So I have already done some preliminary troubleshooting on my own. The problem was the install wasn't multi-arch, so I fixed that:
sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
I then tried to install wine:i386 and ended up going down a rabbit hole of dependencies that Sparky refuses to install. Does that matter? Should I just re-install the graphics driver now that I set multi-arch to get the i386 libs? I don't want to mess with the graphics driver unless it's necessary, goofing a driver uninstall/reinstall broke my last sparky install.
I'm using the proprietary fglrx driver from amd, btw.
UPDATE: Reinstalled the display driver. Error remains. it doesn't seem to be installing the 32bit drivers. /usr/lib32/fglrx should exist, but it doesn't. Should i install fglrx from the repo then the proprietary driver? fglrx alone throws me for a loop with Sparky booting in emergency mode.