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WildStar: Server Information Revealed

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,588MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Those with a technological bent will definitely want to head over to the WildStar site to check out the latest developer blog. In this week's edition, the team reveals the mysteries of the servers that the game will utilize and much, much more.

Our server architecture is currently made up of 11 daemons running across several server machines.  For some of our daemons, there’s only one per region (i.e. country), where others there are dozens, or maybe even hundreds, per realm.

When you connect to play our game you first connect to our “Auth Daemon” (auth is short for authentication), this is the process that accepts your username and password and decides if you’re allowed to play.  Authentication information is always kept secure, even in our databases.  Once the daemon has decided that you’re allowed to play, it fetches your security permissions.  Based on your permissions it will present you with a list of realms you are allowed to play on.  Once you select a realm, you will be handed off to other sets of daemons, and the Auth Daemon is fundamentally “done” with you.

Read more on the WildStar site.

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  • HrothaHrotha -Posts: 821Member
    Demon? Allows us to play? Well thats quite abit dark, isnt it...

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  • TinybinaTinybina Boondocks, TXPosts: 2,130Member
    My head hurt's after reading that.. However I will see that was something no other developer has cared to do, so for that I give them a A+.  Now if they would just tell us a little more about their game engine! :)

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  • BethelsBoyBethelsBoy South Bend, INPosts: 216Member Uncommon
    No beta invites for me :( what a bummer...

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  • DeeterDeeter SO. SF, CAPosts: 135Member
    Holy shit you can connect to servers and play the game? This is almost as innovative as socketed items.
  • FromHellFromHell NY, NYPosts: 1,311Member
    Originally posted by Deeter
    Holy shit you can connect to servers and play the game? This is almost as innovative as socketed items.

    We must be living in the future. What's next, auto-lacing Nike shoes?

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  • IsturiIsturi Phoenix, AZPosts: 1,509Member
    The DEVs at WildStar are inovators. This proves as much. This will help keep the gold farmers and hackers at bay W2G WildStar!!image

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  • Ice-QueenIce-Queen USA, GAPosts: 2,451Member Uncommon
    I got sick (yes actually sick) trying to read it, guess it's something with the colors. Could someone give me a rundown of it please.

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    What happens when you log off your characters????.....
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  • FromHellFromHell NY, NYPosts: 1,311Member
    Originally posted by Tayah
    I got sick (yes actually sick) trying to read it, guess it's something with the colors. 

    lol.. same happened to me, I guess it's the background color, it all went blurry on my ipad

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  • FusionFusion VaasaPosts: 1,391Member Uncommon
    So without further digging into the fancy words, phrases and missleading terminology, YES they will use the instancing system, common in all the latest releases of MMO's.

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  • MeNotSantaMeNotSanta RomaniaPosts: 2Member
    Dunno why an individual would want to know such information ...
  • dlloftindlloftin Pocatello, IDPosts: 1Member
    Originally posted by 4bsolute
    Demon? Allows us to play? Well thats quite abit dark, isnt it...

    hehe, not demon...daemon...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daemon_(computer_software) educate yourself :)

  • StrommStromm BrisbanePosts: 243Member
    Originally posted by Tayah
    I got sick (yes actually sick) trying to read it, guess it's something with the colors. Could someone give me a rundown of it please.

    In short:

    A game "world" is comprised of a number of computers called servers, these servers run programs that facilitate various needed processes to make the game and game world function.

    This is the real heart of an MMO. He mentions SQL Server which is a database engine designed to store, retrieve and manage vast chunks of data. Millions of players playing tens of thousands of hours generates tremendous amounts of data. SQL Server is the software responsible for making sure this performs well. Every time you change a talent, earn a skill point, loot an items, or gain XP, the game will talk to the SQL Server database to make sure that this is recorded and saved away safely.

    Part of his discussion was basically saying that they designed their system in such a way that they can bring more servers online to provide more compuing power to any daemons that may be struggling to perform at an acceptable level.

    Hope that helps.

  • StrommStromm BrisbanePosts: 243Member
    Thanks for the link to the article, I enjoyed it. :-)
  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKPosts: 8,514Member Uncommon

    Ummmm this is how all online games work.

    1. Auth - if passes it checks the database for what then account is entitled to play

    2. Shard selection (one world server design games like TSW or Defiance do this dynamically, Defiance has no shards, TSW only uses a shard concept as a starting point for a character)

    3. Load player data from DB, initiate client game server connection

    Its pretty strange that they would announce something that's been since the earliest online games.

    As far as back end server side daemon processes, that is completely invisible to the client and player, again each game does this very differently, I don't see much point of announcing this either.

    Load balancing SQL server connections, again standard practice.

  • StrommStromm BrisbanePosts: 243Member
    Originally posted by DMKano

    Ummmm this is how all online games work.

    1. Auth - if passes it checks the database for what then account is entitled to play

    2. Shard selection (one world server design games like TSW or Defiance do this dynamically, Defiance has no shards, TSW only uses a shard concept as a starting point for a character)

    3. Load player data from DB, initiate client game server connection

    Its pretty strange that they would announce something that's been since the earliest online games.

    From the post:

    "A post was pointed out to me over on Wildstar-Central today with user “Mizpah” asking about how MMO servers work."

    So he gave a broad high-level answer. Pretty sure he's not claiming it's a new paradigm.

    People like to read this stuff for the same reason they watch Discovery Channel shows about building Megastructures. They're never going to build one, but it's interesting to hear about how other people have.
  • GilnidorGilnidor GevaliaPosts: 92Member Uncommon

    "the team reveals the mysteries of the servers"

    Well I thought they would present some new server architecture. 

    But it is the same, same as always. Same architecture that has been used for a long time.

    Would love to see more specific information.

    Sure for the people that has no clue how a game server operates that is more then enough :)

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  • SinsNotLiesSinsNotLies Toronto, ONPosts: 11Member
    Originally posted by dlloftin
    Originally posted by 4bsolute
    Demon? Allows us to play? Well thats quite abit dark, isnt it...

    hehe, not demon...daemon...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daemon_(computer_software) educate yourself :)

    I don't think he was being serious, but that's just me being Captain Obvious.

  • BigdaddyxBigdaddyx California, WAPosts: 1,985Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Tayah
    I got sick (yes actually sick) trying to read it, guess it's something with the colors. Could someone give me a rundown of it please.

    If you get really really drunk it all starts to make sense.

    *hic*

  • StrommStromm BrisbanePosts: 243Member
    Originally posted by Patsuriku

    Would love to see more specific information.

     

    Think of it as Foundational Principles. :-)

  • Zap-RoboZap-Robo Youngstown, OHPosts: 233Member Uncommon
    For those who want some more information on this topic, over on WildStar Central the developer who wrote this blog (David Ray, posting as Pyaray) is answering a few more questions and sharing extra information. Read more @ http://wildstar-central.com/index.php?threads/lets-talk-about-servers.2351/

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  • DalmarDalmar Blue Springs, MOPosts: 46Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by 4bsolute
    Demon? Allows us to play? Well thats quite abit dark, isnt it...

    Not quite the demon you're thinking of...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daemon_%28computer_software%29

     
  • Instigator-JonesInstigator-Jones Posts: 519Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Deeter
    Holy shit you can connect to servers and play the game? This is almost as innovative as socketed items.

    Feel the same way; really looking forward to this game. These kind of posts are like fillers. Show us the other races, or let us see the ptp/ftp/btp model ... SOMETHING the community is asking for.

  • LivnthedreamLivnthedream Salt Lake City, UTPosts: 555Member
    Originally posted by MeNotSanta
    Dunno why an individual would want to know such information ...

    Because being an educated consumer can only be a good thing.

  • itchmonitchmon west islip, NYPosts: 1,714Member Uncommon
    I thought they were going to explain the server rulesets hehe.

    Oh well, it was mind expanding to learn how mmo server architecture works. From my perspective as a layperson :)

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