As some people here already know that in the what game are you hooked on thread, I just got back into Ragnarok Online after almost 10 years after failing to find an alternative online game that everyone can play without worrying about "will it run on my potato?" (Any computer that was built around the Windows XP era - 2001 and later - will be able to play it. I am running it on a laptop from 2003 with Arch Linux [through a compatibility layer] and it runs like a charm)
After having a chat with @SpaceJaba and @Senpai, we are in agreement, for the most part, to have interested members to join us ingame.
Now let's see a little picture to show what I'm talking about!This screenshot is taken in a castle in Amatsu, a map that was part of the globalization project that is inspired by ancient Japan
Now this thread is reserved for questions and discussions. This post will serve as a basic FAQ if enough questions about the same thing pops up repeatedly.
What is Ragnarok Online? Ragnarok Online is a MMORPG based on the comics (manhwa) by Myungjin Lee that also spawned an anime following the success of the game itself. The game itself has a sequel named Ragnarok Online 2, but being newer, the second game is only run by Gravity (the company running the official servers for the first game) and IMO doesn't have as much features or allow private servers as the former.*
As far as graphics go, the majority of the elements are 2D sprites (characters, equipment, monsters, and items) surrounded by a 3D environment. (map background and effects)
* Initially Gravity wanted to pursue legal action against the people that created the alternate implementation of the Aegis engine (the server engine that runs this game), but gave up afterwards. Also, when the official servers were running, they were running on the pay-to-play model but since then they have adopted the F2P model with optional premium items that can be bought in the ingame or in-site shops (private servers)
What server are we playing on? Currently we're playing on RebirthRO (a server based in the US), unless we have a way of hosting our own. There's many, many private servers out there that are categorized by rates (experience gain and item drop rates in comparison to the official game primarily). RebirthRO is a mid-rate server. (which clocks in at 100 times the rates that iRO/kRO uses)
How did you get it to run on Linux? I used Wine (version 1.9). There's a page with good instructions on how to set it up at TalonRO's wiki page, located here: https://wiki.talonro.com/Installing_TalonRO_on_Linux
If you wish to use PoL (PlayOnLinux) to manage this game, the same steps can be applied. (NOTE: Wine is imperfect so even if the game runs flawlessly, you will have to switch workspaces or minimize and restore because Wine can't refresh the screen after the loading screen)
For every Linux distribution is different but I've only tried it on Arch and Linux Mint, so anyone that have successfully set up and run it on their respective "flavor" please chime in.
Arch: Wine 1.9 is in the repositories - just run
sudo pacman -S wine winetricks to install them. If you're running a 64-bit version of Arch, you may need to enable multilib as well to allow installing of 32-bit packages to run the game.
Ubuntu and derivatives: The version of Wine in the official repositories is 1.6. In order to install version 1.9 you will need to add a PPA to your repository list and refresh:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wine/wine-builds && sudo apt-get update. After that, it's the same thing:
sudo apt-get install winehq-devel winetricks. If you run a 64-bit version, make sure you enable 32-bit as well:
sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 before you install Wine. Another thing to note is that the Winetricks version supplied by the package is likely to be outdated and you would have to install the latest version (located here: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Winetricks/winetricks/master/src/winetricks). Check where your system have installed Winetricks by running
whereis winetricks (although it should be in
/usr/bin/X11). Make backups of those in case if you want to uninstall Wine and Winetricks later on.
If you decide to not use PoL and follow the installation from the TalonRO wiki page to the letter, to play/run the game you will have to set the
$WINEPREFIX to the path of the Wine prefix to where you installed the game, and
cd to that path:
cd $WINEPREFIX/drive_c/$INSTALL_DIR where
$INSTALL_DIR is the installation path you set when you ran the installer, and then run
wine Ragnarok\ Patcher.exe. (this assumes you know at the minimum some terminal shell commands and how to edit the configuration file for your specific shell [ e.g.
.bashrc for BASH, and
.zshrc for ZSH])
Are there any options for customization? To a certain degree. As of the recent updates there's a cat-like race. As far as the base game goes, there's many job classes to choose from: Swordsman (Knight, Crusader), Archer (Hunter, Bard, Dancer), Acolyte (Priest, Monk), Mage (Wizard, Sage), Merchant (Alchemist, Blacksmith), and Thief (Assassin, Rogue), and as of the later addons, Taekwon and Ninja. If you wish to experiment, you have up to six (6) free character slots. Any additional will require you pay real money for (in which case is up to you). As far as clothing, the appearance is limited to what your job class is, but you can change the color to your liking. However you can wear armor and clothing (even though it won't be seen) for added attributes. The only articles of clothing that are visible when equipped are certain kinds of weapons, and headgear.