Hardware accelerated opengl (test with glxinfo | grep direct)
At least 256MB RAM (free -m) with swap, more without it.
Min. 1GB available disk space plus another 1.5G for download, extraction (df -h)
To use on pulseaudio distros like Fedora, install alsa-plugins-pulseaudio (64 bit computers will need the i686 version of this as well).
mkdir -p $HOME/.games/docs
winecfg (sound defaults to ALSA)
(try others if it doesn't work)
Firewall setup: Forward UDP port 9000
Asheron's Call came out before the era when Plug 'n Play routers were commonplace. I have heard that some routers work out of the box, but mine had to be set up manually.
If the network is behind a firewall or router, use Firefox to browse to the gateway router's configuration page. (Use the route command to learn the address of the router's default gateway.)
Look around for something like Virtual Server, Port Forwarding or NAT where traffic can be forwarded.
Forward inbound UDP traffic on port 9000 to the game computer's IP address, as reported by ifconfig.
If installing more than 1 client on a LAN:
Copy the .games folder to each client.
Edit the $HOME/.games/docs/Asheron's\ Call/UserPreferences.ini
Change UserSpecifiedPort to (example, 9000 for first client, 9001 for second client, etc.)
Open the above port on the firewall of each computer (iptables).
Go to your router's configuration page.
Forward traffic on that port to the computer you just set up.
Run winecfg and change My Documents folder (recommended).
Click on Desktop Integration tab
Under Folder, click on My Documents
Change link to $HOME/.games/docs
Full screen mode update: Proprietary video drivers like nVidia still need matching modes in xorg.conf (e.g. put in a line for 1024x768 and 800x600) because they use the old way of doing things and do not support the new kernel mode switching (KMS) that all the free video drivers use these days to switch fullscreen modes. "If xorg.conf has the mode, the game might even load."
If editing xorg.conf is out of the question, just launch the game in a window:
wine explorer /desktop=ac,1024x768 aclauncher.exe
or edit $HOME/.games/docs/Asheron's\ Call/UserPreferences.ini and set FullScreen=False
Some wine versions may encounter an encryption error during patch. Run it again.
Known bugs (not wine-specific):
When you map any of the keys UIOJK using custom keybindings the game will fail to load your custom keymap after that. You'll have to delete $HOME/.games/docs/Asheron's\ Call/acclient.keymap and start over re-defining your keys.
Sometimes when you perform two actions at once (i.e. turning and casting) you will get stuck performing the action, (you will get stuck spinning around). To fix this, cast a spell, drink a potion or perform some other action.
If you enjoy playing your games on Linux, consider contributing to the wine project.
Report problems: Attach logs of debug output to Bugzilla. Do NOT post them here.
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Works if copied from patched windows installation
by Adam Plumb on Tuesday February 7th 2012, 8:08
I'm running on Fedora 16 with an NVIDIA 7600GT graphics card using the proprietary drivers. I had gotten AC to run just fine on Fedora 14 last week using the version of wine that comes with it (wine 1.3.19 I think), but it wouldn't get past the launcher patching stage on Fedora 16 (wine 1.3.37).
I have AC already installed and patched on a windows computer so I just installed AC fresh on wine with IE6 and overwrote the Asheron's Call folder with the one from my windows computer. Then I used winecfg to emulate a desktop and it worked! I was able to get in the game and everything works perfectly, sound and all.
This hack uses wine itself as a sort of Decal plug-in framework for Linux. To write plug-ins for it, just look at the wine source and the source of the patch file. There are many useful API calls being made.
It can be expanded to do almost anything with any game!
This could be useful for other games too perhaps. For example, to make a searchable database of all items on all characters, simply run the game using the debug string, load them all up and click on all their packs. Save the files somewhere, one per character and search them later with grep or Tracker, that new desktop search tool. No more loading and digging through packs, wondering what mule possesses that Large Lugian Sinew your patron gave you!