I am a big fan of RPG games, more specifically the Ultima series and the Elder Scrolls starting with Morrowind. Playing Morrowind on the XBOX was a fantastic experience that has yet to be rivaled with the exception of Oblivion and Skyrim. The Elder Scroll series provide an immersive experience I have yet to find in any other modern game. The one possible exception is the now in development game Shroud of the Avatar, however it is too early to say. The graphics, story line, music, sound, environment interaction and open game play are what make the Elder Scroll games. This is what brings me to my current topic, RPG gaming on Ubuntu. OpenMW, or Open Morrowind is an open source gaming engine being developed to play the Morowind game on Linux. Before going any further you will need the original game discs to play Morrowind, OpenMW is just the graphics engine used to play the game, it does not provide any content.
As mentioned previously the Elder Scroll series is my favorite modern game. Morrowind was released 14 years ago but still holds up to the test of time. So I was over joyed when I discovered OpenMW and even giddy at the prospect of playing this game in Linux. Without further ado lets get to the nitty gritty of this article.
Information for the game can be found on their homepage https://openmw.org/en/
Installing the application on Ubuntu is very simple. Like anything else in Ubuntu you type the following commands to install the game engine using apt-get:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openmw/openmw
udo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openmw openmw-launcher
Once the engine is installed type:
This will launch the installer. Before continuing you will need to put the Morrowind CD into your drive and make sure it is mounted. Follow the on screen instructions to install the files from the Morrowind CD and configure its settings.
The Game Engine shows much forethought being a linux engine for a Windows game. All too often when using a game engine to play a game designed for Windows you have to install the game on a windows system and then transfer the files to your Linux system. This is not convenient or even a possibility for some people who do not have a Windows desktop. Not to mention the time consumed installing the game on a windows box and transferring the files from one system to another. I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered I could simply put the Morrowind CD in my CD drive and OpenMW would take care of the rest.
Hardware specs I am running the OpenMW engine on:
CPU: Intel Core I3-2370M @ 2.40 GHz (2nd Gen Core I3)
Drive: 240GB SSD
Graphics: Intel Graphics HD 3000
Vertical Sync = off
Fullscreen = on
anti aliasing = 0
Resolution = 1280x720 (16:9)
From what I have gathered the game can be finished, meaning it can be completed but will contain bugs, glitches or the like. If you have the Morrowind CD, and/or the expansion cd’s then I would suggest downloading the latest version and giving it a try. So far I am enjoying playing the game for the second time 10 plus years later.