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    Re: 2018. Project1999 ShowEQ Status

    Just FYI - I use Zotac CI325 with 8GB of RAM and 240GB SSD running on Debian Linux as a router. It has two gige network ports - one connected to cable modem and other to an 8 port managed switch. It works better than any off the shelf routers like Netgear, Linksys, etc. ShowEQ works well off of it. Just saying because this thing can compile very fast. I also have a raspberry pi and i got put off by its ultra slow compile time.

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    Re: 2018. Project1999 ShowEQ Status

    As I continue to dig deeper into the ShowEQ code to try and make sense out of decrypting the game stream, I am just blown away at the amount of work that people put into this program. I was going through the changelog and reading all the comments from all the people out there participating in patching little things here and there. As a kid in High School just wanting to play EverQuest on the weekends, and having your Dad handle keeping ShowEQ up and working - I had no idea what was going on to make this work! To me it seems there were people spending more time working on ShowEQ than actually playing EQ! My mind is still blown...

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    Re: 2018. Project1999 ShowEQ Status

    For some developers, they probably did spend more time working on ShowEQ than playing EQ. I was a went to college for programming in the late 80s. As a hobby, I used to reverse engineer copy protection. It was more fun for me trying to figure out how to crack it and what the person was thinking when they wrote it, than using the actual game or program. There were easy ones to "fix" and then there were ones that had multiple checks, delayed checks, doc checks and ones that led you down the rabbit hole that took hours to figure out what they were doing.

    I am sure it was similar for some of the past talent here. It was more fun to figure out what they were doing in the stream than actually playing. Unfortunately, it does take a toll and then it becomes a chore.

    A lot of people here will never understand. Even though I never contributed much with the code (most I really did were struct fixes), my previous experience gave me an insight to their world. My specialty here was mainly helping people with problems. I did what I could to keep the project alive, but if we ever loose the person doing the opcodes/structs, the project will probably end unless someone else steps up since I have found I am not good at figuring it out.

    Thanks for the appreciation. The current and past developers really deserve it.
    Filters for ShowEQ can now be found here. filters-5xx-06-20-05.tar.gz

    ShowEQ file section is here. https://sourceforge.net/project/show...roup_id=10131#

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    Re: 2018. Project1999 ShowEQ Status

    Hey BA, just to clarify...

    Since this encryption was originally implemented on live years ago, an old version of ShowEQ already had the code included to handle decrypting the game stream right? So in theory if I had an old copy of ShowEQ, with some minor tweaks I could unencrypt the data right? I think I can actually retrieve some old ShowEQ files from the early 2000's... Dad never throws anything out LOL.

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    Re: 2018. Project1999 ShowEQ Status

    Well not that easy. Years ago that was the case. I forget which one p99 uses, but I think the decryption routines are in the code but they made changes. ShowEQ originally did have the routines in it but an unspoken agreement was struck and the decryption routines were put into a pre-compiled library (libeq.a). That restriction was removed at a later point of time when Sony did not keep their word. I do not have the source to the libeq.a decryption source code. It is not in the repo so I guess they are lost. I do not think the one they use now was during the time of the libeq.a time though. I think it is one after the libeq.a times. I think they added a new .dll that made changes or additions to the decryption.
    Filters for ShowEQ can now be found here. filters-5xx-06-20-05.tar.gz

    ShowEQ file section is here. https://sourceforge.net/project/show...roup_id=10131#

    Famous Quotes:

    Ratt: WTF you talkin' about BA? (Ok.. that sounds like a bad combo of Diffrent Strokes and A-Team)

    Razzle: I showeq my wife

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