Notes about Antivirus programs, Firewalls, Hardware Routers, and other security programs
If you have some other Antivirus blocking things, you'll need to figure that out with them, or just uninstall it.
If you don't manage your antivirus, eventually a client update will come along and critically break the game for you. Do not ignore this, we see it all the time.
If you start the game via RORLauncher.exe and you see something like 171,000 files remaining, you SHOULD STOP THE LAUNCHER. This indicates several things, primarily that the launcher cannot see your install folder or cannot modify the files in the install folder.
The latest torrent should NOT require thousands of additional files (as of Mar 22nd). After torrent download it should only require around 800 additional files from the launcher.
Installing from the RORLauncher directly is currently not recommended due to the low speeds as many people are using the same server to download from. We are limited in this respect. Please do whatever you need to do in order to download using the torrent. Alternatively, the RORInstaller.exe can be used, but you will still need to deal with your antivirus to prevent future issues.
The highly recommended method to install the game is using the Torrent.
Even if you've never downloaded with a torrent before, it is frequently a dozen times faster than allowing the game to download 171,000 files from the Launcher.
The Installer does a good job of putting things in place, but will still be limited in speed as a tradeoff for ease of use. Unfortunately people see this ease of use, and tend to ignore several other instructions that are required for either the Torrent or the Installer, which causes later issues.
(Never used a torrent? I recommend Tixati personally, it's ad-free and works fine.)
First step, disable your Antivirus, Firewall, or Malware detection programs. These can potentially interfere with an install.
Install your torrent app.
Download the torrent file from here.
Run the torrent file, with the torrent app, and wait until it finishes.
Cool. Everything downloaded with the torrent. Now what?
Stop the torrent. Exit the program. Make sure the torrent program is not running. This is very important.
If you want to help out and understand how torrents work, make a copy of the entire ReturnOfReckoning-March2020 folder before you make any changes and move it to your C:\ drive.
If you don't want to help out, or have a misunderstanding about torrents being bad, just move the folder to your C:\ drive and forget all about it.
You can also uninstall whatever program you used to torrent, you won't need it again.
It would very much help if you could continue seeding though.
Go into your Antivirus, Firewall, or Malware detection programs, and whitelist the entire folder that you put on your C:\ drive.
Now the ReturnOfReckoning-March2020 folder is in your C:\ drive right? The folder path should look like C:\ReturnOfReckoning-March2020\
Good, right click that folder, go to properties, and uncheck read-only. Apply it to all the files.
Don't worry if the box still looks filled afterward. The important thing is that all the files inside have read-only unchecked.
Inside this downloaded folder is:
- A text file ReadMe with these instructions (just in case you missed these somehow, they're a bit older)
- The DirectX 9.0c folder with the DXSETUP.exe installer that is required to play the game
- A copy of VinyUI if you desire a more complex and feature rich UI (this is outdated currently)
- and the Warhammer Online - Return of Reckoning folder, where all the game files are
If you don't have DirectX 9.0c installed it is required, and now this is also included in the torrent.
In the ReturnOfReckoning-March2020 folder find the dx90c folder, open that and run DXSETUP.exe
Open the Warhammer Online folder and find RORLauncher.exe
It should Run as Administrator, if it doesn't you should be able to right click and run as administrator.
If it still doesn't you can right click, go to properties, select the Compatibility tab, and check Run as an administrator.
If you can't do any of that, you don't have administrator rights on your account and you'll need that. Get an adult to help you I guess.
There will be patches to download the first time you start the launcher. Once those are finished, restart the launcher and let it sit for a minute as a few more patches might be required. If during your first couple of days you notices any strange bugs, it is advisable to restart the launcher and let it sit for a minute as another client patch may have triggered.
We recommend having the ROR_SOR addon to track RvR battles, it can be downloaded here. viewtopic.php?f=66&t=22771
Additional addons can be found on the forums here or at Idrinth's Addon Repository
Login to the RORLauncher with your forum account and password.
Your password should be 6-16 characters long, with no special characters. Letters and numbers only. You can change it on the forums.
Rule #1 Don't be a ****.
Read the TOS.
We have active GM's that will ban you. <3
NONE OF THAT WORKED. OMG.
Okay bud. Calm down. You've got a special case, maybe. Or you didn't read things on the download page. Or you skipped to the end and didn't read all of the things. If you didn't read all the things here, read all the things here.
If you did read all the things here, this is how you get help.
Look at the error message. Read it. They have a bit of jargon, but usually it will tell you what the issue is to give you a clue.
Take a screenshot of the error message, take a screenshot of your War folder while it's open to show off the cool things you downloaded. Usually with those people can figure out what you missed. You can post that stuff on the forums in the Tech Support section. Or you can post it on the Discord, and someone might respond to you eventually.
Please don't single out staff with questions about how to install the game. There's lots of people that have had your same problem and 99% of them just missed a step. The odd 1% probably have other severe issues with their Windows install that we can't help with anyway. If you make yourself into an annoyance, no one is going to help you. Take what you can get.
~~~~ COMMUNITY CHALLENGE TIME ~~~~
Make a Youtube video following these instructions to install the game and post it in this thread!
Is everything correct? Is it missing a step somewhere? Let me know and we can make this the best damn install instructions the server has ever seen!
Reward maybe? Interesting, what kind of rewards do we like to give out around here for the community? Hmm...
After an arbitrary number of submissions, I will declare the contest over, at my leisure.