We are super excited to welcome you to the Atlas DAoC Freeshard!
If this is your first time installing Atlas
, please follow the instructions in the section below. If you're encountering issues with the Atlas
Launcher or the DAoC client, review the prompts and suggestions provided in the Frequently-Asked Questions
Video Tutorial (top)
Installing Atlas on Windows (top)
Follow the steps below to prepare your local DAoC environment and join the action on Atlas
WARNING: If you are already playing on another DAoC freeshard, you will need to create a new/separate installation of DAoC specifically for Atlas. We use significantly divergent file sets in comparison to other freeshards, as well as DAoC Live, which means Atlas cannot use the same DAoC files as another freeshard. We recommend creating a new DAoC directory for each freeshard in which you participate.
1. Download and Install a Fresh Copy of DAoC (top)
2. Patch DAoC to Its Latest Version (top)
before you install or launch the AtlasPack. Patching DAoC to the latest version entails a ~4GB download. Once the DAoC client is fully patched, continue to the next step.
3. Download Our Installer (v0.8+) (top)
4. Install Atlas (top)
IMPORTANT: AtlasPack will change the path for any existing settings you may have in place--including hotkey layout, macros, and screen/UI layouts. To keep your unique configurations and quickbars, move the
characters.ini files from
%AppData%\Electronic Arts\Dark Age of Camelot\LotM to
%AppData%\Electronic Arts\Dark Age of Camelot\Atlas.
Launch the Atlas installer.
When prompted to select an installation location, click Browse...
and then select the root folder where you just installed DAoC (meaning the same folder as
NOTE: This path may vary depending on your operating system.
If done correctly, hitting Next
will prompt you to confirm your choice. Select Yes
If you wish to install our optional splash art or use Classic spell/ability icons, select the desired checkboxes and then click Next
Complete the installation.
5. Patch DAoC with Atlas Files (top)
Now you need the Atlas freeshard's specific file set. If you don't patch/download all Atlas-specific files, then the came will behave in unexpected ways upon logging in.
AtlasLauncher.exe as Administrator
. This application will automatically download all Atlas freeshard files into your DAoC directory. Please note that this entails replacing/overwriting a large number of existing files, so you will not be able to use this instance of DAoC for the Live (Mythic/Broadsword) server or other freeshards.
6. Enter Your Credentials or Registering to Play (top)Register a new Account following the instructions here: How to register
Once the progress bar is full on downloading and applying Atlas files, click Play Now!
on the Atlas Patcher or simply execute
Enter your username and password.
NOTE: See the Frequently-Asked Questions section below if you've forgotten your Account name or password.
7. Frequently-Asked Questions (top)7.1. Where do I go to create my Atlas DAoC player Account?
To create a game account follow the instructions here: How to register
7.2. After logging in with a character, all I see is sky and no buildings or ground or NPCs. What's going on?
This is a common issue relating to incorrect patching. Please make sure that you fully download all DAoC patch files (i.e., run
until you've downloaded 4+GB of files) BEFORE
you install and run the Atlas Patcher or Launcher applications.
7.3. I've forgotten my account name and/or password. What do I do?
If you have linked your game account to Discord
, just access the Account Manager
and change your password from there.
If you haven't already, don't panic! We can help you with that. Create an account on Discord and join our server
After that, you should see all online/available Atlas staff at the top-right corner of the Discord app. Simply message one of us directly with your issue and we will help get access to your account.
Please note that you will be expected to know and provide some information regarding your account, such as account name (if you haven't forgotten it) and the names/levels of some characters associated with the account.
7.4. Can I play Atlas on Linux/Ubuntu/Mac operating systems (OS)?
Sure! For Linux/Ubuntu, you can use Wine or CrossOver as compatibility layers to simulate a Windows environment and run DAoC. Or, if you're using MacOS, you can use CrossOver. Simply download and patch DAoC and then do the same with AtlasPack.
For instructions on using Wine with Linux/Ubuntu, please follow benzen's guide on Connecting with GNU/Linux
7.5. I hate the Classic models. Do I have to use them while playing on Atlas?
While we strive to replicate the ambience and imperfectness of Classic/SI DAoC, we can understand how dated the game looks with older models. You are not required to use non-Catacombs models to play on Atlas. You can use Catacombs-era models for your character, which is controlled from the options at the character selection screen. The only models with pre-catacombs enforcement are mobs and pets.
7.6. Can I use the same instance of DAoC for another freeshard than Atlas?
While it may be possible, we do not recommend using the same DAoC directory for multiple freeshards, or the DAoC Live server. We recommend having an individual folder dedicated to each freeshard/server, as there may be conflicting file sets and overwrite some files.
7.7. When installing the AtlasPack, I see an option to install splash screens. What is the Splash Pack?
As part of the general installation of Atlas, we've included some custom splash screens that will appear whenever you encounter a loading screen for regions in-game. These are optional and may be deselected with the AtlasPack installation to not include them when patching Atlas files.
7.8. I'm getting strange exceptions/errors when I run AtlasLauncher.exe. What is going on?
The most common reason for exceptions to occur is that you aren't running the executable as an administrator. Right-click on the Launcher app and then select Run as Administrator
7.9. Why do I need to launch AtlasLauncher.exe as an Administrator? Pretty sus.
This is triggered as a result of DAoC being installed in a protected path, like
. To get around this issue, you can move your DAoC folder to a secondary partition/disk/directory, whereupon you no longer need to run the launcher as an Admin. Otherwise, you must run
as an administrator (right-click on the
and select Run as Administrator
8. Troubleshooting (top)
If you encounter issues that prevent you from accessing the Atlas server, please go through the following questions/scenarios. It may be one or a combination of factors preventing access to Atlas, so please review the following questions. Before you request assistance from the Atlas team on Discord or post on our forums, answer these questions by yourself, or be prepared to answer these questions when you solicit help.
8.1. What is your operating system (OS)?
We typically assume players are using Windows, but if you're a diehard Linux/Ubuntu or MacOS advocate, you can use compatibility software like Wine/CrossOver. If you're using Linux/MacOS, then we know that these sometimes cause issues with running the
application. You can still use
to update files, but you may need to install some additional common language/development tools like .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.8. If you still encounter errors when running the Atlas Launcher, you can circumvent this by using DOL Portal
in place of
8.2. Is this your first/only installation of DAoC on this computer?
IMPORTANT: Make sure your antivirus (AV) is off--both third-party and anything built-in with your OS--as these oftentimes believe there's a virus in the files. Otherwise, you should add our files as exceptions to both the AV and Firewall, which is described further in a section below.
If you're getting things running for the first time with DAoC, you'll want to make sure you have .NET Framework 3.5 installed. This is a general requirement, as this will otherwise prevent the game from launching at all.
8.3. Did you install the AtlasPack to the same directory as DAoC?
Atlas must be installed to the same root folder as
C:\Program Files (86x)\Electronic Arts\Dark Age of Camelot\
) in order to access DAoC files and overwrite them with Atlas-specific resources.
8.4. Do these necessary Atlas files exist in your DAoC directory?
The following files must be present to confirm Atlas is patched, your antivirus isn't deleting files, and you've installed Atlas to the correct folder:
If any of these are missing, then you should check to make sure Atlas is fully installed/patched in your DAoC directory and that your AV (third-party or OS built-in) has not quarantined/deleted/blocked the files.
8.5. Have you run the Atlas Patcher?
If you're attempting to run AtlasLauncher.exe, this may not always trigger the Atlas Patcher application to run. So we recommend specifically executing AtlasPatcher.exe file to download all Atlas-specific files. Once this is done, run the Atlas Launcher and it should allow you to log in. If you encounter an exception, this means you need to run the launcher as an administrator (see the next question) or--if you're using Linux/MacOS--this may mean certain tools/resources still need to be installed (see the first question for this section).
8.6. Are you running
AtlasLauncher.exe as an administrator?
If you are not running the Atlas Launcher with sudo or administrator privileges enforced, then this may prevent the launcher from loading fully. With Windows, you need only right-click on the
executable and then select Run as Administrator
8.7. If you also play on another DAoC freeshard, are you using separate installations of DAoC?
If you play on multiple DAoC freeshards, you should avoid one instance of DAoC. You cannot access multiple servers from the same DAoC directory as most every freeshard replaces core client-side data with their own unique file sets, which may conflict strongly between freeshards or even the DAoC Live server. With freeshards in general, it is a recommended practice to always keep separate installations of the game for each server you access.
8.8. If you were using a third-party AV and uninstalled/disabled it before installing Atlas, did you also disable/turn off your OS's built-in AV?
There's a chance that your operating system's built-in antivirus (AV) or firewall intercepted/quarantined/blocked Atlas-specific files. Check your Windows/Ubuntu/MacOS AV and Firewall to make sure these are offline. Or, you may add certain files as exceptions to your AV/firewall (see the next question below).
8.9. Have you added key Atlas/DAoC files as exceptions to your AV and Firewall?
Whether you're using a third-party antivirus/firewall app or tools built into your operating system, we recommend that you add the following files as exceptions:
specifically is a highly-recommended practice, as this also has the effect of drastically reducing load screen times when traveling between regions in DAoC.