nykk kindly allowed me to use the domain + hosting for the community for the past 2 years, however we found out in the meantime that the provider he used ( was only ‘renting’ the name to him, and therefore we were forced to use their hosting.

This stopped me from using my own faster/better hosting, so I’ve registered a new domain, and will start moving everything there. This will probably take a while.

More updates later on.

New Drom 1.5

Posted in News Archive on April 21st, 2008 by Element

DROM 1.5 is done, it should get rid of the lag problem and also shows if games are launched or not.

Let me know if you find any problems with it.

Vista Update

Posted in News Archive on April 7th, 2008 by Element

The problem with Vista has been solved.

Quick Downloads:

  • Dark Reign 1.4b (full version)(89MB)
  • Dark Reign 1.4b Patch (16MB)

A new Dark Reign download has been put up - I will also be retiring the Multiplayer version, only the full game will be up.

If you don’t want to download the full game, you can download just the file, overwrite all files in your dark reign folder and technically it should work.

To run the game you must launch either Original Dark Reign.exe or Shadowhand Dark Reign.exe. For online play it’s better to use the Shadowhand one - the Original exe is just if you want to play the original Dark Reign missions.

Also in collaboration with Satz, the game now includes all the sprite and sound files from various addons/mods:

  • strata7 (Starcraft conversion)
  • terrorist (Terrorist side)
  • greed (Greed mod)
  • koth (King of the Hill mod)
  • aurunits (Auran extra units)
  • 4 new terrains (Australia, Asteroid, Volcano, Auralien)

This version of Dark Reign will be known as 1.4b so as to avoid confusion with 1.4

This is regarded an essential update - please download either the patch or full download.

Dark Reign on Vista

Posted in News Archive on December 21st, 2007 by Element

I haven’t tested this myself, but apparently Dark Reign runs on Vista just fine according to Marcus:

Author: Marcus
Date: 12-20-07 12:32

Hi All

Yes it is absolutely possibel to play Dark Reign under Vista.

This is a very simple process using Vista’s “Compatibility” feature.

This Compatibilty feature is also available under XP.

If you dont use this Compatibility feature - you will have errors when installing Dark Reign. You may be successful installing the game - however - it will not run if you dont run the Compatibility feature.

1. Go to the Vista “Start” button
2. Go to Help and Support
3. In the search field type “compatibility”
4. Click on “Start the Program Compatibility Wizard”

Following the screen prompts.

The best this to do is put your DR CD in your Computer - then tell the Compatibility Wizard to run the CD as a WIN 98 Program. It will then intall perfectly.

Then next thing to do is run the compatibility wizard again - and fin the Dark Reign Exe/ program file - and select it to run as a WIN 98 program and 600 x 800 resolution etc…

The wizard will save your settings forever!

Game Download Problem

Posted in News Archive on November 28th, 2007 by Element

Thank’s to Mesh’s spamming spree many old players are learning about the DR rebirth. Unfortunately I haven’t got to updating the game downloads to point to the new server ( So either patch it, or change the server in Tactics.cfg (in your dark reign folder) to say instead of

Server change

Posted in News Archive on November 8th, 2007 by Element

Since is being moved to a 64 bit server that won’t run the dr server, a new server will be used,

Download the new DROM

and here is the new patch to set as the server in dark reign (just install it in your dark reign folder overwriting all files)

Or you could just change the server in tactics.cfg in your dark reign folder to

Server up again.

Posted in News Archive on November 4th, 2007 by Element

The server is working again.

Server Problem

Posted in News Archive on October 30th, 2007 by Element

There is a problem with the server, while I try an fix it you can use ‘’.

Just edit the tactics.cfg file in your dark reign folder and change the line:

That should let you join the lobby. Unfortunately DROM doesn’t support changing of servers, so it wont work until I fix the server.

DR Ladder

Posted in News Archive on March 19th, 2007 by Element

We’re going with Cases for the ladder, it’s all setup here:

Go sign up and start playing. I’m gonna organize a tourney with a cash prize for the winner some time in the next few months, so you better get practicing, mofos.

Dark Reign Ladder

Posted in News Archive on March 17th, 2007 by Element

Everyones been telling me that DR needs an sl. We have 3 to pick from - Cases, OzDRL, or I can make a custom one.

Please vote for the one you want (at the top of the page).

New Drom (v1.4)

Posted in News Archive on March 9th, 2007 by Element

I’ve uploaded a new version of DROM. Hopefully the ‘lagout’ issue with other versions has been fixed, please download it and try it out.

Website update

Posted in News Archive on March 3rd, 2007 by Element

The DR Server maybe going down for a day or two while the server it is being hosted on is being relocated. It’s not going to be down forever though.

Also the game is up for download if anyone has lost their CDs or has trouble installing from their CDs.

DROM update

Posted in News Archive on November 30th, 2006 by Element

Long time no update. I have been busy. I’ve uploaded a standalone drom which has the dll files needed to run by itself.


Posted in News Archive on October 27th, 2006 by Element

Well some ass has made a cheat map…it’s called 2trails, his name (last time I played him) was Slickz, and the map has very cheap, fast firing units when playing imperium.

I played him a game, killed him so fast he had no time to cheat. So the second game I let him build, big mistake, his units costs 2cr and build instantly as well as the donuts fire quicker. Therefore if you think someone beat you and his units seem uncannily strong, and he seemed to build way to many units for the water on the map, check the map folder for a units.txt or buildings.txt, if it has a file called that, it’s probably a cheat map.

Router Problems

Posted in News Archive on October 16th, 2006 by Element

So it turns out there are some routers that have problems with the DR server.

Taken from this old forum post, it turns out that the problem is how the router handles UDP packets.

In summary:

DR wants to use Loose UDP packets, most (newer) routers think of this as a security risk and drop those packets.

It’s quite technical, read the article if you want more detail. The point is that we cannot fix this with a patch, as it is router specific. If you are having problems (eg. seeing people in the lobby with 2000ms pings, not able to join games, not able to some other people speak) then do the following:

1) Turn off all firewalls, both on windows (including the default one) and on the router
2) Try activating DMZ (Demilitarized Zone).
3) Try enabling the ‘loose udp’ option on your router (sometimes known as ‘gaming mode’)
4) Try searching google for your router and loose udp or udp packets in case there is a firmware update, or a different method of enabling loose udp or someone had the same problems.
5) Finally, there’s nothing you can do, your router is just incompatible with DR, time to upgrade? :)

DROM update

Posted in News Archive on October 13th, 2006 by Element

New release of DROM v0.3

- games in progress are now displayed
- double clicking a game shows who’s in it
- chat line doesnt clip text
- name is limited to 14 chars
- People in DR: See a weird D with a line through it next to every one using DROM and they all go to the bottom of the list.
- People in DROM: See a weird little line next to people using DROM and they all go to the top of the list.
- Uh, some other things I don’t remember.

I’m also decomissioning the old drchat.exe


DR Windows Chat App

Posted in News Archive on October 10th, 2006 by Element

I took a while to finish the windows version of dr chat, no I’m not gonna apologise :p

DROM - Dark Reign Online Manager, just copy it into your dark reign folder (where anet2.dll is)

It’s sort of ready, but there are a few bugs that I hope are because I am running it on the same computer as dr, of course only public testing will tell.

It’s again a very unstable may cause your computer to melt it’s cpu version and there is no support whatsoever for it.

At the moment it can minimize to taskbar, flash when players enter or chat - and gives a list of players currently online. Sure there is more planned for the future, but windows programming is well…cumbersome to say the least.

Problems: I can’t figure out why; sometimes it will not read messages from other people, sometimes it will not send messages, sometimes both. It will always display the people currently online correctly, just sometimes messages get lost somewhere along the line. So if someone just joined, and they don’t seem to be responding to you, login to DR to make sure.

DR Chat beta

Posted in News Archive on September 22nd, 2006 by Element

So for the past few days I have left the dr chat running, and it’s amazing how many people are missing each other on the server by like 5 minutes.

So you can download the the (pre-alpha-alpha-mightcrashyourcomputer) version of drchat to test it out yourself:

1) dowload drchat.exe - no more, redundant, get DROM instead
2) Put it in your Dark Reign folder (where anet2.dll is)
3) Run it
4) type: name NICKNAME (your name not NICKNAME)
5) type: c bla bla whatever (to chat)
6) type: help (for help)

Dark Reign Chat App

Posted in News Archive on September 20th, 2006 by Element

Sorry for the lack of updates lately and the sorry state the website is in, I have been diverting my time to something much more interesting.

After trying to make something of the very unsupported API that the Dark Reign server runs with, I have managed to finally(!) complete a direct link from a standalone app.

What this means in plain english is that it is possible to talk in the Dark Reign lobby without actually running the game.

This is an achievement in itself, but it’s only half the deal. The next step is to create a windows program that you can keep running in the system tray that will alert you in realtime of new gamers on the server and allow you to talk with them.

But its 4am and it’s late. I’m off to bed.

New site

Posted in News Archive on September 14th, 2006 by Element

Welcome to the new and updated The Dark Reign Ladder has been moved to this much more relevant domain provided courteously by Nykk.

At the moment, it is still in the making, so there will be a couple bugs here and there. The good news is that the chat is working, and the online server stats (to the right) are also active, so you can chat and check the server without having to load up Dark Reign.

For those looking for the way to get Dark Reign working with the new server, the info can be found in patches.

Dark Reign Server

Posted in News Archive on September 9th, 2006 by Element

Well the Dark Reign Server is finally up. No more Kali! Just download the patch, overwrite the files into your Dark Reign folder and goto Multiplayer -> Internet. The good old lobby is back :).

Playing Times

Posted in News Archive on September 3rd, 2006 by Element

Most people meet to play Dark Reign on Saturday, 8pm GMT.

That is:

America - Saturday 1-4pm
Europe - Saturday 8-10pm
Australia - Sunday 6-8am

Although most days at the same times you may find some people in.

Dark Reign League

Posted in News Archive on September 2nd, 2006 by Element

Welcome to the Dark Reign League, a semi-clone of the old Cases Ladder, but without the problems (such as 1 game a day, adverts, deleting of inactivite members).

For those new to the concept of a ladder, I suggest you read the ‘Help’ section on the menu to understand how it works.

This is currently a semi-test to see if a Dark Reign community can be built again. The ladder serves more than just a ranking system, it is a centralized area of active and playing members together with contact details.

I hope it will succeed, because I know there are old and new Dark Reigners out there who want to play.


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