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Your destiny is never tied to anybody other than yourself.

A unique mixture of economic simulation, strategy game, historical life simulation and role playing game in 3D!

Europe in the year 1400: The dark middle ages, once dominated by nobles and the clergy, came to an end and a new era begins: the age of free, prospering cities, trading and an open mind-set!

One of the goals in the The Guild series is to create a family dynasty which can last for centuries. While the world around you and your dynasty rearranges itself time and time again – all non-player characters (NPCs) make their own decisions –, you have to prove your skills in artisan craftwork and trading, participate in social occasions and perfect your political schemes and malicious intrigues.

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Developer Blog

May 3rd, 2019 – Patch EA 0.8.0


Hi all! Today we released again an extremely big update and we are really looking forward to your feedback. We…

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April 9th, 2019 – Patch EA


Hi all, We just deployed an update to fix issues that came up with 0.7.5. Here are the things we…

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April 5th, 2019 – Patch EA 0.7.5


Hi all! We just released EA 0.7.5! This patch is a bit lighter than the previous one, as we are…

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Dev Diary #6 – March-April 2019


Hi everyone, We are late with the Developer Diary for March. We apologise for the delay. There was a lot…

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Results of the survey for the patch EA 0.7.3


(from February 15th 2019 until March 15th 2019) You can find the detailed results for every question here: Link Whereas…

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Results of the survey for the patch EA 0.7.1


(from January 18th 2019 until February 15th 2019) You can find the detailed results for every question here: Link Patch…

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Results of the survey for the patch EA 0.7.0


(from December 21st 2018 until January 18th 2019)   You can find the detailed results for every question here: Link  …

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Results of the survey for the patch EA 0.5.9


(from November 16th 2018 until November 30th 2018) You can find the detailed results for every question here: Link It…

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About The Guild 3

The Guild 3 is currently in Early Access and therefore in development. It will be regularly updated, so if you are looking for information regarding the current state please check-out the latest patch notes.

Upon release of the game you will be able to experience …

  • … historical medieval cities and their surroundings located in central and northern Europe. Every city fully supports all 4 seasons and a day/night cycle.
  • … the challenges of forming, maintaining and developing a family that becomes stronger with every generation … or if done badly vanish.
  • … a fight for power that requires you to excel in economics, politics and diplomacy.
  • … a multiplayer mode that will challenge your friendships and tests your backstabbing abilities. (Not yet available in the EA version)
  • … a new player in the game for power – Guilds! Join one of the famous guilds (e.g. the Alchemists Guild), support your fellows and get supported, get access to special powers of your guild and try to mold your city and whole scenario map according to your guilds philosophy!

The Guild Series Timeline

2019 The Guild 3

The Guild 3

Developed by GolemLabs / Purple Lamp Studios

Logo: Steam
2010 The Guild 2 – Renaissance

The Guild 2 – Renaissance

Standalone addon for the popular Guild 2 series.

Developed by RUNEFORGE Game Studio

Logo: Steam Logo: GOG
2008 The Guild 2 – Venice

The Guild 2 – Venice

Second official expansion for The Guild 2. Playable without the original game.

Developed by Trine Games

2007 The Guild 2 – Pirates of the European Seas

The Guild 2 – Pirates of the European Seas

Official game expansion to The Guild 2.

Developed by 4HEAD Studios

Logo: Steam Logo: GOG
2006 The Guild 2

The Guild 2

Successor to the highly rated Europa 1400 – The Guild.

Developed by 4HEAD Studios

Logo: Steam Logo: GOG
2003 Europa 1400 – The Guild Expansion Pack

Europa 1400 – The Guild Expansion Pack

Official expansion to Europa 1400 – The Guild.

Developed by 4HEAD Studios

Logo: Steam Logo: GOG
2002 Europa 1400 – The Guild

Europa 1400 – The Guild

First game of the The Guild Series – released in 2002.

Developed by 4HEAD Studios

Logo: Steam Logo: GOG


TheGuild3 - EarlyAccess Roadmap
Making-Of Teaser
Blacksmith and Apprentice
Paris Map
Harbor 1
London Map 2
London Map 1
London Map 3
Spy Hideout Levels
Spy 1
Spy Cutscene
Santa Klaus-Balbulus of Christmas
Caravan Scene
Animals on Markets
Tailor Balcony
Tailor Business Levels
Tailor Tells Story
Castle of Vienna Map
City of Vienna
Dark City
Cemetary Halloween
Lansquenet and Robber
Netherlands Map
Netherlands-Coat of Arms
All Buildings
Scholar Business
Medicus Business
Apothecary Business
Burgundy Map2
Burgundy Map 1
Burgundy-Coat of Arms
Society Table
Society Library
All Characters Guild3
AI #3
AI #2
AI #1
Hansa #2
Hansa #1
Thief Frame
Editor - Familes #1
Family Emblems
Court Room
Carpenter Frame
Magdeburg #3
Magdeburg #2
Magdeburg #1
Jail Cell
Farmer Frame
Editor - Templates #2
Editor - Templates #3
Editor - Templates #1
Chicken Gathering
Sign Rogue
Inn Frame
Inn Taproom
The Tavern - Building
The Guard
The Farm
The Warehouse
Soundtrack #2
The Mansion
Citizen's Garb for Women
Poor Woman's Garb
Poor Man's Garb
House (Early Preview)
Citizen's Garb for Men
The Carpenter (Early Preview)
Lower City (Early Preview)
City View (2014 Xmas Special)
The Female Baker (Early Preview)
The Farmer
The Female Thief
The Lumberyard
The Mine
The Quarry
The Cemetery
The City Hall
You Shall Not Pass!
The Thieves' Hideout
The Blacksmith
The Bakery
The Guild 3 - Logo
Coat of Arms of the "The Hansa" Scenario
Coat of Arms of the "Archbishophric Magdeburg" Scenario

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NEW – June 2018


After installing the latest patch, your old saved games will possibly no longer be shown in the menu due to the reason that the game recognizes them as “incompatible”. If you have problems with loading or saving, then we recommend deleting all files from the folder named “Games”, where all of your saved games are stored.


It is possible that some of the issues that you encounter but other players not, are causes by missing or corrupt files. In this case it may help if you do the following:

on STEAM -> right click “The Guild 3” in your Steam library and then Properties – LOCAL FILES – VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME FILES

on GOG -> right click “The Guild 3” in your library and then Properties – “More” -> Manage Installation – Verify / repair


General questions

Where you can buy the game : At the moment, you can buy the game on Steam in Early Access (http://store.steampowered.com/app/311260/The_Guild_3/) and GOG in Games in Development (https://www.gog.com/game/the_guild_3)

Price : It is only 29,99 € / 24.99 £ / 29.99 U$ for now. When the game leaves Early Access, the price will rise.

Release date : We still don’t have a release date, since we are currently in Early Access.

Price at release : When you buy the game now (in Early Access), you will get updated continuously until the day of full release for free. At release, the price will be announced. The TG3 key stays valid after the Early Access. So you won’t have to buy it twice.

If you already pre-ordered : The boxed version (Aristocratic Edition) will include a DVD and a Steam key. But everyone who already bought the boxed version via Amazon etc. has to wait until the official release for his/her Steam key. If you want to take part in the Early Access and if you have pre-ordered the box, then we suggest that you cancel that order and then buy Early Access on Steam or GoG.

Full version of the game : The only differences between the Early Access version and the full version will be those made due to feedback from the fans, and of course final fixes. We also plan to add more languages and scenario maps.

Current state : Early Access is playable but in great need of balancing and (performance) optimization. Participants can expect bugs, that we will fix during Early Access. At the beginning of Early Access, the game will be playable in English and German only – more languages (e.g. French, Spanish and more) will be added by the end of the Early Access period – voice output will follow at release.

Community : We will interact with the community regularly on every platform of the game – please note, that all Early Access related threads will be deleted at the end of the Early Access phase (on Steam). Most of all, we’ve setup a Redmine bugtracker for bugreports (https://redmine.thqnordic.com/projects/the-guild-3-early-access). Please be aware that we will focus mostly on this platform for bugreports. Even if we read everything you say on all platforms that we announced.

Efficient Bug reports : We have a fan that made an efficient post about how to help us the most. Go and see it for yourself: http://steamcommunity.com/app/311260/discussions/0/1496741765148051084/

Multiplayer : Multiplayer is not implemented at the moment, it is disabled. We are still working on it!

TG2 Renaissance : While waiting for the official release of The Guild 3 ;-), if you want to play The Guild 2 Renaissance, here are the patches that you would need to download. First one leads to all patches; the others lead to the latest patches.


Known Issues

Resolution : If you have trouble with the resolution and/or with the window mode, then please try the following: end the game and then delete the folder “C:\Users\[user]\Documents\Guild3

Optimization/Unplayable game : We are looking into resolving issues that are connected to the optimisation of the game. Optimisation is among our highest concerns & want to offer the best experience possible for the widest range of configurations.

Maybe a solution: Set your graphic card “not ingame” but in your card control panel to 1280 x 720.

Starting the game (Black screen) : Change Desktop Resolution in Windows (any resolution might work, but usually lowering helps) and launch the game again.

Starting the game (music but no window) : This fix only concerns those of you who get a black screen & can hear the sound when starting the game. STEAM users will receive the notification to start the game in “safe mode”. If you have had a black screen problem, please accept. If not, you can decline. GOG users can reach the notification manually by starting the file “Guild3SafeMode.bat” in the installation folder. The options can be changed afterwards with a restart.

Black Screen : When you receive a message saying ”Could not initialize the graphics subsystem. Change the resolution to %ix%i [windowed] (the program will have to be restarted manually for changes to take effect)?” when starting the game, you will receive a prompt asking if on the next attempt, you want to start the game at the minimum resolution in windowed mode. You need to accept it. Once you are in the game, you will be able to change the resolution if you want to.

Save and Load (Doesn’t work) : The Save and Load issues are one of our highest priority and it can take the longest to resolve. If possible, go on our Redmine, make a report and please attach the Save Game file to the report.

Save and Load (Frozen) : If your game is frozen after loader a save, and if you can click on buildings but no characters are moving, select the “P” key on the keyboard or the Pause link on the HUD situated on the top right corner of the screen.

Buildings (Shortcuts) : In case you want to add more building shortcuts (like the keys 1 for your residence and 2 for the nearest marketplace) simply select the building and then press ctrl + the desired number key.

Buildings (Click) : If you’re not able to click on any buildings, go to the main menu (ESC) and back.

Buildings (All black) : When a building becomes black, you simply have to click on the key “Tab” again. It simply happens when you click on Alt+Tab or Shift+Tab.

Pausing the game : When pausing the game and going to the main menu, game unpauses automatically. Unfortunately for now, we have no solution. Avoid the main menu when on pause. Also, after re-loading a game, if the game is in a “Pause” state, you can press the “P” key or select the link on the HUD to un-pause it.

Clicking in the game : When you have problems with the “click” in the game, for now, you can try and wait one or two seconds before clicking again. It will help in many cases.

Interface/UI problems : As we have announced before the EA started: we will replace the UI step by step. It is being redesigned right now. At the moment you can notice a mixture of brand new and old UI elements. We are porting to the new interface style as quickly as we can, and in the coming weeks we’ll try to always have new windows and components ready to use. But yes, it will all be done during EA.

Interface/UI Problem (Production Menu) : We know that the Production Menu is not working properly at the moment. We are currently working on transferring features that are still connected to the old production menu to the new one. As we move forward during the EA, we will complete the Production menu and its features.

Long distance trade routes : (When they work) Once you have reached the title “Patrician” you can send your transporters to far trade markets. If the market is “connected” via river or sea, your transport moves to the closest port and then set sails with a ship there. For the moment, trade routes is not completely optimized and will be soon.


The Game

AI : The Master AI/AI is a sensitive issue and will therefore take time to complete. It is one of our major focusses as we progress over the course of the Early Access Roadmap development. Once ready, the Master AI will be connected to the game and then adjusted if need be.

Controls (How to walk and control characters) : To select your character, there are two options. One; “double-click” with the left mouse button on the avatar’s portrait on the top left hand side of the screen, which will simultaneously center the camera on the avatar. Or two; press the “C” key on your keyboard. To displace your character, “right-click” with the mouse on the location you want your character to go to.

Controls (Camera) : To move the camera, there are two options. One; you can use the key on the keyboard “W,A,S,D” or the directional arrows on the keyboard. The center “scroll” button on the mouse has two functions. One; Zoom-in and out is controlled by “scrolling” up or down and the angle of the camera is controlled by pressing and holding the “scroll” button all the while moving the mouse.

Updates : Yes, we are constantly working on regular bug fixes to help you with the last version of the game.

Business 101 : At this early stage, a fan made an efficient guide to play the Business side of the game. Feel free to go and read it to help you play the game: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1148869259

Multiplayer code : No you can’t change the code for multiplayer, its function is disabled in the code at the moment.


PS: Please note that this will be updated and as much as possible. So keep coming back. Thank you!

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The Guild 3 Early Access