A short step-by-step guide for getting started with Red
- Install the game from the CD.
If you don't have a game CD, the game can be purchased online from
There is one issue with the GOG RB3D
package related to online MMP play. GOG modified the barronmmp.exe so the game
will not ask for the CD. The problem is that most servers that folk fly in has
security which sees the modified exe as a hack. (it fails the checksum). If
you want to fly MMP without getting booted from secure servers, you need a
non-modified baronmmp.exe. You can download the original version
It will tell you the CD is missing and ask for the CD. This can be
circumvented by clicking on the upper right cross six times to start the game.
The User Manual can be downloaded from
here (638 kB).
The Red Baron 3D keyboard Reference Card
can be downloaded from
here (244 kB).
- Download and install the
RB3D First Aid
Kit (2.4 MB).
The "RB3D First Aid Kit" helps get Red Baron 3D running properly on
newer, faster PCs. It addresses video, sound, joystick, and game speed issues. The
kit contains a "wizard" program that can help you install the appropriate
programs and files, based on your PCs hardware and software configurations. The
"wizard" can also uninstall "first aid kit" files and programs. The
"RB3D1078.exe" patch is also included (you need this patch to see on-line
- Open the file "mplayer.ini" file in the SIERRA\RedBaron3D
folder with a text editor and change the [MetaServers] section from
to the following:
Server=TCP:rlgb.xs4all.nl:6001 ; Rens
Server=TCP:22.214.171.124:6001 ; CamelJock
Server=TCP:126.96.36.199:6001 ; Swordfish
The "//" is a comment symbol which means that the line is ignored
by the game. The "dyn-meta.dynamix.com", "rb2.east.won.net", and
"rb2.west.won.net" meta-servers no longer exist so those lines can be
permanently deleted. The meta-servers in the updated list use a new meta-server program created by Gabi. They are
run by members of the Red Baron 3D community.
Inactive meta-servers should be disabled with "//" to avoid delays when
you connect to online flying. If you experience such delays, try commenting out one
meta-server at the time until you find out which one is down. Keep in mind that in most
cases the meta-servers only go down temporarily, so it may be worth while to try to enable
it again after a few days.
If all meta servers are down, you will not be able to see any of the
running Red Baron servers unless you have them listed under the [KnownServer] section of
your RB3D mplayer.ini file (in the main RedBaron3D install folder). A copy of my own mplayer.ini file with a list of currently known servers can be
If all meta servers are down, you can speed up the display of Red Baron
servers listed under the [KnownServers] section of the mplayer.ini file by
commenting out the meta servers in the [MetaServers] section of the mplayer.ini
file, otherwise it will take 1 or 2 minutes for the list to show when you
start Red Baron. This is what the Metaservers section looks like with the meta
servers commented out:
//Server=TCP:rlgb.xs4all.nl:6001 ; Rens
//Server=TCP:188.8.131.52:6001 ; CamelJock
//Server=TCP:184.108.40.206:6001 ; Swordfish
- Check that the basic game install works in both single player (SP) and
multi-player (MMP). If all is OK, then make a backup copy of the SIERRA\RedBaron3D folder
and name it e.g. "SIERRA\RedBaron3D backup". If you screw up your game install
later, you can then restore it easily by replacing it with the backup copy. You can also
use the backup copy to create multiple RB3D installs for patched versions of Red Baron 3D.
Just copy the backup RB3D folder and rename it appropriately.
- To improve terrain and airplane graphics, download and
install the The Promised
Land All Seasons Superpatch v1a (PLasV1a).
There are other high quality plane and terrain graphic patches available, but Promised
Land V1a is one of the best and it is an easy all-in-one install.
- If you don't like the new engine sounds of the Promised Land V1a
superpatch (I don't), then you can also download the Hell's Angels sound files
They are my favourite sound file set.
Installation: Unzip the sound files into the RedBaron3D/Data/Simpatch folder.
This is it, now you have an install similar to mine. Wasn't too difficult, no?
- I recommend reading the following documents:
Pepe Le Peu on Server Etiquette
Pepe Le Peu's New Online Player Tips
LW_Dumbo's Multi-Player Tutorial
Pepe Le Peu's
Combat Views for Vertical Maneuvers
- To start the game without CD:
When the prompt for the CD comes up click on the top right hand iron cross design 6 times.
The game will then run.
The video sequences shown between campaign missions in SP are not installed on your disk,
they are read from the game CD. To make it possible to run the SP game without the
CD, copy the data/video folder on the CD to the Redbaron3D/data/video folder in your game
install (-approx. 200MB). This is not necessary for a game install that is only used for
MMP, since the video sequences are not used in MMP.
Optional - Hell's Angels Superpatch:
A very good patch for single player flying is the Hell's Angels Superpatch (HASP):
I recommend that you make separate fresh RB3D install for HASP. You can use the
backup copy to create a new folder named e.g. "RedBaron3D HA" for the
HASP install (cf. Step 11 below).
HASP is not compatible with online MMP flying (it has modified aircraft flight and damage
models), but a separate MMP version of the patch can be downloaded from the Hell's Angels
web site. Another option is to use my HASP MMP
toolkit to make the full HASP install MMP compatible.
HASP in itself does not include any modified terrain graphics but a separate terrain
patch, the OTE 4-seasons scenery, can be downloaded from the HASP web site. HASP
can also be combined with the Promised Land V1a superpatch (a very good
combination), but then you MUST install the PLV1a patch before HASP.
- Optional - Multiple RB3D installs:
You don't need to have separate installs for SP and MMP unless you patch the SP game with
a patch that is not compatible with MMP (i.e. a patch that alters the flight/damage models
or the selection of planes). Examples of such patches are Hell's Angels Superpatch (HASP),
the Western Front Patch (WFP).
I have seven separate RB3D installs on my machine with different patch setups ... :-)
To crate a new separate install, all you have to do is copy the backup RB3D install folder
(cf. Step 4 above) and rename the copy appropriately, e.g. "RedBaron3D HASP" if
you intend to use it for the Hell's Angels patch.
To start the game, just click on the SP or MMP executables in the install folder (baron.exe
or baronmmp.exe). You can also create short-cuts to these .exe files and put on
your desk top or in the Start menu.
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