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    ๐ŸŽฎ Renewed my Crossover license for ยฃ18 in the Black Friday sale.

    I think a new license is same price as a renewal till midnight, and itโ€™s a steal at that price.

    Boxer App - Playing DOS games on M1/2 MacOS

    Super excited to discover that, not only did somebody make a 64-bit fork of the Boxer DosBox wrapper for MacOS 3 Years Ago, even better, an M1/2 chip compatible version is available too!

    Boxer App Fork

    #retrogaming #dosgames

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    Image of website for the forked boxer application - 64 bit and M1/2 chip compatible

    Making Football Manager 2006 run on MacOS in 2023.

    When two tagmojis come together ๐ŸŽฎโšฝ๏ธ

    Football Manager 2006 in Crossover in Mac

    In slightly less amazing news, anything requiring DirectDraw does not work with UTM ๐ŸŽฎ.

    I thought Age of Empires would probably work fine, but it does not even try to run the original. Limited to WINE based emulation for AoE on an M series Mac, AoE2 not at all (Both were seamless on Intel’d MacOS).

    Installing and Updating CM0102 on MacOS using a Windows XP Virtual Machine ๐ŸŽฎ

    This video walks through how to install Championship Manager 01/02 on MacOS, how to update the data, and how to patch the game for enhanced functionality. I have put together this new approach using UTM and Windows XP because: this method is cost free due to DirectX errors on M2 series MacOS machines. I cannot test on M2 - but I expect this methodology to work given the emulation of the entire OS.

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    Filesharing between a Windows XP Virtual Machine in UTM and MacOS ๐ŸŽฎ

    This video walks through how to share files between the Virtual Windows XP Machine that we created in UTM, and the filesystem on your MacOS machine. This is a really boring video - but you will need to know how to set this up, to be able to transfer game installation files and patches to use on the virtual machine (other than ISOs which can be directly mounted). The only prerequisite is that you need to have installed a Windows XP Virtual Machine on your Mac using UTM.

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    Creating a Windows XP Virtual Machine for retrogaming on MacOS ๐ŸŽฎ

    This video walks through how to install a Windows XP virtual machine on MacOS using a piece of software called UTM, to play old windows games in. Why? Some old windows games are just amazing and inimitable, if you are looking at my site, you probably agree already. From PlayOnMac to Parallels then Crossover, Apple finds a way of breaking my retrogaming approach. I have received a number of comments from people stating that DirectX errors prevent some games playing in Crossover on M2 machines and/or MacBook Pro.

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    Some iconic moments from my Burnley Championship Manager save this weekend.

    1. Bringing back Dwight McNeill from Everton.
    2. Nathan Tella’s FA cup final winning goal.
    3. Inadvertently winning the 2024/5 Champions League

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    #utc

    Spent a little time on my Burnley save on Championship Manager 01/02, couldn’t resist this screenshot for a number of reasons.

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    Gyokeres scoring for Burnley against PSG in Champions League - CM0102 gameplay

    In most 25 years of playing Age of Empires, I have never completed the tutorial campaign before. I have now. ๐ŸŽฎ

    Age of Empires | Ascent of Egypt - 12 Siege of Canaan

    How to complete the ‘Siege of Canaan’ scenario of the Ascent of Egypt campaign in Age of Empires. This video play through shows how to successfully complete the Siege of Canaan scenario in Age of Empires. Unlike the most recent missions played, this scenario starts back at the beginning of time in the Stone Age. The key to completing this task is developing your civilisation without discovery by the enemy until you are strong enough not to be overwhelmed by their incursion.

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    Age of Empires | Ascent of Egypt - 11 A Wonder of the World

    How to complete the ‘A Wonder of the World’ scenario from the Ascent of Egypt learning campaign in Age of Empires. The objective of the ‘A Wonder of the World’ scenario is, unsurprisingly, to build a wonder - a pyramid in this case. This video play through demonstrates how to complete the scenario. The end-term objective is to build a pyramid, and to do that you will need a stockpile of 1,000 each of wood, gold and stone.

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    Age of Empires | Ascent of Egypt - 10 Naval Battle

    How to complete the ‘Naval Battle’ Scenario in the Ascent of Egypt learning campaign in Age of Empires. In the Naval Battle scenario, you need to retrieve the artefact being held by the enemy on the main island to the North of the map. This video play through shows you how to do it. The immediate priority is to deal with the immediate naval threat building across the water - if you do not do this your own island will come under constant attack, making success much harder.

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    Age of Empires | Ascent of Egypt - 09 River Outpost

    How to complete the ‘River Outpost’ scenario in the Ascent of Egypt learning campaign within Age of Empires. This vide play through show you how to complete the River Outpost scenario in Age of Empires. The real objective is to show you how to extend government into new zones of the map. The objective island is right in the middle of the map. You can’t really miss it as you will be being shot at as soon as you find it.

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    Age of Empires | Ascent of Egypt - 08 Crusade

    How to complete the ‘Crusade’ or ‘Religion’ scenario in the Ascent of Egypt learning campaign in Age of Empires. The objective of the ‘Crusade’ or more recently politically correctly renamed ‘Religion’ scenario is to convert the enemy catapult to your side, and bring it back to your town centre alive. This video play through shows you how to complete that. It is possible to complete this mission relatively quickly. Build up a large enough force of axemen, slingers and archers to hold off the enemy.

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    Age of Empires | Ascent of Egypt - 07 Trade

    How to complete the ‘Trade’ mission in the Ascent of Egypt learning campaign in Age of Empires. This video playthrough shows how to complete the Trade mission. Similar to the previous mission, before you can turn your mind to trade, you need to deal with a few security threats from your neighbours. First of all, set your villagers to collect wood, you are going to need a lot of it in this mission.

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    Age of Empires | Ascent of Egypt - 06 Farming

    How to complete the Farming mission in the Ascent of Egypt learning campaign on Age of Empires. While the object of the farming mission is to teach you how to farm, that objective needs to be balanced by keeping the enemy at bay. Seize the initiative - if you can take control of the sea crossings early in the game you can avoid having to deal with continuous waves of enemy attacks on your settlement.

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    Age of Empires | Ascent of Egypt - 05 Skirmish

    How to complete the ‘Skirmish’ mission in the Ascent of Egypt learning campaign on Age of Empires. This short video playthrough shows how to complete the Skirmish learning mission on Age of Empires. You will start the mission with 7 military units, and you will not be able to supplement that. Split your units into a group of archers, and a group of axemen. Use Ctrl+1 and Ctrl+2 while the two groups are selected to allocate the hotkeys 1 and 2 to those groups.

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    Age of Empires | Ascent of Egypt - 04 Dawn of a New Age

    Video playthrough showing how to complete the ‘Dawn of a New Age’ mission in the Ascent of Egypt learning campaign in Age of Empires. The aim of the Dawn of a New Age mission is to progress from the Stone Age to the Tool Age, to upgrade you need to build a stockpile of at least 500 food, while building at least two of the stone age building. Starting the mission with three villagers, set your villagers to work collecting food and wood.

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    Age of Empires | Ascent of Egypt - 03 Discoveries

    How to complete the third episode of the Ascent of Egypt learning campaign on Age of Empires with video playthrough. The third episode of the Ascent of Egypt concentrates on the ‘Discovery’ mode of victory. The mission is a very simple one. Take your villagers on a tour of the map, and claim all of the chalk marked horsemen in the ground - there are 5. To do this though you will need a big enough force of villagers to defeat the enemy scout, and various natural predators present on the map.

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    Age of Empires | Ascent of Egypt - 02 Foraging

    Video playthrough of the second mission of the Age of Empires Ascent of Egypt learning campaign - Foraging. The second video of my series playing through of the Age of Empires and expansion The Rise of Rome campaigns in Crossover on MacOS. I am playing using the original game iso with UPatch HD patch and Crossover. The Foraging mission is another steady introduction to food collection in Age of Empires.

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    Age of Empires | Ascent of Egypt - 01 Hunting

    Video playthrough of the first mission of the Age of Empires Ascent of Egypt learning campaign. The first video of my series playing through of the Age of Empires and expansion The Rise of Rome campaigns in Crossover on MacOS. I am playing using the original game iso with UPatch HD patch and Crossover. The Hunting mission is a really steady introduction to food production in Age of Empires. Simply select your villager, right click on the herd of deer nearby, and once your food supply reaches 50 click on the town centre, and on the villager icon to produce another villager.

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    Play Caesar III in Widescreen HD on MacOS using Julius project

    Video guide to setting up Caesar III to play natively on MacOS, in widescreen, using the open source Julius project. Why? The open source Julius project is a serious enhancement to Caesar III for play on MacOS Use natively from applications Full use of the screen Graphical enhancements Prerequisites A Caesar III install The Julius download, available from the project here Next steps I’ll return to this topic at some point to talk about the Augustus fork from this project.

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    Applying Nick's Patcher to correct year and competition names in your Championship Manager 01/02 install on MacOS

    How to apply Nick’s patcher to your Championship Manager 01/02 install on MacOS - correcting game year, competition names and much more! This is the sixth and final article in my updated series, walking through how to install and update Championship Manager 01/02 on MacOS with M1/M2 processors using Crossover. Earlier in the series: Install Championship Manager 01-02 Patch Championship Manager 01-02 to 3.9.68 Update Championship Manager 01-02 game data Update Championship Manager 01-02 background images Import Championship Manager 01-02 tactics packs Why?

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    Had to reinstall and do further testing on my patched Championship Manager 01-02 install as the game froze at every penalty. Had to play all the way through to December to see one, but its working now!

    Championship Manager 01-02 match screen, Wales

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