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    getting started in fg, part 2: fantasy grounds on a mac (wine)

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    fantasy grounds (fg) is native to windows, but you have a mac?
    no worries. you can use fg on your mac!


    here's a guide to get fg on your mac using a virtual windows environment called wine. this free app allows windows apps to run on your mac with little fuss and tech intimidation.

    (tested and working on mac os x 10.9.2 maverick)

    got wine?

    you may be in one of these situations:
    • have never installed wine nor fantasy grounds -- follow all steps
    • have already tried to install wine and fg before and it did not work -- follow all steps
    • have installed wine but have never installed fantasy grounds -- follow step 3


    1. fresh start / uninstall wine (skip if wine was never installed)

    purge any previous wine installation
    • quit wine
    • completely move these folders/files to trash:
      • applications/wine (app)
      • applications/winebottler (app)
      • users/[your account]/library/caches/org.kronenberg.wine (folder) *
      • users/[your account]/library/application support/wine (folder) *
      • users/[your account]/library/preferences/org.kronenberg.wine.plist *
    • empty trash

      uninstall_wine_resources.png

      * if your library is hidden, go to apple finder menu at top of screen,
      • select: go > go to folder...
      • enter in the location window that pops up: ~/Library

      user_library.png

    really quit out any wine process
    • open activity monitor: applications/utilities
    • find and select any process name containing "wine"
    • go to view menu and select "quit process" (do for any wine still opened -- may have to "quit process" a couple of times before it actually quits)

      wine_opened.png

    purge wine preferences (as well as fg if previously installed)
    • find and delete this folder: [your user account]/wine files
    • drag the whole directory to trash
    • empty trash

    Last edited by tahl_liadon; March 12th, 2014 at 14:23.

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    2. installing wine

    • download wine dmg package (always use the "stable" version):
      (caution: ignore and wait for all the countdown-ads, then click "skip ad" after countdown; after second ad countdowns, download dialog box will appear)
    • open dmg and place both wine and winebottler in applications folder

      wine_apps.png
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    • open wine
    • 3 wine windows will open: winetricks; change prefix; and general preferences

      wine_installs.png
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    • choose "apply" in winetricks and wait until process completes
    • do nothing with other 2 windows
    • close all 3 windows
    • notice a wine glass icon has appeared in mac finder menu bar on top (left of clock)

      wine_icon.png
      .
    • click wine glass and choose file manager
    • a windows-style window interface will open -- leave it open

      wine_file-manager_window.png
    Last edited by tahl_liadon; February 24th, 2014 at 21:28.

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    3. install fg with wine

    download and initialize fg
    • download the fantasy grounds web installer
    • wine interface will pop up at opening the fg web installer: "run directly in... [default path]" is selected
    • do not change anything
    • click "go"
    • agree to the eula to open fg settings
    • provide license key
    • leave username blank
    • click "ok" (files will download)

      fg_settings.png
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    • (if error message "ruleset: laucher.... etc" pops up, choose "no" -- error window will close)

    launching fg
    • go back to wine file manager window
    • double-click "program files" folder -- contents will be shown at right
    • double-click "fantasy grounds" folder to see contents

      fg_directory_in_wine.png
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    • double-click fantasyground.exe to open (may take a moment until fg launch window appears)

      fg_launch_window.png

    joining fg game / log on to gm server

    important: your gm will let you know if the server is up. you cannot log in and participate if it is not.

    • choose "join game"
    • enter username (whatever you want -- either your player name or pc name)
    • enter the 4-word alias
    • click "start"

    if it is your first time login in, it may take a few minutes to download resources from your gm server. be patient and let it do its thing. once connected, your gm should already have your pc stats uploaded, all ready to go; you should see a window containing your pc (as well other pcs). double-click yours to enter, and...

    be prepare for some awesome virtual table top experience!
    Last edited by tahl_liadon; February 24th, 2014 at 21:34.
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    Good work!

    Moved from the Pathfinder Society forum as this is relevant to everyone, and this thread has nothing specifically to do with Pathfinder Society.


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    Good guide. Stickied the thread.

    Move to the House of Healing, inline with the other Mac/Linux wine guides.
    Last edited by Zeus; February 24th, 2014 at 21:22.
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    I've been using FG for a short spell, always on a Windows notebook.

    I just got an opportunity to get a new notebook at work, so since all my work is done at the command prompt, I opted for a Macbook Pro Retina.
    (Real reason, I went with the most expensive machine they'd allow)

    I got FG working just fine, except when it goes to installing 5E components. I looked in other threads, but they all seem to be for PC.

    Anyone have a mac and got past getting the Elemental Evil mod installed?


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    Quote Originally Posted by dberkompas View Post
    I got FG working just fine, except when it goes to installing 5E components. I looked in other threads, but they all seem to be for PC.

    Anyone have a mac and got past getting the Elemental Evil mod installed?
    What's the issue you're having?

    Did you buy the problem modules from the FG store or from Steam?


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    My apologies, I should have been more detailed.

    I see a couple threads where people are having issues when they do an update that some of the D&D 5E content is not able to be put in the vault.

    I had the same problem on my Windows machine, and I deleted content.dat, and ran the updater as admin.

    I've bought everything for Fantasy Grounds from the FG store, nothing from Steam.
    (I've tried running from Steam as well as Wineskin)

    (Here's the dialog)
    >HandlFile
    >Unable to save file (modules/DD Elemental Evil Players Companion.mod)
    >to content vault.


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    Last edited by dberkompas; July 22nd, 2015 at 17:09.
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    The issue has been resolved. As soon as I put in my Ultimate key, the modules installed into the vault just fine.



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    Yea!
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