MaskedGUAPO wrote: ↑
Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:52 pm
Hello! I have a few questions to ask (sorry if these have been asked before)
I am connected through DreamPi and playing US PSO v.1 on the Sylverant server, although I did not create an account on Sylverant to do so; it appears DreamPi connects you to this server as default. I am playing Version 1 and I input the serial number/access key codes that came with my physical copy of the game without knowing that I needed Sylverant access codes to play on the server, but it still worked.
My main question is, since I want to play V.2 instead, do I have to now use the serial number/access key codes provided by Sylverant to connect or can I just use the serial number/access key codes that come with the physical copy, and DreamPi will take care of the rest like it does now?
On the "How to Connect" page on the Sylverant website, it states that I have to use one of their listed codes in order to connect via V.2, but it doesn't mention whether or not you have follow the same instructions if you're using DreamPi.
I think you're confusing two very different things here...
Your Serial Number/Access Key that come with your game are one thing -- they "uniquely" identify your Dreamcast to the server to allow the server to give you a consistent guild card number when you log on (so people can search for you with your guild card if you send it to them). If you register them on the website, you get a few extra features (like the ability to participate in events and to manage certain things through the website).
The How to Connect page lists Codebreaker codes to connect to the server if you aren't using the Sylverant PSO Patcher or some other method (depending on the version of the game you're using) to connect to the server. This has absolutely nothing to do with the serial number and access key.
With DreamPi, certain versions of the game require no additional work to connect to Sylverant (specifically, the US release of PSOv1 and both of the European versions of the game). Unfortunately, all other versions of the game (US v2, and both Japanese versions) require extra work which DreamPi cannot automate for you. To this end, if you want to use your original GD-ROM of the game, you need to use the Sylverant PSO Patcher, even if you are using a DreamPi or the game will not connect.
Recently, I actually made a Sylverant account on the website, but my character data is not saved on there, because I didn't connect using that method. I am wondering if I can still use my VMU character data on V.2 considering I didn't connect to Sylverant this way previously, or if I have to use Sylverant's serial number/access key codes for v.2 in order to connect to the server? Will my previous character data still be usable, if it's only on my VMU?
PSO for the Dreamcast does all saving locally. The stuff on the website will only correspond to character data that you have saved while online by using the "/save" command or automatic character backups saved each time you enter a team if you use the "/enablebk" command. There being no character data there is not important, unless you have registered your serial number and access key on the website and you've used either "/save" or "/enablebk" online.
If I input my original serial number/access key codes for V.2, will DreamPi did like it did before and connect me to Sylverant without needing the special codes or will I just lock myself out? Sorry for bad english. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
For best results:
1. Register your original PSO v1 serial number/access key pair on the website if you haven't done so. Since you've already been online with it, you will also need your guild card number from in-game on PSOv1. This, of course, assumes you have an actual copy of the game with a legitimate serial number/access key pair, since registering sn/ak pairs you find online is against the server rules.
2. Register your original PSO v2 serial number/access key pair on the website if you haven't done so. If you've gone online with that copy of the game as well, then you will need the guild card number from in-game on PSOv2 (based on your questions, I'm assuming you haven't). This, of course, assumes you have an actual copy of the game with a legitimate serial number/access key pair, since registering sn/ak pairs you find online is against the server rules.
3. If you are using an original GD-ROM of the US release of PSOv2 or the Japanese release of PSOv2, you will need to either burn a copy of the latest version of the Sylverant PSO Patcher disc (preferable), or you will need to use those codes listed on the How to Connect page with a Codebreaker disc (less preferable because of how PSO tries to detect CB and punish you for potentially cheating). You will need to boot your Dreamcast with whichever disc you intend to use (the PSO Patcher or Codebreaker) every time you want to play PSOv2 to patch the game for that run. If you're using the European version of PSOv2, you don't need to use either disc with DreamPi, but you may want to use the PSO Patcher for the additional patches it provides. (I won't cover any burned/pirated copies here, since I don't encourage piracy in any way)
4. Enjoy playing PSOv2!