dopewars man page

dopewars — drug dealing game


dopewars [Options] ...


dopewars is a ncurses- and GTK- based drug dealing game based in New York, with you as the drug dealer striving to become filthy rich. It supports network play and single-player games.


Valid commandline options:

-b, --no-color, --no-colour

"black and white", i.e. do not use pretty colours

-n, --single-player

Do not connect to any available dopewars servers

-a, --antique

Antique dopewars; stick as close as possible to the functionality of the original version.

-f, --scorefile=FILE

Specify a file to use as high score table (defaults to /usr/share/dopewars.sco)

-o, --hostname=ADDR

Specify a multiplayer hostname

-s, --public-server

Run in server mode. (Note: see the -A option for configuring a server once it's running.)

-S, --private-server

Run as a "private" server (do not report to the metaserver)

-p, --port=PORT

Specify the network port to use

-g, --config-file=FILE

Specify the pathname of a dopewars configuration file

-r, --pidfile=FILE

Specify the pathname of a PID file to maintain while running as a server

-l, --logfile=FILE

Write log messages to the given file (rather than standard output)

-A, --admin

Connect to a server running on localhost, for administration

-c, --ai-player

Create and run a computer player

-w, --windowed-client

Force the use of a graphical client (GTK+ or Win32)

-t, --text-client

Force the use of a text-mode (curses) client (by default, a windowed client is used when possible)

-P, --player=NAME

Sets the default player name

-C, --convert=FILE

Convert a high score file used by dopewars-1.5.1 or earlier to the format used by more recent versions

-h, --help

Display a help screen

-v, --version

Output version information and exit.


This manual page was written by Leon Breedt <>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others). Additional updates by Ben Webb <>.