pioneers - Man Page

Turnbased board strategy game (colonize an island)


pioneers [ --server server ] [ --port port ] [ --name name ]


This manual page documents briefly the pioneers command.

Pioneers is a computerized version of a well known strategy board game. The goal of the game is to colonize an island. The players play the first colonists hence the name pioneers. It uses a client/server model for networked play of between two and eight players.  You will need to connect to a machine running either pioneers-server-gtk or pioneers-server-console to play.  An AI client, pioneersai, is also available.


Pioneers accepts the standard GTK+/GNOME commandline options,  and the following options:

-s,  --server server

Hostname of the server

-p,  --port port

Portname of the server

-n,  --name name

Use this name for the player instead of the name in the settings file

-v,  --spectator

Connect as spectator instead of as a player

-m,  --metaserver metaserver

Connect to this metaserver instead of the metaserver in the settings file


Turn on debugging mode


Show the version and quit

When the server and port are both provided, the client automatically quits when  the connection is broken.


The default settings can be influenced with the following environment variable:


The hostname of the metaserver. If it is not set, the default metaserver will be used.



Themes for display of the map. Each theme goes in a separate subdirectory.




Main icon


Saved settings


Personal themes


This manual page was written by Steve Langasek <>, and updated by Roland Clobus <>. Pioneers was written by Dave Cole <>, Andy Heroff <>, and Roman Hodek <>, with contributions from many other developers on the Internet; see the AUTHORS file in the pioneers distribution for a complete list of contributing authors.

See Also

More detailed user documentation is available in the online help.

pioneers-server-gtk(6), pioneers-server-console(6), pioneersai(6)

Referenced By

pioneersai(6), pioneers-editor(6), pioneers-metaserver(6), pioneers-server-console(6), pioneers-server-gtk(6).

Februari 24, 2013