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 Battle.net, but it falls under the “good enough for me” catagory.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- Bail out of single player and go to the multiplayer screen.
- Select either IPX or UDP. UDP always seems to work better for me.
- 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!
- Don’t create a game. If you click the button, things crash!
- 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, battle.net 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!