Hey guys! I am creating this guide so others can enjoy Lotro in Linux. The game itself works flawless for me in Ubuntu 12.04, but other distros should work as well with the recommended wine package.
Step 1: Installing Wine (The Right One) Current Stable Wine version is 1.6.2
The first step you must do is install Wine. To be on the safe side, I will show you how to add the wine repository to your list for future updates. Go ahead and type into your terminal:
This will add the required download location for wine. Next, type:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
Wait for the installation to finish, and congratz! You now have wine on your LinuxBox.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine1.6
Step 2: Installing LOTRO
Now that we have wine installed, you'll want to download the game. DO NOT DOWNLOAD FROM THE LOTRO SITE. The downloader turbine provides does not work with wine, so you will have to download the entire package manually. To do so, click HERE.
Wait for the download to finish and unzip everything to a New Folder on your desktop called "Lotro", or whatever you like. Next open a terminal, and type:
Wait for the installation to finish, and open the game through the terminal with:
cd ((Whatever your new filename was))
Phew! That was alot of typing. (After pylotro is installed, you will only need to type one line of code ) Now, wait for the game to patch. While the game is patching, to make starting the game easier you will want to install "Pylotro". Download it HERE. Download the debian package, and run it to install. (Be advised this is for Debian based Linux operating systems. You will have to use google and find the package you need if your system is different.) After the patching from the Turbine Client is finished, close it and open a terminal. Type in:
cd "Program Files (x86)"
cd "The Lord of the Rings Online"
Enter your account details, select your server, and join Middle Earth!
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them here on this thread. OR you can private message me, and I'll reply ASAP.