Playing Wing Commander: Armada with your friends is now easier than ever. Forums member NuAngel is providing a 16-player Armada server that is available around the clock through Classic Gaming Arena. Internet dinosaurs will find the CGA concept similar to that of the ill-fated Heat.net multiplayer service from the late 1990s. You install a small program on your PC, after which you can meet up and connect with other players through the CGA website. After clicking a button on the site, DOSBox is launched automatically with everything preconfigured for playing Armada over IPX! Voice over IP support is also included. With Armada for sale on GOG.com, you don't even need to look for a computer with a floppy drive or CD-ROM station.
The dedicated server software communicates with the website so that players can use it when setting up their games. Players will also be able to connect up via a peer-to-peer mechanism since DOSBox has a built-in server as well if they do not want to use a dedicated server. Players are required to create an account (for free of course) and through the website configure their DOSBox and game settings (ie: local paths and CD information if needed). Once that is all setup they will then be able to setup game rooms which will use either a dedicated server or themselves as the server and allow others to join the room and get connected.
We have tried to make the process as thin and streamlined as possible so as to create a great gaming experience for the players. (one of the things that killed the services of the past was bandwidth issues and lag) We have done quite a bit of testing over the past several months with different platforms (Windows and Linux) and network scenarios, including wireless, desktops and laptops and any combination there of. So far it has all been very successful.
The CGA Client and Server are publicly available for both Windows and Linux.