Everything: playing, saving, loading, fullscreen, playing with virtual
desktop, playing with noCD, playing with original CD-ROM, multiplayer,
map and campaign editor.
What does not
After long time of playing the game will probably crashes with an "Invalid address" error, it happens with most of the Windows applications for FreeBSD because of a broken Wine version... Use wine 1.1.7 and wait for 1.1.9..
What was not tested
My version Armageddon's Blade is distributed by Buka Entertainment for Russia. I used wine 1.1.7 + DirectX 9.0c. Original BSD 7.0 driver does not work with dsound.dll. Install OSS driver from opensound.com and enjoy!
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Nov 15 2008||1.1.8||Yes||Yes||Gold||an anonymous user|
|Current||FreeBSD 7.0||Nov 20 2008||1.1.7||Yes||Yes||Gold||an anonymous user|
|Show||Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Aug 04 2008||1.1.2||Yes||Yes||Gold||Zhenya|
|Show||Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Apr 05 2008||0.9.58.||Yes||Yes||Gold||Zhenya|
|Show||Slackware 12.0||Jan 02 2008||0.9.49.||Yes||Yes||Gold||affect|
To get multiplayer working, you need native directplay dlls. The old howto had a link pointing to outdated directplay dlls which cause problems with wine and generally don't work as expected. However with the latest dplay from DirectX 9.0c multiplayer is (almost - see note for details) flawless.
In the wine wiki is described how to get native direct play dlls.
Personally I would recommend using winetricks directplay which installs dplay dlls and sets overwrite in winecfg, however you may choose do install manually those files in which case you need to:
Upgrade to the latest version to avoid the copy protection.
You can now play Heroes 3 in HD, utilizing the full size of your screen, thanks to Heroes3HD mod. It doesn't change anything gameplay wise.
With recent Wine releases, Wine prefixes are set to Windows 7. Currently, it causes rendering issues when HD or HD+ mod are installed.
winecfg and setting the Windows version to Windows XP solves the rendering issues.