Neverwinter Nights Linux Client Released

March 20th, 2003 by michael

Bioware has released the Neverwinter Nights Linux Client Beta. Apparently you have to login to their community site to get it. From the announcement:

Important Notes Before You Begin

There are 2 things you will need in order to use Neverwinter Nights Linux Client, aside from downloading the Linux Client binaries:

1. The game resources (from an existing Windows installation)
2. A CD-Key

You will need to get the Neverwinter Nights game resouces from an existing Windows installation of the 1.29 build of Neverwinter Nights. Why must it be this way, you ask? It is because there is no feasable way to get the game resources from the InstallShield cabinet files on the Windows version CDs. Currently the NWN Linux Client supports English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish.

You will have to purchase a copy of the game to get a valid Neverwinter Nights CD-Key. Of course, with this purchase you also get a lovely Neverwinter Nights mapkin, a spiral-bound game manual, and three plastic-coated aluminum-reinforced W1nd0z3 brand coasters.

A later update noted:

  • The Neverwinter Nights Linux Client Public Beta is now open. The Linux Forum can be used to discuss the Linux Client, however do not post bugs in that forum. To report bugs, send a detailed bug description to
  • We will be releasing updated Beta versions with fixes – check back often.
  • Server browsing and chat are disabled in Beta 1 and will be available in the next Beta release.

Update: A poster to noted that you can get the binary directly here.

Update: Jeff Ryden pointed out this installer to get the data off of Win32 Neverwinter Nights discs.

26 Responses to “Neverwinter Nights Linux Client Released”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I just saw the devil snowboarding!


  2. Anonymous Says:

    Now I still can’t install the God damned game because I don’t have a Windows partition. Thanks for yet another fucking blunder, Bioware.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Can you use wine to run the installer at least???

  4. ThoreauHD Says:

    if Tuxgames can combine the Icculus linux installer with the Bioware linux patch and do a little value add on NWN? Mr. Simms, do you have an opinion on the subject?

    Rumor has it that the NWN linux patches will be made available via loki_update from icculus. And so, there are just a few questions I have before I drop a ducat on this game.

    I’d prefer not to install windows on one of my boxes to run a game.. actually, “prefer” isn’t the word. I’m not going to install windows so I can play a game.. yup, that is much more accurate. Okdoke, just a little more waiting…

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Where’s the Alpha platform support?

    ‘don’t mean to troll, but support for Alpha is second to X86 based on the number of Alpha users.

    And where did that Alpha advocate go to? Is it icculus or somthing like that?

  6. simcon Says:

    Well lucky for me I have a winxp partition and i got it to work without a hitch, but not everyone is being so lucky. Some issues are around with Gentoo and Debian systems.

    I’m using Mandrake 9 with default kernel, X and SDL – kernel 2.4.19, X 4.2.1, SDL 1.2.4.

    Looks just like the win32 version. Very nice indeed, thanks Bioware developers :D

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Bitch, moan, bitch, moan… b…. m……

    Just retyping what’s usualy in a nwn thread. :)

  8. Anonymous Says:

    I have a Radeon – is this supported?


  9. zborgerd Says:

    Wow! Is it cold in here, or is it just me? Hell must have frozen over. Please turn the heat up.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Can anyone confirm whether this works under FreeBSD ?

  11. Anonymous Says:

    Hi, Just got the files in my /usr/local/games/nwn, and soon the client. But how to do to patch to latest 1.29? Is it in the downloaded linux client or what? Am I missing out on something?

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Still no installer for the linux, you still need a none native method to install the win version and patch it upto date.

    The day when there is a nartive way to install NWN, then I would say it’s linux native.

  13. bdove Says:

    now the release out and ill get my copy.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    This is a joke, right? I need windows to run the Linux client. If I had windows, wouldn’t I have be using that for almost a year now to play the game?

    I wonder what the Mac crowd will say when they’re told the same for the Mac version.

  15. simcon Says:

    How to install and update using the Linux Installer:-

  16. bdove Says:

    I hope some from tuxgames is reading this…

    Any idea how the copy’s from tuxgames will be packed? I mean is there going to be just windows box to be sent, then you need to dn the binarie or is there going to be “special” linux cd’s with datafiles(aparently installshield files?),installed,(updater?) and linux bin?

    I need to know this because I cant run this beta while I dont have CDkey, and if there is not going to be “special lnx cd’s” , i can ask tuxgames to send my copy today. (as in windows box).

  17. simcon Says:

    If anyone wants some NWN desktop icons I made some :D


  18. Anonymous Says:

    I am very happy that the linux client (well, the beta) is out, but is it just me or does anyone else thinks the linux client has huge performance issues, compared to the windows client? I’ve got an athlon 1.3Ghz with 512Mb of RAM and a GeForce2 GTS; not top of the range, but it ran quite smoothly in windoze, but now it’s *very* jerky in linux.

    I am using the nvidia binary drivers with XFree86 4.2.

    Can anyone else confirm/refute this?

  19. Anonymous Says:

    (though I can’t get NWN to work :( )

  20. Anonymous Says:

    is there any demo of the game?

  21. tek45 Says:

    Specifically, I have yet to read a post of an ATI user getting the linux port to work. Just so you know.

  22. Anonymous Says:

    I 0wn3d the B10ware Ph0rum5.

  23. ThoreauHD Says:

    I wrote to tuxgames a bit ago, and they are working on releasing NWN with a linux based installer. As such, this is what they had to say:

    Tux Games Information

    On Fri, 21 Mar 2003 01:07:10 GMT, wrote:
    Dear Sir:

    I would like to request that you configure a linux installer for the NWN linux client with I do not wish to install windows so I can run a linux game. And I’d like to thank your crew for the great work they’ve been doing. Take care.

    From: Tux Games Information
    Subject: Re: Feature request for NWN
    Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2003 22:02:30 +0000


    We have been talking to the author of this tool about this. Either we will do this, or we will do somethign similar. No Tux Games product will ever require Windows to install.


  24. Dougst3r Says:

    “Gothmog of A” has incredibly hacked the binary with an assembler patch that gets the game running on Radeon (and possibly Kyro/ other DRI) cards. Something about an indirect function call / linker error.

    You can read about it and get the patch in the associated bioware forum.

    BioWare stated that they were amazed and they are working to incorporate the patch into the next beta release.

  25. Anonymous Says:

    Has anyone actually responded to the “Neverwinter NOW!” email that Tuxgames sent out on the 27th of March? I did, and said yes I would like the game shipped to me NOW as opposed to waiting for the client to be non-beta (as that might actually never happen). They said the games would be shipped “immediately” if we were to choose that option. Well, it has been a week or so and according to their shipping time estimate chart thingy — it should be here. I have wriiten them via email with no response as to the order status. I guess what I would like to know is did the people that responded to that particular email from Tuxgames receive a copy of the game yet?

    I guess waiting another couple weeks or months for the mail to arrive isn’t all that bad, considering I ordered the game June 13th, 2002.



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