Installing and Setup
Notes on where to download game files and get it running on modern versions of windows
- Download & Install
- Graphics Wrappers
- Download & Install V2
- Recommended Keybindings
- Streaming & Recording with OBS
- Gameranger https://www.gameranger.com/
- Voobly - there is also voobly but lets stick with gameranger
Download & Install
Lifted from Outwars Never Dies (Thanks OWReaper!):
Step 1: Download Base
Biffman over at the collection chamber built an amazing installer from the ground up. It will autoinstall Outwars, Dxwind, and nGlide. It seems to have some issues playing cdaudio so I recommend only running it once and go into the options and make sure "use direct3d" is turned on. After this you'll want to directly run the outwars.exe file.
Step 2: Install Multiplayer Fix
Daniel Collins wrote an amazing program that will fix pretty much all the issues experienced over lan play.
Step 3: Install Gameranger
Signing up for an account is quick and it appears to be the most reliable way to get a match going. Be advised that some people will experience issues connecting if you're locked behind a certain rare type of router. Gameranger itself will give you more details on this.
All these files and more can be found in the master google drive folder here:
In the Misc folder there's even a few development tools and rare finds I've been able to dig up through the years. Be advised the 3rd party tools zip file will throw antivirus warnings due to the presence of a trainer.
Play Outwars at higher resolutions and with modern effects processing! Fancy!
- good for higher resolutions
Download & Install V2
Put together a single fancy installer that allows you to get everything you need to play online except for voobly/gameranger (and maybe even a link to the download for that). Additionally, able to download components for single player game and releases of Outwars in other languages.
What thing to use to build the installer?
- Critical for running the game. ~100mb, i think. shouldnt be much bigger than trial version.
- minimal install
- with cracked outwars.exe so no iso check
- no AVIs or Music
- ipxwrapper pull from http://www.solemnwarning.net/ipxwrapper/ipxwrapper-0.6.1.zip at time of install, also set up a backup mirror at rushworx.
- minimal install
- isomount: tool or powershell script for automatically mounting iso with windows built-in iso handling?
- iso1 https://static.rushworx.net/outwarsdisc1.iso only needed for single player campaign and sound track
- iso2 https://static.rushworx.net/outwarsdisc2.iso only needed for single player campaign
- mousefix? (i didnt need it, reaper didnt need it. don't think its critical)
- dxvoodoo2 - pull from http://example.com/dxvodoo2.zip preferably
- Modding tools
- mission editor zip file
- ff extractor tool .. bread?
- sound track MP3s because why not
Regarding multiplayer: would like to come up with a standard set of additional maps. If I recall correctly the game only actually allows you to have 11 (I think it has 8 normally). So, gotta pick the best ones. Everyone must have the same ones though or I believe the game crashes.
I think the registry entries the official Outwars installer are required to support voobly / gameranger etc. Not 100% on that but need to look into it.
Default controls are kind of dumb, will come up with 'standard' controls which allow for strafing and firing weapons independantly, probably assuming full size desktop keyboard Arrow keys + Ctrl, Shift, Num0, Num1 for weapons due to nkey on most keyboards being a large impedance.
- how does Outwars store controls, in the registry? in a text file?
Notes on V1
- mega.nz biff distrib
- uses 441mb
- includes single player campaign w/ movies
- comes with dxwnd .. says its required
- intel audio/video codec .. is this for the outwars interstitial avis? i think so
- includes PDF scan of manual! what a nice touch.
- after installed, windows tells me i need to install DirectPlay. ok.
- it installed and runs fine on my pc till you get into the game then no input works.
- second time it worked fine. even jumpjet recharge seems to be the right rate.
- i dig the hi res Outwars icon, just need to remove the white border.
- uses 441mb
Green: ground movement
Blue: glider wing
Dark green: aiming (I only find this useful while flying in the glider wing, and only on occasion).
Purple: camera selection, Dark purple: drop camera controls
Gray: seldom used
Gray with yellow text: things you cannot reconfigure
Yellow, Orange, Red: individual weapon fire keys