Mahou Arms Launcher User Guide

Since we’ve updated the Launcher and released on Steam Early Access, we decided we should provide a more detailed post about the Launcher’s new features. This post will help explain the following:

  • Steps to install Mahou Arms via the Launcher (Patreon)
  • Steps to install Mahou Arms via the Launcher (Steam)
  • How to access Patreon rewards
  • How to unlock past rewards with tokens
  • How to switch Mahou Arms channels and determine the latest build
  • Getting a Steam key as a Patron
  • Common Issues/FAQ

Feel free to skip to the section that’s relevant to you.

Steps to install Mahou Arms via the Launcher (Patreon)

To install Mahou Arms via the Launcher with Patreon, first you must download the launcher here: https://mahouarms.com/mahouarms/Mahou_Arms_Setup.exe

Once the Launcher is installed, you must log into it via your Patreon account. Clicking the following button in the Launcher will open your web browser for you to log in.

Once you are logged in, the Launcher will know which Mahou Arms builds and rewards you are entitled to. Before you begin installation, you should check your settings to make sure you have the channel/version you want to install selected. You can find more information on how to do this in the “How to switch Mahou Arms channels” section.

Once you have the desired channel/version selected, you can begin the installation process by clicking the following message. Please don’t close the Launcher during installation.

Once the installation process is done, you can click “Play” to start the game. If you have any problems during installation, please refer to the “Common Issues/FAQ” section. If you cannot resolve the issue after doing so, please let us know.

Steps to install Mahou Arms via the Launcher (Steam)

To install Mahou Arms via the Launcher with Steam, first you must download the launcher here: https://mahouarms.com/mahouarms/Mahou_Arms_Setup.exe

Once the Launcher is installed, you must log into it via your Steam account. Clicking the following button in the Launcher will open your web browser for you to log in.

Our servers then do a check to make sure that you own Mahou Arms. If you do, you are granted access to the “censored” and “uncensored” channels. Before you begin installation, you should check your settings to make sure you have the channel/version you want to install selected. You can find more information on how to do this in the “How to switch Mahou Arms channels” section.

Once you have the desired channel/version selected, you can begin the installation process by clicking the following message. Please don’t close the Launcher during installation.

Once the installation process is done, you can click “Play” to start the game. If you have any problems during installation, please refer to the “Common Issues/FAQ” section. If you cannot resolve the issue after doing so, please let us know.

How to access Patreon rewards

To access your Patreon rewards, you must be logged into the Launcher with your Patreon account. Instructions on how to do this are in the “Steps to install Mahou Arms via the Launcher (Patreon)” section. Once logged in, you can click on the “My Rewards” menu option to bring up the rewards you have access to.

To download a reward, click the “Download” button below the thumbnail. A window will open for you to select your download location.

Once selected, the download will begin and the progress will be displayed in the download button. Once complete, you can click the button again to open the location of the download.

From there, simply unzip the file and enjoy your rewards!

How to unlock past rewards with tokens

To unlock past Patreon rewards, you must be logged into the Launcher with your Patreon account. Instructions on how to do this are in the “Steps to install Mahou Arms via the Launcher (Patreon)” section. Once logged in, you can click on the “My Rewards” menu option to bring up the rewards you have access to.

To see unlockable rewards, you must change the “Show” setting to “Unowned”. This will display a list of captain-tier rewards you do not have access to. You may only unlock captain tier rewards, as they are equivalent to major tier rewards and also contain Lieutenant rewards anyway.

To the left of the list you will see a count of your available tokens. Tokens are earned per month of support based on your Patreon tier, starting from April 2020. April’s token calculation was 1 for Lieutenants and 3 for captain and majors, however starting from May 2020, a month of support will earn you the following per tier:

  • Lieutenant: 1 Token
  • Captain: 3 Tokens
  • Major: 6 Tokens

Earn reward unlock costs 3 tokens. If you have enough tokens you may click the unlock button below the reward you want to unlock.

This will bring up a confirmation modal. Click Yes to proceed with the unlock.

Once unlocked, your reward will show up in your “Owned” list, which should automatically be opened after the reward is unlocked. You may download your reward.

How to switch Mahou Arms channels and determine the latest build

To switch build channels, you must be logged into the Launcher with either Patreon or Steam. Please refer to the first two sections for instructions on how to do this. Once logged in, you can click on the “Settings” menu option to bring up the channel/version override options.

The channel permissions work as follows:

Steam: Censored, Uncensored

Patreon (Cadets) (Phased Out): Censored, Uncensored

Patreon (Lieutenants and higher): Censored, Uncensored, Bleeding

Here are the purposes of each channel:

Censored: The censored version of the game. All adult content has been removed from this version. (v.0.1.616 and prior have adult content but with blurring/pixelation)

Uncensored: The uncensored version of the game. All adult content is included.

Bleeding: Typically the “latest” build available. New features and content is delivered through this channel early to Patreon backers. After big releases (such as the initial Steam Early Access release) Censored/Uncensored channels may temporarily be farther ahead than bleeding.

Changing the channel will change the versions of Mahou Arms available in the Version Override list. Higher version numbers are newer versions of the game.

After changing the channel/version you will either see a message to install/update to the version on the main home screen or an option to play it if it's already installed. You may only install one version from each channel at a time, but may upgrade/downgrade between versions as you like.

Getting a Steam Key as a Patron

Your Steam key eligibility is based on your lifetime pledge amount and the key is delivered via the Launcher. Your current pledge amount does not need to be higher than the Steam price to get a key, only your lifetime pledge amount. So, if you pledged at $5, you would earn a Steam key after six months ($30 lifetime pledge). This applies retroactively, so past patrons who pledged over $30 in total will still get a steam key even if they are no longer patrons and do not re-pledge.

To acquire a key/see the status of your Steam key eligibility, go to the "My Rewards" page of the Launcher and look to the bottom left.

This will show your progress towards a Steam key, or if you've already pledged enough, it will be a button to get your steam key.

Clicking this button will bring up a screen which will allow you to copy or view your Steam key.


Common Issues/FAQ

 >> I bought the game on Steam but the Launcher says I don't have access?

If you logged into the Launcher before purchasing the game on Steam, you will have to log out and back in before the Launcher is able to recognize your purchase.

>> I have pledged more than $30 over time but am no longer pledged. Do I still get a steam key?

Yes.

>> Do I need to pledge over $30 at once to get a Steam key?

No, the $30 requirement is based on your lifetime pledge (so a $10 pledge after 3 months will get you a key).

>> I have purchased the game on Steam, do I need to be a patron to get the uncensored version of the game?

No. Steam users get the uncensored version from the Launcher as well.

>> Do I need to set the install location to my Steam folder?

No, the Launcher is entirely separate from Steam and the Steam version of the game.

>> I've pledged in this past but am not currently pledged. The Launcher says I don't have access to the game now.

This is a known issue. You are supposed to have access to all builds released while you were pledged, but this isn't working yet. It will be fixed in the future. You can still run any installed versions of the game despite the warning though.

>> The download is too slow.

If you are using a proxy, try turning it off. If you must use a proxy, use one close to San Fransisco, USA. Try downloading during times when less people will be using the internet. Most download speed problems are caused by a high ping, so anything you can do to lower your ping will help.

>> The download reaches 100% and then fails to proceed.

This is a known issue and we are working on fixing it. The issue is sometimes resolved by changing your installation location or restarting your computer.

>> The download gets stuck.

Pausing and un-pausing the download will sometimes fix this.


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