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Dragon7350

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I have found a way to connect to the DC server without having to go through the UT intro, menu, and server browser.

Before I reveal how to accomplish this public, I wanted to know if this was allowed and within the rules.

Weapon Master: Draconyx
Adrenaline Master: PuffTheMagicDragon
Medic/Monster Master: Dragon7350
Engineer: Dragonark
General: Dragonlance

Get the DC Invasion program HERE.
I use the custom character skin "Arkos." Get it HERE.
If you want your own custom skin (and you have played at least 3 months on the DC server), post a new thread on the forums containing your request. (As of June 2013)
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(DC)DEMONSLAYER

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I don't see why not.

Let us not fool ourselves into thinking we went to the Moon because we are pioneers, or discoverers, or adventurers. We went to the Moon because it was the militaristically expedient thing to do. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it....Autograph your work with excellence. Author Unknown

UT2004
LW-DEMONSLAYER-ACTIVE
LM-DEMONMEDIC-ACTIVE
LA-DEMONMAGIC-ACTIVE
LE-DEMONEER-ACTIVE
LG-DEMONJACK-ACTIVE

UT3
LW-DEMONSLAYERII
LM-KNIGHTMAGIC

My skin is Graah, a reincarnation of an ancient African warrior mixed with the soul of a lion,
download: http://www.disastrousconsequences.com/dcforum/posts/list/2843.page
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Dragon7350

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Setting Up a Shortcut to the Disastrous Consequences Server (People with One Character Only):
This will skip the UT2004 intro, menu, and server browser and immediately connect to the DC server.

1. Locate UT System Folder: Find the location of your UT2004.exe (usually in your C drive). You'll want to be in the "System" folder of Unreal Tournament. For me, the location was C:\UnrealAnthology\UT2004\System.

2. Make the File: Create a text/notepad file in the UT2004 System folder. Name it "DC 2004.txt."

3. Edit the File: Edit this file and paste in the following code:

Code:
@echo off
 UT2004.exe 166.70.164.178/Index.ut2?Name=#YOURNAME#?Class=Engine.Pawn?Character=#YOURCHARACTER#?team=1?SpectatorOnly=0
 exit
a. Replace #YOURNAME# with your desired username.
b. Replace #YOURCHARACTER# with the character you want to use.

An example would look like this:
Code:
@echo off
 UT2004.exe 166.70.164.178/Index.ut2?Name=BillyBob?Class=Engine.Pawn?Character=Jakob?team=1?SpectatorOnly=0
 exit
4. Save the File: Click "save as" and save the file as a batch file. In order to do this, click the "save as type" bar and select "all files." Then add a ".bat" at the end of the name of the file.

5. Test the File: When you double-click the batch file, it should run by this point.

6. Create the Shortcut: Right-click the file and select "create shortcut." Drag this new shortcut (not the original file) into your desktop.

7. (Bonus) Add a Nice Icon: The default icon picture for the shortcut you've just created will probably look quite boring on your background...ew. For those who like icons with "pizazz" on their desktop, I have provided a colorful one. Download the attachment to this post and place it somewhere you can remember. Right-click on the shortcut on your desktop and select "properties." Click the button that says "change icon" at the bottom middle of the popup. Click "browse" and recall the location of the downloaded icon.

Done!
If anyone has any questions or concerns regarding this procedure, I will try my best to answer. Enjoy!
 Filename DisastrousConsequences.ico [Disk] Download
 Description The Disastrous Consequences shortcut icon (.ico file 64 × 64 pixels)
 Filesize 17 Kbytes
 Downloaded:  287 time(s)


Weapon Master: Draconyx
Adrenaline Master: PuffTheMagicDragon
Medic/Monster Master: Dragon7350
Engineer: Dragonark
General: Dragonlance

Get the DC Invasion program HERE.
I use the custom character skin "Arkos." Get it HERE.
If you want your own custom skin (and you have played at least 3 months on the DC server), post a new thread on the forums containing your request. (As of June 2013)
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(DC)DEMONSLAYER

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Now, what about us who have multiple names?

Let us not fool ourselves into thinking we went to the Moon because we are pioneers, or discoverers, or adventurers. We went to the Moon because it was the militaristically expedient thing to do. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it....Autograph your work with excellence. Author Unknown

UT2004
LW-DEMONSLAYER-ACTIVE
LM-DEMONMEDIC-ACTIVE
LA-DEMONMAGIC-ACTIVE
LE-DEMONEER-ACTIVE
LG-DEMONJACK-ACTIVE

UT3
LW-DEMONSLAYERII
LM-KNIGHTMAGIC

My skin is Graah, a reincarnation of an ancient African warrior mixed with the soul of a lion,
download: http://www.disastrousconsequences.com/dcforum/posts/list/2843.page
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Dragon7350

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(DC)DEMONSLAYER wrote:
Now, what about us who have multiple names? 
See below.

Weapon Master: Draconyx
Adrenaline Master: PuffTheMagicDragon
Medic/Monster Master: Dragon7350
Engineer: Dragonark
General: Dragonlance

Get the DC Invasion program HERE.
I use the custom character skin "Arkos." Get it HERE.
If you want your own custom skin (and you have played at least 3 months on the DC server), post a new thread on the forums containing your request. (As of June 2013)
[Email] [Yahoo!]
Dragon7350

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Solution for Users with Multiple Names and Characters:

See below.

Weapon Master: Draconyx
Adrenaline Master: PuffTheMagicDragon
Medic/Monster Master: Dragon7350
Engineer: Dragonark
General: Dragonlance

Get the DC Invasion program HERE.
I use the custom character skin "Arkos." Get it HERE.
If you want your own custom skin (and you have played at least 3 months on the DC server), post a new thread on the forums containing your request. (As of June 2013)
[Email] [Yahoo!]
Dragon7350

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DC Startup Program (Is now stable)
This program allows you to jump right into the server without having to go through any Unreal interface. You can also check up on the current game as well as who's playing in that game. If you have multiple characters, you can login as any of them given you have added the characters to the program. Internet information such as your ping is shown.

After downloading the program, place it in your Unreal Tournament 2004 "System" folder. For example, I put my program in the file location "C:\Unreal Anthology\UT2004\System."

Version 1.6.0 Fixes:
1. This program is now stable.
2. Fixed crash when computer sees an internet connection, but cannot connect.

Version 1.5.3 Fixes:
1. Program no longer crashes when internet connection activate/deactivates.
2. User no longer needs to specify a character.

Version 1.5.0 Fixes:
1. Fixed more crashes concerning networking.
2. Batch file should now close upon starting Unreal.

Version 1.4.0 Fixes:
1. Fixed crash when there is no connection to the internet.
2. Fixed some more special characters that used to show up incorrectly.
3. Alerts you when your character is already in the game. (It will also tell you when you're character is back out). Needs to be confirmed to work.

Version 1.3.3 Fixes:
1. Most special characters in player names (when looking at current game) were fixed.
2. Changed players box to only show name and class.
3. A dialog shows up if your character is already in a game (you crashed).

Version 1.3.0 Fixes:
1. Program now comes with information about the current game. This includes the players who are playing in the game.

Version 1.2.0 Fixes:
1. Fixed errors concerning the pinging monitor.

Version 1.1.8 Fixes:
1. Added a ping monitor.
2. Moved the buttons and changed some of their text.

Version 1.07 Fixes:
1. Parenthesis and periods are permitted in player names.
2. Spaces are automatically filled in with an underscore to work in UT.
3. DC icon comes with the program and will automatically show up if made into a shortcut.
4. Version number is shown in the program.
5. Issues pertaining to data storage were fixed.
6. The program is more user-friendly.
7. Crashes won't occur if the data storage file is corrupt.

Disclaimer: Please note that this is my first public program. Also, the program does not have a certificate, so you're computer may believe the application to be untrusted.
 Filename DC Startup.exe [Disk] Download
 Description DC Startup Program Version 1.6.0 Allows you to see who's in the game, your ping, and all your characters at once. Connects you straight to the server.
 Filesize 72 Kbytes
 Downloaded:  280 time(s)


Weapon Master: Draconyx
Adrenaline Master: PuffTheMagicDragon
Medic/Monster Master: Dragon7350
Engineer: Dragonark
General: Dragonlance

Get the DC Invasion program HERE.
I use the custom character skin "Arkos." Get it HERE.
If you want your own custom skin (and you have played at least 3 months on the DC server), post a new thread on the forums containing your request. (As of June 2013)
[Email] [Yahoo!]
Dragon7350

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Future Updates:

1. Add a direct link to DC stats. This will allow for automatic update of the user's info and he or she can check on someone else's info (like a highscores table).
2. Show the classes of the players playing on the server.

Since these updates might exceed 75kb (maximum allowed file size for attachments on the forums), the program may not receive these updates.

Weapon Master: Draconyx
Adrenaline Master: PuffTheMagicDragon
Medic/Monster Master: Dragon7350
Engineer: Dragonark
General: Dragonlance

Get the DC Invasion program HERE.
I use the custom character skin "Arkos." Get it HERE.
If you want your own custom skin (and you have played at least 3 months on the DC server), post a new thread on the forums containing your request. (As of June 2013)
[Email] [Yahoo!]
Sokoro

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Awesome tool.
The new feature, that shows who is currently playing, and the posibility to bind ut player model to each of your rpg characters, are great bonuses!

Only disadvantage, I found, is a delay of server when it keeps checking, if player respond after a client side crash. i.e. when you crash as engineer (or monster master) and try to fast reconnect by using this application, then you will find yourself in game as a 17486, or any other random number, because server did not kick you yet. But that is understandable and not your fault. I usualy wait, untill I see "sokoro left the game" and then I reconnect again by using server browser..

Next step, I would suggest, is renaming these clickable lines in "Your Characters:" frame to player names.
So, in frontend, you wont see eg: "Name:Sokoro_MM|Character:Virus|Class:Medic .... " ,
but rather Sokoro_MM etc. (you could eventualy include a checkbox for those who would want to switch it back and see the code)

^The statement above might be false^
Dragon7350

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Those fixes have been made now.

Weapon Master: Draconyx
Adrenaline Master: PuffTheMagicDragon
Medic/Monster Master: Dragon7350
Engineer: Dragonark
General: Dragonlance

Get the DC Invasion program HERE.
I use the custom character skin "Arkos." Get it HERE.
If you want your own custom skin (and you have played at least 3 months on the DC server), post a new thread on the forums containing your request. (As of June 2013)
[Email] [Yahoo!]
Treloar


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This is Windows only isn't it?

Is there a Linux equivalent?
Dragon7350

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Sorry, nope.

An update will be released soon to fix compatibility with the new DC site IP. I'm still looking into the keybind support.

Weapon Master: Draconyx
Adrenaline Master: PuffTheMagicDragon
Medic/Monster Master: Dragon7350
Engineer: Dragonark
General: Dragonlance

Get the DC Invasion program HERE.
I use the custom character skin "Arkos." Get it HERE.
If you want your own custom skin (and you have played at least 3 months on the DC server), post a new thread on the forums containing your request. (As of June 2013)
[Email] [Yahoo!]
(DC)DEMONSLAYER

Wicked Sick!
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Joined: 03/18/2006 12:10:27
Messages: 2151
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I will let you know when the site is active.

Let us not fool ourselves into thinking we went to the Moon because we are pioneers, or discoverers, or adventurers. We went to the Moon because it was the militaristically expedient thing to do. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it....Autograph your work with excellence. Author Unknown

UT2004
LW-DEMONSLAYER-ACTIVE
LM-DEMONMEDIC-ACTIVE
LA-DEMONMAGIC-ACTIVE
LE-DEMONEER-ACTIVE
LG-DEMONJACK-ACTIVE

UT3
LW-DEMONSLAYERII
LM-KNIGHTMAGIC

My skin is Graah, a reincarnation of an ancient African warrior mixed with the soul of a lion,
download: http://www.disastrousconsequences.com/dcforum/posts/list/2843.page
[Email] [Yahoo!] [MSN]
 
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