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Icewind Dale 2 Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by Daerandin, Oct 5, 2014.

  • by Daerandin, Oct 5, 2014 at 9:49 PM
  • Daerandin

    Daerandin Well-Known Member

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    Icewind Dale 2 was among the first computer games to make use of the 3rd edition Dungeons and Dragons rules, and it offered a lot of Forgotten Realms specific rules as well. Even though I usually found the original Icewind Dale to have a greater sense of exploration to it, this game allows for greater character customization. The new skills and feats system that D&D 3ed introduced really make this a much richer experience in game mechanics.


    This guide will explain how to install the digital edition of the game available on GOG.com

    Tips & Specs

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

    Arch Linux 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux 4.2.5
    Wine 1.6.2

    Downloading from GOG

    GOG games can be downloaded on Linux by using a web browser, just make sure the "GOG.com Downloader mode" is OFF


    Or you can use the lgogdownloader, which is my personal preferred choice. It is a very useful program for downloading GOG games. There is no graphical interface for it, but it is very fast and provides error free downloads.

    For some Linux distros it may be found in community repositories or similar community provided packages. Installation and usage instructions are located here: lgogdownloader

    On first use, you must log in by opening a terminal and using the command:

    lgogdownloader --login

    You will be prompted for your gog.com account email and password, which you must type in correctly before you can use lgogdownloader to download games.

    To list all games you own, type:

    lgogdownloader --list

    If you only want to see specific games you own, for example any games with 'icewind' in the name, then type:

    lgogdownloader --list | grep icewind


    To download Icewind Dale 2 with no extras and no cover artwork, just the actual installer:

    lgogdownloader --download --game icewind_dale_2 --no-extras --no-cover --directory /path/to/folder

    Setup PlayOnLinux

    Launch PlayOnLinux and select 'Tools' and 'Manage Wine versions'

    In the new window that appears, scroll through the 'Available Wine versions' box to find '1.6.2' and click on the right pointing arrow to install it, now it will be visible under 'Installed Wine versions' on the right side
    If you have a 64-bits system, make sure you have selected the 'Wine versions (x86)' tab above, although it is possible to make this game work with 64-bit wine if so desired


    Just close the window. Back at the main PlayOnLinux window, select 'Install'

    Click on 'Install a non-listed program'


    Select 'Install a program in a new virtual drive' and click next


    Name the the virtual drive "icewinddale2" and click next


    Select "Use another version of Wine", "Configure Wine" and "Install some libraries" before you click next


    On the wine selection window, select 1.6.2 and click next. Make sure you select '32-bits window installation' if you are on a 64-bit system as it is normally the best practice, but in my experience this will work well in a 64-bit virtual drive.


    When the wine configuration window appear, select the 'Graphics' tab, and click the checkbox for all four options. The resolution you set for the virtual desktop is also not very important as it will switch to the game resolution on start.


    Note: Even though the language is Norwegian in my screenshot, the layout will look the same for you

    When you come to the selection of libraries to install, select: POL_Install_gdiplus
    This will let the GOG installer display correctly


    Then click 'Next'

    When you are asked for the install file to run, navigate to the GOG installer and select it. Then click 'Next'


    Installing the Game


    Click on 'Options'. You don't need any desktop icons created by the installer as those are only useful on Windows. Then click to accept the EULA and click 'Install'


    Wait for the game to install


    When the installation is complete, 'Exit' the installer


    When you are asked to create a shortcut, select "IWD2.exe" and click Next. You can name the shortcut "Icewind Dale 2"


    Now select "Config.exe" and click Next. You should name this shortcut "Icewind Dale 2 - Config"


    Now just select 'I don't want to make another shortcut' and click Next

    You should now make sure you have the game shortcut selected in the main PlayOnLinux window, and then click on 'Configure'

    Select the 'Display' tab and change "Video memory size" to the memory of your gpu.


    This is probably not very important with such an old game, but no harm in doing it.

    You can now play the game from the shortcut in the main PlayOnLinux window. However, I would suggest running the Config shortcut first. There you can set details higher, and other gameplay related options.

    Note on resolution

    This game runs in a low resolution, so obviously the game window will appear very small on most modern screens. There are unsupported higher resolutions available from the configuration, and that is one thing you can try. Otherwise, you can try to go into wine configuration and disable the virtual desktop. However this might prevent the game from properly launching on some setups.

    Certain distros have a default desktop environment that let you zoom in, so that is certainly an option. Another easy method is simply to reduce your desktop resolution when you play the game. Some window managers have the option to let a window take fullscreen status, meaning it will draw over everything else without window borders. If you window manager allows this you could set desktop resolution to the game's resolution and then set the game window to fullscreen.


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Discussion in 'Guides' started by Daerandin, Oct 5, 2014.

  1. Daerandin
    You can install it from the list of libraries.
  2. booman
    Somehow I remember seeing direct play. I'll give it a try and will report back here.
  3. booman
    Ok, installing the DirectPlay package worked. I can now join a network game and created characters, but... of course...
    When the game officially starts, it is super super slow. I think it has something to do with dialog because there is a lot of dialog with voice-overs in the very beginning. While they are talking you can't move the mouse or do anything except press ESC. when I go into the ESC menu, the mouse works fine.
  4. Maciej Szczepański
    Hi! The game runs almost perfectly fine on my low spec machine with xubuntu installed. The only issue I have is that for some unknown reasson all male character voices don't work (only teamates and not the NPC characters). Can someone help me solve this?
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  5. booman
    Welcome to the forum Maciej!
    Are you using the GOG install like in the guide?
    I had a problem with directx and the game voice-over's causing it to run extremely slow.
    So there might be a package to install that might fix your problem.
  6. Maciej Szczepański
    Thanks for the reply!
    My first installation was in my native language (Polish). I tried reinstalling it with the native language of my system being english obviously and the result was me getting the same errors at the end of installation process despite wich everything seems to run perfectly now. All the fonts and voices are just fine. I have no idea what causes this.
  7. booman
    The GOG errors are very common and I just click "OK" for all of them. Most of my guides include those errors as well. So as long as you are running fine, have fun!

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