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Heroes of Might and Magic 1 & 2 Guide

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  • by Daerandin, Nov 9, 2013 at 9:21 PM
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    The Heroes of Might and Magic series began as a spinoff from the already existing Might and Magic series. Drawing inspiration from the same game world, the Heroes series would eventually tell more of the history than the original rpg series. For many, the HoMM series is the standard that all other turn based strategy games must measure up to.

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    This guide will explain how to play the first two games in the series, using the digital editions available on gog.com, simply follow these steps and you can enjoy these games on Linux without any issue.

    Setting up games for DosBox is quite similar for most games, so this guide only details the few specifics for Heroes 1 and 2.

    First Steps in: DosBox Generic Guide

    For the rest of this guide, I assume that the contents of the app folder from extracting the Heroes 1 installer has been moved to:
    /home/username/games/homm1

    The contents of the app folder from extracting the Heroes 2 installer has been moved to:
    /home/username/games/homm2

    'username' is your user name

    Config file Setup

    By now, you should have one config file for each game, both located in:
    /home/username/dosbox_shortcuts/config

    The rest of this guide assumes you named them: homm1.conf for Heroes 1 and homm2.conf for Heroes 2.

    The config file for each game can be edited with a simple text editor. There are some changes you must make from the default you copied.

    These are changes you have to make for both games:

    fullscreen=true
    This will make sure you run the game in fullscreen

    fullresolution=desktop
    This will make sure the game run fullscreen at your desktop resolution

    output=overlay
    This setting will allow the fullscreen window to be at your desktop resolution, although requires a bit more resources than the default 'surface' setting

    Scroll a bit further down to the [cpu] section

    cycles=max
    These game requires this setting to run well

    Then find the [joystick] section

    joystick=none
    This has no real bearing on the game, except that you gain a little performance increase by completely disabling joystick emulation

    Specific Heroes of Might and Magic 1 settings

    In the homm1.conf file, scroll down to the end of the config file to the [autoexec] section, here you will add the lines that automatically start the game. Type in the following lines, replacing "username" with the name of your user:

    mount c /home/username/games/homm1
    c:
    imgmount d /home/username/games/homm1/homm1.gog -t iso -fs iso
    heroes.exe

    Specific Heroes of Might and Magic 2 settings

    In the homm2.conf file, scroll down to the end of the config file to the [autoexec] section, here you will add the lines that automatically start the game. Type in the following lines, replacing "username" with the name of your user:

    mount c /home/username/games/homm2
    c:
    imgmount d /home/username/games/homm2/homm2.inst -t iso -fs iso
    heroes2.exe

    Now you have a dosbox config file for each game. The last part is just to create a very simple script to start dosbox with the specified config file for each game. So open a terminal and type these commands:

    Heroes 1 startup shortcut

    echo -e "#! /bin/bash\ndosbox -conf ~/dosbox_shortcuts/config/homm1.conf" > ~/dosbox_shortcuts/Heroes1

    chmod +x ~/dosbox_shortcuts/Heroes1

    Heroes 2 startup shortcut

    echo -e "#! /bin/bash\ndosbox -conf ~/dosbox_shortcuts/config/homm2.conf" > ~/dosbox_shortcuts/Heroes2

    chmod +x ~/dosbox_shortcuts/Heroes2

    This creates a shortcut which you can simply double click to start the game. The shortcuts created can be moved anywhere you wish, and will still work without problem, as long as the config file remains where it is with the same folder names.

    Now you are ready to play the games!

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Discussion in 'Guides' started by Daerandin, Nov 9, 2013.

  1. Sideburns
    I see: this was caused by my attempt to simplify. Thanx!
  2. kkapp
    This worked for me. Thanks a million for this guide! Tried to run the game through Wine, then Dosbox at first but it was a nightmare. Thanks again.
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  3. booman
    Yes, both Wine and DOSBox alone are a complete pain. If you are command savy, it helps, but for the rest of us, a nice GUI with buttons helps us get our games running.
    Daerandin does an awesome job walking us through configuring these older games.

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