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Install City of Heroes: Homecoming on Mac Catalina (August 8th, 2020) Open a Terminal Window Applications->Utilities->Terminal Install Homebrew (a utility that installs other utilities) /bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install.sh)" Install xquartz (some video thing) brew cask install xquartz Install wine (a Windows emulator) brew cask install wine-stable Download "Island Rum" (this is an application that downloads the City of Heroes app) http://telstar.eekstudio.com/islandrum-mac.zip Unzip islandrum-mac.zip Copy "Island Rum.app" to Applications Run "Island Rum" It probably won't work. If it doesn't, click Settings->Security->General->Open Anyway That should launch it It will hopefully say "Client not detected. Install or cancel?" Go with "install" Wait a good long while. It will download the game to "/Applications/CoH" Try the "Play" button If it works, you're done, have fun. It probably won't work. Shut down Island Rum Back to the terminal cd /Applications/CoH wine64 "/Applications/coh/hc-bin64/cityofheroes.exe" -patchversion 20200628_1602 -auth 188.8.131.52 -patchdir homecoming Some Windows popup will notify you about wine configuration being updated It will ask to download some "Mono" thing. Let it. It will ask to download some "Gecko" thing. Let it. If you got this far, it should load up City of Heroes! Oops, we forgot to make accounts. Visit https://forums.homecomingservers.com/register/ and make a forum account Then make a game account here: https://forums.homecomingservers.com/gameaccount/ Ok, now log in to the game (with the game account, not the forum account) and start "arresting" the bad guys! (Don't be a villain, you're better than that) Note: If the line for the launcher isn't working, there's a launch script in /Applications/CoH called islandrum.sh. The last line should have the right launch command if you remove the "/bin/sh -c" and quotes.
I am on a Mac running Catalina, and I had been playing fine for months with Island Rum 020920203. I took a couple months off from playing, and when I came back, Island Rum hangs at: I am used to that, so I click the palm tree and select "Re-scan". But now it hangs with about 90% progress bar at: The manifest it is referencing is Homecoming https://path.savecoh.com/manifest.xml I thought i'd start fresh, so I downloaded the latest version of Island Rum, but now, OSX gives me this error message: I searched the forums, but couldn't find anything relevant.
Okay, please be patient with me as I am going to try to list everything I have done to get this game to work with no avail. Some background: I was running the game for close to 4 weeks when all of the sudden I got the "two black windows"--reference photos below. This happened after no OS upgrade, I changed nothing on my computer except the wifi it was connected to, which is my own router. Here are my specs **30April2020** macOS: Mojave 10.14.6 MacBook Pro(Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014) Processor: 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 Graphics Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB Applications currently installed: Island Rum(v. 040520202) Wine Stable 5.0 Wine Bottler Homebrew -winetricks Things I have tried already: Forums posts in which I found these solutions attached. Clean Install. This includes removal of: homebrew, island rum, CoH folder, uninstalling winetricks (Forum post) Removing the ~/.privatewine folder and letting it re-create itself (Forum Post) Removing the .wine and .private wine libraries. (Forum Post) So my problem at first was this screen: After much randomness, and reinstalling the game 3 different times, this is now my problem: Keep in mind this screen only comes up after i delete the ~/.privatewine folder. If I do not delete the folder I dont get a "wine64-preloader" and the launcher just goes from a green check back to normal. **01Apr2020** UPDATE: I upgraded to Catalina 10.15.4. I removed Wine-Stable, Winetricks, Winexe, Homebrew, and the old Island Rum. Reinstall the new Island Rum and the new files associated with it. Here is what my "coh" folder looks like. Currently my problem is that I am still getting the "wine64-preloader" hangup. I am really out of options at this point. I have exhausted all forum posts and there seems to be no comprehensive guide, which is understandable because Macs stink for gaming-but it is what I am working with. I was hoping this post can serve as a step by step guide for those who are not so tech-savy such as myself to get this game back up and running. I appreciate any and all advice. I understand this is a purely volunteer ran