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It might be just my imagination, but I think that the times I've been able to play the longest (1 hour or so), have been the times I don't alt-tab at all... otherwise the game crashes 5 minutes in or 20 minutes in, randomly. It can be mid-fight, mid-conversation or mid-digging for gold inside my nose.

How does it crash? The screen just freezes and the PC's fans go down to their idle speeds, then I have to blindfoldedly kill the game via the Task Manager shortcut.

I can also replicate this by just alt-tabbing and not coming back to the game for a couple of minutes. Whenever I hear the fans go silent is when I know the game has crashed.

Nothing of what I've tried has helped so far: Playing it Windowed, Borderless or Exclusive. Turning VSYNC on or off. Limiting frames via Nvidia CP. Changing graphic settings around. I've tried with both my SSD and HDD.

Also, this PC is the one I finished Cyberpunk 2077 @4K almost max settings without a single crash. I format it every 6 or so months. I have all my drivers up to date. Likewise, I don't use extra software for peripherals or performance or whatever. In other words, I have no issues with other games at all.

I'm completely puzzled as why this happens with this game.
Post edited January 16, 2024 by ARCADDER
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I played the the game for, I don't know, several dozen hours, alt-tabbed regularly and can't recall a single crash/freeze. So it seemes the problem is specific to your configuration.

Which OS do you use? What CPU and GPU do you have installed in your system? How much RAM? Temperatures (CPU, GPU, SDD/HDD, RAM) are all in the green? Is your system OCed?
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ARCADDER: It might be just my imagination, but I think that the times I've been able to play the longest (1 hour or so), have been the times I don't alt-tab at all..
For what it's worth I play on Linux. And I'm not able to alt-tab away from any owlcat game. The game doesn't crash, but it just stops taking input. I haven't had that issue with other games.

Which OS do you use? What CPU and GPU do you have installed in your system? How much RAM? Temperatures (CPU, GPU, SDD/HDD, RAM) are all in the green? Is your system OCed?
I use Windows 11 Pro, GTX1080ti 11GB, intel i7 4770k not OCed but with turboboost set to 4.4Ghz, 24GB RAM, all temps as usual when gaming (CPU 40-45°C, GPU +/-83°C, HDDs 30°C.).

I've pretty much used this config since my 1080ti Strix was released, and besides the Bugisoft games, none of the 1000+ games I own crash like Pathfinder WOTR does.

It's also really weird because when the game crash, it invokes Unity Crash reporting tool or whatever it's called, but it doesn't dump crash logs in the folder it should, and other actually demanding Unity games, like Escape from Tarkov, don't crash at all.
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EverNightX: For what it's worth I play on Linux. And I'm not able to alt-tab away from any owlcat game. The game doesn't crash, but it just stops taking input. I haven't had that issue with other games.
Huh... that's also really weird. Is that a common issue with Owlcat games on Linux?
Post edited January 19, 2024 by ARCADDER
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ARCADDER: Huh... that's also really weird. Is that a common issue with Owlcat games on Linux?
Yes. Kingmaker, Wrath of the Righteous, and Rogue Trader all have that problem. It's a pain because I usually want to tab away on level up to lookup my build.
Post edited January 19, 2024 by EverNightX
Have you tried borderless full screen window in Settings - Graphics? Does “run as administrator” help?

Your system is a bit dated. Is your power supply still sufficient? Aged power supplies can be nasty and cause problems that are difficult to reproduce.
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MarS666: Have you tried borderless full screen window in Settings - Graphics? Does “run as administrator” help?

Your system is a bit dated. Is your power supply still sufficient? Aged power supplies can be nasty and cause problems that are difficult to reproduce.
Yeah, I’ve tried with every possible combination of video settings. Full screen, borderless, windowed, with or without VSYNC, the previous with or without limited frames via Nvidia’s control panel, even running it at 1440p, and nothing has helped.

And while yes, the system is definitely dated (the CPU came out in 2011 and the GPU in 2016 iirc), as I’ve said in my original post, just a few months ago I finished cyberpunk 2077 running at 4K with most settings set to max, I play a ton of other games, some much more demanding than this one, and edit videos while overclocking the GPU, and I’ve never had power supply issues or crashes that could point to a hardware issue.

Also this isn’t like something that just started happening now. I’ve had this game for at least two years, and I haven’t reached further than the camp (once you get your own) because of me getting fed up with the crashes. In these couple of years I’ve tried giving the game a go again and it’s always the same experience.

I’m not discarding issues with my hardware, but it’d be very weird that just this ONE game out of the ton of both new and old games that I play, triggers these issues.
Tips copied from steam community that may be related to your issue:

1.
A known issue from ALT+TABbing. Probably caused by a weird execution of the game's borderless window mode. Easy to fix.
Add "-popupwindow" parameter at launch and put the game on windowed mode to make it a true borderless mode.

2. Game crashes on startup if the user has more than one monitor and they have different settings (DPI, possibly resolution).
• Tips: Force the game to run on another monitor by supplying -monitor N startup parameter via Steam or through command line arguments, where N is an index of a monitor (1, 2 etc.). User can try several indices and see if the game will start without a crash on one of his devices. E.g. run the game first with -monitor 1 and if it crashes, with -monitor 2 parameter.
Force one monitor before launching the game.

Your CPU has an iGPU. As you probably don't use it at all, is it disabled in the bios?
3. My game freezes on 9X% during loading.
• Status: Known issue | We are working on it | PC: Fixed | MacOS: Working on it
• Reason: Issue with Intel iGPU
• Tips how to fix it:
• Disable iGPU
• Both GPU drivers update

4.
delete the following files under %systemdrive%\users\%username%\AppData\LocalLow\Owlcat Games\Pathfinder Wrath Of The Righteous\:
combatlog.txt
gamelog.txt
gamelogfull.txt
gamelogfullprev.txt
gamelogprev.txt
general_settings.json
player.log
player-prev.log
statistic.overflow.json
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MarS666: Tips copied from steam community that may be related to your issue:

1.
A known issue from ALT+TABbing. Probably caused by a weird execution of the game's borderless window mode. Easy to fix.
Add "-popupwindow" parameter at launch and put the game on windowed mode to make it a true borderless mode.

2. Game crashes on startup if the user has more than one monitor and they have different settings (DPI, possibly resolution).
• Tips: Force the game to run on another monitor by supplying -monitor N startup parameter via Steam or through command line arguments, where N is an index of a monitor (1, 2 etc.). User can try several indices and see if the game will start without a crash on one of his devices. E.g. run the game first with -monitor 1 and if it crashes, with -monitor 2 parameter.
Force one monitor before launching the game.

Your CPU has an iGPU. As you probably don't use it at all, is it disabled in the bios?
3. My game freezes on 9X% during loading.
• Status: Known issue | We are working on it | PC: Fixed | MacOS: Working on it
• Reason: Issue with Intel iGPU
• Tips how to fix it:
• Disable iGPU
• Both GPU drivers update

4.
delete the following files under %systemdrive%\users\%username%\AppData\LocalLow\Owlcat Games\Pathfinder Wrath Of The Righteous\:
combatlog.txt
gamelog.txt
gamelogfull.txt
gamelogfullprev.txt
gamelogprev.txt
general_settings.json
player.log
player-prev.log
statistic.overflow.json
Thanks a lot for searching and compiling these suggestions, Mar! I won't be home for the upcoming days, so I'll try them once I'm back, but it seems that it might be Suggestion #1 as the others don't apply for different reasons.

If none of what you suggested ends up fixing it, I'll have to embrace these crashes until I build a new PC, as it seems like it's something that only happens to my configuration. In any case, I thank you for taking the time and effort to help!
You are welcome!

I hope you can fix the problem. In my opinion this game is a must play for anyone who is into classic CRPGs. It would be a shame to miss it because of technical issues.
I know I might be late to the party, but I just had this issue and it turned out to be a faulty disk drive. I moved the installation to a different one and it stopped freezing. Check the event log in windows, it might give you a hint about what's wrong.