City of Heroes now has a fifth rogue server live as Homecoming buffs up and work on i24 continues

    
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The 4chan-backed group /coxg/ now has an alternative City of Heroes rogue server up for those who don’t want to play on the existing Homecoming servers. The current build is an i25 build (with an i24 build promised in the future) and boasts over 600 accounts so far. Just be aware, it’s got no moderation and requires CreamSoda to play; even its own administrators are cautioning folks about what to expect, referencing “terrible behaviour” – hey, they’re being honest.

For those wondering about the safety of CreamSoda, the Reddit Discord says it has audited the code, though it may be wiser to wait for the completion of Sunrise as we noted last week, as that will obviate the need for both Tequila and CreamSoda.

Meanwhile, the Homecoming i25 servers have posted their code of conduct and late this week began testing a different hosting arrangement with more capacity for all of the shards. “Indomitable was chosen randomly as tribute to test out a slightly different hosting setup which should hopefully be both smoother and cheaper in the long run,” the team’s GM Jimmy wrote. “Assuming all goes well, we will be transitioning the other shards over at some point over the next few days.” As of midnight last night, over 6000 players were logged into the four Homecoming servers concurrently, meaning the queues continue.

Still waiting for other options – like maybe something pre-i25? Keep your eye on the folks behind Ouroboros; they’ve got a test server with i24 code running as of last night, though they’ve stressed it’s a true test server for now.

“Test server is now up and running. Menders have started private testing builds of the game. We’re focused on immediate and noticeable crashes or major gameplay problems that would be immediately noticed. At no point should you expect any of your Ouroboros test server characters to be retained. There will likely be frequent wipes. This server is specifically for testing only, and is not intended to be a long-term play with your friends server. […] We will continue on with our current work – a fresh take and build based on the i24 code, stable, with MTX and hardware logging removed. Alongside this we will provide a base set of game data for others to build from. Volume 2 Issue 1 will be released when it’s ready.”

Requisite reminder: These are rogue servers, not technically sanctioned by NCsoft, though NCsoft has not made any public statements about them. We’ve had confirmation that negotiations between Titan Network and NCsoft continue on, but it remains unclear whether the currently live shards will be wiped or maintained permanently or how any of them they will be funded long-term. Please do not give anyone money for City of Heroes servers right now.

05/04/2019 9:15 PM
Couple of updates this evening! First of all, the Homecoming team has posted its current status. After upgrading the mapservers this afternoon, here is where they stand now.

Several readers expressed concern that we were “promoting” the 4chan-linked server, so we’d like to make clear that we’re not promoting any servers here; we’re reporting on all of the servers as they come online. We can’t promote anything as technically these are all unlawful servers, so our “official” position (as much as an outlet with 17 staff can have a position) is that we cannot advise people to do anything illegal anyway. That said, we’re aware that folks in our particular community are unlikely to gel with that server, hence the caveats, but we think it’s only fair to at least point out Homecoming isn’t the only option.

Relatedly, the /coxg/ team has released new stats this evening; the server has 164 people playing with 74 (!) mapservers running. The group has estimated its costs for this size at $285.99 per month, plus the setup fee. This is super useful information for anybody considering a smallish server. As the admin notes, “Economies of scale make this an unreasonably low figure; but I would estimate that you could probably host a similar sized instance on anything with at least 8 cores and 64GB of ram, which you could probably get for < $60.”

Finally, if you’re looking for another option that’s on the smaller side, give RDX’s Unity server a look (but try not to give it the hug of death!). It’s a small test server (300 max players) with boosted experience, something one of our commenters was hunting for earlier today. You can learn more in their Discord.

05/04/2019 10:50 PM
Spoke too soon! Latest numbers from Homecoming – max capacity is going up again as the servers are back up to 2K a pop.

05/04/2019 10:00 AM
Overnight, TonyV once again confirmed that talks with NCsoft continue.

Totally lost on the whole City of Heroes rogue server thing? Here’s a recap of all our coverage from the last three weeks of drama:

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xpsync

What a weekend, the 2 event parities on SWG:L on the 4th were, well… you had to be there it’s too hard to explain, love that music mix they have, danced with Rey, slapped Darth Vadar, i dunno you really had to be there to appreciate it. What was most surprising was the amount of people in Jabba’s palace and hardly no lag at all. It was such a good time.

Outside of that absolutely HAMMERED coh. Wasn’t the weekend plan but, can’t stop playing. Have some general questions.

I read below about the speed level server, might check that out, but in general is this an alt heavy game with a main or do you at some point play with a main only?

The reason i ask is that i’m 20ish and most of all those levels was grouping, which is so much fun, it’s not EQ2 or SWL kinda on the ball toe curling intense, but more being aware of your surrounding and with 8 peeps (iirc) i dunno like the rest of the game it’s pure fun.

I took one power which i absolutely hated, and kinda ruined the flow/rhythm i felt of my character and used my respec already to correct that, but i got like basically 30 levels to go, i love the the character a lot, but should i be checking into some alts already?

I realized that you should have a focus on your character at the minimum in what you want it to be great at straight out of the gate, as when i thought about the power i took i was like why it’s not within what i want anyway so no surprise really that it didn’t fit. I really never had a overall plan for that character and was haphazardly installing any and all enhancements, really the whole character has been about learning as i go, lol.

So do you focus on a main? i guess the question would also include is there end game content which would require you to focus on a main?

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Peregrine Falcon

For the people who keep saying ‘NCSoft’s lawyers are gonna…’ Please understand that the Homecoming servers are located in county that doesn’t respect US or SK laws.

So NCSoft’s lawyers can’t actually do anything to them.

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Bruno Brito

Told ya peeps. All they needed to do was accept the sketchyness of pservers and just keep a public staff from said untouchable countries. Most famous ones are the Czech Republic and Russia.

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Bruno Brito

The 4chan-backed group /coxg/ now has an alternative City of Heroes rogue server up for those who don’t want to play on the existing Homecoming servers. The current build is an i25 build (with an i24 build promised in the future) and boasts over 600 accounts so far. Just be aware, it’s got no moderation and requires CreamSoda to play; even its own administrators are cautioning folks about what to expect, referencing “terrible behaviour” – hey, they’re being honest.

There’s one thing i can give the cesspit of social dejects that is 4chan: They’re self aware. They know exactly what they are, and what they are is disgusting. When even your admins are lifting up the “STOP” signs, you know you’re standing in burning shit.

I would rather stab myself with a spoon.

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Utakata

“The 4chan-backed group /coxg/ now has an alternative City of Heroes rogue server up for those who don’t want to play on the existing Homecoming servers… Just be aware, it’s got no moderation and requires CreamSoda to play…”

/ugh

“We’ve had confirmation that negotiations between Titan Network and NCsoft continue on, but it remains unclear whether the currently live shards will be wiped…”

…my money is on that first one getting wiped all ways to Sunday. >.<

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Neurotic

I just can’t bring myself to believe NCSoft are not going to burst this bubble. I will happily pay every month for an official server, or an officially sanctioned/licensed server, but until then, I’m *nnnnnn* gritting my teeth and waiting for The Man to actually say something to the public.

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Craig Christensen

If they were dead set on attempting to upend everything they wouldn’t be in negotiations with the devs of the Homecoming servers.

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Sorenthaz

Well guess it’s good that 4chan got its own server after “trolling” the other servers. It’s very bizarre though that after all these years that imageboard still wears its toxic filth as a badge of honor.

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Demon of Razgriz

I’m personally keeping an eye on this entire situation. I’m highly appreciative and impressed with the efforts that’s being done to keep my favorite MMO alive. However, I’m worried about that elephant in the room: NCSoft. Not hearing anything “official” from them in regards to the entirety of the situation leaves me in a state of confusion. Are they going to let these “rogue” servers live? Or, are they going to get with the program and bring the game back in maintenance mode? I’m personally hoping to the latter. If they don’t, is there any “legal” action they can take against anyone that signed up and supported the servers? But man, it’s GREAT to see CoH back in the news for the right reasons!!!

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Your Honor

In my oppinion, there isn’t much they can do to the people who sign up to play on these servers, but I am equally as puzzled as to why NCSoft hasn’t interjected yet.

The only reason I can see is that they want to see the demand and maybe if it’s big enough they would bring it back. I’d be signing up immediately to get a chance to play the very first real MMO I’ve ever played. Oh, the memories. Killing Frostfire for the millionth time… Awh…

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Thomas McGrath

Remember NCsoft takes there time when it comes to people emulating one of their games. they let one go on for over a year before sending out an S&D to them. It doesn’t really cost them anything to let someone emulate a server code of a dead game, so there is no rush and they can track everything a person does before sending in the Lawyers lol

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Bruno Brito

The servers are being hosted on “untouchable” places. So, whatever NCSoft do, is irrelevant. C&Ds are sent to pservers all the time. They can just ignore it.

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Thomas McGrath

that’s not true, no matter what country you host the server sending a Cd to them works. even if the country has no legal ties to where NCSOFT is, all they have to do is contact the server owner with it or the ISP they are using and threaten an international lawsuit if the plug isn’t pulled. once the company that owners the servers they are using or the ISP they are using looks at what’s going, it’s easier to pull the plug on it then fight a lawsuit. Besides, they have been paid and can rent out there servers to someone else. I’m sure there is something about no refunds if you get shut down for illegal activities lol

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Eamil

In practical terms, I doubt TonyV’s “talks with NCSoft” will go anywhere, and barring that it’s unlikely NCSoft will bother to comment at all unless they take legal action. When it comes to private servers and the original IP owners, no news is good news.

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Craig Christensen

They haven’t issued a statement because they are in formal negotiations with the devs of the Homecoming servers.

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Mordyjuice

I’ve got a feeling NCSoft is just going to let it go, by the time they start mobilizing their lawyers they might as well hire an exterminator instead since these servers will breed like bugs.

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CaptainSharkFin

Now that the code is out? When they snuff one out, more will be taking its place. It’s completely inevitable.

NCSoft would actually be gaining something by allowing these servers to run – for one, good publicity to almost make up for their contempt for customers; and it’s not costing them anything to allow people to emulate a game for an IP they (as in NCSoft) no longer care about.

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Dug From The Earth

while im excited about the progress of i24 and what it means to the games ability to be updated, patched, and new content added, ive also come to enjoy a lot of the custom i25 additions to the game. Its going to be tough to decide if I will switch over or not.