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Post  Aleron Ives on Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:48 pm

I have released a series of new Dreamcast discs that automatically connect to the Sylverant server. I have created a USv1, USv2, and a USv2 EP disc. All three can be downloaded in a single Torrent in the main downloads section of the site. While you have the option of picking which discs to download, I would appreciate it if you downloaded all of them and helped seed to keep the Torrent healthy.

These discs are made from the NTSC-U version of the game, which means you can use them to create new characters with original serial numbers and access keys, instead of needing to use a shared EUv2 serial. Using USv2 also means that the Ver.2 discs can configure the BBA by selecting "Website" on the title screen, unlike EUv2 discs.

All discs utilize fast loading for character data that is improved from the technique I used in my EUv2 discs, and they are optimized to grind less during loading screens, too. The Ver.2 discs have the Ultimate Map Fix integrated, which means you'll be able to play Famitsu-Maximum Attack- v2 in Ultimate mode without needing to use a loader. bounce

Rather than re-type the entire list of changes, I will instead post the README files included with each disc. Cool

USv1:

Spoiler:
Phantasy Star Online ("Ver.1")
NTSC-U Selfboot & Auto-connect
Aleron Ives Edition 1.0
April 8, 2012
http://psopalace.funurl.com

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Table of Contents

I. Introduction
II. How to Burn the Disc
III. Changes Made
IV. Bugs
V. Credits

===

I. Introduction

Welcome to Aleron Ives's Dreamcast PSO Ver.1 selfboot auto-connect disc tutorial. Thank you for downloading this release. Please seed the Torrent once your download is finished so that other people will have the opportunity to download the game as well. I have spent a lot of time trying to improve this disc as much as possible, so I hope you enjoy it. Because this disc was made with the NTSC-U ("US") version of PSO Ver.1, it is compatible with unique NTSC-U serial numbers and access keys. Players who used unique serial numbers and access keys on Sega's server can create new characters using this disc without needing a shared serial number and access key.

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II. How to Burn the Disc

The disc image is in Padus DiscJuggler format (*.cdi). I believe Alcohol 120% may be able to burn CDI files, but I recommend using DiscJuggler. I have been using version 4 to rip and burn Dreamcast images, but this is no longer the current version. If you want to use the same version I use, I have it in the Dreamcast downloads section of my site.

If you are unfamiliar with burning Dreamcast images, I have this burning tutorial, along with DiscJuggler 4 screenshots, in the "Guides" section of my website.

1. Once you have installed DiscJuggler, run it and select "File" -> "New".
2. In the "New Task" window, select "Burn CD and DVD images" and click "OK".
3. In the Source & Destination tab, click the disc on top of the white sheet icon which has a tooltip saying "Browse". Select the image "IVES_PSOV1_US.cdi" (duh? =P) and click "OK".
4. Click on the "Advanced" tab.
5. Change the "Mode" box from Audio to "Mode 2".
6. Under "Misc", check the "RAW write" box, and ensure that "Add post-gap to 3rd party images" is also checked. No other boxes should be checked.
7. Under "Method", change the speed to 4X (see note below).
8. Click Start to begin burning.

-NOTE-

In the DiscJuggler trial, burning speed is automatically limited to 4X as one of the demo's restrictions, so it doesn't actually matter what burning speed you select. If you have the full version of the program with no restrictions, it is very important to select 4X recording speed. Discs that are burned at high speeds are more difficult to read than discs burned at low speeds. Modern optical drives do not have problems reading discs that have been burned quickly, but the Dreamcast's GD-ROM is not good at reading such discs. If you burn the disc too quickly, it is very likely that it will be unreadable in the Dreamcast. As such, burning at 4X is imperative for a good disc. It will take approximately twenty minutes to burn the disc at 4X, so go grab a snack or watch television or something while you wait. =P

Once the burn process is complete, try the disc!

===

III. Changes Made

Several changes have been made to this disc.

1) Auto-connection: this disc is patched to automatically connect to the Sylverant PSO Server. PSO Ver.1 normally requires CodeBreaker codes or special configuration of the broadband adapter to connect to private servers, but this disc will connect automatically. No codes or boot discs are required.

2) Removed content: the French, German, and Spanish intro movies have been removed. The English intro movie will play when the English, French, German, or Spanish languages are used. The Japanese intro movie will still play when the game is set to Japanese, and both the English and Japanese intro movies are still at full quality.

3) Improved sound: all of the game's BGM has been upgraded to use the 44.1 kHz BGM from the Xbox version, instead of the 32 kHz BGM contained on the Dreamcast GD-ROM disc.

4) Fast loading: this disc is optimized to load character data faster than a GD-ROM disc. Although a Ver.1 GD-ROM loads character data relatively quickly (compared to PSO Ver.2), the loading still had room for improvement. This disc contains an improved character loading scheme that is even more efficient than the one used in my previous PSO Ver.2 discs.

This disc is also specially formatted to decrease the seeking during loading screens. The effeciency of the sound test and web browser were reduced to maximize the in-game loading efficiency, but both features still work, although the web browser boots slowly.

===

IV. Bugs

This release has no known in-game bugs, but the boot method used does prevent the game from restarting after exiting the web browser. The web browser is functional, but selecting the option to return to the game will not work, and the Dreamcast logo will display on the screen until the system power is reset. Keep this in mind when selecting "Website" on the title screen. Since the web browser serves no useful purpose, there is thankfully little reason to ever load it.

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V. Credits

This disc would not have been possible without the help of the following individuals.

-Echelon: for their many tools and tutorials for Dreamcast ripping and copying, as well as their boot method for JPv1, which is used in this release.
-Lee: for devising a method to study how to improve the loading times.

I would also like to thank everyone who still plays this game and who has downloaded or decides to download this disc. I realize that PSO Ver.1 is not very popular compared to PSO Ver.2, but since nobody had released an auto-connect PSO Ver.1 disc before (to my knowledge), I thought it was worth making one to accompany my auto-connect PSO Ver.2 discs. I hope people enjoy this disc and put it to good use.

Don't forget to visit my site and drop by my forum if you're enjoying this release! Wink

http://psopalace.funurl.com

USv2:

Spoiler:
Phantasy Star Online Ver.2
NTSC-U Selfboot & Auto-connect
Aleron Ives Edition 3.0
April 8, 2012
http://psopalace.funurl.com

===

Table of Contents

I. Introduction
II. How to Burn the Disc
III. Changes Made
IV. Bugs
V. Credits

===

I. Introduction

Welcome to Aleron Ives's Dreamcast PSO Ver.2 selfboot auto-connect disc tutorial. Thank you for downloading this release. Please seed the Torrent once your download is finished so that other people will have the opportunity to download the game as well. I have spent a lot of time trying to improve this disc as much as possible, so I hope you enjoy it. Because this disc was made with the NTSC-U ("US") version of PSO Ver.2, it is compatible with unique NTSC-U serial numbers and access keys. Players who used unique serial numbers and access keys on Sega's server can create new characters using this disc without needing a shared serial number and access key.

Unlike discs based on the PAL-E version of PSO Ver.2, this disc contains a configuration screen for the Dreamcast broadband adapter, which can be accessed by selecting the "Website" option on the title screen when a broadband adapter is connected. This screen was removed from the PAL-E version of PSO Ver.2, since the broadband adapter was not released in Europe. This screen allows PSO Ver.2 to configure the broadband adapter directly, which eliminates the need to use a Dreamcast web browser (like XDP) to configure the Dreamcast's broadband settings.

===

II. How to Burn the Disc

The disc image is in Padus DiscJuggler format (*.cdi). I believe Alcohol 120% may be able to burn CDI files, but I recommend using DiscJuggler. I have been using version 4 to rip and burn Dreamcast images, but this is no longer the current version. If you want to use the same version I use, I have it in the Dreamcast downloads section of my site.

If you are unfamiliar with burning Dreamcast images, I have this burning tutorial, along with DiscJuggler 4 screenshots, in the "Guides" section of my website.

1. Once you have installed DiscJuggler, run it and select "File" -> "New".
2. In the "New Task" window, select "Burn CD and DVD images" and click "OK".
3. In the Source & Destination tab, click the disc on top of the white sheet icon which has a tooltip saying "Browse". Select the image "IVES_PSOV2_US.cdi" (duh? =P) and click "OK".
4. Click on the "Advanced" tab.
5. Change the "Mode" box from Audio to "Mode 2".
6. Under "Misc", check the "RAW write" box, and ensure that "Add post-gap to 3rd party images" is also checked. No other boxes should be checked.
7. Under "Method", change the speed to 4X (see note below).
8. Click Start to begin burning.

-NOTE-

In the DiscJuggler trial, burning speed is automatically limited to 4X as one of the demo's restrictions, so it doesn't actually matter what burning speed you select. If you have the full version of the program with no restrictions, it is very important to select 4X recording speed. Discs that are burned at high speeds are more difficult to read than discs burned at low speeds. Modern optical drives do not have problems reading discs that have been burned quickly, but the Dreamcast's GD-ROM is not good at reading such discs. If you burn the disc too quickly, it is very likely that it will be unreadable in the Dreamcast. As such, burning at 4X is imperative for a good disc. It will take approximately twenty minutes to burn the disc at 4X, so go grab a snack or watch television or something while you wait. =P

Once the burn process is complete, try the disc!

===

III. Changes Made

Several changes have been made to this disc.

1) Auto-connection: this disc is patched to automatically connect to the Sylverant PSO Server. PSO normally requires CodeBreaker codes or special configuration of the broadband adapter to connect to private servers, but this disc will connect automatically. No codes or boot discs are required.

2) Removed content: the French, German, Japanese, and Spanish intro movies have been removed. The English intro movie will play regardless of which language is selected, but it is still at full quality.

3) Improved sound: all of the game's BGM has been upgraded to use the 44.1 kHz BGM from the Xbox version, instead of the 32 kHz BGM contained on the Dreamcast GD-ROM disc. The "La-La" version of "Can Still See The Light" (the game's ending music) has also been replaced with the lyric version. This disc also replaces two of the unused BGM files with the BGM for Spaceship and Palace, which allows the correct BGM to play in Spaceship and Palace quests that occur outside of Battle mode.

4) Fast loading: this disc is optimized to load character data faster than a GD-ROM disc. This prolongs the life of the Dreamcast hardware by eliminating the grinding of the GD-ROM drive that normally occurs when loading character data on PSO Ver.2. This disc contains an improved character loading scheme that is even more efficient than the one used in my previous PSO Ver.2 discs.

This disc is also specially formatted to decrease the seeking during loading screens, which is normally worse on a PSO Ver.2 GD-ROM than on a PSO Ver.1 GD-ROM. The effeciency of the sound test and web browser were reduced to maximize the in-game loading efficiency, but both features still work, although the web browser boots slowly. The configuration screen for the broadband adapter still boots quickly (when a broadband adapter is connected instead of a modem).

5) Ultimate Map Fix: this disc contains the Ultimate Map Fix to allow quests that use the previously broken maps (such as Famitsu-Maximum Attack-) to be playable in Ultimate mode, which is not possible on a GD-ROM without using a boot disc to patch the game in memory.

6) Hunter's License patch: the Hunter's License check is disabled on this disc to allow the game to go online without using codes or boot discs.

===

IV. Bugs

Like all PSO Ver.2 CD-R copies, this disc will freeze when loading player data outside of Pioneer 2. To prevent the freezing problem, stay on Pioneer 2 until all players have joined, and use passwords or quests to prevent new players from joining while you are not on Pioneer 2. The freezing problem also prevents the offline quests and Challenge mode from working properly, so a GD-ROM copy is recommended for those activities.

===

V. Credits

This disc would not have been possible without the help of the following individuals.

-Echelon: for their many tools and tutorials for Dreamcast ripping and copying.
-Lee: for devising a method to study how to improve the loading times, as well as for devising a method to obtain unpacked PSO Ver.2 binaries.
-Leo: for discovering the MAG'94 binary encryption technique.

I would also like to thank everyone who still plays this game and who has downloaded or decides to download this disc. It's been several years since my last Dreamcast disc, but I thought that the potential for auto-connection and the integration of the Ultimate Map Fix into a disc that wouldn't need any codes or loaders was significant enough to justify making a new release. I hope people enjoy this disc and put it to good use.

Don't forget to visit my site and drop by my forum if you're enjoying this release! Wink

http://psopalace.funurl.com

USv2 EP:

Spoiler:
Phantasy Star Online Ver.2
NTSC-U Selfboot & Auto-connect
Aleron Ives Edition 3.0
Enhancement Pack
Offline Map Pack
Max Stat Patch
April 8, 2012
http://psopalce.funurl.com

===

Table of Contents

I. Introduction
II. How to Burn the Disc
III. Basic Changes
IV. Special Features
V. Bugs
VI. Credits

===

I. Introduction

Welcome to Aleron Ives's Dreamcast PSO Ver.2 Enhancement Pack selfboot auto-connect disc tutorial. Thank you for downloading this release. Please seed the Torrent once your download is finished so that other people will have the opportunity to download the game as well. I have spent a lot of time trying to improve this disc as much as possible, so I hope you enjoy it. Because this disc was made with the NTSC-U ("US") version of PSO Ver.2, it is compatible with unique NTSC-U serial numbers and access keys. Players who used unique serial numbers and access keys on Sega's server can create new characters using this disc without needing a shared serial number and access key.

Unlike discs based on the PAL-E version of PSO Ver.2, this disc contains a configuration screen for the Dreamcast broadband adapter, which can be accessed by selecting the "Website" option on the title screen when a broadband adapter is connected. This screen was removed from the PAL-E version of PSO Ver.2, since the broadband adapter was not released in Europe. This screen allows PSO Ver.2 to configure the broadband adapter directly, which eliminates the need to use a Dreamcast web browser (like XDP) to configure the Dreamcast's broadband settings.

===

II. How to Burn the Disc

The disc image is in Padus DiscJuggler format (*.cdi). I believe Alcohol 120% may be able to burn CDI files, but I recommend using DiscJuggler. I have been using version 4 to rip and burn Dreamcast images, but this is no longer the current version. If you want to use the same version I use, I have it in the Dreamcast downloads section of my site.

If you are unfamiliar with burning Dreamcast images, I have this burning tutorial, along with DiscJuggler 4 screenshots, in the "Guides" section of my website.

1. Once you have installed DiscJuggler, run it and select "File" -> "New".
2. In the "New Task" window, select "Burn CD and DVD images" and click "OK".
3. In the Source & Destination tab, click the disc on top of the white sheet icon which has a tooltip saying "Browse". Select the image "IVES_PSOV2_US_EP.cdi" (duh? =P) and click "OK".
4. Click on the "Advanced" tab.
5. Change the "Mode" box from Audio to "Mode 2".
6. Under "Misc", check the "RAW write" box, and ensure that "Add post-gap to 3rd party images" is also checked. No other boxes should be checked.
7. Under "Method", change the speed to 4X (see note below).
8. Click Start to begin burning.

-NOTE-

In the DiscJuggler trial, burning speed is automatically limited to 4X as one of the demo's restrictions, so it doesn't actually matter what burning speed you select. If you have the full version of the program with no restrictions, it is very important to select 4X recording speed. Discs that are burned at high speeds are more difficult to read than discs burned at low speeds. Modern optical drives do not have problems reading discs that have been burned quickly, but the Dreamcast's GD-ROM is not good at reading such discs. If you burn the disc too quickly, it is very likely that it will be unreadable in the Dreamcast. As such, burning at 4X is imperative for a good disc. It will take approximately twenty minutes to burn the disc at 4X, so go grab a snack or watch television or something while you wait. =P

Once the burn process is complete, try the disc!

===

III. Basic Changes

Several changes have been made to this disc that are not directly related to gameplay.

1) Auto-connection: this disc is patched to automatically connect to the Sylverant PSO Server. PSO normally requires CodeBreaker codes or special configuration of the broadband adapter to connect to private servers, but this disc will connect automatically. No codes or boot discs are required.

2) Removed content: the French, German, Japanese, and Spanish intro movies have been removed. The English intro movie will play regardless of which language is selected, but it is still at full quality.

3) Improved sound: all of the game's BGM has been upgraded to use the 44.1 kHz BGM from the Xbox version, instead of the 32 kHz BGM contained on the Dreamcast GD-ROM disc. The "La-La" version of "Can Still See The Light" (the game's ending music) has also been replaced with the lyric version. This disc also replaces two of the unused BGM files with the BGM for Spaceship and Palace, which allows the correct BGM to play in Spaceship and Palace quests that occur outside of Battle mode.

4) Fast loading: this disc is optimized to load character data faster than a GD-ROM disc. This prolongs the life of the Dreamcast hardware by eliminating the grinding of the GD-ROM drive that normally occurs when loading character data on PSO Ver.2. This disc contains an improved character loading scheme that is even more efficient than the one used in my previous PSO Ver.2 discs.

This disc is also specially formatted to decrease the seeking during loading screens, which is normally worse on a PSO Ver.2 GD-ROM than on a PSO Ver.1 GD-ROM. The effeciency of the sound test and web browser were reduced to maximize the in-game loading efficiency, but both features still work, although the web browser boots slowly. The configuration screen for the broadband adapter still boots quickly (when a broadband adapter is connected instead of a modem).

5) Ultimate Map Fix: this disc contains the Ultimate Map Fix to allow quests that use the previously broken maps (such as Famitsu-Maximum Attack-) to be playable in Ultimate mode, which is not possible on a GD-ROM without using a boot disc to patch the game in memory.

6) Hunter's License patch: the Hunter's License check is disabled on this disc to allow the game to go online without using codes or boot discs.

===

IV. Special Features

1) The Enhancement Pack: this disc contains the PSO Ver.2 Enhancement Pack set of game patches. These patches are also available for PSO PC as a patch download that can be applied to a previous game installation. Since the Dreamcast reads its files from an optical disc, a new disc had to be created to apply the patches.

The EP does several things:

-Drop rates have been altered to be much easier, and some drops have been moved from one enemy to another or removed from the drop table for use as quest rewards. Anyone who has played PSO Ver.2 for some time knows that its drop rates are absolutely atrocious. The majority of the items in the game are so rare that they are statistically impossible to find, and as such nobody has them without hacking them. With this patch, rares can actually be found, so players will have a far greater variety of equipment to use.

-Ultimate mode has become "Ludicrous" mode. While Ultimate mode is difficult at level 80 with Ver.1 weapons, it becomes ridiculously easy once a character's stats are maxed and Ver.2 weaponry with high percentages has been obtained. Even a FOnewearl can kill Forest enemies with ease, so the purpose of this modification is to make Ultimate mode challenging even when characters have maxed their stats and have good equipment. Ludicrous mode is quite difficult at lower levels, so players who have not acquired good equipment may not want to use this disc until they feel comfortable with the more difficult enemies.

-The statistics and requirements of many items have been altered. While the drop modifications make rare items obtainable, many of those items are from PSO Ver.1 and consequently have Ver.1 stats. These items are normally far too weak to be used in Ultimate mode, as they give low ATP and even lower ATA. Many Ver.1 weapons have been made stronger so that they will work in Ludicrous mode, Ver.2 weapons with poor stats have also been edited, some weapon specials have been changed, level requirements for some Ver.2 shields have been altered, and many units have been improved as well.

-NOTE-

The Enhancement Pack for PSO PC also contains a fix for the text used in the game, so items with typoed names and incorrect descriptions are fixed. Due to the changes made to special attacks and equipment requirements, some of the original descriptions are now incorrect. Unfortunately, there is no tool that can be used to edit and automatically rebuild the text file for the Dreamcast, so I was unable to apply this fix to it. As such, since all of the text is in its original state, not all of the descriptions are correct.

2) Offline Map Pack: this disc also contains the Offline Map Pack, which provides the full enemy spawns used online in offline Forest and Cave. Normally, Forest and Cave have drastically reduced enemy counts in each room offline, which makes playing those areas quite boring. With full sets of enemies, offline mode becomes much more entertaining and challenging, plus it also gives more chances to find the rare drops in those areas. Wink

3) Max Stat Patch: this disc also contains the Max Stat Patch, which rebalances the maximum stats of the classes so that they are all comparatively good, instead of the previous situation where some classes were so weak that they were essentially inferior to their counterparts.

For more information about these changes, please see the PSO Palace website and forum. Including an in-depth description of all the changes would make this README far longer than it already is. =P

===

V. Bugs

Like all PSO Ver.2 CD-R copies, this disc will freeze when loading player data outside of Pioneer 2. To prevent the freezing problem, stay on Pioneer 2 until all players have joined, and use passwords or quests to prevent new players from joining while you are not on Pioneer 2. The freezing problem also prevents the offline quests and Challenge mode from working properly, so a GD-ROM copy is recommended for those activities.

===

VI. Credits

This disc would not have been possible without the help of the following individuals.

-Echelon: for their many tools and tutorials for Dreamcast ripping and copying.
-Lee: for devising a method to study how to improve the loading times, as well as for devising a method to obtain unpacked PSO Ver.2 binaries. Lee also gets the credit for figuring out how to modify all of the various files that needed changing to make the Enhancement Pack and the Max Stat Patch possible.
-Leo: for discovering the MAG'94 binary encryption technique.

I would also like to thank everyone who still plays this game and who has downloaded or decides to download this disc. It's been several years since my last Dreamcast disc, but I thought that the potential for auto-connection and the integration of the Ultimate Map Fix into a disc that wouldn't need any codes or loaders was significant enough to justify making a new release. This also gave me the opportunity to include the Max Stat Patch, which was previously unavailable to Dreamcast players. I hope people enjoy the changes I've made and put this disc to good use.

Don't forget to visit my site and drop by my forum if you're enjoying this release! Wink

http://psopalace.funurl.com

I also created a Sparkle Patch that you can use to change the ring effects in both Ver.2 images into sparkles. You can download that patcher in the Dreamcast Downloads section of the site. Both Ver.2 images have different patchers; just patch the CDI files before you burn them. Be aware that the patchers won't work on other discs, including my previous EUv2 releases.

Enjoy! Wink


Last edited by Aleron Ives on Sat Apr 04, 2015 6:51 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : This release has been deprecated by my second USv2 disc pack. Please see the new topic for further details.)

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Re: New Disc Pack

Post  mahkbooks on Sat Apr 14, 2012 1:31 am

Seems I have a problem connecting to the tracker. Is the torrent active?

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Re: New Disc Pack

Post  Aleron Ives on Sat Apr 14, 2012 1:42 am

There are multiple trackers. If one doesn't work, try the other. Wink

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Re: New Disc Pack

Post  mahkbooks on Sat Apr 14, 2012 11:27 am

It's downloading now. Should have it in about 13 hours. Thanks Ives, Really appreciate this. And my Dreamcast appreciates it too, since it will prevent all the wear and tear of switching discs and controllers. Smile

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Re: New Disc Pack

Post  Brian on Sat Apr 14, 2012 12:13 pm

Your work is amazing!

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Good stuff

Post  Treamcaster on Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:46 pm

First of all I would like to thank Ives for this great torrent release.

I'm delighted to see v1 in the pack Cool

Today I booted up the EP disk and started a new game on a spare VMU. Been playing for hours until I beat Vol Opt at lvl 13. I did the run nonstop and in the end I was hopping to revisit the previously beaten areas to activate the pillars in order to open the gate to the ruins... unfortunately that wasn't possible since the areas have been reset. Is this an undocumented fix to the original game?

Overall I'm quite enjoying the experience so far, the drops seem to be very balanced, although I have not found any rares, which is obvious at this point in the game, I feel everything's more accurate. Oh, not to mention the offline map pack which makes the whole adventure less tedious!

I also applied the sparkles patch, and I'm glad I did it, the games looks as it should now.
The loading times are so damn fast, great job on that as well!

Regarding the online play, well I haven't tested it yet because I'm on a new dreamcast and haven't set up the bba with it.

P.S. There is something I would like to ask and this is a little personal request. Ives, could you make a patch where the ugly NPC ladies would be replaced with the GC/ BB ones instead? I heard it's possible. Here are the model skins (guild, Irene and nurse): http://www.univers-ps.com/psobb/skin/listeSkinUS.php5?cat=32
Many thanks in advance!


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Re: New Disc Pack

Post  Aleron Ives on Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:54 pm

Treamcaster wrote:Today I booted up the EP disk and started a new game on a spare VMU. Been playing for hours until I beat Vol Opt at lvl 13. I did the run nonstop and in the end I was hopping to revisit the previously beaten areas to activate the pillars in order to open the gate to the ruins... unfortunately that wasn't possible since the areas have been reset. Is this an undocumented fix to the original game?
The areas have always gotten reset after beating Vol Opt for the first time.

Treamcaster wrote:Overall I'm quite enjoying the experience so far, the drops seem to be very balanced, although I have not found any rares, which is obvious at this point in the game, I feel everything's more accurate. Oh, not to mention the offline map pack which makes the whole adventure less tedious!
The drops in Normal and Hard mode weren't changed. Razz

Treamcaster wrote:Ives, could you make a patch where the ugly NPC ladies would be replaced with the GC/ BB ones instead?
It's possible, but that's a lot of data to write in a patch. It would be tedious to do something that large with the CodeFusion patcher, which doesn't support large write operations.

I'm glad people are enjoying these discs. Very Happy Kudos for applying the Sparkle Patch. I didn't want to release a "skinned" disc, since not everyone wanted visual changes, but I sparklies! bounce

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Re: New Disc Pack

Post  Treamcaster on Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:22 pm

Aleron Ives wrote:The areas have always gotten reset after beating Vol Opt for the first time.

The heck? That's not completely true I guess. I don't remember if I did it with v1 or v2, but I used to do this in the past, and the previously visited areas were open, with new boxes and items. Also, if I didn't pick a certain item in a certain box location on the first run, the new item would appear collided with the old one in the same spot.


Aleron Ives wrote:The drops in Normal and Hard mode weren't changed. Razz
Lol, awkward moment for me Razz

Aleron Ives wrote:It's possible, but that's a lot of data to write in a patch.
Ok, I'll wait for a torrent update Surprised *fingers crossed*

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Re: New Disc Pack

Post  Aleron Ives on Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:33 am

Treamcaster wrote:I don't remember if I did it with v1 or v2, but I used to do this in the past, and the previously visited areas were open, with new boxes and items. Also, if I didn't pick a certain item in a certain box location on the first run, the new item would appear collided with the old one in the same spot.
That's what always happens when you beat Vol Opt for the first time. Forest 2, Cave 2, Cave 3, and Mine 2 disappear from the area list, your Telepipe disappears, and all the doors, enemies, and boxes go back to their default state. The only things that remain from the previous run are the items on the ground and the fill state of the area map. Sega did that so you'd have to clear all the areas again, instead of just returning to Forest 2, Cave 2, and Mine 2 to activate the pillars necessary to enter the Ruins.

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Post  Treamcaster on Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:52 am

Ahh, you're right. I must have mistaken the "open doors" and "no enemies left" part. My bad Embarassed

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Post  Aoko on Thu May 03, 2012 4:18 pm

I'm just wondering if there are people that could end up seeding this torrent. I was truly ecstatic to see that not only did you host not just v1 and v2, but v2 2 with the EP but also that you have basically redone things with them in general. This is aMEOWzing! It just sux not being able to consistently download it. =( and one of the seeders kept phasing in and out so it made downloading rather tedious. It's too bad that for now I can't play the DC version online at all since I don't have a BBA or an internet connection at home (and I'm pretty sure McDonalds right up the road would not like it if I brought in my JDC, a power strip, and asked for a hard wiring to their intrawebz xD).

Amazing stuff, though. You are always impressing me Ives. Cool
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Post  Aleron Ives on Thu May 03, 2012 5:21 pm

Since it's possible to ask for seeders here, I think this system is easier to maintain than trying to upload the files somewhere, since most hosts would delete them after a few weeks and require me to upload the discs over and over again.

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Post  Aoko on Thu May 03, 2012 6:15 pm

Aye, that makes complete sense, too. I thought that you putting it up like this was just made of pure win and god, plain and simple. =D
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Post  Treamcaster on Fri May 04, 2012 9:17 am

Every time I on the pc I'm seeding...

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Post  mahkbooks on Fri May 04, 2012 5:12 pm

These discs are very stable, and things seem to load faster. I have not yet FSODed online while playing except for very rarely when joining a party ( i guess if not everyone is on pioneer 2, this may happen), which happens even with the GD. Just in case though, I haven't been carrying any unnecessary unequipped items either. Thank you Ives, for providing us with your efforts!

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Post  Aoko on Tue May 08, 2012 1:39 pm

I've hit a bit of an...odd wall.

After downloading the v1 disk and burned it (following the instructions in the readme), I went to test it and see if it was working right and proper. Lo and behold, it booted up! (My JDC is a model made, I do believe, in July 2000 or something like that; I know it's made before Sept 2000)

The problem I have encountered, since I'm using a JDC, is that when I try to do ANYTHING other than Website (which doesn't work anyway since I don't have an internet connection in the RV where I'm staying), I get a long message, written in Japanese and then led to a screen where the keyboard pops up and right above where the orange highlighted line says something along the lines of...something member something tekudasai, basically. xD (Even when going to Options it does this, hence why I'm having the problem, since I cant' even change the language in Options)

I'm wondering if that's something that pertains to the serial number?

And I can't play it on my NTSC DC since it was made after Sept 2000 and doesn't want to boot up Utopia BootDisk at all (both of my DC's are unmodded, btw). Needless to say, since I'm by no means fluent in Japanese, I'm just trying to figure out what this menu is and if I can somehow get past it.

Kinda frustrating knowing that I have your good working copy of PSOv1 US but can't get anywhere since I don't know what that menu is for. @.@
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Post  Aleron Ives on Tue May 08, 2012 1:50 pm

Uh, you do know the disc is selfboot, right? You don't need, and should not use, Utopia. It breaks PSO by booting it incorrectly. All PSO discs require a serial number and access key, which you can get from a retail copy of the game, as long as it's listed as new (or at least complete). You should pick up retail copies of USv1/2, so you can get unique serials. They're more useful than shared ones.

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Post  Aoko on Tue May 08, 2012 1:56 pm

Yeah, I figured the disks were self-boot, esp considering it booted up perfectly without any trouble on my JDC. I was just experimenting with my NTSC DC to see if it could read it (and it can't, oh joy! xD).

But that's exactly what I needed to know. Thank you very much for that bit. ^_^ I figured that I had to have the serial number and access key from a legit copy but I honestly wanted to make sure.

Time to go digging on amazon and/or ebay to see if there are any games with (edit: lol) serials/access keys. @.@


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Post  Aleron Ives on Tue May 08, 2012 2:07 pm

Any Dreamcast should be able to boot the disc, as Sega only disabled MIL-CD support in the final production run. It's possible that your other Dreamcast's laser is too weak to read the disc, unless it boots other CD media successfully.

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Post  Aoko on Tue May 08, 2012 2:20 pm

Hmmm...I'll have to look into that. 'Cause I know it boots up both Evolution and Evolution 2 (legit games) without any trouble at all, yet when I tried to boot your repackaged PSOv1 US, it would continually give me the "Please insert disk blah blah blah" stuffs. I'll have to check the date on the bottom of the other DC to see if it was a part of the final production line later tonight (since I'm at school atm).
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Post  ectara on Fri May 11, 2012 5:00 pm

Would it be possible for anyone that has the discs downloaded already to seed them? Also, if possible, can someone upload a torrent file with trackers other than UDP protocols? Not all of our clients support it. I'd be happy to seed when I finish downloading them.

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Post  Treamcaster on Sat May 12, 2012 10:20 am

I'm seeding. Very Happy

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Post  ectara on Sun May 13, 2012 11:59 am

Much appreciated, my friend. Very Happy

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Post  Treamcaster on Sun May 13, 2012 2:46 pm

The more the better! Wink

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Post  Dreamcaseal on Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:08 pm

yall need to seed the dreamcast torrent for real wtf man.

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