Master of Magic 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 XP or Windows Vista:



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\MasterMagic. Simply entering this will create these folders for you.

Dosbox install program
Master of Magic Windows folder
Next: Open the Games folder then the MasterMagic folder within it. Locate and then run Dosbox by double clicking on the Dosbox program icon.

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

Creating the Master of Magic game config
Next: Type "exit" to exit Dosbox.

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

Edit Dosbox config file
Finally:
With the dosbox config file open scroll to the bottom. We are going to place some text below [autoexec]:

mount c c:\games\mastermagic
c:

Save and exit the config file when you are finished.


Now Lets Download the Master of Magic Free Game:

Go To: http://abandonia.com

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

Search box
After That: Click on "Master of Magic" in the game search results column.

Search results
Next: On the page that follows click on the "Get It!" button.

Download game
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 file. Click the "Save" button and choose a directory on your hard drive where you would like to save the game zip file. Saving to your desktop is usually the default option and is probably the easiest place to save the file for extraction.

Saving game zip file

Now Lets Extract The Master of Magic Free Game Download:

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

Extracting game zip file
Then: Click the "Next" button when the extractor launches. You will be asked where you would like to save the extracted game files, select "C:\Games\MasterMagic". When you're done click "Next" again and the game files will begin to extract.

Zip extraction program

A Few Finishing Touches:

First: Double click on the Dosbox program icon in the MasterMagic folder. At the C:\> prompt type "install" and press enter.

Installing Master of Magic game
Next:
You will be launched into the Configuration Menu. Click on the "Configuration" button and press enter.

Master of Magic config button
After That: You will be brought to the "Music Card Selection" menu. Click on the box next to the "SoundBlaster Pro (later)" option then click the "Ok" button.

Game music card
Next: You will be brought to the "Digitized Effects Card Selection" menu. Like before click on the box next to the "Sound Blaster Pro (later)" option and then click the "Ok" button.

Game Effects card
Next: You will see a confirmation button, click the "Ok" button to proceed. Back at the main menu click the "Exit Program" button then at the C:\> prompt type "exit" and press enter.

Exit game menu command
Exit DOS command
Finally: Head back to the dosbox config file. Right click on the config file like before and select "edit". Scroll to the bottom. In the [autoexec] section we are going to place an additional command under the ones we already added. Type the command "magic" under the ones already there. When you are done save your changes and then exit the file.

Game autoexec

The Quest Begins!:

Master of Magic screenshot
Double click on the Dosbox program in the "C:\Games\MasterMagic" folder and the game Master of Magic will launch, have fun!

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?

41 comments:

Kaotic said...

Thank you so much for this help.
I remember playing this game when I was 4. I'm 14 now.
For some reason the sound is not working, I was wondering if the problem is Dosbox, the Master of Magic download, or a soundcard incompatibilty.

Please email me as I rarely check individual sites.

If it is changeable with the Dosbox config, instructions on what to do appreciated.

If it helps my audio device is Realtek AC97 Audio

Anonymous said...

i cant save or load in the ame, the 2 buttons are blank, why?

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi What version of Windows are you using?

Best,
Glenn

tom said...

loved to play this game, but never rememberd the name. only recently that i found it.
only problem is that the sound isn't working.
I am using windows xp

btw thanks for the nice and clear explanation on the use of dosbox

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi Tom, I just updated the guide with additional steps needed to get the sound working. It looks like I overlooked this part when I wrote the guide originally for some reason. Thanks for pointing this out. Have fun with the game!

Best,
Glenn

Douglas said...

I actually have the disc for this game and was wondering how I could run the game from that. It seems whenever I use this method it runs very slow, even though I took all the tips on making it run faster.

When I try to install it from the disc (I use Vista) it says that this program can't run in full screen mode. Do you have any advice?

Doug

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi Douglas, if it's running slow still it could be your machine. Is it an older machine or a new one? Dosbox can be demanding depending on the game so that could be one possibility if it is a few years old.

For the other question, it won't install the conventional way because Vista doesn't support DOS games native for the most part. Your only bet really for Vista is an emulator. I don't have a copy of the game though so I can't really say for certain what the mount commands would be for the CD-ROM copy of the game.

Best,
Glenn

Doug said...

My machine is a laptop actually purchased this year.

I used to have XP on another machine that went south, and I could run the game in VDMSound, but it gives me the same message with that...

Thanks for the help Glenn!

Doug

Tyler said...

Just wanted to say thanks for the walkthrough. I had similar instructions before, but had to mount the drive each time. THis, of course, is much easier and I imagine I can do something similar for many a DOS game by installing DOSBox in each games folder and editing each instance of the config file for DOSBox.

Much appreciated,
Tyler

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi Tyler thanks for stopping by. Here is a guide that might help you out a bit on applying this method of mounting the drive in other games:

http://www.glennsguides.com/2008/01/dosbox-emulator-faq-how-to-mount-drive.html

Enjoy the game!

Best,
Glenn

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for posting this! It works pretty good, but I'm half through a campaign and now every time I push "next turn" it take like 45 seconds for the next turn to happen, but it runs fine otherwise.

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi it sounds like it could be a performance issue. I have a guide showing some ways to speed up performance by changing some settings in the config file, hopefully it might help a bit. Here's the link:

http://www.glennsguides.com/2008/05/how-to-improve-dosbox-performance-in.html

Best,
Glenn

Anonymous said...

Glen,

Can I go through all these steps but download everything onto a flashdrive abd the install on my computer at home (NOT connected to internet there)?

Thanks,

Mike

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi Mike, I spoke with another visitor who got a different game working like this so that should work. You would just need to install everything on the drive letter that device exists on instead of the c: drive. Also the mount commands would change to what that drive would be. So for instance say if the drive letter is F: then the commands:

mount c c:\games\mastermagic
c:

would change to

mount c f:\games\mastermagic
c:

Let me know if you need more help with this if you try it out.

Best,
Glenn

Anonymous said...

Glen your guide was awsome, although i am running the game inside the very small dos box window, how do i make it full screen?

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi thanks and welcome to the site! I have a guide that goes over this to help you out (link below).

http://www.glennsguides.com/2008/01/dosbox-emulator-faq-how-to-make.html

Best,
Glenn

Anonymous said...

Hi!

I've done all things you have written in your guide, but I seem to have 1 huge problem - in my version of installer there is no "Configuration". I simply can't see the button. Any help?

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi did you download it from Abandonia or a different site?

Best,
Glenn

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the guide. Quick question. I have done the install, but when I go to play I get the following error after I type in the magic command:

File-> findcd.c, Line->56
Could not locate CD

any thoughts?

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi are you using the Abandonia copy or one from another site?

Best,
Glenn

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much Glenn. I've been trying to demystify doxbox for ages... now because of your step by step guide I believe I can do this for all my games.

In fact i'll install and make it run then rezip everything before archiving it so I don't have to redo this again when I want to feel nostalgic again! :D

Cheers!

-ichooselove-

Glenn Scrima said...

No problem, enjoy revisiting your old DOS games and leave me a message if you need any help.

Best,
Glenn

Anonymous said...

Hi, any idea how to apply the 1.31 patch to Master of Magic?
thanks

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi it will likely need Dosbox to run. I would place the file in the same folder as magic.exe and after you exit the game run it from the c: drive by typing the file name minus the file extension (example: patch.exe --> patch ).

Best,
Glenn

blake said...

thanks for the help!

Glenn Scrima said...

No problem enjoy Master of Magic!

Best,
Glenn

Jason said...

Hi Glenn i've been following your steps through to play master of magic although i'm at the point where I'm ready to install the game though dosbox keeps telling me that my C drive does not exist. I've retraced my steps though havnt seemed to have found a solution. Is there anything I may of missed out? I'm using windows vista and version 0.73 of dosbox if that helps

Anonymous said...

Jason,

You have to mount the C: drive... For example, I created a directory on the C: drive called MOM which contains all the Master of Magic files. When I ran dosbox, the first thing that I typed was...

mount c:\mom

Then I typed...

c:

And hit Enter. Then...

install

And Enter to run the configuration... Then once configured...

Magic

And Enter... And you're good to go.

Peace,
Jason

Jason said...

Thanks a million that helped a lot, knew there was something I was missing out

Cheers, Jason

Anonymous said...

I love this game! nostalgia :) and thanks for the guide to install. But, I get stuck when entering install in dos, it says illegal command. Any idea why...

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi, when you open Dosbox are you at the C:\> prompt or Z:\> prompt? Also is there any error messages above this?

Best,
Glenn

Chris said...

After installing the game, I try to play (typing MAGIC) and it tells me again to install it. Any ideas on why it's not registering my configs? Thanks :)

Chris said...

Never mind I just started over and it works :)

Anonymous said...

Horrible instructions, not clear in any way.

Anonymous said...

Hi again, I´m at the c: promt and there are no messages above other than "drive c is mounted as local directory c:\games\Master magic

//C

Catwalk said...

Glenn, can I post a plug for an active MoM site here, or maybe directly on your site? If not, please delete this post and I apologize.

Dragonsword (at dragonsword.com) is a new MoM site with an active following which offers a number of features for die-hard fans:
- active discussion forum
- vast collection of various MoM resources gathered over the years
- two ambitious projects to mod and patch the game

Hope to see you there!

Anonymous said...

Sadly, there is no download link anymore to the game itself.

Anonymous said...

Glenn, thanks for the help in getting this game to work on a modern PC. Just having one problem i'm wondering if you can help with. The sound works sporadically, sometimes on startup of the game, i'll hear a double click as the game loads, but the music or sounds just don't happen...any ideas?? Darkside73

Anonymous said...

Glenn, thanks for the help in getting this game to work on a modern PC. Just having one problem i'm wondering if you can help with. The sound works sporadically, sometimes on startup of the game, i'll hear a double click as the game loads, but the music or sounds just don't happen...any ideas?? Darkside73

Brock said...

I have followed the instruction exactly and I am geting the same error at the c: prompt as the guy a few posts above me.. it says "illegal command install" or "illegal command magic" regardless which I try. I have the c drive mounted, no errors listed anywhere above. I am using Windows 7 though, is this the problem?

Anonymous said...

I couldn't get Glen's instructions to work (tried 3 times and got pretty frustrated), but the following worked for me (I read it from the comments section). It's very easy compared to Glen's instructions. Sorry Glen, no hard feelings I hope, since I knew you took some time making this guide.

1. Get dosbox and MoM

2. First make sure that your game is not located as c:\MoM\MoM. That happened to me when unzipping the files and a 2nd subdirectory was created. Should it be the case just move the files or write c:\MoM\Mom if you think that is easier.

In Dosbox: You have to mount the C: drive... For example, I created a directory on the C: drive called MOM which contains all the Master of Magic files. When I ran dosbox, the first thing that I typed was...

mount c:\mom

Then I typed...

c:

And hit Enter. Then...

install

And Enter to run the configuration... Then once configured...

Magic

And Enter... And you're good to go.