SpellForce: The Order of Dawn

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SpellForce: The Order of Dawn
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn cover
JoWood Productions
Nordic Games
KRASS Engine
Release dates
Windows November 28, 2003
Metacritic 74
Monetization Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RPG, RTS
Themes Fantasy
Series SpellForce
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn on HowLongToBeat
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn on IGDB
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn on MobyGames
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn on Wikipedia
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SpellForce 3 2017
SpellForce 3: Soul Harvest 2019
SpellForce 3: Fallen God 2020
SpellForce 3: Versus Edition 2020
SpellForce: Conquest of Eo TBA


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Key points

All digital releases and recent physical releases are the Platinum Edition and include the expansions 'The Breath of Winter' & 'The Shadow of the Phoenix.'
On modern systems, dynamic shadows (High, Very High) are only rendered on part of the screen.[1] Precise cause remains unclear.
SLI (more than one graphics card) is not supported and causes a black anomaly to fill the screen, disable SLI to remedy.
To fix a problem with unable to start polish box release "Spellforce: Gold Edition" on i3, i5, i7, Xeon cpu, install CDProject iCore Fix

General information

Official Forum
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM 4 DRM disc check. Expansions use SecuROM 5 DRM.
The 2007 JoWood-published 'Spellforce Universe' (red box) requires CD Key only, no disc check.[2]
Russian copies use StarForce DRM.
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Platinum Edition.
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Platinum Edition.
Platinum Edition. Serial keys for multiplayer available by request to GOG support team.[3]
Green Man Gaming
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Platinum Edition.
Humble Store
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Platinum Edition.
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Platinum Edition.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
The Breath of Winter
Shadow of the Phoenix

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename prelude videos[citation needed]
  1. Go to videos in the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename prelude_0.bik, prelude_1.bik, prelude_2.bik and prelude_3.bik.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\config.lua[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/39540/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\SpellForce\SAVE
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/39540/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Added in a patch.[4]


Video settings.
Video settings.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

The game supports no native widescreen. There are two workarounds.

Download a fixed .exe from WSGF[citation needed]
  1. Download the Spellforce .exe archive from WSGF.
  2. Paste and overwrite the .exe corresponding to your resolution into the installation folder.
  3. The game will now play in widescreen.

==> June 11, 2021: The archive is deleted on WSGF. Now available on Nexus.

Alternatively, one can:

Edit config.lua[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit config.lua.
  3. Locate the section Graphic =
  4. At the end of the section add two entries:
    • WindowWidth = *your window width*,
    • WindowHeight = *your window height*,
  5. Save the file and exit.
  6. Right click on SpellForce.exe in the installation folder and choose Properties.
  7. Go to the Compatibility tab and choose Run this program as an administrator.

This fix however produces a series of graphical errors.[citation needed]

As of July 2019 latest steam version of the game includes native 1920x1080 resolution support via in-game options (It's also highly possible that higher resolutions are also available)



Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX and Voice.
Surround sound
Set in Options, Sound.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail and Steam only.
Retail and Steam only; download for GOG.com version.
Retail and Platinum Edition only.
Retail and Platinum Edition only.
Retail and Platinum Edition only. Full official text and UI translation for the Steam Platinum Edition can be downloaded here
Retail and Platinum Edition only.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8 Versus, Co-op
Co-op supports up to 3 players.
Online play
8 GameSpy server browser has been shut down.

Connection types

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
User created profile, requires DGVoodoo2 WIP58, (DX9) see profile introdution.
Note: Profile may not work with the latest wrapper, in case of issues please report to the vorpx forum.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game asks for CD key on every launch[edit]

Enter key while running as administrator[citation needed]
  • Right-click on game executable (or shortcut) and select Run as administrator. Enter the key, and after that the game will no longer prompt for the key every time it's launched (even if not running as administrator).

Other information[edit]

  • Draw-distance can be increased beyond the in-game maximum in the config.lua, at the cost of performance drops.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 6.5c
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.5y
Multiplayer GameSpy GameSpy server browser has been shut down.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 2
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0a compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible


  1. 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).
  2. 2.0 2.1 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>/39540/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (39540) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.