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Hi everyone,
I've just installed Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance, but unfortunately this game is only playable with a joystick and I don't have one. So I was wondering if there's any way I could play the game with the mouse + keyboard, maybe using a program like Xpadder, but that would map joystick keys to the keyboard keys, rather than the other way round?

If someone could help me out with this, I would be really thankful.
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LucasJSR: Hi everyone,
I've just installed Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance, but unfortunately this game is only playable with a joystick and I don't have one. So I was wondering if there's any way I could play the game with the mouse + keyboard, maybe using a program like Xpadder, but that would map joystick keys to the keyboard keys, rather than the other way round?

If someone could help me out with this, I would be really thankful.
This thing here allows for joystick emulation:
https://github.com/rdoeffinger/xwa_ddraw_d3d11/releases/tag/v1.4.9
I never tried that function since I don't need it but it should work and allows to adjust sensibility.

EDIT

There is a possibility a version of it is already packaged with the GOG.com version, there should be a DDRAW.cfg file, open it with the notepad and see if the option for joystick emulation is there otherwise just download the file above and replace it.
Post edited June 10, 2017 by Det_Bullock
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LucasJSR: Hi everyone,
I've just installed Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance, but unfortunately this game is only playable with a joystick and I don't have one. So I was wondering if there's any way I could play the game with the mouse + keyboard, maybe using a program like Xpadder, but that would map joystick keys to the keyboard keys, rather than the other way round?

If someone could help me out with this, I would be really thankful.
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Det_Bullock: This thing here allows for joystick emulation:
https://github.com/rdoeffinger/xwa_ddraw_d3d11/releases/tag/v1.4.9
I never tried that function since I don't need it but it should work and allows to adjust sensibility.

EDIT

There is a possibility a version of it is already packaged with the GOG.com version, there should be a DDRAW.cfg file, open it with the notepad and see if the option for joystick emulation is there otherwise just download the file above and replace it.
Hi Det_Bullock, I'm sorry for the very late reply. Thanks for the help, but I've found a virtual joystick software called vJoy that emulates a joystick (I've chose it over your suggestion because vJoy it's not for Star Wars X-Wing/TIE games only, so I could use it for other games too). I've used a mapping software called Universal Control Remapper to map the virtual joystick to my mouse so I could play the game. It's working, but the ship keeps rotating even when I'm not touching the mouse... Do you have any idea what I could do to fix it?
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Det_Bullock: This thing here allows for joystick emulation:
https://github.com/rdoeffinger/xwa_ddraw_d3d11/releases/tag/v1.4.9
I never tried that function since I don't need it but it should work and allows to adjust sensibility.

EDIT

There is a possibility a version of it is already packaged with the GOG.com version, there should be a DDRAW.cfg file, open it with the notepad and see if the option for joystick emulation is there otherwise just download the file above and replace it.
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LucasJSR: Hi Det_Bullock, I'm sorry for the very late reply. Thanks for the help, but I've found a virtual joystick software called vJoy that emulates a joystick (I've chose it over your suggestion because vJoy it's not for Star Wars X-Wing/TIE games only, so I could use it for other games too). I've used a mapping software called Universal Control Remapper to map the virtual joystick to my mouse so I could play the game. It's working, but the ship keeps rotating even when I'm not touching the mouse... Do you have any idea what I could do to fix it?
"rotating"?
Try disabling the rudder in the game control options.
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Det_Bullock: "rotating"?
Try disabling the rudder in the game control options.
Thanks, that fixed it! Out of curiosity, what exactly does the rudder option do?
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Det_Bullock: "rotating"?
Try disabling the rudder in the game control options.
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LucasJSR: Thanks, that fixed it! Out of curiosity, what exactly does the rudder option do?
Activates the fourth axis for roll, in X-wing Alliance like most other spacesims it's used for roll (hence why with the rudder activated and no real thing attached to it your craft was spinning), in some other spacesims (like Elite) and in simulators based on real planes is usually used for yaw.
In real fighter jets the stick controls the ailerons while the rudder pedals control the vertical fin on the tail (the name escapes me) that is used for long range turns while the ailerons are used for sharp turns by rolling to the side and pulling the stick.
Most desktop joysticks to avoid the use of pedals have an additional axis used by twisting the stick, the so-called twist-rudder.

X-wing Alliance was the first game in the series to support a fourth axis, full throttle support was introduced only in X-wing vs Tie Fighter and the DOS installments of the series only supported the two basic joystick axis.
Post edited June 24, 2017 by Det_Bullock
I see, thanks a lot for the help!