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Profile Statistic (Dat File)

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Recently I managed to obtain all Stronghold Legends trophies. The most annoying one for me was, without a doubt, the "10 days in-game" award. I tried to poke around the dat file for my game profile but couldn't figure it out, so instead I just left the game on overnight and while at work for a few weeks. Feels great to finally have all the awards, but I still want to figure out the dat file.

Since in-game time is the one thing I really wanted to work out, I have decided to start there. My efforts so far have been to use two profiles. This way I can read my in-game time for one profile, and ensure it does not change by using the other profile to exit the game. Then I examined the dat file with a hex editor to look for a number that would equal the game time. This gave me no results.

I looked for hexadecimal values that would equal my in game:

  • seconds
  • seconds + minutes (converted to seconds)
  • seconds + minutes + hours (converted to seconds)
  • seconds + minutes + hours + days (converted to seconds)
  • hours
  • days
  • days + hours (converted to hours)

None of these gave me any results. My worry is that the dat file is not pure binary data of profile stats, but possibly compressed. Still, I don't want to give up so I will change my approach. I will check in-game time for one profile, then make a copy of the dat file at that state. Then increase in-game time, and make another copy of the dat file. Then I intend to compare the files and see if the increase in game time has resulted in an equivalent increase in some value, hopefully equaling the difference in seconds. Provided I find an easily identified change, I intend to change it directly and then see how it affects profile statistics in-game.

EDIT: Forgot to mention, I'm doing this on the Steam Edition. I don't know if there is a big difference between the editions, but for now I don't feel like digging out my old SHL disc.

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