We don't run this base, but we have an "arrangement" with the people who do.
This game on was inspired by some posts in this thread: On marketing a modern space sim
What is Freelancer?
Freelancer is a game by Digital Anvil and published by Microsoft Game Studios. The official website is here
, where you can apparently download a free trial. I don't think trial users can join this Game On, though.
"Experience a vast, open-ended universe filled with an infinite number of adventures. You are the freelancer Edison Trent, an intergalactic jack-of-all-trades. Your mission: whatever you want."
That's right: your mission is to do whatever the hell gets your rocks off
- in space!
And who is this Edison Trent guy you ask? This badass motherfucker right here:
Unfortunately you don't actually get to walk around shooting people with a retarded grip on your personal sidearm. Instead you fly around in space and pew pew pew with one of hundreds of awesome space ships. Or, if you're particularly non-violent you can do trade - buy low and sell high in the various regions of space.
The game is very easy for non-space sim veterans to get into. The interface is minimal and the controls are all done with the mouse (with optional additional keyboard controls):
Sweet, but what's this Discovery mod?
You get to join NASA in sweet missions going to and from the ISS to do science experiments in space!
No, not really. It's a mod that adds a whole assload of ships to fly. Lots of famous ships from various SciFi shows, movies, anime, etc. To sum it up, this is why we are using the Discovery mod:
Great! So how do I join?
First, you need to have Freelancer installed. Done? Good. Next you need to head over to the Discovery downloads page
to get the mod. Download version 4.84. You should also get Freelancer Mod Manager
to make it super easy to install. Once FMM is installed, just double-click on the file you downloaded from the Discovery site, then in FMM activate the mod. Don't activate anything else, though, or the server will think you're a dirty cheater and kick you out of the club.
There are no servers online! What the hell?!
Okay, so Microsoft shut down the global list server. This saddened a lot of players apparently, so some dudes made their own. To use it, just go to c:\program files\microsoft games\freelancer\exe\
and edit freelancer.ini
. You want to change hostname = fllistserver.zone.msn.com
to hostname = gun.fllistserver.com
. Now you can see all the servers that use that global list server, hopefully including mine! You should try this method first!
Directly connect: change your Freelancer shortcut to "c:\program files\microsoft games\freelancer\exe\freelancer.exe" -sexoplasm.gotdns.org:2302
If this doesn't work, try -s18.104.22.168:2302 instead.
Hamachi: Join the channel [pa]freelancer - the password is wang
. If this gets full I'll make more channels.
The server is called [Penny Arcade] Discovery
so make sure to connect to that one.
Note: PVP is enabled on this server! If enough people complain about it I'll turn it off, but otherwise make sure you aim correctly, doofus!
Can I see how I stack up against everyone else?
Yes, yes you can you egotistical bastard! Just go to http://exoplasm.gotdns.org
to see the (NEW AND IMPROVED)
stats page. I also set up some little forums there just in case people want to post stuff there, but feel free to post it in this thread instead/as well! The stats update every hour on the hour.
Questions? Comments? Flames?
Post them here, or PM me, or post on the forums at the stats page.