i can load the game and create a character and play through the first dungeon, but as soon as i make it through the shift gate, it says check prices for some random spells and then exits do dosbox. the dosbox out put reads "arena.exe complete"
i want to play the whole game.
CD-ROM Version (2006-03-08 19:38)
The CD-ROM version of this game does not seem to work. Application "ACD" (which is run from the mounted CD-ROM drive after running the game from hard disk) blocks instantly.
speed tips (2004-10-27 09:13)
You probably know these already, but they're vitally important for 3D games like this:
*1* Do NOT use "output=surface". Any other output willl get you a 2X speed increase.
*2* Make sure you're running the newest DOSbox (of course)
*3* Try out the "cpu=dynamic" for another roughly 2X speed increase.
*4* Make sure you tune the cycles to work with your machine. Run in a window and have a CPU load monitor active. Try to hover around 95%, so that you can handle unusual circumstances. Do NOT just accept the default 3000, and do NOT just keep cranking it higher. Use CTRL-F12 and CTRL-F11 to adjust while the game is running, and when you find a good setting (in console window or main window's title bar), store that permanently in your dosbox.conf file.
Using these I have gotten Arena to run very smoothly at full detail level on a 3GHz P4 with 0.62. I don't use frameskip - I'm trying to get my framerate up, so frameskip defeats the purpose.