Getting Ready to Play Wyvern

It's simple to get started playing Wyvern. Create a character, download the Wyvern client, connect to the game server, and go!

Create a Character
Download the Wyvern Client
Connect to the Game Server
Installation Notes
Trouble Installing
Uninstalling Wyvern

Step 1: Create a Character

Make sure you Create a Character on our website, and wait for the confirmation email to arrive with your password.

Step 2: Download the Wyvern Client Installer

I. Click on the installation file for your platform: II. Run the installer — it looks like this:

Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP (18 MB)
(comes with Java 1.4.2 included in installation)
Mac OS X (10.1 or higher)
Linux/Unix/Pure Java
(requires Java 1.4.2 or higher)

For Windows users, if you want to see which version of Java you have, see the Installation Notes below.

If you have trouble with the installation, please read the installation notes below for your system.

Step 3: Connect to the Game Server

After the installation completes, you should be able to start the game client, which looks like this:

game client

Enter your character name and password, and choose Connect to connect to the game. You will begin in the Wyvern Tutorial. You should complete the tutorial, which takes about 20 minutes, and shows you how to play the game. At the end of the Tutorial, your character will receive a reward.

Installation Notes

Windows Users

If you're not sure whether you need Java or not, open Start->Run->Control Panel, choose "Add/Remove Programs", and scroll down the list until you see "Java 2 Runtime Environment". If it's not in the list, or the version is lower than 1.4.1_01, then you need the Wyvern installer that comes with Java.

You can open the file from its current location to run the installer. Otherwise, save the file anywhere on your machine, then double-click it to launch the installer.

You should use the default installation directory, \wyvern\client\, unless you're sure you know what you're doing.

It's OK to install Wyvern over a previous installation, if you're upgrading to a new version. You don't have to uninstall it first.

However, if you have trouble with the installation, and the installer doesn't finish, then you should delete the /wyvern/client folder before re-running the installer.

Firefox Users (all platforms)

Firefox is an extra-secure browser. It first has you save the file (by default to your Downloads directory). After it finishes downloading, you can click "open" to launch the installer, but first it gives you this scary-looking dialog box:

The Wyvern installer is an application that needs to put the Wyvern game client files on your hard disk, so you should choose "OK" to let the installer run.

Mac OS X Users

Make sure you're logged in to an account with Admin privileges, if you want to put the game in the default directory (/wyvern/client), which we recommend. Then:

Linux Users

Solaris Users

Other Java-Compatible Systems

You can use the Cross-Platform installer on any system that has Java 1.4.1 or higher.

On Unix-based systems, the semicolons in the "-cp" parameter should be replaced with colons.

Trouble Installing

If the installation works, but you can't connect to the game server, click here.

If you have trouble with the installation, you can try the Java Web Start version.

If that doesn't work, do this:

  1. First, take a look at the System Requirements page to make sure your computer can actually run Wyvern.

  2. Uninstall all versions of Java and Java Web Start from your computer, from the Control Panel.

  3. Uninstall the Wyvern Client from any partially successful installation. Remove the /wyvern/client folder, and delete the shortcut from your Start Menu, if these were created.

  4. Download and install the latest version of Java, version 1.4.2, from

  5. Reboot your computer. This really does help. Sometimes changing Java versions will crash your computer if you don't reboot after upgrading.

  6. Re-run the Wyvern Client installer for your platform.

If you still can't get the game running after doing this, you can contact us. Make sure you include the following information:

We'll try to get you an answer within a reasonable timeframe.

Uninstalling Wyvern

You can uninstall Wyvern by opening Control Panel and choosing Add or Remove Programs. Scroll down to the Wyvern Client and click on it to uninstall it from your computer.