Running Nova 9 on DOSBox
The following instructions are for getting Nova 9 to run on DOSBox. (These instructions have been tested on a computer running Windows 7 SP1 with DOSBox v0.74.)
Step 1 - Software
Download DOSBox and Nova 9:
DOSBox - 1.4 MB
Nova 9 - 2.8 MB
Step 2 - Installation
Install DOSBox (Detailed instructions can be found here: http://www.dosbox.com/wiki/Basic_Setup_and_Installation_of_DosBox#Installation)
Extract the Nova 9 files to a folder.
Step 3 - Setting up DOSBox
Detailed instructions for setting up DOSBox can be found here: http://www.dosbox.com/wiki/Basic_Setup_and_Installation_of_DosBox#Running_a_game
To make your life easier, I suggest setting DOSBox to automount the folder where your games are exracted. To do that, browse to your dosbox-0.74.conf file, which can be found here:
Open the dosbox-0.74.conf file with Notepad and scroll to the very end of the document.
Below the autoexec setion you can place your mount path
[autoexec] # Lines in this section will be run at startup. # You can put your MOUNT lines here.
Your mount path should be in the format below:
Mount C Location of folder with games C:\
Replace the text that says Location of folder with games with the path to the folder with your games in it. For example, I put my Tribes games in C:\Users\Krogoth\Documents\DOS Games, so my .conf file will look like:
[autoexec] # Lines in this section will be run at startup. # You can put your MOUNT lines here. Mount C C:\Users\Krogoth\Docume~1\Dosgam~1 C:\
If your path has folder names that are longer than 8 characters, or has spaces in it, then the name must be shortened to 6 characters followed by ~1 as you can see in the above example.
The reason this makes your life easier, is because when you start DOSBox now, you will not have to mount the folder with your games in it, it will start with the folder mounted.
Step 4 - Starting the Game
Change the directory to your Nova 9 folder by using the cd command.
For example, I have my Nova 9 files extracted to C:\Users\Krogoth\Documents\DOS Games\Tribes Universe\Nova9, so I will need to type:
cd Tribes~1 cd Nova9
Then type nova.exe to start the game.
Step 4 - Controls
The manual can be downloaded here: