Get Morrowind running on OpenBSD in 5 simple steps

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This article contains brief instructions on how to get one of the greatest Western RPGs of all time, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, running on OpenBSD using the OpenMW open source engine recreation. These instructions were tested on a ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 3. The information was adapted from this OpenMW forum thread: https://forum.openmw.org/viewtopic.php?t=3510

  1. Purchase and download the DRM-free version from GOG (also considered the best version due to the high quality PDF guide that it comes with): https://www.gog.com/game/the_elder_scrolls_iii_morrowind_goty_edition

2. Install the required packages built from the ports tree as root. openmw is the recreated game engine, and innoextract is how we will get the game data files out of the win32 executable.

pkg_add openmw innoextract

3. Move the file from GOG setup_tes_morrowind_goty_2.0.0.7.exe into its own directory morrowind/ due to innoextract's default behaviour of extracting into the current directory. Then type:

innoextract setup_tes_morrowind_goty_2.0.0.7.exe

4. Type openmw-wizard and follow the straightforward instructions. Note that you have a pre-existing installation, and select the morrowind/app/Data Files folder that innoextract extracted.

5. Type in openmw-launcher, toggle the settings to your preferences, and then hit play!