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Arcanum Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jun 10, 2016.

  • by booman, Jun 10, 2016 at 1:52 PM
  • booman

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    Imagine a place of wonder, where magick and technology hold equal sway, and an adventurer might just as easily wield a flintlock pistol as a flaming sword. A place where great industrial cities house castle keeps and factories, home to Dwarves, Humans, Orcs and Elves alike. A place of ancient runes and steamworks, of magic and machines, of sorcery and science.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Arcanum in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the GOG version of Arcanum. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

    To learn more about PlayOnLinux and Wine configuration, see the online manual: PlayOnLinux Explained

    Mint 17.3 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.10
    Wine: 1.8.2

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.8.2
    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right
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    Click Next

    Downloading Wine
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    Extracting

    Downloading Gecko
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    Installed
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    Wine 1.8.2 is installed and you can close this window

    Download Arcanum unofficial patch and widescreen patch

    Go to: http://www.terra-arcanum.com/downloads/
    Click Unofficial Patch
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    Download patch: UAP091225.exe
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    Click High Resolution Patch
    Download patch: HighRes1.1a.exe
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    Note: Wait until the first patch is completely downloaded before clicking the next patch.

    PlayOnLinux Setup

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install
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    Click "Install a non-listed program"
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    Click Next

    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Name your virtual drive: arcanum
    Click Next
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    Check all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next
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    Select Wine 1.8.2
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Wine Configuration

    Applications Tab
    Windows version: Windows 7
    Click Apply
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    Graphics Tab
    Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Click OK
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    PlayOnLinux Packages (Components, DLL's, Libraries)

    Check the following:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_gdiplus
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    Click Next
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    Note: All packages will automatically download and install

    Installing Arcanum

    Click Browse

    Select "setup_arcanum_2.0.0.15.exe"
    Click Open
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    Click Next again

    Check "Yes, I have read and accept EULA"
    Click Options
    Uncheck "Create desktop icons"
    Click Install
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    Click Exit
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "Arcanum.exe"
    Click Next
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    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Select Arcanum
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.8.2
    Arguments: -no3d
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    Note: -no3d eliminates graphical artifacts. Click the + to download other versions of Wine, click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine

    Display Tab
    Video Memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
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    Installing Patches

    Miscellaneous Tab
    Click "Run a .exe in this virtual drive"
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    Select UAP091225.exe
    Click Open
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    Click Next
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    Check "Townmap Fixes"
    Check "Extra Content"
    Click Next
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    Click Install
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    Uncheck "Show Readme"
    Click Finish
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    Click "Run a .exe in this virtual drive"
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    Select HighRes1.1a.exe
    Click Open
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    Type Destination folder:
    C:\GOG Games\Arcanum
    Click Install
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    Readme?
    Press n
    Press Enter
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    Install High Resolution Patch?
    Press i
    Press Enter
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    Type width
    ex: 1920
    Press Enter
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    Type height
    ex: 1080
    Press Enter
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    Follow the rest of the instructions about Dialog and Logbook fonts

    Successful
    Press Enter
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    Close Configure

    Launching Arcanum

    Select Arcanum
    Click Run
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    Note: Click Debug to see errors and bugs

    Conclusion:
    Arcanum ran perfectly after adding the High Resolution patch and using the -no3d argument. It is an old school game, but very detailed in character development. There seems to be endless options for skills, strengths, spells, items, disciplines and more.


    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Jun 10, 2016

Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. mrdeathjr28
    Non common game seems have some air from diablo

    Good information about patch and good screens too

    :)
  2. booman
    Thanks MrDeathJr! Glad to see you are back.
    I started a conversation with you... check your notifications

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