Runes of Avalon 2, a sequel to the story-based puzzle game Runes of Avalon, has been released for Linux by Anawiki Games. The demo is playable for an hour, and the full version is available online for $19.99 US; there are also some brief impressions posted at Rock, Paper, Shotgun.
Runes of Avalon, a puzzle gamewith astoryline(!), music, and particle effects, has been released for Linuxby Anawiki Games. There’s what I presumeis a demo available (I haven’t had a chance to try it just yet), and a retailversion that can be ordered online for $19.99 US.
You may have noticed that the new revamped Runesoft‘s website suddenly started listing Spellbound Studios‘ Chicago 1930, a tactical Mafia game from the Prohibition era, under ongoing Linux projects, while previously only a Mac port was announced.
We took the liberty of contacting Runesoft’s Peter Mulholland who worked on several of their Linux ports in the past and let him shed some light on the matter; Peter also revealed some interesting facts about upcoming updates to their port of Robin Hood:
“[there's another programmer] doing a Mac port, but the game uses the same library code as Robin Hood did, so hopefully when he’s done porting it to the Mac, I can do a Linux build. I must stress I haven’t been asked to do this yet, but undoubtedly I will as it should be an easy quick job.
We are also planning to sort out RH as you may have noticed, the installer is rather bad and there’s a few other glitches I’ve been told, especially if you use a newer build of SDL. They were found by aguy who is working on a LinuxPPC port of the game, so when he’s ready with that, we should be sorting out a better installer etc for the game.”
This still doesn’t count as officially confirmed, but the current odds seem to be we’ll see the game ported — and it’s also very good to hear about more QA for Runesoft’s Linux ports.
A community patch (developed by the WGW Project Division with the permission of Human Head Studios) has been released for the Rune expansion pack, Halls of Valhalla. Changes include several new maps, crash protection, and server-side support for client downloads.
Rune: HOV 1.08 Download: [ 3D Downloads | 3D Gamers | VGPro | WGW Project ]
Runesoft Entertainment let us know that they are presenting games at this year’s Games Convention, a gaming industry trade show (akin to E3) in Leipzig, Germany, which runs from August 17th through the 21st. The Linux version of Northland is on display; they are located at the stand of Runesoft’s partner company Magnussoft in Hall 3 (Stand B10).
From a reader:
DevMaster reports: CrossCut Games has released the source code and a fully unlocked playable version of RuneSword 2, a Windows based “CRPG designed to appeal to ‘pen and paper’ role-players. The game comes with two full-length adventures, a number of smaller adventures, and a completely flexible construction set.” The project can be found on SourceForge at http://sourceforge.net/projects/runesword/. It appears to be written in VisualBasic. Time for a C port? ;)
To date, Rune has sold over 270,000 copies world wide (about half and half in US and Europe, with additional copies selling in Australia, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Brazil, Mexico and Russia as well). Mac sales were around 5,000 of these while Linux sales were less than 1,000. The PS2 version sold over 150,000 units, with 100,000 being sold in the US and the rest sold in Europe (not bad for what is essentially a port).
While the lackluster sales of the Linux version are certainly disappointing, it may be important to note that Rune was one of Loki’s later titles. Some of the earlier Loki titles sold much better, but it’s clear that we still have a long way to go before we can compete with larger markets.
Loki Software has announced the shipping datefor Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns (a fantasy RTS)and Rune: Halls of Valhalla (a multiplayer expansionpack for Rune that can be purchased and playedon its own):
KOHAN and HALLS OF VALHALLA will ship to our resellers and to ourLoki store preorder customers on Friday, August 24.
This delay has nothing to do with our recent reorganization. Rather,to improve our business we have selected a new replication house.This supplier will be working over the weekend to ensure we meet ournew release date.
We thank everyone for their continued interest and the outpouring ofcommunity support. Your well wishes and orders have been extremelymotivating to our team during this difficult period.
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Loki’s Linux port of Human Head’s Rune, the Unreal Tournament-engine based third-person melee combat game with a Viking atmosphere, will be shipping on June 20th. It will also be available in a bundle with Loki’s recently released MindRover for $44.95 US via a pre-order. Also of note: the new Rune co-op modification can be installed with the Linux version using Umodpack.
Jeff Mrochuk wrote in to tell about his new Rune preview. Rune is a third-person 3D melee action game developed by HumanHead Studios and being ported to Linux by Loki; on a side note, the Linux version is still in beta. The article talks about weapons, graphics, multiplayer, and a few other key topics.
Staff member Terry “keerf” Warner has written a preview of Rune based on the ongoing beta test. Rune is a third-person 3D melee action game with a theme derived from Viking mythology (which, incidentally, is also where Loki’s name hails from); the article discusses graphics, the single player campaign, multiplayer modes, and includes screenshots.