Well folks, with a lot of help from you people, I downloaded and install the latest cedega engine, but cedega is still crippled. I can however play the game by starting it from the command line. I have the same problem that others have mentioned, the game hangs up upon exit. But that is just a minor irritation, not a problem.
uelsk8s, here is something else. You may already be aware of this sort of thing. When I run the MALLOC command in root I get the mesg in the above post. When I run MALLOC command from user, I get a slightly different mesg and it starts the game. Is that normal or is it just another wierd turn of events?
Anyway, now that I can play the game, I'll work on the tweeks at a more leasurely pace.
thanks again people