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Elder Scrolls Arena Guide

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  • by booman, Dec 22, 2018 at 2:18 PM
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    he original 8-bit Action Role Playing game from Bethedsa Softworks. Before any of the famous Skyrim and Elder Scrolls Online, it started with Arena. Cast spells, complete quests, explore cities and wilderness with weather effects and day/night cycle and lots of NPC dialog.

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

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

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 19 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.3.3
    Wine: 3.0.3

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 3.0.3
    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 3.0.3 is installed and you can close this window

    We are using PlayOnLinux to install Arena initially, but later we will have an optional step using Linux DOSbox to play the game.

    PlayOnLinux Setup

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install
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    Click "Install a non-listed program"
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    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Name the virtual drive: elderscrollsarena
    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 3.0.3
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Wine Configuration

    Applications Tab
    Windows Version: Windows XP
    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

    Check the following:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    Click Next
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    Note: We probably don't need any of these packages since Arena is a DOS game, but I install them anyways. Each package should automatically download and install.

    Click Browse

    Select "setup_tes_arena_2.0.0.5.exe"
    Click Open
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    Click Next again...

    Click Options
    Check "Yes, I have read and accept EULA"
    Uncheck "Create desktop icon"
    Click Install
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    Click OK on all errors
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    Click Exit
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "DOSBox.exe"
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"

    Go back to PlayOnLinux and click Run to play Arena

    Linux DOSBox option

    Install DOSBox in your software manager or package manager

    Create a folder in your /home/username
    Name it dosgames
    Copy the Arena game folder into dosgams
    Full path:
    Arena:
    Code:
    /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/elderscrollsarena/Program Files/GOG Games/Arena
    dosgames:
    Code:
    /home/username/dosgames
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    DOSBox Install

    Launch DOSBox
    type:
    Code:
    mount C: /home/username/dosgames
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    Note: In place of "username" use your Linux login
    Code:
    Type:  c:
    Type:  cd arena
    Type:  Install
    
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    Press Enter
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    Go to Exit
    Press Enter
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    Note: No need to configure game or audio. We'll add that later in the launcher

    Now you will see two folder in dosgames
    • Arena
    • ARENA_CD
    Open Arena, copy all the files
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    Paste all the files in ARENA_CD
    Click Skip on duplicates
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    Back to DOSBox
    Type: mount d /home/username/dosgames/AREANA_CD -t cdrom
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    Code:
    Type:  cd arena_cd
    type:  d:
    type:  acd
    
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    Elder Scrolls Arena should now run without audio
    You can skip the prompts and exit the game
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    DOSBox Shortcut (Linux Mint)

    Go to the .dosbox directory
    Full path:
    Code:
    /home/username/.dosbox
    Copy dosbox-0.74.conf
    Rename it to: arena.conf
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    Open arena.conf
    Scroll down to the very bottom
    Enter the following commands:
    Code:
    mount c ~/dosgames -freesize 1000
    c:
    mount d ~/dosgames/ARENA_CD -t cdrom
    d:
    acd -Ssbpdig.adv -IOS220 -IRQS7 -DMAS1 -Msbp1fm.adv -IOM220 -IRQM7 -DMAM1
    
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    Note: These commands mount the C: drive, add extra hard drive space, mount the D: drive and add the audio options. Without -freesize 1000, you would get a hard drive error and the game gets buggy.

    You can also scroll up to the top and set fullscreen to "true"

    Right-Click Menu
    Click Configure
    Click Menu Tab
    Click "Open the menu editor"
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    Click Games
    Click "New Item"
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    Name: Elder Scrolls Arena
    Command: /user/bin/dosbox -conf /home/username/.doxbox/arena.conf
    Comment: whatever you want to add
    Click the Icon to set the games icon
    Click OK
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    Click Close
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    Now click Elder Scrolls Arena in your Menu under Games
    This will automatically launch DOSBox and start Arena
    You should also hear the MIDI audio

    Also, use Ctrl+F12 to speed up the CPU for a better frame rate

    Conclusion:
    Also all DOS games can be installed and run in this way using PlayOnLinux and DOSBox. I initially had a problem with a "hard drive space" warning and the game had graphical artifacts and was unplayable. But the switch -freesize 1000 fixed it. Now I can play fullscreen in 640x480, but the game will run really slow. Use Ctrl+F12 to speed up the CPU usage and it will run really well.

    Gameplay Video:


    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Dec 26, 2018
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Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Dec 22, 2018.

  1. cloasters
    You do SO much work for the good of the gaming and computing communities, I must say THANK YOU booman!

    Merry Christmas!
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  2. booman
    Of course! I love helping gamers play all generations and genre's of games... specially in Linux. Who knew?

    Have a Merry Christmas as well!
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