There are already a lot of Dungeons & Dragons games out there. From board games to card games and video games. The Lore of D&D is nothing new to most of us...
But I am excited to see Neverwinter appear as a Free game with the ability to use everything available in the game without having to spend a penny. The graphics are beautiful, the the world is huge, fight along side friends, customize your character and all the rest of the expected RPG qualities.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Neverwinter in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the downloadable version of Neverwinter. Steam and Arc versions may require additional steps.
Tips & Specs:
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Note: March 2017 Perfect World Entertainment ended support for Windows XP and Direct X 9. This guide no longer applies until we can pursue more testing in Wine.
Mint 17 64-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.40
Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.7.40 is installed and you can close this window
Download the Neverwinter installer here:
Save in a folder on your desktop
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name the virtual drive: neverwinter
Check all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.7.40
Select "32 bits windows installation"
Windows Version: Windows 7
Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
Desktop size: 1024x768
PlayOnLinux Packages (Libraries, Components, DLL's)
Check the following packages:
Note: All packages will automatically download and install
Navigate to the folder on your desktop
Click Next again
Click "I Agree"
Uncheck "Create a desktop icon"
Uncheck "Launch Neverwinter"
Name your shortcut: Neverwinter
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Wine version: 1.7.40
Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine
Video memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
Login with your account credentials
Neverwinter will begin downloading and patching
In total the game is about 13 Gigabytes
Note: This process can take several hours depending on your internet speed
When its done downloading click PLAY
Long Cryptic loading screen
At first launch, this Cryptic screen can literally take 15-20 minutes
Please be patient and take a break
Sometimes the login will fail and end up at this login screen
Enter your account credentials
Once in game, select your character
Click Enter World
Click Graphics Tab
Adjust resolution to match your Linux desktop
Use the Render Quality (Video Card) and Graphics Detail (CPU) sliders
Go to the Advanced tab for more settings
Click OK or Apply
Note: When in-game, settings will automatically change on the screen
Neverwinter runs extremely well on my Geforce 550 Ti. I can turn almost all the graphical settings to high and still get a decent frame rate. This game is beautiful for an Online MMO and its best to play on a desktop with a modern graphics card.
Normally when I first Enter World, there is a bit of lag as the level loads.