Diaspora: Shattered Armistice

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Taking off with the Raptor
Taking off with the Raptor

Primary Buffer Panel

Diaspora: Shattered Armistice is a freeware space sim based on the Battlestar Galactica show - and as old BSG fan I just have to play this from time to time. A native Linux version exists but it’s so old that I run into several walls compiling it and simply went with the last pre-build Windows release in the end launching it via Lutris.

Sadly it does only support one joystick so my Primary Buffer Panel has to act as a keyoard. There is also the issue that the GUI gets stretched weirdly with a ultra wide resolution but it does start and play alright. I’m hoping to come back to this one day and find out how to connect my blinken lights at least.

Launch parameters

Like most games does this one also not detect a screen layout but only the primary display on a Linux PC so it won’t offer the maximum resolution possible e.g. with a triple head setup đŸ–Ĩī¸đŸ–Ĩī¸đŸ–Ĩī¸. This can be worked around in multiple ways, e.g. with configuring a virtual desktop in the WINEPREFIX, by adding a virtual monitor to the system or simply by making use of gamescope, the SteamOS session compositing window manager.

Here is an example how games may be started from Steam by adding the following commands to the start parameters (That’s basically the same for e.g. Lutris btw).

gamescope -h 1200 -w 5760 -H 1200 -W 5760 -b -e – %command%

This is not needed if only one monitor is used for gaming.


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