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Version 2.8.0 of the D&D M&M Platform

A huge update to the Dungeons & Dragons Manuals & Modules Platform that includes the following:

  1. 36 NEW/Fixed 3D images 
    • 11 newly created 3D images including the ALQ1-8 Al-Qadim series, Diablo II Adventure set, GR1 Strongholds, FR8 Cities of Mystery.
    • 25 fixed images including Dungeon Master Decks boxes, 1993 Collector Cards, and several other boxed sets.
  2. 37 Fixed Box Front images - much sharper and richer artwork
  3. 12 Fixed Box Back images - much sharper and richer artwork
  4. 12 Playlists Updated/Created
    • Greatly expanded the playlist data for GreyhawkMystara. The items added to these playlists do a much better job of expanding and understanding the worlds.
    • Removed Original/Basic/AD&D D&D Playlist and created the 1st Edition Playlist and Basic/Expert/Companion D&D playlist which identifies the editions of these products much better.
    • Updated the AD&D 2nd Edition, Board Games, Core Rules, Forgotten Realms, Monster Manuals,  Planescape, & Ravenloft playlists with several additions to each.
    • Moved items out of playlists where items should not have belonged to that playlist in the first place. 
    • Combined the Oriental Adventures Playlist with the Forgotten Realms playlist.
  5. Replaced a few Playlist Clear Logos
    • Greyhawk Adventures had Adventures (aventures) misspelled but is now correct.
    • DragonLance was using the Fifth Age logo but now uses the correct original logo.
    • Added New Dungeons & Dragons logo for Basic/Expert/Companion D&D
  6. Replaced numerous Playlist Fanart images.
    • Updated some existing images with better quality ones.
    • Added more images to all Playlist Fanart folders so there is more randomization of background art.
    • Resampled all Fanart images to 1920x1080 so the images display properly when shown in the background.
    • Removed artwork from post AD&D era. Playlists now include only artwork from the TSR era and for the proper setting in which the artwork was created.
    • Added/replaced several more Fanart images to the main D&D Platform menu.
  7. Renamed 2 PDF filenames to more properly represent the product title.
    • TSR9449 - Al-Qadim - Campaign - ALQ7 - Corsairs of the Great Sea
    • TSR9467 - Al-Qadim - Campaign - ALQ6 - Cities of Bone
  8. Minor Notes/Product Description update.

Just extract the archive and copy over the old D&D Platform files you may already have. It should update almost everything but there may be playlist fanart images left over from a previous installation if you do it this way.
Be sure to clear your image Cache in LaunchBox and BigBox to see the newest images.

The paths to the Game/PDF files are all now set to Z:\ in the Dungeons & Dragons.xml, since I am currently using a network drive that contains my files. 
You can change this to your path by doing the following:

  • Navigate to your \LaunchBox\Data\Platforms folder and open the Dungeons & Dragons.xml file in TEXT Editor program (such as Notepad++). 
  • Find/Replace Z:\ with yourpath\ You can use a relative path such as ..\D&D\ or an absolute path such as C:\DnD\

-----------------------------------------------------------INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

To Install the Platform:

  1. Within your PC's Explorer/file system:
    1. Copy the contents of the Archive into your LaunchBox directory.
    2. Place your D&D PDFs in a folder that is at the same level as your LaunchBox directory (I use c:/D&D)
    3. Use FATMATCH or a similar program to rename your PDFs so they are similar to the image filenameshttps://emumovies.com/files/file/227-fatmatch-file-renamer/
  2. Within the LaunchBox Application
    • Add a new Platform by selecting TOOLS --> IMPORT --> ROM Files
    • Select the folder where you've stored your PDFs. In my case it's  c:/D&D
    • If you use a folder named D&D that's at the same level as your LaunchBox folder, you'll only need to scan in a few files. This is just to get the Platform to show up.
      • The relative paths for the PDFs are already set to ..\D&D\ in the LaunchBox Dungeons & Dragons XML.
      • If you store your PDFs in a different named folder or at a different level then you'll have to rescan all the files. It's easier just to rename the directory.
      • You can also FIND/REPLACE the ..\D&D\ path in the Dungeons & Dragons XML with your path.
      • For example, if your D&D PDFs folder is c:\Emulators\Dungeons & Dragons, you would need to set the <ApplicationPath>..\D&amp;D\  for every game in the XML to <ApplicationPath>..\Emulators\Dungeons &amp; Dragons\
  3. I have done this installation numerous times on different PCs to test. If you need help, please ask. I am not responsible if you mess up your LaunchBox installation

In order to attach a D&D playlist to the main Dungeons & Dragons Platform, perform the following steps within LaunchBox:

  1. On the left drop-down menu select Playlists
  2. Right-click on a playlist and select EDIT.
  3.  Click the Parents tab
  4. Unckeck the ROOT checkbox
  5. Check the box next to Dungeons & Dragons

To get the D&D 3D images to show up do the following:

  1. Select the Dungeons & Dragons menu item in LaunchBox
  2. Navigate to TOOL --> VIEW --> IMAGE GROUP --> 3D BOXES

To have the PDFs Launch with the PDF reader of your choice:

  1. In LaunchBox, select ALL images that pertain to PDFs
  2. Right-click on one of the images and select EDIT. The BULK Edit window will pop up.
  3. Select EMULATOR from the Field and change the value to either Adobe Acrobat or Rocket Launcher
  4. I use Soda PDF reader version 7.2.03 (it's FREE) connected to RocketLauncher.
    1. I've included the required Rocket Launcher scripts in the download archive.
    2. RocketLauncher already has built-in AHK files for Soda PDF which makes it super easy to run properly.
    3. Soda PDF has a nice 3D page-turning effect which makes the manuals more realistic.
  5. If you'd like to use Adobe Acrobat (or some other PDF Reader) you can easily add it as an emulator in LaunchBox.
    1. Right-click on 1 image and select EDIT.
    2. Add Adobe Acrobat as a new emulator as seen in this image.image.thumb.png.1f64b2b7e626ff9acfb9fdd83d5eff25.png

To have the background image in LaunchBox be the same as the Box-Front image, perform the following steps:

  1. Navigate to TOOL --> OPTIONS 
  2. Click on Background Priorities and check the BOX-FRONT checkbox.
  3. Set the Default Background to Use Blown Up Art

If you are missing artwork for the Video Games Playlist, do the following in LaunchBox:

  1. Open the D&D Video Games Playlist
  2. do CTRL+A to select all items in the playlist.
  3. Click the Main Menu (the 3 horizontal lines) in the upper left-hand corner.
  4. Select Download Metadata and Media.
  5. The D&D Video Games Playlist is by no means complete for every console and arcade title out there. It presently contains mostly PC games. If you have an extensive library, add any and all games you'd like to the playlist.

If you want to add a description to the main D&D Platform, do the following in LaunchBox:

  1. Right-Click on the Dungeons & Dragons Platform and select EDIT.
  2. Click on the Notes tab.
  3. Copy then Paste the below description in the NOTES text box:

    Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&D) is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game (RPG) originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. It was first published in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. (TSR). The game has been published by Wizards of the Coast (now a subsidiary of Hasbro) since 1997. It was derived from miniature wargames with a variation of Chainmail serving as the initial rule system. D&D's publication is commonly recognized as the beginning of modern role-playing games and the role-playing game industry.

    D&D departs from traditional wargaming and allows each player to create their own character to play instead of a military formation. These characters embark upon imaginary adventures within a fantasy setting. A Dungeon Master serves as the game's referee and storyteller while maintaining the setting in which the adventures occur, and playing the role of the inhabitants. The characters form a party that interacts with the setting's inhabitants, and each other. Together they solve dilemmas, engage in battles, and gather treasure and knowledge. In the process the characters earn experience points in order to rise in levels, and become increasingly powerful over a series of sessions.

    The early success of Dungeons & Dragons led to a proliferation of similar game systems. Despite the competition, D&D has remained as the market leader in the role-playing game industry. In 1977, the game was split into two branches: the relatively rules-light game system of basic Dungeons & Dragons and the more structured, rules-heavy game system of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as AD&D). AD&D 2nd Edition was published in 1989. In 2000, a new system was released as Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition; a revised version 3.5 was released in June 2003. These rules formed the basis of the d20 System which is available under the Open Game License (OGL) for use by other publishers. D&D 4th edition was released in June 2008. The 5th edition, the most recent, was released during the second half of 2014.

    As of 2004, Dungeons & Dragons remained the best-known and best-selling role-playing game, with an estimated 20 million people having played the game and more than US$1 billion in book and equipment sales. The game has been supplemented by many pre-made adventures as well as commercial campaign settings suitable for use by regular gaming groups. Dungeons & Dragons is known beyond the game for other D&D-branded products, references in popular culture, and some of the controversies that have surrounded it, particularly a moral panic in the 1980s falsely linking it to Satanism and suicide. The game has won multiple awards and has been translated into many languages beyond the original English.

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I've been working on a this LB Dungeons & Dragons system, for educational and historical preservation purposes (and for personal enjoyment), for quite some time now. I originally made it for my Hyperspin installation but finally decided to try it out for Launchbox. Once I saw how feature-rich LaunchBox is, I decided to rework this D&D system for LB. The FANART - BACKGROUND images are the SAME as the BOX - FRONT images so you can copy/paste the BOX - FRONT images to the FANART - BACKGROUND folder. 

There will definitely be updates to the filenames, images, and notes as I find misspellings, omissions, grammatical errors, and other mistakes. I did not type all the notes myself but found a lot of information and back-cover descriptions for each file on sites such as rpggeek.com, tsrbothgunsblazing.com, tomeoftreasures.com, waynesbooks.com, dmsguild.com, worthpoint.com, and several others. Much of the data on these sites had a lot of misspellings, omissions, and grammatical errors so I did my best in refining the data.

If you're a Dungeons & Dragons player, enjoy reading the mythology, or simply enjoy the artwork, you may enjoy this LaunchBox system. The games within the system consist of Dungeons & Dragons rulebooks, gaming modules, cards, and boardgames from Original D&D all the way through the end of AD&D 2nd Edition (~1972-2000). This is not a video game system but a PDF e-reader system. THERE ARE NO D&D PDFs FOR DOWNLOAD, ONLY IMAGES AND DB FILES FOR USE WITH LAUNCHBOX! I will NOT provide you with PDFs, PC CD ISOs, or links to them. A simple Google search will return a TROVE of results. If you already possess the PC programs or PDF modules/books, this is simply an art-driven way to collect them all together and make it easy to find and launch for your gaming sessions.

You may be wondering how it works with a PDF reader. Well, I use Soda PDF with Rocket Launcher and it works amazing. Please search for and download Soda PDF reader (it's FREE!) version 7.2.03 and connect it to RocketLauncher. RocketLauncher already has built-in AHK files for Soda PDF which makes it super easy to run properly. I also like to view the PDFs in 3D as it has the nice page-turning effect.

I've included several playlists that make up the various game settings such as Forgotten Realms, Planescape, Ravenloft, and DragonLance. As you can see in the examples, I use the front page of the manual as the background for the selected item. Using the FLIP feature, you may also view the artwork/descriptions from the backs of every item.  I also included several background images and logos for the various playlists. It definitely needs more work to reach its full potential but I am happy with how it's turned out so far.

I really hope you like the D&D Platform. Please let me know your thoughts on improving what I have already. If any of you awesome artists would like to contribute to this platform, by all means, please do so!

NOTE: This system has not been set up with any custom BigBox themes except the 2 that come included with BigBox. If you use a custom theme, you'll need to move the images to the proper folders.

I'm hoping, at some point, this D&D system can be part of the automatic downloads one receives when setting up a new platform.

Please let me know if you encounter any issues with the release. Enjoy!



Version 2.0 of the D&D M&M Platform... now with 3D Images! 
After months of searching through countless images on numerous websites then fabricating nearly 1000 new images, I am finally proud to bring you Version 2.0 of the Dungeons & Dragons Manuals & Modules Launchbox Platform. It now has the following enhancements.

  1. 960 new 3D images all created by yours truly using Photoshop and a lot of time and learning.
    • The images may not be perfectly accurate, sized, or shaped renditions of the original book, box, accessory, or component but they are quite good representations.
    • Here on the LaunchBox forums is the only place you will find any 3D image collection of this magnitude of these original Dungeons & Dragons items. Nowhere else will have these!
    • Searching for box side art, photoshop mockups, and action files plus fabricating all of these was a massive undertaking that I began last March.
    • There will definitely be updates to images as I find better shots of side art, better PSD mockups, and better actions files.
  2. In addition to the 3D images, I fixed a few hundred 2D images by cropping, blending, or replacing distorted, truncated, or otherwise poor images.
  3. Resampled many images that were either too large or too small so the size of the image cache is now much smaller and more evenly distributed.
  4. The old image collection was quite large (~5.5 GB). The new collection is similar in size but contains over 960 more images.
  5. Minor description and filename fixes.
  6. Follow the directions below in order to install. You can basically bolt this pack on by placing the folders in the archive into the corresponding LaunchBox folders.


1.1.1 - Added images to the Platform - D&D - Fanart folder so the main title in BigBox has artwork.


1.1.0 - The latest updates to this Dungeon & Dragons Platform include the following

  • Added new playlists
  • Added descriptions to all playlists
  • Added new images to various playlists.
  • Some minor corrections in the various file descriptions.


1.0.0 - Initial Release with 2D images and synopsis for each product.

Edited by malarrya

What's New in Version 2.8.0   See changelog


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   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

Awesome job on this and extra props for taking the time to write out detailed instructions.  I was inundated at first but after 3 days was able to get 90% up and operational.  Its great having all these compiled in one place and i am still looking forward to tinkering with some of the old school D&D programs. 

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