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Deepstuff3725 -> Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/17/2020 2:12:40 AM)

Would you like to be able to play this great game of TotH over the internet against another player?

Well... Good news, guys. I found a way to do this by using Steam. Steam is a free platform where you can buy games, and play games, over the internet. Recently they added a "Remote Play Together" feature for some of the games on Steam, which allows players to connect over the internet with one of the players hosting the game and the other player joining the game. The player joining will be able to see the game on their screen and their mouse and keyboard inputs will work on the host's screen. Then a game can be played where two people in different locations can control the play within the host's game.

I was able to use the Remote Play Together in Steam to play Tigers on the Hunt with a friend of mine recently. He lives in a different city and has Steam. By both of us logging into Steam we were able to connect with Remote Play Together and play a TotH scenario with live multiplayer. Pretty cool.

If you're interested, here are the steps to make this happen:

First, both you and the other player need to have Steam, and it's free. If you don't have Steam you can download it.

Second, the host player needs to get TotH to play in Steam. To do this, first you need do a search online for Steam games that have the new "Remote Play Together" functionality. This will list all the games that work with this new feature, and there are a few in there that are free. Just make a note of one that is free, then power up Steam. Select "Explore" and type in the free game that can be played with Remote Play Together. Click the "play" button and steam will install it.

Now go into your Steam folder, SteamApps, Common, and then find the new game folder in the list of your games. Open that folder. Write down the .exe file name exactly as it appears. Keep this window up.

Next, open a new window and find your TotH game. Go into the TotH folder and then "copy" all the TotH files.

Go back to the Steam window and "paste" all the TotH files and folders into this Steam game folder. Delete the .exe from that Steam game. Now rename the "Tigers on the Hunt.exe" file to the name of the free Steam game, making sure it's exactly as you wrote down matching its original format. Once this is done the .exe icon should change to the Steam game's icon.

Everything is now setup. Launch Steam and "play" that new free game you got in Steam, and TotH will launch instead. The free game will show as "running" in the Steam window, but what is running on your system is TotH. When a friend joins this game using the Remote Play Together service, the game that is played will be TotH instead of that free game.


Next, to do the playing online, both you and the other player need to have the Steam service. The player that wants to host the game needs to have TotH installed with the process listed above.

The host player needs to send a "friend request" to the other player, and that player needs to accept. Make sure both you and your friend are logged onto Steam. Pull up the Friends List. Launch TotH in Steam and Alt Tab to the Friends List and select the "Remote Play Together". The other player accepts the invite and selects to "play the game" and TotH will then display on their screen.

Now both of you can play a scenario in TotH together online. This is not really difficult to do, and I hope my instructions are easy to follow and I didn't make it too complicated. Just want to share with the community that this little tweak in Steam can be done allowing live multiplayer.


And you can do this process with other games, too. I did this procedure with Steel Panthers ( SPWW2 ) from shrapnelgames.com and it worked just great. I'd like to try "Campaign Series" next and get it working via Steam for online play.

Jeff




rmmwilg -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/17/2020 2:33:30 AM)

Sounds fantastic [:D][:D][:D][:D]




Paullus -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/17/2020 6:01:44 AM)

Nice. [:)] Thank you for sharing.




Big Ivan -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/17/2020 10:47:37 AM)

Hi Jeff, nice to see you over here and thanks for the info on playing TotH over Steam!![;)]




LN59 -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/17/2020 12:00:35 PM)

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Wow! Congratulations, [&o] Deepstuff3725: this is a hell of a news and really good work!

Not being very "technical", I will try to do the best I can by following your detailed instructions.

Also very happy to know that it can (could) work with other non-Steam games (Win Steel Panthers &

Campaign Series) which I still really appreciate and practice solo, although they are no longer very young...

Lilian





Deepstuff3725 -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/17/2020 2:25:06 PM)

To be honest I didn’t discover how to do this on my own. I researched on Steam chat how to use the Remote Play feature and saw some guys figured out how to substitute another game in place of a Steam game.

So I thought of TotH, tried it out, and it works!

👍





rmmwilg -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/17/2020 2:28:59 PM)

Am curious. I presume this lifts all fog-of-war; ie. each player can view all the units of both sides rather than just what their side can see?




Deepstuff3725 -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/17/2020 2:39:51 PM)

Yes. Both players control what is on the game screen. So no Fog of War.

It would be like sitting at a computer with your friend and you each take turns playing each side. So no Fog of War, but better than no online play at all.

One way to create Fog of War would be have a gentlemen’s agreement between the two players to turn off the monitor while the other is playing. Haha. Depends on the game.

But I think it’s great to have a way to play any of the over 600 scenarios in TotH online with someone else.




Deepstuff3725 -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/17/2020 3:07:01 PM)

I’m going through a Human vs Human TotH scenario to see how it plays with Fog of War.

With Fog of War “enabled”, when it’s a players turn they see on screen just their units, and the enemy units theirs have line of sight to.

When the red button is clicked it’s the other player’s turn, and they see all their units and just the enemy units they have line of sight to.

Playing this way online would be more similar to playing with someone face to face, like a board game, or playing the game at one computer human vs human and you each play your own side.

If you try to not see the enemy units during the other player’s turn by turning off the screen, you miss the combat that occurs, and also Opp Fire opportunities. So probably best to play as human vs human with fog of war enabled. You will be able to see all their units during their turn, but not when it is your turn. It’s more like playing a board game where you can see all the units.




rmmwilg -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/17/2020 6:02:28 PM)

Definitely interested to give it a go




Deepstuff3725 -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/17/2020 7:16:39 PM)

Rmmwilg and Big Ivan... if you have Steam and you would like to play a scenario let me know.





rmmwilg -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/17/2020 8:23:43 PM)

I do, and I'm interested. Apparently I picked the worse time to have vacation and may well have much more time at home that I'd planned on in the next coupla weeks! [:D][:D][:D]

Actual name is Mike by the way :)




rmmwilg -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/17/2020 8:25:46 PM)

Looks like I had uninstalled it sometime back, but if I'm just joining a game, that all happens online, if I understand your instructions correctly? Otherwise, I can install it again




Deepstuff3725 -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/17/2020 9:21:38 PM)

Hey Mike.

To join a game you have to have Steam active and running. The “Remote Play Together” feature runs within Steam when you’re logged into it.

Glad you want to play a scenario. Will be fun.




rmmwilg -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/17/2020 9:23:55 PM)


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ORIGINAL: Deepstuff3725

Hey Mike.

To join a game you have to have Steam active and running. The “Remote Play Together” feature runs within Steam when you’re logged into it.

Glad you want to play a scenario. Will be fun.



Ok, I'll get it re-installed tonight and maybe we can have a bash in next couple of days




Big Ivan -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/18/2020 1:49:34 AM)


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ORIGINAL: Deepstuff3725

Rmmwilg and Big Ivan... if you have Steam and you would like to play a scenario let me know.




Hey Jeff, thanks for the offer my man but unfortunately I am super super busy with the Campaign Series right now. Maybe if we can get this working with the Campaign Series in the future I'll keep a slot open. I'd love to try over the net play real time![:D]

Thanks again Jeff, God's speed!![;)]




rmmwilg -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/19/2020 10:01:50 PM)

Jeff, how's your schedule tomorrow?




Deepstuff3725 -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/20/2020 12:37:26 AM)

Hey Mike.

I’m available tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night.




rmmwilg -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/20/2020 6:53:31 PM)

Heya, trying to caught up with everything. Hopefully can get setup, and we can do something in a few hours. Will let ya know. Really looking forward to giving this a try




Deepstuff3725 -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/20/2020 7:29:44 PM)

Sounds good. I sent you a message so we can exchange Steam ID’s to get connected.

Looking forward to it...




rmmwilg -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/20/2020 11:34:01 PM)

Heya Jeff, finally got done with the day's stuff. I've reinstalled and activated Steam, so lemme know! [:D][:D]

Ohh...Just now seeing your last msg. Lemme check for that Steam ID.




rmmwilg -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/20/2020 11:36:35 PM)

Ahh, no msg anywhere (Forum inbox or email)




rmmwilg -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/20/2020 11:38:11 PM)

My Steam ID is rmmwilg




rmmwilg -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/20/2020 11:40:07 PM)

Just sent you a friend rqst in Steam. Least I think it's you [:D]




Deepstuff3725 -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/20/2020 11:56:28 PM)

I’m logged in.




rmmwilg -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/21/2020 1:51:04 AM)

Hey everybody, Paullus, LN59 et al, it works! Jeff and I have just been enjoying some TotH multi-player action. TotH takes another giant leap forward! Playing against another person is so much more engaging!




Deepstuff3725 -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/21/2020 2:37:30 AM)

That was a blast.

Mike and I played the first 3 turns of “Desperate Counterattack” online and it went really well. I saved the scenario and we’re planning on playing turns 4-7 next week. He took the Germans and I’m defending with American units. So far both of us have experienced times of success and times of hardship in the scenario. What I like is how I could imagine the events that have transpired so far through 3 turns happening in real life. Very cool and realistic squad level combat, and being able to play against another human player makes it really fun.

We chatted on cell speaker phones as we played online via Steam. Mike knows ASL really well so he was able to point some things out as we played. Great game.

Thanks for playing Mike and looking forward to resuming this scenario next week.

Jeff. 😎




rmmwilg -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/21/2020 3:59:58 AM)

Good times [:D][:D]




Paullus -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/21/2020 9:28:52 PM)

So nice to hear. This is something many has wished for but what we were unable to do. Keep us posted. Maybe an AAR?[;)]




rmmwilg -> RE: Here's a way to play multiplayer (3/21/2020 9:31:14 PM)

Sorry for my illiteracy Paullus - AAR?




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