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: 5
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 9.8

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

Conquer The World-campaign (complete, ~1h)


What does not

Installation due to entering of CD-key error (pidgen.dll)

Intro movies/Cinematics

Sound in-game

Menu background image missing

Distorted graphics/shadows in scenarios


Installation issue fixed with winetricks mfc42

Menu background image is brought back with ForceLowCPUBackgroundVid=1 in game config file

Sound in-game fixed with winetricks directmusic

What was not tested


Other campaigns than Conquer the World

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

Tested in clean 64-bit prefix with no additional overrides than described in "Workarounds".

When installing the Thrones and Patriots-expansion a popup appears with an error for "Was unable to find (or could not read) the language-specific resource download, unable to continue. please reboot and try again". A thread over at Toms Hardware shows that this is a bug in the game and the provided workaround worked.

The workaround from Toms Hardware works as following:

  1. Copy the CD content to a folder somewhere on your computer
  2. In the folder, go to <folder>/RONX/UK
  3. Copy StpENUx.dll and rename it to STPENU.dll (remove the 'x')
  4. Run <folder>/Autoplay.exe and install as usual

Perhaps if you use another installation language this issue might be resolved using one of the other language folders present (DE/FR/IT/SP/UK). My OS is in english so I use the UK one.

My version is the Gold edition DVD (1x disc) which is fully updated with the last patches for standalone-versions.

The garbled graphics really is a downer, but nothing functional is affected by it. All movements, units, sight lengths etc are working as expected which makes the game playable.

RTX 3070, driver 550.78


Kernel 6.1.90-1

Budgie DE

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentManjaro Linux 24May 15 20249.8No, but has workaround Yes YesBronzeBob Niemöller 
ShowManjaro Linux 23Jun 29 20238.8No, but has workaround Yes YesBronzeBob Niemöller 
ShowArch LinuxMay 14 20238.7Yes Yes YesSilverKrock 
ShowManjaro Linux 21.3Jul 03 20227.10No, but has workaround Yes YesBronzeBob Niemöller 
ShowLinux Mint 19.3 "Tricia"Jan 02 20204.16Yes Yes YesSilveralberto 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
657 Many games and applications need 'mfc42.dll' ('winetricks -q mfc42' is a workaround) 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
53306 Rise of Nations Thrones and Patriots: Intros and menu background video not showing (missing Windows Media Video 7 decoder) UNCONFIRMED 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