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Albian Warp

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Screenshot of an early Albian Warp login window
Meili, the Albian Warp mascot

Albian Warp was the first community-developed warp replacement to successfully restore much of the functionality of the original warp. The aim of the project was to re-implement the online features of Docking Station via a third-party server. This allowed players to send and receive creatures in real time, and allowed creatures to use portals to travel between different players' worlds by themselves. Online messaging between players was also supported.

Development History

The Albian Warp project started out as a forum post by Ham5ter on the Creatures Caves forum[1] in September 2013. SillySina volunteered to help with development, and a client/server was created. The server featured multi-threaded chat/messaging and used a MySQL Database for storing player and creature information as well as messages.

A blog post made in 2014 stated that an alpha version would be released Very SoonTM, however the project stalled.

There was a blog post about rebooting the project in 2015, which also stated that the server was being rewritten in Python and Flask.

In March 2018, ham5ter stated in a forum post on Creatures Caves that the plans had changed for Albian Warp. He intends to release "a very basic client, server and basic tools that do nothing more than bridging CAOS and the network communication" together with documentation so that the Creatures Community can continue to build on the warp implementation.

All of the Albian Warp code is being submitted to a Github repository which can be found here. Ham5ter rewrote the server and client in Python, and Amaikokonut took up the CAOS side of the project. The Caos Coding Cave's #albianwarp server was used for discussion, communication and all bugs regarding the project.

On 4 April 2018, hans was the first norn to be warped between computers (source).

In April 2018, information on how to install the AlbianWarp alpha was published on the Albian Warp Github wiki, together with a first and second semantic alpha release.

In September 2018, version 0.1.0, the first public beta, was released.

In early 2019, Ham5ter began work on Rebabel, a remake of the existing Babel protocol which will allow players to connect directly to the Albian Warp server using the in-game login screen.

In September 2022, Eemfoo.org began hosting Natsue, a new warp created by 20kdc, which "does not require any significant install, and will work with all versions (even Steam and Linux!) of DS". As it functioned much the same as the original Babel and Rebabel servers, it required only a change to the user's server.cfg file to access. Natsue also included ease-of-use features such as in-game account registration and the inclusion of a bot-user that performed additional commands.

In June 2023, the Albian Warp project was officially sunset and the server was taken offline. The homepage was updated with a farewell message and an encouragement for visitors to use Natsue as a warp replacement.

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