Rise of Nations

The version(s) that can be bought without the manual.

Application Details:

Version: 2.0
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 2.0

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What works

Everything, after a few tweaks (see below).

What does not

Intro Video.  You get a black screen.  Hit ESC key to bypass (see below).

Cursor/Pointer bug which is easily fixed (see below).


What was not tested


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Additional Comments

Despite previous suggestions, consider NOT installing directx9 with winetricks (i.e. DO NOT run "winetricks directx9"). When I tried this, errors occured and the game refused to start. DO run "winetricks mfc42 directmusic". Thats it. Patchw32.dll, dsound, and have been needed previously? in some instances, but I did not seem to require them. You may still need them. As previously noted (Thanks to all), you should edit "rise2.ini". My file was in /.wine/drive_c/users/(username)/Application Data/Microsoft Games/Rise of Nations/rise2.ini Set the following: SkipIntroMovies=1 ForceLowCPUBackgroundVid=1 The second item may not already be present in the file, just add it at the end. You may consider allowing all resolutions, or changing some of the other items, but the two above seem to be all that is required for bug-free gaming. A bug occured which may be unique to me (XFCE 4.10 and Compiz). With compiz running, the sound would fail again if the game was run in full-screen mode. This happened with both alsa and oss4. If starting the game windowed (winecfg graphics set to emulate a virtual desktop), sound worked. Sound worked either way if compiz was not running.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 04 20172.0Yes Yes SilverJacob Cameron 
CurrentArch LinuxJan 18 20131.5.20Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 12 20091.1.18Yes Yes BronzeKen Sharp 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 04 20091.1.16Yes No GarbageKen Sharp 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 26 20091.1.13Yes No GarbageKen Sharp 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
657 Many games and applications need 'mfc42.dll' ('winetricks -q mfc42' is a workaround) NEW View
9027 No sound for rise of nations - all versions NEW View
17614 Rise of Nations: Both mouse keys required for single left-click NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

Online Multiplayer

You may have difficulty joining online multiplayer games.  To resolve this, read this article from the FAQ.



The following DLLs are required to install and run Rise of Nations:

Cursor Bug

There is a cursor bug that can:

  • Cause the mouse buttons to not do what you expect; or
  • Cause a transparency problem with the cursor; or
  • All of the above

To work around this, edit the rise2.ini file (~/.wine/drive_c/users/{user}/Application Data/Microsoft Games/Thrones and Patriots Trial/rise2.ini) and set "ForceGDICursor=1".

Please report if you had to do this when submitting reports.


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mouse key single left-click
by f6p30 on Wednesday September 23rd 2009, 4:22
I had the same bug as mentionned but the solution was different:

In the file ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/profiles/fpwin/Application Data/Microsoft Games/Rise of Nations/rise2.ini,

I changed O to 1 at the lin ForceLowCPUBackgroundVid=1 and now the mouse key single left-click is goin well.

By the way :
I Use debian lenny with whine 1.0.1-1
I downloaded Patchw32.dll from the given addresstéléchargé à l'adresse indiquée
I installed mfc42.dll using the winetricks script with "vb6run – MS Visual Basic 6 runtime" selected

To enable multiplayer games I installed some dlls using the winetricks with "directplay – MS DirectPlay (from DirectX 9 user redistributable)" selected

In the file ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/profiles/fpwin/Application Data/Microsoft Games/Rise of Nations/rise2.ini changed to 1 the SkipIntroMovies=1 parameter to skip the videos at the beginning

and forgive my bad ennglish.