Adjust Graphical Settings in DDO

Edited by Grimm, MsBarbs, Eng, Anonymous

This is part two of our online PC gaming series devoted to Dungeons and Dragons Online (DDO). If you missed part one you can watch it here. What we are going to do is show you how to login to the game and setup graphics and features for the best performance and best look to suit you. We'll have a later video on character creation.

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Login Steps

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    Double-click the DDO shortcut on your desktop.
    If you remember in the previous tutorial this where we placed our link to the game. At that time it looked a bit different as it was still downloading. This is what the finished shortcut will look like after installation has fully completed.
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    Access the login screen.
    Once the game initializes and checks to make sure all the necessary files for game play are there the login screen will open in another window. If you should close this mistakenly, you will have to exit 'The Happy Cloud' application which will be in the 'hidden icon' drawer.
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    Login.
    Enter your username and password into the appropriate fields in the login pop up. Just for reference, under the login button, there are important messages that will let you know of any issues or problems with game play or functionality. Then click 'login'.
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    Choose your world.
    After you click login, you'll be able to choose which 'world' you would like to play in. There are several worlds that you can choose from. Click 'Play' to enter the chosen world.
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    Wait for the game to connect and load.
    While waiting for the game to load you may also see an intro movie. It just depends on your settings. Now we are in the game.
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Steps to Adjust Graphical Settings

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    Click on 'options'.
    When the screen loads you'll see a menu with options to watch the intro movie, view the credits, enter the option's menu, and exit the game. On the right side of the screen you have buttons to buy account upgrades, create a character, delete one, 'Get Now' is an actual transport thing which allows to to move quickly around the game, but that takes a little while to reach. We want to enter the option's menu. Do this by left clicking once onto the button labeled 'options'. This will bring up a screen where you can access game options such as sounds, graphics, brightness, color, key settings, as well as a troubleshooting section.
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    Adjust the graphical settings to your liking.
    Start by adjusting the standard game features under the 'graphics' menu. These settings are standard game display settings like resolution, graphics quality, aspect ratio, as well as brightness and contrast. Also, adjust the advanced graphics options. These let you choose how things are drawn in the game, like how far away they are. If you have a slow processor you may want to lower some of the setting to increase game performance. Objects includes things like houses, buildings, and people. Scenery is actual trees, earth, mountains and things like that. Personally, I like to set the 'Landscape Draw Distance' to 'very high', because it lets me see the world a great distance out. Other settings include 'lighting', 'surface reflections', 'landscape quality', 'DX10 landscape lighting' if you are using DX10, shadows and more. You can see the crowd and lower the quality of player crowds. This might be important if you are in an area with a lot of people and you're trying to fix up your performance.
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    # Adjust the audio. Then we have audio. These are your different settings, what I am going to do is turn the 'music volume' all the way down, the 'ambiance sound volume' down quite a bit, because I don't want it to overlap when I am talking later. We are also going to turn down 'Dungeon Master Narration' a bit. The 'dungeon master' is a guy that comes in and gives you details about the adventure you are on in the game.
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    'Troubleshoot'.
    Troubleshoot lets you change your frame rate or engine speed if you happen to have problems with that.
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    'Key Mapping'.
    This is very important for those of you who may use a joystick as this is where you are able to configure your joystick keys and any shortcut keys your wish to use.
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    'Detect Optimal Settings'.
    You can click on the box next to this and it will automatically detect the settings for the best game play experience. However, if you want you can change some or all of the values.
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    That completes this part of the tutorial.
    If you would like to view the next part of this tutorial on character creation you may click here.
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Well, the left half of the screen is missing when I get past the choose world screen?

The resolution is off. Well the left half of the screen is missing when I get past the choose world screen

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