This was the first game in the Might and Magic series to break from the turn-based and grid-based movement system. The game world is quite large, and the dungeons are awesome. There is a real sense of exploration when you delve into some cavern or ancient castle. Many regard this game as the best in the series.
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 'might_and_magic' in the name, then type:
lgogdownloader --list | grep might_and_magic
To download Might and Magic 6 with no extras and no cover artwork, just the actual installer:
lgogdownloader --download --game might_and_magic_6_limited_edition --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 '1.7.6' 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
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 "MM6" 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 1.7.6 and click next. Make sure you select '32-bits window installation' if you are on a 64-bit system.
When the wine configuration window appear, select the 'Graphics' tab, and click the checkbox for the lower three options. You don't have to capture the mouse within the game window for this game since there is no mouse look. 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', and make sure to deselect the other Might and Magic games, and click to accept the UELA, then click 'Install'
When the installation is complete, 'Exit' the installer
When you are asked to create a shortcut, select "MM6.exe" and name it "Might and Magic 6 - The Mandate of Heaven", then select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Patching the Game
This game really do need a fan patch which solves a lot of bugs, so go to GrayFace homepage
Under GrayFace MM6 Patch click to download "Patch for english version of the game" since the GOG version is the english version. The patch is in a rar archive, but you can use P7zip to extract it, either through the graphical interface or by using the command "7z x MM6patch.rar" as long as you have navigated to the directory where the archive is located.
Now in PlayOnLinux, have the game shortcut selected and click 'Configure', select the 'Miscellaneous' tab and click on 'Run a .exe file in this virtual drive', navigate to the extracted patch and select it.
The patch should be able to automatically find the path to your Might and Magic 6 install, so all you have to do it keep clicking next until it is done. Be sure to have the checkmark on for adding the Smuggler's Guild to Free Haven as it really is only needed to uncheck it if you use mods.
Now you should run the game once, this will populate the game's ini file properly. You may notice no music playing on the Main Menu when you start the game, so just close it.
Now right click on the game shortcut, and select 'Open the application's directory'
You will now see the base game folder. Find the file 'MM6.ini', and open it with your preferred text editor, like Gedit or Mousepad. There are two things you need to change here.
I realize some people may want to have AlwaysRun enabled, but your characters will have a much longer reaction time with AlwaysRun enabled, so I really suggest you set it to '0' so reaction time is as it should be when you are standing still.
Since the patch was originally made for a CD version of the game, this must be set to '1' to enable music to play.
Now save the file and close it.
Lastly, to make music play with the Patch, you must create a new folder within the game folder, and name it 'music'
Open the 'Sounds' folder. Here are all the game music, and game sounds. You have to move all the sound tracks from here into the new music folder you created. The only file you want to leave in the 'Sounds' folder is the 'Audio.snd' file.
Note on resolution
This game runs in 640x480 resolution, so obviously the game window will appear very small on most modern screens. 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 640x480, and then set the game window to fullscreen.