The Dink Network

Helping Newbies to the Dink Network actually be able to run dmods

April 9th, 10:49 AM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
Everyone please help us put together this information for newcomwers to advise them on choosing how to run the original Dink Smallwood, Mystery Island or any of the hundreds of dmods on this website.

I think this text from yeoldtoast was a good start:

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When Dink Solutions was still a wiki, I had a page all about installing various versions of Dink. I'm tempted to rewrite it again, but these days the steps are pretty straightforward:

1. If you want to play the main game for 10 minutes and never again, use WebDink.
2. If you're wanting to play it for longer than that, and are a Windows user, install Dink "HD" from the RTSoft site.
3. If you're attempting to run D-mods beyond Mystery Island, download the Freedink exe and DFarc3 for Windows and drop them alongside your existing install of the above and run DFarc.
4. If you're a Linux user, install Freedink from your package manager along with freedink-data and dfarc3 if they don't automatically.
5. If you're a Linux user and that doesn't work for some reason, download the source tarball and compile it yourself using the build instructions within.
6. If you're on macOS, install freedink using Homebrew unless you're still on 10.14 or earlier in which case see #2 above.

Is there anything i've left out?

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Perhaps we can have that text from yeoldetoast "pop-up" when some clearly labeled button (like [Which version of the Dink Engine should I use?]) is pressed. That button should be a brightly contrasting color and could be placed in a couple of relevant places on the DN website. I'm hoping that such changes would not be too burdensome for Redink1. I'm thinking that this button should be near the green "Play HD" and "Play Freedink" buttons scattered throughout the site and on the https://www.dinknetwork.com/files/category_official/ page.

Can anyone think of any other places where this button should be placed on this website?

Oh ... and I'd say that some areas of yeoldetoast's notes that are missing are listed below.

#1 We need instructions and comments for IOS and Android. (These may need to be updated soon based on what I just read from Seth on the "RTDink 1.93 for Windows 7" topic.)
#2 I think we would benefit from warnings like "This xx version may not be compatible with all the dmods" and/or "This yy version is the most compatible one for your platform".
#3 Apparently we may need specific instructions and comments for each of the versions of windoze that are still being used?

April 9th, 06:23 PM
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ExDeathevn
Peasant Male New Zealand xbox steam
Don't look at me, I'm a ghost 
There's a video tutorial on installing FreeDink under Misc Tutorials in the Dink Smallwood / D-Mod Creation Tutorials thread that can help with getting that set up, though it's designed for Windows users. Could ask Rob to move that to the top of the post, and/or include the video link.
April 10th, 11:00 AM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
@ ExDeathevn:
Great idea!

That video tutorial for Windoze users [Installing Dink Smallwood, FreeDink & Dfarc 3] should definitely be referenced by the "pop up" page I'm thinking of.

Anyone else have any ideas?
April 10th, 02:18 PM
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Robj
Jester Male Australia
You feed the madness, and it feeds on you. 
I moved that tutorial to the main list in my Dink Smallwood Tutorials thread, as the first tutorial for people to watch (tutorial #0).