Classic Gaming Arena Classic Gaming Arena - Latest News http://www.classicgamingarena.com http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/rss/rss.html Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:29:18 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:29:18 web.master@cdiware.com Prometheus RSS News Feed Generator 0.1.1.0 60 <![CDATA[Chasm: The Rift & Add On Maps Now Supported!]]>

Chasm: The Rift and its Add On Maps are now supported. If you have this game and do not have the add on maps, head over the downloads page and grab the 1.05 patch. It contains the add on maps. You may also need to grab the performance fix which corrects a bug in the original game which would cause the game to crash under DOSBox using newer CPUs. The performance fix will also be included with the upcoming 4.0 version of the CGA Client.

Also note that I have removed Worms Plus: Reinforcements from the game list since Worms United is the combination of the original Worms game plus its expansion Reinforcements. Worms United is also available on GOG.com

~CodeJunkie

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:12:32 CodeJunkie 2905A515-6426-F44E-6E8E-C7B8002C83E6 News
<![CDATA[Comanche 3 & Slipstream 5000 Now Supported!]]>

Have fun!!

~CodeJunkie

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:04:44 CodeJunkie 25257E4A-76CA-4B0D-146D-5AB20655A0A6 News
<![CDATA[Werewolf Vs. Comanche 2]]>

Yes sir, you can now play Werewolf and Comanche 2 on CGA! Comanche 3 and Chasm are coming soon.

~CodeJunkie

P.S.: Sorry about the double post. The last entry was posted from my local development environment and all the links pointed to my workstation...whoops! :)

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Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:30:43 CodeJunkie A1CA06F9-14EF-D14B-4884-B1BA0A1B87B3 News
<![CDATA[3 More Games Supported!]]>

That's right! I have added support for Eradicator, including the GOG.com setup and manual setup, NHL '97 for you sports fans out there and Advanced Tactical Fighters AKA Jane's ATF

~CodeJunkie

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Wed, 13 Sep 2017 23:24:36 CodeJunkie 9A898061-4D41-9D35-E336-0B1B806D7622 News
<![CDATA[Battle Isle 2 & Z Now Supported!]]>

Yes, finally managed to get Battle Isle 2 supported. Battle Isle 2 requires the Scenery CD which added serial direct link support. while it allows for up to 6 players over serial connections, I'm currently only supporting 2 for now as this would require some rewriting of the serial relay server, but it is a possibility after the client and server are released. You can configure the game manually or based on the GOG.com setup. Z is supported, but I had to make a change to the client to allow the client to build the batch file "Z.BAT" which the game requires you to run so it won't be available until CGA 4.0 comes out. Which is getting closer.

With that being said, I have made a lot of progress on both the new client and sever. Some updates to the server include, self registration and online status updating when it starts, actually being able to connect to your own dedicated server when it's running on your own LAN (can't believe I never noticed this one!!), dynamic IP update support and many performance and stability updates including a massive performance increase in the serial relay server (games such as Jurassic War are actually playable now).

~CodeJunkie

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Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:45:39 CodeJunkie 10CA1CD0-AC8D-82F3-5E14-910C5F11210C News
<![CDATA[Silent but not Forgotten]]>
Well, looks like it's been a while since I have done anything with CGA, but I assure you I have not forgotten about it. I have been busy with several other projects including building an MMORPG. That one is a lot work of work, but it's been fun. I've recently taken a break from that and have been working on CGA the past few weeks. There are going to be quite a few changes coming that I have have been wanting to take care of for quite while now. One of the major changes will be the client being converted to a native desktop application with all the features of the browser based interface, with plans for an Android version. The browser based interface will be going away. The client will still use the web server via the API I've developed and no one will lose any of their configurations or stats. Right now development has been going very smoothly. The server will also be updated to use the new API which will improve the user experience all around. You will no longer have to register servers on the website after setting them on your local server. That whole process will become easier and more intuitive and will allow for some other features I had planned easier to implement. With that being said, in order to make everyone's user experience as consistent and enjoyable as possible, the ability to setup open relay servers will be going away. Anyone wanting to run a server will need to use the CGA dedicated server. There will be many more cool things coming, but I will hold off on those for now. Thanks to everyone that has been using CGA over the years and stay tuned! ~CodeJunkie ]]>
Sat, 27 May 2017 12:24:11 CodeJunkie 00D1B2D4-FAAE-8EBB-3BA7-DBC1F1DD3660 News
<![CDATA[NetKeen Now Supported!]]>

NetKeen is a fan-created, multiplayer Commander Keen game that runs in DOS, compiled from source code obtained by reverse engineering the Keen:Galaxy executables. The original DOS Wolf3D engine, along with the DOOM IPX networking driver were incorporated as well. Because it uses so much of the original Id code, the NetKeen feels very similar to the original Keen games.

Visit the official NetKeen website HERE for more details and download the game!

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:26:59 CodeJunkie 9B965C3A-DEAB-1BBE-FC51-426E42F27B84 News
<![CDATA[Client 3.2.1 Available!]]>
Sorry for the delay in sending out this news update, but yes, version 3.2.1 of the CGA Client is now available!

Client Updates

  • Removed AES encryption when getting game room data. The AES code was buggy and not working correctly all the time.

The issue with the AES encryption was responsible for the sporadic game path does not exist errors. Basically the data being sent to the client was corrupt.

Click here to download the latest client.

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Thu, 06 Feb 2014 01:07:26 CodeJunkie 8F848B46-2BBD-19C2-F493-B04C416DA47B News
<![CDATA[Client & Server 3.2 Now Available!]]>
Version 3.2 of the CGA Client and Server is now available!

Client Updates

  • Mac OSX now supported!
  • Windows and Mac client include a small menu program. In Windows the shortcut is named "Classic Gaming Arena" and you have the option during install to add it to the desktop and/or the quick launch. It is also in the start menu. On Mac it is the default program run when the application is launched. It is also now launched by default for the Windows client if nothing is passed on the command line instead of the website being opened.
  • Corrected the bug that played a "player left" sound whenever someone left any game room on the server the client was connected.
  • Added a debug mode option to the client configuration which will allow the player to see all the dos commands being run by DOSBox. It will also pause execution before the game runs and after the game exits. This feature works in multiplayer, single player and game setup mode. This option is also configurable from the configuration program under the misc tab.
  • New logo icon now being used where applicable.

Server Updates

  • Removed the authentication check that matches the client's hostname from a DNS lookup to the hostname passed in from the website which could cause an access denied error if they did not match due to a cached DNS record that was different.

Website Updates

  • Website no longer performs reverse DNS lookups. This will improve performance of the site for users that a hostname cannot be retrieved for whatever reason.

Click here to download the latest client and server.

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Tue, 14 Jan 2014 02:07:07 CodeJunkie E88331F5-56F1-9A97-AE7F-F9F7DEDA2432 News
<![CDATA[New Reouter Installed!]]>

I got the new router/firewall installed last night. I'm getting the full throughput now and everything is working amazingly well. Let me know if you experience any issues though. <>

~CodeJunkie

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Tue, 05 Nov 2013 11:28:20 CodeJunkie CDDF27D1-438D-8C1E-9B12-2D350932F2AE News
<![CDATA[Extra-Life Live Streams]]>

Check out our live streams at http://www.timecl0ck.com. We'll be play a whole host of games for 25 hours!

~CodeJunkie

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Sat, 02 Nov 2013 08:04:28 CodeJunkie 991E6F76-B347-6421-31A7-7F4EECA63816 News
<![CDATA[Update on Mac Client]]>

Just wanted to let everyone know that the Mac OS version is all good to go. I'm just waiting on a friend to wrap up some new logo designs for CGA so the Mac version has a nice set of icons instead of the DOSBox logo. The new logo will also be used for the other platforms as well as the website. This new logo will also be the start of an eventual website redesign. The amount of data that I need to display on the site has vastly outgrown the template I purchased all those years ago.

~CodeJunkie

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Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:48:16 CodeJunkie 0558AE94-2D55-3267-71B9-BEFD04F6CC5E News
<![CDATA[Back Up!]]>

So my service has been upgraded to 50Mps. The Comcast tech even showed up at 9:30am. So far it's awesome, except for the fact that my router is now unable to product the throughput needed. I have spent most of the day tweaking my router. I have managed to eek out between 22 and 25Mps down and ~10Mps up. Needless to say I have a newer model router on order.

~CodeJunkie

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Sat, 26 Oct 2013 16:13:02 CodeJunkie D333FCF1-DB2E-546E-D922-A5AC27B8A2CF News
<![CDATA[Scheduled Downtime Oct 26th, 2013]]>

Unfortunately we will be down sometime between 10am and 2pm on Saturday, October 26th, 2013. The good news is that I am upgrading to a 50Mbps cable connection!

~CodeJunkie

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Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:51:08 CodeJunkie 690AA369-B56C-9FD6-A06D-32E883A2F46F News
<![CDATA[Help Raise Money for Extra-Life 2013! Nov 2-3]]>

On November 2nd - 3rd, 2013, myself and friends will be raising money for LeBonheur Children's Hospital through the Extra-Life organization. For a full 24 hours we will be playing video games until our eyes bleed. Click HERE to make a donation towards me or visit our team's page and make a donation towards any of us: My Little Pony Express. We will be streaming the event live for the full 24 hours, so join us and have some fun while helping heal children. I will post more details regarding the live streaming as they are made available.

Thanks and have fun, ~CodeJunkie

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Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:26:30 CodeJunkie EEB0B9B0-7669-E772-9270-3FB764CECCEE News
<![CDATA[Syndicate On #GOG Now Includes American Revolt!]]>

That's right, the Syndicate Plus package at GOG.com now includes American Revolt. What this means for CGA users is that Syndicate from GOG will be supported on the CGA site in the near future. Click HERE to purchase Syndicate from GOG.com!!

~CodeJunkie

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Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:51:32 CodeJunkie B927DCAF-8CA8-BB4D-2EF3-537DE8398975 News
<![CDATA[#LootCrate! EPIC GEEK+ GAMER GEAR DELIVERED MONTHLY!]]>

Check out LootCrate.

EPIC GEEK+
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6 to 8 hand-picked epic products.
Membership in an active, growing community.
Chance to win Mega Crate with $250+ value!

~CodeJunkie

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Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:48:52 CodeJunkie 18297595-10DB-FDA5-CA5C-D95F288B8D55 News
<![CDATA[New Web Server Up and Running!]]>

That's right, I replaced the fried motherboard and got everything back up and running last night. If you notice anything that seems out of the ordinary please let me know.

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Sun, 22 Sep 2013 22:41:38 CodeJunkie a5c4a457-c90f-329a-5c57-e6ce26fdef05 News
<![CDATA[New Web Server]]>

Now that I have Internet access again I can finally get the new web server up and running. I'll be working on it over the next week or so. If the site goes down please be patient. Thanks!

~CodeJunkie

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Mon, 16 Sep 2013 22:51:22 CodeJunkie B26169A9-56A1-3D88-ADBC-40D5FC7FB6A7 News
<![CDATA[Finally Back Up!!]]>

Ok, so after three weeks Comcast finally came out to finalize the transfer of my business class internet service. Apparently they cannot handle a simple transfer without screwing it up. I won't go into the details, but the tech that came out today, who was very nice and knew what he was doing, didn't even realize he was doing a re-activation on my gateway and not a new install until I told him. I'm sure he was grateful as it only took him about 15 minutes to take care of everything.

~CodeJunkie

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Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:15:59 CodeJunkie BA7D6CE3-6FB9-F810-E64D-C1056B19D75C News
<![CDATA[Comcast Outages (Again)]]>
Well, Comcast has been up and down this week again. Our service was down for almost 11 hours yesterday and about 7 hours this morning. It's up been up since about 8am Central time so we we'll see what happens today. From what I can tell there are always issues in Marietta, Georgia which is outside of Atlanta and our traffic here gets routed through there. In any case, if the site is down it's because Comcast is flaking out again and we're sorry for the inconvenience. ~CodeJunkie]]>
Tue, 27 Aug 2013 08:20:24 CodeJunkie A1233EC6-5BEF-EBA1-0B75-20A3ACFA1558 News
<![CDATA[Servers Moving]]>
Just wanted to let everyone know that our servers will be moving this week and there could be interruptions in service. Thanks and sorry for the inconvenience. ~CodeJunkie]]>
Mon, 19 Aug 2013 09:42:01 CodeJunkie C488E5BD-592A-3323-6860-362B18EA4A42 News
<![CDATA[Comcast Outages]]>
Comcast has been having outages periodically over the fast few days across the country. If you are experiencing issues accessing the site this is why. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope Comcast get's their issues resolved soon. ~CodeJunkie]]>
Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:01:33 CodeJunkie CCAC6392-1BCC-7DD9-C099-A3343A6DAC69 News
<![CDATA[MacOS X Client Coming Soon!]]>
Yes indeed! Soon a third set of gamers will be able to join the club. If you have an Intel based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6+ get ready to have some fun! I'm in the final stages of testing so stay tuned.

~CodeJunkie]]>
Tue, 21 May 2013 21:46:05 CodeJunkie 1183A4D9-C111-FD08-74B1-79748F46AD96 News
<![CDATA[Client & Server 3.1 Now Available!]]>
Version 3.1 of the CGA Client and Server is now available!

Client Updates

  • Improved security.
  • Now passes player name, country, OS and game name to the sever for debugging purposes.
  • Added TCP keep-alive.

Server Updates

  • Improved security.
  • Handles client keep-alive message.
  • No longer hangs on startup if the TeamSpeak license server cannot be reached.
  • TeamSpeak now logs to server log.

Click here to download the latest client and server.

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Tue, 23 Apr 2013 22:32:55 CodeJunkie F17E7469-9C69-C95D-279E-340F09197CE7 News
<![CDATA[Server Meltdown!!]]>
Unfortunately, our web/db server decided it didn't like its motherboard last night so it said screw it and bailed. Luckily I was able to bring the physical hard drive up in a virtual machine using VMWare. Until we can get the server motherboard replaced you may experience some slowness with the site.

The good news though is that our CGA Servers are on a different server so they will still perform as well as they always have.

Sorry for the inconvenience and I will let everyone know when the website is back to normal.]]>
Wed, 17 Apr 2013 01:48:39 CodeJunkie 41CF231D-9607-AEFB-B61C-6C9BCA062A8C News
<![CDATA[8 More Games Now Supported!]]>
That's right! 8 more games are now supported.

New Games

  • Command HQ (IPX & Serial)
  • Global Conquest (IPX & Serial)
  • Falcon 3.0 (IPX)
  • EF2000 (IPX)
  • EF2000 TACTCOM (IPX)
  • Command & Conquer (IPX)
  • Command & Conquer: The Covert Operations (IPX)
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Counterstrike (IPX)

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Mon, 08 Apr 2013 22:34:16 CodeJunkie C843D80C-B54D-F6E5-D1F8-26C683680F72 News
<![CDATA[Version 3 = Audio Chat = Live!!]]>
Oh yeah, you heard that right! Audio chat is now live. Download the latest client and enjoy this awesome new feature. Server admins make sure to snag the latest server. For Linux users there is now a Debian package and a tar.gz archive available for download for the server and client.

Client Changes

  • Added integrated audio chat using TeamSpeak 3 SDK!
  • Corrected code that writes the log file for the first time. It now sets the correct permissions under Linux.
  • Log file is now just "cgaclient.log" with no date.
  • Re-added the client configuration program. It can be executed using the -c or --configre command line arguments with the CGA Client. Its settings are saved per user in the .cgaclient/conf folder under their respective user profile folder.
  • Push-to-Talk audio chat feature added. (Windows only)
  • Linux users: The PID file path, config path and dosbox path can now be set in the new cgaclient shell script used to launch the CGA Client for Linux users. Located in /usr/bin.
  • Now reports its OS to the website.
  • CPU settings are now passed to DOSBox from the website.
  • Video hardware setting is now passed to DOSBox from the website.
  • Now supports the config file for Elder Scrolls: Battlespire.
  • Client will now edit game config files in single player and setup mode if needed. (Screamer 2 and Elder Scrolls: BattleSpire)

Server Changes

  • Added integrated audio chat using TeamSpeak 3 SDK!
  • Corrected logic in TCP listener threads so they shutdown properly. This issue was only noticeable under Linux, however it also improves shutdown time.
  • Log path is configurable from the cgaserver.conf file for Linux users.
  • Now reports its OS to the website when it is polled by the master server.
  • Linux users can now utilize the "service" control scripts to start, stop and query the status of the server.

Website Updates

  • Client and server change logs are now viewable by clicking their respective versions at the top of the site or from the Help section.
  • Updated the Help section to bring it up-to-date with the latest client, server and site features.
  • Server admins can once again edit their servers
  • When registering servers public and private hosts/IP addresses are now enforced. CGA and Open Relay servers will have to be a public host or IP address and CGA (LAN) servers will have to be a private IP address.
  • CGA (LAN) servers can now specify their max connections.
  • The client configuration program can be launched via the "Config" link at the top of the site next to your client's version.

New Games Supported

  • Magic Carpet Plus (IPX)
  • Carmageddon (IPX)
  • Carmageddon Splat Pack (IPX)
  • Elder Scrolls: Battlespire (IPX)

Click here to download the latest client and server.

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Tue, 19 Mar 2013 02:31:34 CodeJunkie 27077FD2-C5DA-9591-705B-41B445E31868 News
<![CDATA[Updated Game List!]]>
The game list now lists all the games we support and plan to support in the future and denotes them accordingly. It also depicts each game's relay type (IPX or Serial), if it uses NetBIOS, maximum number of players, and the number of players that have the game setup on their account.

We hope the new list is helpful and we will be adding more information as the site improves. If you have any games that you think should be added to the list please let us know by contacting us.

Click HERE to view the new game list.]]>
Sun, 27 Jan 2013 01:26:30 CodeJunkie 2EEF0CE0-8D11-BC95-27EA-5A0D6C3A8E03 News
<![CDATA[XCAR - Experimental Racing Added!]]>
XCAR - Experimental Racing has been added to the supported games list. Up to 8 players can play on IPX relay server.]]>
Sat, 26 Jan 2013 01:34:06 CodeJunkie DCBF1ED7-592A-FECF-44BD-C26EC2CE4ABD News
<![CDATA[Strife and Burnout Added! ]]>
Yes indeed! I just added Strife, the Strife demo and Burnout Championship Drag Racing.

Also for all the Doom Engine based games you can now set game options when setting up a game room. For example the map to start on or whether or not there should be monsters present. For Hexen each player will be able to choose their player class or have their class be random each time they die before launching the game from within the game room.

This includes:

  • Doom
  • Doom 2
  • Heretic
  • Hexen: Beyond Heretic
  • Hexen: Deathkings of the Dark Citadel
  • Strife

Version 3 of the client and sever is almost ready! I'm doing some final testing on the TeamSpeak integration and adding some new features.

HAVE FUN!

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Sat, 26 Jan 2013 00:41:19 CodeJunkie 90E52ED2-405A-A7CC-BE50-9A2FBAEA857E News
<![CDATA[Server 2.4.1 Released + More Serial Games!]]>
A new version of the CGA Server has been released as well as some more serial null modem games.

Server Changes

  • Fixed a boneheaded error in the serial relay server code. If the second player disconnected and reconnected a new relay thread was created every time. This eventually made the server become very unstable and under Windows it would go into 100% CPU. Under Linux it would just seg fault and shutdown. This was because I forgot to check and make sure a thread had not already been created.
  • Added some more error handling and logging.

Serial Games Added

  • 1942 Pacific Air War
  • Dawn Patrol: Head to Head
  • Dogfight: 80 Years of Aerial Warfare
  • F-15 Strike Eagle III
  • Flight of the Intruder
  • Hammer of the Gods
  • Detroit
  • Dark Legions

NOTE: Hammer of the Gods supports 4 players using NetBIOS over IPX, but unfortunately does not detect NetBIOS properly under DOSBox so I had to resort to serial null modem support.

Click here to download the latest server.

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Thu, 27 Sep 2012 22:54:40 CodeJunkie D81E5EFA-5F35-01F6-564A-018D0850A3FD News
<![CDATA[Server 2.4 Released!]]>
A new version of the CGA Server is now available!

Changes

  • Corrected some stability issues in the threading model.
  • Made some minor optimizations to the serial relay link thread logic.
  • Added some exception handling and some more logging.
  • Corrected the code that prevents the server from starting servers when their ports are in us by another process. Version 2.3 broke it.

Click here to download the latest server.

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Sat, 22 Sep 2012 02:34:31 CodeJunkie C87997D2-F5F3-E1CC-54A8-3AADF567D4A7 News
<![CDATA[Client 2.4.3 + Jurassic War Now Supported!]]>
A new version of the CGA Client has been released!

Client Changes

  • Uses the new serial options data field that has been added for use by some games (Jurassic War) that use a serial connection for multi-player support. This option allows us to tweak the serial settings for these games.

Games Added

  • Jurassic War (Serial)

Click here to download the latest client.

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Fri, 21 Sep 2012 18:15:40 CodeJunkie E7B1DD6C-2719-0EA8-421A-75D407E66DC4 News
<![CDATA[Server 2.2 / Client 2.4.2 Released!]]>
Version 2.2 of the CGA Server and version 2.4.2 of the CGA Client is now available!

Client Updates

  • Refined TCP code to work with updated server.

Server Updates

  • Rewrote all the TCP server code so that it is more efficient and scalable to a high number of connections.
  • Rewrote the serial relay server code (TCP as well) for the same reasons. The performance has increased dramatically for serial relay games.
  • Refined and optimized the entire codebase in preparation for integrating the TeamSpeak 3 API for audio chat capabilities.
  • Cleaned up the logging so it makes more sense.
  • Servers will not start if the ports they are attempting to use are in use by another running process. If no servers start then the service will not start.

Click here to download the latest server and client.

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Thu, 20 Sep 2012 03:11:01 CodeJunkie A98F4974-1BB8-73B0-7E65-B996229D6DD3 News
<![CDATA[Help Save City of Heroes!]]>
Please, visit this link and see what you can do to help. Thanks, CodeJunkie]]>
Mon, 03 Sep 2012 19:02:16 CodeJunkie 145D1371-19DF-BC3B-0FEA-24F2E3A7BB49 NewsEvents
<![CDATA[Linux Client Now Available!]]>
That's right, you heard that correctly. The CGA Client is now available for Linux.

We do not have an installer package available yet, so it will have to be installed manually. Be sure to read the instructions carefully on how to set it up in the install.txt file provided within the zip file. If you need help feel free to contact us.

NOTE:The client binary must go in the /usr/bin path in order to function correctly and to launch DOSBox correctly. We are not shipping DOSBox with this version of the client.

Click HERE to download it now.]]>
Wed, 08 Aug 2012 00:27:32 CodeJunkie 841ECD1F-5B6A-AD93-50FC-2608CFD203FB News
<![CDATA[Client 2.4.1 Now Available!]]>
A new version of the CGA Client has been released!

Client Changes

  • Corrected a bug where in the client would not log that it was already running in the event that a second instance of the client was run.
  • Added system error logging when errors occur during file copy processes so that the problem can be determined more accurately. ie: if a file is missing or a permissions problem occurs.

Click here to download the latest client.

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Sun, 29 Jul 2012 23:57:55 CodeJunkie f24e702c37d7a6047f7adb82a0010b69
<![CDATA[Constructor & Big Red Racing Now Supported!]]>
The full/registered versions of Constructor & Rig Red Racing are now supported. The demo version of Big Red Racing is also supported. You can purchase Constructor from GOG.com if you don't already own it.

Click here to download the demo version of Big Red Racing.

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Tue, 17 Jul 2012 22:46:28 CodeJunkie 7acb3a76cef7472d8024ad879320f356
<![CDATA[Server 2.1/Client 2.4 Now Available!]]>
That's right! Version 2.1 of the CGA Server and version 2.4 of the CGA Client is now available!

Client Updates

  • Now supports private CGA servers.

Server Updates

  • Private servers now supported.
  • Now has a combined total connection limit of 512.
  • Now checks server ports to make sure servers do not use ports used by already loaded servers.

Website Updates

  • When creating rooms on a server that is private the player will be prompted to enter a password. If the password is correct it will be saved for future use and the room creation process can proceed.
  • When launching a game from a game room that was created on a private server the player will be prompted to enter a password. If is is correct it will saved for future use and the game will launch.
  • Server passwords are saved per user account and the player will not be prompted for the password again unless the server admin changes the password.

Click here to download the latest server and client.

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Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:52:14 CodeJunkie 14ac09969db83593ed22ed3c75e49e8b
<![CDATA[Server 2.0.1 Released!]]>
A new version of the CGA Server is now available!

Changes

  • Added an End-User License Agreement to the installer. (license.txt)
  • Added a EULA link on the start menu group.
  • Added a change history file named "changes.txt".
  • Added a link to this file on the start menu group named "Change History".
  • Added an INNO Setup license file. (innosetup_license.txt)
  • Added a link to the start menu group named "Server Configuration" which opens the conf file, cgaserver.conf, in notepad.exe so it can be edited.
    NOTE: Server service must be restarted for changes to take affect.
  • Added a "Register New Account" start menu group link.
  • Updated the "CGA Server on the Web" start menu group link to point to:
    http://www.classicgamingarena.com/help/cgaserver
  • Once again changed the secondary port key in the conf file to be called "RelayPort". There is no need to add this manually. The server will now self correct the changes made to the conf file including the RelayType key.

Click here to download the latest server.

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Sun, 08 Jul 2012 17:19:16 CodeJunkie 41860a6dc844704c56fb771d7e24cd1d
<![CDATA[Client 2.3 Now Available!]]>
A new version of the CGA Client has been released!

Client Changes

  • General code cleanup and optimization.
  • Adding more error handling.
  • Added logging. A "log" folder will now be created under your user profile.

    "%profile%/.cgaclient/log"

    The log file format is "cgaclient_yyyy_mm_dd.log".

Click here to download the latest client.

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Sat, 07 Jul 2012 19:24:30 CodeJunkie 7c2da45d8a82918cc4b2c18264f081d0
<![CDATA[Client 2.2.1 Released + Theme Hospital Added]]>
A new version of the CGA Client has been released!

Client Changes

  • Added a register new account link to the Start Menu group.
  • Singleplayer mode and setup mode will now update the current profile on the website with the client's version.

Games Added

Click here to download the latest client.

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Thu, 05 Jul 2012 22:52:54 CodeJunkie fe69005ea8abe01e7846996046a347c4
<![CDATA[Client 2.2 Released]]>
A new version of the CGA Client has been released!

Client Changes

  • The client now has several operating modes.
    1. Multiplayer mode. (normal)
    2. Single player mode. This will launch a game with no network connectivity and will only be playable in single player mode. Initiated from the website.
    3. Setup mode. This mode launches a game's setup program. It is initiated from the website.
    4. Update check mode. This mode will check for updates and tell you if your client is up-to-date.
    5. Version update mode. This mode will update current logged in profile with version of the your client. Initiated from the website.
  • Updated the "CGA Client on the Web" start menu link to point to:
    "http://www.classicgamingarena.com/help/cgaclilent"
  • Added a "Check for Updates" start menu link.
  • Added an "End-User License Agreement" start menu link.
  • Added the setup executables for Doom and Doom II for the Steam distributed versions since they were not shipped with these versions of the game. They will be copied to their respective game directories when launched from the website.

Website Changes

  • Added the current Client and Server versions at the top of the site.
  • After logging in you will see your currently selected profile's client version at the top of the screen. If the version currently on file is not current then it will appear red and will be a link. The link will send you to a page which will allow to download and install the latest client or validate your client's version. (version 2.2+)
  • The "My Profiles" management screen now shows the client version for all profiles.
  • Under "My Games" you can now run the setup program for a game if it has one or launch a game in single player mode.

Click here to download the latest client.

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Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:13:47 CodeJunkie a055bba38d6a264133454c2e2896ca4e
<![CDATA[Client 2.1 Released!]]>
A new version of the CGA Client has been released!

Changes

  • DOSBox is now distributed with the CGA Client. It will be used for all games including those purchased from GOG.com and Steam.
  • The option to configure the CGA Client has been removed. It will return with future feature updates. The installer no longer offers to run the configuration after install.
  • Added a change history file. (changes.txt) The installer now offers the options to view the change history after installation has completed.
  • A menu item has been added to the start menu group to view the change history.
  • Added innosetup_license.txt.
  • Files copied to the user profile path are now copied to:

    "%profile%/.cgaclient"
  • Added an End-User License Agreement (EULA) contained within license.txt.
  • A screen shot and video capture path is now created under the aforementioned client path as "capture". A profile id sub folder will also be created for each CGA profile that accesses the client. This path will be as the capture folder for DOSBox. (this is for a future feature)

Click here to download the latest client.

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Fri, 08 Jun 2012 09:59:25 CodeJunkie bdb32a1c0a8c0c54f397221e6c9b6c79
<![CDATA[3 More 3D Realms Games Now Supported!]]>
Yes 3, count 'em, THREE more 3D Realms games are supported!.

New Games

  • Death Rally (IPX)
  • Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition (IPX)
  • Terminal Velocity (IPX)

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Fri, 20 Apr 2012 14:19:15 CodeJunkie 1bba5214dcc111a1708724ae64302b11
<![CDATA[Death Rally Now Supported!]]>
The full/registered version of Death Rally is now supported. It uses IPX for up to 4 players. You can purchase it from 3D Realms if you don't already own it.

Click here to download the shareware version of Death Rally.

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Fri, 20 Apr 2012 12:27:48 CodeJunkie 1eae0b333071f5b205f33a7a1e7d2866
<![CDATA[3 New Full/Registered Games Supported!]]>
Three more full/registered games have been added to the support list.

New Games

  • One Must Fall: 2097 (IPX)
  • Shadow Warrior (IPX)
  • Teminal Velocity (IPX)

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Fri, 20 Apr 2012 10:59:02 CodeJunkie fd1859a9a2b2614093200c42ad3081bc
<![CDATA[** 3D Realms Games Now Supported **]]>
Yes, DOS games purchased from 3D Realms are now supported by CGA. There are only a couple supported so far, but keep checking back for others. When adding these games your profile select the "Apogee/3D Realms" configuration type.

Currently Supported Games

  • Wacky Wheels (Serial) - Update DOSBox for this game to 0.74+.
  • Shadow Warrior (IPX)

Click here to download the latest client.

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Fri, 20 Apr 2012 10:51:25 CodeJunkie 15f6f00f07a8b21145d6b9eb82d44de3
<![CDATA[Client 2.0.6 Available!]]>
A new version of the CGA Client has been released!

Changes

  • A COMMIT.DAT file is now included for each Build Engine game that uses COMMIT.EXE. There seemed to be a problem when a game did not have one created and the client created one on the fly and only had two options in it. These games are: Duke Nukem 3D, Blood, Shadow Warrior, Terminal Velocity, Redneck Rampage and Redneck Rampage Rides Again.
  • The CGA Client will now copy any files that need to be copied to a game folder before attempting to modify/create config files. This is to ensure the first change works as it should. This also includes such files as NETBIOS.EXE and IPXSETUP.EXE.

Click here to download the latest client.

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Fri, 20 Apr 2012 10:42:34 CodeJunkie 703ab22f55f540f69d5c615f561f6115
<![CDATA[Mortal Kombat 3 + Wacky Wheels Supported!]]>
That's right, two more games are now supported!.

New Games

  • Mortal Kombat 3 (IPX)
  • Wacky Wheels (Serial)

Click here to download the shareware version of Wacky Wheels.

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Thu, 19 Apr 2012 15:24:17 CodeJunkie 09e7e48606bdefdb5ca45d0a60c006d1
<![CDATA[Client 2.0.4 / Linux Server Avaiable! + More Games!]]>
Version 2.0.4 of the CGA Client is now available as well as the dedicated server for Linux!

Client Updates

  • Now supports the Grand Theft Auto configuration file.

New Games

  • HIND (IPX, GOG.com)
  • Grand Theft Auto (IPX)

Server Updates

  • The CGA Dedicated server is now available for Linux. The ZIP file contains the 32-bit server binary and the conf file. The conf file should be placed in "/etc/cgaserver/". The server will write its log file to "/var/log/". The binary is a daemon and should be run from "/usr/sbin/". Edit the configration file as needed and start the server. Register your server just like the Windows version from the CGA website. Contact us if necessary.

Click here to download the latest client and server.

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Sun, 15 Apr 2012 21:29:47 CodeJunkie 74a45c62ee7f89c67ecda7303ceb26e6
<![CDATA[Follow Us On Twitter and Facebook.]]>
That's right, you can now follow the Classic Gaming Arena on Twitter and Facebook! Simply click the appropriate buttons at the top of the site or click below to start following us.

 
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Mon, 05 Mar 2012 15:58:44 CodeJunkie fb68dbe12056ed433317ae89f434c3e9
<![CDATA[Client 2.0.3 Available + More Games!]]>
Version 2.0.3 of the CGA Client is now available!

Client Updates

  • Updated the command that mounts CD-ROM drives to include quotoes around the local path in the event the path contains spaces.

New Games

  • Apache Longbow (IPX, GOG.com)
  • Test Drive Off-Road (IPX)

Click here to download the latest client.

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Sat, 03 Mar 2012 16:39:43 CodeJunkie 170ed9c003fab66e5820caa8554ac75f
<![CDATA[Client 2.0.2 Available + More Games!]]>
Version 2.0.2 of the CGA Client is now available!

Client Updates

  • Updated client to support Screamer 2's configuration file.

Website Updates

  • Updated the backend to handle games that use a batch file to launch themselves. They are now setup to execute using the "call" prefix so that commands that should come after the batch file, such as the "exit" command that closes DOSBox, will execute.

New Games

  • Populous (Serial, GOG.com)
  • Screamer 2 (IPX)

Click here to download the latest client.

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Mon, 27 Feb 2012 22:35:24 CodeJunkie ae9556d468d02646922e553b3733a8e4
<![CDATA[Client 2.0.1 Available + More Games!]]>
Version 2.0.1 of the CGA Client is now available! 3 more games have also be added.

Client Updates

  • For serial games DOSBox is now always configured to use its Serial1 interface (COM1 in DOS terms). So make sure to configure your games to always use COM1.

New Games

Click here to download the latest client.

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Mon, 27 Feb 2012 11:58:06 CodeJunkie bffc38904f0683d533ed97bb59500103
<![CDATA[Client/Server 2.0 available + More Games!]]>
Version 2.0 of the CGA Client and Server is now available! I've also added a lot more games.

Client Updates

  • Now supports serial connections. (nullmodem)

Server Updates

  • Servers can now be configured as IPX relay severs or Serial relay servers. Serial relay servers use TCP as the secondary port.
  • The conf file for the server now has a key for each sever called "RelayType". This must be set to eithe "ipx" or "serial". The UDPPort key has been renamed to "GamePort". If you had a server installed you will need tp make these changes manually since the installer will not overwrite your configuration file.

New Games

  • Conquest of the new World (IPX, GOG.com)
  • Blood (One Unit Whole Blood) (IPX, GOG.com)
  • Master of Orion II v1.40b23 (IPX, GOG.com)
  • Heroes of Might and Magic II: The Price of Loyalty, (IPX)
  • Heroes of Might and Magic II: GOLD (IPX, GOG.com)
  • Worms United (IPX, GOG.com)
  • Jagged Alliance: Deadly Games (IPX, GOG.com)
  • Battle Chess (VGA) (Serial, GOG.com)
  • Battle Chess (Serial, GOG.com)
  • Battle Chess II: Chinese Chess (Seial, GOG.com)
  • Battle Chess 4000 (Serial, GOG.com)
  • Lords of the Realm (Seial, GOG.com)
  • Shattered Steel (IPX, GOG.com)
  • Need for Speed (Serial)
  • Need for Speed SE (Serial)
  • Dungeon Keeper (IPX, GOG.com)
  • Redneck Rampage (IPX, GOG.com)
  • Redneck Rampage Rides Again (IPX, GOG.com)

Click here to download the latest client and server.

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Sun, 26 Feb 2012 13:20:37 CodeJunkie c3bde94c9512962a5368dc2227df15a9
<![CDATA[New Client and More GOG.com/Steam Games]]>
Version 1.4.2 of the CGA Client is now available! More game from GOG.com and Steam have also been added.

Client Updates

  • The configuration file that ships with the client is now used as a temporary file and copied to your user profile folder when the client is launched, edited for use by the current game room and deleted when the client shuts down.
  • You can now configure most of the DOSBox graphics options per game from the CGA Website.

Games added from GOG.com

  • Descent
  • Descent II
  • Rise of the Triad: Dark War (Site CD)

Games added from Steam

  • Doom II: Hell on Earth
  • Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders
  • HeXen: Beyond Heretic
  • HeXen: Death Kings of the Dark Citadel

Click here to download the latest client.

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Sun, 05 Feb 2012 22:45:08 CodeJunkie acd6156b396d2cbd5d8e769364dcbca7
<![CDATA[** GOG.com and Steam Games Now Supported **]]>
Yes, you read that correctly! DOS games purchased from GOG.com and Steam are now supported by CGA. We have only added a handfull of games so far, but we will be adding as many as possible in the coming months. This support also comes with a new client version: 1.4.1

Currently Supported Games

Client Updates

  • No longer creates a batch file (cga.bat) that gets copied to the game folder.
  • DOSBox is no longer launched with the cga.bat file.
  • All necessary commands needed to launch DOSBox, connect to a server and start a game are now added to the autoexec section of the DOSBox configuration file being used. They are then removed.
  • For GOG.com and Steam games the version of DOSBox that ships with them is used instead of a preinstalled version. The DOSBox configuration file for these games is copied to your home folder and used for CGA's purposes and deleted when the client closes.
  • IPXSETUP.EXE is now included with the client and will be copied to the game folder for Steam based id games since they did not ship them with this file. It is required for network play.

Website Updates

  • When adding/editing games in your user profile you will now have to select a configration type for each game before configuring the details of said game. The choices, if available for a particular game, are "Manual", "GOG.com" and "Steam". Manual is the normal configuration where you specify all details such as mounting a CD-ROM drive or ISO. GOG.com and Steam only require the game path since the configuration is pre-configured in our database based on the game's installation from each vendor.
  • Added DOSBox, GOG.com and Steam logos to the bottom of the site.

Click here to download the latest client.

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Sat, 04 Feb 2012 02:48:05 CodeJunkie 801cb8468c81dd764bb902b5f4dba3be
<![CDATA[Client 1.3.2 / Server 1.2.2 Available!]]>
A new version of the CGA Client and Server has been released!

Changes

  • Minor TCP code changes to both

Click here to download the latest client and server.

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Thu, 19 Jan 2012 23:38:26 CodeJunkie 0d437e5cb255e8f2c041adc9b256e940
<![CDATA[CGA Client 1.3.1 Released!]]>
A new version of the CGA Client has been released!

Changes

  • Full screen mode is no longer part of the global DOSBox configuration. It is now set per game on the website.

Click here to download the latest client.

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Tue, 15 Nov 2011 12:18:26 CodeJunkie fed33b8f28c651fa84400dc8332ba15c
<![CDATA[CGA Client 1.3 Now Available!]]>
A new version of the CGA Client has been released!

Changes

  • Your DOSBox path no longer has to be configured through the website.
  • The CGA Client now has command line parameters to launch it in configuration mode.
    --configure or -c
  • In Windows there is now a shortcut added to the start menu named "CGA Client (Configure)" which lauches it in configuration mode.
  • The new configuration mode allows you to configure your DOSBox path and fullscreen mode.
  • The CGA installer will launch the client in configuration mode after the installation has finished. You also have the option to not have it run after the installation completes.
  • All error messages that the client previously returned as a pop-up dialog are now opened in your web browser. This change makes cross-platform development/deployment more efficient since it removes the need for GUI controls. It also allows for better explanation of the errors as well as how to correct them.
  • The Linux version is almost ready for public release. So far it is working just like the Windows version!

Click here to download the latest client.

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Wed, 09 Nov 2011 12:24:29 CodeJunkie 6e07c18bd1e3ae407dbd82168322000a
<![CDATA[CGA Client 1.2.3 Released]]>
A new version of the CGA Client has been released!

Changes

  • Your DOSBox configuration file no longer has to be configured on the website. This will make setup quicker and easier.
  • The CGA Client now comes with a DOSBox configuration file which it copies to your user profile path the first time it is run. It is never overwritten and you can modify as you see fit. The file name is called cga-dosbox.conf.

Click here to download the latest client.

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Fri, 04 Nov 2011 00:31:30 CodeJunkie 7d1fd8e344843df28e7058edb59ac60e
<![CDATA[CGA Server 1.2.1 / Site Updates]]>
A new version of the CGA Server is now available!

There was only one minor change to the server:

Server Changes

  • Updated how the server sends its information when the master server queries it.

Site Updates

  • The server list is now publically accessible.
  • The Known Issues section has been moved under the Help section.

Click here to download the latest server.

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Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:54:49 CodeJunkie 81dd3ba8c595fbaf0d485934141cae73
<![CDATA[CGA Server 1.2 Released!]]>
A new version of the CGA Server is now available!

There are several changes in this update to the CGA Server:

Bug Fixes

  • Corrected a bug in the UDP server code that was prevented it from working reliably.
  • Corrected the scenario in which a TCP connection being made without a follow up UDP connection would prevent the server from accepting any other connections.

New Features/Changes

  • Added an admin UDP server on port 9666. This port is used to PING and QUERY the server from the CGA website. It will have other uses in the future.
  • Each server's online and connection status (ie: current connections/max connections), and name are now pulled from the website via this new port.
  • There is now only one log file. It is named "cgaserver.log" and is now located under the "log" folder under the installation folder.
  • The configuration folder is now located under a sub folder named "conf".
  • The configuration no longer requires your CGA user ID, server ID or communicatin key.
  • Registering your servers on the CGA website is now easier than ever!

Please note that in order for your servers to show as online on the CGA website you will need to update to the latest version.

Click here to download the latest server.

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Wed, 26 Oct 2011 22:48:20 CodeJunkie f97b708ad1f506bd6e9f0c7f3180eac0
<![CDATA[CGA Server 1.1 Now Available!]]>
A new version of the CGA Server is now available!

There are several changes in this update to the CGA Server:

  • cgaw3.dll is no longer required.
  • ipxnet.dll is no longer required.
  • SDL and SDL_Net are no longer a dependancy (sdl.dll and sdl_net.dll respectively)

So yeah. If you do the math on the files that are no longer required. The server is now one executable and a configuration file. Pretty awesome if you ask me. The reason for this is because the website communication code is now built-in and the UDP server code is also built-in (previously used SDL/SDL_Net for this which was being used from ipxnet.dll).

Click here to download the latest server.

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Sat, 01 Oct 2011 03:01:40 CodeJunkie 64e2f99561f5b557134cac06eea3cd02
<![CDATA[CGA Client 1.2.2 Released.]]>
A new version of the CGA Client has been released!

This update removes cdiupdate.dll. The update checking logic is now built into the client.

NOTE: The update logic has also been updated slightly so previous versions will not be able to detect this new version. It will have to be downloaded and installed manually.

Click here to download the latest client. ]]>
Sat, 24 Sep 2011 23:39:09 CodeJunkie fb4bdfa9396529314fd4ed0b52dea389
<![CDATA[CGA Client 1.2 Released!]]>
A new version of the CGA Client has been released!

This update of the client now checks to make sure your local CD path exists (CD-ROM or ISO), returns an error if it does not and exits th client. Also with this version the cient is now executed using a custom URL protocol instead of a MIME type. What this means is an easier confiuratin and less chance for security issues since there is no file to download.

You will need to download and install this version of the client manually before you will be able to use the website to launch games.

Click here to download the latest client.]]>
Thu, 22 Sep 2011 22:46:42 CodeJunkie 76a7b9eed64f6bfe2761724a86daeb42
<![CDATA[CGA Client 1.1.0.11 Released.]]>
A new version of the CGA Client has been released!

This updated corrects the issue wherein the client will crash internally if the player's DOSBox paths have not been set and reports the error that the CGA file is corrupt instead of reporting that the paths are blank.

This update also adjusts the order in which and update check to the client occurs. It now occurs first instead of after processing the CGA file. In the earlier versions of the client and the website the player's user profile was passed in the CGA file so the updater had to run after opening the file and reading the user profile path. This no longe is necessary since the client looks up the player's user profile path.

Click here to download the latest client. ]]>
Thu, 18 Aug 2011 01:10:29 CodeJunkie 36aa1fd8-9459-ba28-9be5-e95f297e43ca