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Hello to all penguins lovers!

./play.it is a libre software that automates the build of native packages for multiple distributions from DRM-free installers for commercial games, including of course a lot of games available on GOG. The generated packages are then installed using the standard tools provided by the distribution.

Native Linux games are supported, as well as games developed for other systems thanks to tools like WINE, DOSBox and ScummVM.

More detailed descriptions, including installation and usage instructions, are available in the documentation of the main distributions we support:

Debian
Gentoo
Ubuntu (in French only)

Other distributions like Arch Linux are supported, as well as derivatives of these distributions like Manjaro or Linux Mint.

Links

Official ./play.it website
Official git repositories
Bugs tracker
Post edited August 31, 2020 by vv221
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A new week is ending, and while it has been a very calm week for ./play.it there are still a couple news worth mentioning ;-)

Let’s start with the new games supported by the project:
· Myst: Masterpiece Edition (GOG)
· Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines (GOG)
· Risk of Rain (GOG & Humble)

And as usual, work is still ongoing on already published scripts:
· Pixel Piracy (GOG & Humble): full rewrite of the scripts
· Crypt of the NecroDancer (GOG): new installer supported (2.2.0.4)
Don't forget that ./play.it is Judas™ approved! So don't be shy and give it a go :)
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Amadren: (…)
The project has already a lot of users (167 unique users in the last two weeks only, more than a thousand in the project life), and I’ve *never* seen someone coming back to tell me that a ./play.it script broke anything ;-)
Thank you, vv221! You are doing gods work!
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Emachine9643: Thank you, vv221! You are doing gods work!
Well, I won’t lie, I’m not alone on this project ;-)
Between code contributions, tests and bug reports, and nice posts like yours, it’s a real pleasure to work on ./play.it!
question about the scripts: I am on a windows PC and have a few dosbox games not listed under your scripts. As they are dosbox I know they can get running on linux. Looking at the details for installation for a few, I see two scripts-one general one for the game. Can I install a game using the general script only? Games I was thinking of: Duke Nukem series, X-Wing DOS CD, Tie Fighter DOS CD, Hocus Pocus, System Shock. I am looking to install these on a linux machine.
Post edited May 10, 2016 by wizisi2k
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wizisi2k: (…)
The library alone won’t be enough to build a .deb package from a game installer. But if you look at the code of the game-specific DOSBox scripts, you’ll see there is very little game-specific content, so they should be quite easy to adapt to other games.

If you want to give it a try, two important things:
_don’t hesitate to ask for help in understanding and tailoring the scripts to your needs, I really love to share about this
_please send me the scripts you wrote afterwards, so I can add them to the project
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wizisi2k: (…)
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vv221: The library alone won’t be enough to build a .deb package from a game installer. But if you look at the code of the game-specific DOSBox scripts, you’ll see there is very little game-specific content, so they should be quite easy to adapt to other games.

If you want to give it a try, two important things:
_don’t hesitate to ask for help in understanding and tailoring the scripts to your needs, I really love to share about this
_please send me the scripts you wrote afterwards, so I can add them to the project
catch is I'm going to another house to install the games and was initially going to do a copy of the directories to the drive with a linux build of dosbox installed already. I am not going to have time to make the scripts-I don't have a VM setup here to even test them but I can attempt to set 1 up. Attempting to setup a x64 ubuntu VM enviroment to see what I can do with scripts for the games.
Post edited May 10, 2016 by wizisi2k
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vv221:
Is there a master list of all games that are part of this project?
Also how do you install a game that is a 2 parter?
As for DOSBox games, you can always do a straight DOSBox install, as well as innoextract, on your Linux machine, and use innoextract to unbundle the files.

From there, you should just be able to run the game using GOG's config files, eg. dosbox -conf <gog-config-file> -conf <gog-config-file-2>, etc.
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vv221:
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Emachine9643: Is there a master list of all games that are part of this project?
Also how do you install a game that is a 2 parter?
List of games here: http://wiki.dotslashplay.it/en/start
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Matruchus:
Thank you!
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Matruchus:
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Emachine9643: Thank you!
No, problem. You will find instructions how to install each game and the files necessary for it under each game title.
Post edited May 13, 2016 by Matruchus
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Emachine9643: Also how do you install a game that is a 2 parter?
Not sure I understood your question…
If an installer needs multiple files, the script will automatically check that there are all present before starting to process anything.

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blakstar: As for DOSBox games, you can always do a straight DOSBox install, as well as innoextract, on your Linux machine, and use innoextract to unbundle the files.
That’s a part of what the ./play.it scripts for DOSBox games do ;)
The main advantages of using the scripts instead of a manual installation are the fully automated process, the better iintegration to your environment, and the persistent saved games & config (they won’t be lost on game uninstallation).
Post edited May 13, 2016 by vv221