as most of you might have noticed, with the last patch (18.4), WINE users running AO on not supported OS'es have been locked out from the game.
Basically, it boils down to an incompatibility between new added libraries providing access to the in game store and the WINE API emulation.
There are lots of debates about the rights and wrongs using a non standardized OS (in last Friday with Means, or here or even here).
I had a PM discussion with Means about this issue and at the moment it seems as if the developer team wont put any resources in neither giving out details about the way the new libraries have been incoorporated into the game nor helping the WINE users in any form or shape.
This is fine and by absolutely NO MEANS (Oh, a wordplay ) debatable here!
This thread is a request to all you standardized OS players out there (aka, your OS starts with the letter 'W') to help directing the attention of the WINE developers to our problem and hopefully getting it solved. To do so, simply sign up on WineHQ's Bugzilla (a bug tracing system) and bump bug #25206.
Please, for the sake of *the mods*: Don't turn this into a flame- or OS-war. If you feel this request inappropriate, feel free to PM me to discuss it, but keep your troll posts at bay. This is just a request for support to get the WINE developers attention.
EDIT: Meanwhile, the problem have been solved by various source-code patches. See post #47 by Mr. Awesome himself, Lliers with detailed instructions. Apparently some smaller (but nonetheless) relevant changes already made it into WINE's source code repository. Feel free to PM me if you have further questions or need help with the macports wine-devel port.
For those of you trusting me enough, here are the links to patched wine/winetricks disc image file for Mac OS X 10.6:
winetricks and wine-devel 1.3.12 (patched) (public dropbox link)
EDIT 2: Added links to patched wine/winetricks disc image file for Mac OS X 10.7:
winetricks-20110629.dmg and wine-devel 1.3.26 (patched with +aofixes) (public dropbox link). The DMG's have been confirmed to work in this thread in post #13).