Finding SST/TLR tarballs

I’m hoping to find some time this festive season to rewrite parts of my client… turns out I’m not as clever as I thought I was, and the multiple thread approach I used actually causes my client to crash on a dual-core processor! 🙁

So I’m creating a virtual linux box to throw onto my laptop, and I’ve come to the point where I need to find the SST/TLR installer.

Finding SST isn’t a problem, has a link to the tarball. However I’ve been unable to find an article there that has a link to the TLR tarball? Good thing I remember that Bestark emailed me the location earlier this year! (Thanks B!)

SST V1.8.5 7th December 2002
SST V2.1.0t 20th December 2005
TLR V0.5.9 26th February 2005

TLR Installer
[drain file 3 show]Version History[drain file 3 versions 10]
TLR Patches
[drain file 2 show]Version History[drain file 2 versions 10]

** Update 24-Dec-06 – I’ve been sent the binaries for TLR 0.6.0 & 0.6.1, with a note that Ray has approved their release! You’ll need to install TLR 0.5.9 and then replace the starocon & starinit files from the newer version.
** Update 14-Jan-07 – More bug fixes
** Update 5-Jan-08 – Fixed the download links… older versions hosted on this site are only available to registered users.
** Update 25-Mar-2008 – Bestark has combined the 0.6.2 binaries into a complete installation tarball.
** Update 14-Apr-2008 – Changed download plugin. This one adds version capabilities.

ELF bashing

I’ve decided to create a new category for my blog… dedicated to ELF!
Every post that has been written about ELF now resides in this category… all 3 of them (4 if you count this one)!

Maybe my grasp of the english language has been impaired with my frustration on the ELF boards, but I don’t see any major slandering of the ELF game in these posts? I’ve expressed my views, made a few sly jokes and have told people to go enjoy themselves?

I’m going to give the ELF boards a rest for a few days, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try and get the last word in! 😛
DRAGELET: I sent you an email with exact times the error occurred. Could you please take 5 minutes out of your busy schedule and compare the times with your apache logs!
INFEST: Thanks to you I now have a troll reputation… you managed to push just the right buttons, but I’m going to take the high road and leave you wading in your own trollish drool.
SIVART: Yes on-line polls are stupid… so were the arguments on the board! I fully expect to see an overwhelming landslide in the ‘yes’ votes over the next few days… but if the ‘no’ vote goes up at all from it’s current figure of two, there may just be a problem.

Oh yeah, don’t forget that at the end of the day this is all about a game, so ENJOY!

Update: Moved the poll into the article.

Does the ELF login history page work for you?
View Results

ELF Update

A little complaint about the failures with the login history page has turned into an attack of my character.

No one seems to believe that there is a problem with the page, I keep getting the old “It works for me, so it must be your computer” line.

So let’s clarify a few obvious problems with that statement!

  1. I’m not an idiot!
  2. Other users have mentioned this problem to me (I’m refusing to divulge their information to save them from being attacked!)
  3. I have tested from both home and work
  4. I have used multiple computers
  5. I have used various browsers
  6. Family members have the same problem
  7. See #1

I’ve attempted to follow Dragelet’s request to solve this via email, but only received an excuse about me not being a player?

In one of my posts on the ELF message board I’ve made a statement about why nobody else is complaining about the page problem… after seeing the way I’ve been attacked, why should anyone else step forward?

So I’ve decided to add a poll to my blog.
The first question is whether the login history page is accessible to you.
All voting will be anonymous!

That’s enough rambling for now… don’t forget to vote!

Newsflash! Cheating occuring on Anti-Cheating SST site!

I’ve recently been accused of being biased against the alternate SST server… they’re right!

They’ve unfairly blocked access to their game via the client port… that excludes me from playing.

They’ve setup a login history page to help detect cheaters… this page just happens to return an Internal Server Error when accessed by certain people.

This smells like a conspiracy to me!!!


Internal Server Error

The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

The above message is what I see when I attempt to access the history page…??
I’m too lazy to email dragelet so I’m hoping he’ll see this and explain what’s going on!

Alternate game has started

It’s old news, but I have to post something here!

There’s good news for all of those people who don’t like the Resort theme of the current official game, Dragelet has decided to host his own game at

The games at this site will only be classic styled games (no Resorts in sight!) and all players have to take their ships through a ladder game before they make it to the full size mapped (currently running under the name ELF – Extended Last Frontier).

In an attempt to hinder cheating, the admins have added the ability to see what IP addresses players have been using. In principle this is a good idea, but in reality the determined cheaters out there will just learn to be more careful. It also makes it harder to run Indie/Spy ships, but not impossible.

The real bad news though is that the client port has been disabled. Even though there have been plenty of posts acknowledging that most bots work in telnet & http mode, the game administrators have decided that the biggest threat to the integrity of the games are client users?

There has been a big recruiting theme on the boards of both TLR & SST, and the radio logs of both games almost always seem to contain a reference to this new game.

My take on all of this? It’s kind of obvious, the current settings of TLR are a major hinderance, so a lot of players will be moving to the new game simply because it’s easier! The new game will also serve the task of being a training area for those players who haven’t been able to compete with the really skilled players that have been dominating the TLR universe!

I hope everyone enjoys the new game, and when they’re after a real challenge they just need to remember to visit!