Updated and checked 031206
Mouse commands and gaming tricks
Here is a full list of the different mouse and keyboard commands, like how to use overwatch and what it is. It contains everything from basics to advanced stuff.
Go to mdagli1's thread for the details.
If you wonder "How to do THIS?", chances are you will find the answer in this thread, where a lot of questions and answers are compiled.
To further enhance your experience there is a number of new custom maps out there. Nice people have combined some of them into mappacks. If you want to be able to play with most people online, get them. If you want to have more fun offline, get them.
Direct download to all the Map Packs:
DoWpro is a mod with ambitious goals. However, they have released a mappack so everybody can share some of their talented work. This means you do not need the mod in order to play the maps, this is for everyone. Dont worry about the installer, this will ONLY install maps.
Community Map Pack I
Community Map Pack II
Community Map Pack III
Be sure to to install them in order since MPIII will make changes to the first two sets.
Community Map Pack IV
NB! Community Mappack IV requires Winter Assault.
Various, minor packs
WA Map Pack (Havoc Edition)
Installation: Simply unzip all the files in the zip into a folder with the path e.g.:
c:\Program Files\Dawn of War\WXP\Data\Scenarios\MP
Change the folder names accordingly if you use a different installation folder. If you don't have the folders make them in the Windows Explorer.
Banners, Badges, Replays etc
Do you feel a need to create your own banners and badges, but never felt comfortable with Photoshop or any other program? Then the answer is the Sceme editor, a nice little thing that can create and administrate all your teams and chapters, with the click of a button. NB "DoW Scheme Editor" may not function properly with WA, but the graphics tool is still operational and will let you create banners and badges with ease.
Direct download to "DoW Scheme editor" AND "DoW Graphics creator":
Editor AND Creator 4.1
There is a new Replay manager out, that will let you administrate all your many replays. You may have noticed that the filename for each replay do not correspond to the replay name in the game. Well this nifty program will help you with that confusing element.
The only editing functionality included is the functionality to edit the embedded name of the replay. This is the name that the in-game browser sees. As you may be aware, there is a maximum length imposed on this name by the game that is a limit of 25 characters. Using the editor, this limit can be overcome. Recordings with long names can still be read and played in Dawn of War, however only the first 25 characters will be displayed by the in-game browser. This still has the added advantage however that you can use extended names for organizational purposes within the editor.
Bilge's Replay Editor
You can read more about Bilge's Replay Editor in his thread.
An alternative Replay Manager made by Blackhope and GoWa, with the ability to show statistics of each replay such as chat log, actions per minute and banners n badges can be found here:
This one starts off in german, but you can change the language to english in the toolbar (options/language/english.txt).
If you miss a special Space Marine chapter or that funky Ork tribe, chances are that you will find them over at WH40K: Banners & Badges. It is a wonderful collection for all civs. For inspiration, tips, tricks and awesome craftmanship, please visit Hangar-8's WH40K:Banners and Badges thread
For those of you that want to play offline and still get a challange at home (or those of you that like to compstomp online WITH a challange), there is a AI mod that dramatically enhances the computerdriven opposition:
Skirmish v1.4 AI Mod (DoW only!)
Skirmish v1.95 AI Mod (WA 1.51 only!)
Skirmish v2.10 AI Mod (DC only!)
Just remember that all players have to have the mod active if you want to play it online. Official DoW Skirmish AI Project Forums
You want to play as a Pro? Hotkeys is the answer, but in this day and age we do not stop there, we use grid hotkeys:
Grid Hotkeys for 1.3 (DoW only!)
Download this file and place it in the following folder: ...C:\THQ\Dawn of War\Profiles\Profile1\W40k
NB be sure to rename the old file so you still have it as a backup. If you use Mods, such as the Dawn of Skrimish Mod, you must copy this file in each Mods subfolder (such as ...C:\THQ\Dawn of War\Profiles\Profile1\dowai). Oh and they DO work with later releases of DoW (1.4 so far).
Grid Hotkeys for WA 1.41
This .zip should be extracted in DoW root and will then place the needed files in the correct places. As before, its handy to have a backup. Some commands is not in an exact gridposition with this file and some buttons didnt make it on the grid at all. To know why it is like that, check out Excedrins thread about her hotkeys.
First set of Grid Hotkeys for DC 1.51
Second set of Grid Hotkeys for DC 1.51
Therer are currently two sets of Grid Hotkeys for DC, which one you prefer is up to you, they are not totally identical and differ at some points. Try them both. Note that the .zip-file has the same name so you dont overwrite the first one when you download the second.
Alternative to GameSpy
Tired of GameSpy or maybe its just personal? Here is the alternative: Hamachi website, a program that creates a virtual network over the internet. But remember to protect your computer, if you expose yourself to unknown players, you can lose more than a CD-key if youre not careful.
Directlink to download:
Speak instead of type
Do you feel that the keyboard should be left to those funky grid hotkeys and not for typing messages? Then use your mouth instead, use Teamspeak, Ventrilo or Xfire to talk to your friends.
Teamspeak client for windows
Messing with the Console
If you feel the need to tune your game or just to take that brilliant screenshot, unobscured by ugly HUD-stuff, then check out this thread about console commands.
High Resolution Textures
There is a trick to make this beutiful game even more stunning to the eye. Beware! This is what creates lag in online play, NOT a 56k modem. Since DoW synchs every frame online, it will lag for all players if your computer cant take the strain of heavy settings. So make sure you have the computer for this before you go online with this. Ok?
Hide the taskbar/minimap/everything and other handy homemade tools
Originally Posted by Moe
To hide the complete HUD for a nice screenshot you need to create your own autoexec.lua in notepad and insert the following:
The file should be placed in DoW root (as in C:\THQ\Dawn of War). This will hide EVERYTHING with the sift+tab input. So no minimap, no "Game Paused", no nothing. Oh, you will still see broken squads and cover, I dont know of a way around that...
screenmode = 0
if screenmode == 0 then
screenmode = 1
screenmode = 0
Or you could just download this file and place it in DoW root.
Trizzdog managed to compose a nifty statgraph-tool so you can check the state of your game, this is how he describes it:
Originally Posted by Trizzdog
Perhaps not better as in 133t players, but as in behaviour, politness and helpfulness. Join the Friendly Players List, where fun for everyone is the main goal.
Past Community Event Collection
Wargrim has created a central thread, with links to all past community event threads, the respective replay threads, and a description of the overall concept, as well as short descriptions of each single event. In the end Wargrim aim on a full documentation of the community events, meaning basically anything that is not directly mapping/moding, but involved work to create a special online experience for the DoW community.
Visit Wargrim's thread to see a full list of all past events.