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The Hand of Merlin RPG coming to Linux officially, sometime March onwards

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The developers of The Hand of Merlin, a turn-based rogue-lite RPG in which Arthurian legend meets with sci-fi horror, have confirmed their plans for the full release.

It's getting closer to the big 1.0 to leave Early Access and keeping up with their previous confirmation, they do plan to support Linux (and macOS) officially too. In the development post, their team mentioned however their final release has been pushed back to sometime this "Spring" to not butt heads with some of the bigger games releasing, and to give them more time to polish the game.

For the Linux release they said this (emphasis ours):

After that, sometime during March, the plan is to release the editor, so anyone interested in modding the game would be able to start messing with it. We would also start officially supporting Linux and macOS. Keep in mind that just as with all other plans, stuff could happen that messes them up, and I’ll try to keep you informed if stuff goes horribly wrong or we’re forced to re-prioritize anything.

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The game is available to buy currently on GOG, Humble Store and Steam.

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7 comments

Cyril 3 Feb
Great, another one! Fingers crossed too, you never know...
RossBC 3 Feb
It has been working nativley on linux Sinse the middle of last year, libc++ needs to be installed though.

*edit: Weither or not that was intentional on their end not sure, but the linux build has been available on steam for a long time.


Last edited by RossBC on 3 February 2022 at 7:47 pm UTC
lukas333 4 Feb
Looks decent, I really like these type of games.
Cyril 4 Feb
Quoting: RossBCIt has been working nativley on linux Sinse the middle of last year, libc++ needs to be installed though.

*edit: Weither or not that was intentional on their end not sure, but the linux build has been available on steam for a long time.

I don't use Steam... but you mean officially or like from a beta Linux branch?
Can you tell more about it?
RossBC 4 Feb
Edit:* Sorry, it's the current steam ea build, they update each system depo for each build.
-What steam does is downloads the build that is relevant to your operating system, if it is available.
-If it's a beta version you usually need to select a beta build from a setting in the steam launcher for the game. *

Like, steam has Depot for it on Linux, and it has been the default download on Linux since around the middle of last year.
Only caveat is it doesn't supply all dependencies, and you need to install libc++ for it too work.


Edit: libc++ has dependencies of LLVM/clang (need to double check, its been a while) no longer needed, at least on Pop_OS, already installed. game has a shell file which it probably runs on first boot, that installs dependencies at least on ubuntu variants. Game shouldnt be able to do that, have no idea. The files in its bin folder either way.


Last edited by RossBC on 4 February 2022 at 8:43 am UTC
It looks pretty interesting, if they release it in March though, I will need to decide between this, Kirby and the Forgotten Land and Triangle Strategy
See, it seems to me the current status of this game is something a lot of studios could use: It works on Linux, but since they aren't sure their ducks are in a row it's not yet "officially supported". We get what we want, pretty much, and they aren't (yet) spending staff time supporting it. I don't think anyone would complain a ton about that as an ongoing status for various games that seem to have basically concluded that while having the game run on Linux is easy enough, supporting it would be a chore, so they do nothing at all.


Last edited by Purple Library Guy on 4 February 2022 at 11:49 pm UTC
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