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Westwood classic RPG 'Nox' lives on with the OpenNox game engine

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Westwood Studios made quite a lot of games like Dune II and the Command & Conquer series but they also made an RPG called Nox, that now lives on with the OpenNox game engine. OpenNox just recently had a new release, and the project is now open source too under the GPL!

Released originally in the year 2000, Nox was received very well by the gaming press at the time and lives on in the hearts of many gamers. Thankfully now though, OpenNox gives you a fresh way to play it on modern platforms like Linux and Windows. OpenNox is a fully-featured game engine reimplementation too supporting the original features plus plenty of enhancements including: improving modding support, higher resolutions, much better online play and more.

Like other open source reimplementations, it does not include copyrighted assets and so you do need to own a copy of the game to play it which you can buy on

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shorberg 20 Jun
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Weird! I was just reminiscing about Nox with my brother the other day and have been in the mood to play Nox since, and then this news drops!

I take it at as a sign by the gods that I should indeed play the game again!

To the downloads, and beyond!
robvv 20 Jun
The only issue I had running this was that my new GOG installation didn't include the nox.cfg file, causing the game to crash. However I simply created the missing file using touch and all was good!

EDIT: missing words.

Last edited by robvv on 20 June 2022 at 6:47 pm UTC
slaapliedje 20 Jun
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Pretty sure I still have the original copy of this, and I always meant to play this and Revenant (which I want to say came out roughly at the same time).

And now of course I also confuse it with Nox Archaist...

Amusingly of course I check if OpenNox is in the AUR yet, and looked only for 'nox' and get the packages for NoX (As in No X11). They should have called Wayland that...
Missing GLIBC_2.32 - so Ubuntu 20.10+ I assume? Well, will have to wait for the next LM update then ;-(
Phlebiac 21 Jun
Quoting: slaapliedjeAmusingly of course I check if OpenNox is in the AUR yet

$ sudo dnf info nox
Available Packages
Name : nox
Version : 2022.1.7
Release : 1.fc36
Architecture : noarch
Size : 79 k
Source : nox-2022.1.7-1.fc36.src.rpm
Repository : updates
Summary : Flexible test automation
License : ASL 2.0
Description : Nox is a command-line tool that automates testing in multiple
: Python environments, similar to tox. Unlike tox, Nox uses a
: standard Python file for configuration.
Guppy 21 Jun
"lousy secondrate candle makers - kill them all when I rule the world"

Will this work with the original media, and if so how do I get the files installed on linux?
Mnoleg 21 Jun
1.39€ ... ok, I'm in.
shorberg 21 Jun
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Quoting: Guppy"lousy secondrate candle makers - kill them all when I rule the world"

Will this work with the original media, and if so how do I get the files installed on linux?

Should work, you can install it using regular wine and then unzip the OpenNox files into the installation directory. (i.e. next to Nox.exe)
sigmich 22 Jun
I've never played Nox before. It seems that to move character you point a mouse cursor. Is it playable on Steam Deck or controller this way or can you change the controls to move?
hardpenguin 29 Jun
Great! I struggled to run this game in Wine so I will give another go with OpenNox!
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