I am pleased to announce that No Clichè’s Toy Racer for the Dreamcast is now online again (and will be forever), making the number of currently online Dreamcast games, 7.
As with any online Dreamcast game revived, this is an historical event for all Dreamcast fans.
This is the first time this game has been online since ~2003, and we are now preserving the online functions of this game by releasing the server software out to the public for anyone to use.
Frederick Raynal, the original producer/creator of both Toy Commander and Toy Racer together with Frantz Cournil have been so kind to let us have the original software written in C++ for the Linux platform, and we hope other developers will be as helpful and kind as they have been in the struggle to get more games back online.
The game supports both broadband and dial-up, but have only been tested with broadband.
There seems to be some hit or miss wether the game works with DHCP or not, but I’ve found that it works best if the broadband adapter is set up with the XDP browser rather than BBA Config Tool (Outtrigger, Propeller Arena).
When using the broadband adapter, it skips the DreamArena authentication and lets you enter your own server-ip before connecting, but it may work if the dns is redirected to a working ip-address before connecting with dial-up.
Again, thanks to Frederick Raynal and Frantz Cournil for making this happen. It would probably not have been feasible without their help.
The server can be found in the software section.
Sceenshot of the server running on my laptop:
petterk @ dcserv.org