Populous Reincarnated Matchmaker
The Populous: Reincarnated Matchmaker is a fan made software combining
IRC with the multiplayer features and protocols of Populous: The Beginning.
To keep this simple, the Matchmaker is a multiplayer client allowing you to connect with others to talk and play PopTB games. In order for this to work properly, you must have a download of
The Multiplayer Essentials or the full game, a download of
The Matchmaker, and have registered an account with
PopRe.net. You may need the
1.03 collective patch if you downloaded the game from another source.
When your downloads are fully installed and you have registered an account with PopRe.net open the MatchMaker to continue with this guide.
The Login Screen.
- Your username is the same username you registered with on PopRe.net
- Your password is the same password you registered with on PopRe.net
- This is the login button. You must enter your username and password to connect to the server
- Quick link to
- Your matchmaker version number is displayed here. You must have an updated Matchmaker to connect
The Main Room.
- This is the chat room. This stores all conversations, welcome messages, news, player logins/logoffs, and more.
- Welcome message is always the first message.
- This informs players of any new changes or additions to the community. Below recent update is where the the conversations are held.
- On the bottom of the Matchmaker is the text-entry bar. This is where you may type your messages and commands.
All commands can be found here. *NEEDS A HYPERLINK
Right side: Online Lists
- The far right side of the Matchmaker is the player waiting list. At the top of this box is a white bar to reorganize players based on rank "R", name "Name", and status "S". Below this white bar is a list showing the players waiting, a list showing the players idling, and a list showing players in a game.
- At the bottom right corner of the player waiting list box is a tab for legend. This box shows you the different symbols for the statuses we see in the lists.
Left: Game Room
- On the far left side of the Matchmaker is the game room. At the top of this area is the "Join Autohut" button. It'll semi-randomly place you in a hut to help get you into a game. Below the autohut button is a series of "Empty huts". Populous supports up to 4 players each taking one of the 4 tribes in the game. Each set of 4 huts will participate in the same game. Players who are capable of hosting will control all this game's settings. Unless you have hosting enabled, don't join the top hut.
A link to our hosting guide. *NEEDS A HYPERLINK
Top: Features and boxes
- Map of the Day box is dedicated to a randomly selected map and Populous mods. The mods button will take you to another screen where you can view all of the game's mappacks and install the mappack you want to host.
- The Welcome Message box stores your welcome message even after conversations have drawn on for hours.
- Profile box gives a brief overview of your rank, points, wins this month, and how many more points you need to reach the next grade.
- Links box displays links for resources you may need.
- Hosting box informs you if your port check is capable of hosting, successful, unlikely to host, or unsuccessful. The port check button allows you to test your port. If you don't have the universal hosting functionality on your router, don't have your computer set to DMZ enabled through your router, haven't manually opened your ports on your router, or your firewall is blocking your ports, you will be unsuccessful when port checking.
Refer to our hosting guide for more help. *NEEDS A HYPERLINK
Options Button and Logout
- The options button will open a new screen giving you access to different Populous and Matchmaker settings. You can enable twitch, manage blocked players, change in-game settings like resolution, find your Populous directory, and much more.
- Logout is going to disconnect you from the server. You will need to login again to connect to the server.
The numbers in the image correspond with the numbers below.
- Allows you to switch between mappack views. This image is showing the "Search" page.
- Allows you to set your search criteria when seeking maps to play. Types, style, # of players, amount of land, amount of trees, map rating, ranked/unranked, and played/unplayed are all different criteria you may change to find something fitting your taste.
- This is your mappack and map list. In order to play a map you will need to install the mappack with that map.
- This button allows you to install the mappack with the map you have selected.
- If a change is made to the mappacks/maps while you're viewing you may press this to refresh the list. Useful if you're trying to test a newly submitted map.
*Anyone can create new maps with
ALACN's World Editor and
submit them for testing. Learn how to create new maps by checking out this
Map Making Guide *NEEDS A HYPERLINK.
'Craters' is selected.
This image shows a general top-down view of the world and the map specific qualities (all the search criteria you may change when searching).
Mappacks are organized in alphabetical order (on the left) and maps in sequence of upload (in the center). The right side allows you to see the general top-down view of each map. I chose Craters again, for consistency. Above this image is a 3D Preview button. It opens up a new page to a 3D model of the world so you can see the height, shape, and layout of the land.
3D Preview of Craters. Darker areas show lower land and as it gets brighter, it'll be higher up.
The numbers in the picture correspond with the numbers below.
This picture is showing you what the MM looks like when you enter a "hosting hut" and/or installed a mappack/map. If you can't host, a red text may appear in the chat box informing you that you may experience difficulty trying to host.
- [War]Fireproof is in the hosting position (the top hut of this set of 4 huts).
- [War]Fireproof has moved out of the "Idle" list and into the "waiting" list.
- This box has changed to the "Players" box. You may request host, set the number of players, set spectators, manually change player tribe/color, and/or randomize colors.
- This box has changed to "Hut Settings". You may change your mappack, set a password, and limit which player grade is allowed to enter your hut.
- This box has changed to show your "Level". You may change the map but you're limited to the maps in your currently installed mappack. Change your mappack in the "Hut Settings" box.
- This box has changed to "Map Additions". These settings will give players 1 of any building you choose to have added. There's an added option to give players 50 starting braves and extra starting mana.
- This box has changed to "Game". In this box you can determine if your game is ranked/unranked, a timed game, and if there's a victory condition to win the game.
*Once all your settings have been decided and your huts are full, you may press the launch button to go into the game with the chosen settings and players waiting in your set of huts.
Options for the BETA version of Populous. Allows you to enable/disable mechanics that seem to break aspects of the game.
On the Matchmaker, this screen will popup when you press the "Options" button.
- This is your Populous directory. It's important to know where your Populous game is installed because the Matchmaker needs your Populous folder in order to connect you into a game with other players. Altered files, changes to the game, changing game mechanics, and more is all done through the
MM into your Populous directory.
- Populous version 1.01 is the original version of the Populous game. It does not reflect the collective 1.03 and modified 1.04 patches to improve the game. Beta is a specialty option if you enter the !beta command into the chat bar. It'll grant you the option to change your Populous game to the modified Beta version the PopRe team is working on, in order to improve the game.
- Software and Hardware modes change the quality of the game. It's rare but some people can run hardware so if you can't there's probably nothing you can do to make it work. Software mode is what most players use to run Populous. If you can run the Direct3D version of the game, Hardware mode should work for you on the MM, otherwise the game will crash every time.
- These are some game options. You may turn on/off enemies in the minimap, disable matchmaker conversations while playing online Populous, send screenshots to PopRe.net every minute (for collecting game information), and the number of allowed spectators.
Populous Graphics Settings
This page allows you to adjust your in-game Populous resolution, game quality, and enable DxWnd. DxWnd is a very important part of this page. Anyone who has difficulty running, playing, and/or issues with textures may need to use DxWnd for resolve. This works for some but not all.
Populous Controls Settings
Fix mouse should be enabled by default, which if it isn't it may cause the mouse to be inaccurate and/or jumpy. Autocast happens when you tell your Shaman to cast outside her max range for any spell and she'll move close enough to the target to cast her spell. Flip rotation changes your left/right keys when rotating the world. Stay selected allows you to select any units, issue a command, and stay selected. With it off, you'll issue a command and deselect the commanded units automatically. Rotation with CTRL requires you to hold CTRL to rotate the world, otherwise with it on your left/right keys will move the world left/right.
Populous Audio Settings
This page allows you to enable/disable sound and music or adjust the volumes of each. You may choose to enable High Quality but there's a really tiny difference that's unnoticeable unless you're trying to notice it.
Populous Network Settings
Useful for hosting if you know what you're doing. The port check, which is available in the lobby under the "Hosting" box, does the same thing. Dial-up mode is probably most useful for anyone with a very limited dial-up connection. Unless you know what you're doing, don't touch Custom External IP or Custom Binding IP. You may have a number like xx.xxx.xx.xxx and if you do, don't change it.
Would you like to stream your Populous matches? You can enable twitch streaming and once you have a twitch account, you can connect your Populous streaming to your Twitch account. Connected accounts will show the live stream on PopRe.net and a recording symbol on your username in the matchmaker when playing.
These functions are Matchmaker specific. You can have the MM open automatically when you turn your computer on, auto connect, save password, save chat log, and check for updates. The game settings option allows you to move the game settings to the bottom of the matchmaker.
You may enter a player's name in the white bar toward the bottom and block/unblock that player. Their name will appear on the right where they will be blocked. The only option you can change is allow/disallow them from joining your games. If these players change their name, they're no longer blocked.
You can show private messages in chat or in a popup window. Auto-away on mouse idle means you'll appear !away in the MM when you leave the mouse for awhile. Ignore clan tags means sorting players based on their name in alphabetical order, rather than based on tag. Group players by game will show players in game grouped together, if not they may be spread out in the playing list. Group chat allows multiple players to privately message each other at the same time, ignoring group chat invites disallows players from inviting you to these conversations. Time stamps will stamp each message in the lobby with a time.
Too young or dislike profanity? Use language filter to hide bad words. Dislike people who talk in nothing but caps? Force lowercase.
Notify on private messages allows to make a gong sound and flash orange at the bottom of your screen. Notify on full hut allows you to do something else until your game is full of people. Play alert sound allows the gong sound. Nick alerts allows the MM to notify you if someone mentions any words you add into the Nick Alerts.
This page is where you can install a custom designed skin for the Matchmaker. Icons, buttons, colors, and text will change from skin to skin. Choose a design you like and install. You may also create your own skin, here's how! *NEEDS A HYPERLINK
This last page allows you to start a bot for other players to command and use in order to host their matches. You may start bot when idle, start bot on MM startup, and run Populous in headless mode (no graphics).
This completes the navigation of the MM and location of the many features found throughout. If you have any questions or need further help, please refer to other tutorials
*INSERT OTHER LINKS TO TUTORIALS! and the forums for additional assistance.
- Fix allies reporting wrong
- Fix hut sync issue on join
- Extra quit messages ignored
- Fix for error with 0 ping
- Fixed beta spectators
- Spectating forces out of hut
- Improved pop updating on launch
- More pop files copied
- Fix for spectators not connecting
- Chat Threading Fix
- Fixed sending random players
- Reduced timers
- Updated display libraries
- Fixed set host version command
- Right clicking rotation second time restores colors
- Randomize colors more
- Fix beta specatators
- Updated random color selections
- Right/double click on rotate button will randomize
- Textures are copied to pop runtime dir
- Changed pop updates to https
- Added 8 player support
- Minimap shows new colors
- Huts resize to players
- Reduced network traffic joining hut
- Protocol data update
- Moved campaigns into own folder
- Messages from mobile users marked as such
- Moved update Populous install functions into background
- Updated beta with new working dir
- Added Direct3D 9 (ddraw) config options
- Updated empty hut text
- Disable spectating for cursed players
- Added bot option: set version
- Disable ratings for specators
- Beta version always updated when running update
- Disable Obelisks in beta
- New and exiting curses
- Populous relay added to matchmaker
- Improvments to allow better hosting
- Game data shown on launch
- Fixed problems with 2v2 games not being reported
- Updated streaming notification for new version of OBS
- Added support for XSplit streaming
- Fix for levels directory not being fully copied and causing Populous crash
- Experimental patch support
- Better spectator connections
- Added Features Selection
- Fixed conference colors
- Hut settings copied from last hosting
- Added simple host bot functionality
- Fix connect issue when server down
- Restore command is much faster
- Matchmaker automatically requests elevation when needed
- Error handling of some messages
- Random maps show starting points in previews
- Test maps have 3D previews
- Added high framrate option
- Matchmaker correctly identifies program directory
- Added built in registration and password recovery
- Fix for players joining with varying IP
- Removed Obelisk -> Gargoyle option (now default)
- Added Randomize Colors option
- Updated localizations
- Added in-game hint for new players
- Fixed a couple exceptions with skins and updating
- Game data shown on hover over hut
- Bug fixes for 220.127.116.11
- Added message rate limiting
- Refactored chat systems
- Range Checking Error Disabled
- Enabled support for encyption to server
- Fix for Mobile MM chat being hidden
- Fix laggy status on enter
- Fixed 3D Preview
- Fixed alignment of boxes at bottom
- Added help for setting twitch stream name
- Error messages on closing removed
- Fixed Matchmaker 'deleted' on update
- Hosting level shown in options
- Hosting tweaks
- Map offsets for watchers disabled
- Fix for quitters not reporting game results
- More efficient loading of user data
- Removed block/unblock on game header
- Fixed tab complete showing same name twice
- Fix for Test0 pack download
- New and improved chat box
- Players cannot join restricted huts
- Fixes for joining spectators
- Better non-host detection
- Watchers report games
- Armageddon timed games with watchers don't crash
- Armageddon activates if shamans are dead
- Fixed mappack different error
- Fixed chat not displaying after selecting text
- Hosting fixes/improvements
- Added ffmpeg support for streaming notifications
- Games over 1.5 hours report length correctly
- Mappack List updates from server on refresh
- End game user agent set to PopMM
- Unwieldly ping reports fixed
- Only capable hosts allowed in host spot
- Fix for players being excessively kicked
- Added campaign support through Multiverse Launcher
- Added player 'played' field
- Added image support
- Added emoji shortcodes
- Fixed blacklist blocking people with similar names
- Added changelogs to welcome message
- Added XP notifications
- Added level-up sound
- Added betting notification on game headers
- Don't remove objects of extra players (for beta AI)
- Emoji are stored locally after first download
- Resend dropped packets to watchers from earliest to latest
- Default compression is zip
- Allowed extra files to be installed in levels dir
- Updated max bitrate for capture to 6k
- Fixed game link not showing at end of game
- Fixed end game pop being 0 if host quit
- Fixed settings panel freeze
- Fixed end game report message
- Chat Windows Flash Less
- Conference Invite changes
- Ghosts leave huts on rejoin
- Chat Windows Flash
- PM Settings not lost on Language change
- Added multi-language support
- Fix for AVG warning
- Fix for dismantle crash (found by Brandan)
- Added support for other version
- 3D map previews (created by Onkar)
- Improved autohut to be useful
- Bug fixes including PM to players with ghosts, and ordered launch
- Merged in autoupdate to mm
- Previews for all skins on server work
- Hut menu works and other bug fixes
- Anti-spam filter
- Context menu for players in huts
- Bux fixes including similar names reporting
- User Profile shortcuts
- Hut data box can be minimized
- Added hut data box
- Added tribe rotation
- Added player override
- Added ordered launching
- Added rank filtering
- Autoupdate waits until game completed
- Security Fixes
- Number of huts reduced
- Buttons under huts consolidated
- Populous options in mm
- MM will report last good state of crashed game
- English only language filter
- Fix for Windows 7 color glitch
- Ping functionality
- Fix for Mappacks with strange letters
- Skin loading fixes
- Huts loading fix
- Games not reporting on second game fix
- Better feedback on game reports
- Hosting mode options
- Game reporting improvements
- More specific ranks
- Rank ordering according to league table
- Performance Improvements
- Status icons and legend
- Error numbers
- Auto Hut: Automatic matchmaking
- Best Teams notification on launch
- End population reported
- Improved report reliability
- Advanced network settings hidden
- Fix for long usernames not reporting games
- Added Restore Levels function
- Improved Error Messages
- Scrolling and link bug fixes
- Improved PM and Hut Password Security
- Back-end command changes
- Networking/SSL libraries upgraded
- Ident Server built into Matchmaker
- Added Hosting Ability Checks on Start
- Added UPnP and NATPMP Automatic Port Forwarding
- Added Clickable Links in chat
- Chat area scrolling/selection improvements
- Players no longer show up in wrong places on startup
- Host can't kick people already in hut
- Custom grades no longer allowed
- Login Screen Changes
- Added Tribe Starting Points on Map Preview
- MM stored data directory changes
- Improvements to mappack install system
- Advanced game reporting
- Minor Bug Fixes
- Network Test
- Security Fixes
- Player list sync issues fix
- Speed increases
- Fixed hut freezing bug
- Added "The Beginning" Mappack
- Added Skin Manager
- Fixed "excess flood" and auto-update bugs
- Versioning modified + small fixes
- Fixed problems with MM lagging and disconnecting players
- Added Hut Passwords
- Minor stability fixes
- Added Custom Away Messages
- Added Mappack Downloader
- Added Mappack Download/Install on Launch
- Added Auto-away
- Added Nick Alerts
- Added /me command
- Added Nick Complete
- Added Map Hash Comparisons
- Added Random Map Generator
- Added Ident Server for faster connections