Contents
Table of Contents...............................1
Getting Started...................................2
Minimum Requirements.................2
Update Drivers....................................2
Installation............................................3
Introduction.........................................3
Playing the game...............................4
Main Menu............................................4
Monitor Setup.....................................4
New Game............................................4
Tutorial...................................................4
Load Game...........................................4
Continue................................................5
Back to Game.......................................5
Exit. .........................................................5
Options Menu......................................5
Controls ................................................5
Game......................................................5
Sound.....................................................5
Graphics.................................................5
Controls.................................................6
Interaction............................................7
Grabbing Objects...............................7
Icons........................................................7
Examining Objects............................7
Interact Mode......................................8
Inventory...............................................8
Sneaking................................................8
Important Items..................................9
Notebook .............................................9
Health.....................................................9
Saving...................................................10
Hints & Tips.........................................10
FAQ........................................................11
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Getting Started
Minimum Requirements
Please ensure that your system meets or exceeds the following standards:
Windows XP/ Vista / 2K
1.5 GHz CPU
512 MB RAM
800MB of free hard drive space
DVD or CD-ROM drive
ATI Radeon 8500 / NVidia GeForce3 Ti (Geforce 4MX not supported)
Keyboard & Mouse
Update Drivers
For the best possible playing experience, please check that you have
installed all the latest system updates.
Download the latest Windows update:
http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/
Also download the latest drivers for your video card. If you are unsure of
the make and model of your card, consult your computer’s user manual.
Some of the most common manufacturers, and their websites, are as follows:
Nvidia: http://www.nvidia.com ATI: http://ati.amd.com
On a similar note, make sure your sound drivers are up to date. As above, if
you are unsure what sound card you have installed, consult your computer’s manual. Some of the most common manufacturers are:
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Creative: http://www.creative.com/
Realtek: http://www.realtek.com.tw/
Check our site for any updates to Penumbra: Black Plague:
http://updates.frictionalgames.com
For any other hardware issues, either consult the FAQ toward the end of
this manual or go to:
http://support.frictionalgames.com.
Installation
To install Penumbra: Black Plague, place the disc into your DVD or CD-ROM
drive. If Windows’ autorun feature is enabled (which typically it is by default), the installation should begin automatically.
If, however, nothing special happens after inserting the disc, simply navigate through My Computer to the DVD or CD-ROM drive containing the
Penumbra Black Plague disc, and double-click on the file named “setup.exe”.
Once the installer has started up, just follow the on-screen instructions.
When the installation is complete, you can locate the game in the Start
menu, at: Start / Programs / Penumbra - BP/. Click “Start Game”, and prepare for the time of your life.
Introduction
Enter the dark and ominous world of Penumbra: Black Plague, a place where
horror lurks around every corner – and, should you falter, no one but the
shadow will hear your screams. Take care on your journey; not all in Penumbra is as it seems. Danger may well present itself where you least expect it.
You are Philip. For ages, you assumed your father dead – yet not so long
ago you received a letter, written in his hand. Following a few leads, you
narrow down your father’s last sighting to a point far out into the Greenland tundra. Suddenly desperate for knowledge about this man you never
knew, you book a ticket and set off in pursuit.
It seems no sooner do you touch down and strike out into the wild void
than it ensnares you in a blizzard. As you fumble through the blinding cold,
you hit upon a metal hatch; desperate for what shelter you can find, you
wrench it open and head on down. Below, you discover an old network of
abandoned mining tunnels. Something feels right; maybe it was no coincidence, your stumbling across this place.
As you prod the sunless shafts, you start to piece together a sinister tale – a
story of fell forces, entombed deep in the bowels of the Earth; forces that
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drive men insane and alter their forms, as with the last poor inhabitants of
this mine. You also find hints of a strange sect, bound to administer eldritch
experiments upon these forces.
At last you see signs of recent activity; a newly-made structure, in the
depths. As you approach, however, you feel a cutting pain across the back
of your scalp. A moment later, just before all becomes nothing, you sense
yourself being dragged into the darkness…
Playing the game
Main Menu
On launching the game, this is the first thing you will see; you can bring
it up again later, by hitting the the “Esc” key on the keyboard. Use the
mouse to click on and manipulate the various options. Some values can be
increased and decreased; to do so, use the left and right mouse buttons.
Click with the left button to increase, and the right button to decrease.
Monitor Setup
When you first start the game, you will see a screen illustrating how to adjust your monitor. Though not strictly necessary, please follow the instructions for the best playing experience.
New Game
Click here to begin. You will be presented with a choice of three difficulty
settings; we recommend “Normal”. “Easy” will make sneaking and enemy encounters much simpler, and “Hard” will intensify combat. Almost
everyone should be able to play at “Normal”; “Easy” is only intended for
beginners.
The first time you start a new game, you will be given the option to play a
tutorial; we recommend that you do so, for some valuable information on
navigating the game world.
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Tutorial
After you have played the game at least once, this option appears. Click it
to play the tutorial again – or for the first time, if you skipped it earlier.
Load Game
Click here to load a previously saved game. Note that auto-saves and “hard
saves”, made at save points, are classed differently. Old saves will gradually
be replaced by new ones, yet you can move old files to “Favourite Saves”,
where they will never be overwritten.
Continue
If you have a previously saved game, this option will appear. It will load the
most recent save (of any type).
Back to Game
Appears when you bring up the menu while playing; click it to return to the
game.
Exit
Exits Penumbra: Black Plague.
Options Menu
Should you desire to tweak the game for optimal experience, you can find
the options menu off of the main menu screen.
Controls
The default controls can be remapped to suit your preferences. If at any
point you want to reset to the default control scheme, hit the “Reset to
Defaults” button. You can also set mouse sensitivity, and whether you want
to hold or toggle the crouch button.
Game
Contains options for language, subtitles, and other gameplay-related properties. If you are having trouble picking up objects, try switching on the
crosshairs. Note that, should you change the language, any saved games
will retain their original language settings. Also, before you switch off subtitles, make sure the voiceovers are set to the correct language.
Sound
Change volume levels, and choose either hardware or software drivers. If
you want surround sound, you need to use hardware drivers.
Graphics
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Improve performance and customize appearance by adjusting various
graphical properties. For experienced users, the “Advanced” button brings
up even more options. See the Hints and Tips section of this manual for
some advice regarding performance.
Controls
Penumbra: Black Plague uses fairly standard first-person PC controls. These
are the defaults (you can change them in the Options Menu):
Key
W, A, S, and D
Shift
Ctrl
Action
Move
Hold to run.
Toggle crouch. (“Hold” mode can be set in
Options).
Space
Jump
Swim up
Tab
Bring up the inventory. (Explained later.)
R
Toggle “Normal” and “Interact” modes.
(Explained later.)
Mouse
Look around.
Move objects in hand.
Move cursor.
Left mouse button
Interact with objects.
Swing or throw tools.
Select menu options.
Right mouse button Examine objects.
Throw held objects.
Cancel selections.
Middle mouse button Hold to look around in “Interact Mode”, or when
using an item.
Mouse wheel
Used to pull a grabbed object toward or away
from the screen.
C
Hold down while holding an object to rotate it
using the mouse.
Q and E
Lean left and right.
X
Holster current tool.
F
Toggle the flashlight.
G
Toggle the glowstick.
N
Open your notebook.
P
Consult your personal notes.
1,2,3,…, 8 and 9
Inventory shortcuts. (Explained later.)
Escape
Open the main menu.
Hop back through menus, inventory, and notebook.
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Interaction
World interaction in Penumbra typically occurs by way of a realistic physics system. Other forms of interaction include pushing buttons, opening
certain doors, climbing ladder, and a few other activities. Note that to pick
up some objects, you may have to crouch down.
Grabbing Objects
By default, you may grab objects by pressing and holding the left mouse
button. Release the button, and release the object. You can toss away a
held object by pressing the right mouse button (again, by default) while
holding the left button.
Smaller objects can also be rotated by pressed Rotate (default C) while
holding Interact and then moving mouse. For further accuracy objects can
also be pulled closer to or further away from the screen by spinning the
mouse wheel.
Icons
Nothing to see or touch.
Only visible in Interact
Mode.
There is something to
examine. You may also be
able to touch the object,
yet it is too far away.
The eye symbol appears only for
objects you have never examined.
However, the object can still be
examined even if there is no symbol. In “Interact Mode”, the symbol
never vanishes.
You may interact with the
object. You may also be
able to examine the
object; the hand symbol
only appears when an object is out
of reach or not interactive.
This signifies that you are
interacting with an
object.
The object is too far away
to touch or examine. Only
shown in “Interact Mode”.
Click the left mouse
button (by default) to
pick something up.
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You may climb here. Click
(by default) to mount.
Press forward and back
(W and S) to go up and
down. Jump (space) or click to
dismount.
Click (by default) to open a
door and enter a new
room.
Examining Objects
Use the right mouse button (by default) to examine objects in the environment. Text will appear; clear it from the screen by clicking either mouse
button.
Interact Mode
If you have a lot to examine, press “R” (by detault) to enter “Interact Mode”.
This mode makes it easier to manipulate held objects and to interact with
small things. Click the middle mouse button (by default) to enter “Look
Mode”; then move the mouse to change the view. Alternatively, simply
drag the cursor to the edge of the screen.
Inventory
Press “Tab” to bring up your inventory.
Double-click with the left mouse button to use an item. Click and drag to
move items around. You can combine some items by simply dragging and
dropping them on each other. You can also throw some items, by dragging
them outside the inventory and releasing the button.
For easy access, you can drag items to one of the nine “shortcut slots”; after
that, press the corresponding number key to use that item in-game. This is
useful for quickly equipping a tool or important item.
You can also view your current health and flashlight power in the inventory.
Sneaking
You must be cautious in approaching an adversary, lest you be heard. To
cut down on noise, you can (by default) hold “Ctrl” to crouch when walking
around. You can also distract creatures by throwing an object.
If you keep to the shadows, you should be harder to see. Crouch in the
shadows, and a faint blue glow appears at the screen edges. Hold still for a
few seconds in this mode, and you will enter “Hidden Mode”; this will allow
you better night vision, and make you even harder for others to see.
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If an enemy is nearby, avoid detection by crouching in the shadows and
keeping dead still. If you are discovered, you have few resources to defend
yourself. It is therefore important to take your time in exploring, and to get
used to leaning around corners (Q and E, by default) to scope out the path
ahead. Leaning should not reveal your presence.
If you spot an enemy while hiding, your screen will become distorted.
When this happens, you must avert your eyes, lest you panic, allowing the
enemy to spot you.
Important Items
Below are listed some of your more significant tools.
Notebook
Whenever you find a note, you file it away in here. It also contains a “to do”
list of especially interesting developments. Access it (by default) with the
“N” key.
Flashlight
Useful for investigating dark areas – but don’t overuse it, lest you waste the
batteries. Access it by pressing “F” (again, by default).
Glowstick
Gives off a subtle light. Not as good as the flashlight, but at least it doesn’t
need batteries. Hit “G” (by default) to use it.
Battery
Power for the flashlight. Use them to raise its power level.
Painkillers
Quickly restores the player’s health.
Notebook
Press “N” (by default) to open the notebook, or access it from the inventory. You can choose to look at found notes or your personal “to-do” list.
Some notes stretch to several pages; you can navigate these by clicking the
lower-left and -right corners. Exit the notebook screen with “Tab”, “N”, “P”,
or “Esc”.
Health
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You can view your current health in the inventory; it slowly restores over
time.
Saving
There are two ways to save. At certain points the game auto-saves; this is
illustrated with a bright yellow flash. You also may save manually at certain
save points, which take the form of ancient artefacts. To load a saved game,
select either “Load Game” or “Continue” from the Main Menu.
You have a maximum of ten hard saves and five auto-saves; after this,
the older save files will be overwritten by any new saves. If you have a
savegame that you want to hang onto, simply select it in the “Load Game”
menu and click “Add to Favourites”. It is now protected.
Hints & Tips
Penumbra: Black Plague is not your typical first-person game. The creatures
you encounter are all highly dangerous; when possible, you are almost
always better off avoiding conflict.
As you explore, go slowly; be methodical. Clues and important items are
secreted all around.
Be sure to carefully go over what notes you find; they might well contain
information that is invaluable for your survival.
Search dark corners with your flashlight, glowstick, or other light source.
You never know what might be lurking, or what you might turn up.
Some creatures may be attracted to light; others may be scared of it. Use
this to your advantage.
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FAQ
Q: The game won’t start. What’s going on?
A: 1. Check that you meet or exceed the minimum system requirements.
2. Make sure that you have all the latest video drivers. (And always make
you sure you uninstall your old drivers before installing the new ones).
3. Make sure that you have the latest sound drivers.
Q: The visuals have strange artefacts, or otherwise look odd....
A: 1. Make sure that you have the latest drivers for your video card.
2. If you have an ATI card, try disabling the “A.I. optimisation” option in
Catalyst Center.
3. If you have StarDock WindowBlinds installed, try disabling it.
Q: Why is there no audio?
A: 1. Make sure you have the latest drivers for your sound card.
2. Try resetting the audio settings in the control panel.
3. Turn off “hardware sound” in the options.
4. Are your speakers plugged in correctly, and turned on? (Yes, it seems
obvious...)
Q: The game is running very slowly. Is there a way I can fix this?
A: 1. Go to the graphics menu, and choose a lower display resolution.
2. Try choosing a lower shader quality.
3. Turn off “post effects” in graphics/advanced.
4. Turn off shadows in graphics/advanced.
5. Again, make sure you have the latest drivers for your video card!
Q: But none of these answers help me!
A: Well, then head off to http://support.frictionalgames.com for more
information.
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Credits
Frictional Games
Lead Programming
Thomas Grip
Robert Pike Daniel Clarence
Emma Adam - Amabel
Swanson
Sam Mowry - Dr Richard
Eminiss
Lani Minella - Hive Mind
Additional Programming
Voice Casting
Luis Rodero Morales
Voice123.com
Edward Rudd
Intro and Promotional
Lead Graphics
Art
Anton Adamse
Danny Antivalidis
Graphics
Logotypes
Marc Nicander
Niklas Mattisson
Abyss Lights Studio
Thanks to
Additional Graphics
Newton Game Dynamics
Emil Meiton
Angel Script
Fredrik Marqvardt
Troy A Gusler II
Pontus Wåhlin
Jeffery M Smith
Paradox
Interactive
Sound
Jens Nilsson
President and CEO:
Theodore Bergqvist
Additional Sound
Noisaurs
Executive Producer:
Fredrik Wester
Music
Mikko Tarmia
CFO:
Lena Eriksson
Level Scripting
Jens Nilsson
Thomas Grip
Written by
TJ Jubert
Additional texts
Mikael Hedberg
Voice Talents
Bram Floria - Philip /
Prisoner
Bob Barnes - Eloff Carpenter
Nancy C. Roberts - The
Narrator
Q&A:
Chris King
Localization:
S&H Entertainment Localization
Editing:
Ryan Newman at Digital
Wordsmithing
Copy writing:
2 Coats
Martin Korda
Thanks to our partners
Snowball (Russia), Koch
Media (Germany& UK) and
Paradox Scandinavian Distribution (Scandinavia).
Special thanks to all our
forum members, partners
and supporters, who are
integral for our success.
Snowball
Snowberry Connection/
Tech Producers
Mike Bruhanov
Vitaly Klimov
Snowberry Connection/
VP Sales & Marketing US: QA & Creative
Reena M Miranda
Slava Erofeev
Pavel Nechaev
Marketing and PR:
Nikita Pavlutin
Susana Meza & Sofia
Alexander Souslov
Forsgren
Vladimir Tortsov
Product Manager:
Alex Zdorov
Josefina Larsson
Snowberry Connection/
Art Director:
Business Development
Stefan Thulin
Sergei Klimov
Business Developer:
Ekaterina Nemova
Erik Helmfridsson
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Localization Manager:
Florian Santer
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holder and may only be used under these following restrictions. Paradox Interactive AB reserves
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with the exception for such Network games that are described in the documentation enclosed
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or part, spread the Software or its printed documentation to others, or to electronically transfer it
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Interactive reserves the rights of ownership to all copies of the actual Software. The Software is
copyright protected.
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