Thanks for your reply, I'll try that for sure (Win7 x64 as well here).
I was just hoping for a solution that wouldn't involve extra software, not for me but because my friends aren't very ... hmm, let's say they're a bit lazy when it comes to solve issues with pc games :D
I think I'll just make a pack of D3D + eDuke and send it to them with all the shortcuts already done.
btw, if anybody manages to make it work with the simple client please let me know! thanks :)
eDuke really isn't that complicated to install, all you need to do is simply extract it (or copy it) to the Duke3D folder, but I understand my friends are the same way.
I do have a few things to say about network play with and without eDuke.
The latest version of eduke is horrible with multiplayer and unplayable. We were able to connect, but after a couple of minutes the client got out of sync with the host and the game crashed.
So after eDuke failed, we tried the "Launch Multiplayer" that's included with the GOG release. We were able to connect, but like with the latest version of eDuke, we got out of sync with each other and the game crashed.
After doing research, I found this is pretty common. The only way to get around the out of sync issue was by using an older version of eDuke (source
So for people of the future, here is the solution I found:
Download the last version of EDuke32 to contain the old multiplayer code: http://dukeworld.duke4.net/eduke32/synthesis/old/20091203-1551
Copy the old version of EDuke32 to your Duke3d Folder
Right click on EDuke32 then click "create shortcut"
Now, right click on the shortcut then click on "Properties"
In the Target field add "-net -n0:X" without the ""s and X being the number of players
Click apply then OK then launch the shortcut, you're now hosting a server!
Copy the old version of EDuke32 to your Duke3D folder
Right click on EDuke32 then click "Create Shortcut"
Go to the new shortcut's properties
In the Target field, add "-net -n0 XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX" without the ""s and the Xs being the host's IP address
Click apply then OK and launch the shortcut and wait for the host to start the game