Daggerfall back in the house!

In this post I described that I regretted selling my boxed copy of The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall. One of the reasons that I sold it, was that I never played Daggerfall back in the days. My first encounter with the series was The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. After writing the post, it kept nagging me though. I would very much want to have the game back again. Preferably with the hint guide like I had previously, but it had to have the manual included. I found a seller who was willing to let go of his copy for a reasonable price. Although, it remains expensive, as the game can be downloaded for free from the Bethesda website. Another seller offered the American version of the boxed game, with looks a little bit nicer, with the holographic print on the front of the box. Although, I’m not a fan of the altered looks of the skeleton on the front.

I installed the game on my retro game computer setup, that consists of a Raspberry Pi inside an Amiga 1200 case with RetroPie installed on it. But it wasn’t ‘plug-and-play’. I’ll document the steps for future reference:

First I unpacked the zip file in the home/pi/RetroPie/roms/pc folder. Then I started DosBox and mounted the CD-ROM drive as follows:

mount d home/pi/RetroPie/roms/pc/DFCD/ -t cdrom -label Daggerfall

But when I choose to install the ‘huge’ version on C:, the installer prompted that there wasn’t enough space. I then unmounted the C drive and mounted it again with more space, like so:

mount -u c
mount c /home/pi/RetroPie/roms/pc/ -freespace 1000

After that the installation went fine, so after the installation I installed the patch and tried to run the game:

cd c:\dagger


But I got the error that the CD-ROM wasn’t the correct one… Someone online suggested the following to run the game and it worked!

fall.exe z.cfg

The only thing that was left, was to convince the game that I wanted to control the pointer with my mouse. I did that with CTRL + F10.

Tadaa! I played for a short while and managed to kill some rats, one archer only being killed by the third bat or so that attacked me. I think that I want to read me some manual first.

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