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Battlefield 2 now for FREE, install guide

(Posted on Thursday July 2nd, 2015 by Kramerika)

Battlefield 2 has been released for FREE! The group that did this also has a launcher that works with other versions of BF2 (STEAM, Origin, disk) which enables the multiplayer browser to work and keeps stats and ranking on their site now that GameSpy is defunct. It should be noted that you can no longer buy Battlefield 2 on STEAM or Origin and retail copies are not still being made for sale as anything you might find is overstock.

Here is my quick guide for getting this game installed from different media. We will be playing this at our LAN/WAN in August, so get it working now!
#1  Register for an account here.  This will be your BF2 name in the game.
#2  Install the game from disk, STEAM, Origin, or Revive BF2 Full F2P (Free 2 Play, see the last link under client downloads after logging in) if you don't have it on disk, STEAM, or Origin.  For disk, go to step #3 unless it is already patched to version 1.5.  In that case, skip to step #5.  For STEAM and Origin, skip to step #5.  For F2P, skip to step #6.
#3  Patch the game to 1.41 - Download
#4  Patch the game to 1.5 - Download
#5  Download and install the Revive BF2 Launcher Client to your Battlefield 2 folder.
#6  Update Punkbuster to be safe - Download
#7  Start the Revive BF2 Launcher Client.  Enter your Account name and password from step #1.  Click Settings and Create a Profile by clicking the button.  Send it to the cloud.  At this point, I would not mess with any other settings.
#8  Launch the game from the launcher.  It should bring you to the main menu after the intro videos (you can skip the main video with escape).
#9  Make sure that your controls are not empty.  If they are, click reset to default.
#10  Set your video and audio settings.
#11  Go to the multiplayer browser, pick a server, and launch the game. From my own experience, it may not connect the first time.  Try again.
You should be set!  I should note that the one additional thing that the F2P version has is Special Forces.  The STEAM, Origin, and disk versions include all of the expansion packs except Special Forces.  It's not a big deal, if you want everything, you should use the F2P version.

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TLII Community Night, Sunday July 5 @ 9:00 PM Eastern

(Posted on Wednesday July 1st, 2015 by Kramerika)

Game: Torchlight II
Time: 9:00 PM Eastern (8:00 PM Central, 7:00 PM Mountain, 6:00 PM Pacific)

Join in the fun with other members and friends and invite your friends! Use your STEAM friends list to coordinate with other members and friends. To add more of our members to your STEAM friends, click on their profiles in this list.

Remember to have Mumble installed and join the Torchlight channel of our Mumble server to talk with everyone else since this game has no built-in VOIP.

We will start with the quests for the person who is farthest behind in the story.

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X-Wing Alliance installation and multiplayer guide

(Posted on Thursday June 25th, 2015 by Kramerika)

Here is a guide to get X-Wing Alliance working and able to play multiplayer. If you don't already own it, you can get it through or STEAM although I would recommend getting it through as I have heard that there are some limitations with the STEAM version. We plan to play this at our August LAN/WAN party.
For those with X-Wing Alliance on disk and 64-bit Windows, start at #1.
For those with X-Wing Alliance on disk and 32-bit Windows, start at #6.
For those with X-Wing Alliance from GOG or on STEAM, start with #10 unless you have problems with the fonts or resolution (#8 and #9).
#1  Create a temp folder.

#2  Copy all of the files from disk 2 to this folder.
#3  Copy all of the files from disk 1 to this folder overwriting all files.
#4  Unzip the 64-bit installer files to the temp folder overwriting files.
#5  Install the game to another folder by using the setup.exe file in the temp folder.
#6  Copy the FLIGHTMODELS, MISSIONS, MOVIES, RESDATA, and WAVE folders from your temp folder (or disk 2) to your game folder overwriting all files to be sure you have all files. This will allow you to play the game without a CD via #9 below.
#7  Apply the 2.02 patch
#8  Apply the font fix to your game folder by unzipping and copying these files to the same folders included in the zip file overwriting files. See below for a better font fix!
#9  Use XWA hacker to edit the xwingalliance.exe file in your game folder.  The GUI will allow you to alter it so that you can start the game without the CD and set widescreen resolutions among other things.  All you have to do is change the resolutions to what your max resolution is for your monitor/video card then save and exit and start the game choosing the highest resolution available in the game video settings after enabling 3D Hardware. You may have to try more than one to find which one works.  If you have problems, you may have to resort to disabling 3D and sticking to 800x600 via XWA hacker.  I had this issue with AMD cards.
#10  Make sure you have a controller of some kind attached
#11  Unzip the GameRanger folder to your X-Wing Alliance folder and launch it using the executable to create an account.  Search for [OSF]Kramerika, and add me as a friend.  Let me know what your nickname is so that I can add you to my list.  This is what we will use as a lobby to launch the game for multiplayer and put us in the actual game lobby together.  The in-game hosting/joining does not work.

At the end of all of this, you should be able to play X-Wing Alliance multiplayer through GameRanger. It may not look perfect, but it should be playable. It's an old game...

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L4D2 Community Night, Sunday June 28 @ 9:00 PM Eastern

(Posted on Wednesday June 24th, 2015 by Kramerika)

Game: Left 4 Dead 2
Time: 9:00 PM Eastern (8:00 PM Central, 7:00 PM Mountain, 6:00 PM Pacific)

Join in the fun with other members and friends and invite your friends! Use your STEAM friends list to coordinate with other members and friends. To add more of our members to your STEAM friends, click on their profiles in this list.

We will start with the 2nd mission of Crash Course since that is where we failed to advance the last time around.

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Last call for STEAM sale!

(Posted on Saturday June 20th, 2015 by Kramerika)

The STEAM sale will end on Monday afternoon, so if you have not picked up some of these games, you have 48 more hours to do it! We will play all of the games below at our LAN party in August as well as our WAN parties over the year, so make sure that you have them if you want to participate fully.

Left 4 Dead 2 ($4)
Counter-Strike:Global Offensive ($8)
Day of Defeat:Source ($3)

Other games that we play at those events include X-Wing Alliance and Jedi Academy which are not currently on sale but are not expensive as well as Pirates Vikings, and Knights II, Battlefield 1942, Team Fortress 2, and Battlefield 2 which are all free (or will be soon).

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