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Launcher is a part of the game responsible for starting up the game. The launcher file is called "DNDLauncher.exe", and it is located in your DDO folder. This is the file where you shortcut for launching the game should point to.

Loading screen download issue[edit]

The launcher is notorious for downloading loading screen images each time you boot up the program. The launcher tries to download and update 20-somewhat .jpg files, stored under "raw" folder, including now discontinued DE/FR loading screens. There used to be a file called "DownloadFilesList.xml" where you could modify and fix minor filename reference mistakes and avoid download them but not any longer.

To force the launcher skip downloading them, use command line option, or use alternate launcher below.

Commandline options[edit]

There are a couple command line options (Windows start button or keyboard shortcut WIN+R > type "cmd" ) that modify the behavior of the launcher.

  • -nosplash
  • -skiprawdownload (skips downloading of 30 loading screens)
  • -disablepatch (can help with error patchclientDLL::checkdatfiles failed {unable to decrypt or decerialize data downloaded from server} DDO Forums)
  • -username myusername
  • -password mypassword (note: this works, but is unsafe since the password is not encrypted)

For example, your shortcut might point to:

"C:\temp\Dungeons & Dragons Online\DNDLauncher.exe" -skiprawdownload -nosplash

NOTE: You must use "DNDLauncher.exe". anything else like "TurbineLauncher.exe" will not work these commands.

Alternate launchers[edit]

Players have created alternate launchers to start the game: