So I've been trying for the last few days to get Ascendancy, an old game that I really like, to run again on my computer. I got this game to run under DOSBOX around a year ago, but I was running Windows at the time (not 100% sure why this should make a difference but thus far it has).
I've done dozens of google searches, and tried to go through all the step-by-step instructions but they all fail. Part of the problem at least seems to be that almost everything I've found is from 2008 (or earlier). I DO have the game, legally owned, bought, on CD and so on, so that's not a problem, though a lot of these walk-throughs instruct me to download the game from xyz website, and I wonder if these download versions have something that my actual legit version doesn't.
Essentially, it all breaks down at this point: I know how to mount both a CD and a non-CD drive on DOSBOX. I do that, and then I run the install batch file (or I directly run the install.exe. Or I run the install.exe through "dos4gw.exe" like the install.bat file does). And it spits out a bunch of text about how the game has been installed... but nothing has actually happened. I've tried a lot of different approaches, including copying all the CD files to my harddrive, but thus far that's still what's happened.
The one point of progress I've made is to make superficial changes to the install.bat file (the one on my harddrive, not the original) to remove extraneous text and also a couple CLS calls that were possibly deleting some feedback. When I do that, I get:
from this fill:
Illegal command: setsound
Ascendancy has sort of been installed successfully!
Press any key to continue.
Illegal command: uvconfig
Ascendancy installation is complete! But not really.
install.bat (my version):
The sarcastic comments are part of my additions, of course.
if errorlevel 2 goto end
if errorlevel 1 goto 1
echo Ascendancy has sort of been installed successfully!
echo The Ascendancy installation is complete! But not really.
Anyway, long story short after doing this nothing changes. If I try to run Ascend.exe it gives me copyright information, a 2 second delay, and exits with no error message. I also tried getting this from an SVN repository (here) but encountered errors. If anyone wants details I can provide that but this post is already super-long.
I'm on the latest version of Ubuntu, fully updated. Further details on request.
Thanks in advance for any help.