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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Free Download Google for warofthering_demo.exe Free Download 2003-09-20 version via ed2k Free Download 2003-09-21 version via ed2k

Test Results

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What works

Installs flawless

What does not

Demo refuses to start, not even a single black screen as it crash before starting, on Wine 0.9.5x I managed to reach to the Menu screen with same setup.


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Additional Comments

Tested with a Geforce 7600GT with 169.09 driver.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 7.10 "Gutsy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 11 20081.1.0Yes Yes NoGoldAthrun 
ShowUbuntu 7.10 "Gutsy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 25 20081.0.0Yes Yes NoGoldAthrun 
ShowUbuntu 7.10 "Gutsy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 20 20081.0.0Yes Yes NoBronzeAthrun 
CurrentUbuntu 6.10 "Edgy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 21 20081.0-rc1Yes No NoGarbageAthrun 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 4.x "Etch" x86_64Jul 27 20070.9.42.N/A Yes NoGoldRobert Millan 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
3615 wined3d doesn't work with multithreading d3d CLOSED FIXED View
4790 wotr: FPE during SSE division CLOSED FIXED View
7663 War Of the Ring Demo aborts silently on startup CLOSED FIXED View
7671 War of the Ring: segfaults on libgl CLOSED DUPLICATE View
14018 War of the Ring terrain textures appear and disappear constantly CLOSED FIXED View

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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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