My sister works at Stardock, a company in the Detroit area, and she has been pestering me to try one of their games. It took a while for me to get motivated enough to do so since Stardock’s games are for Windows and I haven’t really been a gamer since I switched to Linux at home in 2005. However I heard there have been big improvements in WINE since last I’d tried it, so I finally found a few hours of free time to give it a go.
First I installed the WINE PPA into Ubuntu 12.04 to make sure I had the most recent version. Then I installed wine1.5-amd64 and playonlinux. PlayOnLinux provides a nice GUI for WINE and made installing the Steam client very easy. After Steam was installed, it was easy to open it up and install “Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion”. I was pleasantly surprised when everything just worked. Those WINE folks are really impressive!
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install wine1.5-amd64 playonlinux
My laptop was well below the specs suggested by Stardock for the game, and I was running under WINE, so I lowered all of the graphics and detail as far as possible. The game ran perfectly. I worked through the first tutorial with no problems at all. Now all I have to do is find hundreds of hours of free time so I can play more!