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prboom-game-server - Man Page

Server for network games of PrBoom.


prboom-game-server [ -adfnrv ] [ -e epis ] [ -l level ] [ -t ticdup ] [ -x xtics ] [ -p port ] [ -s skill ] [ -N players ] [ -c conffilename ] [ -w wadname[,dl_url ]]


PrBoom is a version of the 3D shoot'em'up Doom, originally by id software.  It includes, amongst other things, the ability to play with several players  connected by a tcp/ip network. prboom-game-server is the `server', that is the  program that passes data between the different players in the game.

To start a network game (often abbreviated to `netgame'), first the server  is started. prboom-game-server accepts various parameters to control the  type of game (the skill level, number of players, level to play, optional  WAD file(s) to load, etc).

Then each player that wishes to participate runs prboom -net hostname, where hostname is the name of the machine on which the server is  running. Each copy of prboom retrieves information about the game from  the server, and when the specified number of players have joined, the game  begins.


-N players

Specifies the number of players in the game (default 2). The server will wait  for this many players to join before starting the game.

-e epis

The episode to play (default 1).  Unless you are playing Doom 1 or Ultimate  Doom, and wish to play one of the later episodes, you do not need to change  this.

-l level

The level to play (default 1).

-s skill

Specify the skill level to play (1-5).


Set game mode to (old) deathmatch (default is cooperative). See the original  Doom docs for information about the different network game modes.


Set game mode to `altdeath' (v2 deathmatch) (default is cooperative). See the  original Doom docs for information about the different network game modes.


Select fast mode (monsters move faster).


Selects nomonsters mode, i.e. there are no monsters in the game.


Respawn mode. If you don't know what this is, you don't want to ;-).

-c conffilename

Specifies a configuration file to read which sets parameters for the game. This is in the same format as the PrBoom configuration file (in fact, you can ask it to read your normal PrBoom configuration file if you want). Only certain settings are acknowledged: default_skill, default_compatibility_level, the compatibility options and some of the game settings (use -v to have the server print the options as it recognises them).

-w wadname[,dl_url]

Specifies a WAD file to play. This is added to the internal list that the  server keeps. When a client connects, the server sends the list of WADs;  PrBoom will then add this to the list of WADs specified on its command line.  Optionally, an url to the file can be given too; if when PrBoom connects  it cannot find the named WAD, it will attempt to retrieve the file  from the given url, extracting it if necessary. See prboom(1) for information about the supported url types and compression formats.

-t ticdup


-x xtics

This causes extra information to be sent with each network packet; this  will help on networks with high packet loss, but will use more bandwidth.

-p port

Tells prboom-game-server what port number to communicate via (default 5030).  Note that if you change this from the default, then all the clients will  also need to specify this number when they try to connect (the default  programmed into prboom is also 5030).


Increases verbosity level; causes more diagnostics to be printed, the more  times -v is specified.

More Information

prboom(6), boom.cfg(5)

For more information, see the README that came with PrBoom.

Doom is a registered trademark of id software (http://www.idsoftware.com/).


See the file AUTHORS included with the PrBoom distribution.  This man page was written by Colin Phipps (cph@moria.org.uk).

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