After several weeks of off-and-on efforts, I have managed to get two MMOs running in Devuan 3.1 (Beowulf) using Lutris. Star Trek Online, and Lord of the Rings Online. In-game performance of both has been excellent. It’s amazing, but the common claim “runs better than it does in Windows” seems to be true.
In both cases, I interrupted the game installer to manually copy the bulk of the game files since I don’t have a very fast ISP connection and didn’t want to wait literally days for the download to finish. Then I restarted the installers and let them finish, and they recognized the files as expected, saving the huge downloads. The STO install process created a shortcut that works fine. The LOTRO install also created a shortcut, but it doesn’t function as expected.
Here’s the problem: When I start LOTRO using the shortcut, the launcher will randomly do one of three things. 1 - it starts like usual and I can login and start the game. 2 - it puts up the splash screen but prints a message about ‘Download complete!’ and then sits there. No ‘checking product’ message or progress to the boxes to enter login details. I have to kill it and try again. Or 3 - It gives that ‘Retrieving list of downloadable content’ message and two cores of my CPU go to 100 percent load and stay there. This also never resolves, so I just have to kill the process.
So far, these ‘wrong’ reactions have not occurred when using the Lutris panel to launch the game, only the shortcut. This makes me think that the Lutris panel is setting something that is missing with just the shortcut. When I go into the .config/lutris directory and check the .yml files, they seem to be OK. Initially, the LOTRO file did not have a working directory (and the shortcut did not work at all) but I simply used the STO file as a model and added the working directory. It has since ‘worked’ as already described – producing random screwups as often as properly launching the game.
The LOTRO installer is rather notorious for not doing the job of installing the game properly in Windows. I’m not sure how the Lutris script and the LOTRO installer interact. If it didn’t put in the ‘working directory’ where it needed to, could it have missed some other setting that needs to be fixed? Where else can I check besides the .yml files in the config directory?