GURPS Character Assistant

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Application Details:

Version: 4.0.289
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 0.9.17.

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What works

  • Installation
  • Startup
  • Check for Updates (starts your Linux Webbrowser)
  • Loading/Saving Characters
  • Adding/Removing Templates, Advantages, Disadvanteges, Perks, Quirks, Skills, Items
  • Campain Log, Campaign Settings, Loadout Manager, Protection, Appearence, Character Portrait and Notes Dialog
  • Print Preview

What does not

  • The whole Apllication is very Slow.
  • The Printing Dialog does not work.
  • The Desktopintegration is uncorrect with GNOME/Metacity, the Application Window is only a Dialog Window.
  • Moving the Toolbars got the following Message:
    fixme:rebar:REBAR_MouseMove Cannot drag to other rows yet!!
  • I always get the Message:
    err:ole:CoGetClassObject no class object {00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000} could be created for context 0x1
  • Saving the Files produces the following Message:
    fixme:shell:IPersistFile_fnSaveCompleted (0x7b7c6200)->(L"c:\\windows\\profiles\\cberg\\Recent\\My Test Character (Christian Berg).gca4 (3).lnk")


What was not tested


Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

You need to Override the oleaut32.dll and riched20.dll with native ones form Windows 2000 or greater.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentDebian GNU/Linux 4.x "Etch"Jul 30 20060.9.17.Yes Yes NoBronzean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 5.10 "Breezy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 20 20060.9.6.Yes No NoGarbagean anonymous user 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 4.x "Etch"Dec 30 20050.9.4.Yes No NoGarbagean anonymous user 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 4.x "Etch"Dec 21 20050.9.3.Yes No NoGarbagean anonymous user 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 4.x "Etch"Dec 16 20050.9.1.Yes No NoGarbagean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
4195 apparent mishandling of RichTx.ocx CLOSED FIXED View

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HowTo / Notes

Thank you to xeniac on the SJGames forums ( for writing this how-to. The original can be found at his site:
------------- Installing the GURPS Character Assistant under Wine
Verfasst von xeniac am 30 Juli, 2006 - 01:38.
This HowTo is for all GURPS and GNU/LINUX Fans out there. I hope this Howto is helpful.
WARNING: This howto describes how to load Libraries owned by Microsoft to Wine. This means that you need a valid License of Microsoft Windows. Using Microsoft Windows Libraries without a valid License is ILLEGAL.

Installing Wine

Go to and Download the latest Package of Wine. Make sure to read the README so that you know what you are doing. The Wine Project offers Packages for every major Linux Distribution.

Install some Microsoft Suff

Wine means Wine is not an Emulator, and this means that Wine has some great Advantages against a classic emulation. One of these Feature is the DLL Override, if you activate the DLL Override Wine useses some Original DLLs instead of his own stuff. This could help gettings some Apps to work.

The GURPS Characer Assistant needs the Richtext Editor and uses Microsofts "OLE System" booth have a poor Wine reimplementiation until now, but Booth are Google Summer of Code Bounties. Thies means we need the following Files:
If you have a running WindowsMe/2000/XP installation you can find them in %WINDOWSDIR%/system32
Now copy booth files to the system32 of your Wine-Windows directory, most times this is ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32

The next Part is to activate the Override Feature. simply start winecfg and go to the Tab Libraries. Choose riched20 from the dropdown and press Add, do the same thing with oleaut32. Close the Application with Ok.

Installing and running GCA4

Insert your GCA CD and start the Setup with wine setup.exe. After that you can start the GCA4.exe.

Done GCA4 should work and the GCA Update Feature should launch you favorite Webbrowser. The Application is a little bit sluggish and the Screen refresh does not work correctly but at least GCA is running. ;)


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