Spine

Spine is modification management tool for Gothic and Gothic II – The Night of the Raven and has been developed by Daniel Bonrath of Clockwork Origins. It makes installing and playing modifications very easy and is available in German, English, Polish and partially also in Russian.

About Spine

Spine is meant to replace the old GothicStarter by making the whole process of installing and playing mods easier than ever before. Using Spine you only need one folder for each Gothic version (one for Gothic and one for Gothic II) and not multiple if you want to play e.g. multiplayer mods. Besides that it’s easily possible now to install graphic patches or the D3D11 renderer and just use it with mods that are compatible, just by checking a check box in your library.

For some newer modifications and of course also some we developed ourselves in our modding history you can see some new features. The most popular one are achievements. Below you can find a list of modifications using some Spine features.

Features

  • Automatic patching of Gothic and Gothic II to the correct version
  • Installing mods and patches with just one click
  • Configuration of textures patches and tools for every mod
  • New features: achievements, scores/rankings, multiplayer features, statistics, friends
  • Just one mod starter for Gothic 1 and 2
  • News about mods and teams directly in Spine
  • Translation feature
    • Parse your scripts and upload the source and destination language to let people translate your mod
    • Unlock users to allow them to really translate
    • After translation is done, apply the translation to your scripts, compile, build subtitles and you have a version of the mod in the destination language

How to use Spine?

  1. Download Spine
  2. Install Spine
  3. Select the path to your Gothic 1/2 installation if not detected automatically
  4. Gothic is getting patched now
  5. Switch to the database and install the modifications you want to play
  6. Switch to the library and start the modification

Mods using Spine features

  • Dirty Swamp (Achievements) DE
  • Elemental War (Achievements, Scores) DE
  • Frohe Ostern 2007 (Achievements) DE
  • Gothic – Free Aiming (Achievements) DE|EN|PL
  • Gothic II – Atariar Edition (Achievements) DE|PL
  • Gothic II – Free Aiming (Achievements) DE|EN|PL
  • Gothic II Hardcore (Achievements) DE
  • Irrwichtel (Scores) DE|EN|PL
  • Jharkendar-Online Deathmatch (Account System) DE
  • Jharkendar-Online RP (Account System) DE
  • Left 4 Gothic (Achievements, Scores) DE
  • Odyssee (Achievements) DE|EN
  • Pimp (Achievements) DE|PL
  • Chess (Achievements, Scores, Multiplayer, Friends) DE|EN|PL
  • Sumpfscavenger (Achievements, Scores) DE|PL
  • VarusBikerEdition (Achievements) PL
  • Velen (Achievements) DE
  • Vergessen ist nicht vergangen (Achievements) DE|PL
  • Xeres’ Return (Achievements, Scores, Multiplayer, Statistics) DE|EN|PL

Downloads

Spine @ Clockwork Origins

Spine @ World of Gothic

Scripts API @ Clockwork Origins

Tutorials

We have a list of tutorials on how to use Spine as a developer. Find all tutorials on the Spine Tutorials page.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Spine is minimized, but Gothic doesn’t start. What can I do?

It can happen that the Gothic process is blocked by another application. If you can find Gothic in the task manager, but it doesn’t open up, it’s the case. To solve this problem just start the modification with the Systempack.

2. Gothic doesn’t start or can’t be updated.

If Gothic is installed into the Windows folder (typically C:\Program Files (x86)) this can lead to problems. Normally it is enough to start Spine with administrator privileges. But in case this doesn’t help, install Gothic to another directory (e.g. C:\Games) or on another partition (D:).

3. I start a modification, but Spine takes really long until Gothic gets started.

To guarantee the compatibility of all modifications all files of a modification are copied to the Gothic directory on startup and are removed after one finished playing. This process can take some seconds or even minutes in case the modification is huge. This time can be reduced by a huge amount starting Spine with administrator privileges. That’s because in this case just a link is created instead of a copy of the file. Another speedup can be reached when having the downloaded mods on the same partition as your Gothic installation.

4. Gothic starts with a white border on Windows 8 or higher.

In this case the solution is to start or the corresponding modification together with the Systempack. The Systempack offers fixes for this problem and many others.

5. Starting some modifications crashes Gothic at the end of the loading bar with an access violation error.

This happens almost every time because of the Data Execution Prevention (DEP) of Windows. All modifications using the Ikarus script package (almost all mods released in the last years) are affected by this problem as the script package overrides memory of Gothic to enable to new possibilities for the modders. To fix the crashes you just need to disable the DEP for Gothic. Therefore just follow these steps: Press Windows + Pause, “Advanced System Settings”, press the upper button “Settings” below “Performance”, choose the tab “DEP” and add all EXE files from the Gothic 2 folder (3). After that the problem should be solved.

6. Even though the download was successful the library is empty.

It might be that you accidently enabled the developer mode. Press Ctrl + D or disable it using the Developer menu.

7. The big downloads from the database do always fail.

Ensure you have enough empty space left in the target folder for the Spine downloads (see in Settings => Paths => Path to installed modifications). The size displayed in the database is just the download size, it requires more space on the disk.

8. Gothic 1 crashes when starting/loading a game with an Access Violation.

That’s caused by the data execution prevention (DEP) on Windows. To fix the crashes you just need to disable the DEP for Gothic. Therefore just follow these steps: Press Windows + Pause, “Advanced System Settings”, press the upper button “Settings” below “Performance”, choose the tab “DEP” and add all EXE files from the Gothic 2 folder (3, Gothic.exe, GothicMod.exe and KillHelp.exe).

9. I have a GSync monitor and Gothic crashes.

The renderer has its problems with GSync and isn’t really compatible with it. The solution for this problem is to disable GSync for Gothic.

Feedback & Contact

If you’re missing modifications or other functionality or find a bug, feel free to contact us via our Discord or in the forum @ World of Gothic.

If you want to help developing Spine itself or fix bugs, you can check out the open source project @ GitHub.

Recent News

Spine 1.17.0 3 weeks ago -
This month's Spine focusses on user requests and the Spine level.
Progress Report March 2020 4 weeks ago -
Last month of the first quarter of 2020 already reached and our projects and the team as well made very good progress!
Spine 1.16.0 2 months ago -
The February update for Spine is now available and introduces Steam support for Gothic 1 and 2 out of beta and improved the download handling.
Progress Report February 2020 2 months ago -
Almost missed that it's already February again. So time for the second progress report this year!
Past and future 2020 2 months ago -
It's 2020 already for a few weeks now and so we want to look back on what we achieved in 2019 and what we have planned for 2020.