How to Play

Step 1: Asheron's Call Installer

  1. Download the official Asheron's Call installer from Turbine.


    * Requires Windows 7 and up

  2. Run ac1install.exe and install to the default location: C:\Turbine\Asheron's Call

Step 2: Update to May 2015 client files

  1. Since the official Asheron's Call installer does not update the game to the final May 2015 patch data, you'll need to download it here:

    May 2015 Client Files
  2. Extract the files from and copy them into your AC installation directory.

Step 3: Install Required System Files

Step 3-Required Files DirectX 9.0 Visual C++ 2005 Service Pack 1 .NET Framework Packages: Windows 10 and 11: Press Windows Key and search for "Turn Windows Features on or off (Control Panel)" Toggle .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.x on Windows 8.1 and older: .NET Framework 4.0 .NET Framework 3.0

Step 4: Install a new game launcher

The retail AC game launcher (launcher.exe) will not work with emulators. Instead, you will need to download a third party launcher to play Asheron's Call on private emulator servers.


The most widely-used third party launcher is ThwargLauncher


Be sure to install Thwarglauncher to its default path.

To use ThwargLauncher in Advanced Mode, you will need to install Decal and follow the ThwargFilter instructions in the next step.

Optional: Download and install Decal

Decal v2.9.8.3


  • Right click the installer and run as admin.
  • Do not change the default install path!
  • If you receive this error message, run the DirectX installer, then try again.
  • Start Decal, and close the pop up that says the client is out of date.
  • Click update in Decal.
  • A red X for the filter "Version 1 plugin surrogate" is normal.
  • If you have all red Xs, go back to step 1 and replace acclient.exe from the zip file.


  • Click add > browse > Program Files (x86) > Thwargle Games
  • Select ThwargFilter.dll and save, as shown below.
  • Enable Decal injection in the bottom right corner of ThwargLauncher.
  • Log in and stay in game for at least 30 seconds before installing any plugins.
  • AC will close with no error message if ThwargFilter.dll has not been added properly.

Recommended Plugins

Optional: 4K Monitor Setup

Go to Properties on aclient.exe, Compatibility, Change high DPI settings. Check Program DPI. Login game and change resolution to 2560x1440.

*Decal installation required *Mag-Tools required *Mag-Filter required

Finding a Server

To begin playing, you'll want to choose a server with a good player population, however not all servers provide the same experience. There are many servers attempting recreate content that matches "End-of-Retail" (or EoR) as closely as possible, while others add custom content or mechanics.

The two main emulators are AC Emulator and GDLEnhanced. While both aim to recreate the experience of retail Asheron's Call as of the final May 2015 patch, they differ in what content is currently available. You'll want to pay attention to which emulator your chosen server is running, as they have different communities, bug reporting mechanisms, and other differences.

AC Emulator

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Common Issues

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