11-08-2002, 08:03 AM
I have tried to enter in MSN Zone to fly with other flightsimmers, but I dunno what to do after "joining a session". Nust I go to a certain airport or my FS will goby itself depending on the game master's wishes? To sum up: where can I learn about flying on line? One more question: Is a 56kb. modem enough for it or I need DSL? Thank you indeed.
11-08-2002, 08:13 AM
Once you are established in a session, talk to those who are in the game. You can establish what the starting point is going to be, and so on. Its a good thing to find out what aircraft is going to be used. Let say that everyone is going to fly the POSKY CRJ, and you dont have one, you will show up to the other users as the C172. I know its tough to find what everyone has.
A 56Kb modem is going to be a small problem, but it can be done. If you can afford DSL or cable I would go with that.
The other option is to try an online flight with someone else using the multiplayer option within fs2002. This way you can setup in advance, via email before the online session starts.
11-08-2002, 10:34 AM
LAST EDITED ON Nov-08-02 AT 10:39AM (EST)[p]There are really two types of multiplayer flying. One is done through the MSN Gaming Zone and the other is an IP game, that you enter directly.
The Gaming Zone is done by picking a game and entering the room. The host of the room will then click launch and all players in that room should have their FS2002 launch automatically. Once the game is going you simply have to agree on a location, move to there and start flying. You can either pick an airport using ALT/WORLD/GO TO AIRPORT. or an easier way, is to press CTRL/Shift/T until your hosts name appears in the top right corner of the screen then click CTRL/SHIFT/F and this will put you right behind the host player, where ever he is.
The second type, the IP game is my personal favourate. I use a program called FSHost to have my multiplayer game going. This program allows me to have much better control over the game. Usually you go into the MSN Gaming Zone and find a game that looks interesting to you. If this game contains info with an IP Address showing, this usually indicates it is an IP game. It may also contain the words NO LAUNCH. Don't sit in the room and continually ask "When are you going to lauch" Chances are the host already has the game going and isn't in the Zone room waiting for players to join. Write down the IP address shown, then I would recommend leaving the room and the MSN Gaming zone to free up resorces on your computer. Start up FS2002 then once your in your plane, I would recommend deciding on the plane you want to fly before joining the game. Some games put stipulations on the types of planes the host wants in the game and usually this info it shown in the room of the Zone or in the game info. Next press ALT/FLIGHT/MULTIPLAYER/CONNECT. At that screen you will be able to enter the IP address that was given. Click SEARCH to find the game, and once it is displayed in the lower left hand corner of the multiplayer window, do this before clicking join, READ THE GAME INFO. This contains all sorts of info about the kind of game it is, the type of behavour the host will put up with, if Roger Wilco is available etc. If the host wishes you to start at a spacific airport this info is usually in there too. Please do not start on the runway of any given airport. When picking the airport from the ALT/WORLD/GO TO AIRPORT window, please tell it to start at one of the parking areas. Once you have read the info, click JOIN and your in the game. If your in a game using FSHost a greeting will appear across the top of the screen welcoming you to the game and giving you a list of commands that you can type to find out where the other players are, what they are flying, allow you to file a flight plan etc.
Personally I have never seen the fun in joining a game then crashing into every other plane you can see. Most hosts won't stand for that, I know I won't and will remove you from the game. Geeeez if you want to do that, get CFS 3, the point of that game is to get the other guys, lol. I would also recommend using the Roger Wilco program. It brings a lot more fun and professionalism to the game, being able to communicate by voice with others.
Others may have different techniques for joining games but I have found this to be the least intrusive and fastest way to get flying in multiplayer. I probably have left something out, I usually do, but this should get you started no problem. I hope this helps.
P.S. Using a 56K modem in a game with one or two pilots shouldn't be a problem, as long as your not using the net for anything else. Once the number of pilots in a room starts to grow, your going to find the the old 56K just doesn't cut it anymore.
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