First off, let me preface this saying that this is not happening today, and is a while off from actual fruition. But eventually BNET.cc will be switching to an older version of FFXI and get set to a version locked version of both FFXI and DarkStar Project software.
DarkStar is a constantly evolving project, working towards a total retail experience similar to that of retail. They have a ton of moving parts, developers, and contributors. Often after a FFXI update, we have issues with mobs not working, certain drops not dropping, etc.
BNET.cc staff are very dedicated to their livelyhoods and family, and no longer have the ability to retain updates to DarkStar standards. Because of this we wish to break away from that and stick with a static version similar to how Nasomi's server works. (But we still want a fun server!)
We will be working with Nasomi's installer, to create a custom launcher for FFXI. This will allow you to have an install of Nasomi's version that will also work with BNETCC's. What does this mean? This will ultimately mean you can jump onto the retail like Nasomi's server, or switch to ours whenever you want. This will also allow you to retain your copy of FFXI should you wish to play Retail or on other UPDATED private servers.
This will be rolling out on our test server over the next few weeks (Its been verified working as of today (2/22). Once test server looks solid, we will make the announcement of closing down the current fun server, and will open up a ton of commands for people to abuse over the last 2-3 weeks its live.
Once we're up and running we will adjust our step by step setup guides and allow you easier ways to use things. Nasomi's server uses a modified Ashita 2.0 (not 3.0) because it allows the modification directory of the registry entries which allows us to not interfere with a retail installation. If Ashita gets adjusted later to allow for the changed registry location it would actually be preferred to use 3.x.
I know change isn't always easy. The idea here is to provide a quality fun experience without the need for supervision/gm inteference. This will be a soloable 75cap server once all is said and done, but we would obviously encourage grouping/parties. Nasomi's server is an amazing testament to the modification of DSP's core software and we look forward to expanding that concept, but also opening it up for others to use should more servers want to go this route down the road.
Thank you all! And have a great week!