Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring

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Downloadable demo version.

Although Sierra removed the demo file from their FTP, it still can be obtained from several major download sites (google for warofthering_demo.exe).

There are at least two versions of the demo lying around, one released on 2003-09-20 and one on 2003-09-21. They only differ in the install directory name and a slight change in the ReadMe.txt file.

I'm pasting here their MD5 sums for convenience:

7dc032c1d5ae6deeef86d6a3b6d0f1a4 warofthering_demo_2003-09-20.exe
17b0899aa1dfc2362b0e109232162382 warofthering_demo_2003-09-21.exe

Also, since the file is legaly redistributable (as shown by the fact that many major download sites provide it), I'm pasting the corresponding ed2k URLs for both files, which may be useful in case it is removed in the sites that are currently mirroring it.

Application Details:

Version: Demo
License: Demo
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.1.0

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Test Results

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What works

Install mostly works, but aborts with error when chain-loading into the game.

(or so it seems, since the game was installed in "Program Files", and the error message is the same than when running the game manualy (see below))

What does not

$ wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/War\ of\ the\ Ring\ Demo/Rings_Demo.exe
fixme:midi:OSS_MidiInit Synthesizer support MIDI in. Not supported yet (please report)
err:seh:fpe_handler Got unexpected trap 19

$ echo $?


What was not tested

Actual gameplay.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 7.10 "Gutsy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 11 20081.1.0Yes Yes GoldAthrun 
ShowUbuntu 7.10 "Gutsy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 25 20081.0.0Yes Yes GoldAthrun 
ShowUbuntu 7.10 "Gutsy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 20 20081.0.0Yes Yes BronzeAthrun 
ShowUbuntu 6.10 "Edgy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 21 20081.0-rc1Yes No GarbageAthrun 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 4.x "Etch" x86_64Jul 27 20070.9.42.N/A Yes GoldRobert Millan 

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HowTo / Notes


Install normally.

Do not start the game using Un*x paths (e.g. wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/War\ of\ the\ Ring\ Demo/Rings_Demo.exe). These won't work because of bug 7663. Use the win32 form instead.

Additionally, if you have a multi-core CPU, use schedtool to work around thread unsafety issues. The complete command would be:

schedtool -a 0x1 -e wine 'c:\Program Files\War of the Ring Demo\Rings_Demo.exe'


If terrain appears and disappears constantly please check that registry key OffscreenRenderingMode is set to backbuffer.


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