NWN2 Mask of The Betrayer + Ubuntu Hardy 64 + wine.

May 2nd, 2008 by Andrea Matesi 3361 Views

Aint't Neverwinter Nights 2 unpatched enough? Do you wanna take the Red Pill ? This part is gonna focus on the hardest part of getting Neverwinter Nights 2 + Neverwinter Nights 2: The Mask of The Betrayer Official Expansion fully patched, to work under wine-0.9.60 and Ubuntu Hardy 8.04 X86_64. For this guide to work, you should have followed literally my previous post, NWN2 + Ubuntu Hardy + wine. Since wine is a great piece of code, I take for granted you have not screwed it up with customization or particular settings, but I give you no warranties, I can say only this: mine works well. Ideally you have NWN2 installed and working and you just bought at a bargain price its Official Expansion, Mask of The Betrayer. If you're to the requirements, I'm gonna guide you on how to install and update all the NWN2 stuff and play new, fun adventures!

  • First things first, insert MoTB DVD and install as usual, just by following on-screen infos.

Now comes the delicate part: Updates. Updates are a bit more complicated, but nothing to worry about; essentially you have to manually download the updates and install'em manually with a tool, also you'll download the bare, original game’s modules updates and install them manually. My DVD MoTB Expansion was version 1.10.1115 after installation, latest version was 1.12.1295, so I clearly needed to get updated. In order to be updated you'll need to install the previous, incremental patches, until you get on track. I first tried to apply patches with standard nwn2launcher.exe welcome-screen (the one that does open up when you are starting the game), but unfortunately it hasn't worked, so I started searching for an alternative and found the nwn2Patcher tool. Simply get yours and decompress it inside you nwn2 install directory. Here comes full terminal info steps:

  • cd .wine/drive_c/Programs/Atari/Neverwinter Nights 2/
  • wget http://nwvault.ign.com/fms/Download.php?id=104156

The downloaded zip file hold 2 files, a Readme (read It!) and an executable: the exe is the tool used to manually apply updates to the NWN2 + MoTB install. Now we need to download MoTB incremental updates and decompress them inside the NWN2 + MoTB directory (we'll obtain some zip files that contain some *.rtp files).

  • cd .wine/drive_c/Programs/Atari/Neverwinter Nights 2/
  • wget http://vnfiles.ign.com/nwvault.ign.com/fms/files/nwn2other/19/nwn2_pcx1_english_from1101115_to1101116.zip
  • wget http://vnfiles.ign.com/nwvault.ign.com/fms/files/nwn2other/19/nwn2_pcx1_english_from1101116_to1111152.zip
  • wget http://nwvault.ign.com/fms/Download.php?id=108369
  • wget http://nwvault.ign.com/fms/Download.php?id=113856

Next we need to download the files that will apply some mods to the ORIGINAL [& UNPATCHED] NWN2 original game’s modules:

  • wget http://vnfiles.ign.com/nwvault.ign.com/fms/files/nwn2other/19/NWN2_PCX1_MODFIX_FROM100788_TO105912.zip

Next we'll need to uncompress all of the downloaded files: we'll obtain some .rtp files just inside the NWN2+MoTB install dir.

  • unzip *.zip .

After all these downloads, you can start applying Patches, so browse your wine C drive (from the upper menu: Applications -> Wine -> Browse C:\ drive; go where you installed the game). Launch NWN2Patch.exe and, from the gui, incrementally apply the patches to the game (I started from 1.10.11115 to 1.10.1116 to 1.11.1152 etc.); simply browse the NWN2+MoTB install dir, choose the right .rtp files then click "Patch", repeat this procedure 'till the last. At this point you'll need to apply the patch to the original NWN2 game modules, so select the Mod FIX .rtp file and click "Patch" again, same as before. Now you should have a working game, except one problem: It is damn slow, even from the first launch! For me particularly, because I have an external USB DVD-RW. The solution to this maybe installing a NoCD, but I don't know if it is totally legal. BTW, I pwn the original DVDs, I bought them from play.com, so I feel I'm doing nothing wrong if I have some means to increase my game performance. Just search google for "NWN 2 Nocd", hopefully you'll find a page to gamecopyworld, wich will allow you to download a nocd (take the one that apply to your version, i.e.: mine is v1.12.1295). Afterward uncompress inside the game dir and finally play. Now you should have a decent working game and, if you have a powerful enough svga and an average-res LCD, forgive for sometime XP.

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