As many of you are aware, S4NDMoD public servers went offline for a week or so. Our old provider (FragReady and then MACH9Servers) gave us two weeks notice that they were going out of business. We subsequently learned that we actually had three days. We contracted with a new provider, but there were faulty memory modules on the first machine they gave us. We were finally able to stand up our new servers yesterday (28 Aug 2015) on our new server.
While we enjoy running our public servers, we don’t get paid or receive any type of benefit. In the last three years, we have only received one donation (which we greatly appreciate). If you have a couple of dollars to spare, we would greatly appreciate anything that can be spared.
As before, all of our servers stream to PBBans.com. We have removed the ban list on all of our servers to give people a second chance.
If you haven’t done so already, add us on Facebook! We like to interact with the community and listen to the feedback on our servers. We are looking to run some more servers, so please let us know which games you would like to see!
Just in time for the 12 year anniversary of RtCW. I am here to announce the new Alliance ASUS 6vs6 RtCW-Cup. Created by a group of RtCW fans who came together to organize this new cup. There is a tight schedule in this cup that everybody has to be aware of. Also a group of 5 admins will help guide teams on their way into the games in order to keep up to speed with the schedule and thus making things go as smooth as possible. Below this text you can find more info about the cup and its time schedule.
More info about the Alliance Cup:
Format: 6vs6 ABBA Stopwatch
Team amount: 16
Cup format: Group stage to double elimination play-offs
Tournament signups are open from now until Saturday 30 November
Groups will be announced at the end of Saturday the 30th
1st game can be played between the 1st of December until the 8th of December
2nd game needs to be played by 15 December
3rd game needs to be played by 22 December
Around x-mas and new year’s day we’ll have a 2 weeks break
Play-offs start the first week of January
Grand final deadline will be February 2nd
Hello Wolfenstein fans! Welcome to another year of exciting Return to Castle Wolfenstein action. As we begin another year, I wanted to outline some of the events happening in the RtCW community over the past year and upcoming this year.
First, an updated version of the S4NDMoD PunkBuster installer has been released. This will also provide the updated master server list. A version is also available for 1.4 players. If your server list is empty, please install this. Server admins, please remember to set sv_master1 to “wolfmaster.s4ndmod.com”
The RtCW 2012-2013 Cup is still in full swing with the playoffs in progress. You can catch all of the information over on Warwitch’s Facebook page.
Lastly, check out RtCW Coop! This lets you play the single player game with your friends. You need to have RtCW 1.4 patch installed to get it to work, but it is well worth it. You can have both 1.0 and 1.4 installed at the same time!
10 years ago who would have thought there would still be people playing and developing for RtCW. Additionally, who could predict that the sequel to the game would flourish for only a month before falling? I would personally like to thank iD Software, Nerve, Activision, Gray Matter, and anyone else who assisted in creating the best class based multiplayer game ever. The release of Software Development Kits (SDK) has impacted the game’s ability to survive all these years. Unfortunately, it appears the trend for PC games is to produce downloadable content and ranked/official servers, severely hampering the customization PC games used to be known and purchased for. Gamers used to opt for the PC version over consoles because of the free user content that would come with the game.
At S4NDMoD, we will continue to support RtCW as long as there is someone else to play against. Our public servers have always been free and will continue to be provided for the benefit of the community. In return, we only ask that you continue to bring new players to this tired old game which we refuse to let die.
With PunkBuster no longer supporting iD Tech 3 games, we have had to scramble to make some last minute changes before coming out with our latest release. We are currently fixing a Linux server bug and will be releasing after that is finished.
Since starting on S4NDMoD, Travis and I have taken on many more real-world responsibilities. As a result, our 10 year anniversary release will likely be our last release that incorporates many new features; subsequent releases will only address bugs.
In closing, I would ask you to examine these two quotes and try to apply another game to these quotes. If you can, by all means please go play it; but I don’t think you will have any success.
“Polished to perfection.” “The perfect shooter.” -PC Gamer, 2001
“RTCW offers up a fantastic ‘Allied vs. Axis’ team-based multiplayer mode…RTCW’s multiplayer is an absolute blast.” – GameSpy.com 2001
As many of you have already discovered, the original RtCW master server list has been shutdown. Right now details surrounding this shutdown are very unclear. Instead of speculating about why it’s down or if it will return I would like to get to the point and give you a solution.
Players, please select the version of RtCW that you are running and download the corresponding file. Please make sure to select the correct path when you install the patch!
If you have any questions please address them in our forums, we have a thread about this patch HERE!
For server admins to take advantage of this solution you will need to simply get your server listed on the dpmaster server. This can be achieved by simply setting the request in your server config file. Add the following to your config
set sv_master5 “wolfmaster.s4ndmod.com”
We would like to thank the people who are running: dpmaster.deathmask.net (I’d provide more info on how to thank them, but I am unable to find much info about who actually runs that master list).
As many of you are aware, S4NDMoD Hosting closed forever last month. Our public Return to Castle Wolfenstein servers, such as Depot and Rotation, were very popular with the community and we did not want to see these servers close. We have decided to re-open our public servers once again, with the exception that Depot is no longer hosted in Germany. S4NDMoD will not be renting servers. You can find the list of public servers below. All of our servers stream to PBBans.com and Yawn.be. Clicking on the IP address will direct you to the yawn.be page for each server.
With the release of PunkBuster, the Return to Castle Wolfenstein Cheaters community has declined, but many members still visit the forums daily. This is the new landing page for the RtCW Cheaters community, so please update any bookmarks.
RtCW Cheaters is an online community dedicated to stopping the proliferation of hackers in S4NDMoD. Here you can post demos of hackers you may have seen for review by the panel. If a player is found guilty their IP address(es) will be made public so server administrators may elect to ban these players from their servers.
S4NDMoD 2.4.0 has been released to the public. This release features PunkBuster, a new client with many features and lightning fast .pk3 downloads. You can grab it at http://pb.s4ndmod.com. Older versions are no longer supported.
PunkBuster is a computer program that is designed to detect software used for cheating in online games, such as Return to Castle Wolfenstein. The aim of the program is to isolate cheaters and prevent them from disrupting legitimate games. If you received the message “PunkBuster is required. Download at pb.s4ndmod.com”, this is the correct page. If you are a player, please select the Windows Client listed below. If you have trouble installing, please ask for help in the forums after reading the Technical Support section below.
Download the client version and save to desktop.
Run the .exe
Make sure to install it to correct location!
Run the shortcut on your desktop once the installation is finished.
If you have Windows Vista or 7, you must run the shortcut as an administrator! To do that, RIGHT click on the shortcut and select run as administrator
Windows Client – Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 – Choose this if you are not sure which one you need. Windows Server Linux Server
If you need additional help, please check the Wiki or ask on the Forums
Technical Support / FAQ
Below are the solutions to several common problems experienced. Please try one of these before requesting support.
1) I get kicked for “YourName PunkBuster kicked player ‘YourName’ (for 2 minutes) … RESTRICTION: Service Communication Failure: PnkBstrA.exe“
You need to run Return to Castle Wolfenstein under an administrator account. If you are using Windows 7 or Windows Vista, RIGHT click on the program and select “Run as Administrator”
2) I receive the error message “cannot load default.cfg“
You installed the patch in the wrong directory(folder). Please run the patch again and pay very close attention to what is being asked of you. When it asks for your path to Return to Castle Wolfenstein please point it to where your game is located.
3) My downloads in-game are looping / re-downloading the same file.
This appears to be caused by the permissions in Windows. While there may be another solution the easiest fix is simply run as admin. See #1 for instructions.
4) My screen is completely gray when I run the game.
If you are using a NVIDIA card please check what version of the drivers you are running. In order for the client to run you will need v190.62. This is very easy.