Wizard101/Pirate101 (Tinker/Wine)

Wizard101 and its sibling game, Pirate101, are online MMO games made by KingsIsle Entertainment. Both games take place in the Spiral, which is shaped like a galaxy and contains many worlds made up of floating islands. The player character of Wizard101 starts in Wizard City, an island at the center of the Spiral, while the Player character of Pirate101 starts in Skull Island, a world whose location is not specified.

Both Wizard101 and Pirate101 are compatible with Windows and Mac OS but have no native Linux versions. I found a decent workaround for that, though, with a few potential ways, but only one I have confirmed as working. In theory, running a copy of Windows in a virtual machine on your Linux machine could work, but I’ve had difficulty getting a VM running at all, let alone testing either game in it.

The next idea was running the Windows version using Wine, and I had trouble figuring out how to use Wine and tried using the Lutris Frontend before I gave up and moved on to try something else.

Wizard101, but not Pirate101, has a steam version for Windows, so I could try running it with Proton, Steam’s fork of Wine. Using this to run the game seems like it would have worked fine, with one caveat, the Steam Wizard101 client needs an account specifically made for it. You can’t use a pre-existing account.

That was a deal-breaker for me since I’ve already spent a lot of money on this game, at least over $200, buying crowns, both games’ premium currency, to unlock areas, which was preferable to me compared to buying memberships. There’s no way in heck I’m going and doing that all over again.

My final attempt, which finally worked, was a variation of my prior attempt. I downloaded the Windows installer for both games, made a folder for them in my documents folder to make it easy to locate them when necessary, and then added them to Steam via Steam’s ‘add a non-steam game’ function.

Then I set them up to use a custom Proton version made by Reddit user GloriousEggroll, whose fork of Proton has helped me with other games with built-in launchers. I then tried running the ‘InstallWizard101.exe’ and ‘InstallPirate101.exe’ programs as added games in Steam. And it worked! I was able to log into my existing account, and both games were installed and playable! Another thing that worked in my favor is running one of the installer.exe files; after installation will start that particular game.

I was ecstatic when I got these games running; since both of them are games I’ve played off-and-on for years, and I have a lot of fond nostalgic memories of playing them when I was in my early and mid-teens. Both Pirate101 and Wizard101 are online-only, and my copy running on Proton connects to the games’ online servers just fine. I’ve played a few battles in Pirate101 and done some dungeons with other players in Wizard101 with no issue whatsoever.

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