Age of Wonders

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Age of Wonders
Age of Wonders cover
Triumph Studios
Epic MegaGames
Retail (North America) Gathering of Developers
Retail (Europe) Take-Two Interactive
Digital Triumph Studios
Release dates
Windows November 11, 1999
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres 4X, Strategy, TBS
Themes Fantasy
Series Age of Wonders
Age of Wonders on HowLongToBeat
Age of Wonders on IGDB
Age of Wonders guide on StrategyWiki
Age of Wonders on MobyGames
Age of Wonders on Wikipedia
Age of Wonders
Age of Wonders 1999
Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne 2002
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic 2003
Age of Wonders III 2014
Age of Wonders: Planetfall 2019

Key points

Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Age of Wonders Heaven fansite


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Publisher website
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Soundtrack and HD wallpaper included.
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Humble Store
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A demo is available.

Essential improvements[edit]


The latest official patch is v1.36. It can be found in the Age of Wonders Heaven fansite (only needed for retail versions).


Most mods are found in the AoW Heaven fansite.
DevEdit, the tool for customizing the game, is available also at the AoW Heaven fansite, and also make sure to read the beginner's guide if you want to start modding.

Warlock's Rule-Set[edit]

The most popular rule-set in Age of Wonders which is a basis to many other rule-sets.
For 64-bit systems: download this mod fix if you want it to work on your configurations (works with, doesn't work with Steam).

Age of Wonders - Community Content Pack[edit]

Includes a lot of popular mods and maps, including Warlock and various full campaigns.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Enable from launcher[citation needed]
  1. Open the Age of Wonders Launcher.
  2. Open the Settings.
  3. Check the box labeled "Skip Intro".
  4. Press OK.
Enable from registry[citation needed]
  1. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Triumph Studios
  2. Open "Age of Wonders" and then click on "General".
  3. Right-click on "Skip Intro" and choose "Modify".
  4. Change the value to 1 and click OK.

Game data[edit]

In-game menu can be found by clicking the dragon icon in the lower-left corner.
In-game menu can be found by clicking the dragon icon in the lower-left corner.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Triumph Studios
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/61500/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save\[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/61500/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


General settings.
General settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Unscalable UI. Small icons at higher resolutions.
Fully supported in Windowed mode.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Resolution is changed by dragging window borders or maximizing.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music & SFX.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
Hot seat
LAN play
Direct TCP protocol.
Online play
Direct TCP protocol.
Asynchronous multiplayer
Play-by-Mail; see Asynchronous multiplayer.

Asynchronous multiplayer[edit]

  • Play-by-Email is an another form of online play which basically works by e-mailing the turns. The advantage to it is that you can post turns at any time while the disadvantage is the slowness of the games.
Age of Wonders Email Wrapper is almost a required way to play the game by E-mail. It automates the sending and receiving process to eliminate mistakes made by manual e-mail sending.
If you don't want to play through the wrapper, be sure to check this guide on AoW Heaven forums.

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

If you haven't found an issue, even if you haven't downloaded from, read Support Page for more information.

Crash at startup on Windows 10[edit]

Disable Direct Sound
  1. Go to configuration either through Steam or AoWSetup.exe found in <path-to-game>
  2. In case of doing the latter, run in administrator and compatibility mode set to Windows XP Service Pack 2.
  3. Go to settings tab.
  4. Untick Use Direct Sound.

Enabling cheats[edit]

Use beatrix parameter[citation needed]
  1. Make a shortcut to AoW.exe instead of Launcher.exe.
  2. Replace the AoWCompat command line parameter with beatrix
  3. Start playing and press Ctrl+ Shift+C. You will hear a ringing sound to confirm it.
  4. Start cheating by simply typing the words into the game (The cheats list)

Game crashing/mapview error/error during draw[edit]

Game crashing[citation needed]

Play the game in a full screen resolution

Fix Data Execution Prevention setting[1]

Ensure Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is set to the default (Windows programs and services only).

Garbled text[edit]

Garbled text[2]

Reinstall the game or lower the resolution.

Retail doesn't work on Windows 7[edit]

Retail W7[3]
Sometimes, the retail game won't work on Windows 7. To fix this, run the game in windowed and if you want to play fullscreen, you can get it to run on Borderless fullscreen windowed.


The game also supports external singleplayer and multiplayer maps. Map editor is included in the game.
Archive: AoW Heaven Downloads Central

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 300 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 6 compatible
Other 4x CD-ROM drive


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/61500/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (61500) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  2. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).