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Escape Velocity: Nova

This is the latest version of EV:Nova available as of May 9 2007.

Application Details:

Version: 1.0.10
License: Shareware
URL: http://www.ambrosiasw.com/game...
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.21

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What works

It seemed like all game play functions were working, though the menus seemed delayed, but that might not happen on a better computer.  Under xp I was able to run this game at a playable speed, though not quite as smoothly as my more powerful desktop, but not under wine.  At best I had a frame rate of 5 fps.

What does not

It still worked but the registration screen was not readable.  You have to guess where the right boxes are...

Workarounds

What was not tested

I did nothing close to full play through.  I only went to a few planets and tried most of the menus and it all seemed to work.

Hardware tested

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
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ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Jul 06 20141.7.21Yes Yes GoldMark 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Oct 01 20111.3.29Yes Yes GoldMark 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 06 20101.2-rc6Yes Yes GoldJim 
CurrentLinux Mint 8 "Helena"Dec 10 20091.1.31Yes Yes Bronzeboballen55 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Aug 09 20091.1.26Yes Yes GoldMark 

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HowTo / Notes

Adding plugins to Nova

I CAN MAKE NO GUARANTEES OF THIS WORKING. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.

So you've downloaded a plugin for EV: Nova. Congratulations. Unfortunately, the EVN we are working with is a Windows port of a Mac game, so most plugins will need to be rewritten with a more windows-freindly architechture. This is the simplist way to do it, based on the procedure Windows users have to go through. Fun to think of Windows users having to jump through hoops, ain't it?

1. Unzipping

If the plugin comes as a .zip file, you're in luck. Unzip and skip to step 2. If it is a .bin file, skip to step two without unzipping. If it is a .rez file, skip to step 3. If it is a .sitx file, follow the directions for .sit, but it likely will not work. If it comes as a .sit file, download and install Stuffit 9 (for windows unless someone knows how to install the linux version, for whick I'd be grateful) from here: http://www.download.com/StuffIt-Standard-Edition/3000-2250_4-10418322.html?tag=lst-0-1. Once you do that, open Stuffit, and click Edit>>Application Options>>Cross Platform and select "Encode Data and resource forks of each file together in ManBinary format". Now click the Drop Areas Button. Now Drag the .sit (or .sitx) file into the 'Expand' drop area or click Open, navigate to the .sit file, click on the files in the archive, and hit extract. Your file should now be unzipped.

2. Convert from MacBinary to .rez

Look at the extracted files. If they are .rez files, skip to step 3. Note that some people include both the Mac and converted Windows versions of the plug, and if this is the case delete the .bin file and go to step 3. If there is no .rez file, you have to convert from MacBinary (.bin). Now, bring up the 'run application' box. type in 'wine' and 'click run with file' navigate to the EV: Nova folder and select 'Convert Plugins.exe'. Now, instead of hitting 'Run', click 'run with file' again and select the .bin file. If there is more than one .bin file, click 'run with file' again. This can get iritating with Total Conversions or packs of plugins. When all .bin files are selected, hit 'Run'.

3. Adding the Plugin to Nova

You should now have a .rez file. You should probably right-click>>Properties to make sure that it is not 0kb. If it is, this did not work and I apologize. If it does have a size, drop it in the Plugins Folder in the /userhome/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/EV: Nova/ directory.

I must caution you that many plugins are incompatable with each other. The more a plug does, the more likely it is to interfere with another plug. If you create a file in the EV: Nova folder called debuglog.txt, Nova will save debugging data there when it runs. You can ask for more help regarding plugins at the forums at www.ev-nova.net.

Double-Time
If you turn Caps Lock on, the game speed doubles (and a little '2x' icon appears in the top-left corner).

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