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.
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.