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This is the demo for Kohan II: Kings of War, a fantasy-themed RTS sequel from TimeGate. This will give you a taste of the magical splendor of Khaldun.

Kohan II: Kings of War Readme v1.0.0

Kohan II: Kings Of War Demo Readme

The following Readme information is drawn from the full version of Kohan 2
Kings of War. This Demo version has restricted functionality to give you just a taste of the magical splendor of Khaldun. The full version of the game includes:

*Six unique races, each with over a dozen powerful units to recruit.
*Five rival political factions, adding unique support units and distinctive technologies.
*An epic 25-mission, story driven campaign, featuring full voice-acting.
*Battle with up to eight players in a variety of multiplayer modes.
*The full random map generator includes more terrain types, more random monsters, and more technologies and artifacts to discover.
*An incredible scenario editor gives you all the tools used to create the campaign.
*Save your battles or view the victories of the world’s greatest generals with Kohan II’s film functionality.


This file contains additional information that supplements the Kohan II: Kings of War manual. For more information on playing Kohan II: Kings of War, please refer to the manual supplied with the game.

The Kohan II: Kings of War website is located at

For more information about TimeGate Studios, please visit

If you want to know more about Take-Two Interactive and their other titles, please visit

Unauthorized copying, reproduction, rental, public performance, or broadcast of this game is a violation of applicable laws.

Windows is a trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. All rights reserved.

1- Minimum Specification
2- Advanced Hotkeys
3- Windows Related Issues
a) Microsoft Office Toolbar
b) Windows 2000/XP Access rights
c) Compatibility
d) Windows Update
4- Troubleshooting
a) Uninstalling
b) Drivers
c) DirectX
d) Video Performance
e) Audio Performance
f) Multiplayer Performance
g) Resetting User Preferences
h) Editor
i) Reporting Problems
5- Known Problems
a) Graphics
b) System
c) Sound
d) Input
6- Asian Fonts
7- Command Line Parameters
8- Contact Information
9- Additional Credits
10- Copyright

1- Minimum Specification

Pentium IV 1.5 GHz or AMD Athlon equivalent
256 MB Ram
64 MB NVIDIA GeForce 3 / ATI Radeon 8500 or equivalent Video Card with 100% DirectX 9.0b compatible drivers
100% DirectX 9.0b compatible sound card with speakers or headphones
Keyboard + Mouse
16 x CD or DVD ROM
700 MB free hard drive space
Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
DirectX 9.0b (Included)
Internet Connection (56K minimum) or LAN required for multiplayer

Recommended Specifications

Pentium IV 2.0 GHz or AMD Athlon equivalent
512 MB Ram
64 MB NVIDIA GeForce 4 Ti / ATI Radeon 9000 with 100% DirectX 9.0b compatible drivers
Windows XP
DirectX 9.0b
Broadband Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer

2- Advanced Hotkeys

The following hotkeys have been added to the game and may not be documented in the manual.

a) TAB and Shift + TAB

These hotkeys will cycle through the type of object you have selected. If you have a mine selected, pressing TAB will cycle through all mines you own. If you have a company selected, pressing TAB will cycle through all companies you own.

b) Spacebar

This hotkey will cause your view to center on the last event that occurred. If a company becomes engaged, spacebar will center on that company. If a teammate places an attack flare, spacebar will center on that attack flare.

c) ALT + Right-Click

When you have a company selected, holding ALT while right-clicking will issue a Run command. This functions the same as if you had used the Run button or the Run hotkey.

3- Windows Related Issues

a) In the event that the Microsoft Office toolbar appears in front of the Kohan II game screen, you will have to disable the toolbar before starting the game.

b) Windows 2000/XP: Administrator access rights are required to install Kohan II: Kings of War on Windows 2000/XP, but Limited Users will be able
to run the game after it is installed.

c) Kohan II: Kings of War will work on Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, and Windows XP (Home or Professional). Note that Windows 95 is not

d) Be sure to regularly update your Windows operating system to receive
the benefit of any patches and Service Packs Microsoft has made available. Microsoft provides this service to licensed users of Windows at http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/

4- Troubleshooting

a) Uninstalling

When uninstalling Kohan II: Kings of War, certain files and folders may
be left behind in the folder where the game was installed, such as saved
games, and other game generated files. If this is the case you may need
to remove them manually.

b) Drivers

If you experience any problems running Kohan II: Kings of War, you should
verify that you have the latest drivers for your hardware from the
appropriate manufacturer - particularly for your sound card and video card.

c) DirectX

DirectX 9.0 or later is required. The latest version of DirectX can be obtained from:


If you experience problems after the new Microsoft DirectX drivers have been installed, please
contact your local Microsoft subsidiary.

d) Video Performance

You may experience decreased frame rates in 5+ player games on large maps
with several companies. If you do not have a powerful machine, we suggest
the following options to improve performance:

1) Turn off music - go to the Options Dialog and reduce volume to 0.

2) Use the Options Dialog to lower your resolution.

3) Select the lowest quality video settings available.

4) Use the Options Dialog to zoom in to the map as close as you can
tolerate, this will let you see only a relatively small portion of
the map which will improve your frame rate. The Options Dialog can
also be used to change the zoom.

5) Avoid playing games with more than 4 players or games on large maps.

6) Avoid playing above 100% game speed. Performance is not guaranteed at
speeds greater than 100%.

7) Use the command line parameter '+set PerformanceDisableDecals 1' to
disable all decals. This will turn off the decals under buildings,
heroes, etc. This will help performance around settlements.

8) Use the command line parameter '+set PerformanceDisableDoodads 1' to turn
off all doodads. Doodads are objects like trees, bushes, rocks, etc. This
will help performance around forests.

e) Audio Performance

1) Playing a campaign mission at greater than 100% speed may cause some
of the audio to be cut short.

f) Multiplayer Performance

If you have a firewall in place, we recommend visiting the following web page for
information on how to configure your firewall to allow you to host multiplayer games.
Kohan II: Kings of War uses UDP on ports 6900 and 5860.


You may experience lag problems if the host does not have a high bandwidth connection.
These lag problems are related to the number of players, the number of companies, and
whether or not your game is listed publicly on GameSpy. If you are hosting a game on
a low bandwidth connection, we suggest the following options to improve multiplayer performance:

1) Avoid playing games with more than 4 players on a 56K modem,
particularly on large maps with several companies.

2) If playing large maps with lots of companies, reduce the number
of computer AI players (each AI player consumes bandwidth).

3) If you are hosting a game on a modem and having multiplayer problems
turning off "Report In Progress" in the options menu may help. This
will prevent your game from being listed publicly.

g) Resetting User Preferences

User preferences can be reset by deleting the .RUP file located under
"My Documents/Kohan2/data/User/." This may be necessary, for example, if you
have recently changed video cards and the saved game resolution is
no longer valid.

h) Editor

The editor is NOT officially supported by TimeGate Studios or Take-Two Interactive.
Please do NOT contact technical support for information regarding the editor.

i) Reporting Problems

You can get help from a variety of sources. Take-Two Interactive technical support can be reached at:


TimeGate technical support can be reached at:


Kohan II generates a lot of information to help track down problems. When
reporting a crash or other problem, please build a ZIP file with the
following data. These files can be retrieved from the "Kohan2"
folder under "My Documents." Some files are located in the folder where
Kohan II is installed.

For all problems:

- any .DMP file generated from the crash

- any .LOG files generated (LOGS folder)

- if appropriate, screenshots generated with the "PrintScreen"
key. Screenshot files have the form Kohan2_0000.png and are located in
the Screenshots folder under "My Documents/Kohan2/Data/".

- if appropriate, save games (.RSG files located under SAVE,
or .RCG located under the CAMPAIGNSAVE folder for campaign missions).

- if appropriate, films (.RFM files located under /FILMS) if you have
used the "Save Film" option. If you have not, then the "LAST FILM.RFM"
file is automatically generated.

- if appropriate, preferences file (.RUP file located under USER)

On a custom map:

- the appropriate .RMP file from the MAPS folder

5- Known Problems

a) Graphics - Principle chipsets supported are ATI Radeon and NVidia
GeForce. The product has been optimized to run on these chip sets.
Users of other graphics hardware may experience lower performance or
minor graphical issues.

1) Radeon 7200/7500 - This video card may have display problems on a
Windows ME operating system.

2) S3 Savage Pro - This video card is not supported.

3) Matrox Millenium G550 - This video card is not supported.

4) NVIDIA GeForce3 and GeForce4 - There is a known bug in NVIDIA driver
revision 61.76 and 61.77 with these cards. For best performance, it is
recommended that you install a driver version other than 61.76 or 61.77.
See http://www.nvidia.com/ for driver availability.

5) If you are experiencing problems with disappearing units or other
graphical anomalies, you can try appending the following to the command
line (see the Command Line Parameters section for details):
"+set RendererUseHWSkinningShader false". Please check your driver version
before using this function; you may be using an incompatible driver version
as noted above. Using this command line parameter will decrease performance.

6) Users of NVIDIA Geforce 4 MX cards may experience lower performance.

7) Take-Two cannot guarantee that the product will be compatible with laptop sytems.

b) System

1) Windows 95 - This operating system is not supported.

c) Audio

1) Diamond Monster Sound MX400 - May experience audio corruption. Turning audio hardware
acceleration down to minimum should correct the problem.

2) Best Data Theatrix - May experience some audio corruption.

d) Input

Note: On Windows 2000/XP you will need Administrator access to perform these steps.

If you are experiencing problems with the mousewheel on your Logitech mouse, first download and
install the latest Mouseware drivers for your Logitech mouse from http://www.logitech.com.
Restart your machine after installing the drivers and run Kohan II: Kings of War.

If the problem is still not resolved, create a shortcut to the Kohan II: Kings of War executable,
in the "Shortcut" tab, in the "Target" editbox, add "+FixLogitech" (without the quotes) right after
the name of the Kohan II executable outside of the quotation marks, separated by one space.

Run this shortcut by double-clicking on it, the game will run briefly, adding special
registry entries that tell the Logitech mouse driver how Kohan II is going to use the mousewheel.
Reboot your system one more time, run Kohan II normally (not using the shortcut you created,
which you can delete), and the problem should be resolved. Note that it is only necessary to
do this once per installation, do not continue to use the "+FixLogitech" option, since this command
requires a reboot. This command adds the Kohan II: Kings of War executable name to Logitech's
registry key at:

{HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE}\Software\Logitech\MouseWare \CurrentVersion\GamingCompatibility

6- Asian Fonts

To be able to see Asian text (or any left-to-right non-Latin-based text) you will need to have the
necessary fonts installed or you will see Asian text as pound signs ('#'). For Windows XP, you can
install Asian fonts by opening your Control Panel in Windows, double-clicking on the "Regional and
Language Options" icon, selecting the "Languages" tab, and checking the "Install files for East
Asian Languages" box. For other versions of Windows, please consult your Windows documentation.

Note that running with Asian fonts requires significantly more memory on your system, so there may
be a noticeable loss in performance when compared to not running with Asian fonts.

Also note that players you are sending Asian text to must also have Asian fonts installed or they
will see your text as pound signs as well. Having Asian fonts on your machine only lets you see
the Asian text properly on your machine, how the text is seen by other players depends on what Asian
fonts they have installed on their machines.

As of May 2004, Kohan II: Kings of War uses these Asian fonts if they are installed in the Windows
Fonts folder:

Korean (Hangul Jamo and Hangul Johab): GulimChe (gulim.ttc)
Japanese (Katakana and Hiragana): MS Gothic (MSGOTHIC.TTC)
Chinese (Han, may also be used for Japanese Kanji and Korean): MingLiU (mingliu.ttc)

7- Command Line Parameters

To run these commands, make a Windows shortcut to the application's executable file, the easiest
way to do this is by making a copy of the Kohan II shortcut on the desktop (if you had one
installed) or by dragging the Kohan II icon from the program group in the Windows Start menu to
the desktop. Right click on the shortcut icon and select "Properties." In the "Shortcut" tab in the
"Target" editbox add the desired command right after the executable name outside of the quotation
marks, with one space between the executable name and the command, put a '+' character in front of
the command, like this:

"C:\Program Files\TimeGate Studios\Kohan II\K2.exe" +CommandName

Some useful commands are listed here:

a) set PerformanceDisableDecals 1 (see "Video Performance" in section

b) set PerformanceDisableDoodads 1 (see "Video Performance" in section

c) FixLogitech (see "Input" in section 4)

d) CDKeyClear - This causes the application to "forget" about a previously-
entered CD Key so a new one can be entered. This is useful if you
have installed one copy of Kohan II: Kings of War on two machines, but
you want to be able to play multiplayer on both machines simultaneously.
You will need to purchase a second copy of the game (to get a second
CD key which is necessary for online play) and run "CDKeyClear" on one
of the machines to be prompted for the CD key of the second copy. This
command only needs to be run once to clear the cd key.

8- Contact Information

Please refer to the manual for specific technical support contact details.

Take-Two Interactive Technical Support can also be reached through the Take-Two Games web site:


(Please read our FAQ or use the Technical Support page before
writing or calling us.)

Game site:


9- Additional Credits

Portions of this software are included under license. (c)2004 Numerical Design, Ltd.
All rights reserved. Gamebryo(r) is a registered trademark of Numerical Design, Ltd.

Uses Bink Video. Copyright (C) 1997-2004 by RAD Game Tools, Inc.

MPEG Layer-3 playback supplied with the Miles Sound System from RAD Game Tools, Inc. MPEG Layer-3
audio compression technology licensed by Fraunhofer IIS and THOMSON multimedia.

This product contains software technology licensed from GameSpy Industries, Inc.
(c) 1999-2004 GameSpy Industries, Inc. GameSpy and the "Powered by GameSpy" design are
trademarks of GameSpy Industries, Inc. All rights reserved.

libpng versions 1.0.7, July 1, 2000, through 1.2.5, October 3, 2002, are Copyright
(c) 2000-2002 Glenn Randers-Pehrson.

zlib.h -- interface of the 'zlib' general purpose compression library version 1.2.1,
November 17th, 2003. Copyright (C) 1995-2003 Jean-loup Gailly and Mark Adler.

10- Copyright

(c) 2004 TimeGate Studios Inc. Kohan, the Kohan logo, TimeGate Studios, and the TimeGate Studios
logo are trademarks of TimeGate Studios Inc. Global Star, the Global Star logo, Take-Two Interactive
Software and the Take-Two logo are all trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Take-Two
Interactive Software. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

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