Gametable Tutorial: How to Host A Game

You’ve got your map all ready. Pogs and Underlays laid out. Now let’s host a game! Here’s how its done, along with some solutions to some common problems.

After you have Gametable open, head up  to the “Network” menu at the top of the window and choose the “Host…” option. This window`ll pop up.

Since I’m the DM as well as the host, I enter Czar for both player and character name. When using the gametable chat window as well as dice macros, you Player Name is shown. If you’d like to password your gametable session, choose a password now. Its a nice feature but I really can’t imagine anyone trying to crash your gametable session. Well..I suppose if you ousted a problem player from your group and wanted to prevent reentry. Anywho.. Now pick a port. The default is 6812 and for the average user may should work just fine. Press Ok and you’re good to go.

Buuuut. If you’re connecting through a router, you’re not good to go. Chances are that no one will be able to connect to your game without toggling a few settings on your router. Fear not! Its not too hard. Perhaps you’ve done it before. But you`ll need to port forward the port used to host gametable to the internal IP address of the computer you’re using to host the game.

I can’t possibly cover all the different types of routers out there, but I can at least get you started. First, you`ll need the IP address your router as assigned to your individual computer. If you’re on a Windows machine, click Start, then Run, and type in cmd and press enter. This will bring up the command line. type ipconfig and press enter.  Here are my results.

Note that the IP Address that my router has assigned my computer is 192.168.111.105 . Now we need to find out how to get in to your router and toggle some settings. I’m not one to just tell people to google the answers themselves, but since there are so many routers out there all running different firmwares with different options, I may have to break down and ask you to do that. To get you on the right track, head over to PortForward.com and find your router model there.  After choosing your model, you`ll be asked to choose a program to configure. Look towards the top of the page and choose the default guide for your router.  You may have to google how to enter your router if you’ve never done it before. In the end, you`ll want to forward the port you’re using for gametable to the IP address we just found using the ipconfig command.

I know.. this may seem a little more advanced for some people. If so, perhaps ask a comrade to host the game for your who either knows how to configure their router or who isn’t behind one. Remember, if you’re not behind a router, you should have no problem hosting a game.

People can then connect to your game using your household IP address. If you are behind a router, make sure you find this address out as the IP address we just found using ipconfig will not work. After you begin hosting the game, a link will appear in the chat window offering to show you the IP address that people can connect to you with.  Use that address.

I hope this helps or at least gets you on the right track to overcoming hosting obstacles. If you’re using some flavor of Linux (I’ve had gametable working with WINE) then chances are you know how to access your IP information. For those on Macs.. I have no clue since I’ve never really used one. Heck, can gametable run on a Mac? Is there some sort of PC emulation software? If so, could someone post/link a screen shot of how to find your IP address? I`ll post it here with credit and 50 experience points.

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 at 12:38
  • Nov 25th, 2008 at 13:22 | #1

    You can run it on a Mac perfectly fine. It’s even cross platform, I play with windows buddies all the time (and yes Macs can emulate Windows using Boot Camp to install a Windows XP or Vista OS into a partition of the drive…if you have an Intel Processor Mac and Mac OS X 10.4 or later that is). Finding out your IP address means using the Mac OS X Unix terminal. You can use the terminal to…actually, it’d be easier just to point out this:

    http://www.askdavetaylor.com/how_do_i_figure_out_my_ip_address_on_a_mac.html

    He runs you through using the terminal for it. All you REALLY need to do, is to type ifconfig in the terminal…but that’ll spit out A LOT of information.

    I also wanted to ask, about stuff like Hamachi, would that work with Gametable? Would it prevent lag or whatnot?

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  • carn
    Nov 25th, 2008 at 17:38 | #2

    Gametable is written in Java, so it works on Windows, Linux, Mac, and any other platform that has a Java Runtime Environment.

    On Mac OS X:
    1. Open system preferences
    2. Under internet and network, click ‘network’
    It will show you your IP address..
    (taken from here: http://www.lawrencegoetz.com/programs/ipinfo/ )

  • Nov 25th, 2008 at 17:45 | #3

    I don’t really think Hamachi reduces lag. I’m under the impression its a zero-configuration virtual private network utility that`ll just trick programs in to thinking that you’re on the same LAN, thus it won’t reduce lag. I use the program weekly to play Red Alert 3 :)

  • Nov 25th, 2008 at 20:16 | #4

    @carn Thank you for both the networking assistance and JRE info.

  • IRK
    Nov 26th, 2008 at 05:28 | #5

    thank you so much! setting up the port forwarding on my router fixed everything for me.
    also, i’ve been looking over the rest of your tutorials and they’re really uber. keep up the good work, i’m learning tons ^_^

  • Barn
    Dec 8th, 2008 at 19:36 | #6

    i am port forward ready, but i don’t know which port to use??

  • Barn
    Dec 8th, 2008 at 20:23 | #7

    got it 6812

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