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Runes of Magic

Runes of Magic is a free massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by the Taiwanese developer Runewaker Entertainment and adapted for the English and German speaking market by German company Frogster Interactive. After going through an open beta phase, the game was launched on 19 March, 2009 and Chapter II - The Elven Prophecy was launched on 15 September, 2009. The game client is free to download, and there is no monthly subscription fee, because the service is funded by real money transactions (RMT) in the Runes of Magic Item Shop.

Application Details:

Version: Official release
License: Free to use
Votes: 44
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 2.13

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What works

installing, updating, log-in, playing...


What does not

-when starting the game the startscreen appears (I mean the one in which patches are downloaded and installed and you see the latest news about the game). When I click on "Config" a wine c++ runtime library error message appears and the config section doesn't open.

-the bloom effects don't work. (when turning them on nothing happens)

-anti aliasing and anisotophic filtering don't seem to work. (I tried overriding the game settings in my nvidia driver section and had a much better image quality)

-a smooth gameplay. The fps ist very low and laggy (though I have a very good ping of around 14). I get around 20fps and it drops dramaticaly in cities and when many players are in a frame (for example when I'm in a raid group)...then it drops to around 4 frames and is nearly unplayable.

-saving and keeping the right resolution. I have a lapotop with a resolution of 1280*800. Whenever I start the game it switches back to 1024*768. Then I have to set it manually back to 1280*800. It then needs a couple of attempts to get it right. Usually it switches back and forth a few times before setting it to the right resolution. I have to do this procedure every time I start the game.

-when quitting the game a message appears saying it wants to send a bug report.


What was not tested


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Additional Comments

I'm using a Sony Vaio VGN-NR21S with a Core2Duo @1,6Ghz and a Nvidia 8400M GT so I don't expect very high frame rates. Still I testet it on Windows Vista and could play it very smoothly with the highest settings (like shadows, bloom effects, etc). So I hope the frame rates will go up in future releases of Wine. Keep up the great work guys...

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowopenSUSE Tumbleweed (rolling release)Aug 03 20172.13Yes Yes SilverMaik Wagner 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 05 20161.9.22Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowLinux Mint 17.3 "Rosa"Feb 21 20161.9.3No, but has workaround Yes GoldTranslator5 
ShowLinux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela" x86-64Nov 15 20151.7.50Yes Yes GoldJohn Mish 
ShowFedora 20 x86_64May 25 20141.7.18Yes Yes GoldJohn Mish 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

  1. Download winetricks.
  2. Run sh winetricks vcrun2005 ie7 wininet dotnet20
  3. Download the client files from the "Multiple File Download" section.
  4. Run the first file to start the installation process.
  5. Launch Runes of Magic.
  1. Runes of Magic will not work with WINE 1.1.17 and lower.
  2. Performance will most likely be slower than on Windows.
The Runes of Magic client will attempt to update itself after installation (in most cases) and periodically as updates are released. If the updater crashes while attempting to update exit the program and re-open it. In most cases it will continue where it left off and complete the update.
Quick how to do, I insist on RIGHT MVC libs!
Install Wine (tested with 1.5.1 32 bits Debian sid)& winetricks (for Debian sid 32bits need to patch wineserver patch from /usr/lib32/wine-unstale to /usr/lib/wine-unstable or make sln)
Install .net 2.0 or mono
Install DirectX 9
Install corefonts
vc2005, 2008, 2010 (Have 3 installed for cross compile, no idea what one is working)
All IE family (needed by updater/launcher), what one is working, I don't know because have all installed

Install the game (tested with slim installer), with shortcut created on desktop
Edit shortcut ... end of command shall looking like: 
                          Runes of Magic.exe" -game -opengl
Call regedit and now be careful because error of typo & ....


Add the following to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\Direct3D (create if it doesnt exist)

Add New String
Name = Multisampling
Data = enabled

Add New String
Name = UseGLSL
Data = disabled

In case of error "err:module:import_dll Library DNSAPI.dll (which is needed by..."  (Voice chat), copy dnsapi.dll from existing zindoze installation and set to native

Vivox pre-builds are known to been only 32 bits then voice chat may acting strange on 64 systems

Choose right resolution once game working because wrong one may make fps falling to 4-5...

Thanks to all people helping me with linux on my vm...
Information about the item shop

Note to all potential players:

A recent update to the item shop being web based has broken it for our fellow Linux users, and the GM's have stated that fixing it will not be of any priority, so I would not expect a fix at all.

The item shop will fail to open on any WINE version. The screen will simply be black or white and will not load. This is due to the publisher (at the time of this writing, Gameforge) forcing a change to the item shop interface to make it easier for them to manage outside of Runewaker (the developer's) involvement.

As of yet, the game is still playable on all current WINE versions and OS's, but the item shop is unable to be used.

A good way around this is to sell your diamonds for gold, then ask a diamond seller in game to buy stuff with the gold. If you get an even trade, you should come out even. Unfortunately trading of diamonds directly is not supported.


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