Sword of the Stars

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Sword of the Stars
Sword of the Stars cover
Kerberos Productions
Paradox Interactive
Lighthouse Interactive
Release dates
Windows August 22, 2006
Sword of the Stars guide on StrategyWiki
Sword of the Stars on MobyGames
Sword of the Stars on Wikipedia


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

Developer's forum
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions (Complete Collection)
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
Complete Collection - includes all expansion packs
Green Man Gaming
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Complete Collection - includes all expansion packs

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Born of Blood
A Murder of Crows
Argos Naval Yard

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/42890/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SavedGames[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/42890/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Stretched 1920 resolution.[citation needed]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Input settings[edit]


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

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Sound Effects, Speech, GUI, Music
Surround sound
Mono and Stereo only.
Some announcements are audio-only.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Will still give important alerts (e.g. during multiplayer, on new turn or last player to act).


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
8 Requires Direct IP. GameSpy server browser disabled.

Connection types

Long loading times for battles[edit]

The game is very slow to load battles on modern hardware. Forcing the game to use one core can improve loading times, at the expense of turn resolution.
  1. Open the "sots.ini" file with notepad, in your root SOTS folder.
  2. Add "[CPU]ForceSingleCore=1" as an entry and save. Be sure it has a format similar to default entries.

Memory Capacity[edit]

Being a 32-bit program, SOTS by default uses 2gb of memory. You can expand the amount of memory it can use by enabling the 4gb flag.
  1. Go to "https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/large-address-aware.112556/", and download "Large Address Aware".
  2. Extract the archive, and use the program to alter the SOTS executable to be LAA.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Invalid CD Key[edit]

The Steam version has recently provided nonfunctioning CD-keys, or has them missing.
  1. Open 42890_install.vdf
  2. In the "CDKey" option, change %CDKEY% to the valid CD key.
  3. Launch the game.


Requires access to a prior known CD-key. You should find it in HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Valve/TestApp42890 from previous use.
A valid CD key may exist in a different Swords of the Stars entry in the game list (e.g. "Sword of the Stars Complete Collection" rather than "Sword of the Stars").

Other information[edit]


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


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 2000, XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 1.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
2 GB (Vista)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 GB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 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>/42890/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (42890) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.