Knowledgebase : English > Gameplay > The Map

If you are having problems with other players villages and parishes not showing on the map screen, this information should help you:

You can try locating and deleting the file/s “VillageData100.dat” (World 1) and/or "VillageData101.dat" (World 2)  located in the following folders. The files/folders are hidden though, so you may want to turn them on/visible (operating system dependant where it'll be located) :

Windows XP

* C:\Documents and Settings\User\Application Data\Firefly Studios\Stronghold Kingdoms (** hidden folders need to be visible)

Windows Vista 32/64 / Windows 7 32/64

* C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData (hidden folder)\Roaming\Firefly Studios\Stronghold Kingdoms

Turn off the game then delete the file/s VillageData100.dat and/or VillageData101.dat then restart the game.


** If you open My Computer, click on Tools in the top menu open Folder Options and within the View tab you will see Hidden files and folders and Show hidden files and folders.

Stronghold Kingdoms is missing names, shows invisible borders, blurry or fuzzy icons on the World map screen.

The problem seems to be with the graphics card driver, if any settings were changed this may cause the problem. 

Solutions -

This problem maybe caused by not having an official graphics driver available (Windows is using the default driver).

Reset the graphics driver back to standard settings.

More Help -



This is what you might be seeing -

Invisible Borders and Missing Names

If you are still experiencing issues please send us a support ticket detailing the issue.






  1. Please log out of the game and close it fully.
  2. Locate and delete the appropriate “VillageDataxxx.dat” file corresponding to the world you are playing on.  xxx refers to the World code. A full list of world codes is at the bottom of the page. e.g. English World 1 = VillageData100.dat

These files are located in the following folders (Hidden files/folders will need to be visible *):

Windows XP

C:\Documents and Settings\User\Application Data\Firefly Studios\Stronghold Kingdoms

Windows Vista/7/8/10

C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData (hidden folder)\Roaming\Firefly Studios\Stronghold Kingdoms

If SHK was installed for All Users:

C:\User\Default\AppData\Roaming\Firefly Studios\Stronghold Kingdoms


* To make Hidden Files and Folders visible

Windows XP

Open My Computer, click on Tools in the top menu open Folder Options and within the View tab you will see Hidden files and folders, select "Show hidden files and folders".

Windows Vista/7/8/10

From the Start Menu Choose Computer/C: (or letter your drive is called) Then on the menu bar click on Organise/Folders And Search Options/View And within this view tab you will see Hidden Files and Folders, select "Show Hidden Files And Folders"


We're aware of an issue with the NVIDIA driver (280.26) running on the GeForce 7 (7600GS, 7600 GT, 7950 GX2) series of graphics cards and Windows XP/Vista.  Players may experience map screen corruption, a missing map screen or a game lockup when attempting to click on the map screen icon.

Please update your driver to the latest version.  If this does not solve the issue then then please use an older version of the NVIDIA driver such as version 275.33 which is known to display the map screen correctly.

You can download older drivers from here :




Sometimes you may see the following:

  • research getting stuck at 0
  • villagers not arriving
  • new stashes: wolf camps, ai, castles not spawning
  • resources going into minus figures
  • incorrect figures for merchants
  • scouts or monks not working correctly

These problems are related to the Stronghold Kingdoms servers.  Please log out, wait 10 minutes and login again.  There is no need to send in a ticket about any of these issues.

The green skull icon means that parish has been struck down with the plague. Plague gives a negative popularity which gets worse over time if not cured. Luckily plague can be cured by monks.

The Healing x2, Advanced Healing x3 and Expert Healing x5 cards can also be used to increase the amount of healing.

For more information please visit the Stronghold Kingdoms wiki:

Village icons grow as your village grows.  The more buildings you place the larger the size of your village icon on the map.

Before goods can be sent from one of your current villages to a new village, you must have the correct storage buildings for the goods placed. If merchants are sent with resources to the new village before a Stockpile, Granary, and Inn are placed, these resources will be lost.