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nschlein

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I'm baffled on this one.

In the not-so-distant past (as in, three weeks ago) I was able to run multiple instances of Artemis on one computer to demo a game for a library patron.  I had previously done it on other laptops owned by my library, including my personal work machine.

Then, a week later, I tried to do it again to show someone else...and couldn't.  I tried all 8 of our laptops, AND my work machine.  No dice.

Does anyone have a suggestion for me as to what is happening?  I've tried both the TSN mod and the base 2.7 game, and successfully ran a full 6 machine game today.

I'd really like to be able to test some things at home (such as the DMX light I was loaned and just got cables for), because I have a mission writing workshop scheduled for next week as well as two full days of gaming. 
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Define "couldn't".

Was there any error message? Or is this a silent failure? That's really odd.

I've seen a situation where clicking on the Artemis icon in the Windows system tray would not spawn multiple copies, but manually running C:\Games\Artemis\Artemis.exe works fine. Eventually found this was due to the way icons are "pinned" or not in Windows 10, and the workaround is to right-click the already-running icon and pick "Play Artemis" to spawn another.

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The symptom sounds like a firewall (e.g. Windows Firewall) is blocking Artemis from connecting to itself. It can do that, but when it does I am used to seeing an error message. Perhaps Microsoft sent out an update that has changed the behavior of Windows Firewall on all of your computers.(?) Or perhaps your library subscribes to some security software that sent out an update recently. (?)
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Sorry, I guess I really wasn’t clear.
I can open the application multiple times, But they won’t connect to each other anymore. The application has permission to go through the firewall, and like I said I’ve done this before. The library didn’t make any changes To the antivirus, because I would’ve been the one to do that, but it could be an update from Microsoft.

We have avast and malware bites installed; they’re a little outdated.

I have tried doing the self connect technique with the computers connected to the library’s wireless, disconnected from the Library’s wireless, with Wi-Fi off entirely, and connected to my home wireless. Since showing the patron a few weeks ago, the only way I’ve been able to connect instances together is via Ethernet cables. I didn’t try connecting multiple computers on my home wireless; I’m assuming the Library WiFi was a bust for some other reason.

I’m wondering if I need to just uninstall Everything and go with a fresh install. Which will be very painful.
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I do not see any reason for an install. That should have no effect.

I connect multiple instances of Artemis on the same machine all the time. So does Thom. It is not a problem to do this as long as your operating system, network, and security software don't block the port Artemis needs.

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I guess I should have also added that the client side application simply doesn't register that there is a server available, even if I try and manually enter the IP address.  No error messages of any kind, even the standard "firewall" block.

Mike---Right, and I've done it multiple times myself when testing missions I was writing for library programs.

I can guarantee that the library made no changes--I am the only one on staff who would even begin to mess with settings on that level, and this is across multiple machines including my own work laptop.  We don't have IT support for these computers; I'm as close as it gets.

Any suggestions as to what I should look for as to the ports and settings?

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