Saturday, December 03, 2011

Let's Dig a Tunnel to Hell - Together!


I know we're all super busy with, well, all the crap we're busy with - That said, anyone interested in giving this a shot? We could set up a dedicated Terraria server to turn on one night per week (or during a dedicated weekend time-slot), fire up some sort of voice-chat server to go along with it, and jibber-jaber away while digging deep - too deep! I think it might be a nice way to do some gaming together/catch up. Anyone interested?

24 comments:

Pete said...

Totally. I'm going to try to install it under Wine 1.3 right now. Next weekend sometime works for me. I have a deadline this Wednesday, so I am going into work tomorrow.

Pete said...

The game runs fine under Wine, except I can't connect to any multiplayer servers. Time to fire up VirtualBox.

Oh. I reread you post. Weeknights are also fine. I turn in somewhat early on work nights, though. So that might not leave us with a large enough time-window to play.

Mr. Alex said...

I think due to the timezone discrepancies we'll need to account for a Sat or Sun play session would be best - especially for a first run (I'm assuming there will be a bit of server/client/voice-com troubleshooting involved).

My weekend schedule is fairly open - anyone have a Sat or Sun preference?

Don Jason said...

Yes. I will let you know how it works out trying to set it up.

Pete said...

Hey Jason.

I think you'll need this PPA.

https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-wine/+archive/ppa

$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install wine1.3 winetricks

Then follow these instructions:
http://www.steamgamesonlinux.com/terraria/

The game runs fine for me, but I haven't been able to get the multiplayer to work in Wine yet.

There are other games we could play, as well. I've managed not to play Minecraft yet, because I knew it would swallow large amounts of time. It seems like the perfect hang-out game. There's also King Arthur's Gold, which is in the same vein, but very hectic. It's by the fellow who made Soldat.

Don Jason said...

I have an extra hard drive with a legacy version of the operating system from Redmond that I use to play games. The Steam platform is in there somewhere. I like the idea behind WINE, but in practice I found it tiresome as each update was a trip through the CONFIGURATION LABYRINTH OF DOOM of every single program associated with it. Get the update you need for one program and then thoroughly break all the other ones that were stable before.

Don Jason said...

Are we sticking to this game? Or are Pete's "Wine Is Not an Emulator" network problems going to mean sticking with a cross-platform game?

I still play Neverwinter Nights on occasion by the way, and have been trying to get going with multi-player runs of Warcraft III with a friend, but that generation of games is rather fickle with trying to get networked and it seems like one spends more time chatting about router firewalls than anything.

http://silver-spire.com/
for the win!

Don Jason said...

Battle for Wesnoth.
http://www.wesnoth.org/

If we wanted to keep it really simple.

Pete said...

If worse comes to worse I have some Vista install disks and a spare hard drive. My old Vista install refused to boot after I configured my PC with its current software RAID configuration, but I think it'd be fine if I nuke & pave.

I'll install this evening or the next and let you know.

Pete said...

Ok, cool. I have functional multiplayer under Wine now.

Mr. Alex said...

Hooray! - Hell Welcomes the Bold!(TM)

Do you want to shoot for a dedicated server test sometime later this week? Mayhaps (all the girls wear braids and hoods now, so I can use 'mayhaps' whenever I like) Thursday or Friday?

Pete said...

Sure thing. Either tomorrow night or Friday, starting between 6pm and 9pm EST, works for me.

Pete said...

For low-latency VOIP (a Teamspeak replacement) I was thinking we could use Mumble. It might make sense for me to serve this, because I am in the middle, geographically.

Don Jason said...

I do not think I will be able to play computer games from midnight into the wee hours of the morning on a weeknight kids.

Maybe Friday, or another time slot on the weekend.

Pete said...

Oh no. I was talking about the server test Alex mentioned.

Pete said...

Anyway. We should set a time. How about 11am PST / 2pm EST / 8pm CET on Sunday?

Mr. Alex said...

> How about 11am PST / 2pm EST / 8pm CET on Sunday?

Sounds good to me! I'm not sure if I can do a dedicated server test today. Will advise later.

Mr. Alex said...

I keep getting timeouts when I try to connect. Anyone else connecting without issue?

Pete said...

No. My port forwarding must not be functioning properly. Let me reboot the server as super-user.

Mr. Alex said...

Server Up -
IP = 67.168.193.64
PWD = arsoto

Let me know if you can't connect.

Pete said...

Yeah. I'm timing out as a client too. Googling...

Mr. Alex said...

Do you mean you're timing out when you're trying to hit your own Mumble server or that you can't see my Terraria server?

Pete said...

Terraria works. I've SSH'ed into work and I'm installing Mumble server there.

Don Jason said...

Who what when where?
Is anyone logged into a chat program so that we do not have to post all this on the weblog?