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Neverwinter Nights 2 Guide

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    If you have played any RPG that follows the Lore of Dungeons and Dragons, you already know what to expect from it. Neverwinter Nights is another D&D Role Playing Game with team tactics and individual control for each character in your team.

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    The graphical engine has been highly upgraded since the first Neverwinter Nights and so has all of the game capabilities. A lot functionality from the original still exist, but Neverwinter Nights 2 is even more immersive.

    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Neverwinter Nights 2 in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Neverwinter Nights 2. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs

    To learn more about PlayOnLinux and Wine configuration, see the online manual: PlayOnLinux Explained

    Mint 14 32-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.1
    Wine: 1.7.1 (1.7.40 successfully tested)

    Installing Wine

    Note: If you are running a 64-bit system, PlayOnLinux will prompt if you want to use a 64-bit or 32-bit virtual drive. Always select 32-bit virtual drive.

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"

    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.1
    Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging

    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right
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    Click Next
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    PlayOnLinux will automatically download it and save it in this directory:
    /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wine/linux-x86
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    Note: username is where you put your login name

    Its a good idea to backup this directory to another computer because you won't have to keep downloading wine versions when you need them.

    Extracting
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    Note: PlayOnLinux may also install the compatible version of Gecko also.

    Installed
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    Wine 1.7.1 is installed and you can close this window

    Downloading Steam

    Go To: http://www.steampowered.com
    Click Install Steam
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    Do not click "Install Steam Now"
    It will automatically install Linux Steam. Since Neverwinter Nights 2 isn't made for Linux, we will download the Windows Steam instead.
    click "Windows" under the green button
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    Navigate to your desktop
    Click Save
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    Setup PlayOnLinux

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install
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    Click "install a non-listed program"
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    Click Next

    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Note: If you are running a 64-bit system, PlayOnLinux will prompt if you want to use a 64-bit or 32-bit virtual drive. Always select 32-bit virtual drive.

    Name you virtual drive: nwn2
    No spaces
    Click Next
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    Select all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next
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    Select Wine 1.7.1 or 1.7.40
    Click Next
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    Note: If you are running a 64-bit system, PlayOnLinux will prompt if you want to use a 64-bit or 32-bit virtual drive.
    Always select 32-bit virtual drive.

    Configure Wine

    Applications Tab
    Windows Version: Windows 7
    Click Apply
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    Graphics Tab
    Check: Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows
    Check: Emulate a virtual desktop
    Desktop size: 1024x768
    Click Ok
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    Install Libraries

    Check the following libraries:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_d3dx10
    • POL_Install_devenum
    • POL_Install_dxdiag
    • POL_Install_registeredfonts
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_vcrun2005
    • POL_Install_vcrun2008
    • POL_Install_vcrun2010
    Click Next
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    Installing Steam

    Click Browse
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    Navigate to your desktop
    Select: SteamInstall.msi
    Click Open
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    Click Next

    Click Next

    Check: I accept the license...
    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Install

    Click Finish

    Updating Steam
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    More updating, extracting and installing
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    When Steam is done installing the login screen will pop up. You probably won't see any text because there is a font bug.
    Click the "X" to close Steam login
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select Steam.exe
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: NWN2 Steam
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    More PlayOnLinux Configuration

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure
    Select Steam virtual drive

    General Tab
    Arguments: -no-dwrite
    This fixes the font problem
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    Note: -no-dwrite only works if you launch Steam from PlayOnLinux. Steam is automatically set to launch when Windows starts, which means if you do a "Windows Reboot" from the Wine tab -no-dwrite won't execute. Just close Steam and try again.

    Display Tab
    Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
    Video Memory Size: size of memory on your video card
    Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
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    Wine Tab
    Click "Windows reboot"
    Close Steam because it will automatically launch when Windows reboots and won't execute -no-dwrite.
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    Close Configure

    Launch Steam

    Select Steam and click Run
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    Error
    You may get an error after clicking the Steam icon
    "Couldn't load a PNG image - file is corrupted or not enough memory.
    Click OK
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    Select Existing account or new account
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    Login to your Steam account
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    Installing Neverwinter Nights 2

    With Steam its as simple as following the steps and letting it download.
    Click Install
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    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Finish

    Neverwinter Nights 2 is a 11 Gig game so it may take a few hours depending on your internet speed.

    Launching Neverwinter Nights 2

    Click Play
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    The game will automatically start installing Microsoft .NET Framework and Direct X
    Since we already installed them with PlayOnLinux it should continue to the game

    Optimizing Neverwinter Nights 2

    Click Options
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    Click Graphics Tab

    • Screen Resolution
    • Antialiasing Mode
    • Texture Quality
    • Shadow Options
    • Quality Options
    All of these setting can improve or degrade your frame rates.
    Since you are running Wine in a virtual desktop, increasing the resolution will automatically increase the size of your virtual desktop.
    I was able to run Neverwinter Nights 2 at 1680x1050

    The other settings are basically low to high.
    Lower settings = higher frame rates, lower graphical detail/quality
    Higher settings = lower frame rates, higher graphical detail/quality

    Start on low or medium (depending on your graphics chip) and slowly increase after playing a bit.
    Laptops usually have lower performing graphic chips while desktops can have video cards with higher capabilities.

    Conclusion:
    If you are a fan of team RPG's, this is definitely your game! There are actually so many options, upgrades and leveling up that you will spend a lot of time micro-managing all of your characters.
    I found it difficult to follow the quests, but there is a decent amount of dialog and story.
    The controls are very flexible. You can choose between typcial point-n-click RPG, 3rd Person (over the shoulder) control or even a Gods-view strategy-like control.

    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016
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