How to play Solasta: Crown of the Magister on Mac

Screenshot of Solasta: Crown of the Magister

Solasta: Crown of the Magister is a popular dungeons & dragons game developed by Tactical Adventures. It was originally released for Windows on 20 Oct, 2020.

You still can't play Solasta: Crown of the Magister on Mac because a native Mac version was never released, but you can play Solasta: Crown of the Magister on Windows running inside Mac. Here's how.

What is Solasta: Crown of the Magister?

Here's a quick description:

Roll for initiative, take attacks of opportunity, manage player location and the verticality of the battle field in this upcoming Turn-Based Tactical RPG based on the SRD 5.1 Ruleset. In Solasta, you make the choices, dice decide your destiny.

How to play Solasta: Crown of the Magister using Parallels

Even if you don't have a PC, you can install Windows on your Mac using Parallels. Parallels is virtualization software with full support of DirectX and GPUs, which will give you a decent graphics performance. With a couple of clicks, you can install Windows 10 on Mac and ten switch between MacOS and Windows instantly. You can run Windows just like on a regular PC, install Steam and enjoy Solasta: Crown of the Magister game on Mac.

Even though the virtualization is relatively easy to set up, it requires you to buy both Parallels and Windows licenses. Since you'll be running two operating systems side by side, you'll need to dedicate at least 20-30GB of disk space for this setup and also a strong machine to run both operating systems at the same time.

If you have an older Mac or have a Mac with an M1 chip which doesn't fully support virtualization yet, you might want to try a virtual computer running in the cloud such as Second Computer.

How to play Solasta: Crown of the Magister using Second Computer

Alternatively, you can create a virtual computer in the cloud using Second Computer. Instead of license fee for Windows and Parallels, you pay by the hour (so it's much cheaper if you are using it infrequently) and you control the computer via a web browser. That means even if you have an older computer, you can run the latest games in the cloud without maxing out your processor or memory.

One added benfit is that since the computer is located in the cloud, you can access it from any device you own. So in theory you can play Solasta: Crown of the Magister not just from your Mac, but also from your iPhone and Android device (it's not going to be a very nice experience though on such a small screen size).

Either way, Second Computer provides a nice alternative for running non-native Mac apps on your Mac by connecting to a computer in the cloud.

Happy gaming!

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3 comments on this post

flytothemoon

Jan 20, 2021

As a D&D veteran but someone who hasn't been played it in over a decade, Solasta was a welcome step back into the world, and a great way of getting to know the 5th Edition rules. This is an RPG with a heavy focus on tactical combat, so a lot of comparisons can be drawn to X-Com and its ilk, but there's a lot more to it than just that.It should be noted that this isn't Baldur's Gate, either. You're exploring and playing as a party of four, and while you can create as many unique characters as you like, you aren't playing as just one of them. All dialogue happens with your full party interacting, although you aren't truly building up character interactions amongst them. Still, every dialogue line is voice acted, and there's a cinematic feel to each scene.Even though it's still early access, it's a great time to pick the game up, as they've just added in their first major update which includes system changes and new combat abilities and additions that weren't in earlier. The devs are very up-front and keep the community up-to-date with a lot of information, and they're trying to make the best game possible.If you like D&D and you like RPGs, this is definitely something you should take a look at. I've greatly enjoyed so far, and am looking forward to the full release!

sweetc

Aug 4, 2020

This has far exceeded my expectations. The combat in this game is amazing. The terrain and how you can use it during combat is the really cool. I own Baldur's Gate 3 and Solasta and I have to say Solasta is getting far more playing time from me than BG3. The character building tool, voices and overall esthetic of your character from the start is better in BG3 but the combat, classes and realism is better in Solasta. All in all so far I am really impressed with Solasta and can truly seeing it being a mega success once early access is complete!

_Mitch_

July 13, 2020

Okay, I know that I have barely played any of the game at the time of writing this, trust me, I can already tell that I am going to spend many more hours on this.Let´s first tame the elephant in the room, is this game better or worse than the Baldurs Gate 3 early access?Yes, yes it is.What do I mean by that? Well, Solasta is far less about the personal story, BG3 is all about that.Solasta has fairly decent story, don´t get wrong, but choice is fairly limited, at least it has been so far for me, it is at best 1-4 talking point´s from different team-mates, not the deep smörgadsbord of deep personal introspection and harrowing life-choices that you will find in BG3.But damn, the combat, they have really hit the nail on the head on that.It is exactly what I wanted from ANY DnD game, fully integrated 3-dimensional tactical warfare, dont get me wrong, I think that Larian has done a very good conversion to the 5e rules, but damn, Tactical Adventures have them beat, as far as I can tell, intentions to have flight and climbing on walls available to the players is fantastic and revolutionary for a dnd title, and the combat just seems far better put togther, I think it has a lot to do with their game-engine, that was made for exactly 5e combat.Graphics are a bit last gen, but this I forgive, graphics have always been secondary at best for me.The semi-generated personalities of the 4 party-members based on background and alignment is intriguing, I know this will bug some, but as they iron it out, think that most will like/accept the system.The sound is good, edging on very good, but dialogue is average, but with promise.There are some enviromental weapons, but it´s not like BG3 where ligthing up a pipe might start a city-wide grease-and-acid-gas-fire, but more in the line of loose stones on an edge and old steel cages hanging from the ceilingsSO, if you want a more Tactical Combat and less focused on deep personal connections and magnificent drama, this I gotta say, Solasta: Crown of the Magister is the game for you. Totally recommended!