Once again I am going to guide you in installing a Windows-based MMOG. I showed you before how to install World of Warcraft in Ubuntu Linux by using PlayOnLinux.

This time, I am going to give you the steps in installing Runes of Magic in Ubuntu Linux by using PlayOnLinux!

Since this is not a Linux-native game we are installing, it is important that we have an idea of the How-To author’s computer configuration, and in any debugging it is standard practice. Here is my Linux machine:

  • Processor: Intel Core2Duo
  • OS: Ubuntu 9.10 “Karmic Koala” 64-bit
  • RAM: 2gb
  • GFX: nVIDIA® 7300LE
  • GFX Driver: nVIDIA® 185
  • WINE: 1.1.32
  • POL: 3.7 (with winetricks)

Just like with WoW, RoM runs more faster and smoothly than when I play using Microsoft® Windows™. No kidding. RoM is slow on my machine when I use Windows XP Pro.

As usual, the process is similar, if not the same, with any other Debian-based distributions like Debian itself and Linux Mint. If you have a non-Debian based distro, simply adjust the instructions if needed and you will be fine.

Of course, I am assuming that you already installed PlayOnLinux, if not just click that link. You may also want to install WINE itself.

So let’s begin:

Install RoM via PlayOnLinux

For the International server:

  • Open PlayOnLinux (Applications -> Other -> PlayOnLinux)
  • Click the ‘Install’ button
  • Select the ‘Games’ category and look for ‘Runes of Magic’

Installing Runes of Magic Philippines, the only requirement is a DVD installer:

  • Download rom-ph.pol (right-click and save as)
  • Open PlayOnLinux (Applications -> Other -> PlayOnLinux)
  • Go to Tools -> Run a non-official script
  • Click the Forward button then select the rom-ph.pol you downloaded above
  • Simply follow the installation instructions

Dual-Booting? Follow these steps

  • Download rom-dualboot.pol if you play in the International servers; or rom-ph-dualboot.pol if you play in the Philippine server (right-click and save us)
  • Open PlayOnLinux (Applications -> Other -> PlayOnLinux)
  • Go to Tools -> Run a non-official script
  • Click the Forward button then select rom-dualboot.pol or rom-ph-dualboot.pol
  • Follow the installation instructions

Dual-Boot: Creating a symbolic link to your existing RoM installation

  • Go to your Windows RoM folder
  • Right click on the “Realms of Magic” folder and select ‘Make Link’
  • Cut the newly created symlink and paste it here: ~/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/RunesOfMagic/drive_c/Program Files
  • Rename the symlink to: Runes of Magic

For RoM-PH gamers:

  • Go to: ~/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/RunesOfMagic/drive_c/Program Files
  • Create a new folder named exactly as: e-Games
  • Go to your Windows RoM-PH folder
  • Right click on the “Runes Of Magic” folder and select ‘Make Link’
  • Cut the newly created symlink and past it here: ~/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/RunesOfMagic/drive_c/Program Files/e-Games
  • Rename the symlink to (exact): Runes Of Magic

Dual-Boot: Symlink your RoM Player Folder

  • Go to your Windows RoM Player folder (in Windows it is at: C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR-USERNAME\My Documents\)
  • Right click on the “Runes of Magic” folder and select ‘Make Link’
  • Cut the newly created symlink and paste it here: ~/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/RunesOfMagic/drive_c/users/YOUR-USERNAME/My Documents
  • Rename (or delete) the existing “Runes of Magic” folder
  • Rename your Symlink to (exact): Runes of Magic

Dual-Boot: Creating a Shortcut to RoM

  • Download this icon first: Runes of Magic.ico
  • Right-Click on your Panel and select: Add to Panel
  • Select: Custom Application Launcher
  • Here’s what you need to do:
    • Type: Application
    • Name: Runes of Magic; or Runes of Magic Philippines
    • Command: /usr/share/playonlinux/playonlinux –run “Runes of Magic”
    • Command for RoM-PH: /usr/share/playonlinux/playonlinux –run “Runes of Magic Philippines”
    • Comment: PlayOnLinux
    • Click the icon box and select the ICO file you downloaded

Final Configurations

Whether you are dual-booting or not, you have to do the following steps to make RoM run.

Install vcrun2005

Runes of Magic requires the MS Visual C++ 2005 sp1 libraries to run. Installation is simple, so do not worry about it.

  • First of all, you need to install the POL Helper plugin. Click the link (it will open in a new window/tab) and follow the instructions I wrote just for you then come back here.
  • Now open PlayOnLinux (Applications -> Other -> PlayOnLinux)
  • Go to the ‘Plugins Menu’ and choose ‘POL Helper’
  • In the POL Helper window, click on ‘winetricks’ and select ‘To POL Launcher’
  • Click on the ‘Open Folder Icon’ and choose ‘RunesOfMagic’
  • Then click on the button ‘run winetricks’ and a new window will appear
  • Look for the package ‘vcrun2005’, check it, then click the ‘OK’ button
  • Follow the instructions
  • Then close all the windows

WINE Registry Edits

  • Open PlayOnLinux (Applications -> Other -> PlayOnLinux)
  • Select the entry ‘Runes of Magic’ and click the ‘Configure this application’ button
  • Click the ‘Forward’ button
  • Select ‘Registry Editor’ then click ‘Forward’
  • Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Wine
  • Right click on the folder/key ‘Wine’, select ‘New’ then ‘Key’
  • Name the newly created folder/key: Direct3D
  • Select the ‘Direct3D’ folder/key
  • Right click on the empty space, select ‘New’ then ‘String Value’
  • Name the newly created string value: UseGLSL
  • Right click on ‘UseGLSL’ and select ‘Modify’
  • Enter: disabled

WINE Configuration

  • Select ‘Configure wine’ then click ‘Forward’
  • Go to the ‘Graphics’ tab
  • Under the ‘Window Settings’ group, be sure that the checkbox ‘Allow the window manager to control the windows’ is the only one checked.
  • Under the ‘Direct3D’ group, select the ‘Hardware’ option as your ‘Vertex Shader Support’
  • Still in the same group, check the box ‘Allow Pixel Shader (if supported by hardware)’
  • Go to the ‘Audio’ tab
  • Be sure that the only checked entry is ‘ALSA Driver’
  • Under the ‘DirectSound’ group, choose ‘Full’ for ‘Hardware Acceleration’
  • Then check the box ‘Driver Emulation’ (note: the latest version of WINE do not have this setting)
  • Click the ‘Ok’ button
  • You should be back to the PlayOnLinux Wizard for ‘Runes of Magic’
  • Select ‘Simulate Windows reboot’ and click ‘Forward’
  • After which, simply click ‘Cancel’ to close the wizard window

Ubuntu Configuration Editor (gconf) edits

Finally, this last instruction is to prevent Ubuntu from taking over your PrintScreen key and ALT+mouse combination.

  • Go to Applications -> System Tools -> Configuration Editor; or simply Press ALT+F2 and type: gconf-editor
  • Go to /apps/metacity/global_keybindings
  • Look for key name “run_command_screenshot” and change its value to whatever you are comfortable with (I use: <Control>Print)
  • Go to /apps/metacity/general
  • Look for the key name “mouse_button_modifier” and change its value to whatever you are comfortable with (note: be sure you put a value! I use: <SUPER>)

Go run Runes of Magic and enjoy the game.

Oh, everytime you see that error dialog above just click ‘Cancel’. It only shows up once every client (re)-start, a minor inconvenience really.

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