Albion Game Free Download & Install Guide

Author: Glenn Scrima

(Please do not copy this guide. However anyone is free to link to this page.)



First Download & Install Dosbox on Windows:




Go To:
http://www.dosbox.com > Downloads Tab > Click the Windows version (Under the Dosbox category)

Dosbox homepage
Next: Run the downloaded installer file and install Dosbox on your hard drive in the directory C:\Games\Albion. Simply entering this will create these folders for you.

Dosbox install
Next: Open the Games folder then the Albion folder within it. Locate and then run Dosbox by double clicking on the Dosbox program icon.

Dosbox program icon
Next: At the the command prompt in Dosbox type "config -writeconf dosbox.conf" and then press the "Enter" key.

Creating the config file
Next: Type "exit" to exit Dosbox.

Exiting Dosbox
Now: Locate and right click on the Dosbox config file. Click "open with" & select notepad.

Editing the Dosbox config file

Next: Now with the dosbox config file open scroll to the bottom. We are going to place some text below [autoexec]:

mount c c:\games\albion
c:
cd albion

After addiing this code save and close the config file.


Now Lets Download the Free Game Albion:

Go To: http://abandonia.com

Next: Type in Albion in the game search box in the upper right corner of the main page and press enter.

Albion game searchAfter That: Click on Albion in the game search results column.

Abandonia search results
Now: On the page that follows click on the "Get It!" button.

Download Albion
Finally: Click on the "Get It" button on following page and wait for your browser to give you the option to download and save the game Albion. Click the "Save" button and choose a directory on your hard drive where you would like to save the Albion game file. Saving to your desktop is usually the default option and is probably the easiest place to save the game Albion for extraction.

Saving the Albion zip file

Now Lets Extract the Albion Game Free Download:

First: Right click on the Albion game file you downloaded to your hard drive and click on "Extract All".

Extracting the Albion zip file

Then: Click the "Next" button when the extractor launches. You will then be asked where you would like to extract the Albion game files, select C:\Games\Albion. After you've chosen this directory on your hard drive hit "Next" again and the Albion files will begin to extract.

Zip
Now Lets Setup the Sound:

First: Double click on the Dosbox program. You will be brought the the C:\ prompt in Dosbox. Type "setup" and press enter.

Setup Albion
Now: At this point the Albion sound setup installer will launch. Here you will configure your sound settings. I found Soundblaster 16 worked on my setup. After selecting your sound device select "Automatic Detection" on the following screen. After you are finished save these settings and exit.

Albion game sound
Finally: Back at the C:\ prompt type "exit" and press enter. This will close and exit Dosbox.

Exit DOS

Lets Play Some Albion!

First: Go back to the Dosbox config file. Right click on it and select edit and then scroll down to the "autoexec" section again. Below the commands we already added add the command "albion". After you have done this save and then exit the config file.

Albion game config
Finally: Double click on the Dosbox program and the game Albion will launch. Have fun enjoying the game!

FAQ:
The config file is missing what do I do?
The game won't run on Windows Vista. What should I do?
The game runs sluggish. Is there a way to improve this?
How do I make the game launch in fullscreen mode?
How do I change the amount of RAM available?
How do I mount a hard drive or CD-ROM drive in Dosbox?
How do I change my machine type in Dosbox?
How do I capture a screenshot during gameplay?
I can't download from Abandonia. What should I do?
How do I close or exit Dosbox?

25 comments:

ale said...

Great Guide but I've got a problem ...when i click on the setup file a message appears:
"This system does not support fullscreen mode ". And it makes me choose the Close button to terminate the application.

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi Ale it seems there is an issue with Vista but not XP for this game. I didn't run into this when I wrote the guide but it was originally written for XP so I missed this. I will be updating it in the next few days. I will put another post here to let you know when it is fixed.

Best,
Glenn

TheMo said...

I've got hte same problem, the setup.exe does not work because like ale said.
Hope you find a way to fix it soon.
Albion was and is such a great game

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi guys sorry for the delayed response. It's been a busy week so I haven't had a chance to update the guide yet but rest assured it should be fixed over the weekend as I'll have more free time. Thanks for your patience, it will be here before you know it :).

Best,
Glenn

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi guys it took me a few extra days to complete but I finally got the guide all set up for Vista. Enjoy!

Best,
Glenn

TheMo said...

Thanks a lot Glenn, its finally working!! Now i can play my favorite game again on Vista! Great Job.

Glenn Scrima said...

No problem and thanks for being patient with me getting it done. Have fun enjoying Albion again!

Best,
Glenn

Caibre said...

Hi, I am having an issue with launching albion. When I run launch.exe it tells me that there is some error and tells me to check the error log
It gives me this in the error.log file:
**** Error log ****

Albion v1.38 (created on Jul 25 1996 12:39:09)
Executed on Mon Mar 23 15:30:23 2009

BBERROR: ERRORSTACK START:--------------
Sound: AIL error : XMIDI sound hardware not found

BBERROR: ERRORSTACK END-----------------

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi Caibre which version of Windows are you using?

Best,
Glenn

Caibre said...

I am using Vista home premium.

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi Caibre, I'm not sure if this has anything to do with it but have you checked to make sure you are signed in as an admin? I have a guide to help with that if not:

http://www.glennsguides.com/2008/12/i-am-experiencing-difficulty-running.html

Also are you using the Abandonia copy or a download from another site. You might want to try an earlier version of Dosbox and see if that helps also. Let me know if any of this helps.

Best,
Glenn

Anonymous said...

Albion is awesome. You should really try Gravis Utrasound instead of sb16, though... it adds a *lot*. However, I experience random crashes when entering a new environment.

Glenn Scrima said...

I grew up using Sound Blaster boards but Gravis Ultrasound is a good choice also. I think it has a lighter CPU load in Dosbox too.

Best,
Glenn

Sidewinder said...

Hey, I've got a problem with albion on Vista. I set it up no problem, using dosbox, sound and everything, and I can launch the game and play without problems. The trouble starts tho, when I try to save the game. It gives me a negatory sound, and lets me continue, but there wont be a save made. Any ideas on how to fix this? Please, I'd really like to try this game=)

Anonymous said...

Hi Glenn,

I have a strange problem when I start the game. The intro appears and then the game crashes with the error message "not enough memory on exec". I've already set up the memsize in the Dosbox-configuration up to 64 MB, but it still won't work. :-(
Please help me...and thanks for the great work you're doing here!

Anonymous said...

Hi Glenn, thanks for the guide. Game set up without problem, but the scripted dialogues run way to fast. Is there a way to limit Dosbox' FPS? What I find strange is that walking for example doesn't seem faster than in the "Let's play Albion" clips I've seen on youtube...

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi, to the first question above which version of Dosbox are you using. I would try giving an earlier version of Dosbox a try as this could be a glitch with the emulator itself.

For the second question above to slow the game down scroll to the section labeled [cpu] and change the cycles=auto to a number value such as cycles=3000. When you lower or raise the number your CPU power in the game will lower or go higher which often affects the speed of the game.

Best,
Glenn

Anonymous said...

Hi!
I've followed your guide but I'm still having trouble. When I start dosbox, it auto runs Albion but before it even gets to the main screen, it tells me to insert the CD... I'm terrible confused about this all.

The only difference between your setup and mine is that I downloaded Albion before dosbox and I didn't install dosbox in the '\game' folder.

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi, I did another quick install to double check but didn't come up with the same issue. Did the setup go smoothly without any issues? Also did you get your copy from Abandonia or different site?

Best,
Glenn

Anonymous said...

Yes the setup did go smoothly and nothing went wrong when I did it. I did get my copy from Abandonia as well.

Later on I figured I'd just burn what was in the CD folder onto a CD and it turned out that it worked fine after I uninstalled the first install attempt (with dosbox). I did the setup as suggested (with soundblaster and such) and even though the music is choppy, it plays fine.

Thanks for the help though!

Glenn Scrima said...

No problem, enjoy Albion!

Best,
Glenn

Marthin said...

For Caibre - had the same problem - what I didn't realise I have to set up both MIDI sounds and Digital audio - two separate steps (not expressed in the guide explicitly).

Thanks a lot for the guide Glenn.

M.

Glenn Scrima said...

No problem and thanks for the additional tip!

Best,
Glenn

heelal said...

Hello,
I'm not sure if you still check this page, but I've got the same problem as above. It asks to insert the Albion CD.
I've followed the whole guide and even tried to make an ISO of the CD folder and mounting that but it still asks for a CD.
Running dosbox version 0.74 on windows 7 ultimate (as administrator).
Any help would be appreciated

Anonymous said...

Cheers bro =D