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Darkstone Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Nov 6, 2015.

  • by booman, Nov 6, 2015 at 12:29 PM
  • booman

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    Darkstone is a typical Hack-n-Slash RPG with a few unique features in 1999. Explore randomly generated dungeons, hack down minions with full 360 degree camera movement and loot to your hearts desire with four classes to choose from.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Darkstone in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the GOG version of Darkstone. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 17 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.9
    Wine: 1.6.2

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.6.2
    Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging

    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right
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    Click Next

    Downloading Wine
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    Extracting

    Downloading Gecko
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    Installed
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    Wine 1.6.2 is installed and you can close this window

    PlayOnLinux Setup

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install
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    Click "Install a non-listed program"
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    Click Next

    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Name your virtual drive: darkstone
    Click Next
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    Check all 3 options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next
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    Select Wine 1.6.2
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Wine Configuration

    Application Tab
    Windows version: Windows 7
    Click Apply
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    Graphics Tab
    Check "Automatically capture mouse in full-screen windows"
    Check "emulate a virtual desktop"
    Desktop size: 1024x768
    Click OK
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    PlayOnLinux Packages (Libraries, DLL's, Components)

    Check the following packages:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_gdiplus
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    Click Next
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    Note: All packages will automatically download and install

    Installing Darkstone

    Click Browse
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    Select "setup_darkstone_2.0.0.10.exe"
    Click Open
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    Click Next again...

    Check "Yes, I have read and accept EULA"
    Click Options
    Uncheck "Create desktop icons"
    Click Install
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    When the installation is done
    Click Exit
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "Darkstone.exe"
    Click Next
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    The name Darkstone should appear
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Select Darkstone
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.6.2
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    Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine.

    Display Tab
    Video memory size: Select the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
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    Running Darkstone

    Select Darkstone
    Click Run
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    Note: Click Debug to see bugs and errors

    Optimization

    Click Configuration
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    Click Options
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    Darkstone should run on any desktop, laptop and netbook
    For better performance check/uncheck:
    • Shadows
    • Reflections
    • Texture Filtering
    • Dithering
    • Use the Primary 3D card
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    Conclusion:
    Darkstone ran perfectly on my Desktop (GeForce 550 Ti) and my Chromebook (Intel HD 2000). It even ran on my GeForce 7600 GT as well. The only issues I had was no resolution configuration. You are stuck playing Darkstone at 640x480. I tried a hacked exe that supported high resolution widescreen but it was really buggy and didn't work. So enjoy your old school RPG in your old school resolution.

    Gameplay Video:


    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016
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Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Nov 6, 2015.

  1. mrdeathjr28
    Good guide for another classic game

    :)
  2. booman
    Thanks
    Definitely a classic
    I was unable to use the widescreen exe, but the 1280x1024 worked really well

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