How To Gather Network Games

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Post Jul 19th '08, 17:29

If one guy managed to play a game you hosted, you're set up correctly. If others drop, your ISP sucks.
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treellama
Pittsburgh

Post Jul 19th '08, 18:02

Iritscen wrote:Notice the distinction between Global Port and Base Host Port. Have I set things up correctly in this screenshot (and yes, I made the same settings for the UDP side)? Because when I try to host, it pretends to work fine until I actually start the game ? then it hangs on the black screen until everyone drops out and I find myself alone in the map. Except that yesterday one guy actually hung on somehow and we had a good netgame. But normally everyone times out. It's very strange.


It's often a single player that causes the game to hang at the start for whatever reason. Try eliminating players one at a time until you find the person who is causing the problem and then just don't gather them in the future.

If you can get everyone to hang around for a minute or two during the black screen the game should eventually start anyway. You should see a notice at the top of the screen announcing which player became disconnected. If it's the same player who always disconnects at the start of the game, you've found the problem. Don't gather them. Just be careful not to blacklist people if multiple people disconnect at the start because some of them probably gave up and manually quit.
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interion

Post Jul 19th '08, 18:17

In my experience, the black screen is caused by the load time associated with someone using lots of replacement textures. Maybe you should tell everyone to switch to software mode before joining.
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Dodopod

Post Jul 19th '08, 21:05

Hmm, here's an update. I found the setting in my router for UPnP and turned it on. Now, when I gather, I can check the UPnP box. When I do this, and start to gather, there's about a 2/3 chance that it will say "unable to open ports" or something similar. If it says that, then upon starting the hosted game, the above problem will happen where everyone times out. BUT, if I immediately back out of the gathering stage before anyone joins, and try again, then again, it usually works. Whenever it doesn't give me an error, the hosting always works fine. Sometimes it's one try, sometimes two, sometimes three. So, go figure. But at least I found a kind of solution. Due to this evidence, I don't think it was anyone else who was messing me up. Maybe my modem is crappy. At least when it works, it works.
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Iritscen

Post Jul 23rd '08, 05:22

Iritscen, if you're on AT&T/Bellsouth DSL (as you are), just give up. I have similar quality of service issues and they haven't gone away in the year+ that I've used that horrid ISP :C
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irons
(.Y.)

Post Jul 31st '08, 09:38

This should be pinned.
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chinkeeyong
Singapore

Post Oct 10th '08, 05:49

It turns out I was wrong all those months ago when I posted instructions to test your connection speed via websites like speakeasy.net. I also recently learned an easy way to manually update the connection speed indication during a game. After typing in "\.ping" as a host, you can use the "]" key to update the connection information as often as you like. Just keep tapping that key to get a better idea of what your connection speed really is.

I'm creating a new topic titled How to Test Connection Speed and Customize Latency Tolerance to cover these points in greater detail, as well as go over other related information that I've recently discovered.
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Ares Ex Machina

Post Jun 24th '09, 06:07

Thank you for this.
Please stop blocking the goons, you stupid granger!

If you can figure out what that means and where it comes from, good for you!
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ZetaNz3
Central Minnesota

Post Jun 24th '09, 17:07

ZetaNz3 wrote:Thank you for this.

And thank you for your complete incapacity to read the dates on topics.
Meta

Post Jun 24th '09, 18:39

Meta wrote:And thank you for your complete incapacity to read the dates on topics.


Shut up, really. He was thanking someone for making a topic which he found useful, and if you really find this so horribly offensive then you could simply ask him politely not to necropost instead of making a dick out of yourself.

EDIT: Just to clarify, I don't endorse necroposting, but there are also better ways of pointing out the fact that someone has necroposted, especially when they're new to a forum and have no history of it.
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$lave

Post Jun 24th '09, 20:18

told you to watch out for that guy zeta.




funny




zeta meta
What are you, if not seven different shades of stupid?
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CryoS
The Dungeon

Post Jun 24th '09, 23:05

ZetaNz3 wrote:Thank you for this.


You're welcome!
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Ares Ex Machina

Post Jun 25th '09, 00:17

$lave wrote:Shut up, really. He was thanking someone for making a topic which he found useful, and if you really find this so horribly offensive then you could simply ask him politely not to necropost instead of making a dick out of yourself.

EDIT: Just to clarify, I don't endorse necroposting, but there are also better ways of pointing out the fact that someone has necroposted, especially when they're new to a forum and have no history of it.

Shut up, really. I was just joking. Zeta's too fuzzy for me to insult him.
Meta

Post Jun 25th '09, 02:49

Meta wrote:Shut up, really. I was just joking. Zeta's too fuzzy for me to insult him.


Regardless, backhanded sarcasm is not the greatest way to tell someone to stop necroposting, and your first post didn't come off as "joking". My reply was rather rash as well, but I was rather dismayed to see such a new member greeted with that sort of response, regardless of whether or not you were joking.
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$lave

Post Jun 25th '09, 03:28

$lave wrote:Regardless, backhanded sarcasm is not the greatest way to tell someone to stop necroposting, and your first post didn't come off as "joking". My reply was rather rash as well, but I was rather dismayed to see such a new member greeted with that sort of response, regardless of whether or not you were joking.

Bit he's so fuzzy! It's hard not to be cruelly sardonic around him.
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Post Jun 25th '09, 06:00

You guys realize that your ruining the best help out there for configuring routers by posting in here. you should really use infinity's if you wanna just reply to everything people say.
*ahem* You know who you are.
acks45
20 Minowere Dr. Fromidlov, Canada.

Post Jun 25th '09, 14:58

I hadnt even fucking posted here.

*sniffle*
D?rovací tvá?í.

Fobo: I find it hard to keep a sentence down under two paragraphs.
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tehWastedJamacan
SuFu, SD

Post Jun 25th '09, 16:42

ack45 wrote:you should really use infinity's if you wanna just reply to everything people say.


tehWastedJamacan wrote:I hadnt even fucking posted here.
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treellama
Pittsburgh

Post Jun 25th '09, 17:06

what im saying is that i hadnt posted in this topic until he accused me of posting here. And he's blaming all this off topic discussion in this topic on me. I guess I am going off topic now, but, as the children say, "He started it!"
D?rovací tvá?í.

Fobo: I find it hard to keep a sentence down under two paragraphs.
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tehWastedJamacan
SuFu, SD

Post Jun 25th '09, 17:10

And what he's saying is "you should really use infinity's if you wanna just reply to everything people say." which is still true regardless of whether this thread was yet a victim of your inevitable inanity.

You don't have to reply to everything! Consider every post, and think "Is my post useful, interesting, or funny?"

I wonder whether, following that advice, you'd have any posts.
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treellama
Pittsburgh

Post Jun 25th '09, 17:17

yeah, but they would be in mapping and projects, mostly. Oh, and Music and Artwork.

What im saying is that he dint have to bring me into it, cus i wasnt going to post here. But, he just had to draw me in.
D?rovací tvá?í.

Fobo: I find it hard to keep a sentence down under two paragraphs.
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tehWastedJamacan
SuFu, SD

Post Jun 25th '09, 21:26

This is still not the topic to do this in. what would be appropriate would be to lock this topic and sticky it.
acks45
20 Minowere Dr. Fromidlov, Canada.

Post Jun 25th '09, 21:33

And delete all the off-topic posts please.
Meta

Post Mar 22nd '13, 02:06

Is this for hosting on the internet or just via address?
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BeingShotAt

Post Mar 22nd '13, 17:57

BeingShotAt wrote:Is this for hosting on the internet or just via address?

Opening router ports is only necessary for hosting on the Internet.
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treellama
Pittsburgh

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