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PB support discontinued for Enemy Territory


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#1 MaydaX

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Posted Oct 4, 2011 - 03:21 PM

EvenBalance has dropped support for Enemy Territory. The Enemy Territory section on the EB website has been removed.

Streaming support will continue for the time being.

http://www.pbbans.com/forums/files/enemy-territory-windows-file67.html
http://www.pbbans.com/forums/files/enemy-territory-linux-file68.html
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Posted Oct 5, 2011 - 06:41 AM

With the PB auth server offline no new GUID's will be generated and current ones will not have the age info anymore which effectively means this is the end of the line for PBBans support in ET.

Without the PB auth server the Hub will not add new bans.
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Posted Oct 5, 2011 - 01:12 PM

We'll miss you ET. Time to purge mpi :P
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Posted Oct 5, 2011 - 06:06 PM

With the PB auth server offline no new GUID's will be generated

Guids are needed to keep users XP and levels on the server. Any option for this?



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Posted Oct 5, 2011 - 07:12 PM

This is pretty sad, PB auth server is need for many things to generate Guids: guids: save our XP our admin levels without this we miswell sit here and go on to a new game ET is still very active game there are tons of players yes it has died alot over the years, but for the time being what are we supposed to do people are gonna all quit because they cant save XP servers are gonna be down, is there a way we can make a server side or something to make " our own guid " for our servers is there a source code or specific data base you can give out for us to use maybe someone else can continue it on. just for the purpose of GUID, is the contract dead? if so who can i contact over this activision? i mean i play this game everyday since i first had it i havnt played any other game since i first played et losing the guid system is just rediculus. please inform me on some update with pm or reply...


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Posted Oct 5, 2011 - 07:36 PM

You may have to post on Splash Damage's forums here:
http://www.splashdamage.com/forums/forumdisplay.php/5-Wolf-ET-General-Discussion
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Posted Oct 5, 2011 - 10:15 PM

Well for some reason its saying im banned on SD, anyways I do know possiblities, and i am working on them now, just like in etgold it creates your own etkey called goldkey im gonna try to make something like gold key etc, ill update you with more info
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Posted Oct 6, 2011 - 05:08 AM

pb_sv_noguidgrace 0

will prevent pb from kicking players without etkey. No solution but helpfull for the moment.
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Posted Oct 6, 2011 - 08:07 AM

Thanks Harlekin :)
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Posted Oct 6, 2011 - 05:11 PM

At http://etkey.org you can generate an etkey which will work on server not demanding a minimum GUID age.
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Posted Oct 6, 2011 - 09:55 PM

shnoog would you be willing to release your i guess "code and stuff to your pb gen so i can put it on a few sites to get it know will make sure that all credit goes to you even show you the sites :)
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Posted Oct 7, 2011 - 01:52 AM

The [>NF<] ETKEY Generator v1.00 may be downloaded from the [>NF<] Server's site at:

http://www.noobsforever.net

Feel free to offer the program on your sites and to distribute it at will, but do not link directly to the file on my server's site because the path and the file name will certainly change in the future.
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Posted Oct 7, 2011 - 05:25 AM

My main question is when i was going over my team of helpers is how the etkey works, like is it just a bunch of random numbers ( 32 numbers) or is it a specific set up numbers.
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Posted Oct 7, 2011 - 03:19 PM

My main question is when i was going over my team of helpers is how the etkey works, like is it just a bunch of random numbers ( 32 numbers) or is it a specific set up numbers.


I compared the data from a few different etkey files and this is what I concluded about the files structure:

1 - A 12-byte header common to all etkeys: 000000100220 in ASCII (0-9 ASCII = 48-57 decimal = $30-$39 hex).
2 - 6 bytes with the date of the file creation in ASCII in the format: YYMMDD (ex.: 111007 for 07 Oct 2011).
3 - 2 bytes with 0's.
4 - 8 bytes with values between 0 and 9. I'm guessing this might be the time of the file creation but I couldn't figure out how it was encoded (didn't give it much thought anyways). If anybody knows about this block's meaning, please PM'me.
5 - 39 bytes with totally random values.

Total = 67 bytes

Note that the PB GUID is not stored in the etkey file. It will be computed by the PB server that runs along with your game server locally on the server host based on the data in the etkey file.

Edited by Pedro-NF, Oct 7, 2011 - 03:53 PM.

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Posted Oct 7, 2011 - 07:24 PM

Just checked it and PBSETUP isn't listing ET anymore, so new players won't be able to connect to updated servers even with etkey files. As I see it, our options are:

1 - Write custom installers for the latest PB version released for ET.
2 - Downgrade all servers to the version of PB that is installed with the 2.60b patch and have existing players do the same.

Or, of course:

3 - Come up with a new solution for player identification completely independent from PB.
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Posted Oct 7, 2011 - 08:10 PM

Just checked it and PBSETUP isn't listing ET anymore, so new players won't be able to connect to updated servers even with etkey files. As I see it, our options are:


Or use the latest versions we have available in our downloads area :)

http://www.pbbans.com/forums/files/enemy-territory-windows-file67.html

http://www.pbbans.com/forums/files/enemy-territory-linux-file68.html
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Posted Oct 7, 2011 - 08:55 PM

Or use the latest versions we have available in our downloads area :)

http://www.pbbans.com/forums/files/enemy-territory-windows-file67.html

http://www.pbbans.com/forums/files/enemy-territory-linux-file68.html


Yes, I also downloaded all files for all OS's to put on my sites. You're missing the Mac files for clients (around 10% of my players use Mac's). By the way, the ET support page at the EvenBalance site is still online with all downloads working, although there are no links to it:

http://www.evenbalance.com/index.php?page=support-et.php
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Posted Oct 7, 2011 - 09:48 PM

Well there is ET ultimate installer that is auto updated to the latest version of pb, now i do have the basics and stuff, thanks to you guys :)))) i will talk it over with my team and see what we can do about a installer for enemy territory that will auto generate them a etkey during the install, shouldn't be to complicated. i could do it all cmd prompt to make it simple, if pedro would like to help me out in this me and him can also use his code for his cmd prompt etkey gen, and put it all into one file. and upload it to the resource sites as TB SL SD WF so on.. but if not thats fine, give me a few days ill see what i can come up with :)

* cause we do get new players to the game everyday surprising or not*

if you would like to participate add me on xfire: kyle26189

Edited by Pbawareness, Oct 7, 2011 - 09:49 PM.

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Posted Oct 7, 2011 - 10:31 PM

if pedro would like to help me out in this me and him can also use his code for his cmd prompt etkey gen`

if you would like to participate add me on xfire: kyle26189


I don't use Xfire, but I'm going to compile a version of the generator that simply creates the etkey file without prompting the user and send a link via PM for you to download it.
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Posted Oct 7, 2011 - 10:56 PM

Or use the latest versions we have available in our downloads area :)


Just remembered what I was concerned about: at what point the new PB services (PnkBstrA.exe and PnkBstrB.exe), implemented in 2007, were installed and by whom, since that change happened way after the release of ET's 2.60 patch (2005).

So, I installed the game from scratch in a VMWare virtual machine, copied the updated PB client files over and run the game. I opened the console and no services were started. Then I connected to my server and that did it - the local PB client seems to convert the code in the htm files into the executables for the two services, which then started normally and I was able to play with my custom generated etkey with no problems whatsoever. :)
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