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Post by evilkittenofdoom on Sun Oct 18, 2009 6:00 am

Have you gotten tired of drudging through all of the menus in NwN just to get to the same spot? Want to help cut down a tiny bit on server lag? Why not direct connect from your desktop?

So... I use this at the moment and it's great... I don't have to go through all of the annoying buttons in the normal NwN just to get to the gamespy menu to access the same server I go on most of the time... instead, I just click the shortcut for the server (details in a moment) I play on and it opens up the login screen, then the character join screen. That simple.

Now for the technical details...

Spoiler:
1) Create a shortcut for nwmain.exe on your desktop or wherever you like.

2) Right-click on the shortcut, then select Properties. You will see a screen with tabs: General, Shortcut, Compatibility, etc.

3) On the Shortcut tab, the Target field should read C:\NeverwinterNights\NWN\nwmain.exe
(your exact path will depend on where you installed the game -- make sure your path displayed in this field matches your installation if you did not choose the default location as shown here).

4) add a space after .../nwmain.exe, and add +connect [IP address] (w/o brackets). The full path should then display like this for Aenea:
C:\NeverwinterNights\NWN\nwmain.exe +connect 68.2.120.14: 5121

Hope it helps and happy gaming!


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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by daveyeisley on Sun Oct 18, 2009 11:34 am

NICE! Thanks Kitten Smile
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by Svair on Sun Oct 18, 2009 1:19 pm

That would be totally awesome! Alas, I can't seem to change my target (as an Admin, etc...)
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by daveyeisley on Sun Oct 18, 2009 2:13 pm

make sure you are editing a shortcut for NWNMAIN.exe, and not NWN.exe

also make sure the +connect IPaddy are OUTSIDE/AFTER the quotes.
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by Svair on Sun Oct 18, 2009 2:44 pm

It wouldn't let me edit the "Target" field.

But yeah, got it to work after I made a shortcut from the exe itself (rather than creating a copy of the shortcut I normally use).
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by MannyJabrielle on Sun Oct 18, 2009 3:12 pm

Nice Smile Thanks for sharing this.
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by jazzable on Mon Oct 19, 2009 7:21 pm

Great! Just what ive been looking for...works like a charm Smile
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by Alundaio on Sat Oct 24, 2009 3:49 pm

If you like to connect to multiple servers or want to run NWN and the Toolset from the same shortcut, use this little trick. It is just a simple batch file made in notepad. Only works in Windows. You can do this manually or get my Neverwinter Nights Launcher from the vault.




  1. Open Notepad.
  2. Copy and paste the code below. Edit to your liking.
  3. Make sure "NWN_PATH=C:\NeverwinterNights\NWN" Is pointed to your NWN directory.
  4. If you DM, I threw in "if %server% == 3 start nwmain.exe -dmc +connect 70.190.83.96:5121 +password [password]" [password] must be your password.
  5. Now Save the file as somthing like this "NWN Direct Connect.bat"
  6. Put the .bat file into the Nwn directory and create a shortcut to place on your desktop.
  7. Optional: You can change the icon of the shortcut.
  8. Double-click and your ready to roll! No more unesessary lag from gamespy or crazy load times of the logo screens! Yippie!
  9. For a cool AENEA logo to be displayed click here.
  10. If you wish to have NWN rename the clientlog files so you can save them click here.
  11. Thanks goes out to Evil Kitty for bringing this topic up. Otherwise I would have probably never posted this.




@echo off
SET NWN_PATH=C:\NeverwinterNights\NWN
:redo
cls

echo Select a Server
echo =================
echo [1] Aenea
echo [2] Aenea [DM Mode]
echo [3] Nwn Main [Normal Mode]

echo [4] Aurora Toolset
echo =================
cd %NWN_PATH%
set /p server= Server Number:
if %server% == 1 start nwmain.exe +connect 70.190.83.96:5121
if %server% == 2 start nwmain.exe -dmc +connect 70.190.83.96:5121 +password [password]
if %server% == 3 start nwmain.exe

if %server% == 4 start nwtoolset.exe
if else goto redo
exit


Last edited by The Amethyst Dragon on Tue Jan 26, 2010 11:42 pm; edited 27 times in total (Reason for editing : Edited to put in the newer IP address.)
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by daveyeisley on Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:03 pm

Nice, Im gonna have ta try dat out Smile Thanks!
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by Alundaio on Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:13 pm

Maybe this should be stickied. It is very useful and helps with lag (Player side mainly) from bypassing Gamespy and also it makes Switching from Player to DM simple and quick.The semi-class FAQs should definitly be stickied though.
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by Alundaio on Sun Oct 25, 2009 2:59 am


  • Insert this after "cls"
echo --------------------------------------------
echo ////// ///// //// // ///// //////
echo // // // // / // // // //
echo /////// //// // // // //// ///////
echo // // // // //// // // //
echo // // ////// // // ////// // //
echo -------------------------------------------

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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by daveyeisley on Sun Oct 25, 2009 9:31 pm

So hawt... works great! Thanks again Smile
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by Eric of Atrophy on Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:40 pm

If you guys can make this work with the Gnomish Log Rotator, I will serve up great bowls of epic wins!
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by Alundaio on Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:57 pm

What the hell is a Gnomish Log Rotator?
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by Eric of Atrophy on Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:46 pm

Ah ... go here.

It's a small program that renames your log files so that you don't lose them, and can access them easily to get information (error messages, snippets of conversations, that sort of thing).

It does some funky shortcut thing to get it to run, but I know squat about these types of operations. Hence my request.
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by Ramir on Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:25 am

Would this direct from desktop be better than the Direct Connect on Gamespy, or is it the same sort of thing?
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by Alundaio on Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:40 am


  • Eric: It looks like it has Direct Connect built in.
  • Ramir: Yes it's better. Try it.
I installed GLR to look at it. It uses a batch file to direct connect also. I'll see what needs to be added.
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by Alundaio on Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:34 pm

...BBcode doesn't work well in Opera. Switched to IE for the new post. Forgot to use this one. Therefore this will be a placeholder if I ever decide to add anything else to the batch code.


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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by Alundaio on Wed Nov 11, 2009 5:10 pm

Code:

@echo off
SET NWN_PATH=C:\NeverwinterNights\NWN
SET LOG_PATH=%NWN_PATH%\logs
SET SAVE_LOGS=1
:redo
cls
echo --------------------------------------------
echo ///// ///// //// // ///// /////
echo // // // // / // // // //
echo /////// //// // // // //// ///////
echo // // // // //// // // //
echo // // ////// // // ////// // //
echo ------------------------------------------
echo ------------------------------------------
echo Select a Server
echo =================
echo [1] Aenea
echo [2] Aenea [DM Mode]
echo [3] Aurora Toolset
echo [4] Nwn Main [Normal Mode]
echo =================
cd %NWN_PATH%
set /p server= Server Number:
if %server% == 1 (start /wait nwmain.exe +connect 70.190.83.96:5121
goto logger)
if %server% == 2 (start /wait nwmain.exe -dmc +connect 70.190.83.96:5121 +password [password]
goto logger)
if %server% == 3 start nwtoolset.exe
if %server% == 4 (start /wait nwmain.exe
goto logger)
if else goto redo
exit
:logger
if %SAVE_LOGS%== 0 exit
cd %LOG_PATH%
for /F %%A in ("nwclientLog1.txt") do If %%~zA equ 0 del nwclientLog1.txt
for /f "tokens=1-5 delims=/ " %%d in ("%date%") do set datestamp=%%e-%%f-%%g
for /f "tokens=1-5 delims=:." %%d in ("%time%") do set timestamp=%%d-%%e-%%f
rename "nwclientLog1.txt" %datestamp%[%timestamp%].txt
exit



For those of you who wish to save the log file created every time you run nwn, this is for YOU! You will not need Gnomish Log Rotator because all it does is rename the nwclientLog1.txt file as the current time. In which I have now added. For instructions on how to create a batch file goto the above post.

Things to Note:

NWN_PATH must be set to your NWN directory.
SAVE_LOGS can be set to 0 to disable log saving.
File is renamed to Month-Day-Year[Hour-Minute-Sec].
I have ensured that it will not copy nwclientLog1.txt if it is empty. It will just delete it. Therefore preventing a billion 0 byte sized log files.
As before, the Batch file may need to be placed into the NWN directory, if NWN creates a bunch of files on your desktop. I do not know why that happens...
If the AENEA logo is messed up just copy the one from here
If you need to know how to create this in a batch file, click here


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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by Eric of Atrophy on Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:37 pm

Alundaio,

Thanks so much! Works like a charm! Later when I get on, I'll have to check the log function, make sure I've got it working ok, but the selection menu is simply awesome! Thanks again!
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by Eric of Atrophy on Wed Nov 11, 2009 8:52 pm

Everything I could ask for and more asides...
A fantabulous offering, my friend Alundaio, absolutely fantabulous!
Thanks again!
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by Alundaio on Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:27 pm

No problem. Very Happy


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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by Alundaio on Thu Nov 12, 2009 1:29 pm

Updated the info on how to create a direct connect batch file and included a link to the Neverwinter Nights Direct Connect Generator. Click here to go to the post.
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by The Amethyst Dragon on Thu Nov 12, 2009 11:16 pm

For those interested, I just noticed the generator is available for download (and votes). Smile

Nice job, by the way. My only feedback is that for DM mode on most servers, there is a second password (besides the one with the username) needed to log in.

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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by Alundaio on Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:04 am

Thanks. That is the server password field. Does it not work for you? When -dmc is passed to the nwmain, +password [password] becomes the DM password, Otherwsie it's the player password.
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by Eric of Atrophy on Fri Nov 13, 2009 3:38 pm

The DM password field works fine for me. One click, and I'm on my way to mayhem, kittens and cheese sandwiches (not necessarily in that order)!
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by Alundaio on Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:16 am

Well you may call me obsessive or just plain insane. But here is it folks, The Neverwinter Nights Launcher...yes you read that right! To my knowledge it's the first and only
NWN Launcher. It has lots of features that make the old batch files seem like crappy ways to launch Neverwinter Nights. Give it a try now!

Features: Allows you to add servers to Direct Connect to servers via buttons. Allows you to display a banner for the PWs website, which on-click will launch the URL. This can all be configured via the Options Icons when you load up the application. I've retained the Enable Log Renaming Feature. But this time the log is renamed before Nwn launches. Which fixes alot of problems people had with Gnomish Log Rotator.

TIPS for Neverwinter Nights Launcher:

  • If you like to add Aenea's banner to the launcher just type "aenea.jpg" in the Banner field.
  • Read the Readme on a full explanation on how to use the Launcher.
  • You can get fast access to your Log files via a button in the Options tab of the Server Options menu.
  • Make sure the Game Directory in Options is pointing to the NWN directory. It does not look for it automatically.

If you have feedback or request help on the app, tell me.
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by Alundaio on Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:41 pm

Was bored so I updated the launcher with minor update. Due to release of CEP 2.3 and a suggestion, I've added the ability to launch the CEP Updater from the Options menu in the Neverwinter Nights Launcher. No more digging through your NWN folder to find that pesky CEP update shortcut.See post above for link.
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by MannyJabrielle on Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:17 pm

Hey, look what the cat dragged in. WB, Alundaio, and cool, increased launcher functionality Smile
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by Amethyst347 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:36 am

Hey y'all

So I got a new(ish) computer running Windows 7, and the direct connect doesn't seem to work. A bit of Googling leads to believe this is a common issue w/ Win7. Any ideas?

I'm trying to tear myself away from DDO long enough to sneak in some Aenea again!
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by evilkittenofdoom on Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:23 am

The IP address listed in the above post may or may not be correct. I have this working just fine on my laptop, and I am running Windows 7, and the only time I had problems was when I tried to run nwmain.exe outside of the NWN folder.

Is it, by chance, creating a link to the NWN directory instead of executing the nwmain.exe file?

[I was trying to make it easier for myself to play on different servers without conflicting anything, but I settled for just renaming the folders when I want to change over. Anyhow... ]

EDIT : I just checked my icon, and the IP address above was an old IP address. I edited the post and it should be up to date now.
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by Amethyst347 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:18 pm

What happens is that it just starts up NWN as normal, as if it's ignoring the '+connect' bit. I have added the up-to-date IP address, but it doesn't work. It's pretty weird. scratch

ETA: I just figured out what I was doing wrong... forgot to add a space after the colon in the IP addy! It works now. Embarassed
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by daveyeisley on Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:28 pm

Make sure you start the launcher by running as administrator. You can right click your shortcut or the launcher executable and choose properties, then Find the checkbox for run as admin, check it, and then save the setting.

The only other thing I can think of is if you have some quotation marks around the nwnmain.exe command... Can't remember if the quotes should include or exclude the +connect part... Try it both ways and see maybe...
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Re: Direct Connect from the Desktop

Post by evilkittenofdoom on Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:31 pm

My experience is that when you have the quotation marks, the link won't work. Any time I've had the quotation marks in the link box, it opens the folder it's in rather than executing nwmain.exe

Either way, glad to hear you got it working.
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