Startopia like some older games has issues with syncing during multiplayer games. These syncing issues can cause frequent and very frustrating multiplayer crashes. As of November 8th, 2013 there are no known patches, or official solutions but there are a few workarounds that can greatly decrease the number of crashes and make multiplayer playable:
- Do not use gamespy. The game works much better on TCP IP/LAN.
- Do not try to save. Do not pause. Do not open the menu. This is the most generally accepted and effective workaround. Saving, pausing and opening the menu all increase the chance of a de-sync which will crash you game.
- Disable autosaves. There are a number of reports that the autosave itself causes the crashes and that disabled the autosaving by write-protecting the file might help. To disable autosaves this find all autosave*.sav files, right click > properties > read only.
If you’ve followed the above steps and are still having issues with the Startopia multiplayer crash, please post in the comments below. To increase your chances of a solution being found include as much detail as possible (which version of the game you’re running, what operating system you have, what video card you have and steps to reproduce the issue). Screenshots are also very useful!