Runes of Avalon 2

March 26th, 2008 by Crusader

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.

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Runes of Avalon

July 30th, 2007 by Crusader

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.

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Chicago 1930 To Be Ported By Runesoft

August 24th, 2006 by micks

You may have noticed that the new revamped Runesoft‘s website suddenly started listing Spellbound StudiosChicago 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.

Rune: HOV 1.08

January 5th, 2006 by Crusader

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 At GC

August 18th, 2005 by Crusader

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).

E.P.I.C. Interactive Becomes Runesoft Entertainment

June 8th, 2005 by Crusader

A reader pointed out that the German-based Linux game porting company E.P.I.C. Interactive Entertainment has changed its name to Runesoft Entertainment. Runesoft has previously released Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood and Barkanoid 2 for Linux.

Rune Back in Print

July 21st, 2004 by Crusader

aspifox sent in the following:

Human Head seem to now be re-publishing the Linux version of Rune themselves.

This is Rune Gold, which includes the Halls Of Valhalla expansion pack and is available at the pretty good price of $17.

Runesword 2 Becomes Open Source

April 20th, 2004 by Crusader

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 It appears to be written in VisualBasic. Time for a C port? ;)

Rune Sales Figures

March 6th, 2003 by theoddone33

David Anderson wrote it to point out a thread on the official Rune site. As well as discussing the possibility of a sequel to the game, the thread provides some interesting sales figures.

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.

Runescape MMORPG

August 5th, 2002 by Judecca

Nicu Pavel sent in a link to a free Java online role playing game, Runescape (Screenshots) which runs in a Java enabled Linux web browser.


Rune Co-op Installer

March 28th, 2002 by michael

Luis Montes wrote in to note that he has released an installer for Rune Co-op v1.2 for Linux. It can be downloaded here. The installer requires a full version of Loki’s Rune for Linux.

Rune Review

November 6th, 2001 by michael

Woody Hughes wrote in to note he has posted his review of Rune, the Norse-themed third-person adventure game that was ported to Linux by Loki.

Rune Review @ Gamers Press

October 2nd, 2001 by Crusader

Gamers Press has posteda review ofLoki’s Linux port ofRune. Rune Review

September 27th, 2001 by Crusader has posted areview ofLoki Software’s Linux portof Rune, the third-personViking-themed melee-action game. The review spans four pages and includes analysisof the various aspects of gameplay.

Rune Server Mutators

September 3rd, 2001 by Crusader

The official Rune site( pointed out the releaseof two new server-side mutators for the Viking melee game:CritterKick and CritterWeapon, which are admin and allowed weapons tools respectively. You can downloadboth of them from

Kohan and Rune Expansion Friday

August 20th, 2001 by Crusader

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.

Rune Demo; Shipping

June 21st, 2001 by Crusader

In addition to the other new demo releases we mentioned yesterday,Loki Software has releaseda demo(README)for Rune,the melee action game based on Viking mythology.

Rune Demo Download:

Thanks to Lionel Barrow for the news.Furthermore, the retail version of Rune is now shipping; you can order your copyfrom

Rune Shipping Next Week; Pre-Order With Mindrover

June 14th, 2001 by TimeDoctor

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.

Rune Preview

April 23rd, 2001 by keerf

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.

Rune Preview

April 10th, 2001 by Crusader

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.