For centuries Europe has been dominated by the church and nobility. On the shoulders of ordinary people the servants of god and the noble families justified their power and wealth. This was the incontrovertible, divine world order. A truly dark era… In the 14th Century the world order is beginning to transform itself.
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Release Date: Jul 28, 2010

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About This Game

For centuries Europe has been dominated by the church and nobility. On the shoulders of ordinary people the servants of god and the noble families justified their power and wealth. This was the incontrovertible, divine world order. A truly dark era…
In the 14th Century the world order is beginning to transform itself. Due to trade and commerce an increasing middle class obtains more and more power and wealth. Entire towns purchase their freedom and more privileges from the nobility. Reading and writing is no longer the domain of the nobility and the clergy and the invention of printing information may eventually be spread everywhere. This is the beginning of the renaissance...


  • 8 completely new professions: mercenary, grave digger, stonemason, juggler, innkeeper, banker, miller and the fruit grower
  • New goods, buildings, ambient details and effects
  • All new scenarios ("Transylvania", "The Rhineland" and "The Alps") & bigger world maps
  • Improved AI, title and nobility system as well as new options (e.g. “God Measures”, levels of difficulty)

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP, Vista
    • Processor: 2 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX9 capable graphics adapter with Pixelshader Model 1.1
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 3.5 GB space free
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0 compatible sound card
    • OS: Windows® XP, Vista
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Processor or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX9 capable graphics adapter with Pixelshader Model 2
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 3.5 GB space free
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0 compatible sound card
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Mostly Positive (48 reviews)
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167.8 hrs
Posted: August 23
Good game. After getting the Legacy mod, it's a great game.
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40.6 hrs
Posted: August 23
Be aware.
fkn Lag... 0% gpu usage, 10% APU usage, 50% and less cpu, and 5-30 fps spikes dips and freezes. ive been forum hunting for solutions and nothing. And running the beta patch .411* w.e. They put to many guards in the town. Its playable at first then, all the people and carts get going and the fps slow to crawl. Ive only played the maps with multipule towns tho...

This is more like a board game than a sim. I think realism when i think sim not fantasy land little kid stuff. It is fun. It seems like "The Sims" plays tho, i never played The Sims.

for the price... yea i guess its worth it but, i got all of them for like 5$ on sale
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7.4 hrs
Posted: August 23
Very fun buisness/social/family sim. I would prefer this then The Sims anyday.
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8.8 hrs
Posted: August 23
Product received for free
I dont even know what I am doing never looked at a tutorial but I love it and am addicted.

Only gif better graphics xd 9/10
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2.2 hrs
Posted: August 23
This looks like a really good game. I can see the potential as a business and political sim.

Unfortunately if you alt-tab out of it for any reason the game, at least for me, pauses and won't let me unpause it. Apparently there are all sorts of annoying bugs - just look at the discussion board.

I'm on my way now to look at the other versions of The Guild because this really does look excellent if one of these games is bug-free. I just can't recommend this one based on all the bugs.

I respect that this is a very good game, but it plays like EA even though it isn't listed as such. I'm not a beta tester.
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17.1 hrs
Posted: August 22
All 8.5 hours are from the day I bought it. It cost $2.49 and it's well worth that price. I didn't have the bugs that others have complained about, and the interface is a little unorthodox, but for the sale price it was a steal.
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15.7 hrs
Posted: August 22
This game is Pretty f**king good It would be great if not excellent If it weren't for the bugs. SO MANY F**KING GAME BREAKING BUGS. I've never been so overwhelmed with bugs. IF YOU BUY THIS GAME MAKE SURE TO BE READY TO MOD THE SH*T OUT OF THIS GAME IN HOPES A MOD WILL FIX IT.
Good game.
Addicting (for some people at least)
Murdering b*tches to become higher in the political game (when i say b*tches i mean dumb and weak NPCs)
Game breaking bugs
Bugs to the point of insanity
Bugs making people of all sorts of patience levels Rage
So over all Just wait for a sale, Its a good game but the bugs just can drive someone to the point of F**KING insanity when you put in over 10 hours into a single save game and The bugs Just go and f**k your surfs that carry things out of your businesses and to the Market.
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21.4 hrs
Posted: August 22
This is great
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5.3 hrs
Posted: August 22
Hey thats pretty good
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12.7 hrs
Posted: August 20
Some clanky bugs and glitches, particularly when you attend council meetings. That said... I'm still playing it.

It's a small step-up, IMO, from the original game in terms of gameplay and I feel there's a little more depth. The MIDI music is a little unsettling seen from a musician's point of view but still makes a nice ambience and feel for the game in general.

There are some pros and cons, but in the end it doesn't even matter (LP reference right there).
The game is fun to play and I totally recommend it to anyone who's into rpg, trading sims, intrigue and the like
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
64.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
I assassinated my way up to the highest ranks and killed all those who were against me. I then voted in my wife and son, giving me the ability to control the guard and clear me of all crimes through the power of the church.

10/10 would play again.
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22 of 34 people (65%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
205.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
This review is for version 4.211

This was close to being a recommend in spite of the myriads of bugs and the overall clunky feel of the game. The concept is great and this game can be fun enough to overlook the amatuerish production of this game.

It is esentially a medeival business simulation that is all about dynasty building. There is a little bit of Sim stuff put in the game as well. You build your wealth by creating business and buying property which produces more wealth. You gain power and prestige by participating in a political system (run for office, support a war, throw a feast, etc). Have fueds with other dynasties and seek to eliminate the competition. There are duels for honor and court cases for justice. And watch your starting town turn into a viberant city and become the main hauncho.

There's a diverse choice of classes from the patron (food producers and service providers), craftsmen (construction materials and smithery services), scholars (who run the churches, banks, and alchemy shops), and rogues (who run the shadier operations). Within the classes are more diverse paths that could be taken that mostly deals with the kind of businesses you own.

There's a potential for countless hours of fun to be had enough to even forgive most of the bugs and the clunkiness of it if you are patient enough. That is until you run into problems with corrupt saves that will crash to desktop, meaning a lot of lost progress. I'm certain that it's due to improper exception handling in this game. The game will run into problems where exceptions are thrown and there are no instructions in how to handle those exceptions. In those cases, where the game does not know what to do, the game will simply shut down and Windows will close the game (so you "crash to destop"). There should've at the least been generic exception handling instructions that allowed the game to recover from any thrown exception not covered from whatever exception handling they did put in the game. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case, so saves eventually get corrupted with unrecoverable exceptions. This is really just evidence of the ineptness of the programming team that programmed this game and the insufficient coding behind the game. It gets to the point where it feel like it's not worth playing anymore. This is what is becomming the deal breaker for me.

It is this reason why I can't in good conscience recommend it. If you have a real hankering for a decent business simulation, and have a good deal of patience, this game is a good deal of fun. Save often and keep a liberal amount of backup saves, or you'll have a very frustrating experience. Otherwise, it may not be worth the frustration.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
29.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Fantastic! You setup businesses in a medieval city, work your way up the political ladder, weasel your way into the pants of a noble's daughter.

You can run all sorts of businesses, from a legitimate tavern to a brothel, from a farm to a smuggling and pickpocket ring. Ironmonger, achemy, even run your own church!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
** This would be the perfect game if the bugs were fixed and the automation of production was more reliable. This is a great economic, criminal, clan warfare, sink or swim, castle building, cut throat game except the buggyness that plagues it. If any decent game production company acquired the rights to this game and made a sincere sequel, it would sell like hot cakes, it would be YUUUUUUUUGE. Make games great again! **
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
119.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
awesome game. i highly recommend it. might have several bugs and glitches, but overall its a unique and fun game.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
38.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Wow. Mount and Blade wishses it was this.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
811 of 833 people (97%) found this review helpful
286 people found this review funny
36.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2015
Ignore the bad reviews if you think this game will interest you. Its not everyone's cup of tea. And on top of that, its severely buggy and largely unpolished. But if you look past all that roughness, there is a true gem in here. Not many games deliver so well on so much. It may be one of the best PC games I've ever played. Consider the following story as a testament to what kind of game this is:

I started out an innkeeper in a large city in a large region. I was doing okay. I kept selling cheap food and drink in order to open a bakery nearby. The bakery was also not much, mostly baking rolls for the masses. But in time I was doing well financially and took some time off to pursue a love interest.

The same year she was pregnant and gave birth to my first born son. I was busy working and she spent less time at the bakery. Soon all her time was spent between the house and the church. Neither of us minded though. My son was of school age and we couldn't afford much. So we sent him to a guild school to study to join the family business. The same year, my wife was pregnant again, but this time with a little girl.

During this time I was able to afford to be a citizen and was granted the ability to expand my business. I quickly set up an orchard and a farm outside the gates. It was hopeful, as the supplies for both the Inn and Bakery were now completely controlled by me.

By the time my daughter was of school age, we had the assets to send her to the best school possible. My first born son, was not the most amitious child and my first born daughter had a brighter future due to our new financial situation.

I had another daughter, and another son. More of the same, I suppose, as I was too busy working at the largely successful Inn and expanding my business to fisheries and livestock.

My first born son was a disappointment. He was born when we were poor and didn't amount to much. He mostly went to church with his mother and didn't have the skills to follow in the family business. My first born daughter on the other hand, had the right schooling and was perfectly set up to join the family business. My second daughter, while successful on her own terms, didn't match the success of the first daughter. And lastly, my last born child, a boy, was quiet and simply enjoyed school.

When my first born daughter came of age to help out, she did with much ambition. While I worked the Inn, she helped with apple picking and livestock. She was maybe a bit too ambitious as she managed the workers with the attitude of a tyrant. But I was happy with the success of my business and I was running out of room to expand, so I turned to politics.

I managed to win a low level office for a very short time before getting replaced by a man who had leprosy. However, my daughter almost entirely transitioned my business empire away from me and was doing quite well. So I kept at it. I had money to spend, so I intended to use it. I began bribing people for votes, and I managed to bribe the king himself. But, I lost again.

While my daughter ran my business, and I was unsuccessful at politics, I had little to do. So for the most part, I rekindled my relationship with my aging wife. Also, my character strangely had alcohol in his inventory often, and was no stranger to drinking it on the spot or offering it to others. On a strange night, I also tried sabotaging a rival bakery by tossing an explosive in the front door. It was a mistake and didn't do much.

While I declined from power and my daughter took over, I failed to notice my last born son. He graduated from university with a doctorate. He was a scholar and was a full grown man ready to open his own line of business. Upon his graduation, he quickly started a bank and hospital in town. He worked hard, but being the business man in the family, I saw issues. Two doors down from his bank was a rival bank. Around the corner from his hospital, was a rival hospital.

He was happy working and keeping to himself, so I took it upon myself. We bombed them and ran. I went home to my wife and all was fine. Except, it wasn't.

While I was at home with my wife, my son was working late at the hospital, and my daughter was working late night at the Inn, my daughter, unfortunately lead by her father's poor example, carried out a constant barrage of attacks across the entire city for hours. Many people died, including many of my loyal bodyguards, and several buildings were so heavily damaged they couldn't be entered for fear of collapse.

The tooltip read for me - Corrupt. My entire life I was a righteous man and in a single day I ruined a lifetime of good. My daughter however, was labeled a walking nightmare. A title she wore proudly as she was a violent and cruel woman.

A day later I was summoned to trial for my crimes. And shortly after, so was my daughter. Fortunately for me, the persecuter was bad at her job and couldn't articulate my crimes well enough. With experience, I was able to convince the judges that I was not guilty. My daughter - the judge didn't even show and she walked free.

I was done, however. And now my entire business was in the hand's of my daughter and son.

A few short years later my daughter married and had a series of daughters. My son married and had sons. She spent most of her time in the Inn, acting as an innocent server as she masterminded violence. Her first born daughter stayed at home with her father, picking up the skills for crafting.

My son on the other hand built up impressive charismatic skills and began spending most of his time preaching. He opened his own Catholic church and was busy speaking to the masses. He wasn't as interested in the hospital anymore due to issues obtaining supplies needed for medicine. That was, however, one of the catalysts for what happened next.

Illness spread across the city. It struck the elderly for the most part. And the political stage was swept clean.

My son saw this as an opportunity to win an easy election and do some good for the city. So he applied for a entry level political office.

My first born daughter's daughter was also of age and opened up a tailoring shop. She worked in it night and day and was militant, like her evil mother. However, she just enjoyed working hard. She committed no crimes and often gave bonuses to her employees to reward them for putting up with her management style.

My son had only one opponent to beat for political office. But to help seal the deal, his sister showed up and gave some bribe money to the king. He won the vote and was now holding political office. First it was the Leasing Officer. Then it was the Guild Master. Then Bishop. Then he used his political power to help his sister and neice also win politcal offices.

He had charisma and the power of the people behind him. His sister was a brute with deep pockets. She kept helping him win and in return, he would give her his vote when she applied. Together, they made it to the top - Cardinal, Soverign, and my grandaughter was Consul. Together, they took down bandits, banished rivals, carried out crime and government authority hand in hand. All while I watched from my estate. My children took over the city both economically and politcally. All while in my lifetime. Not sure if I'm proud or scared.

If you made it this far, kudos for reading.

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226 of 233 people (97%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
362.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2015
Okay, if you're interested in this game BUY THIS VERSION

DO NOT BUY the base game, DO NOT BUY Pirates of the "Yer a pee'in seas",( LOL ) it won't matter this version works with out the "base game" because THEY ARE NOT EXPANSIONS they are all "base games" of the same game only this one is the BEST.

I made the mistake of first buying the first guild 2 THE "base game". And then later buying Pirates, because i thought it was an expansion :l NOW i have 3 versions of the same game in my library }:[ Don't make the same mistake, just buy this version and be done with it.
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206 of 210 people (98%) found this review helpful
201.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2013
UPDATED ON APRIL 2, 2016: I promised to come back to this review after playing the latest official patch more, and I can report that bugs still persist. Having said that, it is still a big improvement over the last vanilla version, and I can also recommend either Fajeth or McCoy's mods to make the game even more playable. Both do different things, but both are fantastic. It is my recommendation that you try both (separately - mods generally can't work together in TG2) and definitely use one of them, especially once you've played vanilla for 50 hours or so to get a grasp for the basics of the game.

Onto the review: I will not belabor the point: The Guild is my favorite game. In this review I’ll try to explain why this is, and where I’m coming from in terms of my interest in the game, and probably games generally speaking. Hopefully this will help introduce like-minded gamers to The Guild and perhaps also steer some people, if they have different tastes, from the game.

I have always enjoyed simulation games, particularly economic and life sims. I grew up playing what now seem like fairly simplistic sims (e.g., Theme Park, The Settlers, and The Sims) and was fascinated by the seemingly living world of the AI inhabitants in these games. As I began to enjoy role playing games more, and in particularly Ultima Online, I longed for a simulation game in which I wasn’t in complete control, but instead could actually be one of those small inhabitants in the simulated world. Nothing like this existed until I played the first Guild game (Europa 1400) and I was immediately won over, realizing that it was as close to a perfect game as I would ever find, short of developing one myself.

The Guild is indeed a simulated world. It doesn’t attempt to be huge like Skyrim. You are controlling a small family in a single town or on some maps a single town out of up to four. There are up to eleven other “dynasties” (i.e. families) living in these towns, and they all go about their business without your intervention. You are not god in this game – you are just a family existing and striving in the middle ages, and it is amazing fun. It seems there is not one area that The Guild has left out of its gameplay. You can get involved in politics, your character has a religiosity meter, favor (or disfavor) with every single sim in the game, a disposition based on their criminality or lack thereof, skills, perks (think fallout), marriage, children, trials, duals, and the list goes on.

The world in The Guild feels more alive than any game I have played. NPCs go about their business with a real purpose, and it is all simulated. They will do everything from sit around town and chat, go to the pub, hire a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, to run for office and command the city guard (who, by the way, are also governed by some degree of AI logic). In short, the game feels a lot like living in a real, functioning medieval town.

In summary, if you’ve always enjoyed god games, economic sims, and life sims, but wanted to be part of the world rather than the controller of the world – wanted to have to work within the confines of human ability to influence the world (e.g., become mayor and change the law instead of using a hand in the sky to smite someone) then this is the game for you. If you want complete control over the world and all of its inhabitants then you might not enjoy this as much, but I still say it’s worth a try.
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416 of 489 people (85%) found this review helpful
541 people found this review funny
68.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 29, 2015
In 1400 A.D. I was no one
In 1401 A.D. I was a low office holder
In 1402 A.D. I got married
In 1403 A.D. I got a child (thank god a boy)
In 1404 A.D. Life was good
In 1405 A.D. I build a mine
In 1406 A.D. I was rich
In 1407 A.D. My wife got kidnapped
In 1408 A.D. I killed the kidnapper
in 1409 A.D. My wife bore a girl, so I killed her
In 1410 A.D. I got sued for killing my wife
In 1411 A.D. In court everyone started talking German
In 1412 A.D. I got frustrated and killed those who spoke German
In 1413 A.D. I was no more

Best 7 hours of my life.
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