TABLE OF CONTENTS
Installation & Upgrading Issues
General Issues & Stability
Q. WHEN I PUT THE CD-ROM IN THE DRIVE, THE GAME WON'T INSTALL
A. Run the SETUP.EXE program from the CD-ROM if AUTORUN does not run.
You must NOT be running any virus checkers and similar utilities in the background if
Installshield seems to hang during installation.
AUTORUN won't work if you already have UC installed. This would happen if you did not uninstall UC
using the ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS which then deletes the UC.INI file in your C:\WINDOWS or C:\WINNT
folders. If this is the case, just search and destroy that file before re-installing.
If you get a message about 1155: File INSTMSIW.EXE not found, it means that your
system is not running the latest Windows Installer 2.0. You need to download it from Microsoft's
site and install it. Then reboot and retry the game installation.
Q. THE GAME KEEPS ASKING ME TO INSERT THE CDROM DURING INSTALL
A. When running a restricted user account with fast user switching under Windows XP, some games will not
start correctly. The game requests that the original disk be placed in the drive, even if it is already
present. Read the Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 228985. Also try the game in another CDROM or DVD-ROM drive if you have one.
Also read this forum thread.
Q. THE GAME KEEPS SAYING THAT IT CANNOT FIND DATA1.CAB DURING INSTALL
A. Try copying the entire CDROM to a folder on your hard drive, then running the
SETUP.EXE file from that folder.
Also read this forum thread.
Q. WHY AM I GETTING EMULATION SOFTWARE OR DEBUGGER ERROR MESSAGE ON STARTUP?
A. There is a conflict between the SafeDisc copy protection scheme used by the game
and other software installed on your system; particularly virtual CD programs or
emulators. These include Daemon Tools, CloneCD, Nero ImageDrive etc. Please disable
these prior to starting the game. If have you have the DivX codec on your machine,
please also update it to the latest version as there is a problem with DivX 5.1 and
some software programs. If you EVER used ImageDrive but have uninstalled it, you may
need to re-install it, but WITHOUT activating ImageDrive, then uninstall it again.
Also read this forum thread.
Q. AFTER I INSTALL AND TRY TO PLAY, THE GAME HANGS
A. Check the following:
Q. I INSTALLED THE GAME AND WHEN I RUN IT I GET A MESSAGE "DINPUT8.DLL NOT FOUND". WHERE IS IT?
A. You need to download and install DirectX 9 or higher
Q. I WANT TO START FROM SCRATCH, HOW DO I UNINSTALL THE GAME AND APPLY THE LATEST PATCH?
A. Here are the necessary steps you need to take to uninstall, re-install and patch to the latest version. Before
getting started, ensure that you have installed the latest drivers for your sound and video cards. Also ensure
that you have installed Microsoft Media Player 7.1 or higher and Microsoft DirectX 9 or higher.
- Follow the step indicated in the CDROM issue above
- Download and apply the Macrovision SafeDisc driver update
- Your system meets the requirements of the game
- You have installed DirectX 9 or higher runtime
- You have installed the latest DirectX 8.1 or higher compatible sound and video drivers
- Your system contains the Indeo codecs which are part of the OS
- You have installed Microsoft Media Player 7.1 or higher
- That you have installed the latest drivers for your motherboard (see General Issues & Stability)
- Make sure that your card has a Vertex Shader (just like it says on the box)
- Check ALL the sections below.
Q. HOW DO I REVERT TO THE DEFAULT GAME CONFIGURATION SETTINGS?
A. Quit UC and use Explorer to delete the UCCONFIG.INI file which resides in the folder where the game is installed.
The game will create a new one at startup. You can then go to CONFIG and change the settings as desired.
- Go to CONTROL PANEL/ADD REMOVE PROGRAMS, select Universal Combat from the program list and uninstall it.
- Using Explorer, DELETE the UC install folder (e.g. C:\Program Files\3000AD\Universal Combat) and ALL its contents
- Install UC from the CDROM.
- Download the latest patch and copy it INTO the game install folder. If you already downloaded it, just copy it to the folder.
- Apply the patch by locating it using Explorer or the START/RUN dialog and executing it (double-click on it).
- Run the game. Do NOT modify ANY of the settings in CONFIG. Just run the game, check it out and make sure
everything is fine. Then quit and go and make any configuration changes you wish.
Make sure you are running the latest driver version. 3000AD is NOT interested in
troubleshooting manufacturer video driver issues. Please contact your video board
manufacturer. You can find updated drivers for all major cards either at the card
manufacturer's web site or at one of the sites listed on our gaming links
Q. I STARTED THE GAME AND GOT A ERROR ABOUT A VERTEX SHADER!
A. The game requires a video card with Vertex Shader 1.1 or higher. This is indicated on the
game box as well as the product information page. There is a discussion about this on our forums.
If you don't know if your card supports a Vertex Shader, contact your manufacturer.
WARNING: The nVidia GF4 MX range of cards do NOT have a vertex shader! Please read this.
And no, a Vertex Shader is not something you can download and install. Your video
card either has a Vertex Shader or it doesn't.
Q. THE GAME DISPLAYS AN ERROR ABOUT "D3DX9_25.DLL" NOT BEING FOUND.
A. If you did not allow the DirectX 9 update to complete installation during game
installation, you will have this problem. To fix this, run the DXSETUP.EXE file located
in the DIRECTX folder where the game is installed.
Q. THE GAME DISPLAYS A "MESSAGE DRAIN" ERROR OR A BLACK SCREEN WHEN I START IT UP
A. This may be a video card graphics driver glitch which should clear up after the
first few frames of the AVI are played. If an error is displayed, just click OK and
the game will continue as normal.
The game requires Indeo 5.10 or higher codec. If the logo does not play install
the latest version of Windows Media Player on your system and read the next item
if you have winXP.
You can also disable the intro animation by editing the properties of game shortcut
and adding the /n parameter. This will not affect the game at all because only
the Dreamcatcher intro splash screen uses the Indeo 5.11 codec.
For example go to START/PROGRAMS/DREAMCATCHER and edit the target properties for
the Universal Combat shortcut so that it looks like this:
"C:\Program Files\DreamCatcher\3000AD\Universal Combat\uc.exe" /n
Q. I JUST BOUGHT A NEW SYSTEM THAT CAME WITH WIN XP SERVICE PACK 1 AND THE GAME WON'T PLAY THE INTRO OR EXPLOSIONS
A. With the September 2002 update to Windows XP (known as Service Pack 1), Microsoft is no longer distributing any
version of the Indeo codecs with its operating system. This only affects users with new PCs that are shipping with
Windows XP Service Pack 1, or clean installs of Windows XP SP1 on an older system. Installation upgrades of SP1
and the use of Windows Update does not remove existing Indeo codecs from your system.
Microsoft now have a fix via their KB 327979 article
If that does not work, you can probably download the Indeo 5.11 code from here and install it. That should fix the problem.
Q. HEY! WHAT HAPPENED TO THE 640x480 DISPLAY RESOLUTION SUPPORT?
A. It is not officially supported. If you really must run the game at that resolution, you can set this directly in
the INI file. First quit the game. Then load the UCCONFIG.INI file in Notepad. Look for the RESOLUTION setting and
change to "Resolution=640x480". Save the file and start the game.
Q. HOW COME SOME OF THE GRAPHICS FX LOOK DIFFERENT ON MY MACHINE?
A. If your video card does not have a Pixel Shader, certain effects (shields, water etc) are done
differently. To experience all the high end graphics special effects, you need a video card with a
Pixel Shader. For more info on shader support, read this forum bulletin.
Q. I AM HAVING VIDEO PROBLEMS I CANNOT RESOLVE
A. This can be related to a lot things, primarily video drivers.
Q. WHY DO THE EXPLOSIONS SEEM TO STUTTER WHEN A LOT OF THEM ARE PLAYING
A. Defragment your hard drive. Also check the settings in the System tab of
Control Panel and ensure that your hard disk drives are set to run in DMA mode,
instead of PIO.
Q. I ENABLED ANTI-ALIASING AND NOW THE GAME ONLY DISPLAYS A PARTIAL SCREEN!
A. In order to enable AA (any type), your video card must have the required amount
of memory. For example, on a 16MB video card, you will not be able to run the
game at 1024x768 32bit with any AA enabled. For more info on AA, check
with your video card manufacturer.
If the main menu screen becomes corrupted because of an incorrect AA setting,
press Q to quit from the main menu, then delete the UCCONFIG.INI file from the
game install folder. On startup, a new one with default settings will be created.
Also, if you find that you cannot type in your name when starting a new game, this
is also related to the AA settings because even text will be anti-aliased. Try
lowering the AA settings until you find the best setting that works.
- Make sure that your screen depth (Color Quality in winXP) is set to the same
value as configured in the game OPTIONS. e.g. if your desktop is set to Medium
(16-Bit),then you can only use 16 bit in the game OPTIONS.
- Install the latest driver (or one that works) for your video card
- Install DirectX 9 or higher
- From My Computer, go to the Performance/Graphics tab. Drop that slider down one notch.
- Quit the game, then go to Explorer and delete the UCCONFIG.INI which resides in the game's install folder.
- If you experience flickering in object rendering, go to CONFIG and run in 32-bit screen res mode
- Some drivers may have problems with some of the terrain rendering. Go to CONFIG and try disabling some of
these features as needed.
Make sure you are running the latest driver version. 3000AD is NOT interested
in troubleshooting manufacturer video driver issues. Please contact your video
board manufacturer. You can find updated drivers for all major cards either at
the card manufacturer's web site or at several online sites
Q. SOMETIMES I DON'T HEAR SOUNDS OUTSIDE MY SHIP
A. The sound engine is fully 3D positional. For this reason, you won't hear sounds that are played if you are more
than 75km from the sound source. e.g a ship exploding.
Q. SOMETIMES THE SOUNDS SEEM TO BE CUT-OFF OR I CANNOT HEAR SOME SOUNDS
A. There are reported problems with SB Live! cards, especially under WinME, which we cannot fix because they are
the manufacturer's sound card drivers. Make sure you have the latest drivers. This problem may also occur on
other sound cards. Here are some things to try:
Q. MY PC HAS A VIA CHIPSET AND I HAVE AN NVIDIA VIDEO CARD. HOW DO I FIX THE NOISY PLAYBACK?
A. If you get noisy playback during intensive graphics operations, read this
Q. I HAVE AN SB LIVE! SOUND CARD ON MY VIA CHIPSET BASED MOTHERBOARD AND I AM HAVING PROBLEMS
A. There are reported problems with motherboards based on the VIA chipset and SB Live! boards. For more info, read this.
If you can afford it, get yourself a Turtle Beach Santa Cruz or other card and dump the SB Live! if you intend to keep
your VIA hardware. Sharky Extreme has good reviews of most top of the line sound cards. You can
also read this FAQ over on VIA Hardware.
Q. HOW DO I PLAY MY OWN MP3 SONGS IN THE GAME?
A. Copy them to the SOUNDFX\MUSIC folder where the game is installed and they will be added to the playlist. You can use the
ALT+. and ALT+, commands to cycle the next/prev song in the playlist.
Note that VBR format MP3s are not supported. Only CBR format is supported.
If you are running Winamp, be sure to disable the Winamp Agent before running UC with the music option on.
Q.THERE IS A SLIGHT DELAY WHEN NEW SOUNDS ARE ABOUT TO BE PLAYED. HOW DO I FIX THIS?
A.All WAV files are stored in compressed ZIP files in the SOUNDFX folder. If you have enough hard disk
space, you can extract all the files into the folder where the zip files reside, then delete the zip
files. Do this at your own risk because if you later wish to revert to defaults, you have to uninstall
and re-install the game. And the uninstaller will not be able to remove the extracted WAV files. In
which case you would have to manually delete the game install folder after you have run the uninstall
- If you are running winXP and you have an SBLive! card, download the latest XP drivers from Creative Labs
- Run the DXDIAG tool that comes with DirectX then go to the SOUND tab. Drop that slider down one notch.
- Sample rate can remain where it is or you can try the IMPROVED or BEST settings
- If you have a 4-speaker setup, make sure that you have the settings for your sound card are configured properly. If you
have powered Dolby 5.1 speaker setup, make sure you have them configured for true 4-speaker mode before running UC.
- You can also try the /x commandline parameters (see end of file)
Make sure you are running the latest driver version. 3000AD is NOT interested in
troubleshooting manufacturer video driver issues. Please contact your video board
manufacturer. You can find updated drivers for all major cards either at the card
manufacturer's web site or at several online sites
Q. HOW CAN I REMAP THE GAME CONTROLS?
A. You cannot.
Q. MY MOUSE CURSOR SOMETIMES DOES NOT APPEAR
A. If you are using the MS Plus!, Mouseware, Intellimouse or similar, change your settings to use the
default Microsoft mouse cursor scheme. For example, in the Mouse Properties tab for Intellimouse,
you would set the scheme to NONE.
Q. I CAN'T SEEM TO ENTER MY NAME IN THE START NEW GAME SCREEN
A. If you have Anti-Aliasing (AA) (Display Properties) turned up to full, try lowering it.
Q. MY JOYSTICK IS DRIFTING
A. Calibrate it via Control Panel before starting the game. Then, once in game, if it still drifts,
put the stick down so that the handle is centered, slam the throttle (if you have one) all the way
back. Then press ALT+CTRL+J to recenter it.
Q. MY JOYSTICK THROTTLE DOES NOT SEEM TO WORK CORRECTLY
A. Make sure you have first calibrated the joystick as indicated above. Also, please read section 6.0
of the game manual to see how the joystick throttle works.
Q. WHY DOES THE CTRL+J OPTION TO SWITCH MY YAW/ROLL STICK FUNCTION, NOT WORK?
A. That option is only for joysticks that do NOT have a rudder or twist axis. If your joystick has a
twist axis, it can be used to control the craft's yaw. As such, your stick already has both axis
Q. SOMETIMES UNDER WIN2K MY JOYSTICK STOPS WORKING IN THE GAME
A. This seems to happen with Logitech joysticks. I have the Wingman Interceptor and sometimes the
Control Panel/Gaming Options is set to UNKNOWN. Even when I do a refresh. In the end, I
just delete it, then use the add option and pick it from the list. It then detects OK. This
problem seems to occur if you have installed the Logitech Wingman software. I uninstalled it and
started using the default Logitech Wingman drivers that come with WIN2K, and this problem went
Q. WHY DOES MY HUD DISPLAY SOMETIMES GOES INTO CLEAN SCREEN MODE?
A. This is due to over sensitive joysticks reporting incorrect readings due to the use of the HAT
switch to toggle between view and target systems. Just press F1 to toggle back to your normal HUD
display if this happens.
Q. MY SAITEK X-36 JOYSTICK IS CAUSING MY WEAPONS TO CYCLE REPEATEDLY
A. By default the M1, M2, M3 keys are mapped to buttons 9,10,11 by the manufacturer. So, since M1
maps to button 9 used by UC, it is the same as repeatedly pressing button 9. To counter this, move
the switch to M10/M11.
Also, if you have an X-45 HOTAS joystick, try using mode 2 if mode 1 causes screen flickering.
Q. I HAVE A FORCE FEEDBACK JOYSTICK, SO WHY CAN'T I FEEL THE FORCE
A. The force is not with you because the game does not support force feedback.
Q. SOMETIMES THE GAME HANGS OR QUITS ABRUPTLY. HOW DO I IMPROVE STABILITY?
A. Here is a check list:
Q. SOMETIMES THE GAME HANGS WHEN RESTORING A SAVED GAME
A. There are reports that this could happen if you have an SB Live! card. Try adding the -x0 command line parameter
to the game shortcut and see if that helps. This disables all distance attenuated sound processing and has no
affect on the sounds themselves since UC does not support A3D or EAX.
Q. HOW DO I IMPROVE PERFORMANCE?
A. If you have a low end system, go into the OPTIONS screen and turn off MP3 music playback. If you want music,
simply start playing your own music CD before starting UC. You can also toggle off some of the graphics display
options. You definitely don't want 32Bit bit depth if you don't have a capable graphics card.
Also, unless you are running on a system which meets or exceeds the game's recommended requirements, do not enable
particle contrails. They are very expensive, especially during large fleet battles.
- Make sure that your system meets with the minimum requirements for the game or higher (higher is good)
- Make sure that you are running a sound or video card manufactured no earlier than 2000
- Make sure that if your motherboard has on-board audio and you have a PCI audio card,
that you disable the on-board audio in your motherboard BIOS! Incidentally, the same applies
on on-board video.
- Install the latest drivers for your sound and video cards, as well as your controller,
- Install DirectX 9.0c or higher
- If you are using any mouse enhancements (Mouseware, Intellimouse etc), set them to
the default OS mouse settings
- Disable ALL non-OS programs that are running. This includes virus checkers, email etc.
Only the volume control should normally be visible in the system tray.
- Run the DXDIAG tool (start/run, then type DXDIAG) that comes with DirectX and go
to the SOUND tab. Drop that slider down one notch. Try it at the standard first,
run the game for a while. Then later try it at basic acceleration. Use whichever
setting provides the most stability.
- If you have a motherboard based on the VIA chipset, install the latest 4-in-1 (aka Hyperion) drivers
Run the game within the specifications for your system. i.e. don't go running at 1280x1024 if your system can't
handle it. If you mess up your game settings, delete the UCCONFIG.INI file and let the game create a new one at
Q. DOES THE GAME RUN IN A WINDOW?
A. Yes, the game runs in a window or in fullscreen. To run in a window, edit the shortcut and add the -w1 or -w2
parameter. Note that when the game runs in a window, if the current resolution set in CONFIG is smaller than your
current desktop resolution, the window will be centered on the display. If you move it, it will snap back to the
center. For maximum performance on high end systems, you can run the game at a window resolution that is equal to
or less than your desktop resolution. In a window, the framerate is not restricted by the refresh rate of the
monitor. As such, you will obtain maximum FPS. Note that running in a window is UNSUPPORTED!!
Q. WHAT ARE ALL THE UC COMMAND LINE PARAMETERS?
A. The game supports several shortcut parameters, none of which are supported. Use
at your own risk.Note that either (-) or (/) can preceed an option.
-i : invincibility (cheat) mode
-j : ignore joystick rudder/twist axis and permit use of CTRL+J axis toggle
-n : disable intro animation
-w1 : window mode using resolution setting from UCCONFIG.INI
-w2 : window mode using desktop resolution
-x? : 3D sound processing. Where ? is one of the following:
0 : no 3d processing. All sounds are mono without distance attenuation
1 : no virtualization. Only basic positioning effects
2 : light HRTF*
3 : full HRTF*
*Head Related Transform Function
WARNING! 1-3 seem to affect only software 3D processing. i.e. if the sound
card supports 3D in HW, then every option from 1-3 will sound the same.
Q. WHY IS THERE NO OPTION TO JOIN A MULTIPLAYER GAME ON THE MAIN MENU?
A. You are running the single player shortcut. This has no option to join a multiplayer game. You need to use the
multiplayer shortcuts (which point to a different executable) for joining or hosting a multiplayer game.
Q. WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR HOSTING A MULTIPLAYER SERVER?
A. You can host either a LAN or Internet multiplayer server. However, in order to create an Internet multiplayer
server, you must have a broadband or faster connection. You should never attempt to host a multiplayer Internet
server on a dial-up connection. Nor should you host an Internet server on a machine that does not meet or exceed
the following guidelines.
2-4 players: winXP/2K, PIII-1GMhz or AMD equivalent, 128MB RAM, 128Kbps upstream (xDSL, cable, ISDN)
2-8 players: winXP/2K, PIV-1.7Ghz or AMD XP2200+ (1.8Ghz), 256MB RAM, 256Kbps upstream (xDSL, cable)
2-12 players: winXP/2K, PIV-2.0Ghz or AMD XP2600+ (2.13Ghz), 256MB RAM, 384Kbps upstream (xDSL, cable)
2-32 players: winXP/2K, PIV-3.0Ghz or AMD equivalent, 1GB RAM, 1.5Mbps upstream (T1 or higher)
Q. WHAT ARE THE BEST SETTINGS FOR A CLIENT CONNECTION?
A. Refer to the section 13.1 revision in the DOCS\UC_MANUAL_REVISIONS.PDF file
Q. DO THE CLIENT AND SERVER HAVE COMMAND LINE OPTIONS?
A. Yes. They both have several command line options which can be used depending
on what you are doing. They are as follows. Note that either (-) or (/) can
preceed an option, but where indicated (+) MUST be used!
-c : this starts the client. This is required in order to
use the in-game server browser. If using +connect, ASE, Kali etc,
this parameter is not required.
+connect : connect directly to a server using IP:PORT format e.g.
-console This allows the server to start in console mode.
+down This fine tunes your downstream speed in bits per second. e.g. +up 512000
-l? : server logging to the UCSDEBUG.LOG file. The parameter must
be in lower case and must be preceded by -s (when used on the
server). e.g. "uc.exe -s -l3". The higher the logging level, the
more information that is logged. ? values range from 1 to 5
-logchat : Logs the chat session to MPCHATSERVER.LOG or MPCHATCLIENT.LOG
+name : name to pass to server e.g. +name "John Doe". If the name
contains spaces, it must be enclosed in quotes
-nms : This will prevent the server from broadcasting to the master servers.
Can be used in cases where you don't want anyone to see your server
in the in-game browser or ASE. The only way for anyone to then
join the server is if they know the IP:PORT - and then they
would have to join the server using +connect command line options.
+password : password to pass to server e.g. +password 123456. If the
password contains spaces, it must be enclosed in quotes. Also,
the underscore character cannot be the last character in the
-s : this starts the server
+scenario : scenario used by server. Takes precedence over the UCSETUPMP.INI
setting i.e. if +scenario is specified, then the value set in
the INI file is ignored. e.g. "ucmp.exe +scenario mp0001"
+up This fine tunes your upstream speed in bits per second. e.g. +up 128000
-w1 : start in window mode. This is ignored if -s is also used
because the server always runs in window mode. This parameter is
100% UNSUPPORTED because the client was designed to run in
full screen mode.
Sample Usage (client):
ucmp.exe +connect 184.108.40.206:2302 +name "John Doe" +password 123456 -logchat
Sample Usage (server):
ucmp.exe -s -l3 -logchat
Q. I HAVE SETUP A SERVER BUT OTHERS CANNOT SEE IT IN THE GAME'S SERVER BROWSER
A. The server uses standard DirectPlay UDP ports 2302-2304. If your server is behind
a firewall or NAT, then you have to configure your firewall (or router) settings
and forward those ports to the computer running the server. You do not need a
designated DMZ machine for a server.You should also open/forward these ports,
especially if you are using the ASE browser.
Q. I HAVE AN INTERNET SERVER ON MY LAN, BUT I CANNOT CONNECT TO IT USING A CLIENT ON THE SAME LAN.
A. Yes. If you can ping the server from within your LAN then you can use the internal LAN IP
and port number to connect to the server. However, if the server is outside a DMZ, then
your router (if you have one) may block internal packets from reaching a host outside the DMZ.
Q. CAN I HAVE A SERVER AND CLIENT ON THE SAME MACHINE?
A. Yes, but this is not officially supported. To connect a client to a LAN or Internet
server running on the same machine, do the following :
- Using the UCSERVERCONFIG app, change the server IP to "localhost". You can
also edit the UCSETUPMP.INI file using a text editor and set "server_ip=localhost"
- Start the server (graphics or console), then minimize it if needed.
- Start the client and connect to the server either using the server browser or
by using commandline options e.g. +connect localhost
Q. WHY DOES THE SERVER RUN IN GRAPHICS MODE BY DEFAULT?
A. The server was designed to give server ops total control over their game servers.
Thats why it needs the graphics screen. And you can minimize it if desired. While
minimized, it doesn't do any graphics rendering.
- You need a high-end machine for this setup. Minimum requirements are : P4 2.0Ghz
or Athlon 2200+ with 512MB RAM
- When the client attempts to initialize using the port number for the server (2302)
it will fail the first time as the server is already using that port. In that case
the client will now attempt to retry using the next port (2303).
- Since only one retry attempt is performed it is only possible to run one client
on a non-dedicated server.
- You might want to use the console server as it uses less resources. e.g.
ucmp.exe -s -console
- If the server and windowed client (/w1) are run it is possible to switch focus
between the two windows
The view you see is a scaled down version of Tacops and which gives you complete access
to the server. You can use most of the viewing functions (mouse and keyboard supported)
found in the Tacops client itself.
Basically you can see all clients on the server and you can also zoom to other regions.
In short, you have access to the entire multiplayer galaxy which includes space and
planetary regions and you can see everything that goes on.
Q. DOES THE SERVER HAVE A CONSOLE MODE?
A. Yes. Add the /console parameter to the "Start MP Server" shortcut. It will work
exactly like the graphics server (and consume less resources), but you won't have
the benefit of the graphical interface (i.e. you won't see chat messages, clients
on the server etc etc). No, you cannot interact with the console server. All you
can use is use the scroll bar to see the logged events.
Q. WHAT TOOLS DO I NEED TO ADMINISTER MY SERVER?
A. There are several. Read this forum section for more info on this.
Q. HOW DO I BROWSE FOR SERVERS USING ALL SEEING EYE?
A. Read the documentation that came with the ASE browser. The command line parameters
supported by the game are listed above. ASE already has filters setup for the game.
If when you scan for servers, the UC servers (which you know exist and are online)
do not show up (may happen if you are behind a firewall or router), you can add the
Left-click on the Universal Combat game icon, then press INSERT. In the dialog box,
enter the server IP:PORT, then un-check the "Private Server" box.
Once all servers have been added, you can then (on the right pane), select
them, right-click, then do a "scan", then a "ping" to get the correct stats.
If you are behind a router and you are getting a ping of 9999 on the servers, go to
View/Options/Network, auto-detect your connections settings and check the
"Broken Router" box if the problem persists.
Q. HOW DO I BROWSE FOR SERVERS USING KALI.NET??
A. Read the documentation that came with Kali. Until there is built-in support for
Kali, you can setup games by reading these instructions.
Q. THE SERVER INI FILE HAS MORE OPTIONS. CAN I CHANGE THEM?
A. Most of these options are hardcoded internally. Don't change them unless you
know what you are doing.
Q. HOW CAN I CREATE MY OWN SCENARIOS FOR MY SERVER?
A. You can't.
Q. HOW CAN I CHANGE THE SERVER STARTUP OPTIONS PRESENTED WHEN A CLIENT CONNECTS?
A. You can't. These options are hard-coded into the server in order to prevent
tampering. The options are as follows:
RACE : Terran, Empirian, Vesperon, Gammulan
CASTE : Military, Insurgent, EarthCom, Trader, Raider
CAREER : Commander, Planetary Support Pilot, Elite Force Pilot, Mobile Infantry Marine,
Elite Force Marine, Assault Force Marine, Recon Force Marine, Engineering Corps
Marine, Medical Corps Marine, Space Force Marine
ASSET : Many are supported and are based on the chosen career
Q. HOW CAN I BAN SOMEONE FROM MY SERVER?
A. You cannot. If you don't want someone on your server, password protect it.
Q. WHY IS THERE NO CO-OP GAMEPLAY MODE MENTIONED IN THE MANUAL?
A. The default MP0000 (ROAM) scenario supports both co-op and deathmatch modes.
What this means is that you and a bunch of friends can join a server as the same
RACE/CASTE and engage forces hostile to your race/caste. NPC auto-generation can
also be enabled on the server for increased engagements.
Q. IS PLAYER TO PLAYER TRADING SUPPORTED IN MULTIPLAYER?
Q. I AM A MARINE OR PILOT PLAYING ON A PLANET. HOW CAN I GO TO ANOTHER PLANET?
A. Marines can fly shuttles and gunships. When you deploy, find one in the region you are in.
Q. HOW DO WE SCORE IN MULTIPLAYER?
A. Your stats will display combat kills as well as Experience Points earned during combat
Q. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT I CAN DO IN SINGLE PLAYER THAT I CAN'T IN MULTIPLAYER?
A. Yes. Multiplayer presents a whole heap of complexities, cheat loopholes, performance
issues etc. As such, some single play features are disabled. Some may become server
side config options if time permits.
ALLIANCES : Terran, Empirian are friendly to each other (The Good Guys)
Gammulan, Vesperon are friendly to each other (The Bad Guys)
The good guys are hostile toward the bad guys, and vice versa
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- You cannot deploy OTS weapons (because it is possible to kill everyone on a planet
with it and there is no defense against these type of weapons.
- You cannot call for a tow (because it can be exploited as a cheat)
- You can tow other units but with the following restrictions
- You cannot tow NPC objects. So, no cheating by e.g. towing a sam from one base
and dropping it somewhere else.
- You cannot tow another player's support assets (e.g. fighters).
- You cannot tow another player if he is in fp mode. And instead of killing him
(as it does in single play), it just won't lock. So, no cheating by killing first
person players using the tractor beam.
- You cannot tow another player unless he is in his asset (command craft/fighter/vehicle)
and has manually activated the SOS emitter using CTRL+ALT+T. If this is on, you can tow this
player from place to place but he can also disable it at any time using the same key (it is a
toggle), thereby breaking the tractor lock. Naturally, doing it from 25K feet in a vehicle means
you're as good as dead.
- You cannot tow ground vehicles from one planet to another. Then again, you can't
do it in the single play game either.
- You cannot use the Navitron computer because it does not access the multiplayer
- You cannot save/restore games.
- You cannot capture nor destroy stations and various installations and units.