Category: Main Games Strategy Games Real-Time Strategy Rise of Nations Thrones and Patriots Gold

Rise of Nations

Final release of Rise of Nations with the expansion pack.

Application Details:

Version: Thrones and Patriots Gold
License: Retail
Votes: 4
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.16

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Test Results

Old test results
The test results for this version are very old, and as such they may not represent the current state of Wine. Please consider submitting a new test report.
Selected Test Results

What works

With the specific workarounds, the game runs perfectly

What does not

There are workarounds for all of them. 1 the game would not install, 2 the sound was not working, 3 the menus were not responsive (one had to press the right button first, keep it pressed and press the left one; at any rate the drop down menus didn't work).

Graphics are corrupted as mentioned in Bug 43590


0. Install in a new win32 prefix; I keep one only for this game. In winecfg I selected Windows7 and made no other changes. I didn't install any Directx from winetricks.

1. Install with winetricks: corefonts; mfc42 (necessary to install the game); mfc40; msxml4; vcrun6. Install the game calling Setup.exe in the game CD or ISO.

2. To enable audio: [prefix] winetricks sound=alsa

[prefix] winetricks directmusic

[prefix] winetricks directplay

3. To enable mouse and have responsive menus: edit rise2.ini in: /home/USER/.wine32/drive_c/users/alberto/Application Data/Microsoft Games/Rise of Nations (replace "USER" with actual user)

Change the following:


What was not tested


Hardware tested


  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

As I already said: I strongly advise to make a specific 32 prefix for the game (2 GB in all). When I installed it in another prefix, with some directx dlls in it, the graphics was very buggy.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentLinux Mint 19.3 "Tricia"Jan 02 20204.16Yes Yes YesSilveralberto 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Aug 05 20183.13Yes Yes YesBronzeIsira Seneviratne 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Jan 28 20183.0Yes Yes YesBronzeJohn Allen 
ShowFedora 26 x86_64Oct 01 20172.18Yes Yes YesGoldLuke Short 
ShowmacOS 10.12 "Sierra"May 28 20172.0.1Yes Yes GoldCharro 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
9027 No sound for rise of nations - all versions NEW View
17614 Rise of Nations: Both mouse keys required for single left-click NEW View
43590 Rise of Nations Thrones & Patriots weird graphics NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

Online Multiplayer

You may have difficulty joining online multiplayer games.  To resolve this, read this article from the FAQ.

Cursor Bug

There is a cursor bug that can:

  • Cause the mouse buttons to not do what you expect; or
  • Cause a transparency problem with the cursor; or
  • All of the above

To work around this, edit the rise2.ini file (~/.wine/drive_c/users/{user}/Application Data/Microsoft Games/Thrones and Patriots Trial/rise2.ini) and set "ForceGDICursor=1".

Please report if you had to do this when submitting reports.


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

MSXML4 Issues
by Phil on Friday July 27th 2018, 23:01
Up until today, I had all but given up hope on EVER playing this game again (I will never use windows as a primary again :) )

MSXML4 has been the bane of my existence with this game, nothing i did would fix it

wine version 2.22 Staging
OS = Windows XP / Windows 7 (in the end i set it to Windows Vista
Yes, it works!
by Ilya on Sunday December 31st 2017, 11:22
Everything works fine. But with some notes.
I'd used wineprefix linked with separated directory. Before installing I executed next commands:

export WINEPREFIX="my/home/dir/my/game/dir"
wineboot -u

Then I installed everything wine wants (mono and gecko)

winetricks sound=pulse
winetricks directx9


In opened window, section libraries, I removed all overrides. Then:

winetricks directmusic

cd dir/with/rise.exe
wine rise.exe

And it works! Cursor and sound too.
install wpm9 will make intro video run and fix mouse click on menu not working
by dmknght on Thursday September 1st 2016, 11:11
After I ran debug Rise of Nation, i have found this bug
I tried install wmp9 and everything is ok now
I did a LAN game with by brother.
by Dglider on Wednesday March 30th 2016, 11:54
If the installer doesn't work, you can copy the game files and export registry information from another computer. Just be sure to change any file paths in the exported registry file.

I used a fresh copy of Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64.
A fresh copy of Wine 1.9.6
And a fresh copy of Winetricks
The date is March 30th, 2016.

Using winetricks I installed the following .dlls:
dx3dx9 MS d3dx9_??.dll from DirectX 9 redistributable. (To get the ingame menu working)
directmusic (To get sound working)
dsound (Im unsure if this one was necessary)
directplay (To get networking working)
vcrun6 (For the installer to work, i believe)
vcrun6sp6 (For the installer to work, i believe)

The rest of the .dlls were automatically selected by winetricks.

I then updated the rise2.ini file to include SkipIntroMovies=1 and ForceLowCPUBackgroundVid=1

After forwarding the necessary port on the router(Default:34987), I was able to connect the the game my brother was hosting.
I have no idea if my computer would be able to host a game.

directplay is REQUIRED to host a multiplayer game.
LAN game
by hynner on Friday June 5th 2015, 12:34
If LAN game doesn't work for you upgrade to wine >= 1.7.41, there was a bug fixed in that version that was causing some problems in RoN.

I can confirm that LAN game works fine with version 1.7.43 even over hamachi. In fact the whole game works just fine (I had to install mfc40, mfc42, msxml4 and possibly directplay).
Fix for PIDGEN.DLL error
by Sisinda Dinusha on Friday April 10th 2015, 0:47
Install mfc42 and mfc40 using winetricks