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Frequently Asked Questions

"Why does it say [Mirror] below the Recommended Sound Set link?

The [Mirror] is an alternate site for you to download the sound set from. In case the primary link does not work or if it too slow then please use the [Mirror].

"OK, I just downloaded a character's Recommended Sound Set, how do I know which game the sound set will work with?"

Look at the "Download Character" link just below the "Recommended Sound Set" link. Not all characters are created for every game; some characters will only be available for Icewind Dale while others will be available for Baldur's Gate and/or Baldur's Gate 2. If a link exists (in other words, if you can click on the link) for "Download Baldur's Gate/Baldur's Gate 2 Character" then you know the Recommended Sound Set for that character will work with both Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2. If the link reads "Download Baldur's Gate 2 Character" then the sound set for that character will only work with Baldur's Gate 2. Finally, if the link reads "Download Icewind Dale Character" then the Recommended Sound Set listed for that character will only work with Icewind Dale.

"Why do I get the following message when I try to download a Recommended Sound Set: 'Too many users, please try again later'?"

No worries, it just means that the site hosting the sound set is busy, so simply try to download the file again in a minute or so. If you continue to get the message then keep trying or, if it gets out of hand, drop the webmaster an Email.

"On the character pages it says, 'Last Character Update,' what does that mean?"

'Last Character Update' signifies the last time a particular character has been modified. More often than not, this date is used to mark when a particular character is placed on the web page, but sometimes it refers to the update of a pre-existing character. For example, if the biography of a pre-existing character is increased, the date in the 'Last Character Update' field will change to reflect that.

Importing Characters

For those of you wondering how to import character (.chr) files into a video game like Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate 2, or Icewind Dale, follow the instructions below.

What happens if you want to import another character into your Single Player saved game without having to start over? Follow the instructions below to complete this task. Don't forget to place the character (.chr) file in the Characters subdirectory of your main game directory before proceeding.

Tip: If you start a Multi Player game with characters you generate (either fresh or by importing) and want to continue playing this way without having to go through all the fancy Multi Player setup then follow step 10 above.

Importing Portraits

You'll find Recommended Portraits for every character on this site; you may use them or not, it's your choice. If you choose to use them, follow these instructions for importing them into your game.

If the portrait does not appear correctly when you import the character then follow the steps below to change the portrait manually in the game.

Deciphering Recommended Sound Sets

Some of the characters will recommend using a sound set from the specific game they were created for while other characters will recommend using a custom sound set. To decode the Recommended Sound Set link, refer to this legend:

Here are two example links:

The first link describes that the Recommened Sound Set is one of the included sound sets in Baldur's Gate 2/Throne of Bhaal, namely "MALE003." The second link is for a Custom Sound Set entitled "DRACO" that may be downloaded and imported into your game. See below or click here for instructions on Importing Sound Sets.

Importing Sound Sets

Follow these steps to ensure that the Custom Sound Sets are imported properly. If there is no link for a Recommened Sound Set then view the section above on Deciphering Sound Sets. Refer to the Note at the bottom of this page for information on interchanging Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate 2, and Icewind Dale sound sets.

You may also change a character's sound set while you are in a game. View the instructions below to complete this.

Note: Mixing sound sets between Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate 2, and Icewind Dale can be detrimental. Icewind Dale sound sets use a totally different filename structure than Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2. Therefore, using a Baldur's Gate or Baldur's Gate 2 sound set for Icewind Dale is NOT recommended. It is possible to use Baldur's Gate sound sets in Baldur's Gate 2 and vice versa, the only problem is, some of the sounds will not be heard for various actions. For example, Baldur's Gate sound sets do not have sounds for successful hide in shadows, successful pick pocket, spell disruption, critical hit and so on which normally have sound acknowledgements in Baldur's Gate 2. If you can live with a few missing sounds then feel free to import Baldur's Gate sound sets into Baldur's Gate 2. Follow the Importing Sound Sets instructions above.