PSO Questions & Answers

Sylverant is a homebrew open source server for Phantasy Star Online. Dreamcast users still play PSO online with this server even today! This is the official forum for both the online game server as well as the open source project itself. Feel free to post and get a gathering started online! We can also show you how to get connected!

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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

Post by Aleron Ives » Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:38 am

Treamcaster wrote: Is it possible to patch the game to stack grinders and materials?
Yes, but no. You'd completely desync with unpatched clients who expect using a Monogrinder to free a slot in your inventory. Who knows how they would react to you having "more" than 30 inventory slots, but mismatched item lists (you drop a Saber, I see a Knight/Power) are the best case scenario, with FSOD being the worst. Also, since V2 doesn't have x99 item stacks, having Mongrinder x10 would be more of a nerf than a buff, so it isn't a practical idea on that platform, anyway, unless you also introduce the concept of item x99.

You can only make such fundamental changes when you can force everybody to use the patch whether they want it or not, i.e. on BB only.
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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

Post by Treamcaster » Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:59 am

Ok, thank you for the explanation.
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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

Post by Treamcaster » Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:19 am

Yesterday I was playing battle mode on PSO PC against a PSO V2 player and we selected Mission 1 if I'm not mistaken, the one you start with your current level on VR Spaceship. There were invincible Delsabers walking around from room to room killing us. This must be a bug right?
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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

Post by Aleron Ives » Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:32 pm

Delsabers are able to leave the room they spawn in when you play Battle 1, and the quest forces them to always have high stats, so they will 1HKO you if you're playing the rule on characters < level 100. The rule is working as intended. Rules 2, 3, and 6 are the most fair since they reset everybody's level and equipment, so they're by far the most popular rules.
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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

Post by episguardian » Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:01 am

For playing Sylverant on PSO Episode 1 & 2 + on Wii/Gamecube via Devolution, are the item drop rates the same as the original? I found a drop chart on PSO Palace (http://psopalace.sylverant.net/doomchart.html), but I was unsure what the drops and drop rates are for PSO+GC players.

Also, are the download quests (The Ends of Desire, Twisted Towers, Hero & Daughter) compatible for offline play on the PSO+GC?
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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

Post by BlueCrab » Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:25 pm

Drop rates are determined by the client unless you enable server-side drops (by way of a special command you have to run before creating the team). However, it is currently not possible to enable server-side drops on PSOGC due to a bug in the Sylverant code.

So, all the drops in PSOGC are completely normal.

Any downloadable quests that you see when you log on with PSOGC should work just fine, otherwise they wouldn't be there. ;-)
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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

Post by solitario01 » Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:00 pm

I have the GD-emu and I need the Hexa code of the sylverante to apply the patch in the gdi to connect to the server but in the page of how to connect does not have the codes Hexa someone could make the codes for phantasy star online Ver 2 Us please
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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

Post by Aleron Ives » Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:55 pm

You cannot patch a GDI of USv2 to connect online, because the game binary is compressed. If you can't get BlueCrab's boot disc to work with GDEMU, then you have to use a GDI of EUv2 or a CDI of USv2.
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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

Post by solitario01 » Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:15 pm

Aleron Ives wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:55 pm
You cannot patch a GDI of USv2 to connect online, because the game binary is compressed. If you can't get BlueCrab's boot disc to work with GDEMU, then you have to use a GDI of EUv2 or a CDI of USv2.
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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

Post by Laephis » Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:27 pm

Is there a "New player/Getting Started" guide someone could point me to? I've had PSO sitting on my shelf for a long, long time, but was too busy playing UO back in the day to get involved with it much. I've recently set up a DreamPi and would like to give this a shot. I have a soft spot in my heart for long-running private servers.
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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

Post by BlueCrab » Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:28 pm

I'm not sure that I know of a really good getting started guide, but there's a good amount of information on the PSO Palace website that is quite useful for getting started. Here's a couple of quick links to useful things there:
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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

Post by Laephis » Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:41 pm

BlueCrab wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:28 pm
I'm not sure that I know of a really good getting started guide, but there's a good amount of information on the PSO Palace website that is quite useful for getting started. Here's a couple of quick links to useful things there:
Character Classes
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Thanks, that gives me a starting point and I'll poke around the psopalace website a bit. I also found some old Gamefaqs docs that have some useful info.

Is it generally best to start in "offline" mode and play a bit there before playing online? Will there be much for a low-level newb to do online?
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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

Post by BlueCrab » Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:27 am

Laephis wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:41 pm
BlueCrab wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:28 pm
I'm not sure that I know of a really good getting started guide, but there's a good amount of information on the PSO Palace website that is quite useful for getting started. Here's a couple of quick links to useful things there:
Character Classes
Enemies
Thanks, that gives me a starting point and I'll poke around the psopalace website a bit. I also found some old Gamefaqs docs that have some useful info.

Is it generally best to start in "offline" mode and play a bit there before playing online? Will there be much for a low-level newb to do online?
I'd probably try to clear at least forest (and maybe cave) offline before going online to play, as teams you create online will only have the levels unlocked that you have unlocked offline (this doesn't affect teams you join, only ones you create). That said, you'll likely find plenty of people who are willing to help you out online as a newbie, even if you do go online without having really played much at all.
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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

Post by Aleron Ives » Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:21 pm

Playing the offline quests "Magnitude of Metal" and "Battle Training" will give you some very basic tips on how to play if you read the NPC dialogue. The Sylverant Discord is a good place to get questions answered before you play, but you can also ask questions in game of other players. The most important thing is to buy a keyboard before you go online so you can communicate! You will enjoy PSO much more if you can talk at a normal speed.
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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

Post by atombone » Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:36 pm

Please excuse me if this is "beating a dead horse" or if this is the incorrect thread but; Is the gamecube version of PSO playable via Devolution (Wii) on the Sylverant server? I've read the controversies between BlueCrab and tueidj and am a little confused at the compatibility with these software(s). Thanks in advance :grin:
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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

Post by BlueCrab » Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:50 pm

atombone wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:36 pm
Please excuse me if this is "beating a dead horse" or if this is the incorrect thread but; Is the gamecube version of PSO playable via Devolution (Wii) on the Sylverant server? I've read the controversies between BlueCrab and tueidj and am a little confused at the compatibility with these software(s). Thanks in advance :grin:
It is usable, just quite possibly not in the way that it was documented in Devolution's documentation. See this post from the Sylverant website for the settings you will need to make it work.
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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

Post by atombone » Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:05 pm

Thanks BlueCrab! Followup questions: Where do I find a current player base for the GC version? What ship is most popular (or is PSOGC locked to a specific ship) and how do i know who is playing the GC version as PC/DC players can't intermingle. Again, if theres a more appropriate thread to find my answers, please direct me. I'm simply curious to know if i will be alone most of the time on the GC ships or if theres a knit of folks playing GC. Thanks again!
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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

Post by Aleron Ives » Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:52 pm

V2 players have orange names, while GC player names are white. You can find GC players on Iselia and Altimira, but our population is pretty small, since GC players are split across multiple servers. (The DC population is bigger, because all DC players use Sylverant.) What time zone are you in? Most of us play in the evenings US time, which means Europeans have to stay up really late.
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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

Post by atombone » Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:41 pm

Thanks for some clarification Ives. I’m in EST. I occasionally play with some you with v2. Played with you (Ives) when you were with schtserv back in the day. I’ve just always wanted to explore episode 2 as is the reason I’m interested in GC. There’s a bit of a cost wall to tackle before entering properly and wanted as much info before just jumping in head first.
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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

Post by nytesong » Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:35 pm

Hi all,
Its been a while since i played Ep. 1 And 2 (on dolphin) on my desktop I built for it.. but I suddenly wanted to play again! I was was wondering if anybody could help or point me in the right direction.

What happened is, my controllers aren't working properly. As a result i absolutely cannot load into multiplayer mode to share items. I can somehow get into single player mode with the keyboard tho..
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Note that the controller works properly when i get into single mode, and also note i use the wii u adapter and it's "detected"..
and thats fine! But if i don't fix this my chatacters cannot share items at all and thats not how I do things.

My apologies if this is for sylverant related problems only. But seeing as you can use it to co-op here i was hoping for help. Thanks!
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