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XCONQ(6)			 Games Manual			      XCONQ(6)

       xconq - X-based configurable strategy game

       xconq [ options ] ...

       xconq is	a configurable multi-player strategy game.

       By default, xconq brings	up a series of dialogs that let	you choose the
       game, game variants, and	the players.

       In addition, xconq has extensive	and elaborate facilities for  building
       maps,  scenarios,  and  sets  of	 rules,	allowing for a wide variety of

       The following options are X-specific:

       -bg bgcolor
	    sets the background	color of the windows.

       -display	display
	    sets the display to	be used	by the default player.

       -fg fgcolor
	    sets the foreground	color of the windows.

       -geometry geometry
	    sets the geometry of the first window.

       -name name
	    sets the name of the application.

       -x   allows the game and	the players to be  set	up  interactively  via
	    menus.  The	menus should be	self-explanatory.

       The  following options are generic, and may be used with	any version of
       Xconq that allows command-line arguments:

       Each argument will be taken to be a specification of a player who  will
       participate in the game.	 The format of a player	spec is


       where host is the name of a host.  advantage is a multiplier specifying
       how much	more a player gets to start with, so a player  at  +3  in  the
       standard	game gets 3 cities and 15 towns	instead	of the usual 1 and 5.

       -e[,ai][+adv] number
	    sets the number of machine players (AIs) not attached to displays.
	    If ai and/or adv are supplied, each	of the	machine	 players  will
	    get	that AI	type and advantage.

       -h number
	    creates  number  players that may have displays and	waits for them
	    to join the	game (via -join, see below).

       General options:

       -c number
	    sets checkpointing to occur	every number turns.

       -f name
	    reads the file named name, interpreting as a game.

       -g name
	    reads the game named name.

       -help, --help
	    displays help information and exits.

       -host game
	    sets up a network game named game.

       -join game
	    connects to	a network game named game.

       -L pathname
	    sets the location to search	for game files to pathname.

	    suppresses all AI creation when setting up the game.

       -r   suppresses the creation of the default player.

	    displays version information and exits.

       -w   suppresses warnings.

       Variant options:

       -M width[xheight]
	    generates a	random map of the given	size.  The  size  must	be  at
	    least  5x5,	 although  some	 periods  will	impose additional con-
	    straints on	the lower bound.  In theory, there is no  upper	 bound
	    (but 200x200 would be huge).

       -seq makes all the players move one at a	time.

       -sim allows all the players to move simultaneously.

       -tgame number
	    limits the total length of the game	to number minutes.

       -tside number
	    limits  the	 total	time  of play for each side to number minutes.
	    Time is only counted while actually	waiting	for input.

       -tturn number
	    limits the time of play for	each side to number minutes  per  side
	    per	turn.  Time is only counted while actually waiting for input.

       -v   makes the entire world seen	by all players at the outset.  This is
	    useful if exploration is deemed to be time-consuming,  or  if  the
	    world is already known to everybody.  Some games have this enabled
	    by default.

       -V   makes everything seen all the time.	 Some games have this  enabled
	    by default.

	    sets  variants  that  are defined by the chosen game.  The options
	    "-g	game -vhelp" will list the available variants.

       Designing and debugging options:

	    enables designer mode, if available.

	    enables debugging output, if available.

       -R number
	    sets the random seed to number, if available.

	      If this is set to	a directory pathname, Xconq will look here for
	      library games.

	      If this is set to	a directory, Xconq will	use it to store	score-
	      files instead of the compiled-in default.

	      This is the pathname to where Xconq will store saved  games  and
	      preferences  for	a  user.   If  this is not set,	Xconq will use
	      $HOME/.xconq to store per-user files.

       xconq -g	standard
	       Standard	game, one human	on local display, one AI, 60x30	random

       xconq -g	crater-lake
	       One human vs one	machine, playing the "crater lake" game

       xconq -e	2 -M 40x20
	       One human, two mplayers,	40x20 random world

       xconq -e	6 -g u-e1-1998 -V
	       Seven  players  (6  mplayer, 1 human), all playing on a 360x140
	       map of the earth	with present-day cities, with  everything  al-
	       ways visible.  Major!

       xconq ,ai+4
	       Standard	game, one human	and one	mplayer, mplayer has advantage
	       of 4.

       TextFont	 Font for all text.

       HelpFont	 Font for the help pages.

       Stan Shebs ( (with help	from many)

	    saved game

	    directory of playable games

	    predefined games

	    directory of predefined images

	    predefined images

	    news about features	and additions

	    more pictures

       Xconq - the School for Strategy

       If the world is too small for the desired number	of players,  the  pro-
       gram  will  complain  about not being able to place units in good loca-

       Specifying multiple games on the	command	line  is  usually  asking  for

       Some annoying behaviors are actually features.

       Networked games can get out of sync too easily.



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