Stronghold Legends FAQs

General

Q. I wish to find out more information about the game.

Q. I want to play multiplayer by LAN and not Internet. How do I do this?

Q. Does Stronghold Legends have a demo I can try out?

Q. Graphics are overly bright and distorted?

Installation

Q. I cannot uninstall or reinstall and play Stronghold Legends.

Q. When I try to install the game I get the message 'Please login with administrator privileges and try again'.

Q. When I try to install the game. I see one of the following errors 5003 : 0x8004ace2, 5004 : 0x80070005, 5005 : 0x80070002, 5006 : 0x80070003

Q. While installing I see the error 'cyclic redunancy check' or 'Feature transfer error'.

Problems

Q. When I click on multiplayer it just says: 'multiplayer is not currently unavailable, please try again later.'?

Q. The message 'original disc could not be found or authenticated.' is shown.

Q. Unable to get into multiplayer lobby.

Q. The message 'A Security module cannot be activated. The program cannot be executed.' is shown.

Q. The message 'Unable to authenticate original disc within time limit.' is shown.

Q. I am having trouble seeing games in the multiplayer lobby?

Q. The graphics in my game seem to missing textures and look completely incorrect.

Q. When I try to run Stronghold Legends, I get the following error message cannot find d3dx9_27.dll?

Q. When I play Stronghold legends I get a very low frame rate and everything is very jerky?

Q. I am having problems with loading your game it keeps getting stuck while loading?

Q. After installing the new patch for Stronghold Legends and clicking on play it tells me that I need to insert the stronghold Legends disk but the disk is already in the drive?

Q. Everytime I start a mission on the war campaign it says defeat.

Q. I get a feature: is_string_not_defined. error: data error (cyclic redundancy check)

Q. The game keeps task switching out when I start the game with Windows 7.

Q. [Windows 7] Stronghold Legends refuses to play or load / A white screen is shown when loading the game / Clicking on a section in game is non-responsive?

Gameplay

Q. What are the keyboard shortcuts?

Q. I need help with the map editor.

Q. I'm stuck on a certain level or require gameplay help.


General

Q. I wish to find out more information about the game.

A. The following websites will be able to help you. Also, the unoffical sites can offer you specific advice, for example with the map editor and gameplay help:

Official Stronghold Legends Website

Firefly Studios Website

2K Games Website

Links to Unofficial Fan Sites: Stronghold Knights & Stronghold Heaven

Purchase the game from Take 2's online store here.

Purchase and download the game from Direct2Drive.

 

Q. I want to play multiplayer by LAN and not Internet. How do I do this?

A. Stronghold Legends, requires a connection online if you wish to play LAN mode in the game. We also recommend downloading the version 1.2 patch.

 

Q. Does Stronghold Legends have a demo I can try out?

A. If you would like to try the Stronghold Legends demo, it can be found at Gamershell, Filefront, Fileshack and Softpedia.

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Q. Graphics are overly bright and distorted? 

 

A. This could be caused by bloom being turned on when using a Nvidia Graphics Card.  A recent driver update has caused the effect to break on Nvidia Cards. Please turn this off in the graphics panel.

 

 


 

Installation

Q. I cannot uninstall or reinstall and play Stronghold Legends.

A. First try locating the setup.exe within the Disk1 folder of the CD1. Once you click on this, the installation should continue as normal. If this does not work, please proceeded to step B.

B. Follow the instructions below to step 3, if you wish to remove Stronghold Legends.  Otherwise to step 4 if you wish to reinstall and then play the game.

A. If you are having trouble removing Stronghold Legends from your computer, please try the following steps:

1). Click on the start button then accessories and then load Windows explorer. Now select your C: drive, click on the ‘tools’ menu and select ‘folder options’, ‘View’, ‘Hidden Files and Folders’ and finally, ‘Show hidden files and folders’.

2). Click on the Program Files folder and locate the ‘Installshield Installation Information’ folder, within this folder you will find another named {66A405D2-BA14-4594-BF36-B3B544F0754E}. Please delete this folder.

3). Using Windows explorer click on the C: drive and click on the ‘Program Files’ folder and locate the ‘Firefly Studios’ folder, within this folder you will find another named ‘Stronghold Legends’. Please delete this folder.

(To reinstall) 4). Run the game using the setup.exe located within the disk1 folder on your CD1 and the installation should run as normal. To do this right click on the CD/DVD drive and select explore. Now navigate to the disk1 folder.

 

Q. When I try to install the game I get the message 'Please login with administrator privileges and try again'.

A. Stronghold Legends needs to be installed in an account with administrator privileges. A useful guide to managing windows user accounts can be found here.

 

When I try to install the game. I see one of the following errors 5003 : 0x8004ace2, 5004 : 0x80070005, 5005 : 0x80070002, 5006 : 0x80070003

A.This problem appears to be caused by Installshield. Installshield is used in the creation of the install & uninstall of Stronghold Legends.

To solve this problem, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Open up My Computer

  2. Navigate to: C:\Program Files\Common Files

  3. Cut out the Installshield folder and paste into temporary location.

  4. Install Stronghold Legends as normal. You may want to try running the Setup.exe directly from the CD/DVD.

  5. After the game is installed. Paste the Installshield folder back into: C:\Program Files\Common Files

    Also clear out the Windows temp folder. Usually located under: C:\Windows\Temp

If this does not work, please contact Take2 support. It seems Take 2 support, must be contacted by completing an online form, here is a direct link to this.

 

Q. While installing I see the error 'cyclic redunancy check' or 'Feature transfer error'.

This error is usually caused by a damaged disk; you may want to try cleaning the disk first and then try to reinstall Stronghold Legends.

If this fails try copying the entire disk to a temporary folder on your hard disk. Then run the setup program from within the disk1 folder on the hard disk. If you are getting errors while copying try using a program, such as this one to attempt to get the data from the damaged area of the disk:

If all else fails return the game to the place of purchase. Otherwise get a replacement contact Take 2 for a replacement: Click here.

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Problems

Q. When I click on multiplayer it just says: 'multiplayer is not currently unavailable, please try again later.'?

A. Running some internet applications such as peer guardian may block multiplayer, these applications must be disabled before running multiplayer. This could also be a firewall issues, please see the mulitplayer section for more information.

 

Q. I am having trouble seeing games in the multiplayer lobby?

A. Stronghold Legends may be blocked from getting online. Due to your firewall not having ports opened. Some ports are required to play the Stronghold online.

It's also possible you can have two firewalls working such as a software one installed in Windows and a hardware one in your router. This could cause confusion for the game, if you have a hardware based firewall you may want to consider switching the software one off.

If you need help on how to configure your router, click here.

If you need help on configuring your firewall, click here or here.

The folllowing ports need to be opened to allow Stronghold Legends to run correctly:

Allow outgoing TCP connections to remote port 6667
Allow outgoing TCP connections to remote port 28910
Allow incoming & outgoing traffic via local UDP port 19966
Allow incoming & outgoing traffic via local UDP port 13139

Various software, such as an anti virus program could cause issues with multiplayer. Microsoft have create a helpful guide for there own games, click here for help.

For more help, visit Stronghold Knights who are friendly fan site they created this handy multiplayer guide, click here.

 

Q. The graphics in my game seem to missing textures and look completely incorrect.

A.If you experience any technical problems with graphics in the game please install the latest drivers from your hardware manufacturer’s website. We recommend using the latest Microsoft approved WHQL driver or the latest driver posted on the manufacturer’s website. We have listed a few graphics card manufacturers’ websites below where you can download the latest drivers:

NVIDIA
ATI
Matrox
S3
Intel (Intel Extreme)
3Dlabs
XGI (Volari)

 

Q. When I try to run Stronghold Legends, I get the following error message cannot find d3dx9_27.dll?

A. The d3dx9_27.dll can be downloaded here.

 

(Windows 32 bit version only) Once downloaded, double click on the zip file and extract the d3dx9_27.dll file to your Windows\System32 directory.

(Windows 64 bit version only) Once downloaded, double click on the zipfile and extract the d3dx9_27.dll file to your C:\Windows\SysWOW64directory.

 

To run Stronghold Legends, Microsoft DirectX 9.0c or higher must be installed on your computer. If you have an older version of DirectX installed on your system, the Stronghold Legends installation will upgrade you to the required DirectX version. If you are having problems installing DirectX, you can download it from the Microsoft website at: 

Full

Upgrade

 

Q. When I play Stronghold legends I get a very low frame rate and everything is very jerky?

A. If you experience poor graphics performance, consider lowering the graphics setting from the Graphics Configuration Panel. The higher your graphics settings the lower the performance will be. Also before running Stronghold Legends close all other programs.

 

Q. I am having problems with loading your game it keeps getting stuck while loading?

A. If you have any problems while loading the game it is often due to a corrupted packfile. To delete the packfile browse to

98/XP:C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Firefly Studios\Stronghold : Legends

Visa/Win7: C:\ProgramData\Firefly Studios\Stronghold Legends

delete "packfile.fpf". (To see this folder you must have all hidden files and folders shown. This can be done by going to Tools menu in a folder then folder options, then to the view tab, a little bit down you must select “show hidden files and folders”) This is a file we create to improve loading times and it is perfectly safe to delete. Uninstalling Stronghold Legends will also delete the packfile.

 

Q. After installing the new patch for Stronghold Legends and clicking on play it tells me that I need to insert the stronghold Legends disk but the disk is already in the drive?

A. The problem could possibly be caused by the copy protection the game uses, the first thing to try would be ensure you have the latest patch for Stronghold Legends, which is currently at version 1.2 available here.

If the same problem occurs, the next thing would be to ensure you don't have any of following software running:

If you have any of the following programs running in the background, you will have to either disable them or uninstall them. This is because the latest version of the copy protection software (Securom) will refuse to run with the following programs running in the background:

Alcohol 120%
BlindWrite
Daemon Tools
Game-Jack
CloneCD
Game Jackal
Xoom Game Clone
CDSpace
Virtual CD
Fantom CD
Anti-Blaxx

The creators of Securom have created a handy diagnostic tool, which may solve the issue you are having. If the diagnostic tool fails to solve the problem. Please following the instructions on creating a analysis file. Please click here.

 

Q. Everytime I start a mission on the war campaign it says defeat.

A. This problem, maybe because you are playing on an older version of the game. When you go into the multiplayer section and then return to a single player section, this may break it.

If you download the latest patch for Stronghold Legends, this should resolve this problem.

 

 

Q. The game keeps task switching out when I start the game with Windows 7.

 

 

A. Try setting the games resolution to the same as your desktop. If you have secondary monitor try disabling it. 

Q. [Windows 7] Stronghold Legends refuses to play or load / A white screen is shown when loading the game / Clicking on a section in game is non-responsive?

This problem seems to be related to dual monitors.

Without disabling the second monitor in the Windows desktop. Right-click on the Stronghold2.exe file, click on Properties, Compatibility, tick on "Disable visual themes" and "Disable desktop composition".

Otherwise, disable the second monitor and try running the game as normal. Right click on the desktop, Click on Screen resolution, in the multiple displays click on show only desktop 1 or 2 depending on which is your main monitor.

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Gameplay

Q. What are the keyboard shortcuts?

A. The hotkeys which open the panels, such as the granary, barracks, etc will display the panel wherever you are on screen the first time you press that key. The second time you press the same key you will be centred over that building.

Pause Game P
Scrolling around the map S, W, A, D and Cursor keys.
Zoom in & out of map Spin mouse wheel forwards or backward or use R & F.
Rotate map Hold down the middle mouse button and move the mouse or use Q & E.
Rotate Building With building selected, spin mouse wheel forwards or backward, or use R key.
Top Down View Spacebar
Interface Panel On/OFF TAB
Adjust game speed + / – (Numeric Keypad)
Screenshot ALT & Q
Keep K
Granary G (Opens the Granary panel but does not return to the Granary)
Barracks B (Opens the Barracks panel does not return to the Barracks)
Legendary Troops N (Opens the Legendary troop panel, such as the round table or sorcerers tower)
Market M (Opens the Market panel)
Castle Kitchen I (Opens the Castle Kitchen panel)
Stockpile H (Opens the Stockpile panel)
Armoury , (Opens the Armoury panel)
Siege Camp (Cycle) J (Cycles through all your available siege camps)
Cycle Estates . (Period Key) <Numeric Keypad> (Cycles through your estates)
Locate your lord L
Cycle through all lords SHIFT & L
Grouping Troops Select a group of troops and press CTRL & 0 to 9 and then press 0 to 9 to locate them.
Setting Up Multiple Waypoints Hold down SHIFT and left click.
Barracks Rally Points 1 to 7.
Round table, Ice Pit & Sorcerer’s Tower: 1 to 8
Bookmarking Locations CTRL + ALT + 0 to 9; Pressing CTRL & ALT & 0 to 9 creates a bookmark of the current location on the map. Press ALT and the appropriate number to return to this location.
Unit selection Units can be added or removed from a selection by holding down the SHIFT key then left clicking on them. Multiple units can be added to a selection by holding down the SHIFT key and dragging a box around them. Double clicking on a unit will select all of that unit type visible on the screen.
Select Units of Same Type Double-click on a troop to select all units of the same type visible on screen.
Select Single Thickness of wall Z
Select Double Thickness of wall X
Select Tripe Thickness of wall C
Linked Walls V or Middle Mouse Button (Hold down while placing walls)
Multiplayer Commands:  
Chat (All & Team) & Taunt Menu ENTER
Instant Taunt (or press Enter and F3) F1 to F12

The following speech can be accessed via the keyboard in the 1.2 patch:

 

Line

Keys

F1 Chat to Everyone

 

F1 

F2 Chat to Team

 

F2 

F3 Basic

Yes! 

F3 - F3 

 

No! 

F3 - F4 

   

Help! 

F3 - F5 

 

I am ready 

F3 - F6 

 

Follow my lead 

F3 - F7 

 

I'm under attack! 

F3 - F8 

 

My army marches to your castle 

F3 - F9 

 

When shall we attack? 

F3 - F10 

 

Who shall we attack? 

F3 - F11 

 

The enemy is on the move 

F3 - F12 

 

   

F4 Military

Watch out for tunnellers! 

F4 - F3 

 

Your castle is under attack 

F4 - F4 

 

I am launching my attack 

F4 - F5 

 

Charge! 

F4 - F6 

 

Defend my castle 

F4 - F7 

 

Run away! 

F4 - F8 

   

Defend this area 

F4 - F9 

   

Create a diversion 

F4 - F10 

   

Please send me some troops 

F4 - F11 

 

Use your siege engines 

F4 - F12 

 

 

   

F5 Economics

I need food 

F5 - F3 

   

I need royal food 

F5 - F4 

 

Please send me gold 

F5 - F5 

   

I need weapons 

F5 - F6 

   

I need wood 

F5 - F7 

   

I need stone 

F5 - F8 

   

I need iron 

F5 - F9 

   

I need pitch 

F5 - F10 

   

I need pitch 

F5 - F11 

 

Your request will be sent

F5 - F12 

 

 

 

F6 Insults

F3 Medieval

 

   

Jack o' napes! 

F6 - F3 - F3 

   

Strawpole! 

F6 - F3 - F4 

   

Sllubberdegulleon! 

F6 - F3 - F5 

 

Dastard! 

F6 - F3 - F6 

   

Dolt! 

F6 - F3 - F7 

   

Lollard! 

F6 - F3 - F8 

   

Dotard! 

F6 - F3 - F9 

   

Poppinjay! 

F6 - F3 - F10 

   

Nave! 

F6 - F3 - F11 

   

Fool! 

F6 - F3 - F12 

 

F4 Flavourful

 

   

Peasant! 

F6 - F4 - F3 

 

Gong farmer! 

F6 - F4 - F4 

   

Stinking rat! 

F6 - F4 - F5 

 

Flee bitten dog! 

F6 - F4 - F6 

   

Pig! 

F6 - F4 - F7 

   

Sheep herder! 

F6 - F4 - F8 

   

Fop! 

F6 - F4 - F9 

 

Slippery eel! 

F6 - F4 - F10

 

Your head is mine!

F6 - F4 - F11

 

Idiot! 

F6 - F4 - F12

 

F5 Modern

 

 

What are you like? 

F6 - F5 - F3

 

Come and have a go! 

F6 - F5 - F4

 

You want some? 

F6 - F5 - F5

 

Get lost! 

F6 - F5 - F6

 

Wuss! 

F6 - F5 - F7

 

Pansy! 

F6 - F5 - F8

 

Loser! 

F6 - F5 - F9

 

Come on Punk! 

F6 - F5 - F10

 

Don't give up your day job! 

F6 - F5 - F11

 

Buffoon! 

F6 - F5 - F12

 

F6 Silly 

 

 

Oaf! 

F6 - F6 - F3

 

Varlet! 

F6 - F6 - F4

 

Brute! 

F6 - F6 - F5

 

Moron! 

F6 - F6 - F6

 

Heretic! 

F6 - F6 - F7

 

Imbecile! 

F6 - F6 - F8

 

Muscle brain! 

F6 - F6 - F9

 

Twit! 

F6 - F6 - F10

 

Lump head! 

F6 - F6 - F11

 

Your Time of judgement is at hand. 

F6 - F6 - F12

 

F7 Epic

 

 

I will make you pay for what you have done! 

F6 - F7 - F3

 

You will beg me to take your life before this day is out. 

F6 - F7 - F4

 

I have been looking forward to this day for a very long time. Prepare to die! 

F6 - F7 - F5

 

Remove yourself from my sight or pay the price. 

F6 - F7 - F6

 

The line will be drawn here! You will go no further! 

F6 - F7 - F7

 

I'll cut your heart out with a spoon! 

F6 - F7 - F8

 

We will fight you on the beaches, in the hills and on the plains. 

F6 - F7 - F9

 

I shall give you a choice. Death or.... death. 

F6 - F7 - F10

 

Never again will your kind plague these lands. 

F6 - F7 - F11

 

Ha! Your courage will fade long before you reach my keep! 

F6 - F7 - F12

 

F8 Responses

 

 

Is that all you have? Pathetic! Come and get me you cretin. 

F6 - F8 - F3

 

Never! You lack the cunning to win this battle. 

F6 - F8 - F4

 

Disperse your troops fool, this field is mine! 

F6 - F8 - F5

 

You are far too confident, varlet. It is you who will pay! 

F6 - F8 - F6

 

Small words from a small mind. 

F6 - F8 - F7

 

You're stirring up a hornets nest now. 

F6 - F8 - F8

 

I will never falter and never surrender! 

F6 - F8 - F9

 

I'd rather die. 

F6 - F8 - F10

 

Your treachery is beyond measure! 

F6 - F8 - F11

 

How dare you! 

F6 - F8 - F12

 

F9 Serious Retorts

 

 

Come on then! 

F6 - F9 - F3

 

That the best you got? 

F6 - F9 - F4

 

Come here and say that! 

F6 - F9 - F5

 

Hold your tongue! 

F6 - F9 - F6

 

Silence! 

F6 - F9 - F7

 

Oh yeah? 

F6 - F9 - F8

 

Do you think so? 

F6 - F9 - F9

 

You will not get close. 

F6 - F9 - F10

 

FREEEEEDOM! 

F6 - F9 - F11

 

You may take our freedom, but you will never take our cutlery! 

F6 - F9 - F12

 

F10 Daft Retorts

 

 

I love the smell of pitch in the morning. 

F6 - F10 - F3

 

You talking to me? You talking to me? There ain't no one else here so you must be talking to me! 

F6 - F10 - F4

 

Do you feel lucky, page? Well page, do you? 

F6 - F10 - F5

 

Oh, do behave. 

F6 - F10 - F6

 

You seem awfully cwoss. I don't like it when people get cwoss. 

F6 - F10 - F7

 

Please don't kill me! I'll do anything you want, just don't kill me! 

F6 - F10 - F8

 

Oh hello, do come in. I'll put the kettle on, we can have a nice cup of tea. 

F6 - F10 - F9

 

Small words from a small fish with tiny little gills! 

F6 - F10 - F10

 

Oh ok, you win. Its only a game you know. 

F6 - F10 - F11

Q. I need help with the map editor.

A. The best solution would be refer to a third party website forums for help, such as Heavengames or Stronghold Knights.

 

Q. I'm stuck on a certain level or require gameplay help.

A. The best solution would be refer to a third party website forums for help, such as Heavengames or Stronghold Knights.

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