April Fools: Shutting down until further notice

Unfortunately, just when FAF is as busy as it has ever been, we have received a written warning which requires us to shut down our services before Midnight (GMT). Charges will be pressed against us if we do not comply.

The reason is that, since our servers are hosted in Germany, German law applies to us. In the face of COVID-19, Germany has banned all gatherings of more than 2 people – which FAF clearly exceeds.

We hope that the crisis will end very soon and we’re allowed to get back online ASAP.

April 2nd Addendum: This is not any sort of official FAF announcement. It is, as you’d expect, an April Fools news post. You don’t need to worry about FAF shutting down any time soon.

FAF Council

Brutus5000 becomes new DevOps councilor

Hi all,

Until today, the DevOps councilor seat has been shared by me (Downlord) and DukeOfEarl. Since DukeOfEarl got too busy with his private life, he resigned. In the name of all of us, I would like to thank him for the time he spent on FAF.

I am pleased to announce that his spot has now been taken by Brutus5000, who has been a very active and valued contributor to FAF since 2016.

A list of current councillors can be found on the Council of Setons Wiki Page.

– Downlord

Server Update Steam

Enforcing Steam-Link for all new accounts

When we activated the one-account-per-machine mechanism with the server update last week, we were aware that it is easy to circumvent for dedicated villains. Yet, we gave it a try before taking more drastic measures.

Unfortunately, as expected, people are circumventing it and continue their malicious behavior. As they can easily create new accounts once we ban them, we’re basically unable to ban such people.

Therefore, at the expense of FAF’s openness for new players, we decided to force Steam-Link for all accounts created after 2018-09-15 12:00 UTC.

This means that new users are required to:

  • Have a Steam account
  • Have Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance in their game library
  • Go through FAF’s Link Account to Steam process

Otherwise, they won’t be able to log in.

It really hurts me to enable this as it is going to be a big hurdle for anyone who wants to join FAF or bring their friends over. But unfortunately, this step seems necessary for now.

We will continue to improve the one-account-per-machine system and try to work out other options (like mobile phone validation) but since our resources are rather limited, it will likely take quite a while until we are ready to remove the Steam-Link restriction.

Thank you for your understanding,


Server Update

Enforcing one-account-per-machine

Dear FAF users,

As some of you might know, FAF has a one-account-per-machine policy. This is necessary as some folks invest an incredible amount of time in creating multiple FAF accounts in order to circumvent bans, manipulate ratings upload cheat maps or for any other malicious behavior that hurt the FAF community.

For quite a while now, this policy has not been technically enforced due to technical issues. This caused a lot of unnecessary work for our moderator team, which had to observe each account being created (about 100 per day) only to sort out and ban the malicious ones.

The technical issues have now been sorted out and the system re-enabled. This will result in some of you not being able to log in anymore if you have been using multiple accounts on the same machine. If that’s the case, please stick to your original account.

If you are using multiple accounts from the same machine by different people, each of you
has to link their account to your Steam account.

If you have any other problem, please contact a moderator on the forums.

– Downlord


E-Mail server incident


We had troubles with our email server configuration which resulted in certain email providers (especially rejecting our emails.

This has now been fixed.

Most providers now accept our emails, but they might still classify it as SPAM. If you sign up for FAF, reset your password or expect emails from the forums, please also check your SPAM folder.

To help to get our IP whitelisted by email providers, please make sure that you mark all emails from FAF as “not spam”.

– Downlord


Here’s a list of provider known to block our emails (we’re working on getting un-blocked):