StarCraft Brood War Spawn Howto

Yes, you read the title correctly. It is indeed possible to “spawn” Brood War for LAN games. This is a bit kludgey, and it won’t work over, but it falls under the “good enough for me” catagory.

  1. Install and patch both the full version of StarCraft and Brood War on all computers involved in the game. All computers must be patched to the same version.
  2. With the cd in the drive of a “spawned” system, go into single player mode. The first Protoss mission works nicely. Skip the briefing. Unless you really like hearing them talk.
  3. Hit F10, go into the options and turn the music volume all the way down. If you don’t do this, it won’t work!
  4. Bail out of single player and go to the multiplayer screen.
  5. Select either IPX or UDP. UDP always seems to work better for me.
  6. Cross your fingers and eject the cd. If all goes well, no BSOD. If you do get a BSOD, put the cd back in, go back and turn the music off!
  7. Don’t create a game. If you click the button, things crash!
  8. Repeat for all computers that will be playing. You can leave the music turned up on the “host” if you want.

So, there you have it. While not quite as simple, easy, and flexable as a real spawn, it works.
Note that the CD is only needed for starting StarCraft, background music, non-standard samples duiring single player missions, play, and hosting LAN games.

I doubt the method I’m posting will cause mass piracy for a few reasons: One, everyone else has moved on to WarCraft III anyway. Two, for this to work, you need to own the game to start with. And three, this only works for small games on a home network.
Plus, I’m sick of howtos that encourage the use of crackers and key-gens. My method is legal and won’t mess up your system. Enjoy!


9 Responses to “StarCraft Brood War Spawn Howto”

  1. 1 denel August 8, 2006 at 1:48 am

    Horray for encouraging multiplayer Starcraft!

  2. 2 jajajaja June 5, 2007 at 8:09 pm

    dude your so stupid omg AHAHAHAH!!! why would u spawn a brood war if you cant get on ahahahah what an idiot dude u can play lan even if 4 computers had the same cd key with no problem with no spawn on lan , only checks the cd key ahahahahajajaja broodwar spawn ahaha~~~!!! 😉 good 1

  3. 3 James June 7, 2007 at 11:53 am

    I love these sorts of comments. Sometimes I delete them. Sometimes I mock them. Today, I have decided to reply civilly.

    My dear Jajajaja,
    Your comment is incoherent to the point of being nearly illegable. Allow me to translate and counterpoint for our audiance.

    Why would you spawn BroodWar if you can’t use it on
    Obviously, you’ve never hosted a LAN party.

    You can play LAN games even if four computers have the same CD KEY with no spawn on LAN.
    Yes, I am aware of that. This method wouldn’t work otherwise. The problem is not the CD KEY on LAN, the problem is that they all need BroodWar CDs. In case you haven’t read your ELUA recently, you are only allowed to make copies of the CD for backup purposes.

    Also, please adopt a more coherent writing style. Think of the children, man.

  4. 4 CookieOrc June 13, 2007 at 12:20 am

    Why not just make an image of the cd and have one person host it?
    Then all you have to do is use somthing like Daemon tools… They could even run the image off the host computer I doubt StarCraft generated that much network traffic…

  5. 5 CookieOrc June 13, 2007 at 12:22 am

    What I ment when I said that StarCraft does not generate much traffic is the fact that it will not slow game play when there are 4 or so users on a 1000Mb switch even a simple 100Mb switch to affect game play (generate lag).

  6. 6 James June 14, 2007 at 3:17 am

    You can do it that way, but I seriously doubt Blizzard would approve. My method doesn’t actually go against the DMCA. 😉

    This topic seems to interest people, my BroodWars CD was stolen recently, and IANAL, so I’ll see what sort of further fun and games I can shake up in a future post.

  7. 7 James October 8, 2007 at 12:53 am

    Note to unpublished Anonymous Coward:

    Yes, it’s a pain. Other posters have already said what you said in less detail. Please be at least somewhat more creative. I said legal. The point is to play within Blizzard’s set of rules and stay within the spirit of the law.

    According to an email I received from Blizzard’s customer support, the only legal way to play the game on is to play the game using a physical cdrom. As of six months ago, I was unable to find anything which could be interpreted like that in their ELUA or TOS.

  8. 8 Artanis186 December 30, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Oh, just to tell everyone, in case you didn’t know, a more recent patch allows you to copy a couple a couple files from your disk to your Starcraft directory, rename them, and play the full version without a CD (Of course this doesn’t make them all capable, just one at a time). Check out the newer patches and the patch logs to discover how to do this.

    Note: This is not to demeen the creator, just a notice. Besides, I believe this was posted before the patch.

  9. 9 James December 31, 2008 at 1:28 am

    Indeed it does. The patch was released earlier this year, while you can see this post is almost three years old. Technology related posts inevitably become obsolete rather rapidly.

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