SHH… HAA… AoE2ToolsCloud has been released just today…Hooray!
Q: What’s AoE2ToolsCloud?
A: AoE2ToolsCloud Sets up Voobly and Age of Empires 2 for multiplayer in OneClick. You no longer have to waste time installing the game on windows, installing offline mods, installing UserPatch, installing Wololokingdoms then exporting everything to your linux system. And most of the times, it is a nightmare to set up Voobly and fixing stubborn issues with the game.
Well, the good news is… AoE2ToolsCloud is fully supported on Wine. All you have to do is install steam through a wine32 bit installation (which I am going to show you how to set it up later on this post) and login to your account.
No need to install Age of Empires 2 HD on steam! Cool, isn’t it? – However, you must own all three DLCS to use the tool.
These are the 3 DLCS you need to own on your account:
Setting Up Wine (Development) Fully 32bit
Install/Update graphics drivers for Linux System
Before we jump into wine setup we should update or install any missing drivers. Fire up your terminal command
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:oibaf/graphics-drivers sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall sudo apt-get update
if it asks for a restart please go ahead and restart then come back to continue from here.
Clean 32bit Wine Install With 32bit Prefix (NO MONO)
For this wine installation, we are going to use “Wine (development version)” and “winetricks” available on your Software Center.
(YOU MUST INSTALL THROUGH SOFTWARE CENTER NOT TERMINAL ELSE IT WON’T WORK!!)
Once that’s done! Run the following command to set up wine32bit with a 32bit prefix:
WINEPREFIX="$HOME/win32" WINEARCH=win32 wine wineboot
Then you need to set your 32bit prefix to windows 10
WINEPREFIX="$HOME/win32" WINEARCH=win32 winecfg
Now your prefix should be ready for winetricks.
Installing Libraries Components Through Winetricks
Before we proceed with the bash commands, take a few seconds to educate yourself abtout the basic requirements for every app we are about to use:
- AoE2Tools requires (cmd, corefonts, dotnet45 or dotnet461)
- Age of Empires 2 on Voobly (corefonts, directplay, directx, quartz)
- Steam (corefonts, quartz, wininet, other libraries were omitted that may break dotnet461 installation)
If dot461 fails to install whereas dotnet45 has installed, well then that’s fine! It’s all we needed.
WINEPREFIX="$HOME/win32" WINEARCH=win32 winetricks corefonts WINEPREFIX="$HOME/win32" WINEARCH=win32 winetricks cmd WINEPREFIX="$HOME/win32" WINEARCH=win32 winetricks directplay WINEPREFIX="$HOME/win32" WINEARCH=win32 winetricks directx9 WINEPREFIX="$HOME/win32" WINEARCH=win32 winetricks d3dx9 WINEPREFIX="$HOME/win32" WINEARCH=win32 winetricks d3dx10 WINEPREFIX="$HOME/win32" WINEARCH=win32 winetricks dotnet461 WINEPREFIX="$HOME/win32" WINEARCH=win32 winetricks dsound WINEPREFIX="$HOME/win32" WINEARCH=win32 winetricks quartz WINEPREFIX="$HOME/win32" WINEARCH=win32 winetricks wininet WINEPREFIX="$HOME/win32" WINEARCH=win32 winetricks xact
Once again let’s go back to winetricks
WINEPREFIX="$HOME/win32" WINEARCH=win32 winetricks
Check every directx dlls to ensure the best gaming experience possible.
Did you make it here? Well! Congratulations! Your wine installation is ready and looking all lovely.
Setting Up AoE2Tools Steam
In this final section, we are going to take a look at setting up AoE2Tools and Steam while the rest will be taken care of by AoE2ToolsCloud.
Open a new terminal window and let’s take these bad boys to the download folder first
Downloading, Installing, Running Steam
1. To download the windows version of steam
2. To install steam to your freshly made wine 32bit prefix
WINEPREFIX="$HOME/win32" WINEARCH=win32 wine SteamSetup.exe
You know the installation drill! Next, Next, and Finish. Steam will start updating and once that’s over sign into your steam account.
Downloading, Installing, Running AoE2ToolsCloud
1. To download the latest version of AoE2Tools, we will need to install a tiny package first
sudo apt install jq
Now let’s download the latest release of AoE2Tools
file_get=$(wget -q -nv -O- https://api.github.com/repos/gregstein/AoE2Tools/releases/latest | jq -r '.assets | select(.browser_download_url | contains(".exe")) | .browser_download_url') && wget --output-document=AoE2Tools.exe $file_get
2. To Install AoE2Tools on your freshly built 32bit prefix
WINEPREFIX="$HOME/win32" WINEARCH=win32 wine AoE2Tools.exe
This is similar to Steam installation, Press Next, Next and Finish.
That should bring up AoE2Tools Launcher.
If AoE2Tools didn’t launch you should find the shortcut on your desktop or search “AoE2Tools” as it is likely to be found with your apps. And FYI, AoE2Tools installs to this location
cd /home/$USER/.wine/drive_c/users/yourname/Application Data/AoE2Tools
Don’t forget to change “yourname” to your system username.
This is how the launcher looks like
Press That Cloud Icon, indicated by the red arrows, to get access to the Cloud utility.
Once you click that! Steam will be prompted to sign in if you weren’t already signed in.
As you can see above, you can pick any installation build (Iron, Copper, Gold, Diamond, Painite) in a prestigious order. Please note that every build has or lacks mods and expansions, so take your time to preview them one by one by clicking the preview image on the top right-hand side of the window.
Below the preview, you can find the featured offline visual mods, and expansions.
Once you select the build of your choice, press Customize in the bottom of the window
This is the final configuration step which you can just leave as it is unless you want to change Voobly Client language, installation path or import a custom hotkey profile, etc.
Once you press “Download Install”
This is how it looks, You simply need to press “Get My Key (Free)” where another tiny window pops up which you need to copy the code from it then Press “Enter Your Code”. That should take you to https://ageofnotes.com/openkey/
Where you are expected to paste your code and press Generate My Key as in the picture below:
Press generate My Key and copy your free key to AoE2ToolsCloud
Finally, Paste your key to AoE2ToolsCloud and hit Validate button
While you are downloading or installing do not forget to use “Autologin Voobly” section so you would be automatically logged into Voobly and automatically joining the preferred lobby when the entire process is done.
That’s it, guys! Feel free to comment or post any issues. Also, remember not to run the game offline if you want to play single player or multiplayer you must use Voobly to do so. Until wine fixes it someday.
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