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 Nico0020 » Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:26 am

stellaloveslunafreya wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:35 am

So, it isn't possible for me to connect to the Sylverant server simply through the DC's modem itself? It NEEDS to be through this DreamPi setup? So, in other words, if I want to play online and access all the online-exclusive stuff (which is a considerable portion of the game), I'd need to pay around $100 for the DreamPi stuff to be able to do so?

The Dreamcast modem is 56K. If you have a phone line to use 56K with in this day and age you don't need to really buy anything. But if you only have access to modern broadband internet, you will need a DreamPI or a BBA.

You have three options to forward the game to the Sylverant server via the standard 56K modem out of the box:

1. Use a code breaker code found here - https://sylverant.net/connecting-to-sylverant/
2. Burn the PSO patcher disc to a CD-R and use with an official PSO disc found here - http://dreamcastlive.net/files/pso_patcher-2.0-cdi.zip
3. Burn the prepatched PSO version to a CD-R and play like that. There is a torrent out there for that.
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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

Post by Nico0020 » Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:30 am

Another question about this server. Are PSOBB or EP3 support actively in dev? If so how is that going? V2 is my bread and butter forever, but in the end I'd love to see this the server for all things PSO. Hopefully PSOX can join us one day if that insigna project ever comes to fruition.
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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

Post by Aleron Ives » Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:01 pm

Schthack has said he will help BlueCrab implement Episode III when it's fully working, but we have no idea when that will be. Neither BB nor E3 are being worked on here right now. There are tons of options for BB already, and where BB goes, PSO Drama™ always follows.
stellaloveslunafreya wrote:So, it isn't possible for me to connect to the Sylverant server simply through the DC's modem itself?
If you're still paying for a landline and a dial-up ISP every month, then sure, you can connect without DreamPi. Most people don't like the monthly fees, so they prefer to pay once to set up DreamPi. You can also set up your own DC-PC server using a Linux VM if you don't want to buy a Pi, but you still need the USB voice modem. Buying a BBA is more expensive but also offers the easiest setup. Playing PSO PC is free and lets you play with DC players, too.
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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

Post by SeBassi87 » Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:23 pm

stellaloveslunafreya wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:35 am
BlueCrab wrote:
Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:43 pm
The easiest way to get up and running with a modem on the Dreamcast version is to use a DreamPi setup. Basically, you can rig your modem up to a Raspberry Pi computer with a specific (modified) USB modem and use that to connect to online games. Basically, google for "DreamPi", and you should find more information on that setup. There is a guy that does sell pre-made kits on the Dreamcast-Live website, although I'm not sure if he has any available right now.

If you are using a Japanese version 1 or 2 (or US version 2) of the game, you will need to use some sort of patch for the game to get it to connect to the server. The recommended way to do so is to use the Sylverant PSO Patcher disc. You will need to burn it to a CD-R and boot your Dreamcast with it every time you want to play PSO (and swap in your PSO disc when it asks). Unfortunately, this is required for either Japanese release of the game (version 1 or version 2). The other option is to use a CodeBreaker to patch the game every time you boot it as well, but this has a bunch of downsides to it (like the game detecting your cheats file and stopping any rare items from appearing) and isn't generally recommended.
So, it isn't possible for me to connect to the Sylverant server simply through the DC's modem itself? It NEEDS to be through this DreamPi setup? So, in other words, if I want to play online and access all the online-exclusive stuff (which is a considerable portion of the game), I'd need to pay around $100 for the DreamPi stuff to be able to do so?
The oldschool way ist still working fine for me. I Connected the original Dreamcast modem cable to my router (Fritz box) and I use a dial Up number which ist free because of my Phone Flatrate. No dreampi,No bba,No costs.
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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

Post by TrekkiesUnite118 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:07 am

Not sure if this belongs here or in the suggestions thread, but I was wondering if it would be possible at all to add the Episode 1 and 2 Government Quests from Blue Burst to the servers Quest lists? I think some servers in the past have had them available to at least Gamecube players, so they do at least work on that version. I'm not sure if the Episode 1 quests will work on Dreamcast though.

If they could be made available though I think it would be a nice bonus as they did add a bit of story to the game.
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Re: PSO Questions & Answers

Post by Aleron Ives » Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:46 pm

It's one of the many projects on my to do list. I got most of the way through cleaning up the Episode I quests, but that's still less than half way done. They work on GC but not DC, which is why I made the Hero & Daughter government compilation quest for DC.
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