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November 22nd, 2014

Playing ancient games in Linux [Nov. 22nd, 2014|11:33 pm]
Wow, it's been a while since I posted here. There is no permanence in the world any more!

Anyway, I love playing ancient games. The very best never seem to get old for me - I even loaded up Druid2 yesterday in a Commodore 64 emulator and tried to get some kind networked "joysticks" going - but it was not to be. Seems I might have to write that myself if I want it and the code doesn't look as simple as I expected it to be.

So today I had a look at installing a more modern Druid2 - Icewind Dale 2. I have the whole Forgotten Realms "deluxe edition" which is Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale and Neverwinter nights and all their expansions and sequels. And I've never played most of them.

So this presented a challenge: run a copy protected 12 year old Windows game on a modern *Linux* machine - without a CD/DVD drive. In case you are one of the 5 people in the world wanting to do the same thing, this is how I did it:
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