I played Everquest a while ago now, raided hardcore for several years, it's been a real blast of a game !
I wanted to give it a shot recently, but I have no more a windows machine. Moreover I played from Velious to Underfoot so I'm lagging behind 11 expansions if I count correctly...which is a lot.
I'm not a wine pro at all and don't know it well, but what always bothered me the few times I played with it, was the inability to segregate environments: you end up messing with your system config very fast, install things that conflicts with another game, and well it's rapidly a nightmare.
I'm a big fan of asdf : it does a very good job at keeping your programming environments separated, so when you need binaries of python / go / rust / nodejs you name it you'll love using it, it's a life savior to keep your system clean and tidy.
So after some research it seems like Lutris does a pretty good job at doing that, plus it leverages yaml pretty well, ala ansible, to generate kind of a playbook, but to install a windows program with wine.
Unfortunately the script proposed on their website doesn't work (or assume you have an installed copy of the game, not sure about it) so here's one that works.
It requires you to:
- Download the Titanium client, 5 isos, I found them here.
- Download the project 1999 zip that will override some regular eq files.
- Get lutris directly from their repo, as the time of writing this was not possible on release 0.5.8.3 to have more than 3 files (fixed in this commit)
I pass on installing lutris which is fairly straightforward with the pipenv files they provide.
You then need to run
./bin/lutris -d -i p99.yaml with the yaml file below. And voila you can play EQ, well almost !
The game installed fine, but at server selection there was nothing, no servers.
Long story short you can use that little tool p99-login-middlemand (compile it like advertised on the README) and point the
eqhost.txt to localhost instead of the
login.eqemulator.net and you're set !
name: p99 game_slug: p99 version: v0.1 slug: p99_v0.1 runner: wine script: game: args: patchme exe: drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Sony/EverQuest/eqgame.exe prefix: $GAMEDIR files: - iso1: N/A:Select game iso 1 - iso2: N/A:Select game iso 2 - iso3: N/A:Select game iso 3 - iso4: N/A:Select game iso 4 - iso5: N/A:Select game iso 5 - p99Files: N/A:Select p99 zip installer: - task: description: Creating Wine prefix name: create_prefix prefix: $GAMEDIR - task: name: winetricks app: d3dx9 - task: name: winetricks app: d3dx9_43 - task: name: winetricks app: dxvk - extract: dst: $GAMEDIR/drive_c/eq1 file: iso1 - extract: dst: $GAMEDIR/drive_c/eq2 file: iso2 - extract: dst: $GAMEDIR/drive_c/eq3 file: iso3 - extract: dst: $GAMEDIR/drive_c/eq4 file: iso4 - extract: dst: $GAMEDIR/drive_c/eq5 file: iso5 - task: executable: $GAMEDIR/drive_c/eq1/Install.exe name: wineexec args: --windowed - extract: dst: $GAMEDIR/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Sony/EverQuest/ file: p99Files - execute: command: mv "$GAMEDIR/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Sony/EverQuest/dsetup.dll" "$GAMEDIR/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Sony/EverQuest/DSETUP.dll" - execute: command: mv "$GAMEDIR/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Sony/EverQuest/Resources/loadscreen.jpg" "$GAMEDIR/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Sony/EverQuest/Resources/loadscreen.JPG" - write_config: data: Defaults: WindowedMode: true VideoMode: FullscreenBitsPerPixel: 32 FullscreenRefreshRate: 60 Height: $RESOLUTION_HEIGHT Width: $RESOLUTION_WIDTH file: $GAMEDIR/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Sony/EverQuest/eqclient.ini wine: Desktop: true WineDesktop: $RESOLUTION