Lord Parkin

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  1. As of a week or two ago, certain Gamespy servers relevant to Direct IP and Pitboss were shut down, which has resulted in players bouncing off each other when trying to connect simultaneously to a Direct IP or Pitboss game. One of the forum members at Realms Beyond has worked out a fix for the problem of 2+ players connecting to a Direct IP or Pitboss game simultaneously without requiring a VPN. All you need to do is to configure the "hosts" file on your system to redirect connection attempts to the Gamespy natneg servers to another IP. Then you will be able to connect to any player who has applied the same fix. :) Here's the link: http://realmsbeyond.net/forums/showthread.php?tid=7123 Our primary Pitboss host (Caledorn) is currently running an alternative natneg server, and he has mentioned it uses so little traffic that he's happy for others to simply connect to his IP if they wish. (You do not need to be playing in any of his games to make use of the fix.) Alternatively, if you're more comfortable rerouting your IP to someone you know, you can find the source code for the program in the same thread linked above, and you or one of your friends can host an alternative natneg server. Happy gaming! :)
  2. You may be aware that 2K recently announced that Steam versions of Civ4 will no longer support Direct IP. This means only players with CD versions of the game will be able to play Direct IP and Pitboss games. I have made a post in the official 2K forums about this topic. Here it is: http://forums.2k.com/showthread.php?563191-Steam-multiplayer-update-and-Civilization-IV-Pitboss To everyone who plays Direct IP games: Please take a minute to register an account, and make a short post in the thread linked above. I suggest to write in your short message: - Your username and which civ fansite(s) you hail from. - Which version of the game you purchased (CD or Steam). - Mention how this issue affects all players, because even CD users can't continue Direct IP games with Steam users. The removal of Direct IP from Steam divides an already small multiplayer community down the middle. - End with a strong request that Direct IP be re-integrated into the Steam version of Civ4. Feel free to use your own words. Be firm, but civil - profanity won't help the cause. For example, in my case: Please register an account and post your own quick message in the thread linked above now. It only takes a minute, and it could make a real difference! :)