I copied my 3 cds into one directory and ran the installer from there with Wine. It installed perfectly fine. I was even able to watch the intro, navigate all the menus and start a game. However, about 1-30 seconds after starting the game, I get the infamous "Age of Empires 3 has encountered a problem and needs to close" pop-up with the "send/don't send" buttons. I was unable to determine any error from that.
I ran it from a terminal and I believe the important part of the output is:
err:eventlog:ReportEventW L"age3.exe" err:eventlog:ReportEventW L"4.105.919.3236" err:eventlog:ReportEventW L"deformerdll.dll" err:eventlog:ReportEventW L"0.0.0.0" err:eventlog:ReportEventW L"00001363"
Can someone tell me what this means and what I need to do to get AoE3 working?
I looked on the cd for deformerdll.dll and also checked Winetricks for it. I didn't find it.
Note: I have already tried the methods suggested at WineHQ and it still doesn't work.
For anyone interested in the whole several page output of terminal, here it is.