I guess that rules out the webpage option then. At the moment my program is an applet, i believe it could be converted to a stand alone application without too much hassle
This leaves me with the option of either connecting to a central server or having one of the players host the game. I would assume that having a player host the game would be the easier option as it means i dont have to put a server up and running. So i guess my question is now, what should be my first step? Any advice as to how to begin or any books/webpages you know of that could provide me with some help?
Any help you can give would be most appreciated
How much do you know abotu networking? if nothign then some study and experiments with java.net.Socket and its related classes is in order.
To communciatre between two compuiters on the Inertent they open sockets based on their IP addresses. At least one needs to knwo the IP adress of the other to establish a connection. Thats where a "matchmaker" coems in-- a well known server they can connect to in order to find each other.
Firewalls complicate this by hiding IP addresses and making connecting mreo difficult.