Bob Dobbs wrote:As far as online goes, do not forget to go to Dreamcast-Live.com to download the patch disc. If you did not know, this is the only way you can successfully connect online no matter what method of connection you use.
Ah, okay, I was wondering what that was all about!
Or, you could get the patch disc directly from the source, of course.
MobiusX wrote: Retrojaner wrote:
And register at Sylverant and play on ship Vega...
That raises another question. If I start playing on one server and ship, can I also play on others with my same character? Basically, I just want to go where ever I have the best chance of actually finding other people to play with. I'm not clear on the difference between using the Dreamcast-Talk server or Sylverant.
Sylverant is the server software that I wrote, as well as the server that the Dreamcast-Talk ship (Vega) is a part of. All of the ships on Sylverant are running the same server software and all work together, although some are running potentially different revisions of it. Iselia and Altimira (the two ships that are hosted on my actual server machine) are always kept up-to-date (not that it matters in most cases, since most revisions recently have been relatively minor).
Basically, each ship has it's own set of quests and maybe a few other tweaks here and there... Here's what you can expect on each ship:
Iselia - Mostly unmodified from Sega's original setup. Has all of the original Sega quests, follows mostly the same rules as Sega's old server (including what's considered legitimate and what's not). Has some new quests, but they are clearly marked as homebrew and are separated out from the normal (Sega) quests, so that you can avoid them if you want a completely "legit" experience.
Altimira - Ship run by Aleron Ives. Contains many new quests, along with slightly modified versions of some of the Sega quests. Geared especially toward those who use Aleron Ives' Enhancement Pack for PSO, but this is by no means a necessity to play there.
Vega - Ship run by Dreamcast-Talk and hosted separately from Iselia and Altimira. Seems to have issues with Gamecube players connecting for some reason. Mostly unmodified Sega rules/quests, like Iselia. Does not contain as many new homebrew quests, as far as I'm aware.
Palmacosta - Ship run by the Brazillian/Portuguese crowd. Mostly unmodified Sega rules/quests/etc.
Anyone's welcome on any of the ships (unless you've managed to get yourself banned from one of them), and any disruptive hacking is not allowed at all on any ships.
MobiusX wrote: SEGA RPG FAN wrote:
Bob Dobbs wrote:any GC version is basically the same as PSOv2 except there are minor "differences" in which unfortunately do not allow them to play with PC and DC players at least on Sylverant.
Content wise the Xbox and GC versions have much more. Episode I is basically PSOv2 but Episode II turns some battle levels from V2 into actual levels and introduces some entirely new levels.
Cool, that's something I was confused about.
I figure if I really get into the game, I'll switch to the PC version. But for now, I'm mostly looking forward to the novelty of enjoying some online play on my Dreamcast again.
The PC version (that is compatible with the Dreamcast one, i.e, not Blue Burst) has its own interesting sets of quirks and issues, largely stemming from the fact that it was written for Windows 98.
You might actually find it more enjoyable (especially if you're going through the trouble of setting up a DreamPi anyway) to just play on the Dreamcast full-time.