Running from the Hard Drive
If you want to play without using the compact disc, follow the instructions below.
- Have at least 450MB of hard drive space on a hard drive for file transfer.
- Be sure that your Battlespire directory is named BATSPIRE and is in the root directory of the drive, such as C:\ or D:\.
- Transfer the WAVES.BSA into the BATSPIRE directory from your CD.( 104MB File.)
- Copy the VIDEOS directory from your Battlespire disc into your BATSPIRE folder.
- Edit your SPIRE.CFG that is in your BATSPIRE directory and change the "pathcd" line that has your CD drive letter such as D:\ and change it to the videos directory such as C:\VIDEOS.
 Playing Multiplayer
Battlespire was released featuring a multiplayer component, but it used software that no longer exists, namely Mplayer. There are, however, a number of programs that can potentially allow continued enjoyment of the multiplayer content.
- Enable IPX emulation within the 'dosbox.conf' file in your DosBox director (Default is: C:\Program Files\DOSBox 0.74\). Scroll down to the following location:
[ipx] # ipx -- Enable ipx over UDP/IP emulation. ipx=false
- Change 'ipx=false' to 'ipx=true'. Save and close dosbox.conf.
- Load DOSBox and use the following commands to set up a direct connection between the computers:
- Host Only:
- IPXNET STARTSERVER <port> – Starts the sever with instructions to accept connections to the entered port. If no port number is entered, it will use UDP port 213 by default.
- Client Only:
- IPXNET CONNECT [Address] <port> - Allows a client computer to connect to a host. [Address] can be an ip address, the name of a computer on the network, or a website (such as person.site.com). As stated above, the default port is 213, but if the host is using a different port, it should be entered here.
- Mount the Battlespire disc using the following command:
- mount [drive letter] [drive letter]:\ -t cdrom
- For example, 'mount D D:\ -t cdrom'.
- Load Battlespire, go to multi-player, and enjoy!
Additional host commands include:
- IPXNET STOPSERVER – Stops the server and disconnects any clients that are connected to the host computer.
- IPXNET PING – Sends a ping request to all connected clients.
- IPXNET STATUS – Reports the state of the session.
You can download the Kali client from this website. You can either buy a $20 registration license for Kali, or you can do a free trial. (However, with the free trial you can only play games for 15 minutes before having to restart the client.) Instructions for setting up Kali and hosting/joining a game can be found here. Note that this will only work on computers that can run Battlespire without emulation.
LogMeIn Hamachi can be obtained here. It creates a virtual IPX network similar to the setup in DOSBox. However, it would also seem to require running Battlespire without emulation.