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 December 16, 2003
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn at Wikipedia
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn 2003
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SpellForce 2: Demons of the Past 2014
SpellForce 3 2016

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.'
GameSpy online server browser has been shut down.
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.

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 DRM disc check. The 2007 JoWood-published 'Spellforce Universe' (red box) requires CD Key only, no disc check.[2]
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Platinum Edition.
Platinum Edition.
Green Man Gaming
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Platinum Edition.
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Platinum Edition.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

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

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\SpellForce\SAVE

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use -window command line argument.[3]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 8x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Enable via Nvidia Control Panel or similar
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can lead to significant frame rate drops
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate cap.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

The game supports no native widescreen. There are two workarounds, one better than the other.

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

Alternatively you 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]

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX and Voice.
Surround sound
Set in Options, Sound.
Can not be turned off
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio CC Notes
Only available in Polish retail release.
Only available in Russian retail release.
Only available in Spanish retail release.


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

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
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy GameSpy server browser has been shut down.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 1.5 GHz Intel Pentium 4 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 1024 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB 4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 4 Ti
128 MB of VRAM
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible


  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJttmzT8FAg
  2. http://forum.spellforce.com/showthread.php?t=66397&langid=8
  3. Run Spellforce in windowed mode - SpellForce - Official Board