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📜 Elder Scrolls Morrowind

Updated at 2022-08-10 02:37

How to play Morrowind on Ubuntu.

Install Morrowind and OpenMW

You can play Morrowind with just Wine, but we'll add extra stability with the OpenMW.

  1. Buy https://www.gog.com/game/the_elder_scrolls_iii_morrowind_goty_edition
  2. Download the backup standalone installer (don't get the GOG Galaxy installer.)
  3. Install wine if you don't have that already.
  4. Run wine setup_tes_morrowind_*.exe and follow the instructions.
  5. Run sudo apt install openmw*
  6. Start "OpenMW Launcher", click "Run Install Wizard", select "Existing" and it should automatically detect the installation.
  7. Copy reasonable default settings with cp /etc/openmw/settings-default.cfg $HOME/.config/openmw/settings.cfg.
  8. Start the game using "OpenMW Launcher".

Install Tamriel Rebuilt

Tamriel Rebuilt is a fan-made expansion to Morrowind that adds pieces of the Morrowind region mainland to the game without affecting the vanilla Morrowind gameplay too much.

Download latest Tamriel_Data from https://www.tamriel-rebuilt.org/downloads/resources

Unpack the files into your Morrowind/Data Files directory, so that the Data Files now contains Tamriel_Data.esm, PT_Data.bsa, and TR_Data.bsa.

Download the latest Tamriel_Rebuilt from https://www.tamriel-rebuilt.org/downloads/main-release

Unpack the files from 00, 01 and 03 into your Morrowind/Data Files directory, so that the Data Files now contains TR_Mainland.esm, TR_Factions.esm, and TR_Travels.esm.

subl ~/.wine/drive_c/GOG\ Games/Morrowind/Morrowind.ini
# find "[Archives]" and add...
Archive 2=PT_Data.bsa
Archive 3=TR_Data.bsa
# save and exit

Open OpenMW Launcher:

  • Run Settings > Run Settings Importer
  • Go to Data Files tab and enable all things that start with Tamriel_ or TR_.
  • Make sure the load order doesn't report any errors, you will notice them.
  • You are ready to play so start the game here!

Next Steps

You could install more mods at this point, but the above is how I usually play.