Trying to play Bloons TD6 and Kenshi

Amelia here,
I am trying to play Kenshi and BTD6 on my laptop by using the steam play feature to install these on Xfce of Garuda. However whenever I launch BTD6, I get this error:
dx11 failure

I am wondering what is going on because the drivers should be update to day. I also am extremely new to Linux and Linux gaming, so I don't really know how to check certain parts of Linux. Also, whenever I launch Kenshi, it says its being played, but nothing ever actually launches and it just stops playing after about 30 seconds.
Proton Version in steam: 6.3.8

I have also tried using Wine to get a directx package but it didn't seem to work. I also don't know what I'm doing with Wine at all since I am so very new to this. Any help would be greatly appreciated, and the only 2 games I want to get working is Bloons TD6 and Kenshi.

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Check for game compatibility and issues on; there may be additional steps or tweaks that are needed.


I have and bloons is rated Plat and kenshi is rated is also rated as Plat. Unless I am blind I have not seen any additional steps needed. Kenshi is also rated as native support. I think its because I don't have Directx 11 installed at all and I can't find how to really install it.

Have you tried to add launch option

prime-run %command%

in steam?

I've only been using Linux and Garuda for around a week, so I have no idea where to even add that or what the command would look like.

Okay so I did use
prime-run steam and it worked fine, but I still get the Directx 11 error and Kenshi just now infinitely launches.

Sorry, I'm not a gamer...
By logic I'd say to make sure that DXVK is installed (it is in the "Garuda Gamer"). But I don't know if that requires specific configuration or launch options.
Alternatively, with a quick search, I've found that you could use PROTON_USE_WINED3D=1 %command% launch option, see here and e.g. here.
Don't worry, I'm sure gamers will jump in :slight_smile:


As an added troubleshooting step, verify or reinstall the game files, and try force running the games using Proton Experimental.

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I have tried this and still the same thing happens. It thinks that DX11 is not installed

I have tried both of those and I still ge the same error, that Directx11 is not installed or some 3d engine has been disable.

After installing DXVK , be sure to update and restart the system. Also, you should not need to set the wineD3D flag for those two games

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I have done this and it still gives me the error that Dx11 is not installed or 3d graphics are disabled somewhere. At this point I have given up on trying to get games to work on Garuda. I am still going to stick with it because I really like the OS.

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This isn't really a solution. You are missing dependencies of some sort. Installing proton-GE at least should try to grab you missing dependencies. If that still doesn't work, try launching steam-runtime instead of steam-native .

That being said, Garuda Dragonized Gaming Edition is a lot more newbie friendly as it comes with all the gaming packages you'll typically need out of the box.


That is unfortunately not an option, as it is riced to look like a mac, and I despise mac. I did install it on a vm to test some stuff out, and since I don't know much about desktop environments, I cant really make a custom environment yet. Thats why I went with the Xfce version of Garuda. I really like the way it looks and feels. The "mac-alike" advertising on Dragonized gaming edition kills it for me. So unfortunately, my above reply is my solution by just giving up. I'm sure I can figure it out later when I am more comfortable with Linux and Arch as a whole.

I also installed proton-ge and it also didn't work.

Imagine searching the Internet for a solution to a problem, finding something marked, solved, gleefully clicking the link, only to find that the solution is "given up".
What do you think of this forum after wasting your time?

To spare others that, I take away the solution marker.