Vanguard is in open beta and, because of the whole Station Access lure, I decided I wanted to give it a try.
I saw that it was available for download at FilePlanet, where I have an account. I opened up Firefox because I had some oddball issue with IE and FilePlanet at one time, so I figured I would play it safe. I started the download and it said it would take about 8 hours to move the 16 GB Vanguard_install.zip archive to my machine.
I let it go and went off to do other things.
A little over 6 hours later I checked the machine. Firefox said the transfer was complete. I went to open the archive.
And I could not find it.
It wasn’t in the destination directory. I did a file search on the machine for the archive name, then for files modified in the last 6 hours, and then for files greater than 10GB in size. No joy. The file was not there to be found.
So I tried to start the download again. But, for reasons I do not understand, FilePlanet declined to send me the archive again. No errors. The download just would not start.
What to do?
I remembered seeing on the SOE site, when I got the beta key, that there was a link to download the beta. I decided to try that route.
Via the SOE route, you download the basic game framework, about 3 MB, launch it, and then the patcher downloads everything else.
I kick off the application, got the very familiar SOE launchpad and then the very EQ2-like patcher application. Once the patcher settled down, it reported 10 hours required to download the files. I cancelled the download, played some EQ2 for a bit, then set the patcher running again before bed.
The next morning, as the patcher was finally counting down the last 5 minutes, with me there watching, it suddenly reset the progress bar and the timer. Now it wanted an additional 13 hours. Joy.
I let the patcher run for most of the day. We are planning to move this year, so I have plenty to keep me busy around the house every weekend. (We’ve only been in our house for seven years, how did we collect so much stuff?)
I quit the patcher in the evening to do some other things on the computer. (I probably could have let it run. In fact, I did let it run when I was in WoW for a little while. Go figure.) Then resumed it before I went to bed. Only an hour remained when I turned in for the night.
This morning I got up and check my machine. The patcher was done. The button said “Play.” So what did I do?
I quit the patcher and started it again. Sure enough, there was another file update since I finished up. But it was a small one, just a minute or two and I was back at “Play” again.
Vanguard was on my machine at last. It only took 36 hours to get there.