These DLL files replace a couple files in your games folder.
THEY WILL NOT AFFECT GAME PLAY IN ANY WAY AND WILL WORK WITH ALL MODS.
NovaHQ Heartbeat DLL (2018 Alternate Lobby Reporting DLLs)
What they will do is report your games online status when you are hosting a “NovaWorld” game session to two alternate lobbies http://nw.novahq.net and http://novaworld.cc. (These lobbies allow any player to join any game without the need to login or create an account on NovaWorld)
These files DO NOT AFFECT anything else. Your game will still show up in the Official Lobby like normal. These DLL files can also be used to create your own game lobby or server status for your website. PHP example scripts are included. You may use this information to display your server status or even create your own game lobby for your team to join through.
Download the archive, find your game version and replace the files in your games folder with the ones in the archive. It’s super simple and automatic. There is nothing else to configure or install (but please read the *.ini file). You can use these files to host as many games as you want. (You can view your games online status at the NovaHQ Alternate Lobby or Novaworld.cc Alternate Lobby)
NovaHQ Heartbeat DLL Update (1.0.5 + PHP Status Script)
–A Post From Scott–
I finally got around to creating the PHP Status Scripts for the NovaHQ Heartbeat DLL. Along with the New PHP Script are some minor fixes to the DLL’s and support for the new TIO Coop Mod.
With the latest Heartbeat DLL files (1.0.5) you’ll now be able to send your games status to your own website. It’s pretty easy to setup and install. Read the Readme-PHPScript.txt file for info on how to use the DLL with the PHP Scripts. I still see a lot of websites that manually update their server status, so this may be really useful for some people.
In addition to reporting your games status to your own website, the game will still report it’s status to NovaHQ, Novaworld.cc as well as the Official NovaWorld lobby. These files do not affect game play in any way, and work perfectly with the official lobby and any other hosting tool out there that you probably currently use. 20+ servers from DF1 to BHD are now running these files without any issues.
I really appreciate everyone that has helped and please continue to help spread the word. The more servers that use these DLL’s, and the more players that use the custom Startup.htm files, the better. I see so many people on Facebook say they can’t play when NovaWorld is down.
These two tools completely remove the requirement for NovaWorld as well as work perfectly with the Official NovaWorld lobby. They are also very easy to use. Drop them into your games folder, overwrite when asked and you’re done!
Another excellent contribution to the BHD Community and The TIOcoop Mod by Scott from NovaHQ