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Title: INN is Back!!!
Post by: Collector on May 31, 2019, 09:41:52 PM
The old INN Revival project has been dead for some time now. The developer shut down and would not release his RE'd source code for his server. There was some attempts to repeat his efforts, but they gave up. Omer would be able to say more on this.

A completely new project has come to fruition. A while back Christopher Smith was looking for the original INN server source. He managed to contact one of the old barn employees, James Leiterman where INN was located. While James did not have the server source, being beteen jobs he had some time and was able to reverse engineer it from the client source. The result is the INN Barn project. It is currently in beta stage, but is fully functional and most (not all) of the games work, including some that did not work in the Revival.

http://innbarn.com/

I have written a new installer for the INN Barn. This is from a fresh install of the INN client 2.4 (from my Torin's Passage CD) and does not contain all of the debris of the INN Revival. It will configure the client to work with the INN Barn Proxy. All you need do is install and run it. The first time you will be able to create an INN profile for others to interact with you. Once you are through, just click "Play" and it will connect to the Barn. The first time it will assign you an ID. Click OK and the INN client will shut down. Just restart it, click play and have fun reliving the glory days of The Imagination Network.

INN Barn is a WIP with frequent updates of the proxy. Updating the proxy is easy. Just download the latest from James' site and unzip it into the installed folder, overwriting the old one. Windows security may ask you if you want to allow the Proxy access you your networks. Say yes and you are done (til the next update).

http://sierrahelp.com/Misc/INNBarn.html

ImagiNation Network (INN) Revival Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/69704136680/
Title: Re: INN is Back!!!
Post by: MusicallyInspired on May 31, 2019, 10:42:22 PM
Considering I've never tried this, it will be interesting to actually experience it.
Title: Re: INN is Back!!!
Post by: OmerMor on June 01, 2019, 03:28:16 PM
There was some attempts to repeat his efforts, but they gave up. Omer would be able to say more on this.

Yeah, I took part in the latest attempt along with Ben, the original author. I've spent many nights on this and made some progress, but eventually gave up because life.  :(
I'm really glad James was able to pull this off - this is a very cool retro project.

It would be also worth mentioning (and checking out!) these other related projects:

NeoHabitat: https://frandallfarmer.github.io/neohabitat-doc/docs
A re-implementation of Habitat which was a MMORPG by Lucasfilm.

The Realm Online: https://realmserver.com/
A MMORPG (in SCI!) by Sierra.

MedievaLands: https://www.medievalands.com/
A fan recreation of The Shadow of Yserbius, an old school multiplayer dungeon crawler by Sierra (It's also possible to play Yserbius via INN Barn).
Title: Re: INN is Back!!!
Post by: Collector on June 04, 2019, 06:22:14 PM
Omer, do you know anything about this? https://www.innrevival.net/
Title: Re: INN is Back!!!
Post by: OmerMor on June 05, 2019, 11:24:27 AM
Omer, do you know anything about this? https://www.innrevival.net/

Nope??

Perhaps that's the gentleman from this message:
https://groups.google.com/d/msg/innrevival/S2_iE1qsmM8/TsQ8I2xGAAAJ
?
Title: Re: INN is Back!!!
Post by: Collector on June 06, 2019, 08:57:31 AM
I think he runs the Revival Facebook group, too.
Title: Re: INN is Back!!!
Post by: OmerMor on June 06, 2019, 01:15:58 PM
I think he runs the Revival Facebook group, too.

Nope.
Jason Cole runs the the facebook group.
The guy from the newsgroup is Jason Labelle and I just recalled he worked with Ben Young on re-implementing the INN server.
I haven't been in touch with him though, and don't know how far along he is.