If there's a way to play simutronics games with VipMud, I'll subscrie. Those things are so much fun.
On Oct 19, 2009, at 5:48 AM, Chad Fenton wrote:

I was able to do this a few months ago. Admittedly I haven't tested it recently, so things may have changed between now and then. I'm curious to try it again myself now. Perhaps VIP Mud will have Simutronics support in their next version, but this method has been available since the late 90s. Maybe Simutronics made it unavailable, but there should be a file containing the information. Maybe it's a file with the .sal extension. I'll look into it.



----- Original Message ----- From: "Jeremy Hartley" <jeremyhart...@comcast.net >
To: "Gamers Discussion list" <gamers@audyssey.org>
Sent: Monday, October 19, 2009 1:56 AM
Subject: Re: [Audyssey] playing Simutronics games via telnet


Hello.

I will now post my findings regarding this method of connecting to simutronics games, just after trying to connect using a new character.

I have seen an article similar to the post below, in an issue of audyssey magazine from a while back. In fact, what prompted me to write my messages a few months ago to this list regarding playing simutronics games with a mud client was that, following those instructions given below, there did not appear to be a file called gse.~xt in the root directory or any directory for that matter. I then ran a windows search on all files and folders on the hard drive, and no files of any kind were listed with the ~xt extention.
After reading chad's message, I decided to try it all again.

So, I just recreated an account, created a character from the website, selected the wizard front end, downloaded the game launcher and connected via the wizard front end, and quit to log out. Then, went to the downloads section of the play.net site, downloaded the Simutronics desktop game entry, installed it, ran it, selected my character and the wizard front end, logged in, quit, and then looked for the sge.~xt file in the root directory of the hard drive. And, like I said, there was no file on my hard drive with that extention. Also, and finally, I did tripplecheck to make sure that I have show hidden files turned on in the options view tab.

After looking at the downloads page, the simutronics desktop game entry program appeared to be the only game entry program around. Perhaps simutronics has changed something between gemstone III and gemstone IV? When were you able to successfully log into these muds in the way described below?

Thanks for posting this, and I will monkey around with the other files listed in the simutronics directories at some point. Maybe all the info is hidden in another file with another extention. grin

Jeremy

----- Original Message ----- From: "Chad Fenton" <cwfen...@comcast.net >
To: <gamers@audyssey.org>
Sent: Saturday, October 17, 2009 7:48 AM
Subject: [Audyssey] playing Simutronics games via telnet


Hi, all. I recently was reviewing the archives of recent messages and saw a discussion of the muds offered through Simutronics. In case anyone is not aware, it is possible to play these games with your favorite mud client of choice. To do so, you first must have an account with Simutronics for the game you wish to play. Here is how I've been able to play these muds through telnet in the past.

Once you have an account and have downloaded the Simutronics launcher program and Wizard front-end, I'd also encourage you download a program called Simutronics game entry, which will allow you to log into the game by inputting your account name, password, and the game you wish to play. It may be called Ultimate Simutronics Game Entry now. Once you have logged in, the wizard program will load and put you into the game, and you'll likely hear some music to let you know you're in the mud. Then you'll have to type quit to exit the game.

Here's where the fun begins: playing through telnet. When you log into the game with the wizard, a file is put into the root directory of your hard drive, usually your C drive. The file is called gse.~xt. It contains the authentication login key you'll need to access the game, and as an added bonus, it contains the host name and port you will telnet into, which I think is something like gs3.simutronics.net 4900. Copy everything after key= to the clipboard, as it will be the login key you'll use momentarily. It'll look like a long series of letters and numbers.

Now you will run your mud client of choice and telnet to gs3.simutronics.net 4900. When you connect, your screen reader won't say anything. Now just paste the login key and hit Enter, then type the word JAVA, all in caps, and press Enter, whereupon you should see "please wait for connection to game server." Now you're playing the game using telnet.

If you log out and wait more than fifteen minutes or so, the login key you used to get in will be invalid, so you'll need to enter the game using the Simutronics Game Entry program and quit, following the steps I mentioned earlier, in order to play once again.

The other Simutronics muds, Dragon realms, Alliance of Heroes, and Modus Operandi, each have their own telnet host and port names, but you can find those by looking for the gse.~xt file in the root directory of your hard drive.

In case any are wondering, the Wikipedia entry on Gemstone IV mentions that using telnet to play Simutronics games is possible, and truthfully has been for years. I am not affiliated in any way with Simutronics, but just wanted to let players know that one can play their games through telnet and how to do so.

Hope you all will find it useful. Now if there was a way to make the Wizard client for Legends of Terris or Legends of Cosrin accessible with JAWS or Window-Eyes. Their wizard program behaves very similarly to Simutronics' wizard program, repeating lines of text and generally making the play experience rather inaccessible. In case anyone is wondering about these two games and can work some technical magic through scripting, they can be found at www.legendsofterris.com and www.legendsofcosrin.com. As with the Simutronics games, these two are also pay to play, around $13.50 per month if using Paypal.

Regards,

Chad
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