Local area play with friends - need help getting started :/

Hello,

This is my first post. Now I've been playing Doom off and on again and I've really gotten back into it, but one thing I haven't figured out is how to do multilayer. Now, I know about things like Skulltag and I've tried them, but they've been problematic. For starters, I don't desire to play with random people on the internet so much as I do my roommate. Skulltag also doesn't have the amazing graphics that ZDoom does. I also have a nice control scheme laid out that I don't want to sacrifice as I had to when I tried Zandronum. So my question is this: how do I utilize multiplayer using ZDOOM so I can play people like my roommate or people I know in real life? I've looked at the wiki and seen command lines, but I don't know how to prime the command line in a way to make those commands do what I want them to do. Can anyone help? I have zero little technical know hows when it comes to this. Hopefully I won't upset any veterans by asking this, but it's just so frustrating. For reference, my roommate used to have server parties where everyone was connected to a router using cat5 lines. Is that what needs to happen here? Lemme know.

 

Thanks everyone.

 

Kat

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I'm confused; why wouldn't you use zandronum over zdoom? The "graphics" are pretty much the same if you use the software renderer. The skulltag config file also transfers directly over to zandronum as well, so there is no need to start with a blank slate.

 

As for zdoom @Edward850 may be able to help you here, not very many people play zdoom multiplayer.

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40 minutes ago, Decay said:

As for zdoom @Edward850 may be able to help you here, not very many people play zdoom multiplayer.

I haven't been involved in ZDoom's development for a while now and thus have no idea what state the multiplayer is in. All I could do is point out my old thread here.

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You can try Zdaemon, they have LAN support and that might work.  I dont know 100%, but its alteast worth a shot.  You can always start a server and have it password protected and have your roomate type in the password so its only you guys.  But thats for Zdaemon, im not sure about the other programs.  Hope this helps

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If you really want to stick to ZDoom but can't figure out how to set up a netgame, you could always use the splitscreen version of 2.8.1. I recommend a vertical split in that case.

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So sorry for the delay in replying to ya'll... As an update, I've been using brutal doom which has been pretty neat. There is a multiplayer mode there, but I don't know how to use the command module. I've heard zandronum needs to run with it, but I honestly don't understand all the various options and settings on zandronum enough to connect with my roommate and play in deathmatch mode now that I've tried it upon the suggestions I received here. I would assume I'd need his IP, but I don't know where to type it in and I'm not sure what to instruct him to do either.

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On 12/10/2017 at 0:07 AM, Jaxxoon R said:

If you really want to stick to ZDoom but can't figure out how to set up a netgame, you could always use the splitscreen version of 2.8.1. I recommend a vertical split in that case.

I personally prefer the Split Screen fork of Eternity. It's somewhat more mature, and isn't limited to win32 operating system.

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I can't use it because the horizontal screen split gives me motion sickness.

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