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Written by Norb Timpko   
Monday, 29 March 2010 17:44

NOTE: With our switch to Slitherine as publisher, this information is no longer valid. We will discontinuing our activation server at some time in the future as it is not required in the current builds of the demo or the game.

Probably should explain this better...

When you download the demo, you already have the game. You can play the demo with it's features as long as you want. To unlock the full contents of the game you must buy an activation code.

The activation process is very quick and simple, but you must be connected to the internet to do it. Once it's done, you can play all you want without connecting to the internet. So it's a one time thing.

There is a cool feature where you can deactivated and move your code to another install of the demo. Here's an example to explain.

Example: You have the demo installed at home and on your laptop. You activate your home computer and play there. But you want to play it while on a trip. So you deactivate your home computer and then activate your laptop. Now the laptop is activated and you can play the full game there. When you return home, just deactivate your laptop and then activate your home computer again. You can do this as many times as you want.

So an internet connection is required for activation/deactivation and of course multiplayer net play. You can play on your lan without one.

I consider our DRM very non-intrusive. By that I mean that it does not run all the time and does not install anything anywhere except for in the game folder. Sometimes you have to disable firewalls and virus scan programs in order to activate/deactivate. If you uninstal the game, we try to deactivate automatically. So you don't lose your activation. If it can't, then the activation is still in the same location. So if you do not delete any of the left over game folders, you can reinstall to the same location and your activation will still be there.

If you have questions about this, please ask on our forums.

* Do not move the game's folder, do not upgrade or reinstall your operating system, do not use System Restore, and do not change hardware components of your computer without deactivating the game.

* How to properly uninstall/reinstall the game: On uninstalling the game, it will ask you if you want to keep the game activated or not. If you choose to keep it activated don't touch, move or delete the remaining game folder. If you need to reinstall the game you don't have to uninstall it, just reinstall over the current installation. If you encounter problems with installed mods, just uninstall the mod. You don't have to reinstall the game because no mod can modify the game's stock data files.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:09
Posted: 6 months, 1 week ago by Little Powell #75344
No, the DRM/activation was removed several patches/years ago.
Posted: 6 months, 1 week ago by dgard20 #75337
i just found this. does this still work the same
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago by Michael Slaunwhite #43465
I don't know if this is any help what-so-ever, and maybe I am over stepping my boundaries...I came across this little tidbit concerning Impulse, and I'm not even sure if this is the same Impulse or not. It's a small forum thread back in 2011 about Impulse database being hacked.

Like I said I could be overstepping my boundaries...
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago by norb #43436
We really looked into your issue tonight and your code has been compromised. It has been requested to be reactivated from multiple emails, from around the world. This is why you are having issues. Never share your code with anyone. If you will continue to work with us we hope that maybe we can track down how this happened. Since you bought from Impulse, you will have to request a refund from them if that is the path you want to pursue.
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago by norb #43434
We really have not had many complaints at all. It's a system that is in thousands of pieces of software, it's nothing we invented. We felt it was the least intrusive. We have never had a report of the game getting deactivated for no reason. I've been playing with the same activation for years. But if you can recreate the game getting deactivated on it's own, please email the details to our support. 90% of the people activate the game once and then never touch it. Many people move their codes between multiple computers with no problems. We've even activated guys on tour in Iraq without internet access.

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