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Avencast Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Oct 27, 2017.

  • by booman, Oct 27, 2017 at 1:58 PM
  • booman

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    Avencast is an Action RPG following a similar story to the Harry Potter books. You begin as cadet in a school of magic and complete training quests to level up. Avencast has some great features like skill tree, character stats, melee & projectile weapons, roll & dodge, spells and keyboard combinations to cast them.

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

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

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 18.2 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.12
    Wine: 2.0.2

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 2.0.2
    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 2.0.2 is installed and you can close this window

    Downloading Steam

    Go To: http://www.steampowered.com
    Click Install Steam
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    Do not click "Install Steam Now"
    It will automatically install Linux Steam
    Select Windows Steam instead
    click "Windows" under the green button
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    Navigate to your desktop
    Click Save
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    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: avencast
    No spaces
    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 2.0.2
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Configure Wine

    Applications Tab
    Windows Version: Windows 7
    Click Apply
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    Graphics Tab
    Check: Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows
    Check: Emulate a virtual desktop
    Desktop size: 1024x768
    Click Ok
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    PlayOnLinux Packages (Libraries, Components, DLL's)

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

    Installing Steam

    Click Browse
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    Navigate to your desktop
    Select: SteamSetup.exe
    Click Open
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    Click Next

    Click Next

    Check: I accept the license...
    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Install

    Click Finish

    Updating Steam

    Click the "X" to close Steam login
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select Steam.exe
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: Avencast
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
    This fixes any missing font problems and the Store problem (Windows needs to be set as Windows XP)
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    Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of wine

    Display Tab
    Video Memory Size: Select the size of Memory your video card/chip uses
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    Close Configure

    Launching Steam

    Select Avencast
    Click Run
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    Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs

    Click "Login to existing account"
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    Login
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    Find Avencast in your Steam Library
    Click Install
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    Uncheck "Create desktop shortcut"
    Uncheck "Create start menu shortcut"
    Click Next
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    Click Finish
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    Click Play after Avencast is finished downloading
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    Select "Launch Options Menu"
    Click Play
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    Adjust:
    • Adapter
    • Resolution
    • Windowed
    • VSync
    • Shadows
    • Texturefiltering
    • Particeleffects
    • Bloom-Shader
    • Floor in systemmem
    • No PostRenderEffect
    • Multisample PostRenderEffect
    • Vertex processing
    • FF-Pipeline
    • Sound
    • Video Subtitles
    • Disable videos
    • XFire Info
    Click Save & Play
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    Also, in-game during game-play you can press Esc
    Click Options
    Graphics Tab
    Adjust a few graphical settings like resolution
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    Even after setting Avencast to 1920x1080 the game would still launch at 1280x960
    To resolve this, go to the Avencast/cfg directory
    path:
    Code:
    /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/avencast/drive_c/Program Files/Steam/steamapps/common/Avencast/cfg
    Open game.cfg with your text editor
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    Edit the two lines:
    resX=
    resY=
    Enter the desired fullscreen resolution
    Save & close
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    Conclusion:
    Avencast ran perfectly with standard overrides and Wine 2.0.2. Feel free to set Windows to XP so you can browse the store too. I experienced great frame rates on my GTX 1060 in resolution of 1920x1080 as you can see in the video below. Avencast is an older game, but a really fun & challenging experience. so much to do and so many ways to customize your characters skills.

    Gameplay video:



    Screenshots:
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Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Oct 27, 2017.

  1. mrdeathjr28
    Non common game (some time ago give free), good screens too and is customizable in graphics

    :)
  2. booman
    Avencast is amazing! I played it years ago and loved it! Though the graphics are a bit dated, it is still very fun and involved. In some ways its even better than Harry Potter games.

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