It’s the year 1400- the late Middle Ages. Europe sees the dawn of the golden age of the new departures and the free spirit. Under the rule of the bourgeoisie and businessmen, more and more towns are emerging from the clutches of the aristocracy and are achieving independence, power and wealth.
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Mixed (103 reviews) - 65% of the 103 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 18, 2002

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Reviews

“The Guild is a fascinatingly different, complex and addictive experience.”
8.5/10 – IGN

“Has something to offer fans of almost any genre--it's the sort of creative hybrid that computer gaming sorely needs.”
8.5/10 – GameSpot

“Immersive, looks good and is an incredible challenge.”
83 % – GameZone

About This Game

It’s the year 1400- the late Middle Ages. Europe sees the dawn of the golden age of the new departures and the free spirit. Under the rule of the bourgeoisie and businessmen, more and more towns are emerging from the clutches of the aristocracy and are achieving independence, power and wealth. New businesses are flourishing, bringing financial strength and political influence to a growing economy.

However, life in the narrow, overpopulated alleyways and streets of the towns also has its downsides: epidemics and diseases are spreading, and thieves and highwaymen lie in wait to get their piece of the wealth. Now you can try your hand in these exciting times of change. Will you head down the path of an honest craftsman or a dubious priest? It’s your choice.

The Story:

At the age of 13, you leave your parents, go to the city to learn a job and aiming to build your own trade empire at the time of real commercial and though exchanges expansion. You choose the city, each one has its difficulty level, you choose your parents, whose respective jobs predispose you to have specific qualities, and you choose your business among the old fashionned Middle Age jobs. Run your own business, manage your workers properly as to be the more productive you can, and hire guards to protect your goods... Because even if you get better than the competitors, they can destroy your work and your goods... That's the difficult world of business affairs!

Key features:

  • Includes the original game plus its expansion pack
  • Blackmail, kidnap, sabotage or buy your way into a higher position in the government
  • Choose your job according to your qualities, your city and the local religion, hire workers and protect them, and protect your goods from bandits and competitors
  • One of the best Middle Age commercial simulation
  • Don't be stopped by your avatar's death : manage your commercial empire through generations!
  • A great history revision of this wonderful period : trade expansion, land discoveries, the different religions finally work together

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/7/8
    • Processor: AMD Athlon/Intel Pentium III 500 MHz
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible graphic card with 32 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible Sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/7/8
    • Processor: 1 GHz Processor (AMD/Intel)
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible graphic card with 64 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible Sound card
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Overall:
Mixed (103 reviews)
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plutonium13
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Game speed is to fast even with the setting at minimum. Can't make money fast enouf before the end of the game day.
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Sal33mr3hman
( 42.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
I used to love this game as a child. The act of struggling through medieval europe as a craftsman; and all the buying, making and selling made this game very appealing. The charm is still holding its own. But as I progressed through the game, the many bugs became more and more apparent.
For example, if you assume trading or banking, the game starts crashing frequently. Recently I played as showman and went on to own all the showmen's in london. And even though all of them were being run by master craftsmen (not as productive as me) and I was managing only one, the market actually became short of raw materials particularly gems were were low in quantity and meanwhile the quarry had become stuck on iron and silver production (at 17%). Even worse, I nearly had full storage for products (because I had enough money to go by easily and was waiting for the best prices to sell my products); then I switched to master craftsman for a while. He instantly dumped all my products (didn't even sell them) which was worth at least a million pounds.
These bugs are only one of the few but they ruined the game for me. Even though I'm in love with this game, I just don't feel like playing it again anymore.
I wish the developers had paid more attention to the technical details, because this game had a lot of potential. Its one of the few wasted games of our time (including trade empires by eidos).
I wouldn't recommend serious gamers because of the bugs. But if you wanna kill time then go ahead and buy it when its on sale.
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латина с попой
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
I remember playing this years ago " The Guild Gold Edition" is unlike any other age of empire games, " i love age of empires " The Guild is awsome because it has extra features. its pretty kewl. Good memories and great game! xD
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BrainVat!!
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Good game, but doesn't work on newer systems/Windows 10.
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AxeMan
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Game of my Youth. Now in the depths of the Steam Abyss where the abandoned and discontinued games reside. It still is a very good game.
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^1Tilmanns
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
For all of you who have problems playing this game smoothly. Simply go to the games directory. It should be located somewhere like: "C:\...\Steam\SteamApps\common\Europa 1400 The Guild - Gold Edition" and use the "Europa1400Gold_Tl.exe" instead. This fixes the issue for me and it runs perfectly smooth. :)
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David 94428
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
As much as I enjoyed playing this game years ago, I cannot recommend it anymore. The game does not work correctly on Windows 8 & 10. It is very laggy to a point of being barely playable (least enjoyable) and even if you manage to make it run smooth in a small window or low resolution fullscreen in the middle of a display with the rest of the screen blacked out, it keeps crashing approximately every half an hour.

If you're running Windows 7 or older, you'll get quite deep trading/building strategy game with social elements reminiscent those of Crusader Kings 2 on a smaller city-level scale. You start the game as one of several handicraft craftsmen and produce, buy and sell goods and later meddle into politics. The game has it's own life of a sort so while a player is doing 'his thing', the other AI characters in game are doing the same. Getting married, producing children, rising into political functions, gaining noble titles based on their wealth, breaking into people's homes and businesses to steal, blackmailing, attending court charges, influencing judges by money/gifts/black magic, abusing political power to own advantage (like outlawing the use of body oils & sprays if your enemy is a perfumer by profession), setting business competitor buildings on fire and so on. The game is not built around a player awaiting his input.

There's quite a lot going on in the game. Once an old character dies and his child takes over, you lose control of other family tree branches, but they still do exist in the background and get on with their lives in game, so you occasionally encounter other people with the same surname (even their descendants) running other businesses or in politics. It's a quite good indicator the game indeed works on deep levels and is not just a shining gold for the eyes pretending to be complex.

Music is absolutely great and is the best medieval styled music I've ever heard in a computer game. This GOLD edition includes an Expansion Pack, which added lot of magic&fantasy styled theme, items, zombies and professions into the game to some extent destroying the feel of more or less realistic medieval period. Back in the days I never installed it, which is not possible with this Gold version.

Overall I always had a blast with this game and sticked to it over it's successor 'The Guild 2' which was plagued by bugs to a point of not being enjoyable. Since there is 'The Guild 3' in development, the newly established team started fixing standalone 'The Guild 2 Renaissance' (which has never been fixed due to it's publisher JoWood going bankrupt) as sort of advertisement for the upcoming game. If anything, I'd suggest skipping this old game on new Windows OS and try 'The Guild 2 Renaissance' with the latest patches available instead. IF you DO run older Windows OS, this game is worth trying, otherwise I have to regrettably suggest avoiding it, despite it's qualities.
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GCrazy
( 16.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
I got this game years before steam. And I fell in love with it, I love this game way better than guild 2 even. play enough hours you will find out there is certain things you can do to get rich fast. I find that to have the most fun is to be rich fast to get into the politics and marrying right. the game might be boring at first trying to manage shop but there is a lot more to the game as well. my favorite job is probably being the theif.
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AsukaLover
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
One Of My Favorite...
The best momment when u have "guard" industry...
then u got kidnapped...
then storm the kidnapper den...
with full fledged 12 soldier lol.

LMAO.

*been long not playingthis forgot the exact unit name lol.
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Eluf Elof
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 19
This game is balls. To play multiplayer, I had to download a program to emulate a LAN and edit the INI file, because the game is configured by default to load multiplayer files from the E drive. When I finally got it working, the loading screen to get in took an eternity. When I finally started playing, the game had a network error and closed almost immediately. Out of 10, I`d rate this game balls/10.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
I remember playing this years ago " The Guild Gold Edition" is unlike any other age of empire games, " i love age of empires " The Guild is awsome because it has extra features. its pretty kewl. Good memories and great game! xD
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111 of 118 people (94%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2014
First up, I am writing this review as how it plays today. It's annoying reading someone's review and it starts out something like this: "I remember when this first came out and blah blah blah" and they're reminiscing of the good old days and basing their review on the experience they had when it was new. I mean, the original Wolfenstein and Doom was awesome back in its time but to rate it on todays standards they're pretty crappy..

Although this game is dated in its appearance, it is stll loads of fun! You can literally sit on it for hours it's one of those games you lose track of time with as you start to hear birds outside for the sun is coming up.. I have this game on GoG but got it in a package here on Steam, and after reading in other people's reviews they said its buggy and keeps crashing, I thought I'd test it out to see if it runs OK.. Well, 4 hours whooshed by as I got stuck into a new game of it as a blacksmith, worked my way up to goldsmith and now I'm looking for a wife coz if you dont have any kids there's no one to carry on your business and estates!

As for bugs and/or crashed? Zero.. Game runs fine on Windows 7 with a nvidia graphics card. The graphics are quite dated as to be expected it's over 10 years old. Perhaps other users didn't run the graphics first time set up correctly? It does ask for your primary graphics, and an option when you click play "Launch with newer graphics card"... Well everyone's rig is different so who knows what is conflicting with them, but as for me I didn't have any problems but I'm sure there are ways to fix it if you do experience any faults.

The learning curve seems a bit steep at first. If you jump into a new game with no knowledge how the mechanics work I doubt you will get far. There are tutorials to go thru accessed in the main menu, enough to get you started and once you pick it up you can lose yourself in the game. And there always seems to be new stuff to discover. For example, you can run for government positions and the higher up you go, there are more perks such as additional income, and abilities to change tax rates, laws, etc..

So when you start a new game, you choose what profession you wish to be. Blacksmith, Carpenter, Perfumer, Priest, Gravedigger, just to name some. Each profession has different things to be done, and has different benefits that can help you. And example here would be a carpenter can make a toy, and usually you would sell them at the marketplace but if you have kids, you want them to be happy and do well so you can give them as a gift. You can still do that as a blacksmith but you would just have to buy the toy at the sell price from the marketplace. A goldsmith can make jewellery to woo a potential wife, and so on. There is so much to do in this game, while you're expanding your business, hiring more employees, improving your workshops, buying raw materials, selling finished products, extending your home, learning new skills, blackmailing an official, bribing a judge, finding a wife (especially good if she is rich, boost the ol' bank ballance!), having some kids, putting them though school, making sure they get into the best university so when you kick the bucket they have the best stats you can give them and then you carry on the game as them!

Starting a new game as a different profession is almost an entire new game in itself. Choosing a city to start in determines the difficutly, building areas, size, etc.. I haven't even tried them all yet, some are more difficult and require a whole different approach. Some differ as in the trade you choose, the products and materials needed are different, as a thief you are pickpocketing and scouting homes and businesses, robbing trade carts, etc. As a grave digger you're digging up bones and making stuff with it, as a priest you're in a church making paper and writing scrolls..

It really is pretty addicitive, and not quite like any other game. It's very complex but only as much as you want it to be. You can go thru an entire game just growing your business buy making and selling stuff... Or you apsire to be emperor, climbing your way up the political ladder, gathering dirt on your opponents, starting rumors, sabotaging, and all sorts of stuff... And if you pick it up on special for $1.99 like it is now, it's well worth it.. And if you're too late and it's back to its normal price of $9.99 then pop it on your wishlist and wait for the xmas sales ;)
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37 of 40 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
52.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2015
One of the best (if not the best) Simulation/strategy games I have ever played and I'm finally glad they added it to steam.
I wouldn't even lie if I said I have at least 500+ hours on this game alone and while I played The Guild 2 a lot I still find The Guild 1 much more enjoyable then its sequal.

Although this game is not for everyone I will still HIGHLY recommend playing this one if you want to try it out or if in fact you do love these types of games.

Be aware though that you are going to put a lot of hours in a single playthrough.

Here are my Pros & Cons with at least 500 hours+ of game time.

Pros:
- Different businesses/maps to start out.
- Random events that can turn in or against your favor.
- Courting, No need to feel down if you think you will lose everything cause your character died, have a child!
- Offices in which you can rise high and become an important person - Set tax rates, building rates, allow dueling, and lots more, each office has it own powers.
- Blackmail/bribe/spy on people and there is a lot more you can do.
- Each profession has its ups and downs which also sets the difficulty, want an easy game? try thieves or priests, want a harder game? try landlord or a tailor.

Cons:
- Graphics, it is an old game
- Bugs, You will encounter bugs im pretty sure of it.

Can't think of many cons at the moment but I will be sure to add some more in the future.
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29 of 29 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2014
First let me say I've never played this when it came out, so this review wont have any nostalgia.

Pros:

One of the best resource management games I've ever played.

Really makes you feel like you're running a single business not a whole country like most of these types of games.

Can speed up gameplay if you wish, so you don't have to wait too long for something to finish.

Very intersting and unique jobs.

Good trading system.

Better than it's sequel in my opinion.

Cons:

Old and graphics are very dated.

Can crash on ocasion.

Has some bugs, and no mods or patches that fix them.

Is very addictive.


Overall I think this is a very good game.
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
55.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2014
A lot of people complain about constant crashes. I have only encountered 2 so far, it DOES pay to save often, especially after major events, because, crashes not withstanding, you could literally get robbed or drop dead at any moment.

Don't forget to get married and have kids to keep the dynasty alive.
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40 of 54 people (74%) found this review helpful
38 people found this review funny
Recommended
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2015
Spend my entire life running a thieves guild, stole essentially millions from the townspeople.

They elect me to Building Master and make me a Duke.

Use the thieves to kill a robber den, take control of it, and steal essentially 5 dollars from some hated dude.

Suddenly im thrown into court and have my hands chopped off.


10/10 would train an army of thieves again
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26 of 33 people (79%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2014
excellent game, brings out retro feelings, even though the graphics are bad today (magnified by stretched resolution)
crashed at first, but did work fine on win 7 after 5 minutes (had to reset config data in regedit)
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
91.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2015
old childhood classic, played it so much as child that trading is today my profession
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 18, 2015
I waited to write my review until i had finished my first game. After finishing it and starting this review I realize i'm kinda sad/dissappointed that its done and that i had failed to have a child. But that feeling makes me want to have another go!
So time for the real review. My first game took 6 hours to finish (for me that is alot)
I would classify this game as a "Lemonade stand" game only you can burn down other "Lemonade stands" build more stands and there is politics involved. What suprised me was the depth that this game had and how much strategy you had to use to plan ahead the future of your character. Your first game will be rough, at the start you won't know what to do and you'll make mistakes! That is what makes this game fun though is how you learn from your mistakes and how Happy you'll be once you get past 10,000$! Now this game isn't for everyone and I would recommend getting this game on sale bundled with Guild II.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
30.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
This is a great Classic game I bought like 2 weeks ago and its addictive been playing every since then, im not much for writing reviews but it gets you hooked on it. the fact you can do assignments or play just like that you build your character yup from a peasant upwards. very interesting and fun at the same time would recommend it anytime.
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