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Baldur's Gate Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by Daerandin, Aug 9, 2014.

  • by Daerandin, Aug 9, 2014 at 9:34 PM
  • Daerandin

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    This game is by many considered the grandfather of 3rd person party based rpg's. It takes place in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting for Dungeons and Dragons. Game mechanics are adapted from the 2nd edition Dungeons and Dragons rules. This game features a compelling story with interesting twists, well done characters and a big world to explore.


    This guide will explain how to install the digital edition of the game available on GOG.com

    Note that this is not for the newer enhanced edition. This guide only explain how to install the original version of the game.

    Tips & Specs

    To learn more about PlayOnLinux and Wine configuration, see the online manual: PlayOnLinux explained

    Arch Linux 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux 4.2.4
    Wine 1.6.2

    Downloading from GOG

    GOG games can be downloaded on Linux by using a web browser, just make sure the "GOG.com Downloader mode" is OFF


    Or you can use the lgogdownloader, which is my personal preferred choice. It is a very useful program for downloading GOG games. There is no graphical interface for it, but it is very fast and provides error free downloads.

    For some Linux distros it may be found in community repositories or similar community provided packages. Installation and usage instructions are located here: lgogdownloader

    On first use, you must log in by opening a terminal and using the command:

    lgogdownloader --login

    You will be prompted for your gog.com account email and password, which you must type in correctly before you can use lgogdownloader to download games.

    To list all games you own, type:

    lgogdownloader --list

    If you only want to see specific games you own, for example any games with 'baldur' in the name, then type:

    lgogdownloader --list | grep baldur


    To download Baldur's Gate with no extras and no cover artwork, just the actual installer:

    lgogdownloader --download --game baldurs_gate_the_original_saga --no-extras --no-cover --directory /path/to/folder

    Setup PlayOnLinux

    Launch PlayOnLinux and select 'Tools' and 'Manage Wine versions'

    In the new window that appears, scroll through the 'Available Wine versions' box to find '1.6.2' and click on the right pointing arrow to install it, now it will be visible under 'Installed Wine versions' on the right side
    If you have a 64-bits system, make sure you have selected the 'Wine versions (x86)' tab above, although it is possible to make this game work with 64-bit wine if so desired


    Just close the window. Back at the main PlayOnLinux window, select 'Install'

    Click on 'Install a non-listed program'


    Select 'Install a program in a new virtual drive' and click next


    Name the the virtual drive "baldurs_gate" and click next


    Select "Use another version of Wine", "Configure Wine" and "Install some libraries" before you click next


    On the wine selection window, select 1.6.2 and click next. Make sure you select '32-bits window installation' if you are on a 64-bit system as it is normally the best practice, but in my experience this will work well in a 64-bit virtual drive.


    When the wine configuration window appear, select the 'Graphics' tab, and click the checkbox for all four options. The resolution you set for the virtual desktop is also not very important as it will switch to the game resolution on start.


    Note: Even though the language is Norwegian in my screenshot, the layout will look the same for you

    When you come to the selection of libraries to install, select: POL_Install_gdiplus
    This will let the GOG installer display correctly


    Then click 'Next'

    When you are asked for the install file to run, navigate to the GOG installer and select it. Then click 'Next'


    Installing the Game


    Click on 'Options'. You don't need any desktop icons created by the installer as those are only useful on Windows. Then click to accept the EULA and click 'Install'



    When the installation is complete, 'Exit' the installer


    When you are asked to create a shortcut, select "Baldur.exe" and click Next. You can name the shortcut "Baldur's Gate". Then select 'I don't want to make another shortcut'


    You do not need to make a shortcut to the Config.exe as this can be launched from the main game launcher that you just created a shortcut to.

    The game can now be played from the shortcut you just created.

    Note on resolution

    This game runs in a low resolution, so obviously the game window will appear very small on most modern screens. You can try to go into wine configuration and disable the virtual desktop. However this might prevent the game from properly launching on some setups.

    Certain distros have a default desktop environment that let you zoom in, so that is certainly an option. Another easy method is simply to reduce your desktop resolution when you play the game. Some window managers have the option to let a window take fullscreen status, meaning it will draw over everything else without window borders. If you window manager allows this you could set desktop resolution to 640 x 480 and then set the game window to fullscreen.


    Last edited: Aug 9, 2014


Discussion in 'Guides' started by Daerandin, Aug 9, 2014.

  1. booman
    Beautiful! I can't wait to play the Enhanced Edition. I hope GOG can get a copy!
    I thought this was going to be a DOSbox game...
    Wasn't it originally made for DOS?
  2. Daerandin
    It's not that old, it's from 1998.
  3. booman
    Nice, I had no idea... probably cause I havn't played it yet
  4. Daerandin
    I played this game back at the original release, replayed it when the expansion came out. The GOG version includes the expansion of course, as it does with most older games available.

    And I played Baldur's Gate 2 upon release. That reminds me, there is apparently a mod or something that allows you to play this game in the BG2 engine. I have never tried it as it does not interest me personally. However, after I have done a guide for BG2, I might look into it and perhaps do a seperate guide for that procedure.

    Now that I've started on the old DnD games, I will of course have to do Icewind Dale 1 and 2 which use a modified engine and are just as awesome games.
  5. booman
    I was busy playing Monkey Island and Myst series back in 98
    Hardly used a computer back then. And when I did, it was to play Monkey Island.
  6. Daerandin
    I started using an Amiga back in the 80's, and I had my own Amiga since early 90's, before that I used to visit an uncle a lot and play with my cousin. Got my own computer in 98 actually. Although prior to that I'd visit my dad frequently as he got a computer in 95.
  7. booman
    My parents were teachers and could bring Macs home from time to time. so I would try to play Hexen and Doom on Mac. Thats all I had at home before college. Otherwise I was mostly playing Super Nintendo and Playstation :(
  8. Aryvandaar
    Why don't you get the steam version? It runs perfectly in WINE, you just have to emulate a desktop.
  9. booman
    I think the Steam version is the only available version right now.
    The main reason I avoid Steam is because some of the updates can break Wine.
    I'm sure you have seen it before as we have. I'm worried that if I have too many Steam guides and Valve does an update that breaks them, I will have to update every single guide with the fix.
  10. Aryvandaar
    If you want to you can just run a virtual machine machine with Windows 7 and slap steam on it and install Baldur's Gate EE. Because it's such an old game, there isn't any problems running it in virtualbox.

    I've tried it myself.
  11. booman
    Nah, I don't mind running it in Wine at all. I just don't own it yet.
    I've seen some pictures and it looks amazing in comparison to the original.
    Daerandin is already doing a guide for Baldur's Gate II anyways

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