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10 hours ago, Triads said:

Quick syncterm question, i've gone from 1.1 to 1.2a. When i try to connect to a bbs thats down or gone, i get the Connecting box, but it never goes to Error. ESC on 1.1 or even a mouse click will cancel the attempt, whereas 1.2a does nothing.. I cant get out of the Connecting... box and have to kill the app.. Anyone else have this issue?

you should be able to hit ALT H.. or ESC.. I am running 1.2a and I am not having those issues.

 

James

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11 hours ago, Triads said:

Quick syncterm question, i've gone from 1.1 to 1.2a. When i try to connect to a bbs thats down or gone, i get the Connecting box, but it never goes to Error. ESC on 1.1 or even a mouse click will cancel the attempt, whereas 1.2a does nothing.. I cant get out of the Connecting... box and have to kill the app.. Anyone else have this issue?

 

 

I just tried it with the latest build of 1.2a for Win32. Yes, this is a regression. It was working with earlier versions of 1.2a. I filed a bug ticket:

https://sourceforge.net/p/syncterm/tickets/53/

-JP

 

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You cant do VT52 on syncterm can you? is VT52 and VT520 the same?

 

James

 

btw can you give the address you are downloading 1.2a - now having a hard time finding it again.

 

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17 minutes ago, Bikerbob said:

You cant do VT52 on syncterm can you? is VT52 and VT520 the same?

 

James

 

btw can you give the address you are downloading 1.2a - now having a hard time finding it again.

 

 

Apparently not. I don't see VT52 as option in Syncterm.

 

I dowloaded it from https://syncterm.bbsdev.net/

 

-JP
 

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ok, so I have switched it back to port 23... working again.

 

I also found that I had everyone not able to access all the msg bases and had to change those accesses as well.

 

So I think you will find this all much more enjoyable.. and it would explain why no one else was posting to the other boards

 

James

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ARGH!!!.. so I use noip.com for my ddns because.. well its free.

 

Now I do not have any sort of autoupdate program running on any of my machines because .. well I have my 1 laptop at home I use regually and my desktop at work. On both of those machines if I am doing certain things I will go through VPN - so the update program would then update the IP to ..well not the ip I want.

 

YET - every few days.. something seems to be getting into the account and updating or changing the IP.. which is why people could not get on for the last 24h.. until I found that it had changed again.   I have checked and rechecked the machines.. no update program running. I guess I can try and contact noip.. but I am not paying.. so not sure what they will do.

 

James

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It's been awhile since I've used the free version of noip.com. Don't you have to log into their site monthly and renew your free subscription? Otherwise, it is disabled? I think that's what I had to do until I bought a yearly subscription.

 

The subscription is not very much and it auto renews annually. After you get your ISP issues sorted out, I suggest the yearly subscription. It's worth it.

 

Also, it helps when you use a router that supports noip.com dynamic DNS as opposed to a software program that handles it. Not sure if that's what you're using.

 

-JP

 

 

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John... my ISP router does not support noip.. IT is not the monthly renewal thats the issue its that SOMEWHERE  somehow.. and I have no idea on what machine etc.. something is changing the IP I have set in the Noip settings.  My isp has not renewed my IP address in over a month.. so it should remain the same.. I am not running their DUC update.. I have gone through every machine I know and tried to disable the update service.   

 

Yes the subscription is not bed.. but I need to get this fixed.. 

 

Very frustrating.. it should be working right now.. but its not.. no idea is thats port 23 issues.

 

James

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8 minutes ago, Bikerbob said:

John... my ISP router does not support noip.. IT is not the monthly renewal thats the issue its that SOMEWHERE  somehow.. and I have no idea on what machine etc.. something is changing the IP I have set in the Noip settings.  My isp has not renewed my IP address in over a month.. so it should remain the same.. I am not running their DUC update.. I have gone through every machine I know and tried to disable the update service.   

 

Yes the subscription is not bed.. but I need to get this fixed.. 

 

Very frustrating.. it should be working right now.. but its not.. no idea is thats port 23 issues.

 

James

 

You're not running the program that updates the IP with noip.com? Then how do you update it with noip when it changes? Manually? That is the whole point of dynamic DNS. Your IP can change and either the router or their update program that you run on one of your machines will keep it in sync with noip's DNSs. 

 

Or are you supposed to have a static IP from your ISP?

 

-JP
 

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The updater from Noip runs every 5mins wether I like it or not.. I cannot change the setting.. I would do it.. once every 24 hours at 4am or something.. but it does not give me that choice. The Router does not support Noip.. 

 

The issue is.. I use a VPN quite a bit.. and if the DUC(their updater) is running then it will change the address to the VPN address. 

 

I would rather do it manually.. for now.. but some machine somewhere is doing it at the moment and its very frustrating.

 

James

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I use dyndns and it works great. I do have a

subscription.

 

There's a daemon software updater that checks

for IP address changes every 5 minutes. That's

pretty much standard, AFAIK. I've got one that

is running on a Win7  box and one that runs on

my Linux laptop.

 

I figure it's best not to put all my eggs in one

basket.  :)

 

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12 hours ago, Bikerbob said:

The updater from Noip runs every 5mins wether I like it or not.. I cannot change the setting.. I would do it.. once every 24 hours at 4am or something.. but it does not give me that choice. The Router does not support Noip.. 

 

The issue is.. I use a VPN quite a bit.. and if the DUC(their updater) is running then it will change the address to the VPN address. 

 

I would rather do it manually.. for now.. but some machine somewhere is doing it at the moment and its very frustrating.

 

James

 

Did you try to disable the DUC when you run VPN?

 

Sounds like this problem would not occur if you run a router that supports no-ip.com. Here's a list if you want to consider changing out your router:

https://www.noip.com/support/knowledgebase/what-devices-support-no-ips-dynamic-dns-update-service/


Also the protocol is pretty simple...in theory, someone could write their own updater...maybe even write it as a curl script.

 

https://www.noip.com/integrate/request

 

-JP

 

 

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SO I found the culprit.. it was a 2nd router that I was using as a WIFI switch to the Atari stuff. 

 

I had been making so many changes in the last while that I forgot on the DDWRT firmware on that old router (not needing fast for Atari) that I had turned on its SUPPORTED updater. for NOIP.. which was not working as a 2nd router because the address it was trying to update was not the primary outgoing address.  ANYWAY - its disabled.. and for now should be good. I see I had 5 calls this morning. John being one of them.

 

I like the wrestling game.. but dont like how it does not remember the player associated with the wrestler.. SO REMEMBER to write down the NAME YOU LOG INTO THE GAME with.. if you remember that name.. the wrestler associated with it will be fine.

 

Bikerbob

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4 hours ago, Bikerbob said:

SO I found the culprit.. it was a 2nd router that I was using as a WIFI switch to the Atari stuff. 

 

I had been making so many changes in the last while that I forgot on the DDWRT firmware on that old router (not needing fast for Atari) that I had turned on its SUPPORTED updater. for NOIP.. which was not working as a 2nd router because the address it was trying to update was not the primary outgoing address.  ANYWAY - its disabled.. and for now should be good. I see I had 5 calls this morning. John being one of them.

 

I like the wrestling game.. but dont like how it does not remember the player associated with the wrestler.. SO REMEMBER to write down the NAME YOU LOG INTO THE GAME with.. if you remember that name.. the wrestler associated with it will be fine.

 

Bikerbob

 

Glad you found the issue! :)

 

As for the wrestling game... I don't remember having to re-enter the player's name each time in the past. Are you sure there's not a setting you're missing here?

 

-JP
 

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2 minutes ago, JohnPolka said:

 

Glad you found the issue! :)

 

As for the wrestling game... I don't remember having to re-enter the player's name each time in the past. Are you sure there's not a setting you're missing here?

 

-JP
 

Maybe there is a newer version of it I am missing.. I will check and archive I have.

 

James

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Just now, Bikerbob said:

Maybe there is a newer version of it I am missing.. I will check and archive I have.

 

James

@Tillek I believe the version of the westling game that you ran on SFHQ did not ask for the player's name each time. Maybe you can pass that along to @Bikerbob ? 

 

-JP
 

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I don't think it was a "version" as much as a configuration option.  Many of the ST games were designed to run on multiple BBS Systems and could be set up to get the user information from different files the BBS could build.

 

The "fallback" option was something like this where the user would  have to be relied upon to enter the name.

 

I actually had been planning to look at the config files as soon as I took care of a couple errands after work.

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well my "version" does not give the option. in the sysop.txt it tells me exactly what is happening is the way it was written. 

 

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Ok, maybe I'm just confused because we're talking about 20 things in this thread, plus there is a game thread and... whatever.

 

So.

 

My "version" of Wrestling is 1.61.

 

It appears to have been written for Forem.  RatSoft would write the (if I remember right) ForemDor.Def (or something like it) that put all the user data in for the game to read.  (We could also do it with Express type games, but that usually meant just making a file with a few specific bits of data).  I'm guessing since you're actually  using Forem...... You can just use the file it was designed for.

 

So I'm going to leave my config here, and the documentation for 1.61.  If you're using a different version, I'll get mine to you.  Otherwise, the beginning of the docs (also in this message after the config) should get you going.

 

If not, that will be our weekend challenge.

 

The WRESTLE.OPT file....

FOREM
G:\games\wrest161
NEWS.TXT
YESNEWS.TXT
CHAMP.TXT
SCORE.TXT
YES


-------------Delete this--------

Line 1 - BBS Type  (FOREM,EXPRESS,OTHER)
Line 2 - Folder where Wrestling will place its files
Line 3 - Output file name for current News (todays)
line 4 - Output file name for Yesterdays News
line 5 - Output file name for Monthly Champion
line 6 - Output file name for Score Chart
line 7 - Protection (Yes or No)

 

Documentation.....

**********************************************************************

*                           NOTE                                     *

*                                                                    *

*                  THIS PROGRAM IS SHAREWARE                         *

*              I AM ASKING A $15 REGISTRATION FEE                    *

* I do not think this is out of line given the apparent popularity   *

* of this game. If you do not wish to register the game this is fine *

* but I would ask you to remove it from your BBS       . I have      *

* done everything I can think of to make this one of the best door   *

* games for the ST and I think copy protecting it would take away    *

* from the game so all I can ask is you honour my request and either *

* register this game or remove it from your BBS.                     *

*                                                                    *

* Thank you Shawn Smith                                              *

**********************************************************************

 

 

 

                       Sysop's Documentation

                               for

              FoReM Wrestling Federation Online Game

 

 

Setup

~~~~~

 

STEP 1

------

Place the following files in your main Forem directory  (the

one with FOREM.DAT in it).The files you should have are:

 

               WRESTLE.TOS - The Main Program

               SYSOP.DOC   -

 This File (Delete when finished with)

               WRESTLE.OPT - Sample Option file

 

The following files (also in the ARC) go in the directory defined

in your WRESTLE.OPT.

 

               WRESTLE.SCN - VT-52 Welcome Screen

               WRESTLE.ASC - ASCII Welcome Screen

STEP 2

------

Edit the WRESTLE.OPT file as follows:

 

Line 1: BBS Type - FOREM,EXPRESS,or OTHER in UPPER CASE!

 

Line 2: Directory where the Data files for FWF will be kept.

        As a note, This program could (in worse case) create

        upto 50 different files so I would recommend a separate

        folder. This is also the directory where you have to place

        WRESTLE.SCN and WRESTLE.ASC (the welcome screens)

        ie: C:\FOREM\DOORS\WRESTLE ****Note lack of closing backslash!!

 

Line 3: Filename for Wrestling news file

        ie: C:\FOREM\FDBASE\DB001.015

 

Line 4: Filename for Yesterdays wrestling news file

        ie: C:\FOREM\FDBASE\DB001.016

 

line 5: Filename for Monthly Champions file

        ie: C:\FOREM\FDBASE\DB001.017

   

Line 6: File name for Wrestle Score Chart file

        ie: C:\FOREM\FDBASE\DB001.018

 

Line 7: Protection Mode (Yes or No)

 

STEP 3

------

Edit your FDOORS.DAT file. The program handles its own redirection so

the <AUX: >AUX: are not needed.

 

IE:

Forem Wrestling Federation Version 1.0

0

C:\FOREM\WRESTLIN\WRESTLE.ENT

C:\FOREM\WRESTLE.TOS

C:\FOREM\WRESTLE.TOS

C:\FOREM\WRESTLIN.WRESTLE.EXT

 

 

SIMPLE EH!!

 

Documentation

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

There is very little required in the way of Docs for this game  as

I   designed  it  to  be  very  simple  to  learn.   You  have   6

characteristics which you control. They are:

 

                              Weight

                             Strength

                           Intelligence

                            Dexterity

                               Luck

                         Score/Experience

 

Each of these have an optimum value (which I leave up to the users

to  find).  After  every  winning match you will  have  units  to

allocate to these six categories.

 

All  the  moves and there success is based upon  a  random  number

generator  (maybe  in a future version I can add  a  modifier  for

experience in there) but I have found that it seems to work  well.

If one move isn't working for you on a given day try another.

 

There is full error trapping so nothing  will  crash your  BBS

 (at least that I am aware of at this time). THERE ARE NO TROJANS IN

THIS GAME!!!  I am not that kind of person and pity all  A**holes

that are. (SO much for a political comment).

 

Shawn Smith

34 Leith Hill Rd

Apt. 622

Willowdale, Ontario

M2J 1Z4

 

 

Enjoy the game and I hope to hear from you soon.

 

 

Update 1.03 July 31, 1988

 

I  have  added and/or enhanced the following items  since  version

1.00:

 

1) Increased User time out

2)  Added a Dirty move so that when all else fails cheating  is  a

last resort

3)  Enhanced  the news file so that it will let you  know  when  a

champion has been crowned or the title changed hands

4)   Corrected some errors in the messaging system which may  have

caused  some strange files on your drive(Check this out and  throw

away whatever you find)

5)  Altered points routine as I found an very  accelerated  growth

pattern developing.

6)  Corrected  a  bug with the Champion routine  that  would  have

eliminated a Champion from the game altogether should the champ be

deleted.

7) Added user profiles

 

 

Update 1.5 - Dec 16 / 88

 

Well once again I have fixed a few more things and added some others

such as:

 

1) Corrected an error in the Error routine (what a place to have a bug)

 

2) Added some limited support for Express or other BBS programs. To

use this just changed the line in the NEW WRESTLE.OPT file to EXPRESS

or OTHER as the case may be. If you chose Express the program will look

for a file called WRESNAME.DAT otherwise it will just ask for a user name

. For FoReM Sysops just use the supplied WRESTLE.OPT and modify to your

Database file names.

 

3) Once again I re-corrected the TAGTEAMS area. Seems I was not deleting

tagteams as players were deleted so what would happen over time is your

tagteams.dat file would get larger then I had dimensioned the arrays for

and would result in a crash of you game. This is now gone (I hope?!?!)

 

4) Wrestler's can change there name

 

5) Tagteams can be broken

 

6) Fixed the bug where Negative values can be put in to move points

around.

 

7) Adjusted the hitpoints taken on larger players so they do not get

so large so fast.

 

8) Zillions of little quirks were tweeked (don't mean to get to techie

on anyone but when you take 6 months to get a release out and take

notes like I do you forget a lot of things you did)

 

 

February 28/ 90 (Wow more then a year since the last update)

 

Added many new things but here are the most important

 

1) Interplayer messages. Simple text Editor added so player may

send up to 6 messages at end of game

 

2) Speed up a lot of routines, Amazing how much you learn about GFA

in 2 and 1/2 years

 

3) Added a Monthly Champion output file

 

4) I do a reset now on the 1st of the month, I set the modifiable

values back to beginner status but I leave the win/loss record and

current champion alone. I found people were getting to be (120000

hitpoints) and it was taking them too long to play the game

 

5) Added a Protect mode. Seems some players would come in a pick on

the smallest player on the BBS just to get their hitpoints up real

fast. I have now set up so at your option can protect players so you

cannot chose a fight with someone less then 1/2 your size. (this may

evolve into a different weight class type champ in the future).

 

6) General tidy up of the menues and output text

 

7) I have added the ability to change the moves and personalize

each move and champion to your BBS. PLEASE NOTE IF YOU USE THIS

OPTION YOU MUST FILL IN THE FILE ENTIRELY!!!

 

***********LAST MINUTE ADDITION*************

I took 15 minutes and made the program CREATOR.TOS which will

eliminate the need for the next 20 odd lines of this readme. I

have left it here so if anything goes wrong you have some

technical reference on how to fix the problem but CREATOR.TOS

will do all the following for you!!

*******************************************

 

How to use this option:

 

With an ASCII text editor create a file called MOVES.DAT in the

folder defined in your wrestle.opt

 

Now the format of the first 38 lines of the file is

 

MOVE

POINT VALUE

 

The first 8 lines are your dirty moves and the next 30 are your\

regular moves

 

ie:

 

JUMP OFF ROPE

45

CHOKE WITH Hidden RUBBER BAND

23

.

.

.

Flying leg hold

17

 

Got that. Each move is 2 lines (one for title of move, one for point

value). The first 4 moves/points are dirty moves the next 15 are

regular.

 

WE ARE NOT DONE YET.

 

TWO MORE LINES to go

line 39 is the name of your CHAMP (ie Conan's Crusher, Mile High's

Mauler)

line 40 is for the yet unused Tagteam Champ (file with nothing)

 

As I said above, if you chose to use this option YOU **MUST** fill

all 40 lines

 

I am still looking into inter BBS play but a lot depends on you. If

I don't see registrations coming in I see no future reason to support

and continue development of the game.

 

 

Take Care and hopefully see you next revision.

 

 

 

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Now I should say, the ForemDor or FormDoor or whatever it was called... the data file was from Forem, not Ratsoft... RatSoft could create it, to be compatible with games written for Forem, but it wasn't a native RatSoft thing.  This is why I think there might be something you missed that was covered in the documentation.  A lot of the games run off this.  Sometimes though, it was a less than trivial matter of making sure that file ended up in the drive/directory where the game was looking for it.

 

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Ok so DD game I have ver 1.10 and wrestling I have 1.05

 

Found it in the docs. So would love newer versions if you have them.

 

James

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I actually got SFHQ back on the Mega STE and restored the games... we'll see how this works.

 

Feel free to try it out.  Note:  It's on the WiModem232 now, so make sure you try syncterm with a raw connection.

/s

 

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52 minutes ago, Tillek said:

I actually got SFHQ back on the Mega STE and restored the games... we'll see how this works.

 

Feel free to try it out.  Note:  It's on the WiModem232 now, so make sure you try syncterm with a raw connection.

/s

 

What if I want to connect from real hardware .. will it work? Not much point in a wimodem232 if I have to connect with a specific non traditional connection???

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13 hours ago, Tillek said:

I actually got SFHQ back on the Mega STE and restored the games... we'll see how this works.

 

Feel free to try it out.  Note:  It's on the WiModem232 now, so make sure you try syncterm with a raw connection.

/s

 

/s    Lol. You know how many emails I have typed with that lately?  Hahaha

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15 hours ago, Tillek said:

I actually got SFHQ back on the Mega STE and restored the games... we'll see how this works.

 

Feel free to try it out.  Note:  It's on the WiModem232 now, so make sure you try syncterm with a raw connection.

/s

 

 

I can't seem to connect. I am in raw mode, but I just get a blank screen. It eventually times out with the following message:

AUTO-ANSWER TURNED OFF! 
 

-JP
 

 

 

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