My friend and I started playing BL2 in a LAN centre this evening for a bit of fun.

We got some way into it, then his machine restarted, which meant his save game was lost (as the LAN centre machines wipe stuff off when people log out).

I quickly zipped my save folder, emailed it to him… he loaded it up, it loaded up… he could see my character,and we could find each other's game on the network, but were unable to get in… it did the 30 second timeout countdown, then that was it.

So, my question is twofold:

1) Is it possible to play the same character from the same save file together on two machines?

2) If, in future, we return to the LAN centre and copy our save files, will we be able to play them online, or does moving save files around automatically make them offline only? (This appeared to be what had happened, as further tinkering seemed to indicate that this transferred file could not participate in any kind of online/LAN game we tried to set up, even with a newly rolled character.)

Maybe this is important - this game was not using Steam in any (visible) way. We certainly weren't logged into Steam.

  • Unlikely since your save file only contains your character.
    – Ramhound
    Apr 10, 2013 at 17:36
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    It looks like the same character can not be used twice in a single game... No proof or data, though. Copying save games around should definitely work.
    – Orc JMR
    Apr 11, 2013 at 2:59

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Copying the save file should be sufficient to copy your character to another computer, but I'd be suspicious that the file has some sort of ID to identify the character -- logging into one game with the same ID from two computers could be a problem.

I don't know that this ID is present, but I'd expect one to be there.

1) So, to answer your first question, IDK, but my gut says probably not possible to play the same character twice in one game.

2) No, moving the files around shouldn't cause an issue with playing online. I've used a save game editor to create characters - I play through Steam even - and didn't have any issues using the editor-created character single player or online.

Maybe you could rebuild a character to the point that you were at if you have issues?

This is the editor I've used: http://blog.gib.me/2013/04/18/borderlands-2-save-editor-revision-155/

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