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1801  Warhammer Dark Omen / Multiplayer / Re: Battle pictures on: August 25, 2008, 11:30:43 PM
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1802  Warhammer Dark Omen / Tactical wargaming and other Warhammer games / Re: Shadow Of The Horned Rat on: August 20, 2008, 10:27:07 PM
Watch our Dark Omen Member Badazz,

as he plays through the whole of Shadow of the Horned Rat.

Using Playstation version on Emulation on his PC.





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1803  Modifications / Maps / Examining the CTL Files on: August 20, 2008, 10:09:06 PM
CTL


Mikademus/Bembelimen and Myself have been examining the CTL Files.

Mikademus:-

"There are sections to the CTL files.

All start with 32 00 00 00, which we can assume to be a file version or ID number

The file seems to consist of a number of sections, each delimited by a FF FF FF FF value.

Some CTL files have the last section identified by FF FF FF nn, though, so the last byte could be a section type indicator



The FF FF FF FF marks the start of a new section

So every block, including the block start DWORD (0xFFFFFFFF) consists of coordinate values

because the size of the block divided by 12 is always an even number.


And why 12 you ask?

Well, 12 is the size of a dword (4) * the dwords in a coordinate triple (3)


Perhaps it could also be 2D coordinates. The size of a block excluding the FFFFFFFF intro divided by 8 is always an even number".




[[TESTS]]

Simple Tests using the CTL file other Maps,

has shown that CTL files dictate where the starting points of enemy AI units are.

Although in early testing, it appears that it may dictate where off map units are placed.


For example, swapping B204.CTL with B101.CTL produced:-




As can be seen, the Goblins have now started in the Village and the Peasants are now up on the Cliff.





More tests to follow, as all information will contribute to the Map Editor and beyond.

Especially Rob's new BTB Editor.

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Therefore allowing new Single Player Campaigns to be created,

where the enenmy, who can already be switched between Races

will now be able to appear in different locations, that will catch even the most experienced

Player out.

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1804  Warhammer Dark Omen / Tactical wargaming and other Warhammer games / Shadow Of The Horned Rat on: August 13, 2008, 06:58:06 PM
To play Shadow of The Horned Rat on Windows XP/Vista/7 please download this excellent AutoInstaller & ISO

http://www.oldgames.sk/en/game/warhammer-shadow-of-the-horned-rat/download/2425/

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1805  Modifications / Maps / Examing the LIT Light Files on: August 13, 2008, 06:33:24 PM
Altering Values in WinHex of Mission 1

B1_01.LIT





has produced....






Compared to the Original, which we all know is much Brighter!

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See full details on Our Dark Omen Wiki

http://darkomen.benjamintrenkle.de/wiki/index.php?title=LIT

As all of this contributes to us creating our Own Custom Maps in the Future.



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1806  Modifications / Maps / Re: BTB on: July 29, 2008, 12:05:40 AM
Ghabry has discovered that all Multiplayer Bx_0x.BTB files can be renamed as

MBx_0x.BTB files.

So whats does that tell us.. that all things eliminated from the proper MB1_03.BTB compared with B1_03.BTB are not relevant ..
as all vitals are in B1_03.BTB or else where in other files..

What a mystery!

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1807  Modifications / Maps / Re: BTB on: July 27, 2008, 11:13:29 PM
Using Rob's new BTB editor, I am Examining all the Unknown Blocks in the MBx_0x .BTB files
to find possible themes/similarities






I have found through testing that only the Hosts machine requires the P1kf.ARM and p2kf.ARM files.
(The only reason I am looking at P1kf.ARM files,as they are all the same , is that in BTB editor we must change
the Enenmy ai files to Player files, like all the other Multiplayer BTB's). We have done this but still player 2 still doesn't have any troops to deploy).

If i rename/delete them on the pc that Joins the game, there is no difference....

All my Tests are built upon Rob's BTB Editor and Ghabry's tweak of getting all Single Player maps to
appear in Multiplayer List, to select but doesn't currently allow player 2 to have any Troops/Units
available on their Pallette to Deploy.



We continue to find what allows a Single player Map to be able to work properly in Multiplayer.

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Again Interestingly, it appears that one of the Unknown Chunks is not ever used in Mulitplayer BTB files..




(3,1,0)

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1808  Modifications / Maps / Texture Switcher on: July 26, 2008, 02:57:42 AM
2 identical Virtual PCs... one has Texture Switcher








The right hand side PC is running Texture Switcher,
since CPU mode prefers Low Textures.

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Download it from

http://darkomen.benjamintrenkle.de/en/downloads/miscellaneous.html


and Byru's site 

http://darkomen.blitz-art.com/strona/index.php#

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And Take Ghabry's advice for using 2 virtual pcs to test DO Mods







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1809  Modifications / 2D Sprites / Repaints using RDose and GIMP (Much Easier) :) on: July 25, 2008, 03:34:16 PM
Attack of the Mole men!

Not Really, this is to show how Rob's new Rdose and Gimp can be combined to view all 120 approx Frames for each Sprite:-






And then can be used to change the colour for a Repainted Unit all at the same time. So all 120 change their colour.

Such as these Orc Arrow Boyz, that are now Repainted to Mole Men (early demo for Skaven/Lizardmen) etc.






















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1810  Warhammer Dark Omen / Help Section / Re: I can't play dark omen on: July 21, 2008, 11:52:19 AM
UNDO the Crash FIX



Delete the Electronics Arts Registrty Folder


Start->Run->Regedit and search for Electronic Arts

since all the crash fix does is.....

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Electronic Arts\Dark Omen\1.0\Options\Options]
"Selected"="1"
"SoftwareSelected"="228"

Remember to uninstall the Game first and Delete the C:\Program Files\DarkOmen folder and delete Registry entry and reboot->Reinstall and on "first time u run the game" (very important) Go straight to Options and change to CPU and choose NOT to use Coloured Cursors.

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You will have to meet our other Argentinian member Lordbrapus

ramirobelakor@hotmail.com

he would love to chat with you

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1811  Warhammer Dark Omen / Help Section / READ ME: Ultimate Dark Omen XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1/Win10 Game Fixes on: July 10, 2008, 12:32:32 PM
Dark Omen runs fine on both Windows 32bit & 64bit XP/Vista/Win7/8/10 if you follow this guide, so please don't post that it doesn't work for you because it will, hehe ->

YouTube Video Guide ->
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luchAfmHW7w

1) You must run setup.exe (not autorun) from an English/UK Version of a Dark Omen CD and install English language to C:\Program Files (x86)\  and select Maximum Full installation & Direct X 5.

2) Locate your Dark Omen folder, such as  C:\Program Files\Dark Omen or C:\Program Files (x86)\Dark Omen and rename the PRG_ENG folder to PRG_ENGOrig

3) Then download this mod pack and copy paste/extract its 3 new folders (armytmp,Mods,PRG_ENG) to your Dark Omen folder.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/rrlnnyz4ov0jajz/DO%20Mod%20Pack%2022%20July%202017.zip?dl=0
or
https://ufile.io/n5f6w

4) To avoid screen Flickering on Windows 7 = set your Desktop Screen Resolution to 16bit colour and for Win8.1/10 open your new PRG_ENG folder in C:\Program Files (x86)\Dark Omen\ and right click on the new Win8.1/10 & 3d enabled EngRel.exe -> Properties and set its compatibility settings by pressing Change settings for all Users to Run As Administrator, 640x480 and to run in 16bit colours


5) Copy the Movies folder from your Dark Omen Cd and paste into your newly installed Dark Omen folder. Start the game by double clicking on EngRel.exe and go straight to Dark Omen's in game options and Turn OFF coloured cursors and choose to run in CPU mode unless you have a high end expensive NVidia/ATI(AMD) graphics card to try 3D mode.


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Fixes ->

Any problems Turn Off User Account Control, Reboot PC and repeat steps 1 -4.

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If Dark Omen still doesn't work it means that you haven't followed the guide and the game hasn't installed the correct registry settings. So install these Registry settings depending on your version of Windows, by double clicking on them after extraction/unzipping. They can also be found in the Mod Pack folder.

Windows 64bit
https://www.dropbox.com/s/zmpmms9wph6jshh/DO_Win64bitReg.zip
Windows 32bit
https://www.dropbox.com/s/c0crd3ngu1ixbpf/Do_Win32bitReg.zip

Check your Registry Settings look like these -> Start -> Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Electronic Arts
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Mod Menu
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New Maps
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SEE POST BELOW FOR MORE FIXES & HELP ->
1812  Warhammer Dark Omen / Help Section / Ultimate Multiplayer Connection Fixes on: July 10, 2008, 12:30:54 PM
Ultimate Multiplayer Fixes


There are 3 Main methods to Connect to each other.
1) Use GameRanger  
http://forum.dark-omen.org/multiplayer/gameranger-a-new-place-to-play-dark-omen-online-t157.0.html

2) The Host providing their Public Router Ip to Opponent (see Step 4)

3) Both players use Hamachi and join these networks:-

Dark-Omen2           password = darkomen
Dark-Omen3           password = darkomen    
Dark-Omen4           password = darkomen
                      

Then if u are Hosting via Hamachi or Router IP then -
Start the game and go to Multiplayer, PlayTCP/IP-Connection for DirectPlay and Connect but as Host u leave the next box blank/empty and choose to Create a Game.

(For Host = Blank/Empty but Join = Insert Host IP)



Your opponent can then Right Click Host's Hamachi Name and Copy IP before Starting Game or request the Host's Public Router Ip address, (see Step 4) and Start up their Dark Omen game and go to Multiplayer and also select TCP/IP but will Paste/Insert in the Host's Hamachi IP to try and Join the Hosted game. If it does successfully Join the Hosted Game, Wait until both players can Type and Chat to each other and select a MAP (Have u both Got Map PACK INSTALLED? ) before pressing Fight, to Launch the game. Then if it Loads the Game remember to press T to Talk on the Battlefield.









However, if u receive the usual error of "can not Join the Selected Session"-Failed to Connect to Opponent





To Fix Error both Players Must do Step 1 and Step 2. and Ideally Step 3 (if Possbile) and Step 5 if required.

Remember to  Take Turns to be Host.

Step1) Allow eng_rel.exe and dplaysvr.exe through the firewall as Exceptions on both Windows Firewall and Personal Firewalls, or temporarily Disable Firewall and Anti Virus /Defender in Control Panel -> Administrative Tools->Services->Windows Firewall and any Other Personal Firewalls and some Anti Virus can cause LAG). Turning Off Firewall doesn't stop the Firewall service from still running, so Please Stop and Disable it in Control Panel Services.

Step2) Open Hamachi ports by clicking on Hamachi -> System -> Prefernces ->  Settings -> Peer Connections and find both UDP and TCP and enter 12975 for both (Hamachi's Central Server Port) then Restart Hamachi. This has fixed many connections and maybe all u require, so please Take Turns to Re-Host and test.

Step3) If you have Security Acess to your Router Open/Allow ports 2300-2400 TCP and UDP and 47624 TCP and also UDP and TCP 12975 to allow Hamachi (try typing in 192.168.1.1 into your Browser address bar) This is the probably the Best way to fix any issues but unfortunately is complicated and the physical Router maybe secured away and some members play using a USB Modem Adaptor and since every Router has its own Configuration settings, it is the Hardest Fix to implement.

If Still get Error or Can't See Host Game

Step 4) Provide your Opponent your Public Router IP -see below for full explanation

Step5) Force Bind IP in Hamachi – Please read this website and download the file on Step 11 of the following website and Remember only use Forcebindip when Joining, Never when Hosting.

http://www.sc2gg.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=163&hl=hamachi

To Download and install this

http://www.r1ch.net/stuff/forcebindip/download/ForceBindIP-1.2-Setup.exe
See more Details Below in Full Explanation

Step 6) Promote Hamachi Network on your PC.

Basically we want to make Hamachi at the top of the list.

For XP Start->Control Panel->Network Connections, then on the Menu bar, click Advanced->Advanced Settings and put Hamachi at the top of the list.

For Vista Start->Control Panel->Network and Sharing Center, then on the left side panel, click on
Manage Network Connections. Now Press Alt, click on Advanced->Advanced Settings and put Hamachi at the top of the list.










Full Explanation[/size]:



History
Due to modern Router and Firewall and Anti Virus Security it can make connecting Online Multiplayer Dark Omen Games, slighty harder. Therefore Gamers of many different games, have to use Alternative methods, such as configuring their Routers and Firewalls /Anti Virus or use other products like Hamachi or Game Lobbies (Game Ranger) to allow Dark Omen to run and play with friends. So you can Quickly try and attempt to re-join their Game by asking the Host to provide you with their Public Router Ip to test (Step 4)

If u still can't see or connect to them, after trying Normal Hamachi or their Public Router Ip and taking Turns to Host. Then It's very Easy to Fix by allowing Firewall exceptions (Step1) and opening Hamachi Ports (Step 2)  or Disabling Firewall and Antivirus/Defender. This allows you to Host and Join Games without the usual Error. If you still can't Join a Game then it is probably because the Host hasn't done Step 1 and Step 2 or  Step3 and still has a Firewall or Anti Virus still running or simply can't Configure/Open Router Ports (Step3).

To Solve this you will have to download and use Step 5 (Forcebindip) to Join their Hosted game until they Allow Firewall Exceptions and Open Hamachi Ports (Step 1 and Step 2 ) or temporarily disable their Anti Virus and Firewalls (in between games). It is just a case of patiently testing each Step and take turns to Host and Join but...


NEVER USE FORCEBINDIP TO HOST GAMES ONLY TO JOIN if Normal Hamachi Ip or Public Router IP FAILS


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Step 1) Allow eng_rel.exe (C:\Program Files\Dark Omen) and dplaysvr.exe (C:\Windows\System32) through the firewall as an Exceptions on both Windows Firewall and Personal Firewalls, or temporarily Disable Firewall in Control Panel -> Administrative Tools->Services->Windows Firewall. Otherwise dplaysvr.exe and eng_rel.exe have to be allowed on both personal andWindows firewalls. Disable Anti Virus if u experience Problems or Lag. Turning Off Firewall doesn't stop the Firewall service from still running, so Please Stop and Disable it in Control Panel Services.



Step 2) Open Hamachi ports by clicking on Hamachi -> System -> Preferences ->  Settings -> Peer Connections and locate both UDP and TCP and enter 12975 for both, then Restart Hamachi.



A Couple of years ago when we only had normal Hamachi and Router IP addresses to try, I researched solutions that advised opening these Hamachi ports which fixed many connection problems for many fans. Any players it couldn't help fix, would simply not be able to play each other! Until we were given Forcebindip hamachi to try and it has worked for many people, many times. (Tried and Tested)  and all of Star Craft use Forcebindip hamachi to connect and play each other, all around the world and it has proved many many times to work, for Dark Omen as well. Without it, i don't reckon we could get many players online, and yes the solution would be opening Router ports (Step4) if only all members could (some have no security access to it and some members are on USB Modem/Adaptors, etc and there are so many different types of Router that have individual settings).

This team of Counter strike players (using hamachi) find that opening Hamahci ports UDP and TCP 12975 actually reduces LAG. www.clockcrew.cc/talk/showthread.php?t=39551

Hamachi connects to a Hamachi Central Server on ports 12975 and in my experienced opinion it fixes a lot other gamer's problems. There are many many different configurations for hamachi for different games. http://archiv.raid-rush.ws/t-497128.html is my latest find.




Step 3) If you have Security Acess to your Router Open/Allow ports 2300-2400 TCP and UDP and 47624 TCP and also UDP and TCP 12975 to allow Hamachi (try typing in 192.168.1.1 into your Browser address bar) This is the probably the Best way to fix any issues but unfortunately is complicated and the physical Router maybe secured away and some members play using a USB Modem Adaptor and since every Router has its own Configuration settings, it is the Hardest Fix to implement. http://portforward.com/
http://logmeinwiki.com/wiki/Hamachi:Gaming_over_Hamachi


Step 4) Provide your Opponent your Public Router IP
To find your Public Router IP in windows, Press Start->Run and type in CMD and then type

tracert www.google.com

and (if u are UK) look at the second IP address for your Public Router IP address which can then be used for the Opponent to join your Hosted Dark Omen match instead of using the Hosts Hamachi IP.



or by typing 192.168.1.1  into your browser and searching around for Default Gateway Ip address




You can also get an Alternative Public Router IP by looking at this banner:


and now egt the same result using latest version of Hamachi  
http://forum.dark-omen.org/multiplayer/hamachi-t16.0.html;msg5370;topicseen#msg5370

(I personally have found that my tracert and Router Setting IP = 213.123.106.122 has worked better than whatsmyip and Hamachi Details Sumamry IP = 86.157.240.189, so please try all Methods)



Step 5) Force Bind IP in Hamachi – Please read this website and download the file on Step 11 of the following website

http://www.sc2gg.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=163&hl=hamachi

Basically we want to create a new Shortcut on the Desktop for Dark Omen but with an amended line that will Force Bind your Hamachi IP.

Right Click on Desktop and choose to create a new Shortcut-> Browse to your Dark Omen folder and locate the EngRel.exe, for example

C:\Program Files\Dark Omen\PRG\EngRel.exe

But DO NOT press next to complete the new shortcut, instead we need to add some text at the beginning of the text,

Forcebindip 5.x.x.x

So it reads

Forcebindip 5.117.12.100 “C:\Program Files\DarkOmen\PRG\EngRel.exe”

And make sure there is a space between 100 and “C:\

and .100 is an example so plese

Remember to replace the 5.x.x.x with your own Hamachi IP address

Then Press NEXT and to complete the new Shortcut, let it name itself.

You should now have a new shortcut called ForceBindIP.exe




Double click it to launch the game in Forcebind mode and use the normal icon to play normally with players u don’t get any errors connecting to. Again please take turns Hosting games to test but NEVER Host Using Forcebindip, only to Join to players u can't join to normally.Get both players to take turns  trying to join each other using forcebindip (Never use it to HOST). Success depends on trying all possible combinations.


For Vista 64 try this for Examaple:-

You have to extract the install file first and then link it to that folder

C:\Users\Olly\Downloads\ForceBindIP-1.2-Setup\ForceBindIP.exe 5.150.188.109 "C:\Program Files (x86)\Dark Omen\PRG_ENG\EngRel.exe"


Exactly that with no " on the first C:/

Replace 5.x.x.x. with your Own Hamachi Ip and Olly with Your own Name...






Step 6) Promote Hamachi Network on your PC.

http://logmeinwiki.com/wiki/Hamachi:Gaming_over_Hamachi

Video:  
Red Alert 3 Universe Hamachi Fix - VistaLQ | LQ+ | HQ | by Aeva


Basically we want to make Hamachi at the top of the list.

For XP Start->Control Panel->Network Connections, then on the Menu bar, click Advanced->Advanced Settings and put Hamachi at the top of the list.

For Vista Start->Control Panel->Network and Sharing Center, then on the left side panel, click on
Manage Network Connections. Now Press Alt, click on Advanced->Advanced Settings and put Hamachi at the top of the list.



As the majority of our players only ever need to do the Tried and Tested Steps 1 and 2 to fix any Connection issues, I therefore ask all New Members to do Step 1 and Step 2 straight away when first joining, whilst I am online to assist and Help/Guide them. This more importantly means that if they do happen to play any potentially incompatible Opponents, then they have already applied the Fix that the Majority of Fans have to use and will be Trouble free. Leaving them only to have to use the more rarely used Forcebindip Hamachi (Step5)if necessary to join the Hosts game, after failing to use the Host's Public Router Ip or the Host's Hamachi IP.


Since Dark Omen Connection issues can occur between two members, who can both play everyone else apart from each other,  even after using Normal Hamachi ip or Public Router Ip, then Disabling and Turning off the Windows Firewall and Anti Virus and Opening Hamachi Ports and Router Ports Step 3 has proven, over the years to fix players not being able to Connect to other players (despite them both being able to play everyone else). Of course this is a last resort and depends how much u want to play. It is a simple process of elimination and Patience.


So my experienced/Free Advice is to do Step1 and Step2 and Step3 (if u can) and Step 5 when necessary.



Alternatives-
As well as trying via Hamachi and Step 4 Public Router IP there are also Alternatives ways to connect, such as:

Game Ranger Lobby -
http://forum.dark-omen.org/multiplayer/gameranger-a-new-place-to-play-dark-omen-online-t157.0.html


pLAN -VPN Client
http://forum.dark-omen.org/multiplayer/plan-vpn-client-t626.0.html;msg5862#new

and see Post below from Ghabry about alterantive Forcebind
http://www.filefront.com/5335168/DXWND---MS/



Please pop into our Chat Channel for further assistance or testing

http://chat.dark-omen.org



Remember we always get it working and its Definetly Worth the Effort!

(Except one person who I spent 2hrs with, only to find he didn’t even have Dark Omen installed but Dawn of War!)

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1813  Warhammer Dark Omen / Help Section / Re: I can't play dark omen on: July 09, 2008, 11:09:47 AM
Uninstall game and Delete the Program Files\ Dark Omen folder

Reboot and reinstall ..

1) On First time u run game go straight to Options and change to CPU mode and not coloured cursors.

Use the Vista fix DLL and join us in chat to discuss further options but CPU mode must be set on the 1st time u run the game, otherwise uninstall remove folder and start again.

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1814  Modifications / Maps / BTB on: May 13, 2008, 10:46:34 AM
Check out Rob's new BTB Editor




The BTB Editor overlays a representation of the data contained in Mission one's BTB file, such as Troops/Triggers and Obstacles.




Comparsion picture of Mission 1, (B1_01) using Map Viewer.





Full Wiki Description:-

BTB - Wiki
1815  The Remake Project / Bright Portents / Re: Dark Omen Remake? on: May 11, 2008, 03:21:20 AM
Welcome to the Dark Omen Global Community,

your 3D and C talents will be greatly appreciated.

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(I bet you're enjoying battling your way through the single player,

after we got it going on Vista).

See u in chat soon,

and hope to get on online Multiplaying

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