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Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Sep 4, 2015.

  • by booman, Sep 4, 2015 at 2:17 PM
  • booman

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    Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall is the second installment of a long series of Role Playing First Person Shooters by Bethseda Softworks. Released in 1996, Daggerfall boasted a lot of features new to FPS games:
    • Open World - 62K Square Miles
    • 750,000 Interactice NPC's
    • Looting System
    • Inventory/Equipment System
    • Spell Creation
    • Political System
    • Melee and Ranged combat
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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Free DOS version of Daggerfall

    Tips & Specs:

    Mint 17 64-bit
    DOSbox 0.74

    Download Daggerfall

    Go to: http://www.elderscrolls.com/daggerfall/
    Click "download the full game"
    Agree to the license
    Save DFInstall.zip to your desktop
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    Install DOSbox from your Software Installer
    Create a folder called "dosgames" in your home folder
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    Open DFInstall.zip with the Archive Manager
    Select DAGGER and DFCD
    Click Extract
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    Navigate to your home and open dosgames
    Click Extract
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    Close

    Run DOSbox

    Type:
    Code:
    mount c ~/dosgames -freesize 1000
    Press Enter
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    Type:
    Code:
    mount d ~/dosgames/DFCD -t cdrom -label daggerfa
    Press Enter
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    Type:
    Code:
    d:
    Press Enter

    Type:
    Code:
    install
    Press Enter
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    Installing Daggerfall

    Click the window to use the mouse or just use the keyboard
    Click "Continue, I agree to the terms"
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    Click "Install the game to your hard drive"
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    Click "Change the install size"
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    Click "Huge installation"
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    Click "Yes, this installation size is fine"
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    Click "Yes, I want to install the game here"
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    Click "Go ahead and install the game"
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    Watch the "HUGE" game install ;)
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    Setup Sound Card

    Click Yes
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    Select "Auto Detect"
    Press Enter
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    Select Detect
    Press Enter
    Select Test
    Press Enter to hear audio
    Select OK
    Press Enter
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    Select OK
    Press Enter
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    Press Enter again
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    Installation Complete
    Click OK
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    Click OK again
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    Type:
    Code:
    fall z.fcg
    Press Enter
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    title screen
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    Patching Daggerfall

    Exit Daggerfall but don't exit DOSbox
    Type:
    Code:
    DAG213
    Press Enter
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    Press Y
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    Press Y
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    Launch Daggerfall again...

    Daggerfall Shortcut

    Navigate to your home folder
    Hidden files need to be on
    Open .dosbox
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    Copy dosbox-0.74.conf
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    Rename to daggerfall.conf
    Open with Text Editor (gedit)
    Scroll to the very bottom
    Enter this text:
    Code:
    mount c ~/dosgames
    c:
    cd DAGGER
    fall z.cfg
    
    Click Save
    Close daggerfall.conf
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    Right click Desktop (Mint)
    Select "Create a new launcher here..."
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    Name: Daggerfall
    Command: /usr/bin/dosbox -conf /home/username/.dosbox/daggerfall.conf
    Click OK
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    Note: Use your login in place of username
    Note: Open the DAGGER.ICO in GIMP and export as dagger.png, then select it for your icon

    Optimization

    Open daggerfall.conf

    Experiment with these settings to get the best experience:
    fullscreen=false
    fulldouble=false
    fullresolution=1600x1200
    windowresolution=1600x1200
    output=opengl
    autolock=true
    sensitivity=100
    waitonerror=true
    priority=higher,normal
    mapperfile=mapper-0.74.map
    usescancodes=true

    frameskip=0
    aspect=true
    scaler=normal2x

    Conclusion:
    Daggerfall vanilla ran perfectly in DOSbox. To be honest the installation took me at least 10 tries to get it right. DOS installing is very confusing on a modern day computer. I also experimented with the conf setting so I could get Daggerfall to match my widescreen resolution. I'm looking forward to Daggerfall XL making installation and graphical improvements when its released.
    Note: When launching Daggerfall the first time, you might need to use Ctrl+F10 to allow mouse control.

    Gameplay video:


    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Aug 29, 2016
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Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Sep 4, 2015.

  1. mrdeathjr28
    Excellent guide for very good old classic

    :)
  2. booman
    Not to mention "Free Classic"
    I found there are a bunch of fixes and mods to improve the game and there is a Daggerfallsetup.exe that installs everything, but it didn't work for me in PlayOnLinux.
    I think it bundles DOSbox as well, but running DOSbox in PlayOnLinux/Wine doesn't work. Never has.
    So I wonder if there is an easy way to apply some of these fixes/mods to the Linux DOSbox?
  3. nivradnoslen
    Hey man. Great guide for a noob like me. However, after creating the desktop launcher and attempting to open it, I can't get past the titlescreen. Clicking within the box does nothing. It just sits there. Retracing my steps through your guide doesn't leave me thinking I missed something, but I think it's acting as though it needs the physical CDrom. Any ideas? I would have contacted you through your profile but I just signed up on this site and it won't let me even look at your profile. Thanks in advance, and pleeeease help. I really want to give this game a go!
  4. booman
    Welcome to the forum!
    I had a lot of problems getting the game to run properly.
    What distro are you running?
    make sure you have 32-bit libraries installed as well.
  5. nivradnoslen
    I figured it out. Embarrassingly all I needed to do was hit cntrl-f10 to make the window grab the mouse. Thanks for replying, and hey, this means your guide works like a charm.
  6. booman
    oh, so the game was working, but no mouse control. Good to know. I'll add the note to my guide. Thanks
  7. FuManDoo
    I am running 32 bit Lubuntu and everything works except i cant get the launcher to work and when i close dosbox it clears everything. the game runs fine after install but i tried the command to create a new launcher in MyLauncher and it doesnt launch the game just a confused dosbox
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  8. FuManDoo
    I'm an idiot I had a capital in there. It works, great guide.
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  9. booman
    No problem. It took me 10 tries to get it running. Its been a while since I've played Daggerfall in Linux, but its nice to see the guide still works.
    Have fun!
  10. Marlhin
    Has someone already tried installing DaggerfallSetup (which includes many many fixes) through playonlinux yet and successfully play the game?
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  12. Marlhin
    Yeah, found that too. Sounds awesome! But it still needs some work for a full Daggerfall experience.
    DaggerfallSetup is the go-to way of playing as far es people say because vanilla Daggerfall is full of bugs and within this setup there are many fixes to improve the experience.
    You can download it from the official source: https://wiwiki.wiwiland.net/index.php?title=Daggerfall_:_DaggerfallSetup_EN
  13. booman
    Awesome! It says runs on modern systems and includes DOSBox like some of those GOG Linux games.
    I may have to do another guide.
    I like leaving this one up because vanilla installations are always important to hard-core gamers.
  14. Marlhin
    It would be great seeing another beautiful guide of yours regarding DaggerfallSetup! Unfortunately, I don't have that much time to mess around with playonlinux because I am in the middle of my thesis. Tried it a few times but always got some errors but at least they seem to be fixable!
  15. booman
    I'll put it on my "To Do" list, but its getting pretty big.

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