- title Eternal Lands free MMORPG
- 1 Introduction
- 2 How to install Eternal Lands
- 3 Playing Eternal Lands
- 4 Using an alternative configuration i.e. server
- 5 Custom Maps (tab-maps)
- 6 Future updates, Development Versions and Release Candidates of Eternal Lands
Eternal Lands is a free, massively multi player on-line role playing game (MMORPG). The game is free to play and the client is open source. The basic aim of this page is to help you install the game. Ubuntu packages are available from the Launchpad Personal Package Area (PPA) of Paul Broadhead, one of the official developers for the Eternal Lands client. The client (eternallands), data (eternallands-data), sound (eternallands-sound) and music (eternallands-music) are packaged separately to simplify updates.
How to install Eternal Lands
Install using an install script
- Left click this install script link. When prompted, save to your desktop.
- When downloaded, right click the icon and select "Properties".
- From the "Permissions" tab, set the execute flag then click "Close".
- When that is done, double click the icon and click "Run in Terminal".
- Follow the instructions provided.
Or, install Ubuntu packages using GUI tools
- Save the PPA authentication key to a file: From the PPA main page, follow the link to the key text or go directly using this link. Select the text from the page and copy/paste into a new text file then save the file.
- Launch the GUI tool "System->Administration->Software Sources".
- Register the authentication key for PPA: On the "Authentication" tab, click "Import Key File" and select the file you saved earlier. The new key will be added to the "Trusted software providers" list; confirm the new key is listed as "Launchpad PPA for Paul Broadhead".
- Add the new software source: On the "Third Party Software" tab, click "Add" then enter "deb http'://ppa.launchpad.net/pjbroad/ppa/ubuntu hardy main" in the dialogue and click "Add Source". NOTE: substitute your Ubuntu release name if you are not using hardy (all recent revisions are supported).
- You can now close the "Software Sources" GUI, allowing it to reload your sources.
- Now launch the GUI tool "System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager".
- Install the packages: Click the "Origin" button at the bottom left of the window, then select "ppa.launchpad.net/main" from the list at the top left of the window. The packages from the PPA are displayed in the main window, right-click and mark each file you want to install (the sound and music packages are optional) then click the "Apply" icon.
Debian (Lenny) packages
All these packages are also available for Debian (currently only i386 on Lenny). To install the Debian version add the software sources line "deb http'://www.twinmoons.org.uk/pkg/debian/ ./".
Issues with unmet/unresolved dependencies in Ubuntu
If the installation fails with an error message about unmet or unresolved dependencies for a package, e.g. libcal3d12, you will need to enabled some additional software sources. To do this launch the software sources GUI tool from the menu entry "System->Administration->Software Sources". On the "Ubuntu Software" tab, tick the "Community maintained Open Source software (universe)" option then close the GUI. This will update your software sources. Once enabled, retry installing the game packages using your prefered method.
Playing Eternal Lands
How ever you install the packages, once the installation has completed, you will have a new "Eternal Lands" icon under the "Applications->Games" menu. If you have played the game before from your current Ubuntu login account, your game personal settings may need to be updated to point at the new installation. When you launch the game, you will be given the option to automatically fix any personal settings.
Using an alternative configuration i.e. server
By default the installed icon will launch a configuration/server selection GUI. The first time you launch the game you will be given the option to disable this GUI for future sessions. If you disable this GUI, the "main" configuration will be used by default. This will connect you to the main server. You can easily use other configuration settings (e.g. for alternative servers) by specifying the configuration name as a parameter for the launcher. Note: if you specify a configuration name that does not exist, the game defaults to the "main" configuration.
Example, creating a new icon for the pk server
Create a copy of the game icon by dragging it from the "Applications->Games" menu and dropping it on your desktop or on a desktop panel. Then right-click the new icon and select properties. In the command box of the icon properties (which is under the launcher tab for a desktop icon), add " pk" to the end of the command, i.e. a space and the letters "pk" without the quotes. You can also change the icon text to remind you which server will be used.
Example, connecting to the pk server from the command line
Open a terminal and type "eternallands pk", again without the quotes and press return.
Custom Maps (tab-maps)
Various unofficial packs exist that contain additional and replacement map images (i.e. tab maps). These files are normally installed in the "maps" sub-directory of the game data; doing this could cause issues when updating or removing the install packages. However, these tab-maps can also be installed in your user settings directory, in the "updates/<version>/maps" sub-directory; e.g. "$HOME/.elc/updates/1_9_0/maps". Installing tab-maps here will not cause issues with installed packages and will also be preserved during updates.
Future updates, Development Versions and Release Candidates of Eternal Lands
When updates are available, you will be asked if you wish to download and install these just like other applications.
The Eternal Lands client is under constant development. Often, the development version has nice new features that will not be available in the release version for several months. It is perfectly legal to play the game using this development version. In fact, if you find and report bugs, you are actively helping improve the game. Almost always, this development version is stable and can happily be used for normal game play. An additional package (eternallands-cvs) is available that offers a recent build of the development version. This package installs an additional client version/icon tagged with the string "CVS". With this package installed, you still have the release version available should you wish to use that instead. If you install the eternallands-cvs package, expect updates to be offered several times a month - depending on current development activity.
When a new major release is in the final stages of test, a release candidate version of the game is often made available. This version may be made available as packages. The name of these packages will be tagged with "-rc", e.g. eternallands-rc and eternallands-rc-data. The current "-rc" versions replace release packages but the original release packages can be reinstalled to replace the "-rc" version if required. When the new release is available, you must install the new eternallands package to replace the -rc version.