I'm very interested in finding out if LAN play works, especially on Vista/7. I currently have lots of issues with a non-GoG copy of TA (things like the server browser not working and not being able to connect to a game). If network support is working in this version it's an instant buy for me.
Here is a set of instructions for getting multi-player to work on LAN (without using a game service like game ranger). It took me quite a bit of time to figure this one out!
I tested this on:
- 32 bit windows XP
- 64 bit windows 7
- 64 bit windows 8.1
(I was able to see and launch games between any combination of the above)
The installation steps are:
1) Download and install TA from gog.com. I prefer to customize the install options to use the original folder location "C:\CAVEDOG\TOTALA" because some of the expansion installers like TAUCP seem to understand that better than the default folder name from the gog installer.
2) Download ipxwrapper-0.5.0 from http://www.solemnwarning.net/ipxwrapper
3) Unzip the ipxwrapper files into the total annihilation folder (example: "C:\CAVEDOG\TOTALA")
4) If you have a 32 bit OS, run the file "directplay-win32.reg" as administrator.
If you have a 64 bit OS, run the file "directplay-win64.reg" as administrator.
5) Complete the installation above on at least two machines.
6) Start the game on the host machine. Pick "IPX Connection for DirectPlay". Leave the search address blank, and create a new multi-player game.
7) Start the game on a second machine. Again pick "Pick "IPX Connection for DirectPlay". Leave the search address blank, and you should see the game from the host machine. Join the game and play as normal.
I was not able to get the "TCPIP Connection for DirectPlay" working. It appears to work well on XP only, not on Window7 or Window8.1. I was unable to see games from other machines unless the host machine was an XP box. Even then the game would not launch properly. So my conclusion was to use the IPX connection instead, it works much better with a newer OS or a combination of new and old OS's.
By the way, I tested with the TAUCP unit pack installed as well.
Enjoy! Let others know if it works for you. I didn't see many success stories when I hunted the internet for solutions on this issue!