Clannad VN tutorial for mac users
If you have watched Clannad (anime) and Clannad AfterStory, you should know how awesome it is.
Then you will want to play the visual novel, which explains more stuff, especially Kotomi’s ruote.
By the way, if you don’t know what Clannad is, it is a slice of life anime by Key Productions.
It was such a pain to get Clannad on my Macbook, especially when I wanted to port it directly to the mac without the use of a Virtual Machine.
There are two ways which I discovered how to get Clannad FullVoice on my mac. The first, an easy way – use a virtual machine
What is a virtual machine? It is like a sort of emulator that allows to install other operating systems. This is especially useful for mac users since they cannot install Windows programs, and we all know that programs tend to be more windows friendly than mac-friendly. There are many virtual machines, like Parallels, VMware, etc. But I just stuck to the free and good VirtualBox. I might do a tutorial on VirtualMachines sometime later, but the point is, I just simply installed windows and got my clannad on it.
More importantly, this post deals with how to install Clannad (and probably other Key Production Visual Novels) on your mac directly.
The first thing I do when I want to install Windows application on my mac is to use Wineskin (Wine). WINE is a weird acronym that represents Wine Is Not an Emulator o.O yeah but it is still awesome. It can successfully port over some applications from windows, and when it succeeds, it is really good. I suggest getting WineSkin instead of Wine for beginners for a few good reasons:
- Both should have the same working applications
- When Wineskin works, it makes an application a standalone icon which you can put in launcher and your dock, which is really convenient
- It saves the Terminal hassle that Wine requires
- It is easy to install; it comes in a disk image file
And I’m a beginner, so you can probably guess which option I chose. But anyway, if you want to find out the process of installing Wine, google it. To get Wineskin just google it too and install.
Now go find some Wineskin tutorial, this focuses on Clannad.
Right, so now you can search around for wineskin tutorials and stuff.
I tried using Wineskin to install Clannad, but it does not work. Why? It’s because of RealLive. RealLive is the thingy Key uses for their Visual Novels, and apparently Wine can’t do much about it. After some spam search, I found something that could work. It’s RLVM. Real Live Virtual Machine apparently can help open these kinda files. Alright, great.
So what to do? First use Wineskin and install clannad inside a wrapper. Then show package contents, go to drive_c, program files and copy the Clannad gamefile out onto the desktop. You can delete the Wineskin wrapper after that. Now install RLVM, launch it and open to the Clannad folder. There you go, yay. Alternatively, you can install everything in your windows pc, then copy the clannad game files back to your mac. The point is, RLVM will only work on a folder that has the Visual Novel’s game files.
That’s all, I thought. Only when I test-run it then I found out something.
The VN gets stuck at the blue sky part, just before Tomoya sees Nagisa. After another round of search spam, I found a way to solve that.
1) clannad.game-maps.net/download.php – download full voice english translation (even if you have it already translated to english).
2) you have a folder of files. Copy the files in g00 into the g00 folder (replace), then replace the other files into the folder
3) try RLVM the folder again, it should work.
Finally, this managed to work!
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