[Workaround] Stuck Characters

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[Workaround] Stuck Characters

Postby travisbaldree » Tue Oct 27, 2009 3:57 pm

If you are stuck! There is a solution-

If you have a town portal, try opening it and going through if you can -
However, if that doesn't work, I have a handy console command we can enable for you. You can 'ascend' a floor ( which will NOT mark you as a cheater ), and that should get you out.

From start->run


and press enter

Then browse to runic games\torchlight
there should be a settings.txt file in there

Console :0


Console :1

Now, when you load your character, hold SHIFT and press the ~ key
a console should come up -
type ASCEND and press return
that should pop you up a level and hopefully you should be un-stuck.

EDIT: If you're on a Mac:

1) Browse to ~/Library/Application Support/runic games/torchlight (replace ~ with your username)
2) Open settings.txt
3) Change Console :0 to Console :1 and save
4) Launch Torchlight
5) While loading your character, hit shift+~
6) A console should appear. Type ASCEND and press return. This should resolve the issue.

Note: On either Mac and PC you may inadvertently enter a testing level if you hold down shift alone while loading your character. Other posters have mentioned receiving a green screen. This is most likely the cause. A simple shift+~ key command for a moment is all that is required to trigger the console.
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Re: Stuck?

Postby veganwa » Tue Oct 27, 2009 5:03 pm

Man, I wish I had read this five minutes ago :P I was in a Secret Mine, wreaking my usual havoc, when all of a sudden I found myself transported up to a ledge (where a few enemies had spawned and jumped down moments before) with no chance of getting down. In this case the bug was actually welcome, as it gave me a good excuse to stop playing for the night, but it's still good to see that there is a workaround for getting stuck in the geometry should it happen again. But I guess the console has to be enabled upon game start for it to work, right?

But I have a question regarding the ASCEND-command: what happens if I use it in a Secret Mine, or another area outside of the main dungeon? Will it simply transport me to the level from which I teleported into the area?

Lastly, some information regarding the bug, should it be of interest: I suspect it might have happened when I unsuspectedly clicked on a weapon that had dropped up on the aforementioned ledge. In a way that could probably be the real bug, as I assume items dropping out of reach isn't really according to plan anyway? :)
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Re: Stuck?

Postby xtarsia » Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:43 pm

im stuck, cant use a town portal scroll, and the console will not work even following ur instructions.

first, settings.txt gets reset every time i open the game.
second, setting it to read only still results in me not being able to bring up the console.
third, i presumed this was due to american vs british keyboard layouts and the tilide key, on a british keyboard tilide is shift+# (i tried shift+¬ aswell)
fourth, i changed




this change should mean i now have to press shift+L to get the console up.

Still no console.

still stuck.

to note, vista 64 + steam

Help please!
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Re: Stuck?

Postby Zekran » Tue Oct 27, 2009 8:16 pm

In my case, the settings.txt saves but pressing Shift+~ does not bring up anything resembling a console.

Vista Business

I was having fun with that destroyer too.
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Re: Stuck?

Postby xtarsia » Tue Oct 27, 2009 8:26 pm

some more stuff of interest:

deleting the settings file and then running the game results in the game creating a new settings file with all default values. (ie back to square one)

i then noted that leaving it writable, and proceeding to edit ANYTHING the values stick when running the game.

however the 2nd i change CONSOLE :0 to 1

and then run the game, that value gets changed back.

nothing else gets reset though.


also http://www.xtarsia.net/torchlight/0.svt if someone would kindly, load that save game, teleport me up 1 level and upload the "fixed" save somewhere?

Preferably would like to be able to get the console working though incase this happens again :(
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Re: Stuck?

Postby Zekran » Tue Oct 27, 2009 8:40 pm

Same for me now that I dig into the settings.txt more. No other values will revert except the Console command.

Running the game reverts it back to 0.
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Re: Stuck?

Postby Badmagic » Tue Oct 27, 2009 9:00 pm

Same as all else, played the demo, was pleasantly surprised, purchased the game and got wellied in, an hour or so later approx got stuck.

I can always restart as its only one or two hours on this character but this could just as easily turn into twenty hours in on the next one, as such I would rather get this resolved first.

Changed "Console :0" to read "Console :1", made the file "Read Only" after seeing it refused to stay set on the first attempt.


And dozens of other random combination's which get further and further from the posted keys seem to have zero effect.

Its been a very long time sine I have had to manually bind anything so I have no idea what the numbers represent anymore, only thing I can presume is 192=Tilde and 16=Shift (purely speculative from what's been stated combined with whats within the .txt file).

Anyway............ :|


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Re: Stuck?

Postby Volbard » Tue Oct 27, 2009 9:15 pm

I've saved a version of your character with him in town, hope that helps:


Sorry the console isn't working, it may have something to do with the way it was disabled for the demo. Hopefully we can get that fixed up soon as well.
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Re: Stuck?

Postby xtarsia » Tue Oct 27, 2009 9:17 pm

ooh, thank you very much!

or actually... curse you! i was just about to go to sleep :lol:
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Re: Stuck?

Postby kybarsfang » Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:17 am

Travis' instructions worked for me. Thanks!
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Re: Stuck?

Postby Connway » Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:49 am

I tried everything described and I couldn't get the console window open. Is there a possibility of getting a /stuck style command or something into a patch? So that players don't have to access the console and run through an entire floor?
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Re: Stuck?

Postby Geldor » Wed Oct 28, 2009 3:46 am

To me it was Shift + Ø (Norwegian keyboard).
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Re: Stuck?

Postby mondsohn » Wed Oct 28, 2009 3:48 am

Hi, Im stuck too, between a table and two boxes. I cant open the console in the described way, is there anything i can do but start from the beginning?
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Re: Stuck?

Postby cordsie » Wed Oct 28, 2009 11:42 am

Stuck as well. Console setting gets reverted back to 0 when I run the game, and there's no way to get any console up.

Basically game over.
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Re: Stuck?

Postby Gene » Wed Oct 28, 2009 11:52 am

Here's a direct link to an image showing a location where you can get stuck; it's duplicatable at this location (just kinda mill about in the 'V' location where the boxes and table meet).

Here's the link:
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Re: Stuck?

Postby SnarkFish » Wed Oct 28, 2009 3:54 pm

stuck here also. hit a trap that pushed me over a set of rocks and cannot move, cannot use town portal and cannot access console

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Re: Stuck?

Postby apollo » Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:15 pm

I am also stuck. Tried the console fix with no luck. Can't use a town portal. Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Stuck?

Postby Masterson » Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:31 pm

I'm stuck as well. Only the third level in. Console doesn't work. This looks to be something you all at Runic might want to address rather quickly.
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Re: Stuck?

Postby jamesL » Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:25 pm

anybody want to email me their char and I'll use the console to ascend them
then I can email the char file back to you
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Re: Stuck?

Postby iChi » Wed Oct 28, 2009 7:17 pm

thx alot!!! HUGE HELP!
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