I'm pleased to announce two new patches for PSO GC today. The first is the Chat Patch, which gives you the ability to pause the chat log's automatic scrolling by holding L+R, so you can actually read the log when people are talking. As an added bonus, the patch also allows you to use the ⁄cc command to chat in colour. The second is the Event Music Patch, which restores the special music on Pioneer 2 during online events. You can get both patches in the GC Downloads section of the site, and you can find the forum thread here.May 15, 2017
I've updated the Draw Distance Patch to version 1.1. The update increases the draw distance of item boxes (and blood) a bit further to compensate for the giant rooms in Episode II, and it also increases the draw distance of item crates to make them easier to find, as well as a few other improvements. You can get the update in the GC Downloads section of the site, and you can find the forum thread here.April 24, 2017
The Ice Patch is now available for PSO GC. This patch combines the old patch for Blizzard weapons with a new patch to improve the casting speed and freezing rate of Gibarta. This patch allows you to cast Gibarta at the same speed as Gizonde, which in turn makes Gibarta much more useful than before. As usual, you can get the patch in the GC Downloads section of the site, and you can find the forum thread here. This patch supersedes the Blizzard Patch, so you can install it on top of the old patch. It also fixes a bug with the Blizzard Patch, so please update if you're using the old patch. Enjoy!April 4, 2017
The Offline Map Patch is now available for PSO GC. This patch lets you fight the same enemy waves in offline Episode I that you get in online mode, so you can finally be rid of the boring spawns in offline Forest and Cave. Episode II is not affected, as the offline Episode II spawns are actually different from the online spawns, rather than simply being reduced versions of the same enemy waves. You can get the patch in the GC Downloads section of the site, and you can find the forum thread here. Enjoy!February 28, 2017
The Draw Distance Patch is now available for PSO GC, and you can get it in the GC Downloads section of the site. As you might imagine, this patch improves your ability to see objects from far away by raising their clipping thresholds. This patch is more subjective than usual, as there are scores of objects to choose from when deciding which ones to change, and the new clipping thresholds are subjective as well. If you find some critical object that I didn't boost or an existing object that I boosted too much (?!), you can report any problems in the forum thread here. With any luck I won't need to make any updates. ;)January 8, 2017
I'm pleased to announce the release of the Item Loss Prevention Patch for PSO GC. As the name suggests, this patch prevents you from losing your unequipped items and Meseta when your game crashes in online mode. As such, you no longer have to worry about keeping backups of your important items, because the game will no longer delete them in the event of a crash. Huzzah! You can grab the patch in the GC Downloads section of the site, and you can find the discussion topic for the patch here. Huge thanks go out to Ralf for his hard work on this, as it's taken us over two months of tinkering and testing to finish this patch. If you find any problems, please report them on the forum.
If anybody is experienced with SH4 assembly and wants to try porting this patch to the Dreamcast, please contact me, as it's very likely that it would be possible to do this on DC as well, assuming somebody wants to dig through the game's code.November 28, 2016
I've just released a slew of patches for PSO GC, which you can find in the new GC Downloads section of the site. You can also discuss the patches in the new GameCube section of the development forum. All GC patches require you to use GCRebuilder to modify your ISO. If you don't know how to use GCRebuilder, I've written a GCRebuilder tutorial with screenshots to help you out. Huge thanks go out to Ralf for all his hard work on patching PSO GC!November 14, 2016
We're back! After some downtime due to an unexpected server move, everything on Sylverant is back to normal again. If you use the DNS redirect method to connect, you'll need to update your DNS 1 setting to 18.104.22.168 to reach the new server. If you have any questions, you can ask them here. Sorry for the inconvenience!April 14, 2016
I've posted a detailed review of the Phantasy Star Online: Network Trial Edition for the Dreamcast on the forum. If you've ever wanted to know more about the NTE but can't manage to find a copy for yourself, you can at least read about it here.January 3, 2016
Today marks the fifth anniversary of PSO Palace joining the Sylverant family, so I would like to take this moment to celebrate the fact that we're still going strong, even though Schthack's server is now gone. Here's to another five years of keeping PSO alive. =)November 22, 2015
I've updated the Triad -Maximum Attack- quest series with a bunch of small fixes, so you can download the new TMA3 from the server (after you delete the old version from your memory card/Backup folder) to get the update. The main news is that TMA3 is now also available online, so you can finally play it with other people, too. Enjoy!September 30, 2015
Mark your calendars, folks, as today's update is particularly unusual. I've just released multiple quests for... Ver.1? =P Yes, Soul of a Blacksmith, The Retired Hunter, Garon's Scheme, and Hero & Daughter are now available as Download Quests for Ver.1. I found a bunch of small things that I wanted to tweak in Hero & Daughter while I was porting it, so I've updated the Ver.2 and PC editions of the quest, too. Yes, I know there isn't a huge demand for Ver.1 content, but I figured since it was possible to port the quests, I might as well do so to make our quest list as complete as possible. ;) Enjoy!May 10, 2015
After several months of work, I have just released a slew of quest updates for more than a dozen different quests. Rather than make a massive post on the main page about it, I will instead direct you to read the massive forum post about the update here. ;) Enjoy!April 4, 2015
Today's announcement marks an exciting development in the world of PSO for the Dreamcast. I have just released the first fast-loading PSO Ver.2 CDIs ever that are free from the freezing problems that have plagued all earlier releases of the game. =D I have updated the PSO DC Pack in the Downloads section of the site to version 2.0 to reflect the change. As before, I am releasing both a normal disc and a disc with the Enhancement Pack. While I expect each of you will only be interested in using one of the included discs, I would like to ask you to download and seed the entire pack so that other people will be able to obtain their disc of choice. (The original USv1 CDI is also included again in the new disc pack.) This release pretty much makes every previous PSO Ver.2 CD-R copy obsolete, so it's up to us to ensure that everyone who wants a proper fast-loading copy of the game is able to get one. For more information about this release, you can visit the forum topic about it here. Keep Dreamcasting!February 4, 2015
I've updated the PSO PC, PSO PC Music Pack, and PSO DC Pack torrents to use new trackers, as the old ones stopped working. Since I had to update the PC torrent anyway, I took this opportunity to update the package a bit. Version 3 of the torrent now includes a pso.exe and online.exe that will connect to Sylverant, since you must use the Sylverant patch server to register your serial number and access key with the game. I've also updated the README with information on how to register for an account on sylverant.net so that you can get a serial number and access key. The included pso.exe is now also pre-patched with the Vista/7 "typing patch" to let you enter messages in English without having to deal with Japanese input, as I imagine most people trying to download and install PSO these days will be trying to do so on a version of Windows newer than XP. You can of course still get the other versions of pso.exe in the PC Downloads section of the site if you're using an older version of Windows or want to be able to type in languages other than English. I have also updated the online README located in the Guides section of the site.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has seeded the previous two versions of my PC torrents, and I hope that the third one will be just as successful.
I have also updated the PSO DC Pack to use 7-Zip compression, which makes the new torrent almost 300 MiB smaller than the old one. As a result of the compression change, you will need to download the new torrent to continue seeding. I only updated the trackers for the PSO PC Music Pack torrent, so you can continue to seed the original zip file after you download the new .torrent file.July 14, 2014
Today's update announces the completion of my trio of event quests, as Acrid Aquifer is now available! This new event quest will fill in the rest of the calender year by giving us something to do when the other event quests aren't available, so we will now have a rotating set of quests to cover the entire year. As always, you can check out the forum topic on the quest here. Enjoy!March 24, 2014
As I hinted a few days ago, I've updated the PSO PC Graphical Fix Pack with a new patch to fix the floor in Ultimate Cave 1. You can download the new pack in the PC Downloads section of the site, and you can see the updated screenshot page here. The forum topic is also still available. Enjoy!March 22, 2014
I've written a guide on how you can improve PSO PC's graphics by applying special effects with the driver for your graphics card, which you can find on this page. The guide will walk you through the process for nVidia graphics cards, but the steps should be relatively similar for ATI/AMD GPUs. You can also read the forum topic about the guide here. There should also be another bug fix for PSO PC's graphics coming in the next few days... ;)March 4, 2014
I've released a new patch to disable the word filter in PSO PC, mainly because the new method of disabling the game's censorship doesn't require you to patch your pso.exe file. You don't need the new patch if you've already patched pso.exe, but if you want a way to turn off the word filter without patching pso.exe, this will let you do it. As always, you can get the patch in the PC Downloads section of the site. It's definitely a minor update, but I thought it was worth making, anyway.July 28, 2013
Two updates in less than a week? Yes, it's unusual. =P This update is to let everyone know that Battle rules 1, 2, and 3 are now fully compatible with cross-platform play, so Dreamcast and PC users can now safely duel each other in those rules. You can read the forum topic about the update here. Happy dueling!July 26, 2013
Today's update is for the boot disc for the Dreamcast version of the game. BlueCrab has just released version 2.0 of his loader, which fixes the problem with Battle mode rules instantly running out of time. It also includes optional BGM patches to let you hear the correct music in non-Battle quests that use the Spaceship and Palace stages (namely, Prospective Horizons). A new CDI is available in the Dreamcast downloads section of the site. Now would be a good time to try dueling, if you've never dabbled in Battle mode before. ;) A forum topic for the update is located here.January 23, 2013
It's time for the first update of the new year. I've updated the PC Challenge stages to use the new darkness effect from the Darkness Patch, so it is now possible to see yourself and some of what's around you in the dark rooms (the way you can on DC), instead of being stuck in total blackness. As usual, there is a forum topic about the update, which is located here.September 15, 2012
Yes, it's finally time. Halloween has come early this year to celebrate the release of a new quest: Halloween Horror is now available for the event! Also remember that you can get the Halloween Patch for PSO PC to apply new music to Pioneer 2, if you didn't do it last year. You can read the forum topic on the new quest here, and you can get the Halloween Patch from the PC Downloads section of the site. Have fun!August 16, 2012
Hmm... how long has it been since there were two updates in one month? Scroll down to find the answer! ;D
Anyway, I've updated the quest "Resurgent Darkness" with a special difficulty for Ultimate mode, and I've also converted it for use on Ver.1, since it was a practical conversion to make. Perhaps this will tide people over until Halloween. ;)August 8, 2012
Well, this update has been a long time coming. I've just released the Darkness Patch for PSO PC, which makes dark rooms in freeplay and the offline quests look more like they do on the Dreamcast version by putting a pool of light around your character, instead of the total blackness that PSO PC usually has. As usual, you can grab the patch in the PC Downloads section of the site, and you can read the forum topic (which includes a demonstration picture of the new darkness effect) here. I hope this patch proves useful.
In other news, there will be a new event quest this year for Halloween. The quest is essentially done, so I thought I would let anyone who actually reads this site know that there will be something to look forward to in October. ;)June 15, 2012
I have finished a beta version of the new server-side drop chart, which is now available for public comment. Please read this forum topic for more information.May 5, 2012
The PSO Palace server now has an explicit set of rules that all players must follow. Please read the rules in this forum topic. The complementary topic for the global Sylverant system rules is located in this topic in the main Sylverant forum.April 12, 2012
I'm pleased to announce that I have finished my new auto-connect PSO DC discs for the Sylverant server. I have created both a regular PSOv2 disc, as well as one that includes the Enhancement Pack, and I have also made the first (to my knowledge) auto-connect PSOv1 disc as a bonus. All three discs can be downloaded in a single Torrent on the Downloads page. Each disc is contained inside a separate archive with its own README file, so you can decide which discs to download, if you don't want all of them. I would encourage you to download all of the discs and help seed them, so the Torrent stays healthy. For more information about this release, please see this forum topic.
As an added bonus, I have also created a patcher to add the Sparkle Patch to the two new PSOv2 disc images. Simply patch the DiscJuggler CDI before you burn it, and you will have sparkles instead of the standard ring effects for Shifta, Deband, Jellen, and Zalure. You can get the patcher in the Dreamcast Downloads section of the site. I hope the Dreamcast community enjoys these discs and patches. ;)February 12, 2012
After an excessive amount of tinkering, a new Download Quest is available! "Garon's Scheme" can now be downloaded by selecting "Download" from the main menu after connecting to the server. This was the last JPBB quest that needed translating and converting, so thanks go to Cranberry for her help. You can read the forum topic about the quest here. Have fun!December 1, 2011
Since it's December again, the Christmas quest is back! It's been updated a little this year, so you can read the forum topic about it here. Merry Christmas!September 24, 2011
The PSO PC Halloween Patch has been released, which allows the game to play unique music during the Halloween event, instead of sharing the music from the Valentine's Day event. The pack contains the new Halloween music from PSO GC/Xbox/BB, as well as a patcher to alter the game's executable to be able to play the new music. Be sure to read the README file, so you know how to apply the patch correctly! As usual, the patch is available in the PC Downloads section of the site. You can read the forum topic about the patch here. Yes, this is a rather unusual update, but I for one was always kind of disappointed that Sega used the same music for two events, and it's finally been fixed just in time for October. ;)September 15, 2011
The translation of the message for Japanese players has been completed! Thanks go out to nana and mimi for their work! The message is located here.September 9, 2011
Famitsu -Maximum Attack- v2 has been updated to unlock Ultimate mode for the Dreamcast. If you're using BlueCrab's loader, you can finally join PC players in Ultimate! =DAugust 31, 2011
BlueCrab has released version 1.1 of the loader disc, which fixes the problems from version 1.0. As such, it is now possible to connect the Dreamcast without using CodeBreaker codes, if you don't want to save codes to your VMU. As before, the loader also has the Ultimate Map Fix, so once FAMITSU-MAXIMUM ATTACK- is updated, you will be able to play it on the Dreamcast in Ultimate using the loader. BlueCrab uploaded a self-boot CDI of the loader on the Sylverant downloads page, and I also have one on my Dreamcast downloads page. Sorry for the delay, but at least it seems to be working now.August 28, 2011
Sadly, I must be the bearer of bad news. A serious flaw has been discovered in the loader disc, which causes problems similar to those caused by the Utopia boot disc. You can't target enemies with Rafoie, you can't cast Shifta and Deband on teammates, and other problems. Unfortunately, I must now advise everyone not to download the loader disc until a solution can be devised. For now, CodeBreaker codes seem to be the only way to go online. =(August 27, 2011
As you may have heard, there's been a lot of secret work being done recently, and the results of that work are now ready. As of today, it is again possible for all Dreamcast versions of Phantasy Star Online to go online again.
After a lot of work, codes to disable the Hunter's License check for JPv1, JPv2, and USv2 have been created, which enables those games to go online again. For people who do not wish to use CodeBreaker codes, BlueCrab has also created a loader disc that can be used to automatically patch the game to connect to Sylverant and disable the HL check, if necessary.
Furthermore, the loader disc can also apply the Ultimate Map Fix to JPv2, USv2, and EUv2, which will enable those games to play FAMITSU-MAXIMUM ATTACK- in Ultimate mode, as well as any future quests using the maps that have been fixed. If you want to use the loader, simply download it here and burn it to a CD-R using the standard method for burning Dreamcast games.
Thanks go out to Lee for providing decrypted executables to allow these patches to be created, BlueCrab for disassembling the game to figure out how to apply them, and Wiccaan for creating the original Map Fix Trainer more than a year ago. For more information and the CodeBreaker codes, see this page. You can also view the forum topic about the update here.August 16, 2011
I've added Peccatum Sin's Russian translation of PSO PC to the PC Downloads section of the site. If you happen to know peope who want to play the game in Russian, you can direct them to download his patch, which replaces the English game text with Russian. There are two files, one which translates everything, and another which leaves the names of items in English, since many of PSO's items have names that are difficult to translate. Thanks to Sin for helping expand PSO's audience to people from other countries. =)August 2, 2011
Famitsu -Maximum Attack- v2 has been uploaded to enable the quest in Ultimate for PC, as well as fix many bugs and add some new features. (For example, you now get rewarded if you kill every enemy.) Ultimate will be enabled for DC as soon as the fix can be ported. Remember to get the new pso.exe before trying to play the quest in Ultimate.
Also, Triad -Maximum Attack- has been updated to also give extra points if you kill every enemy, so you can download the updated Triad -Maximum Attack- 3 from the shipgate if you're interested in that. Yay! =PJuly 24, 2011
Today's news is rather special, because a new bug fix for the PSO PC client has just been released. A new pso.exe file is available that fixes the map 6 bug in Ultimate mode, which previously made the quest FAMITSU-MAXIMUM ATTACK- unplayable in Ultimate mode. The bug also made it rather pointless to convert or develop other quests which used those maps, since the quests would be limited to Normal, Hard, and Very Hard modes. The new pso.exe corrects this problem, so once people have had a chance to get the update, Ultimate mode in FAMITSU-MAXIMUM ATTACK- will be unlocked. The fact that this works on PSO PC means that it should also be possible to make a patch for the Dreamcast some time in the future, I hope. You can get the updated pso.exe in the PC Downloads section of the site. All of the exectuables have been updated, so you can choose the one that will work best on your system. The update should also be available from the Sylverant patch server in the coming days. You can also view the forum topic about the update here.July 8, 2011
If you haven't stopped by the server recently, there's still a few weeks left of the summer event, which is giving everyone the chance to play Frantic Fauna again while we celebrate Sonic's 20th birthday. It's not too late to get out there and save Ragol! ;)
The past month has been one of mostly bug fixes. Both Hero & Daughter and Triad -Maximum Attack- 3 have been updated to fix a few bugs, so the new versions are available for download from the shipgate. The Offline Quest Pack has also been updated to address a rather minor but potentially annoying bug I found while working on another quest recently, so the update for that is available in the PC Downloads section of the site. A new Download Quest should hopefully be on its way, as well...March 25, 2011
It's Easter time, and what do you know, there's a new quest! Frantic Fauna is now available, so get out there and save Ragol from destruction! ;) You can read more about the quest in this topic. Enjoy!January 22, 2011
*sigh* Despite my best efforts, I thought of another bug to fix with the Offline Quest Pack this morning, which has now been corrected. If you by chance downloaded it already, please get the updated Offline Quest Pack in the PC Downloads section of the site, or by clicking here. Sorry about that. =(January 21, 2011
The Offline Quest Pack has been released, which finally makes NPC death no longer result in failure in the offline quests. As a special bonus, Dr. Montague can now convert Ver.2 monster parts, the new cutscenes from Episode I & II have been ported to Ver.2 for the first time, and many bugs have been fixed as well. You can download it in the PC Downloads section of the site, and you can read the forum topic about the patch here.January 3, 2011
A new chapter in the history of PSO Palace begins today. I have officially partnered with BlueCrab of the Sylverant PSO Server project. PSO Palace now has its own ship, Altimira, on the Sylverant shipgate. To find out more, please read this forum topic. If you're a regular vistor to this site, I hope you'll consider dropping by our new ship. =)December 5, 2010
Although this update was delayed until December 26 due to the server being offline, it's finally here. A series of quests entitled Triad -Maximum Attack- have been uploaded. The first two are available as online quests. The third will be available for download from the Offline Quest ship shortly, I hope. These quests are based on the Maximum Attack 4th Stage quests. For more information, read this forum topic. Enjoy!August 7, 2010
I've recently discovered that the links for both PSO DC with the Enhancement Pack and the PSO Music Pack have expired. Rather than continue trying to find places to host these files, I am instead transferring them to Torrent-based distribution as with my other large files. I apologize if anyone was unable to download them during the time I was unaware of the broken links. Links to the Torrents can be found in the Downloads section of the site. Please help seed these new additions to the PSO Ver.2 Torrent collection!June 12, 2010
I've just completed a new quest, Prospective Horizons. For a change of pace, this one takes place in Spaceship and Palace. Finally they can be played outside of Battle mode. ;) These areas don't work perfectly, so make sure you check out the forum topic to know what to expect. Enjoy!January 21, 2010
I'm pleased to announce that Famitsu -Maximum Attack- v2 is now playable in Ultimate mode for PC users. At long last we can play this quest in every difficulty setting. =) Note that the Ultimate Map Fix is required to play this quest, and the tool to do it can be downloaded in the PC downloads section of this site. You can also view the forum topic about the quest here. Happy killing! ;)December 30, 2009
I've added a pre-patched pso.exe for Windows Vista and Windows 7 users to be able to type without the IME, and I've also added a patcher for people who prefer to apply the fix to their current pso.exe file. Thanks go out to Wiccaan / atom0s for making a fix for this problem!November 1, 2009
The max stat patch has been released, so hopefully this will fix the former disparity between the various classes and narrow the gap between "good" and "bad" characters. Grab it in the PC downloads section of the site, and check out the forum topic here.October 18, 2009
Since the trackers in my PSO PC and DC Torrents were no longer active, I've altered the tracker URLs and given both of them multiple trackers to use. If you've been having trouble connecting to the swarm, please download the new files. Sorry for the inconvenience; trackers never seem to stay up as long as one might like. >_<October 7, 2009
On a rather minor note, I've released a patch for PSO PC to change the dull ring effects used for Shifta, Deband, Jellen, and Zalure into sparkle effects similar to those used in Ver.1. You can grab the patch in the PC downloads section, and you can find the forum topic here.September 9, 2009
I don't have any news specifically for PSO, but today is an important landmark. The Sega Dreamcast turns ten years old today. Without the Dreamcast there would be no PSO, so it should be a day of celebration for every PSO player. If you can, take some time today to play some Soul Calibur, Sonic Adventure, or the like. Happy birthday Dreamcast.June 22, 2009
Yes, two updates in one month. =P I've just released the High Quality Music Pack to improve the quality of PSO PC's BGM. You can get it in the PC downloads section of the site, and you can view the forum topic about it here.June 4, 2009
Today is a day I have long awaited. The PSO Ver.2 Enhancement Pack has finally been released! You can get the patch for PC in the downloads section of the site. I should have the Dreamcast image uploaded by tomorrow (I uploaded it to a file sharing site earlier, but it got deleted, so I have to upload it somewhere else.) You may also notice that the new drop charts and item statistics are available as well. You can also check out this forum topic for more information. Enjoy!
The Dreamcast image has been uploaded! You can get the link in the downloads section of the site. Thanks go to DC ISO Zone for hosting Dreamcast images like this one.May 8, 2009
Well I thought that I would release a small patch for the game since it was easy to make. I've created the PSO PC Offline Map Pack, which will make the offline maps for Forest and Cave have full spawns like online mode. Finally the boredom of offline Cave having 2 Evil Sharks per spawn when there should be 10 is over. n.n You can grab the patch in the PC downloads section, and also check out its forum topic. Enjoy!March 14, 2009
Hello all. I've got some good news for the PSO PC community. After plenty of testing and tweaking, I'm pleased to say that the PSO PC Graphical Fix Pack has been completed! You can now grab it over at the PC Downloads section. If you want to get a preview of what the game looks like once the patch has been installed, check out this page. You can also read the forum topic about the fix pack here. At long last PSO PC looks a little better. ;)January 31, 2009
Once again I've failed to update this page as regularly as I should, but that doesn't mean nothing is in the works. I'm currently working on a long overdue patch to fix the terrible droprates in the game so that the multitude of items that are statistically impossible to find will become findable. Check this topic to see how it's going.
In other news, Lost HELL PALLASCH is available on the DC/PC Only ship as well as the revised Lost HAVOC VULCAN which is now known as Resurgent Darkness.November 15, 2008
After a long hiatus, I have two great pieces of news for the PSO Ver.2 community.
First, after a lot of work and a multitude of CD-Rs, I have completed a self-booting copy of PSO Ver.2 PAL-E for the Dreamcast so Dreamcast users can continue to play online. You can get the Torrent for it in the Downloads section of the site.
Second, I have released Resist Mod 2.0 to further improve the damage that Forces can deal in Ultimate mode. You can download it for PC in the PC downloads section of the site, and I am proud to say that for the first time with the release of this new Dreamcast disc I have been able to bring the Resist Mod to Dreamcast users so Forces can enjoy doing useful damage on the Dreamcast as well.
In addition, I have added a download for DiscJuggler 4 to the downloads section of my site for people who want to use the old version to burn their Dreamcast images, and I have also added a tutorial on how to burn Dreamcast images in the Guides section of the site. Enjoy!June 16, 2008
Well, there have been a few updates since the last time I posted on this page. First, the Japanese Blue Burst quest Fragments of a Memory has been translated and converted for use on DC and PC. Second, the updated Towards the Future has been uploaded. Third, Challenge Stage 9 has been fixed! It is now possible to play the quest cross-platform. Finally, The Tinkerbell's Dog 2 has been uploaded for DC Ver.2.
I've also taken the opportunity to update my Challenge mode section a bit now that Stage 9 is fixed, I fixed the part about doing stages in order as well as the information about the Stage 9 bug in both the FAQ and the Stage 9 walkthrough. I also added a bit more information about Falz.April 4, 2008
Amazingly, I have added something to the Dreamcast downloads section. Schthack's DNS tool is up for people who have a BBA and don't want to use a CB to connect anymore. Since Schthack left he doesn't seem to be hosting it, so now I am.March 24, 2008
Hello all! You might notice a new link on the sidebar, I have created a forum for PSO Palace. I'm hoping that since I seem to get pageloads on this site that people will use it, and perhaps we can revitalize the DC and PC communities. Get posting and tell your friends!
Unfortunately I cannot give only good news today, there was a sad announcement in the Schtserv project recently. Schthack has stepped down and passed the administrator hat to Crono. =( I believe this change was coming for quite a while, Schthack had been getting less and less active in the project for some time, so it was only a matter of time before he finally lost interest. Still, it is a very sad day for PSO fans everywhere across all versions, as the man who saved this game from falling into obscurity has finally stepped down. If you want to pay your respects, there is a topic on the Schtserv forum for it, which you can find here.
All hail Schthack!March 12, 2008
Well, I'm pleased to say that the new Torrent is thriving. The morning after I started it I had 5 seeds helping, and now I currently see 10 seeds and 16 peers. Of course TPB's tracker sometimes gives inaccurate statistics, but usually the numbers it returns are lower than the actual count, rather than higher. ;) Thanks to everyone who's helping, it's good to see people still care about this game and want to keep it alive.
On another note, I've fixed the online README pages. I apparently forgot to upload them when I was doing the main site update, so that is now fixed.March 8, 2008
Hello again. After a long hiatus, there is another update. If you have been trying to download PSO PC from my Torrent, you may have noticed that it's very difficult to connect to people. This is because ISOHunt has decided to block all users from the United States from connecting to their trackers. Because they acquired Torrentbox, the tracker my Torrent is hosted on, this means there haven't been any American users on the Torrent for many months. This has caused the Torrent to die after a successful three year lifespan. It really lived quite a long time, for which I am very pleased.
However, the old Torrent is no longer usable by most people. Therefore, I have created a new one which is now hosted on The Pirate Bay. It is my hope that this tracker won't go down, so the new Torrent will help people get the game once more. I will be seeding as much as I can in super seeding mode, so the tracker may not indicate that there is a seed in the swarm, but don't worry, I don't intend to go anywhere until we have a new seeding population. So please, download and seed the new Torrent to keep PSO PC alive! You can get it in the downloads section where the original Torrent was.
With the new Torrent, the site has also received a small update in that the registration information is now contained on the site itself rather than inside the Torrent. This should hopefully prevent the README file from becoming outdated like it was in the original Torrent.July 27, 2007
Hi again! Did you think I wasn't actually going to update again? Don't be silly. As I said, I have compiled a fairly large Challenge mode database including a beginner's guide, in-depth guide, and detailed walkthroughs (including maps) of each stage as well as an about section on my Challenge mode experience and where some of my data came from. I hope people find it useful! I'm not sure if it's all completely done yet, I may make changes sometime down the road, we'll see if I think of anything to change or add.
Also you may notice that I've added a contact page, if you want to send me an e-mail you can do so, if you appreciate what I've got here I'd like to hear from you to know people really are reading this site. =) Bye for now!July 11, 2007
Hi! No, despite what people may think, I'm not dead. It may seem that way, but really, it isn't true. There's really two main things that I'm updating for:
First, yes, Sega's Dreamcast server finally went down. =( PSO DC is no more on the official servers, alas. Oddly, the server went down twice. It went down and people believed it was gone, but then it came back up and stayed online for a while before it finally went down for the last time. Apparently some guy at Sega HQ in Europe didn't get the memo that they were shutting down PSO and flipped the server power switch back on or something. =P In another ironic twist, the EU DC server stayed up longer than the GC servers. Haha for PSO GC, DC ended up outliving it after all. ;) R.I.P. Sonic Team PSO servers. =(
In a spot of good news though, the Hunter's License server did NOT go down! It seems that Blue Burst shares the same authentication server as PSO DC, or at least they're in the same location, as the JP BB auth server has the same IP address as the DC HL server, or something to that effect. Apparently this means Sega won't kill the HL server until they retire the official BB servers, and *possibly* PSU might be linked as well, so we might even have until Sega retires PSU before we are forced to find a fix for the HL server. For the time being, USv2, JPv1, and JPv2 are all still playable online. =)
Yes, there is going to finally be a content update to this site. I've been so disheartened at the lack of Battle and Challenge mode players that are still remaining, so I'm going to open the Challenge mode section of this site, which will have information, strategies, maps, and walkthroughs for the Challenge stages. Maybe if people have some idea of what Challenge mode is and how to approach it we'll get more people interested in tackling the mode. I just hope I get it all put together fairly quickly so I can get the ball rolling. ;)March 30, 2007