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Getting in Game - Your Definitive Guide
This guide should give you all you need to join the Neocron community and get in game!
There are two key requirements to play Neocron;
- Neocron 2 Game Client
- Neocron 2 Game Account
Neocron 2 Game Client
First up, you need to download the latest client and patch it up. There are several mirrors available to choose from, select your preferred mirror and start downloading.
- Official Client Download
- Fansite Download Mirrors
When you've finished downloading the client, you're ready to install - as with all downloads be sure to check the newly downloaded file for viruses* before running it! An important thing to remember is that Neocron was originally released in 2002. A lot has changed between then and now, especially your operating systems!
If you run into any problems during installation, start a thread on the Official Forums and the experts in our community will be able to help you out.
Once your client is installed successfully, you're ready to patch! Assuming your client installed without any issues, patching is a relatively simple process. There are two approaches to patching your Neocron 2 Game Client, you can do it automatically or manually.
To automatically update your client to the latest patch level, start NeocronLauncher.exe by using the shortcut on your desktop (if you created one, if not start it from the directory you installed the game). Once the launcher window loads you will be greeted by the latest Neocron news along with some options. To kick off the patch process click "Play Neocron 2", the top left most button on the launcher window. This will scan your Neocron client and retrieve any missing patches from our FTP server, once downloaded the launcher will apply the updates to your client.
If you choose to manually patch your client you will need to get the patch files from a download mirror (the TechHaven Network provides a .zip of all patches, as well as individual files). Once you have downloaded the patches* in this manner you need to unzip or place them into the /patches/ directory in your Neocron 2 Game Client folder. Please note you may need to create this folder! With all the patch files safely in the correct location, start up NeocronLauncher.exe and choose "Play Neocron 2" and the updates will be applied as above.
You now have a successfully installed and fully patched Neocron 2 Game Client so it's time for the best part, playing the game!
To start playing fire up the Neocron Launcher as described above, when viewing this window you might want to explore some of the other options available. Clicking "Configuration..." gives you access to your hardware setup, such as selecting a graphics device, sound device and setting things like your DirectX version or resolution. You will also see a "File Check.." button, clicking this will scan your installation and ensure all files are as they should be. All of these options are great for trouble shooting if you encounter any issues while running your Neocron 2 Game Client.
That's all there is too it, you now have the latest Neocron 2 Game Client installed and can finally click "Play Neocron 2" for real! However... not so fast, if you don't already have one, you still need a Neocron 2 Game Account!
Neocron 2 Game Account
Creating an Account
Now you have a fully patched client, you need to create an account. Getting a completely free Neocron 2 Game Account is a simple and easy process. When you start your Neocron 2 Game Client you are greeted by the Neocron Launcher website, this allows you to start the game, read the latest news from the Neocron Support Team and create and manage your Neocron 2 Game Account.
In the left hand menu there is a link labelled "Create Account" clicking this will present you with a form for your personal details. Follow the on screen instructions, verify your account via e-mail (you'll need a permanent e-mail address!) and within minutes you will be e-mailed your account confirmation e-mail (keep this!) and have all the details you need to login! Have fun!
Resetting a Password
If you've simply forgotten your Neocron 2 Game Account password, it is possible to retrieve it through the Neocron Launcher. Clicking "My Account" in the left hand menu will present a form to change your password, beneath this is a link labelled "Reset Account Password" clicking this will direct you to an additional form.
Here you will need your Neocron 2 Game Account user name, adding it to the box and clicking submit will send an e-mail to the address tied to your Neocron 2 Game Account with a password reset token inside. The launcher will then present a form requiring your one time code, entering this code and clicking submit will send another e-mail containing a temporary password. This password allow you to login to the launcher as well as the game, however once you have your temporary password it is advised you change your password immediately.
Changing a Password
It's time for a change or you've just recovered a temporary password. From the launcher click "My Account" and you will be presented with a login form, entering your Neocron 2 Game Account username and password will allow you to manage your Neocron 2 Game Account. At the moment the only management feature available is to reset your password, this option will be immediately presented.
Follow the on screen instructions by entering your new desired password and click submit. You can now use your new password to login to the launcher and in game. At this point we advise you logout of the launcher by clicking "Logout [Account Name]" for the best security.
* The Neocron Support Team nor the rights holders of Neocron 2 can accept any responsibility for loss or damaged caused by the installation or downloading of malicious files. Always run a virus and malware scan of any files you download from the internet.