City of Heroes rogue server teams activate i24 PTS, prep for tomorrow’s Homecoming server moves

    
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Earlier this week, we covered one of the true-neutral City of Heroes rogue server groups, Ouroboros, and its efforts in restoring the game to its original state. MMO players will recall that City of Heroes’ last official version was Issue 23 (i23), with i24 on the test server back when it was sunsetted in 2012. While groups like Homecoming have opted to run with SCORE’s post-i24 code, which adds additional custom content and bug fixes and optimizations to the game under an i25/i26 stamp, some gamers have been after the most pristine Paragon Studios drop. Well, i24 is it, and Ouroboros’ version will mark the first time players have brought it back online, though they’ve opted to refer to it as Volume 2 Issue 1.

As of this morning, that team says its test server is live and open to the public, though it’s still a test server (not a play server) and has been capped at 200 players – for now, anyway. (Eventually, the plan is to expand it to a continuous public test server with a higher cap as demand requires.) You can check out the roadmap too for a clear idea of what’s still being worked on.

Over on the City of Heroes original Discord, developers continue work on getting the Rebirth server online; they’ve posted a poll about development and content for those interested in shaping something new.

And over on Homecoming, the developers have scheduled their five servers’ planned move from The Netherlands to a split setup in Canada and Germany tomorrow starting at 4 p.m. EDT.

Homecoming is currently up over 59000 registered players as we approach one month since this whole story broke – should be breaking the big 60K this weekend.

Ahead of the Homecoming move, the 4chan-backed coxg server admin put up a note saying it’s preparing for a small influx of players during that downtime and extending what sure looks to us like an olive branch toward the Homecoming team.

Confused about what’s going on with the City of Heroes rogue servers? Our complete and extensive coverage from the last month can be found right here. The short version is that in April a leaker exposed a secret City of Heroes server that’s been running for the last six years using the sunsetted game’s original code, which was ultimately turned over to the community. There are now multiple player teams working on multiple public and private servers and server types for the beloved superhero MMORPG (as well as gobs of associated drama), with over 59000 people signed up to play Homecoming alone. So far, at least, NCsoft has not commented publicly or taken legal action on any of them, and the company is reportedly in talks with players regarding the game’s future.
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Dug From The Earth

im happy on the i25 servers for now. Its a complete experience, and Im not one of these purists who feel that the new i25 additions somehow limit or ruin my fun.

I’ll switch to i24 when it brings with it a real benefit. IE: new content patches, new AT’s and powersets, graphical improvements, etc. Which is the point to them trying to dig into the codebase, something they arent able to do with i25.

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BigAngry

Homecoming team has said that the “i25 is a dead end” line is false, and they’ve got plans to expand on i25.

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Dug From The Earth

never said it was a dead end

Simply said the homecoming team cant make real changes to the i25 code. The i25 team has full access to the i25 code, and can make as many changes as they want. They are the ones that gave the compiled code to the homecoming team which is what is being run on all the servers right now (except the newest i24 test server).

So if the homecoming team (note: not the original i25 team) wants to add to the game, then need to do it in their own i24 build of the game.

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There’s a dad at my sons’ school, whose boy is a complete menace and a bully. For some reason, he’s sort of latched on to me as the mouthpiece of the entire class. So every time there’s an ‘incident’ and someone complains, he calls me, furious. And this guy is a real manipulator, a real dyed-in-the-wool jerk, and one of the things he likes to do is re-frame everything so that he’s the injured party and we’re all the jerks. And why can’t we accept his olive branches and his various (actually non-existent) gestures of goodwill? So! Not to cast aspersions on a person and situation I know nothing about, but as soon as I read all that spiel I immediately thought of this wonderful fellow at school. :D

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TheDonDude

I had to make new heroes and villains. I mean… I just had to!

So I made Hans Shultz. In the old Live Servers he was a loser 5th Column guy who never got invited to join the Council due to aforementioned loserness. Now he’s bringing his brand of incompetence to Arachnos as a soldier. Will he fare better? We shall see!

Then I made Captain Phenomenal, as I wanted a classic tights + cape + flying hero. He and Polar Borealis, an Ice/Dark controller (the dark is ice coloured), will be my go-to heroes for any DFB runs my Supergroup might be running.

Whoop, gotta go. Chargen is calling to me again!

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i25, i26, i24, homecoming, titan icon, score, paragon chat, tequila, creamsoda, serious overload for new players. Thanks for explaining some of that.

It’s no wonder people shy away from emu.

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Roger Christie

It really isn’t emu though. And Homecoming, at least, couldn’t be simpler to install and run.

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@Roger

Bree can read between my lines, what i meant is someone coming into this who has no clue, like me, that’s a shit load of buzzwords to decipher when sure the nutshell bottom line is make a folder, throw tequila or cream soda exe in there and double click, done. No one will post that though.

When articles are flying past you in discord at the speed of light, rampant drama, people trash talking what they are using and their servers and what site said this and that, yea… It’s no wonder people shy away from emu.

Even the website was a wee odd as in you make forum account, then within your account you make a game account.

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miskav

Even the website was a wee odd as in you make forum account, then within your account you make a game account.

That’s very typical for private servers, and that’s been the way it’s done for at least 15 years, if not more.

I do suppose it might be confusing if it’s your first private server, but everyone has that at first, you’ll manage.

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Castagere Shaikura

Yeah, I was told that homecoming was the way to go with this too. Forget about the other ones. They seem to be shadier to me.

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Dug From The Earth

If I rambled off a bunch of WoW patch versions, and expansion names, it would also cause overload to someone who was completely out of the informational loop.

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Matt Redding

Server downtime for move tomorrow? Well I … guess I will be mowing the grass this week after all. *sad trombone noise* It’s probably for the best though, my backyard is starting to look like Perez Park.

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Crowe

It could be worse… it could be… The Hollows.

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