10 Years of Return to Castle Wolfenstein

10 years ago who would have thought there would still be people playing and developing for RtCW.  Additionally, who could predict that the sequel to the game would flourish for only a month before falling?  I would personally like to thank iD Software, Nerve, Activision, Gray Matter, and anyone else who assisted in creating the best class based multiplayer game ever.  The release of Software Development Kits (SDK) has impacted the game’s ability to survive all these years.  Unfortunately, it appears the trend for PC games is to produce downloadable content and ranked/official servers, severely hampering the customization PC games used to be known and purchased for.  Gamers used to opt for the PC version over consoles because of the free user content that would come with the game.

At S4NDMoD, we will continue to support RtCW as long as there is someone else to play against.  Our public servers have always been free and will continue to be provided for the benefit of the community.  In return, we only ask that you continue to bring new players to this tired old game which we refuse to let die.

With PunkBuster no longer supporting iD Tech 3 games, we have had to scramble to make some last minute changes before coming out with our latest release.  We are currently fixing a Linux server bug and will be releasing after that is finished.

Since starting on S4NDMoD, Travis and I have taken on many more real-world responsibilities.  As a result, our 10 year anniversary release will likely be our last release that incorporates many new features; subsequent releases will only address bugs.

In closing, I would ask you to examine these two quotes and try to apply another game to these quotes.  If you can, by all means please go play it; but I don’t think you will have any success.

“Polished to perfection.”  “The perfect shooter.” -PC Gamer, 2001

“RTCW offers up a fantastic ‘Allied vs. Axis’ team-based multiplayer mode…RTCW’s multiplayer is an absolute blast.” – GameSpy.com 2001

PunkBuster Anti-Cheat Software

PunkBuster is a computer program that is designed to detect software used for cheating in online games, such as Return to Castle Wolfenstein.  The aim of the program is to isolate cheaters and prevent them from disrupting legitimate games.  If you received the message “PunkBuster is required.  Download at pb.s4ndmod.com”, this is the correct page.  If you are a player, please select the Windows Client listed below.  If you have trouble installing, please ask for help in the forums after reading the Technical Support section below.

Install Instructions

  1. Download the client version and save to desktop.
  2. Run the .exe
  3. Make sure to install it to correct location!
  4. Run the shortcut on your desktop once the installation is finished.
  5. If you have Windows Vista or 7, you must run the shortcut as an administrator! To do that, RIGHT click on the shortcut and select run as administrator

Downloads

Windows Client – Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 – Choose this if you are not sure which one you need.
Windows Server
Linux Server
If you need additional help, please check the Wiki or ask on the Forums

Technical Support / FAQ

Below are the solutions to several common problems experienced.  Please try one of these before requesting support.

1) I get kicked for “YourName PunkBuster kicked player ‘YourName’ (for 2 minutes) … RESTRICTION: Service Communication Failure: PnkBstrA.exe

You need to run Return to Castle Wolfenstein under an administrator account.  If you are using Windows 7 or Windows Vista, RIGHT click on the program and select “Run as Administrator”

2) I receive the error message “cannot load default.cfg

You installed the patch in the wrong directory(folder). Please run the patch again and pay very close attention to what is being asked of you. When it asks for your path to Return to Castle Wolfenstein please point it to where your game is located.

3) My downloads in-game are looping / re-downloading the same file.

This appears to be caused by the permissions in Windows. While there may be another solution the easiest fix is simply run as admin.  See #1 for instructions.

4) My screen is completely gray when I run the game.

If you are using a NVIDIA card please check what version of the drivers you are running. In order for the client to run you will need v190.62. This is very easy.

  1. Visit this link: http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Find.aspx
  2. Enter the info according to your video card and operating system.
  3. Download v190.62
  4. Run the installer, once completed it may ask you to reboot. If it does reboot your computer.
  5. Try running the game once again.

(thanks crapshoot for the help figuring this one out!)

If you are using an ATI card, please check what version of the drivers you are running.  In order for the client to run, you will need v10.4 or earlier.

  1. Visit this link: http://ati.amd.com/
  2. Enter the info according to your video card and operating system in the “Driver Downloads” box on the TOP RIGHT side of the page
  3. Scroll down to “Previous Drivers”. Do NOT download the newest version.
  4. Download Catalyst v10.4.
  5. Run the installer, once completed it may ask you to reboot. If it does reboot your computer.
  6. Try running the game once again.

Dedicated Server Installation

Full install instructions can be found on our wiki.