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PostPosted: Wed, Aug 20 2014, 18:02 PM 

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Joined: 03 Apr 2005
Location: Ontario, Canada

When hitting "Join Internet Game", I'm getting a long delay/pause, before it says "Connection failed, try another Nick."
This has only been a recent problem, and it's preventing me from being in the chat lobby, unable to talk to other players if say, Amia A is down.

Am I alone, or is there something going on? (If it's mainly just me, is there a solution?)


PostPosted: Wed, Aug 20 2014, 18:21 PM 

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There is no chat lobby anymore as Gamespy pulled the plug about a month or so ago.

So it's not you.

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PostPosted: Wed, Aug 20 2014, 18:25 PM 

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This question was answered 3 days ago in General Questions thread (which is commonly used for small time questions).

Suhjet wrote:
(Assuming Windows OS): Make two shortcuts of nwnmain.exe on your desktop. Right click the shortcut and go to properties.
Add to the target command line: +connect and running the shortcut will instant connect you to Amia A.
Add to the target command line: +connect will connect you to Amia B.
Something like this wrote:

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Login: Narkudauman

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Join the Magisterium Mortis ╬

PostPosted: Thu, Aug 21 2014, 3:38 AM 

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I always wondered who Nick was. :D


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PostPosted: Sat, Aug 30 2014, 5:22 AM 

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Is there currently a stick thread for this kind of information? If not, making this one or a more cleaner thread with the information would be great for folks not in the know.

Also, if the icon method isn't being used, one can also:

Neverwinter Players Wrote: ...

Gamespy has removed NWN support one year ago, preventing server listing. But yesterday it went further by closing down completely, blocking display of the old server list for a long while before displaying an error "Connection failed, try another nick".

To get around this new problem, you have four solutions :

a) Either you select "Join LAN game" (instead of "Join Internet Game"), then you click "Direct Connect". If you play Amia only, it will be easy, since last ip entered is memorized.

b) Or you fix the problem permanently by modifying the "hosts" file. The file is located :
- On Linux : /etc/hosts
- On Windows : c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

This is a text file you can edit with Notepad. You'll need to add one line :

And then you can select "Join Internet Game" and get the "Try other nick" error message instantly. The error message is unavoidable but at least you get rid of the freeze and long wait of the game and you can still manage your history and favorite servers.

Note that this also works on Linux (unlike the similar fix that can be used to haste multiplayer login).
Under Windows, save the file as "hosts" (with the quotes) to prevent .txt to be added. This is not needed if you asked Windows not to hide extensions of known files.

c) Or you can create a shortcut (on desktop for example) to run nwn and direct connect :

Target of the shortcut :

C:\Program Files (x86)\\Neverwinter Nights\nwmain.exe +connect

C:\Program Files (x86)\\Neverwinter Nights\nwmain.exe +connect

Replace the blue part with the true path of your nwn. You can also copy an existing NWN shortcut and change the target with the red part.

d) First Go to this location.


then open hosts (or host on some systems) in notepad or an equivalent (yes the wine notepad in linux works) and add these on separate lines at the end & as shown.

This will cause the timeout to be found & you wont have to wait before getting in.

Master Server Timeout Fix.

Add this line to get around the latest problem with gamespy:

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Sephir Vezir: Luskan Soldier

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