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Note to self.

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I want to add a 2 notes to myself just incase i need them in the future, users are free to read the content if they want and I’m sure some users at DC-Talk, namely impulse and smith will find the 2nd note interesting, although it won’t add anything new to the way things were handled, it’s just a matter of whom to point the finger.

1st note:
The previous blog post contained at some point some information on schthack regarding assets being used on Facebook, it was placed there at 1st because i wanted to transmit the information that schthack doesn’t really say much, they just needed the images to create a subject and then they keep the hype with events, server being online “soon”, in other words, they made an effort in trying to extend schtserv “franchise” if that makes sense to you.
I do that to here, I honestly find the content and i might talk about it a little bit, but I’m not exactly searching for popularity, the difference with the Facebook at schthack is that they don’t search, they instead look at my blog, they check this “whole new world” out there and then they grab a few images, skins, wallpapers to keep the hype going.

There is nothing wrong to this, but you can’t expect to find more of the skins, images and assets by the Facebook page, when i posted this info on the previous page was because i kinda predicted that the assets from the PSO remake would eventually be used on Facebook (because they are here to begin with), sort of “look at this work someone else made, do you like it?”
This keeps the page fresh, but it does lack content, so if you want to check out the progress on PSO remake, head to the website itself or contact the creators on Reddit, on schthack Facebook you don’t have much info and neither they care about that.

Once example was a typo mistake, where someone claimed to have checked a certain forum (that I’m sure was never checked) and then they posted the news on Facebook.
The dark section is the post here on this blog, the white section is from schthack Facebook, i giggled a little bit.

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Keep in mind that this only appeared when i talked about it and the same can be said about skins or other images, but that isn’t as obvious as this one.
Like i said, no big deal, this is just a note to self.


2nd note:

Back in 2009 when dreamcast talk had a PSO server, they used schthack software, it worked, it did what was necessary, but a certain entity named Lee told me and others that we weren’t allowed to use it, this software was given to nugz and then “leaked” according to Lee, this means that the tool designed to take down the server worked on dreamcast talk server, Lee told that the combination of several factors, including numerous backdoors, support of several ships and the functionality of the tool with the server made him certain that dc-talk contained software that wasn’t allowed to be used.
But who determined that we couldn’t use it, Lee quickly mentioned schthack himself, one of the original creators of the schthack software, an entity that many still remember.

Many arguments issued, with me asking slightly different questions and with Lee answering slightly different each time, but in short, schthack never allowed the server software to be used, so Lee had permission to take it down if necessary.
My questions (from what i can see in my logs) changed to the point of asking very specific questions regarding if schthack wanted it down, lee replied several times the same thing, but here’s 2 quotes:

it is wrong since the createer wants it down

he wants it down
I take it down
simple

Ok, so, why don’t we talked to schthack himself? Well schthack was away so all we had been lee’s word, so he could be right.
I made some risky accusations, comparing Lee to Opt, if you were part of schthack server when it happened, Opt may have caused issues with schthack server and it wasn’t all that different from what Lee was doing to dc-talk server, however he didn’t take this lightly, he stated that there no comparison as he had a justification, all his actions were ok and demanded by the creator.

since i have justification from schthack to take down his software

Still talking to schthack could cause a change, so let’s see if he would change his decision, lee replied instantly with

he isn’t going to go back on his decision

So, i had a hunch that could be reality, what if Lee was doing this on his own free will and was blaming schthack in the process?

Dctalk changed software a few times, none of them pleasing Lee because the slight changes weren’t enough, dc-talk was fed up with the issue, used the software they wanted and patched the vulnerabilities, rendering the software secure.
I have talked about this in the past, where lee messaged the host accusing that dc-talk had proprietary software……..just joking, he actually messaged the host and stated dc-talk having a PSO private server, that it was against Sega policies.
Then dc-talk switched to sylverant, but for some time schthack software was online and no tool would bring it down, even the one designed to do it.
I and others assumed that this was just Lee being counter productive and annoying, but regardless we felt that maybe schthack had actually ordered him to take the server down at any cost, that was one of the reasons of why dc-talk switched to sylverant software.

So, these 2 caused some serious issues that lasted maybe a week or so right? Lee said so, so he must be right.

Schthack is once again with a server, with a website, with forums, all up and running, but among the admins, there is one in particular that caught my attention, schthack himself, the oldie and possibly one of the 1st members of the 1st schthack forums.

You know where this is going right? How about asking him to confirm these statements, he should remember this quite easily no?

I kept the story simple, grabbed a few quotes, explained the timeline, the attacks, the ddos,….

He replied me with this:

the leaked software was accired by nugz from a previous host, after lot of argument and fight, beafor leaving i gave him a lite version of the login server. At this point if he wanted to give it i dont see any problem. but i do belive that Lee and cronos saw it as an other attack by nugz.

I dont recal telling Lee to shutdown your community as there could be plenty using the leaked server anyway. he might have informed me but i didnt gave a crap about pso. He might of got too far but i cant argu again him as he’s mainly the one that keep this server online in the last years…

So, arbitrary decision, hypocrisy, no justification, no orders, no instructions to bring the server down and Lee has the audacity to reply with statements such as

he wants it down
I take it down
simple

There is a reason why dc-talk fought so much at the time, why we didn’t care, why we rejected any instructions given to us, mainly because, there weren’t any to begin with, this was simply a person making a decision and then backing up the statements and dragging schthack into the mix.

Remember, this is a note to self, i have more elaborate logs, but the reason of the blog post is to keep things simple.

Regardless, this was in 2009, this issue is no longer a thing, it no longer concerns me or dc-talk, we all moved on, i just wanted to make sure that the blame was 1 person only, not 2 with justification and orders.

PSO-Remake

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If you have been around the PSO Reddit, then by now you probably saw something regarding a PSO remake, i have talked about this previously and even mentioned a playable demo about it, it contained the basics of PSO gameplay but it used some more modern engines and more modern assets to try to recreate something that looks and plays better.

While it’s true its several miles away from being a fully fleshed out game, it’s also good to note that the team isn’t all that big and it relies heavily of people’s expertise in certain areas to get things done.

The game currently has a more visual impact, the lightning, the models and the assets recreated all look great, it looks like PSO content was made more modern and the results are fantastic.

You can check the WordPress blog created for the effect as it will contain information regarding the progress.
https://psoremake.wordpress.com/

You can also check the progress here: https://trello.com/psorm

If you would like to contribute, don’t be afraid to ask them, they will appreciate the help and who knows, maybe something truly special will appear in the future, didn’t many ppl scream for an HD version of PSO to be made? Here’s the opportunity.

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PSO v2 is full of peculiarities with the increased resolution options, but the more you raise the resolution, less and less things work properly, once the res surpassed my monitor, fullscreen stops working alongside with the printscreen function (this due to the fact the function was meant for fullscreen, in window mode screenshots on backup folder will be messed up). If you go higher, screenshots can’t be taken with fraps and sadly no other program that i have found fixes this, fraps seems to be the only program that takes a screenshot at the resolution of the game itself, it’s not a cheap screen capture. If you go higher things such as ENB series can’t be activated and will cause the same issue as the screenshot, game will crash.

The game stops working entirely once the resolution reaches certain points, while i have once tried 10x the resolution of the game (6400 x 4800) just like many of the resolutions before hand, there is no way I can show you that the game was running at that res and the best I could was a desktop screenshot with the game running in window mode.

The limitation seemed to be on the 2560×1600 resolution, that is indeed the max resolution of my old graphics card, but it could also be a limitation of fraps, DirectX, drivers, OS, PSO and many other things.
Only one way to find out.

I asked on the Ephinea forums and i was lucky to find out someone who has access to more recent hardware, i mean if some games can run at 4K, then why not PSO, I’m not saying PSO is going to be 4k worthy, particles aren’t centered and many other things don’t work properly, the alpha version that i released so that players could see for themselves is no different to the version i made available to a member on Ephinea, only the res and the FOV are different, what is broken remains broken, the UI with your HP values become so small you can’t probably even see them properly.

Shichimiya was the person that offered help, i gave tools and a custom exe with the res 3840 x 2160 , minor complain here, i wish there was an easier way to download PSO v2 for pc besides a goddamn torrent file that no one seeds (i didn’t even bother) and while there is one (ty for that) it’s one with some mods included, namely the Portuguese translation.

From here it was entirely her own doing, she was in control and she took the screenshots, yes they were taken, that is something i could not do on my system and it’s quite interesting to see what will other users do.

The images have different graphical settings, there are no skins and there isn’t any bloom, so yes the image looks different from what i usually take, still Shichimiya used some of the tools, namely she warped to other areas and even removed the hud, that’s pretty good.

Credits to her as she took the highest resolution PSO screenshots to date, here’s one to demonstrate the achievement. Nothing similar is around.

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If you wish to do the same then i have a small zip file and it contains launchers, patchers, trainers and the same PSO exe file i used, you can do it on your own, warp, change camera, patch the game (including patching for fullscreen and window mode) and play PSO, however in this res only your system will tell if it works or not.

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Just some random screens

I was bored so i decided and went to PSO to take some screenshots with bloom enabled while using one of my highest resolution exes, i took special precautions to remove the hud and made sure no particles were visible (this is because my 2560×1600 exe doesn’t have the particles centered)

Could i go beyond this? Yes, it’s quite interesting to know PSO v2 on pc is the only game i have that will run at a resolution higher than my monitor (if window mode), sadly i can’t take a screenshot to show you as the game crashes instantly when i do.

Yes some of the screenshots may contain texture edits.

Want me to cover a particular area or skin, let me know in the comments.

Good images right? but those are pretty much the highest i can go, like i said, anything above that and the game crashes when i take the screenshot, i can still show how it looks, just not in the way you would expect.

For example, this image right here, seems pretty normal right? but the game is running at the 4k resolution (4096 x 2160)

pso high res

You may not believe, after all my monitor isn’t 4k and i’m using a window a bit smaller than my monitor, but not only i feel a performance hit (without using any eye candy options) but you can see that my hud is so small you can’t even read how much health i got.
But if the hud isn’t enough, we can always look at the press start screen as the image used in the background was made for a 640×480 game (the image doesn’t fit 100%, but it’s close enough).
So if we load the press start screen, we get something like this

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So there you go, PSO V2 running in 4K resolution, it’s honestly the best i can display.

Schthack is back?

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As you probably are aware, schthack is back, or at least the server name and some of the moderation staff is, i don’t actually mean you will be able to use your 2 year account that existed before, that is long gone and so are some of the players that played there, it goes back to how long you can tolerate dreadful management and corruption, some players left way before the server was having issues and some players left only recently, on the other hand some players never actually leave and are happy that a server named schthack is back, if it’s “popular” then it must have players playing and for many that is the most essential thing, nevermind the witch hunting, the scams, the unfulfilled donation services, the corruption and the items handled under the table, for some ppl those things don’t matter, 3k in donations gone? no worries, here are 3k more for you.

While many do support schthack staff (fans i guess), most of them will not actually defend all of what schthack staff has done.
Do note i am using schthack staff and not just crono, this is because in its majority, all the moderation has made several mistakes over time, not just saying with situations i experienced, but with many other players, make no mistake, while you may see ex-staff on Ephinea and in other forums complaining about what crono and others have done, they do this to try to regain some understanding from other players, they try to make it seem only crono caused a reign of terror at schthack, but reality is the staff did it.

It’s obvious crono did a mess, but none of that is related with statements such as “autoconnect disks will VK kill after 1000 hours”, or defending those statements because who knows, maybe aleronives was right, i am sorry if i lack the examples to describe it, this one was the only one on the top of my head, but there was numerous situations from all the staff. (stating more examples detract from my original post, but trust me, i lack the fingers to state the several intentional mistakes that the staff did)

I do see that despite not apologizing and even bragging that some actions were done because they thought they were doing the right thing, they do try to welcome everyone…..even me.

Some of you know me, i do not reward lack of effort otherwise it gets perpetuated, so I ask to schthack staff.
How much effort was placed when i got banned on schthack forums? (to revert the ban that is)
With that matter out-of-the-way now comes the amount of effort that i will place on understanding this “new and revamped staff” (that is in a large part old staff), which is none.

So while there might be lot’s of dumb “i only play for 3 weeks” newbies filling up the forums, please do not ask me to participate in this hypocrisy of a forum, schthack staff has managed to scatter and scare away so many players and staff. Bans, corrupted data, staff that contributed with donations and then realized that the money went down the drain, that and more caused players to flee and find other servers to enjoy the game.
Everyone is free to make the same mistakes 10 times, but i will invest attention elsewhere.

Schthack came back, but aside from the name and the poor saps (the staff) what does schthack bring different to the table?

Well, aside from a half-baked server that doesn’t have proper ppl to test connections on PC, DC and GC (because some of them don’t work) i did noticed that they brought the rule of allowing cheating and hacking as long you don’t interfere with the legit gameplay, the PSO BB client also has the antihack.dll, issues playing the game with other things in the background may appear.

This doesn’t make much sense to me, but something similar did appear on Ephinea, but they did tackle the idea by making a sandbox mode, where you have a specific account that can’t interact with legit accounts in public games and you are granted commands to create items and lvl up for example.
This is a skinner and minmax builders paradise as you can test things and socialize without compromising the server or the players, the server itself gives you the tools to do whatever you want (within the allowed commands)

Schthack on the other hand, allows cheats and hacks, making witch hunting a severe problem in the future, TA missions and events will have less credibility and while you allow the behavior, you have to cheat on a different ship, so you eliminate the social aspect, making it likely ppl will cheat on the main ship. But, at the same time you have antihack.dll
I don’t think schthack has a clear direction at this point and they are essentially asking for players to test things, the main concern that i have about schthack is that they fail to admit past mistakes and have no clear goal, they bring nothing new and instead bring problematic staff members as admins.

Schthack is essentially a can of worms, they ask the players that they scared away to return, who will fall for that?

Note: Popularity regarding the population is a different subject compared with the popularity of players knowing schthack (the one mentioned in this article), regarding population schthack isn’t the server with the highest players, this affects all platforms and all game variants of phantasy star online.

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Hope everyone has a wonderful new year.
While not game changing  there was a shift in attention from schthack related content to other things PSO related, such as skins, tools, images and so on. One could say that it’s because schthack is no longer a valid server, however i noticed this way before schthack was having issues.

I do plan on porting an echelon lobby skin in the future for PSO V2, but aside from that i have no idea if i will release or talk about anything else, Ephinea and Eden servers may announce some things, but for events and small changes it’s always better to check the websites themselves.
For sylverant i can’t do much, since dialogue is next to nill it’s hard to actually take anything seriously, especially since there have been several situations that had contradictory information and I’m not in the mood to correct them over and over.L33tserv continues to be a great server for PSO GC players, new servers have appeared for PSO BB such as Sieglindepso

There has been a recent interest in making animations by using the models in PSO, like a PSO animation project, you can read the stuff here.

If you are interested in seeing some of the stats on my blog, you can visit this page: https://kireekpso.wordpress.com/2015/annual-report/

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Now, for a situation that i tried to resolve but failed.
1st some back story, many ppl over the years used skins, wallpapers or certain screenshots that i provided here, at univers-ps or at deviant art as a way to decorate websites or to promote content.
Some users actually ask me for permission and i would say that i am fairly permissive since pretty much everything is allowed, it’s just a wallpaper or a screenshot, sometimes I’m the one that makes the banners and in the end why wouldn’t they be allowed to use the images?
Well, there are a couple of reasons, dubious content like scams is something i don’t want certain images to promote, but hardly anything falls on that category besides schthack, other reasons may be for example my support with a certain website or staff, if you disrespect me in a way that is beyond reasonable you can forget any help, ultima server is an example, the final reason that i may not accept is monetization, for example if you run a server that accepts donations.
This final one i may accept depending on the status of the server with me and vice versa, some servers i’m ok with providing them with screenshots or making banners like eden server.

I have had several situations where images or skins were being used by either entities that i don’t support or content that i don’t support (monetization related), for the most part after talking to the individuals, everything would be fixed, banners changed, skins removed, there was only one time where i had to find another way to deal with the issue, schthack decided to hype and advertise the server by using certain images (like the ones with really good quality on my deviant art) and since dialogue isn’t an option i decided to ask for a takedown of the post, with that matter solved i tought i would never see another one again.

I was wrong.
Ultima sometimes uses these images for banners and while talking to them works, it seems recently they made the mistake again, not only that but the banner changed only for a few days, so the original (that contained a popular background) remained there, advertising an event on a server that monetizes the content and that i don’t support.They don’t like me all that much, but at the same time they like me otherwise they wouldn’t able to find PSO images to make the banners, they probably can’t take screenshots or they don’t have anyone capable of doing the stuff, the mentality seems to be “if they can see it, they can use it”.
While this isn’t a huge deal, i prefer not making exceptions otherwise everyone will want to be in that situation, in other words, do you want to use screenshots and wallpapers on your website, you are free to ask and it’s likely that i will accept it even if you make a profit out of it, if on the other hand you belong to schthack or ultima staff then you can forget it, find someone else to stomp.

So to be clear, while you may see familiar stuff at ultima (banners or other content) don’t assume i had anything to do with the creation of said content, because trust me, i haven’t.

On a personal note: I remember reading a message from someone saying that “ultima had changed since then”,”we are better now” and i realized recently that hardly seems to be the case.

PSO2 Dragon area skin

 

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Info:
Echelon released recently a skin for the dragon area for PSO BB, i enjoyed the result so much that i decided to port the area to V2, not only this improves the general look of the area but it also contains higher resolution images, most notably the night sky.
My initial approach by exporting images in pvr didn’t wield the best results, as there was color and quality loss (due to the default options on pvr exporting), while on the ground that can be neglected the night sky was something i couldn’t let go, so i exported the images in bmp instead and then depending on the use of said texture i would decide on how many bits i would use for the RGB channels, long story short the more bits the better the quality, however by doing so you limit the usage of the alpha channel, so each texture was analyzed and the final pvr image created, opaque images get the best quality, some may have a 1 bit alpha and less quality (non noticeable) and the ice in the arena is translucent (quality loss is also not noticeable).
But yes that sky had to remain with the same quality as it is gorgeous to look at.
There is sadly a sky texture that doesn’t really fit the remaining ones, since the night sky isn’t exactly just white dots on a black background, it gets tricky to get such texture to fit all the textures in the sky, fortunately the majority of the fight is in the ground so you can’t see the issue all that much.

The ice was my own doing, since i didn’t have the files echelon used, I grabbed the textures from the mod and from the original PSO and I tweaked them to match the arena, the translucent reflection ice effect is cool to look at in my opinion.
The issue with aurora is something i can’t fix, while there are some ppl that remove black areas in textures and call it a “fix”, i won’t certainly do that, yes there is an issue with how transparent textures behave in PSO v2.
I optimized the file by replacing 100% transparent images by smaller versions of said transparent images, still the final files are larger than the sega original files due to the higher resolution images.

Credits:
Echelon for the original content

Version:
PSO V2

Installation:
Unzip and drop the PSO Folder into the media folder in your Phantasy star online installation, usually located in:
X:\xxxxxxxx\SEGA\PhantasyStarOnline
This replaces 2 files, one for the area textures and another one for the ice effect that is used during the fight against the dragon

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Screens: (these do not contain bloom as that would make the pictures way to bright)

Phantasy Star Online Wallpaper

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A long time a go i did a Wallpaper for Ragol.co.uk, it had a grid, it contained ending images and screenshots from several members there, it was a rather basic wallpaper on a rather small resolution, but at the time i liked the outcome.
Recently i decided to improve on that concept and made a bigger wallpaper with more frames for images, this time however i didn’t use screenshots with charathers in them, I decided to use the screenshots i have taken in PSO BB without the hud or my charathers.

This wallpaper contains:

– 1 image from an old PSO Wallpaper with the iconic explosion in Ragol.
– 12 images from the Misc ending in PSO v2.
– 12 images from the Normal ending.
– 3 images from Ultimate ending. (Red Ring Rico related)
– 3 images taken from the animations that play in the Ending in the GC version of PSO (the normal and ultimate)
– 60 screenshot images taken by me.

I must admit this took some time and at the end i was scavenging screenshots for something good and appealing, so while you may recognize the majority of the images, there might be some that weren’t uploaded on my deviant art, if you wish said pictures in their respective full sizes then leave a comment with the request, for all the other images you can just check my deviant art, i believe you may find them.

Yes, the images here are small but that is somehow intended so that both Sega images and my images share the same quality, the ending images by default are small and don’t really have that much of a quality standard (it wasn’t the purpose of the image anyway), my images were by default around 1600×1200 with exceptional graphical quality, so here they kinda lost a lot of detail.
I’ll consider this my final PSO wallpaper i guess since it has a collection of many screenshots i took, enjoy.

 

PSO Final Wallpaper

Ephinea Server

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For some time now there has been a server that caught my attention, Ephinea, a server administrated by Sodaboy, one of the heads of the Tethealla project.
One of the things that many other servers have is that they try to provide something different when compared to other servers, so they change drops, add events or skins so that they end up being unique.
This does have some downsides, if you happen to change servers there’s an entire relearning process, exp multipliers, different drops and drop rates may sound unappealing to some users and while it’s true that some like it, some still prefer something closer to the original

That’s Ephinea, the concept of the server is to provide a PSO BB server that is reliable and tries to have no changes regarding drops or exp multipliers, something you would call a vanilla server.
The server still has some additions that improve the gameplay experience such as an active administration, server commands to use in-game, common bank and so on, but regarding to drops and exp, you will likely feel as if you are playing the original game and you will likely even use official drop charts to determine the drops.
It’s also a reliable server when it comes to data and the goal is simply to provide a fun server to anyone that wants to join, due to the recent incident with another servers data, the users that left the server found this one as a welcomed change and so far they feel happy playing here.
It’s still a work in progress and changes or fixes may happen in the future, but if you want a basic server to play PSO BB without having to deal with data problems or unbalanced features then give this one a try.

You can check the main page here: http://www.pioneer2.net/
You can then select and go to either the forums or go to the main page of the server where you will be able to download the client or register an account, it’s very simple, intuitive and it’s working.

I will also add the server to the links on top, to all PSO players, happy hunting.

 

dusting schtserv

15/08/15 Edit: added GM forum section leaks

In this post i will be talking about schtserv/schthack PSO server so as many expect this will be a bashing post (since its schtserv did you really expect anything else?)
For those unaware Schtserv has been having difficulties remaining stable for months now, one can even say the server died years ago, but thanks to hard work it remained “operational”, however recently schtserv wasn’t working properly as the server was down, this combined with the registration being down aswell the server wasn’t really an option to play PSO, it was for some players because they invested time and effort building characters in that server, there was also a few mods with no clue on what was going on (miureth, arelh) who decided to put some faith into the situation and spread the word that the server was down just temporarily and that it would be back up soon, they announced this on Facebook, on the forums, they rejected anyone contesting this and they would even say that some players or PSO fans were just haters or “emos”.

Server went down for more time than the expected (because again the mods had no clue although they pretended they did) and the mods tried to contain the situation, while at the same time player left the server to play elsewhere.

And NOW the reason has appeared, now remember that i don’t hold this as an absolute reliable information, since it comes from crono, the current schtserv administrator, it is likely that you don’t know much about him since he has been missing for years, but among the greatest things he done i do recall some things, namely:

  • Requesting donations to keep server going while it was popular, but not asking for donations when there is almost no one on the server (suddenly the server didn’t need donations, a miracle some say)
  • Requesting a 2nd wave of donations to keep the forum going this time shortly after the 1st wave of donations, Players posting questions as to where the previous donation money went were deleted.
  • Selling items but not announcing this as a feature on the server, any questions regarding who to contact to make these transactions would be quickly moderated by the mods while at the same time saying that you could not buy items from the admins (as you can see, moderators had no clue since then, either that or they were hypocrites or retarded).
  • Creating this strategy where staff would impersonate someone else on other forums to sell items, then banning the user once the cash transaction was done under the pretext “buying items from hackers isn’t allowed”, this highly immoral strategy gets rid of the players, gets you income and you can even blame someone else while you do it, You can read this on my other blog posts.
  • Not taking care of donations properly, if you probably read the donation topic to be a “Mr cat” (a 2x exp group) you will see countless players complaining about extra time they didn’t pay, taking to long to get the status or not getting the status at all. In other words, it was a service that was in a large part not delivered to players. Before the schthack staff crew can say sweet things like “we will get on it and fix those issues eventually” i can tell you that this has remained like this for months if not years, so it’s pointless to try now.

Note: these are only a few of the issues with the admin, there are plenty more situations where the admin and the rest of the staff are presented as one of the worst administrations that i ever seen, with the original server admin (schthack himself) there was double standards and corruption for sure, but this one took it to another level with downright terrible administration, donations, item selling, scams, services that were never done, outdated information, no events, problems created to stop cheaters (antihack.dll, aka the cannon ball to kill ants), registrations down, server down, not caring for concerns or feedback.

Now for the quote itself: (take this with a grain of salt)

Alright so, a lot of you obviously know the server has been down for some time now. Although I tried to get the problem fixed, it was to no avail.

The problem is my hard drive with ALLLL your accounts and server itself died. I still have the server, that’s not the problem, the issue was trying to get all your accounts back. I failed in getting it fixed and now the only way to put this server back up is to start fresh by buying a new hdd.

I know a lot of you will either move or hate that all the accounts are gone. So I will let all of you post here *within rules of the forums* and talk about if you would rather start fresh, or you can simple post and express your anger (Only if it’s about me). Please do not bash the server/team, as the HDD issue was my fault, no one else’s.

My sincerest apologies,
– Crono114

You can read the topic here: http://schtserv.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=97716

Well, there you have it, all your accounts on schtserv seem to be gone forever.
You know what’s funny this? Interacting with schtserv staff was always either pointless or painful, still many wanted to be part of the crew (for a reason i never figured it out) but in the end you will have to deal with the staff on a daily basis.
Some players and probably all of the staff at schthack always took some time to understand how things worked (the brain needs some time to process stuff), so this chatting with staff despite ending with the same result every time, players still had some hope that the next time it would be different.
It was never different, staff that played the game also have their account information gone, so to play the game again means starting from scratch and that is why a pool on the topic exists, do you want to continue to suffer, do you want schtserv to die or you haven’t decided yet?
Something of the sort will happen if you continue on, some ppl still stick to crono’s side even after years of problems, unfulfilled promises/services and multiple issues with forums and the server, to this day i still wonder if miureth and arelh are human, giving the dedication and love they have to schtserv.

I will be honest, schthack staff hate on my blog has been minimal but it existed, miureth even recommended that i backed up the blog since schthack staff had intentions to “do something”, but alas nothing happened and in the end i wasn’t concerned, all i can say is that if they dedicated their efforts to making the server stable instead of trying to shut me or other players down, then probably this blog post wouldn’t exist.

To all the corrupt, incompetent and retarded staff at schthack.

565

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Recently over at Diadu forums, brandon released html pages that had been stored over the years, containing information on account bans, account verification and some discussions regarding server or certain players.
Many pages were released, but the best part is that it gives you an idea how schtserv works, for example, have you ever done witch hunting like reporting a user without being to sure if the items he had were actually obtained in a legit way? do not be concerned, schthack staff did this aswell, many times they were unsure on how to proceed because in the end just like players, they didn’t know if certain items were legit or not, obviously they discussed the issue before doing anything, still sometimes they were the ones doing witch hunts, not the players.

Another peculiar moment is when the staff decided to make the “donation for item” system, where donations would grant you certain items, before this system was public you could not buy items from admins right? Wrong, you could buy them if you privately contacted them, if however you asked on the forums on how to do these transactions, it would be locked by a mod with the statement “you can’t buy/donate for items”
You might be thinking, maybe the mods didn’t know right? Well, i don’t think that’s the case, you see, among the leaks i found a topic where the staff discusses if a certain item bought from crono himself was or wasn’t traded afterwards (it seems the server has a rule where you can’t trade or sell items you purchased from the staff) and this topic predates the “donation for item” system. So some of the staff that locked those topics are the ones discussing this issue, so they knew certain players were buying items from the staff. Just lol.

This system seems to have been implemented to stop players from buying items from hackers, if you buy it from the staff themselves you technically support the server right?
Here’s a quote from Lee himself.

who would you rather pay money to, someone crashing the server to give you items, or to fund the server itself.

Funding the server? we all know how that turned out.

Another interesting thing is that in order to review the player they sometimes use inventory scans and forum warnings, despite being a long statement that forum and accounts in-game are handled separately, it seems they use forum warnings to bias the decision, it doesn’t happen every time but every now and then the warnings on the forums redirect the rest of the staff for the decision they will have to make even if sometimes they aren’t related in any way.

Have you ever discussed the server current situation on the forums? (being down, admin not active, bugs not fixed, unbalance issues, registration not working, low pop) then rest assured the staff has also discussed these things in the GM section and you can find more technical things such as bringing old commands back to facilitate some GM actions, however the input from crono does appear in some of them, usually saying that eventually he will get around to change the main website or fix some issues on the server or forum, thing is, some of these statements are 3 years old, have you really see any changes on the main website since then? well, you have actually, the registration system on the website broke, that’s a change right?
Not that it matters, there isn’t accounts, items and even GM issues atm, everything was wiped clean.

Time Attack (TA) seems to be an issue aswell, locked topics, witch hunting and even hacking or trainer usage on some of the players that did TA exist in this leaked content

Remember when someone leaked the “cash for item” transactions on schthack? now you don’t need to check copy and pasted versions of the post or check the YouTube video, you can check it directly here.

If you were banned unfairly because a legit item of yours was removed, if you think someone framed you, if you think the decisions made by the staff regarding accounts or item deletion were unfair then give a look yourself, it might be a bit hard for you to find an issue were you are involved but that’s why I’m providing 2 links.

Here you can see the leaked pages 1 by 1 at diadu.net under the schthack archive:
http://files.diadu.net/Drama/Scht_Archive/

If on the other hand you want to search the content for your nickname then you can always download everything:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/iizhx6z1hqvh0ny/Archives.rar?dl=0

Have Fun😉

 

 

 

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5 months or so ago a nice and interesting topic appeared on the PSO Reddit, a team was developing in the unity engine a PSO remake game and was asking around if fans were interested in helping.
This topic gathered a few dedicated fans and in the end a small team was made, some of them being quite popular, from a PSO Eden server admin named Rupikachu to a PSO BB skinner such as Gama.
Each user worked on one or several things, this means one did reverse engineering on file format, others did programing, Rupikachu for example helped with the UI and recently a playable demo was released.

Do not expect this to be a fully playable game, this is more a proof of concept to demonstrate the actual progress that was done since that time and i must say i am impressed, i also like 2 things:

– Although basic, it does contain some graphical options, so you can tweak things to improve performance. (these will be inserted into the game ui in the future)
– Several builds were made for several Operating Systems, this includes 2 builds for windows, Linux and mac.

If you want to participate, help, question or report issues, check the topic at Reddit, it also contains more information, download links and you will interact with the creators of this remake.

Topic: https://www.reddit.com/r/PSO/comments/3czvet/pso_remake_playable_promotional_demo/

Here are 2 screenshots i took. (altough in my system the shadows aren’t rendering properly)

 

title for blog cópia2 Info: If anyone remembers at some point i did a video with a custom ending for myself, since it received such good commentaries i decided to remake the ending images to appeal a more broad public.
My ending contains a humar fan art in the corner and i assume many out there don’t want to see my humar in the credits, so i tasked myself to redo the images without the humar  a very long time ago, but in the end i never actually did, until today.
I admit it was laziness on my part, but today i decided that i needed to add something to my blog so i decided to get it done, in the end it was faster than i tought, i imagined that i would have to redo the entire image, but instead i simply blocked the humar image with part of the wallpaper i used.
I did oddly enough encountered the same issues as when i did these images for the 1st time, for a reason i was unaware the transparent area (that was pitch black) kept being changed to this grid of black lines and white squares after saving as a .pvr image, this confused me but in the end it was simply the “texture type” that created this, after changing this to another type the black (transparent area) was finally black, this enables you to see the ending images without anything blocking it.

In any case this ending uses .pvr images that are ARGB 1555, in other words the best outcome possible.
I also changed other ending files (normal/hard/very hard) so that the background image used matches the one used in all endings when no ending image is being displayed, the ending images however were kept the same, this is because in some of them your char will appear as a layer and obviously i didn’t want to place an image that didn’t fit.

The ultimate ending (the one in the video) only shows images and so I changed all of them to some of my screenshots that I have taken in the past, creating a new ending.
The music also changed. Note that by downloading this, you will not change the font of the names or the font of the titles, one of the fonts can be found here as a separate download and the other one was an experiment of mine and requires some tweaking, you also won’t change the ending images of the 1st 3 difficulties, the background images do change, but the ending images themselves will not.
The background images are a bit pale, they don’t seem like that in the video or the screenshots because I used bloom, want the same vibrant and colorful experience, check this.

Version: PSO V2

Installation: Drop the PSO Folder into the media folder in your Phantasy star online installation, usually in X:\xxxxxxxx\SEGA\PhantasyStarOnline or navigate to the single files and drop them manually in the PSO folder and in the SoundBGM\22 if you want the new ending music.

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Video: This video is the ending video i did a while back containing the new ultimate images ending, the background and the music, as you can see the background has a fan art image of my humar, but I’ve decided to remove it when doing a public release.

Rearranging links

There was once an issue with Ultima awhile ago and i had to drop the link and support, i was seeing the issues every now and then but i decided to participate in the forums, you know, show some activity, i took the full blow with the issues that arrived and i learned from that, it’s better to act when there are some acceptable level of issues, delaying it only makes it worse, i left activity during the day and when i came back to participate on the forums it was night already, i made a mistake to neglect a community for so long.

So i decided to check my stance with some of the links on top to see if everything of those communities is running smooth, sometimes i make adjustments and some ppl ask why i removed or why some websites are still mentioned, one that is often used for comparison is Sylverant, the popular server for PSO V2 that has a very good guide for connecting.
Sylverant isn’t perfect and sometimes players complain that other websites that offer better content and info are not mentioned while sylverant is, i recognize the problems and so do some ppl and that is why they question ” why sylverant and not “us”? “.

Sylverant has a lot of documentation, well presented guide for connecting and there are a few share of players like myself who give info regarding PSO mechanics, so in general it’s a nice place for casual PSO gaming, there are however veterans, some of them made skins, some made mods to try to balance the game and some will even help you clear the hardest quests in the game, the problem is what you can and cannot do.

When it comes to mods, which ones are allowed, why they are allowed, you have to wonder who you ask that.
Asking the players may not be the best solution, asking the GMs is pointless as they will ask Bluecrab for clarification, asking Impulse (dc-talk admin) is pointless, Asking aleronives is a mistake since he often lies or brings subjects that have no reason the be brought up (usually they are just so he can bash them), so the only solution is to go to BlueCrab himself.

That’s when the problems happen, what he tells you seems to be right, he will even explain some controversial (and biased) decisions, there has been even a moment where he clarified a question i had regarding mods that fit his description of allowed, meaning the ones that can’t be detected such as other client sided mods, now the question was made after i stated that his statements were unreliable, so asking him things served no purpose, STILL, i made an effort since he was the only one who could clarify things, out of everyone i deposited some faith into what he was saying.

I mentioned the details on another post such as the one where you had to tell the other players what you had and if they were ok with it, this refers to mods that can’t be detected but are not on the list of allowed, i remind players that the list included a popular mod simply because it couldn’t be detected, other mods sadly could not be included even if they obeyed this rule of inclusion, it was stated (much, much later) that they had to be “balanced”, oddly this was never mentioned when players accused the decision of being biased.

In any case i displayed the details and warned everyone about its unreliability, it might not reach the levels of Lee or Aleronives of unreliability where they simply lie, but you couldn’t really take it seriously either.
Guess what, an innocent discussion regarding the use of codes to unlock areas (not detected by any scanner i might add) popped the discussion again in which bluecrab stated “Technically, it is against the rules.” but that in the end he didn’t care.

So to sum the statements i posted a resume of the things he himself said.

You said that certain things were allowed because they couldn’t be detected, if they can’t be detected, you can’t judge that person gameplay no matter how non original it may be. The problem was the narrow view that included only 1 single thing while neglecting all the other mods/patches, some of which are of the same nature as the one allowed, but since that was neglected the easy way out was the one chosen, we allow 1 thing, we neglect the rest, no questions asked about what they are.
You used a “condition” or a “rule” to accept a mod (this was the explanation given when some players complained), ignoring the fact that the rule included far many other mods, so instead, you allowed 1 and you disallowed everything else.
Some players considered it “biased”

Then, things that fall outside the legit checker (this is the case) must be mentioned to the other players, but there was no specification if it was allowed or not, you said it as a recommendation, a way to approach other players.
I agree, you shouldn’t just enter a game and ruin it, it may be allowed but acting like an idiot isn’t ideal either.

Then now you state it’s not allowed.

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You asked.

This created a discussion of what the hell were we supposed to do since he said 3 different things.
You can read the small discussion here:
http://dcemulation.org/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=75&t=101712&start=160  (so you don’t say i ain’t sharing his point of view)

If i am going to post important updates or changes, i have to rely on them, sadly i can’t and for that I removed sylverant from the links I recommend, if it’s already this bad with 1 person and 1 question, how unreliable will things be if i add the other 2 admins, the GMs and the players into the mix, i simply can’t imagine.
Nothing clarifying comes out of bluecrab, asking him is as pointless as asking anyone, he will state something here, PM you something else and later on post something different again.

I want to promote gameplay changes, new things to do in sylverant and things that improve your PSO experience, but i can’t mention them, talking about them will surely make me talk about them again because “something” changed or because someone received something different in a PM.
I have literally no reason to talk about them, the information is wrong right off the bat.

It’s just that, Unreliable information, i knew it, i did a leap of faith and I got the same result.
If it was a GM, or info from 2 admins, it would be nearly acceptable, but it’s the same person, i can’t defend him and neither should I have that work, in his mind everything works fine, sadly he is unable to explain things.

I will still post and help players in the forums, I’m not going to leave, I simply cannot expand the sylverant news here, at least not now.

If you have a website or project related to PSO and would like me to link and talk about it, send me a message or comment here, I will analyze and see if it’s worth it.
There are other websites and servers that share sylverant tools for connecting to the servers (like the PSO Patcher), so they are nearly on par with sylverant connecting methods, while at the same time displaying info that can be used by anyone, i would love to promote news regarding PSO, just make sure the info you send me is reliable, please.

2014 in review

2015

Hope everyone have had a happy holidays, i personally didn’t make many posts in 2014 but i did more than what i initially tought so it ain’t that bad.
Like last year, i will make some stats on the blog available to the public, but i certainly need to comment on that.

You will see on the stats that a particular story about schtserv is still popular, it grew to a point where anything related to schtserv, whether it’s good or bad gets searched and eventually they end up here, it doesn’t help players connect to the server and it doesn’t have info on broken registrations, but it does give a hint as to why schtserv is on live support atm (and “oddly” without any request for any new required donations)
It’s an interesting thing in the end, something that was very popular in the past requested donations after donations on top of the transactions for the items, and now with the server being populated by just a few players it doesn’t require donations.

You see, members do check other things that have happened before, like aleronives bashing on autoconnect disks, but those views only happen when someone searches deep enough, so skins, tools and the widescreen become far more popular, that’s good, players focus more on the good things instead of searching drama that explains why they can’t register somewhere.
Schtserv story sadly doesn’t comply to this and gets viewed far more than anything else, it’s something that reached the point of being “unpleasant”, especially now that the story is linked on Reddit.
Anyone can link it and I’m not going to remove the post, but i wished that the good things in PSO were viewed more.

https://kireekpso.wordpress.com/2014/annual-report/

As a request for 2015 and if you have found this blog because of an issue regarding schthack, or an event, or a member, make sure to check other posts, maybe you will find a specific skin or a specific tool far more interesting.

On another note, improving PSO v2 visual quality has also been viewed a lot, impressive for a post from 2011, changing the particles, the textures, the settings and by using a higher version of the game can definitely improve the environment, can it surpass PSO BB? I’ll make a blog post about that in the future.
While not in a higher res, my hud is still pretty popular, by reaching 600 downloads on univers-ps it is one of the most downloaded hud skins of all time (surpassing some of the PSO BB huds) and it is the number 1 for PSO v2.You can check most of my skins here or download the entire pack here

I’m not into PSO as much as i was, i have been busy with Warframe atm (free to play 3rd person shooter), it’s like a mix between Mass effect and Phantasy Star Online and i have been enjoying it for quite some time now, so if you wish to find me, try to find me on warframe instead of a PSO server.
To be honest, already found 3 PSO players in warframe and we bumped into each other because of PSO, who knows, maybe i will see many more.

In any case i still check PSO related subjects on forums, i may not post much, but i am there reading.

I also Reuploaded many images here, fixed links and made the presentation a bit better in many posts, especially the skin ones, hopefully now you will be able to see the preview screenshots and download the skins as i originally intended.

Happy 2015

schtserv

How long has it been without me posting something about schtserv? Quite a long time right? Let’s break that trend shall we.
Schtserv has been doing changes for the past weeks, the changes themselves are not that important, but they stack on other things creating a problem for GC ep1&2 players.

It begins with forced registrations for GC players, this itself is not problematic and it is something that hasn’t happened yet, but it seems that is the intention, Cranberry (schtserv GM) has opposed this change, this prompted the staff to kick her out.
There are situations were the staff disagrees with certain changes and actions, so this was a surprising at least to me, never expected what is probably the best schtserv staff member to be kicked over an issue this trivial, i know some of the staff didn’t like her and i’m sure she knew aswell, maybe this was the perfect excuse to get rid of her.Cranberry is an interesting person, her reputation wasn’t always in good shape since she belonged to schtserv, so sometimes players questioned that decision, however she seems to have been stuck with schtserv because she was the bridge between players and staff, players even asked her to remain on the staff because (for a lack of a better person) she was the most trustworthy of the bunch. She endured the criticism because her goal in the end was simple, to help players in the best way possible.

Obviously she can’t do everything on her own so the rest of the staff is required, but truth has to be told, GC section never received the attention it deserved, no matter how hard Cranberry tried, the apes at schtserv always let her down and the players.

GC players are in a significant part old PSO players so they know these issues in 1st hand, but the goal is always the same, to be able to play PSO, drama is something that doesn’t really bother players.

Now, forced registrations aren’t a big issue, both Sylverant and L33tserv have them, so what differs on schtserv?

If you’re a PSO v2 player and you tried registering you already know this, registration is manual, might take weeks, might be rejected, message might not be received by the staff, the staff might forget it, you might try to send a 2nd message that will also take weeks and in the end registrations can’t be done because something is broken.
Even if you are past that, you will have to deal with low population and the common “server being down” thingy.
Effort doesn’t pay off.

Here’s a portion of what cranberry stated:

Since its not possible to register anyone on GameCube, forcing registrations means that no new players are able to join, and everyone that isn’t already registered would be kicked off.

This can be changed, maybe the rest of the staff will be super motivated to do registrations (let’s not forget, Cranberry dealt with the registrations on pso v2), maybe the registrations will be working, but like i said, there is another issue that comes afterwards.

Schtserv staff and admins have always tried to bash other communities while boosting their own ego when it came to schtserv itself, on the top of my mind i remember an admin bashing izakaya server stating that even at its peak time the population was low, we also see the staff saying the usual “there is around 15 players on gc right now”, however recently they went on a mad hunt for GC players to justify an event, i guess that sums it up, it’s a clear lack of confidence, if there was as many players they often say there were, they wouldn’t be asking GC players if they are going to play or not.

Now this isn’t exactly bad news, it’s actually good news, Cranberry receives a boost in reputation, Cranberry can recover her mental stability (schtserv apes can drive anyone mad) , the server gives more reasons for players to leave and in the very best, server will remain the same as it was before, no updates or worthwhile changes, that’s great really.
The only downside will be the staff that will replace Cranberry, but i guess one way to deal with them is by not interacting. Trust me, if you talk with the rest of the staff, you will be disappointed.

Some of you are asking if there is any alternatives, yes there are, take L33tserv for example, server is up fairly often, registrations are mandatory but they work, meaning you can actually register and you have some of the most well-known PSO players in the forums, Kroniedon, Mewone, tueidj (Wii support for PSO), Captain N, Aurelli and even Cranberry herself. If you liked Cranberry before then she is still around, just probably not helping schtserv anymore.

A long time ago i mentioned that a change regarding the GC portion of schtserv would happen, these issues are not it, that means there is still something bound to happen in the future. It’s not a huge deal, but remember that GC schtserv has a lot of tiny problems that end up adding up, it’s the server stability, the registrations, the staff, the connections, the events, the population BS and so on.

On L33tserv and Sylverant (to a certain extent given that a schtserv staff member is also there) at least you won’t be tricked and you certainly won’t be forced to use something that doesn’t work.
If we let the drama and issues asside you’ll see that some players simply want a place to play and sadly they only know schtserv, when the forced registrations kicks already existing players and prevent the new ones from joining, it will be actually a good thing, motivation to play will make players seek other servers.
Only 1 version of the game is left to fall, PSO BB.

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