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Update: If you cannot get it to run, disabling your networking should allow it to run for now. Credit to mcphail.

Paradox Development Studio and Paradox Interactive have today released their latest grand strategy game Imperator: Rome, as expected it's come with same-day Linux support.

Imperator: Rome is the newest grand strategy title from Paradox Development Studio. Set in the tumultuous centuries from Alexander’s Successor Empires in the East to the foundation of the Roman Empire, Imperator: Rome invites you to relive the pageantry and challenges of empire building in the classical era. Manage your population, keep an eye out for treachery, and keep faith with your gods.

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Like with most grand strategy games from Paradox, there's a lot of mechanics you will need to learn before truly getting into it. To help with that, Paradox have a tutorial series ready for browsing over on YouTube.

GOG actually sent me a copy of it, although these types of strategy games aren't usually my cup I've given it a run. Imperator: Rome comes with a fancy looking launcher, allowing you to adjust things like fullscreen settings, resolution, picking which monitor to display on and language. A feature I tend to find quite useful as a multi-screen user:

However, clicking play on Ubuntu 19.04 seems to result in something not quite working right as the launcher quits and the game is nowhere to be seen. Trying to run the game directly, brings me the Imperator: Rome logo screen and then that too also quits to the desktop. I tried deleting the Launcher and Imperator folders in "/.local/share/Paradox Interactive/" (in case their account login system is overloaded) and now the game when launched directly gets me a tiny bit further to what looks like a loading screen, but then crashes to the desktop once again.

Our contributor Samsai, who also owns it from GOG is able to launch it. However, they've encountered other major problems like poor performance and "jittery" scrolling so it doesn't seem great there either. Samsai is using an AMD GPU and I have it confirmed from multiple others on an AMD GPU that it works, but others on NVIDIA like me it's not working for. So in this case, it seems specific to NVIDIA GPUs that it won't work.

Looking around, it seems there's a large amount of people having issues across all platforms. Some people like me can't run it at all, others that can like Samsai above are seeing major performance issues, others have it constantly crashing.

Paradox is one developer I am willing to give the benefit of a little extra time though, given their constant support for Linux with their strategy games. However, there's no getting around that this was a bad launch.

If you love huge strategy games you can find it on Humble Store, GOG and Steam.

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mcphail 26 Apr, 2019
Quoting: liamdaweJust tried that myself to see, same issue sadly
I've noticed that my failed-launch crash dumps all have exceptions in network code from one of Paradox's libraries. If I disable my network card in Network Manager the game seems to launch from the launcher every time. Does that work on your machine?
gojul 27 Apr, 2019
Starts from the command line if I just run ./imperator on my NVidia box. However if I try to change the screen res it crashes (I tend to play in windowed mode).
Liam Dawe 27 Apr, 2019
Quoting: mcphail
Quoting: liamdaweJust tried that myself to see, same issue sadly
I've noticed that my failed-launch crash dumps all have exceptions in network code from one of Paradox's libraries. If I disable my network card in Network Manager the game seems to launch from the launcher every time. Does that work on your machine?
Holy cow you're right, disabling my net does allow it to run, what the heck.
mcphail 27 Apr, 2019
Quoting: liamdaweHoly cow you're right, disabling my net does allow it to run, what the heck.

If you get the chance, it'd be great if you could contribute your experience at https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/index.php?threads/i-r-linux-game-usually-fails-to-load-from-launcher-when-using-nvidia-418-drivers.1171095/ . I think you'd have to register your game with paradox to access that forum, though.
Liam Dawe 27 Apr, 2019
Quoting: mcphail
Quoting: liamdaweHoly cow you're right, disabling my net does allow it to run, what the heck.

If you get the chance, it'd be great if you could contribute your experience at https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/index.php?threads/i-r-linux-game-usually-fails-to-load-from-launcher-when-using-nvidia-418-drivers.1171095/ . I think you'd have to register your game with paradox to access that forum, though.
As I have the game on GOG, I can't access that forum as it relies on checking a Steam account.

I've let them know this info on my support ticket though.
mcphail 27 Apr, 2019
I know for other paradox games you can use the cdkey from GOG to register your game on the forum. I don't have this game on gog so don't know if they've provided a cdkey this time. It is usually found in the "More" section of the download panel for the game.
Redje 27 Apr, 2019
I have tried this game today with steam on my AMD desktop pc and Nividia laptop.
I've encountered no issues what so ever with this game…
It just works out of the box no tweaking required.

PS: desktop with AMD Ubuntu 19.04 and nvidia laptop with Ubuntu 18.04.
arkhenius 27 Apr, 2019
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Quoting: liamdawe
Quoting: mcphail
Quoting: liamdaweJust tried that myself to see, same issue sadly
I've noticed that my failed-launch crash dumps all have exceptions in network code from one of Paradox's libraries. If I disable my network card in Network Manager the game seems to launch from the launcher every time. Does that work on your machine?
Holy cow you're right, disabling my net does allow it to run, what the heck.

Can confirm, also works this way (GOG version) for me with a GTX 970 with the 418.52.03 Vulkan drivers. You know what is even funnier? I can reconnect to the internet after the game launches, and can even log in with my Paradox account. This is such a weird bug... Especially when they have other games on Linux that also have a launcher, that work perfectly fine on my machine :D

Thanks for the tip though, @macphail :)
zerkovic 29 Apr, 2019
Two things that might help.

1. Googling i found this for GOG'ers:

"If you are encountering flickering graphics during gameplay, please navigate to game's installation folder. Once in there find dosboxBlood.conf, and open it using Notepad. Here find:

machine=svga_s3
and change it to:

machine=vesa_nolfb


Save the file and run the game."

2. As a Steam-user under Linux, i couldn't get the mp going. Using the Paradox Linux Launcher it worked.

Alas for me is the game slow and still with graphical issues. :(
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