1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Master of Orion 1 & 2 Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by Daerandin, Jun 8, 2014.

  • by Daerandin, Jun 8, 2014 at 3:11 AM
  • Daerandin

    Daerandin Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2013
    Messages:
    991
    Likes Received:
    174
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Location:
    Northern Norway
    Home page:
    These classics let you control and expand an empire through galaxy. You start with just a single planet, and slowly build up your fleet. Colonize planets, research more powerful technology, gain the upper hand against other aliens through either diplomacy or combat.

    moo_title.png

    This guide will explain how to play these games on Linux with the help of DosBox, using the digital edition of the games available on GOG.com.

    Both games area available on GOG as "Master of Orion 1+2"

    Setting up games in DosBox is pretty similar for most games, there are just a few things to note about these games.

    First Steps in: DosBox Generic Guide

    There is one thing to note when extracting the contents of the Master of Orion installer. Most GOG games have the game data within the extracted app folder. However, since this installer is for 2 games , the app folder contains separate game folders.

    moo_01.png

    What we want here are the two folders "Master of Orion" and "Master of Orion 2"

    We will rename the folders into much simpler names for the sake of simplicity in the following steps. Rename the following folders to the indicated new name:

    • Master of Orion --> orion1
    • Master of Orion 2 --> orion2
    Then move all these folders into the

    /home/username/games

    folder in your home directory. The other folders within the extracted 'app' folder should be deleted.

    'username' is your user name

    Config file setup

    You will need two config files as mentioned in the DosBox generic guide. Within your:

    /home/username/dosbox_shortcuts/config

    folder, you should have one config file for each game which we will name:

    • orion1.conf
    • orion2.conf
    The following changes should be made to both config files

    For fullscreen mode:

    fullscreen=true
    fullresolution=desktop

    For windowed mode (these games work pretty well in a window):

    fullresolution=false
    windowresolution=1280 x 960
    I just used an example resolution here for the window, you can set it to something more suitable to what you prefer

    The following changes should be made in either case:

    output=overlay
    This will allow you to play in windowed with a high resolution, or fullscreen with desktop resolution

    autolock=false
    This prevents the game window from capturing the mouse. Mouse capture is not required in these games, so it is preferable to be able to move it outside for browsing or whatever else you do while playing

    Scroll down to the [render] section

    aspect=true
    scaler=normal3x

    Scroll down to the [joystick] section

    joysticktype=false
    This is not required, but it provides a small performance boost

    Specific Master of Orion 1 settings

    In the orion1.conf make the following changes:

    Scroll down to [autoexec] section and type in the following, replacing 'username' with the name of your user

    mount c /home/username/games/orion1
    c:
    orion.exe

    Specific Master of Orion 2 settings

    In the orion2.conf make the following changes:

    Scroll down to the [dosbox] section

    memsize=31

    Then scroll further down to [autoexec] section and type in the following, replacing 'username' with the name of your user

    mount c /home/username/games/orion2
    c:
    orion2.exe

    Master of Orion 1 startup shortcut

    echo -e "#! /bin/bash\ndosbox -conf ~/dosbox_shortcuts/config/orion1.conf" > ~/dosbox_shortcuts/Orion1

    chmod +x ~/dosbox_shortcuts/Orion1


    Master of Orion 2 startup shortcut

    echo -e "#! /bin/bash\ndosbox -conf ~/dosbox_shortcuts/config/orion2.conf" > ~/dosbox_shortcuts/Orion2

    chmod +x ~/dosbox_shortcuts/Orion2


    Screenshots

    moo_02.png
    moo_03.png
    moo_04.png
    moo_05.png
    moo_06.png
    moo_07.png
  • Categories:

Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by Daerandin, Jun 8, 2014.

Share This Page