For GOG on Linux, use Minigalaxy

For other Linux gamers wishing GOG Galaxy had a client for Linux, there’s an open source project that provides most of the critical features, namely easy download install and updating. It’s called Minigalaxy and available for most distros.

It even allows you to install Windows-only games via Wine, and assuming you have DXVK configured for your Wine instance, I’ve found many games play┬áreasonably well out of the box.

To install it on Fedora, simply enter: sudo dnf install minigalaxy
Then launch it, enter your account credentials, and you’re ready to go.

Find it on GitHub here: https://github.com/sharkwouter/minigalaxy

Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition produces black screen on Linux

I decided I wanted to start playing the new release of the classic game Neverwinter Nights, on my Chromebook using my Ubuntu Linux chroot. My download comes from GOG. While my install worked great on my Windows desktop and Fedora laptop, the game isn’t starting on my Chromebook. It just produces a black screen instead of the game’s main menu.

Another Beamdog re-release, Baldur’s Gate, works great on here. The solution for NWN should be pretty simple: turn off full screen mode. But how can you do that without entering the game?!

Easy:

  • Navigate to /home/<your user>/.local/share/Neverwinter Nights
  • Edit nwn.ini
  • Change the following:
FullScreen=0
FullScreenDesktopMode=1
Borderless=1

You’re done! The game won’t run in true full screen, but it will be a full-screen borderless window.