First post, by dhruba.bandopadhyay
This is to honor and keep Blood multi-player alive. It is still possible to play Blood over the internet or LAN under Windows XP SP2 or Vista*. There are 2 main working ways:
1 - DOSBox (XP/Vista, handle max 2 players because it's DOSBox)
2 - Hamachi (up to 8 players, 98/XP only, needs PC with 32-bit CPU, eg. original P4)
Thanks to aabluedragon (creator of Dukonnector http://duke3d.vachu.com/) who is first person to setup Blood over internet via DOSBox successfully - and now his Dukonnector can help connect Blood players together.
Quick guide to DOSBox multiplayer, client type:
ipxnet connect <server's ip> 23513
(where 23513 is your chosen port and the server has to port forward /open this port on his router. Port number is optional, and the default is 213 for DOSBox (I think).)
The server types:
ipxnet startserver <port>
(if you don't specify a port, then 213 is used by default for DOSBox).
I have tested this and it works, even behind a router/firewall.
My working setup:
- Hamachi version 126.96.36.199, or 188.8.131.52
- Hamachi settings default, but ensure you have:
-- System | (check) Do not use Universal Plug and Play
-- Security | (uncheck) Block vulnerable Microsoft Windows services
- In Network Connections install NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol
- In Hamachi Network IPX Properties (not your normal internet connection):
-- Internal network number: 00000000
-- Frame type: Ethernet II
-- Network number: 00000101
- In Hamachi Network TCP Properties (not your normal internet connection):
-- (tick) Obtain an IP address automatically
-- (tick) Obtain DNS Server address automatically
If you are interested in playing over the internet then please reply to this thread. It will be good to get 4 - 8 player games going on, on a weekly basis.
I will keep here an up-to-date list of players who submitted their MSN/YAHOO messenger usernames publicly:
Just add them to your MSN/YAHOO messenger and hopefully you will have 3 Blood players for a 4 player deathmatch!!!
Also, this is an excellent alternative for Blood Buddies:
* - Vista? only via DOSBox, which is really DOSBox platform rather than Vista itself.