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Wizardry: Bane of the Cosmic Forge

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Wizardry: Bane of the Cosmic Forge
Wizardry: Bane of the Cosmic Forge cover
Release dates
DOS 1990
Mac OS (Classic) 1990
Windows May 23, 2013[1]
macOS (OS X) September 11, 2013[2]
Linux September 11, 2013[2]
Wizardry: Bane of the Cosmic Forge at Wikipedia
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Wizardry: Knight of Diamonds - The Second Scenario 1986
Wizardry: Legacy of Llylgamyn - The Third Scenario 1987
Wizardry: The Return of Werdna - The Fourth Scenario 1988
Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom 1988
Wizardry: Bane of the Cosmic Forge 1990
Wizardry: Crusaders of the Dark Savant 1992
Wizardry Gold 1996
Nemesis: The Wizardry Adventure 1996
Wizardry: Llylgamyn Saga 1997
Wizardry: New Age of Llylgamyn 2000
Wizardry 8 2001
Wizardry Online 2013
Wizrogue: Labyrinth of Wizardry 2017

Key points

Characters cannot be imported from earlier games, unlike most games in the series.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
PostCount.Net Wizardry Series forum


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
Manual lookup copy protection (removed for digital versions).
Mac OS
Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[3] Includes Wizardry: Crusaders of the Dark Savant and Wizardry Gold.
macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
Digital versions have copy protection bypassed; simply press Enter when prompted.

Essential improvements[edit]

Remove audio popping (Windows)[edit]

The Steam version already includes this fix.[4]
Use Custom DosBox[5]
  1. Download Custom DosBox.
  2. Extract to the game installation folder, replacing the existing DOSBOX folder and its files when prompted.
  3. Edit the DOSBox configuration file.
  4. Find the line pcspeaker=true
  5. Add the line wizpopfix=6
  6. Save your changes and close the file.

Carrying Capacity Bug[edit]

The carrying capacity of your characters is set at game start, and does not change with increases in strength or class changes, as it does in Wizardry VII.[6] If you want a fix for this, Mike Marcelais has made one available.

Level 7 Spell Bug[edit]

The Level 7 Spell Bug will haphazardly render monsters immune to the four level 7 spells which damage all monsters: Nuclear Blast, Word of Death, Mind Flay, and Deadly Air.[7] A patch for this bug may be downloaded here.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\SCENARIO.HDR
Windows <path-to-game>\SCENARIO.HDR
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\*.DBS
Windows <path-to-game>\*.DBS
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
320x200 only.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Set in Graphic Mode Setup (GOG.com) or toggle with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For DOSBox set in the DOSBox configuration file.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Full/Soft/Off only.
Surround sound
All speech is text-only.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

No keyboard input indicator in menus[edit]

The keyboard input indicator is not shown when in mouse mode; these steps switch to keyboard mode, allowing the indicator to be displayed.
Full keyboard input is also useful if you are wanting to play with a controller (use the DOSBox Mapper to change key assignments).
Change input mode[citation needed]
  1. At the main menu go to Game Configuration.
  2. Change Input to Keyboard.
  3. Choose Exit to save your changes. Repeat to switch back to mouse mode.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) DOS
Processor (CPU) IBM/Tandy and 100% compatibles
System memory (RAM) 640K
Hard disk drive (HDD) Required
Video card (GPU) VGA, EGA, MCGA, CGA & Hercules
Mac OS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Mac Plus
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM) One Meg B/W Two Meg Color
Hard disk drive (HDD) Optional
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 9.0c compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Leopard 10.5 Mountain Lion 10.8
Processor (CPU) 1.0 GHz 1.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 128 MB
Video card (GPU) 3D graphics card or onboard graphics compatible with OpenGL
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Ubuntu 13.04
Processor (CPU) 1.0 GHz 1.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 128 MB
Video card (GPU) 100% OpenGL accelerated card or onboard graphics
Additional libsound1.2 and libnet1.2 packages may be required on Linux.