There are three versions of the current VSK game:
* 32nd America's Cup
VSK5 requires you to pay to download it and will have all the features of the game.
VSK5Online is free to download and you can race online with the VSK5 players but there are some disadvantages:
* Playing Solo offline is disabled. It seems this remains disabled, even if you upgrade the game by paying the fee. So to do this, you need to pay for VSK5 & download it seperately.
* The race editor is disabled (the bit that lets you make your own race maps).
* If you use custom boat skins (your own hull design), then you can see it but the players online do not.
* Same for custom avatars
* There is an increasing delay in getting into the online race lobby, which reaches a maximum of 10 minutes.
32nd America's Cup is the previous version of the game. It can be patched to make it fully compatible with VSK5 and it will have the same features as VSK5, except for the apprearance of the menu screens and the boat skins that come with the game.
The original plans to charge an annual fee seem to have been dropped.
Patches for 32AC and VSK5 (necessary for online play),
The Patch installers are inside zip files. Download the one for your game version, unzip & launch the exe file to install the patch.
32nd America's Cup - Click here
VSK5 (the full game) - Click here
VSK5Online (the free download) - No patch is required for this game
File locations for different game versions
The game has its files in folders in two main locations on your PC. The basic game files are by default placed in your C Drive alongside your Program Files. In Windows Vista, this is
C:\Program Files (x86)\[Your Game Version]
Your personal game files (results, profiles, new boats etc) are placed inside your Documents Folder. In Windows Vista this is
C:\Users\[Your User Name]\Documents\[Your Game Version]
Many of the file locations mentioned in this website relate to the game version *32nd America's Cup", which is the version I use. So the file locations given in the pages of this site will need to be changed if you have another version:
* VSK5 (the full, paid for game)
Replace the '32nd America's Cup' part of folder & file address with 'VSK5'
* VSK5Online (the free download)
Replace the '32nd America's Cup' part of folder & file address with 'VSK5Online'
Reinstalling Virtual Skipper with original game login
If you have paid for the game and have already created a login with VSK5 or 32nd America's Cup, to reinstall the game, it's best to use the original exe file that you have on DVD or have downloaded.
If you cant find the DVD or downloaded installation files, then you can download the free game version and then add your original paid for login to it.
Select and Download the free game if you still know ...
1. Your original login
2. Your password
3. The email address you used at the time you created the login
Then in the launcher, configure the game to use Multiple Profiles and add your original login as a 'new' profile. This will give you full functionality with your original game identity.
If you have some but not all of the info, then try a mail to Contact@nadeo.com and ask for help, including the info that you do remember.
Successful hosting needs a stable fast (Broadband/adsl) internet connection. Use a wired connection rather than Wi-fi.
You need to change the settings of your Router in order to allow hosting - this is called 'Port Forwarding'. VSK info comes and goes via ports 2350 and 3450. You need to tell the router to direct traffic on these ports to go to your computers IP address - this is the 'Local' IP address and it's different from the Router's own IP address.
Each make of router has slightly different ways to do this. It's done via the web admin page of the Router. Some routers will recognise your computer by name. Others require that you tell the router the local IP address of the computer. If you need to tell the router the IP address, you will need make this address static, so that it does not change - otherrwise, the address will change each time to restart the computer.
You can find instructions for Port Forwarding at http://www.portforward.com/
a great site for help with this.
I made a tutorial video showing Port Forwarding for a BT Home Hub router. In this example, I have been able to identify the computer by name, so I haven't needed to make the Local IP address static. Other Routers will forward ports to the computer by using the IP address and in this case you will need to make the Local IP address Static .
Fix your graphics in game
Graphics Problems with new Systems
Problems with the VSK Graphics have been reported by VSK Players when they bought new PCs or Graphic Cards. Also this has happened when new Graphic drivers or Windows 10 has been installed. A solution has been finally found, thanks to 'Raskil' who posted several helpful posts on the official Nadeo VSK forum. The following information is taken from posts made by 'Raskil' on this forum. The topic can be found here ... www.virtualskipper.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7639
Uploading - how to make sure your skin is seen
Once you've got your new skin, sometimes other players report that they can't see it in the game. This can be very discouraging after all your hard work! Possible reasons include:
1 Bug in Game. There is a bug in VSK5 which intermittently stops you seeing the other boats' skins. The solution is to press the ESC key twice (you will cycle through the game menu by doing this). The skins will then appear.
2 Not enough time. It can take a long time for your skin to appear online in a race. This depends on the size of the file and the connection speeds of all concerned. It also may depend on whether your bandwidth is being used to download other players' skins. There also may be an issue if all the players inthe race are having to download your skin. Dont assume the worst unless a few long races (30 minutes) go by with no-one seeing the skin. It may yet appear. If time is the only problem, then this can be improved by using a Locator File.
3 Game Configuration. Go to the Launch Window and selectconfiguration/advanced/connection. Check that in the Peer to Peer section there is a tick in the box to activate the upload.
Click the thumbnails to see the settings in my config, which seem to work ok.
Coloured Instrument Set
Click the picture and download the installer. Save it & then run it. When you run the installer, you will be asked to select which version of VSK that you have on your PC.
Note: This installer will put the files in the default game version location on your C: drive, so if you have installed the game on another drive or location, you will have to retrieve the files & move them to your custom location.
The VSK5 Default Boat is seen when you are playing online and you have not yet downloaded the other player's skin. It has opaque white sails which makes it difficult to see the buoys etc when you are at close quarters. To make the sails transparent, you can download an installer from here for the files that control how the sails look.
Puff & Lull:
You can make the wind puffs & lulls on the water more obvious by changing the contrast in the PuffLull.dds file that controls this. You will find this file in the folder Program Files \ Your Game Version\ GameData \ Common \ Media \ Texture \ Image.
Click here or the image above to download an installer for the new Puff & Lull file. This file was updated 20th April 2013.
With some computers (Laptops it seems), the Puffs & Lulls dont display well with this changed file. If you want to return to the original Nadeo File, then download the following installer which will replace the new one with the original file.
Click here to download an installer for the new Puff & Lull file.
Replacing Original Nadeo Acc Skins
A Mod that installs modified Nadeo Skins with transparent sails that you alone will see.
It only works for the skipper who has the mod installed. He will see the modified skins.
Installing it on your PC will not affect how your skins are seen by everyone else.
To insert clear Nadeo Skins follow this processMethod: Dont miss out any steps!
1. Go to the Nadeo Acc Skin File Location - c:\Program Files (x86)\[Game Version]\Game Data\Skins\Boats\Acc . Make a backup copy of all the skin zip files that are there, in case you want to go back to them in the future.
2. Go to the Cache - This is in c:\ProgramData\[Game version]\Cache. You need to enable 'Show Hidden Files' via the Windows Control Panel to see the Cache Folder. Delete all files in the Cache Folder after reading the '* Note' above.
3. Download the Checksum File Installer. Unpack the zip and run the exe file, specifying which game version you use.
4. Download both sets of the original skins - Original Nadeo Skins 32AC and Original Nadeo Skins VSK . Unpack and run both the installers to replace your current set of nadeo skins.
5. Launch VSK and go online. Go to the lobby but dont join a game server. Then close VSK.
6. Download the New Nadeo Skins Installer. Unpack the zip and run the exe file, specifying which game version you use. This will place the new skins in the correct place and you should see them in the game instead of the Nadeo originals .