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Star Trek: Starfleet Command Volume II - Empires at War

Most recent version of game after closure of Taldren.

Application Details:

Version: 2.0.3.6
License: Retail
URL: http://www.interplay.com/sfc/
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.3.14

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What works

  • Installation.
    • You will have to use 'wine eject' to switch CDs during installation. See the HOWTO.
  • Configuration.
    • Display settings can be changed via 'wine SFC2Setup.exe'.
    • Game works with software rendering at 800x600.
    • As of wine this version of wine, hardware rendering now works in 800x600, 1024x768, and 1280x1024.
  • Single-player game.
    • Tested both in virtual desktop and full-screen, under both software and hardware rendering.

What does not

Multi-player game over Dynaverse. This is most likely due to no Dynaverse servers are up at this time.

Workarounds

What was not tested

Multi-player over GameSpy.

Multi-player over LAN.

Hardware tested

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Additional Comments

Once I get a chance to test multi-player over LAN, this might bump rating up. Sound is a bit choppy, but not really any more so than when playing this game natively in Windows.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
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ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 19 20111.3.14Yes Yes Platinumandrew 
ShowUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 19 20091.1.31Yes Yes Silverandrew 
CurrentMandriva 2007.1 SpringJan 05 20080.9.52.Yes Yes GoldD. Anthony Robinson 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

HOWTO

Starfleet Command II: Empires at War is based on the rules for Starfleet Battles, a board game published by Amarillo Design Bureau. Getting this game to work under wine is pretty straight forward, but following this HOWTO may help you avoid some common pitfalls.

Installation

The game comes on 2 CD-ROMs, so you need to make sure that your wine environment has properly set up your CD-ROM drive. For complete information, refer to the Wine User Guide.

To start the installation, insert CD 1 into your CD-ROM, make sure it's mounted (mine is mounted in /media/cdrom), then run 'wine /media/cdrom/Setup.exe'. When prompted to change the CD, you will need to have a terminal window open and use 'wine eject'. After inserting the second CD, make sure it's mounted and then continue the installation.

Updating to latest version

Since the original retail release, there have been several bug fixes and other enhancements, including new missions, published by Taldren. Taldren closed their doors, but the SFC2:EAW community still has activity, and Dynaverse.NET has taken over hosting updates, and providing support for the game. Dynaverse's main website includes links to download the latest patches, add-ons, and a few other utilities. There is also a user forum that can provide some help in tactics, and general chat about the game if you're interested.

After a clean install, visit Dynaverse's SFC2:EAW Download Page to get the most recent patch. Since you just did a fresh install with no patches, you'll want the 2002-2036 Patch. Download this and save it in the same directory you installed the game. When the download completes, you can run 'wine SFC2Patch2002-2036.exe' to patch the game to the latest version.

You can also download any of the other utilities if you want, but I haven't tested them yet.

You can optionally download the directory server updater if you want to try to get on the Dynaverse and play multiplayer.­ As of 1/5/08, no SFC2:EAW servers appear to be up and running (there are a couple for SFC2:OP, but they're not compatible), so you most likely will have the game hang while trying to connect, unless a server comes up. You can check the servers' status on the Dynaverse main page.

Configuration

Before starting the game, I suggest using the setup utility to set the game's resolution. From your installation directory, running 'wine SFC2Setup.exe' will let you pick from the available resolutions. In older versions of wine, hardware resolution caused strange red "ghosting" of all images in game, but as of 0.9.52, hardware rendering works just fine with an nVidia video card (I haven't tried it with others). If you experience strange ghosting or slow graphical updates, make sure you have the latest drivers for your video card, and try disabling hardware rendering if you really have to.

You can set your wine environment so that the game either runs in a windowed, "virtual desktop" or full-screen. For more information, see the Wine User Guide.

Gameplay

The first time you start the game, you'll be prompted for your CD-Key. This should be located on the jewel case on a sticker. If you've lost it, you can contact the moderators at the Dynaverse forums, and they can issue you a new key (at least, that's what I've been told).

To start the game and view all the intro movies and so on, just run 'wine SFC2.exe'. If you want to skip the movies (you should watch them at least once, though!), you can just run 'wine StarFleet2.exe'.

That's it! You should have your game running, and can select the Single-Player Campaign from the menu and go for the tutorials.


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