We are super excited to welcome you to the Atlas DAoC Freeshard!
If this is your first time installing Atlas, please follow the instructions in the section below. If you're encountering issues with the Atlas Launcher or the DAoC client, review the prompts and suggestions provided in the Frequently-Asked Questions and Troubleshooting sections below.
Follow the steps below to prepare your local DAoC environment and join the action on Atlas.
WARNING: If you are already playing on another DAoC freeshard, you will need to create a new/separate installation of DAoC specifically for Atlas. We use significantly divergent file sets in comparison to other freeshards, as well as DAoC Live, which means Atlas cannot use the same DAoC files as another freeshard. We recommend creating a new DAoC directory for each freeshard in which you participate
If you only need to upgrade the Launcher (i.e. from v0.9.8 to v1.0+) you can download just the launcher.
IMPORTANT: AtlasPack will change the path for any existing settings you may have in place--including hotkey layout, macros, and screen/UI layouts. To keep your unique configurations and quickbars, move the
characters.ini files from
%AppData%\Electronic Arts\Dark Age of Camelot\LotM to
%AppData%\Electronic Arts\Dark Age of Camelot\Atlas.
When prompted to select an installation location, click Browse... and then select a fresh folder where you want DAoC Atlas installed.
If done correctly, hitting Next will prompt you to confirm your choice. Select Yes.
Our launcher will check automatically for any missing required files and will download them as necessary.
If you have installed Atlas in
/Program Files/, the Launcher/Patcher will require Administrator access as it's actively modifying the files in what Windows considers a protected path.
This application will automatically download all Atlas freeshard files into your DAoC directory. Please note that this entails replacing/overwriting a large number of existing files, so you will not be able to use this instance of DAoC for the Live (Mythic/Broadsword) server or other freeshards.
Register a new account following the instructions here: How to register
NOTE: See the Frequently-Asked Questions section below if you've forgotten your account name or password.
To create a game account follow the instructions here: How to register
If you have linked your game account to Discord, just access the Account Manager and change your password from there.
If you haven't already, don't panic! We can help you with that. Create an account on Discord and join our server.
After that, you should see all online/available Atlas staff at the top-right corner of the Discord app. Simply message one of us directly with your issue and we will help get access to your account.
Please note that you will be expected to know and provide some information regarding your account, such as account name (if you haven't forgotten it) and the names/levels of some characters associated with the account.
Sure! For Linux/Ubuntu, you can use Wine or CrossOver as compatibility layers to simulate a Windows environment and run DAoC. Or, if you're using MacOS, you can use CrossOver. Simply download and patch DAoC and then do the same with AtlasPack.
For instructions on using Wine with Linux/Ubuntu, please [URL='https://www.atlasfreeshard.com/threads/connecting-with-gnu-linux.32/#post-225'][COLOR=rgb(247, 218, 100)]follow benzen's guide on Connecting with GNU/Linux[/COLOR][/URL].
While we strive to replicate the ambience and imperfectness of Classic/SI DAoC, we can understand how dated the game looks with older models. You are not required to use non-Catacombs models to play on Atlas. You can use Catacombs-era models for your character, which is controlled from the options at the character selection screen. The only models with pre-catacombs enforcement are mobs and pets.
While it may be possible, we do not recommend using the same DAoC directory for multiple freeshards, or the DAoC Live server. We recommend having an individual folder dedicated to each freeshard/server, as there may be conflicting file sets and overwrite some files.
The most common reason for exceptions to occur is that you aren't running the executable as an administrator. Right-click on the Launcher app and then select Run as Administrator.
This is triggered as a result of DAoC being installed in a protected path, like
Program Files. To get around this issue, you can move your DAoC folder to a secondary partition/disk/directory, whereupon you no longer need to run the launcher as an Admin. Otherwise, you must run
AtlasLauncher.exe as an administrator (right-click on the
.exe and select Run as Administrator.
If you encounter issues that prevent you from accessing the Atlas server, please go through the following questions/scenarios. It may be one or a combination of factors preventing access to Atlas, so please review the following questions. Before you request assistance from the Atlas team on Discord or post on our forums, answer these questions by yourself, or be prepared to answer these questions when you solicit help.
We typically assume players are using Windows, but if you're a diehard Linux/Ubuntu or MacOS advocate, you can use compatibility software like Wine/CrossOver. If you're using Linux/MacOS, then we know that these sometimes cause issues with running the
AtlasLauncher.exe application. You may need to install some additional common language/development tools like .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.8. If you still encounter errors when running the Atlas Launcher, you can circumvent this by using DOL Portal in place of
IMPORTANT: Make sure your antivirus (AV) is off--both third-party and anything built-in with your OS--as these oftentimes believe there's a virus in the files. Otherwise, you should add our files as exceptions to both the AV and Firewall, which is described further in a section below.*
If you're getting things running for the first time with DAoC, you'll want to make sure you have .NET Framework 3.5 installed. This is a general requirement, as this will otherwise prevent the game from launching at all.
The following files must be present to confirm Atlas is patched, your antivirus isn't deleting files, and you've installed Atlas to the correct folder:
If any of these are missing, then you should check to make sure Atlas is fully installed/patched in your DAoC directory and that your AV (third-party or OS built-in) has not quarantined/deleted/blocked the files.
AtlasLauncher.exeas an administrator?
If you are not running the Atlas Launcher with sudo or administrator privileges enforced, then this may prevent the launcher from loading fully. With Windows, you need only right-click on the
AtlasLauncher.exe executable and then select Run as Administrator.
If you play on multiple DAoC freeshards, you should avoid one instance of DAoC. You cannot access multiple servers from the same DAoC directory as most every freeshard replaces core client-side data with their own unique file sets, which may conflict strongly between freeshards or even the DAoC Live server. With freeshards in general, it is a recommended practice to always keep separate installations of the game for each server you access.
There's a chance that your operating system's built-in antivirus (AV) or firewall intercepted/quarantined/blocked Atlas-specific files. Check your Windows/Ubuntu/MacOS AV and Firewall to make sure these are offline. Or, you may add certain files as exceptions to your AV/firewall (see the next question below).
Whether you're using a third-party antivirus/firewall app or tools built into your operating system, we recommend that you add the following files as exceptions:
game1127.dll specifically is a highly-recommended practice, as this also has the effect of drastically reducing load screen times when traveling between regions in DAoC.