Age of Wonders

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Age of Wonders
Age of Wonders cover
Developers
Triumph Studios
Epic Games
Publishers
North America Gathering of Developers
Europe Take-Two Interactive
Release dates
Windows October 31, 1999
Age of Wonders guide at StrategyWiki
Age of Wonders at 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

Key points

Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Age of Wonders Heaven fansite

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
Windows
GamersGate
GamersGate Downloader (listed as "DRM Free" on store page)
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Soundtrack and HD wallpaper included.
Windows
Steam
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Windows
A demo is available.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

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

Mods[edit]

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 GOG.com, 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

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Unscalable UI. Small icons at higher resolutions.
Multi-monitor
Fully supported in Windowed mode.
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Resolution is changed by dragging window borders or maximizing.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.
120+ FPS
Color blind mode

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music & SFX.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Network[edit]

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 GOG.com, read GOG.com Support Page for more information.

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.

Maps[edit]

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

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 98, NT
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 Intel Pentium II 266
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 300 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 6 compatible
Other 4x CD-ROM drive

References

  1. https://www.gog.com/forum/age_of_wonders_series/aow_1_crashes_on_startup_win7x64_desktop/post1
  2. https://www.gog.com/forum/age_of_wonders_series/strange_text
  3. http://aow.heavengames.com/cgi-bin/forums/display.cgi?action=ct&f=13,5427,,60