This thread is a way out of date - so I updated this post to contain all the needed info. Until otherwise posted ignore anything below this post. This update is on December 6, 2009.
I intend to keep this post updated - Uriah.
Intro to Online play:
There are two groups of online players. Some play in both groups. I call one the 'LaunchPad' the other the 'Flyboys'.
Time is important:
Time anywhere in the world.http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/
Both groups use Team Speak.
get teamspeak here:http://www.teamspeak.com/?page=downloads
Install Teamspeak2 client
Label: European Airwar
Server Address: 126.96.36.199:8769
Choose a nickname.
Log in as "Anonymus".
No Password requiered.
the host is GameSpeak
once connected scroll down to 'eaw launchpad'
the password is 'eawrules'
======================= LaunchPad ==================================================
The LaunchPad folks lead by VB also use Chatzy http://www.chatzy.com/251310437564
And website for the LP is:http://eawlaunchpad.multiply.com/
They use a set of code that is hex edited but works well with many old mods.
VB is on 12 hours a day and can be found at Chatzy.
You can use Win98 here.
======================== Flyboys Group ===============================================
Flyboys use a set of code they have altered and compiled.
Gameranger is used for online play. Gameranger does not support Win98.
Get started here!http://www.gameranger.com/
TO SETUP GAMERANGER:
Run the install and follow the prompts. You will need to setup this account with a valid email.
When installed (very simple) open the application.
Go to the file menu > EDIT > OPTION > GAMES: European Air War
The first time that you try and join a hosted EAW game, you will also be asked to navigate to your (matching) version of the EAW executable on your hardrive. Warnings will appear if a player has a different executable to the host.
Below has a few edits I have made -
This is for all who play, or want to play EAW1.28c on GameRanger!!
Since the EAW community is very small these day´s and cause almost all people, who play on GameRanger, mod EAW anyway(in this or that way), we think that a "open beta" development is the only that work, at least regarding the multiplayer related development.
We will most probably stay in a steady development, so we decided to have a permanent download link for the latests EAW1.28c_MP**.exe.
"MP" of course stand for "MultiPlayer", although some features also might be of interest for offliners.
This link will be always present as "welcome message", if you join the EAW TeamSpeak server, together with the date when the download got updated.
This is the current message:
Download the latest EAW1.28c "MultiPlayer" executable (05.Dez.09):http://www.users.on.net/pam_biddell/EAW1.28c_MP.zip
Here some important informations:
1. All our exe´s will have the "basic name" "EAW1.28c_MPxx"(EAW1.28c_MP01, EAW1.28c_MP02, EAW1.28c_MP03 etc).
2. Unless we did implement critical gameplay related changings, we wont change the netcode and "basic name" of an new exe. For "not citical adjustments" we only will add a "character" to the name, while the new exe stay fully compatible regarding the gameplay.
The 1st exe is called "EAW1.28c_MP01". If we make a "not critical adjustment", it will be called "EAW1.28c_MP01a", if we make another "not critical adjustment", its "EAW1.28c_MP01b", etc.
3. A "not critical adjustment" is a new feature or bug fix, which don't change the gameplay or world setup.
For example the new feature to enlarge the "chat font" by an new EAW.ini value is not a critical adjustment. While a changing in the flight/damage model routine would be a "critical changing".
4. If we make a "critical adjustment", where the gameplay isn't compatible anymore, we will change the netcode and the basic name to "EAW1.28c_MP02" and so on.
Only in this case its realy needed to have the latest exe to be able to play online.
5. Since the zipped EAW.exe itself is a rather small file of just 590kB, it shouldn't be a problem to stay up to date.
I don't expect many "critical adjustments" anyway.
Its of course needed that as many people, who want to play on GameRanger with EAW1.28c_MP, stay informed and up to date and that all explain possible newbes the rules.
So please help the people to setup TS, or at least give them the above download link, so they can download the latest exe, if needed.
Here you get GameRanger:http://www.gameranger.com/
A very good help for newbes, regarding 1 vs 1 dogfights in EAW, is Mark Shot's STK, you get it here:http://www.simhq.com/_air/air_037a.html
So at best you copy this message and store it as text file, at least the links!