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Finally succeeded playing on my mac m1 arm based laptop.
So excited to play again after many years. 💫

Because I did not find a guide yet for mac and did not get it to work earlier, here is a short one for anyone who is interested:

In short I did the following:
Used Whiskey, Installed Steam and Rose Online inside the same bottle. Used the special swamp_rose_updater to update Rose.
Then opened Steam, added Rose manually and used the start options: --init --server connect.roseonlinegame.com on the trose.exe.

So step one:
Make sure you are using OSX 14.0 or higher (I have 14.0)

Step two:
Install Whiskey

Step three:
Open Whiskey and make a new bottle with windows 10 and call it RoseOnline or something you like.

Step four:
Download SteamSetup.exe

Step Five:
Click start and search for the SteamSetup.exe and let it run

Step Six:
Download RoseOnlineSetup.exe

Step Seven:
Install RoseOnline in the same bottle and select "for all users" (or something) when asked in the install menu. 

Step Eight:
Make sure you have homebrew installed.
If you don't have homebrew installed type this first in the terminal to install:
/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"

See also https://brew.sh/ for more info or ask ChatGPT for help.

Step Nine:
Install the swamp_rose_updater (see the following thread for more info.)
But in general you can just run this in the terminal:
brew tap snyke7/swamp-rose-brew https://github.com/snyke7/swamp-rose-updater && brew install --cask --no-quarantine swamp_rose_updater


Step Ten:
Throw your installed RoseOnline folder on top of the swamp_rose_updater (you can find the icon in your Apps folder)
Let it run a while, you can see the progress in your terminal window.

Step Eleven:
Open Steam and log in

Step Twelve:
Add trose.exe to your game library

Step Thirteen:
Select trose in your library and click the gear icon on the right and put the following line in startoptions: 
--init --server connect.roseonlinegame.com

Step Fourteen:
Now you can click on the green play button and Rose will open!

Hope it works for others as well, I just played for a few minutes and then started writing this here out of excitement.
I cannot tell much about how it performs, but I fought some Jelly Beans already 🙂

Ps. thanks a lot for everyone who shared info about the steam start options and the swamp_rose_updater



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Sadly after the last update on 1 April it is not working anymore.
It keeps hanging on the screen: Connecting to the server..
Tried it many times, even reinstalled everything, but could not get it to work anymore.

Also when launching via steam it immediately shows this message:
Sorry, ROSE Online has crashed!
It still starts, but then keeps hanging at the Connecting to the server screen.

Do I maybe need to change something at the start options within Steam? Maybe some server things changed? Previously before 1 April 2024 this worked:
--init --server connect.roseonlinegame.com

Hope someone can help! Was fun to play on Mac for how long it lasted anyway 🙂


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Can just confirm, after the latest update it works again on Mac M1Pro.
(Still using Sonama 14.0 here and the latest version of Whisky.)

Also just throw your installed RoseOnline folder on top of the swamp_rose_updater after each Rose Online update to update the game.



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I can confirm this works, but the Steam step isn't needed. You can just add the "--init --server connect.roseonlinegame.com" within Whisky and create a shortcut that always uses it. See the attached screenshot. To get here just click on "installed programs" within your bottle and find trose.exe, click the cogwheel and there you will find the screen where you can enter arguments. After filling it in just click "create shortcut" and you will have a shortcut in your mac Applications folder to start Rose Online!

Screenshot 2024-06-06 at 10.07.49.png

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At first I want to thank you for all your efforts!! As a MAC-newbie I highly appreciate the great walk-through 🙂 

I followed the instructions (and its different options with/out Steam) several times, but unfortunately ROSE won't even start. Nothing happens at all.

I'm running macOS Sonoma (14.5).

Maybe anyone of you guys got any clue? Thank you in advance 🙏


Here's the Whisky-Log created on starting those.exe:


Whisky Version: 2.3.2
Date: 2024-07-04T10:31:46Z
macOS Version: 14.5.0

Bottle Name: RO
Bottle URL: /Users/xyz/Library/Containers/com.isaacmarovitz.Whisky/Bottles/420D039C-EDFE-444C-80A3-D0AA48E616FF

Wine Version: 7.7.0
Windows Version: win10
Enhanced Sync: none

Metal HUD: false
Metal Trace: false

Arguments: start /unix /Users/xyz/Library/Containers/com.isaacmarovitz.Whisky/Bottles/420D039C-EDFE-444C-80A3-D0AA48E616FF/drive_c/Program Files/ROSE Online/trose.exe --init --server connect.roseonlinegame.com

    "DXVK_ASYNC" = 1;
    "GST_DEBUG" = 1;
    "LC_ALL" = "en_US";
    WINEDEBUG = "fixme-all";
    WINEPREFIX = "/Users/xyz/Library/Containers/com.isaacmarovitz.Whisky/Bottles/420D039C-EDFE-444C-80A3-D0AA48E616FF";

wineserver: using server-side synchronization.


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