A New Era of Organic City-Building Simulation!


Here you can find some of the most frequently asked questions about our medieval city building game Foundation.

You can send bug/crash reports by emailing support@polymorph.games. When submitting a bug report, please include the following:

  • A detailed explanation of your bug/crash
  • Steps to reproduce the bug/crash (if possible)
  • Your foundation.log file, found by default under C:\Users\USER\Documents\Polymorph Games\Foundation
  • A DXDIAG file that contains detailed information about your hardware Task Bar > DXDIAG > Save Information

You can also create a new bug/crash thread on our official Discord server, under Foundation > bug_reports

Our goal with Foundation is to create the most immersive, fun and believable medieval city building experience. We still have a ways to go before releasing the final version of our game with new, beefy updates planned throughout 2023 and beyond. Rest assured we will make sure you know once we are ready to move out of Early Access.

Foundation is a grid-less, sprawling medieval city building simulation with a heavy focus on organic development, monument construction and resource management. The game features in-depth resource management akin to the Anno (Dawn of Discovery) series, expertly mixed with city building elements from Settlers, SimCity, and Pharaoh all topped with narrative encounters inspired by Crusader Kings II to create the ultimate medieval ant-farm simulation.


  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • Processor: 3 ghz dual core processor
  • Memory: 4 GB of ram
  • Graphics: GTX 660 / R7 370 – 3 GB video memory
  • Additional Notes: OpenGL 4.3


  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • Processor: 3.2 ghz quad core processor
  • Memory: 8 GB of ram
  • Graphics: GTX 1060 or better

Tip: you can compare your setup with the minimum or recommended settings with a website such as https://www.videocardbenchmark.net/.

  • Keep building/part selected: Shift + Click (LMB)
  • Toggle monument snap: T
  • Adjust brush size: Ctrl + Mouse Wheel
  • Remove ui: Ctrl + U
  • Quick Save: Ctrl + S
  • Manage game speed: +/-
  • Pause: Spacebar
  • Close all windows: Backspace
  • Close focused window: Esc

Foundation is not currently available on Mac. However, you can play via GeForce Now.

You can also try installing an emulator such as Proton or Wine, though they are not officially supported.

Lastly, it is possible to play Windows-based games on Mac with Boot Camp. Read more details about it here.

Even if Linux is not our top priority right now, we do make the effort to let you experiment Foundation on this operating system. Since the game is still in active development and geared towards Windows, issues may arise when playing on Linux. This is especially true with new updates to the game or Proton, the Valve (Steam) tool allowing you to play Windows games on Linux.

Not yet, we are concentrating on developing the Windows version but will look at other platform possibilities in the future.

Steam keys are available for all backers via your Polymorph Games account located here: https://www.polymorph.games/account/

Rewards for backers will be completed close to the full release of the game.


The best way to do so is to head over our Discord and choose the #feedback_and_suggestions channel.

This is most likely due to your antivirus or firewall blocking the display component of the game.

You should try adding an exception for the foundation.exe file and launch the game again, as well as the game's paths
Documents/Polymorph Games/Foundation and steamapps/common/Foundation

How to add an exception to Windows Defender



Alternatively, you can also run your game as Administrator (right click, run as Administrator).

Lately, it has come to our attention that OneDrive might cause problems, leaving players unable to load the game at all.

  1. Open Steam
  2. Right click on Foundation
  3. Choose Properties
  4. Under Launch Options, enter the following command:-userpath c:\Foundationdata (or anywhere else you want the files to be located at)

Also, please make sure your installation isn't corrupted.

  1. Open Steam
  2. Right click on Foundation
  3. Choose Properties
  4. Choose Local Files
  5. Click on Verifiy integrity of game files, then reload your game

If you can't get achievements to unlock, there are generally two reasons why:

  • You loaded one or more mods, which automatically disables achievement support
  • You loaded a save file started prior to version

Hint: if achievements are disabled for your game, a warning will be displayed near the quest module.


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