The convergence has begun.

WOLSpy is a companion application for the Renegade Free Dedicated Server (FDS). It will run alongside a FDS running a game on the Westwood Online (WOL) listing service, and simultaneously list the game on the GameSpy service.

What this means is that you can effectively run a single server that both WOL and GameSpy players can play on.


Running WOLSpy is very easy. Install the application just like you would any other Windows program. Then, it will run the WOLSpy Setup Wizard. This wizard will autodetect all your Renegade settings, and give you the opportunity to change any options you may want to customize. Once you're finished with the Setup Wizard, the rest is cake! Run the WOLSpy Server while the FDS is connected to Westwood Online. Presto! Your game is visible from GameSpy! It's THAT simple!


How Does It Work? This question is asked quite frequently. When you run the Renegade FDS, you choose between WOL mode and Gamespy mode. WOL mode connects to Westwood Online and performs all the functions for listing your game on WOL. Gamespy mode runs an additional hidden UDP server used to list your game on the GameSpy network. Usually you can only run one of these at a time. But WOLSpy is a re-creation of this hidden UDP server, and the GameSpy servers think it's a FDS running in GameSpy mode! Presto, your game is listed and accepts connections via the GameSpy Arcade application.


What About Long Player Names? Yes, on GameSpy you are permitted to have long player names. The good news is that this doesn't affect your game at all. Since these long-named players are not logged in to WOL, they will not affect the ladder, and will simply appear as any other player would in-game. They will also not have a WOL ladder rank displayed next to their name.

If you are running RenStat to analyze your logs, make sure you are running at least version, and you will have full compatibility with long player names in WOL mode. Visit the RenStat page to download the latest version.

If you are running BlazeRegulator, there may be additional considerations. Visit the BlazeRegulator website for more information.

FDSWeb runs seamlessly with WOLSpy; no issues at all.


I installed WOLSpy and it's running, but I don't see my game in GameSpy! Sometimes I get the error message "GameSpy didn't respond. Check to make sure all your settings are correct and you are not behind a firewall."

Visit the WOLSpy testing page to test your WOLSpy installation over the web.



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