BioUnzip: a program to expand BioZip archives
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Neverwinter Nights by Bioware is a popular RPG for
Linux, Windows, and MacOS. Bioware's own website states that in order
to play NWN on Linux, you must either buy the Gold edition, download the
Linux resources archive (1.2 gigabytes), or copy the game resources from
a Windows installation.
What, then, for those of us who do not want to download 1.2 gigabytes of
data and do not have a copy of Windows? A quick look at the installer
CDs yields some rather dismaying information: CD 1 uses an InstallShield
archive; CD 2 has an archive called 'disk2.bzf' on it.
It seems someone has already written a program to decompress InstallShield archives under
Linux called Unshield,
which is part of the SynCE package here on Sourceforge. However, CD 2
must also be decompressed, which is the reason this project
Please visit the project page if you
wish to download the latest release of biounzip. If you just want to
get started playing the game, there is an install CD with
precompiled binaries of both biounzip and unshield which is available here
Since the NWN install CDs contain the 1.22 client resources, they must
be updated to version 1.29 before they can be used. The install CD
contains this update as well as the Linux version 1.29 binaries. There
is a bash-based installer script for the original client as well as the
two expansion packs and the Hordes version 1.62 update patch.
If there are any problems related to biounzip, please open a support
request on the project page. If you have code to contribute, please
post patches there as well.