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Homeworld Multiplayer Revival

Posted in Homeworld by on September 17th, 2009

So, as many of you know, the Homeworld launch was 10 years ago on September 28th. We’ve got nothing special planned so far, but as you may have seen, there’s been a small uptick of interest on the forums.

A while ago, damn almost a year ago, Scott Kevill of GameRanger asked me to post a bit about their software. GameRanger allows you to play LAN games (500+) across the Internet. As many members of the Homeworld gaming community apparently know, Homeworld works well over this service.

Molo and I tried a game tonight, and we’ll be posting a guideish/info type thread with more info that I’ll link here when it’s posted. Update: Discussion here.

Basically though, it’s pretty easy.

  • Install Homeworld
  • Patch Homeworld
  • Install GameRanger (and create an account)
  • Log into GameRanger
  • Host a GameRanger lobby selecting Homeworld as the game (or join a hosted game)
  • When the host launches, the other players will be able to launch into Homeworld.
  • When all players are in the game, they need to go into the LAN multiplayer option and pick TCP/IP.

Handy Links:
Homeworld 1.05 Patch here.
Gameranger download here.

Update 2: We’re looking at finding hosting for the Raider Retreat OEM version of Homeworld. It offers full LAN play of Homeworld, so it would work over WON. It would work over GameRanger as Homeworld does, so I’ve asked Scott at GameRanger about supporting it. Sierra was giving it away free back in the day, and allowing downloads of it. Might have more info about that shortly.

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Posted by Ira at September 18th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Meetup thread link doesn’t work. Starblade merged the threads.
http://forums.relicnews.com/showthread.php?t=233850

btw – I’m game. Let’s do it!

Posted by ÃœberJumper at September 18th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Yes, just spotted that. When he unmerges it, I’ll put in the new link.

Posted by Relicnews | Homeworld’s 10th Anniversary at September 27th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

[...] We touched on this earlier, but now, thanks to GameRanger and Worthplaying, people who missed out on Homeworld and its slow burn multiplayer can now have the chance. [...]

Posted by Battlestar Geriatrica: Homeworld Is 10 | Rock, Paper, Shotgun at October 2nd, 2009 at 10:30 am

[...] Number two, to find a way around the now-expired WON.net multiplayer stuff. They’ve done so with the help of the venerable virtual LAN/multiplayer social networking service GameRanger – which now supports Raider Retreat as well as the full game. There’s a short guide to setting it up here, and a ‘quick-start kit’ here. [...]

Posted by Relicnews | Homeworld Multiplayer Revival | Homeworld Reviews at February 10th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

[...] Update 2: we seek to find an accommodation for the version retirement OEM Raider’s Homeworld. It offers room LAN’s Homeworld, so it would work on WON. It would work on GameRanger as Homeworld, so I asked Scott to GameRanger support. Sierra was giving away free back in the day and allowing downloads of it. Perhaps more info about it soon. original: Relicnews | Homeworld Multiplayer Revival. [...]

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