Icewind Dale is another classic from the Baldur's Gate era. The game is set in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting for Dungeons and Dragons, the same world used by Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights. The game is using the same engine as Baldur's Gate as well, but this is a much more action oriented game. There is very little free exploring, and side quests are at a minimum compared to many other rpg's. Most side quests are just small quests that come up while doing the main quest, and are usually always directly related to the task at hand.
You also create your own party of six characters in this game. This means there will be no interaction between the characters in your party, but you get to create your own ideal adventuring group.
This guide will explain how to install the digital edition of the game available on GOG.com
Tips & Specs
To learn more about PlayOnLinux and Wine configuration, see the online manual: PlayOnLinux explained
Arch Linux 64-bit
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:
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:
If you only want to see specific games you own, for example any games with 'icewind' in the name, then type:
lgogdownloader --list | grep icewind
To download Icewind Dale with no extras and no cover artwork, just the actual installer:
lgogdownloader --download --game icewind_dale_complete --no-extras --no-cover --directory /path/to/folder
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 "icewinddale" 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 "IDMain.exe" and click Next. You can name the shortcut "Icewind Dale"
Now select "Config.exe" and click Next. You should name this shortcut "Icewind Dale - Config"
Now just select 'I don't want to make another shortcut' and click Next
You should now make sure you have the game shortcut selected, and then click on 'Configure' Select the 'Display' tab and change "Video memory size" to the memory of your gpu.
This is probably not very important with such an old game, but no harm in doing it.
You can now play the game from the shortcut in the main PlayOnLinux window. However, I would suggest running the Config shortcut first. There you can set details higher, and other gameplay related options.
There is one important thing to note. Under the 'Graphics' tab, under '3D Options' make sure you don't use OpenGL 3D Acceleration. I have experienced crashes when entering new areas if I use this option in this game.
So just make sure you have OpenGL disabled in the config for this game and it should run without any crashes.
Note on resolution
This game runs in a low resolution, so obviously the game window will appear very small on most modern screens. There are unsupported higher resolutions available from the configuration, and that is one thing you can try. Otherwise, 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 the game's resolution and then set the game window to fullscreen.