Commander of Nod's northern forces, programmer, hacker, reverse-engineer, game designer and a 東方 lunatic who enjoys swimming in the cherry blossom -colored sea.

Original creator of the CnCNet client that is used by almost every active Tiberian Sun and Red Alert 2 mod.

Co-leader of Dawn of the Tiberium Age. CnCNet programmer. Tiberian Sun game engine reverse-engineer. Ex-mapper, AI coder and technical assistant of Twisted Insurrection. Author of about half of DTA's maps and missions as well as the lovely AI.

Enjoys all cute things and large groups of enemy units to wipe out.

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I'm fairly widely known as the developer of the CnCNet Client that I first made for DTA and which has then conquered practically all of the Tiberian Sun and Red Alert 2 modding community. As such, I feel it's necessary to make the following announcement here:

I have retired from the lead developer's position on the client. Now, you might expect there to be some kind of juicy drama about it, but there is none. The boring truth is, I've moved on to other projects for personal reasons. In the past year or so I've been making contributions, reviewing others' code before merging it in to the main branch, assisted them and helped them plan on how to implement new features. However, with my other projects the pace at which I've provided code reviews and other assistance hasn't kept up with the demands of the contributors. Some pull requests have waited for reviews for over half a year, which has understandably been demotivating for them.

A few days ago when I learned that EA released the source code of the C&C Remastered Collection Map Editor, I forked it and made my own branch for enhancing it. I have fairly big plans for this project - we'll see if they get realized - and with this project eating my already limited time on C&C modding, I'd be even slower with providing assistance and code reviews for client contributors.

DTA Launcher UI (Dec 2011)

The first public version of the DTA Launcher in December 2011.


So, after almost 10 years, it's come time to move on. I built the client project as a CnCNet online play tool and updater for DTA at the age of 16 in 2011, on top of a setup tool made for DTA by Nyerguds. Since then it received multiple complete rewrites (including support for Iran's [a person, not the country] TS spawner in Dec 2013), until the current open-source MonoGame client blew everyone away in Autumn 2016 and conquered the modding scene in the next couple of years. I initially thought of retiring from the modding community in 2016 already, but writing the MonoGame-based client (along with a custom UI library for it) from scratch provided me with a fun programming challenge. With the overwhelming reception among both players and modders alike, making new features to support and enhance the client post-launch was also fun at first, but as my programming skills have improved over the years, the challenge faded away, and with the client being practically feature-complete for my dearest project (DTA), upkeeping the client and coordinating its development became less interesting and more of a chore.

From this announcement on, the client is maintained by the CnCNet team, with myself being a regular "contributor" among others. I'll still maintain DTA's version of the client myself, but builds for any other projects will be made by other people. I trust that the other client contributors, most notably Starkku and Kerbiter, will do a good job with it going forward, and I will still be providing assistance to them where it's necessary.

Thanks for all the support over the years, and I hope you're going to keep enjoying the client's capabilities (whether it's moddability, graphics, UI convenience or smooth online play for you) for the foreseeable future!

Modern DTA Client

The client saw significant development over the years, eventually reaching its modern look in late 2016. Feature additions and improvements have continued since then to this day.

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chenfan7810
chenfan7810

I love dta mod and love northern Europe.

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rothmans
rothmans

Rampastring, has marcado nuevos paradigmas. A mí, en lo personal, se me complica usar el Cliente, aunque admito que ha embellecido mi mod, que es personal, y no tiene posibilidad de promoción. Vivo en Argentina. Aquí hay pocos que han jugado C&C Yuri´s Revenge (el juego que estoy modificando desde hace más de siete años).Hay modders latinoamericanos excelentes. Pero no llegamos a formar un equipo como Mental Omega. Aunque imagino que puede ser posible. Yo me he embarcado en la aventura de traducir YR al español, pero en mi mod. ojalá que algún día retomes la aventura del modding. Eres joven. Yo, que a mis 48 años aun tengo ganas de romper las rulesmd. ini, celebro las genialidades como la tuya.
saludos desde Argentina.

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Rampastring Creator
Rampastring

Thanks for the kind words! And good luck with your modding adventures! Personally however, I have to say that... after so many years, it feels good to move on, and I'm confident leaving the client on Kerbiter's capable hands.

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Rampastring Creator
Rampastring

PS. Some people have been wondering whether the remaster would kill off DTA. At the moment I can't see that happening, not only because of the aspects mentioned in the blog post, but also because DTA offers lots of unique features, such as the ability to mix the TD and RA sides in the same game, the hundreds of original singleplayer and co-op missions and multiplayer maps, and its new terrain. I'd actually be glad if the remaster turned out so great that it killed our mod - the lack of good official C&C games is a big part of why DTA is as big as it is in the first place ;) I could then move on to modding and playing the remaster instead.

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Ollerus
Ollerus

Hello again. Months ago C&C Remastered has revealed their Soundtrack/Jukebox (https://twitter.com/OfficialCnC/status/1187065096205287426?s=20). Now I'm thinking if the client could have something like this as well that could play ingame music. It's just a random idea and I don't know if it's possible to load music from mix files, but it could still be a nice addition if it actually comes into being :)

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Rampastring Creator
Rampastring

It's an interesting idea and I've thought of it. There's some issues with it though, like potentially breaking campaign triggers that force the game to play a specific track.

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A.Productions
A.Productions

Hello. Is there a GameOptions.ini file for Tiberian Sun? I wish to add two more factions (along with GDI and Nod) but I cannot seem to find it. I see it in the Twisted Insurrection mod and the Red Alert 2 + Yuri's Games but not Tiberian Sun. What do I do about this? Thanks.

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Rampastring Creator
Rampastring

This version has it: Moddb.com

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Guest
Guest

hi would like to ask about wsock.dll error? :( i cant launch the game itself

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Rampastring Creator
Rampastring

As it says in my profile description at the top:

"!!! If you need help with a certain mod that uses the CnCNet client, contact the authors of that mod. Don't ask for help in my personal profile."

There's tons of mods that use the client. I only develop Dawn of the Tiberium Age, I can't help with other mods.

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