Summoning Wars is an open source role-playing game, featuring both a single-player and a multiplayer mode for 2 to 8 players. Summoning Wars is free software and is released under GPL. It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems.
We have got a feeling. The fantasy RPG genre will never die. One day, we will be 70 and we will still be looking at the huge and constantly updated list of fantasy RPG available for our platform. So, why bother? We bother because Summoning Wars, the game we introduce today, has the potential to become a very good game, if it is not already. Thanks to its developers, who have done a really good job, offering a very immersive environment, achieved by good scripts both for music and dialogues. The beef, sad to say, is the same of many famous RPG we had the chance to play on our Linux machines. It doesn’t fall far from titles like Neverwinter Nights and well, why bother to differ when the formula is well tested and still appreciated by thousands of players? While the developers of Summoning Wars cannot surely afford expensive textures and scenarios like the big firms of software developing, they surely did a great job.
The game, which still feels slightly buggy and with many easy-to-fix things that we are sure they will fix in the next release, offers a very enjoyable game experience and hey, did I forget to mention that it also supports multiplayer?
As we said before, Summoning Wars comes under the terms of GPL, which means that, if you feel so, you can modify and redistribute the game.
The game can be downloaded and installed from the website of the developer. Since I can be terrible at compiling from source, I was never able to get the game working in Ubuntu using the linux source code that is available. The Readme file calls for several items to be installed on Ubuntu systems before compiling. All seems to go well, until another program which needs installing didnt work out so easy. There was a PPA made for that program over a year ago (before Ubuntu 11.10) and the PPA doesnt work on the newest version of Ubuntu. Maybe it will work fine for 10.xx versions.
In any event, we did get Summoning Wars working fine in a round about way. We downloaded the EXE of the game and installed it fine using PlayOnLinux by selecting "install a non listed item", and installed the "vcrun2010" library before installing the EXE in PlayOnLinux. Depending on your video card, your mileage may vary.