Both the installer and the game itself work: launching, creating a new game, playing, saving and restoring.
What does not
Fullscreen mode is buggy, so the solution is to use the 1024 x 768 virtual desktop.
What was not tested
Thorough gameplay: so far I have only advanced a couple of turns.
To prepare a prefix I had to use the following winetricks verbs: dotnet35sp1 gdiplus vcrun2008
|Arch Linux x86_64
|Sep 21 2016
|Ubuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)
|Jun 15 2014
|an anonymous user
|Ubuntu 13.04 "Raring" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)
|Jul 05 2013
|Other apps affected
|Zafehouse: Diaries crashes when attempting to start the game
|Zafehouse demo crashes with Call from 0x7b43c14c to unimplemented function ddraw.dll.GetSurfaceFromDC, aborting
|Zafehouse Diaries stuck on the loading screen (needs gdiplus.dll.GdipWindingModeOutline implementation)
In order to make the game run properly, create a brand new prefix for it:
env WINEPREFIX=~/zafehouse_wine_prefix WINEARCH=win32 winetricks -q dotnet35sp1 vcrun2008 gdiplus
This command will create a new prefix in the path that is specified by the WINEPREFIX parameter. Feel free to choose whatever path you want.
If you are installing the .NET Framework for the first time from winetricks, get ready to download some packages manually. The installation script will terminate from time to time telling you to visit a certain page, get the file from that page and put it in a specific folder.
Note: the -q parameter that is passed to winetricks makes it suppress all the dialogs during the installation, including those with the license agreement. If that's not what you want, remove the parameter.
Also note: You need the latest winetricks executable to properly install all the required software. You can get it on the winetricks site.
After your prefix is ready, you need to execute theGOG installer:
env WINEPREFIX=~/zafehouse_wine_prefix wine ~/Downloads/setup_zafehouse_diaries_184.108.40.206.exe
After the installation finishes, you need execute the patch:
env WINEPREFIX=~/zafehouse_wine_prefix wine ~/Downloads/patch_zafehouse_diaries_220.127.116.11.exe
After that you're done, enjoy!