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       freedroid - a free Paradroid clone

       freedroid [ options ]

       Freedroid  is  a	remake of the classic C64 home computer	game Paradroid
       by Andrew Braybrook, including also various extensions.

       The player takes	control	of the so-called 001 influence device and must
       clear  a	freighter of robots by either shooting them or seizing control
       over them.  Seizing control is done in a	small logic subgame, in	 which
       you  have to connect more electrical connections	within 10 seconds than
       your opponent.

       -v or --version
	       Prints out Freedroid version information.

       -q or --nosound
	       Suppress	all sound output.  Very	useful if you don't have  your
	       sound  card  configured yet or don't have any sound hardware at

       -f or --fullscreen
	       Work in full screen mode.  Note that fullscreen or window  mode
	       can also	be toggled from	within the game	via the	options	menu.

       -w or --window
	       Start Freedroid in a window rather than using full screen mode.

       -j or --sensitivity
	       Control joystick	sensitivity. Value must	lie in between [0:32].
	       Default is 1.

       -d LEVEL	or --debug=LEVEL
	       Control debug output of the game.  Debug	output will be printed
	       to  stderr, i.e.	in most	cases to the console you started Free-
	       droid from.  The	variable LEVEL controls	how much debug	output
	       you  would like to have.	 LEVEL 0 is the	default	and means (al-
	       most) no	debug output.  LEVEL 1 prints the most important debug
	       messages	 and  LEVEL 2 or LEVEL 3 print (almost)	all debug out-
	       put, which might	be quite a lot.

       Moving and Firing
	      The influence device can be moved	inside the ship	by either  us-
	      ing keyboard input or joystick directions.  Keyboard control can
	      be done by either	using cursor keys or the Quake	and  Half-life
	      style  a-w-s-d  keys  combination.  Firing can be	done by	either
	      using the	crosshair and the left mouse button or by  pressing  a
	      direction	 key  and  pressing  space in addition or by holding a
	      joystick direction and pressing a	joystick button.
       Entering	Elevators and Consoles
	      The influence device can move from one deck to another deck  us-
	      ing  the	elevators of the freighter.  To	do this, you must step
	      onto an elevator plate, and then either press the	e key or press
	      the  middle mouse	button or appropriate joystick button.	Enter-
	      ing consoles is done in a	similar	way.  You have	to  stand  di-
	      rectly  in  front	of a console terminal and then press the e key
	      to activate the console.	Inside the console you will  have  ac-
	      cess  to a small scale map of the	current	deck, a	side elevation
	      of the ship and to the droid database of the  ship.   Note  how-
	      ever,  that access to the	droid database is achieved via the se-
	      curity clearance of the host you	currently  control,  i.e.  you
	      will  only  be able to view droid	data for droids	that are lower
	      or equal to the host you currently control.
       The takeover subgame (Taking control of other droids)
	      To take control of another robot,	you must first enter  transfer
	      mode.   This  is done by either standing still and holding space
	      bar pressed (and keeping space bar  pressed  afterwards)	or  by
	      holing  down  the	right mouse button or holding town appropriate
	      joystick button.	While in takeover mode,	the  influence	device
	      can  try	to initiate takeover by	touching the host it wishes to
	      control.	As soon	as another robot is touched while in  takeover
	      mode,  takeover subgame will be initiated	and control of the new
	      host will	be seized, provided that the takeover subgame is won.
       Playing the takeover subgame
	      After the	takeover subgame was initiated,	the two	droids	strug-
	      gling  for  control  will	be presented.  Then the	player gets to
	      decide which side	of the takeover	game he	wants  to  play.   The
	      player  on  the  left side takes the yellow color, the player on
	      the right	side takes the magenta color.  Note that which side to
	      choose  may  be the most important decision of the takeover sub-
	      game, cause one side may host strong  tactical  advantages  over
	      the  other.  After sides have been chosen, the takeover capsules
	      will be placed.  Each droid has a	limited	number of capsules  to
	      place  and  must	try  to	 convert the central status bar	to his
	      color.  The number of capsules you have at your disposal depends
	      on  the  clearance  of the host you currently control.  Once the
	      takeover subgame is won, the player will have control  over  the
	      new  bot	while the old host is destroyed.  Control over the new
	      host also	means inheriting the movement properties and the weap-
	      ons of this robot.  Loss of takeover subgame results in the cur-
	      rent host, if one	is present, being destroyed or	the  influence
	      itself being burnt out and destroyed if no host was present.
       Notes on	energy loss
	      The  influence device depends on hosts to	control.  Whether cur-
	      rently controlling a host	or not,	the influence device will  al-
	      ways  lose  energy  due to construction properties.  When	taking
	      control of a new host, the influence device will also take  con-
	      trol  of the energy this droid had left, which will be even more
	      the higher the bot you take control of.  However,	higher	droids
	      also  tend  to put up more resistance against the	control	of the
	      influence	device,	resulting in faster loss of energy.  Therefore
	      it  is  recommended  to change hosts frequently in order to keep
	      the influence device well	powered.  Note that there are some re-
	      fresh  field,  where  some  of the energy	lost so	far can	be re-
	      stored.  But note	also, that only	energy loss due	to collisions,
	      explosions and enemy fire	can be restored	this way, while	energy
	      loss due to host resistance is permanently lost until  the  host
	      is changed again.

       The  Freedroid  project	features  a  home  page	 at  freedroid.source-  The project itself  is  hosted  at  the  Sourceforge.   The
       project	summary	page at can
       be used to access download and status information.  Note	that home page
       and  project  summary page are shared with the FreedroidRPG development
       branch as well.

	      The high scores file of Freedroid.
	      The file containing all configuration setting of this user.

       Freedroid does currently	not care about any environment variables.

       Debug output can	be produced by using the -d or	--debug	 command  line
       options as described above.

       Freedroid can now be considered pretty stable.  However we're sure that
       there are still some bugs here and there.  If you encounter  any	 prob-
       lems  or	 bugs, please send mail	to <freedroid-discussion@lists.source->.

       Johannes	Prix, Reinhard Prix, Bastian Salmela, Lanzz.


Linux				  MARCH	2003			  FREEDROID(6)


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