Fable: The Lost Chapters, is a Hero Adventure with all the nuts-n-bolts of an action RPG game. Melee weapons, ranged weapons and magical attacks are all part of your arsenal as you fight bandits, mages, animals, monsters and bosses. There is also customization of your characters appearance.
Naturally I wanted to see if it runs on Linux in the PlayOnLinux environment.
Follow this step-by-step guide to learn how to configure, install and optimize your game with PlayOnLinux.
To learn more about PlayOnLinux and Wine configuration, see the online manual:
Mint 14 32-bit
Copying CD files
Create a new folder on your desktop
Name it: Fable
Enter your Fable Disk 1
Select all the files on Fable Disk 1
Copy to your new Fable folder
Note: My CD ROM always errored with the 00002.tmp file, so I would skip it and everything else would copy fine. I had to search online for this .tpm file and downloaded it.
Enter Fable Disk 2
Select these files only:
Copy and paste to your new Fable folder
- Fable - The Lost Chapters
Note: Linux will ask to merge "Fable - The Lost Chapters" because it has a duplicate data folder with audio and videos.
Continue with Fable Disk 3 and Disk 4.
Disk 3 will also have a "Fable - The Lost Chapters" folder and a "Disk3C-1.cab" file
Disk 4 only has "Disk4C-1.cab" file
Finished state of your new Fable folder
Select "Manage Wine versions"
Naviate down the list until you find 1.4
Click the top (greater than) button to add Wine 1.4 to your "Installed wine Versions" list
Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging
When its done you should now have Wine 1.4 on your list of "Installed Wine versions"
Close Wine manager
PlayOnLinux Setup - Virtual Drive & Libraries
Go back to PlayOnLinux
Click "Install a non listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name your virtual drive: Fable
Select all 3 options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Note: If you are running a 64-bit system, PlayOnLinux will prompt if you want to use a 64-bit or 32-bit virtual drive.
ALWAYS SELECT THE 32-bit VIRTUAL DRIVE
Select Application Tab
Windows version: Windows 7
Installing Windows Components
Note: if you don't already have any of these libraries in your /home/username/.playonlinux/resources Directory, then they will download for you.
Installing DirectX 9
Downloading Installing vcrun6
Navigate to your desktop and open the new Fable folder
Select the "Setup.exe"
Enter the Fable product KEY from the game insert
Installing should take about 15-20 minutes
Uncheck both options because we have more configuring to do
Name the shortcut Fable
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Now you will have a Fable shortcut on your desktop
In PlayOnLinux click Configure
Select the Fable virtual drive
Click the Wine tab
Click "Configure Wine"
Select the Drives tab
Make sure "D:" drive is mapped to your Fable Disk 1
Note: to doublecheck where your disk is mapped, right click the CD ROM on your desktop and select properties.
Click the Display Tab
Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
Video Memory Size: the memory on your card
Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
Go back to the Wine tab
Click "Windows Reboot"
Close the Configuration window
You should see a splash screen
After it syncs with your CD ROM you will have to agree to the license agreement
Click Video Options
I was able to adjust all video options to my desire.
Widescreen ratios worked great and I cranked all of the texture, anti-aliasing, mesh and shadows
Note: I noticed some flickering in the shadows during gameplay. It seems turning down shadow detail may fix it.