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NAME

       freedroidRPG  -  a  graphical single player role playing game featuring
       Tux the Linux mascot

SYNOPSIS

       freedroidRPG [ options ]

DESCRIPTION

       FreedroidRPG is a graphical single player role playing game inspired by
       games like Diablo and Gothic.

       In a far-future world, almost all services and jobs were done by robots
       and droids, most especially the more  dangerous  ones  like  police  or
       military  services.   The  company  providing the operating systems for
       these bots ’Monopoly Systems’ used their closed source operating system
       monopoly  and  a  back  door  within  it’s  operation system to enslave
       humanity all over the galaxy.

       But this is not the main problem.  Some 20 years after the MS has taken
       control  of  the universe, suddenly a very strange thing happened.  The
       bots suddenly rebelled  against  the  MS  and  didn’t  respond  to  the
       commands  of  their  former  superiors at the MS any more.  Mankind was
       under attack by it’s bots and had to flee to various secret underground
       caverns on remote planets of the universe and cannot return any more.

       This  is  where the game begins.  The Tux awakens from several years of
       stasis that the MS has put him into and now returns to save  the  world
       from the horrible bots.

OPTIONS

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

       -q or --nosound
               This option will suppress all sound output.  Very useful if you
               don’t have your sound card configured yet  or  don’t  have  any
               sound hardware at all.

       -f or --fullscreen
               This  instructs FreedroidRPG to work in full screen mode, which
               is the default mode of  operation.   Please  note  that  it  is
               strongly recommended that your X Window system is configured to
               feature a move with 640x480 screen resolution, but it will also
               work  if  this is not the case.  Note that fullscreen or window
               mode can also be toggled from within the game via  the  options
               menu.

       -o or --open_gl
               This  instructs  FreedroidRPG  to  use OpenGL as the method for
               graphics output.  If you have hardware  accelerated  OpenGL  on
               your  X11  or  your Microsoft Windows installation, this is the
               recommended output method to achieve much  better  frame  rates
               and also better graphics quality.

               NOTE:   If  you  wish  to  use OpenGL for graphics output, your
               FreedroidRPG executable must  have  been  compiled  to  support
               OpenGL.   You  can  see  if that is the case and also if OpenGL
               graphics output is active in the very first startup menu of the
               game.

       -n or --no_open_gl
               This  instructs FreedroidRPG to use plain SDL instead of OpenGL
               as the method for graphics  output.   This  is  usually  (much)
               slower  than  hardware-accelerated  OpenGL  graphics output and
               also some features are disabled in this mode because  of  speed
               considerations.

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

       -j or --sensitivity
               This option can be used to control joystick sensitivity.

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

       -r CODE or --resolution=CODE
               This option sets the screen resolution.  Use the -h  option  to
               list all valid resolution codes.

HOW TO PLAY

       Movement and attacking
              Moving  the  Tux  can  now be done exclusively by using the left
              mouse button.  Attacking an enemy is done by  clicking  on  that
              enemy.   The  Tux  will,  in  case  of  a  melee weapon wielded,
              approach the target and then strike.   In  order  to  attack  an
              object without moving, you must hold down the shift key and then
              click the left mouse button.

              RUNNING:  If you hold down the  left  ctrl  key,  Tux  will  run
              instead of walk.

       Talking to people and friendly droids
              When  left-clicking  the mouse on a friendly character or droid,
              the Tux will start dialog with that character.  In some cases it
              might  also  be  that  some  other person approaches the Tux and
              opens dialog.
       Reorganizing inventory
              Open up the inventory screen by pressing the ’I’ key.   You  can
              now  left-click  on stuff in your inventory.  That will make you
              ’hold’ the object in  question,  i.e.  your  mouse  cursor  will
              change  into  that  one  item  you  picked.  If that item can be
              equipped, you can then equip the item by  placing  it  over  the
              appropriate  slot  and  then left-licking again.  When done with
              reorganizing inventory, you can  press  the  ’I’  key  to  close
              inventory screen again.
       Activating a skill or spell
              The Tux in the course of his travels, will learn a lot of skills
              and spells.  Some of those will even  be  present  at  the  very
              beginning of the game.  In order to use one of the skills of the
              Tux, this skill must first be selected.  So select a skill, open
              the  skills  screen  via  the ’S’ key.  Select the skill of your
              choice by left clicking onto it.  You can now  close  the  skill
              screen again by pressing the ’S’ key again.  In order to use the
              selected skill, just press the right mouse button.  Some  skills
              might require some targeting.  Others will just work on the area
              where the Tux is standing.  NOTE:  You can also use F1-F10  keys
              to quick-select a skill.  Fn will select the n-th present skill,
              which might be subject to change once new skills are aquired.
       Opening chests and searching dead bodies or containers

              NEW METHOD:  Clicking the left mouse button on  a  chest  (while
              standing  sufficiently  close  by)  should  spill all the chests
              content onto the floor.  However there is also the old method of
              chest  interaction, which also allows you to put stuff back into
              the chest and take stuff more selectively out of the chest:

              OLD METHOD:  To do this, you must be standing in  front  of  the
              chest  or  on  the  dead  body  and then use the loot skill (see
              above).  This skill is easily recognized by the open chest  icon
              used  for  it.   This will open up an interface screen where you
              can then trade stuff from your inventory to  the  container  and
              vice versa.

       Skills and attribute stats of the Tux
              To  get  an overview of your Tux character, press the ’C’ key to
              open character screen.

              You will see the current Strength, Dexterity  and  Magic  stats.
              These  will  stay  very  much  constant  unless  you  spend some
              training points with a teacher to raise those attributes.   They
              are   a  prerequisite  for  equipping  certain  items  but  also
              influence the damage the Tux does and also his chance to hit and
              the  like.   Some  items  might  also  give  you a bonus to your
              current strength, dexterity or magic scale.   Because  of  this,
              there  is  the  ’base’ value for the bare Tux and also the ’now’
              value with all bonuses currently applying.

              Apart from this, you can see the most important combat and magic
              skills     of     the     Tux    below.     The    range    goes
              novice--average--experienced--skilled--adept--masterful  and  so
              on...   These  skills  strongly influence the speed at which the
              Tux will strike, the damage he does, the amount of  capsules  he
              will have at this disposal in takeover game (see below) and also
              the amount of force points the Tux can have at most.   To  raise
              these  skills,  some  training  points  have to be spent with an
              appropriate teacher for this skill.
       Hacking droids
              The Tux is gifted with a unique inert skill to hack droids.   He
              can use this skill on any droid in the game.  In order to hack a
              bot, which will result in the machine being destroyed, you  must
              first  activate  the takeover skill.  Then hold down right mouse
              button to stay in takeover mode.  The next  machine  touched  by
              the  Tux  while in this state will be target of the Tux’ hacking
              attempt.  But for this attempt to succeed, the takeover  subgame
              must  be won first.  Losing the takeover game will result in the
              droid being free again and the Tux very much weakened  from  the
              failed attempt.
       Playing the takeover subgame
              After  the  takeover  subgame  was  initiated,  the  two  droids
              struggling 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
              subgame, 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 how much takeover skill you have acquired so far.   Once  the
              takeover   subgame  is  won,  the  droid  in  question  will  be
              destroyed.  Loss of takeover subgame results in  the  Tux  being
              very much drained of energy and therefore very vulnerable.
       Keyboard summary

              I      Open/Close Inventory Screen

              C      C ... Open/Close Character Screen

              S      Open/Close Spells&Skills Screen

              Q      Show Quest Status Log

              P      Turn on/off Pause Mode

              Tab    Turn on/off automap display

              Escape Pops up the main menu

              F1-F10 Quick-Switch to aquired skill/ability/spells 1-10.  These
                     numbers refer to the list of skills aquired  so  far  and
                     therefore  their  effect  might be subject to some change
                     once the Tux aquires new skills.

              1-9    Quick-Use items from the quick-inventory.  (That’s  those
                     small  items placed on the very bottom of the inventory.)

              Space  Closes all opened screens.

              Left Ctrl Key
                     Running instead of walking is active as long as you  hold
                     down this key.

              F12    Take a screenshot

USING THE LEVEL EDITOR

       FreedroidRPG  comes with a built in level editor.  The level editor can
       be entered at any point of a running game and  it’s  also  possible  to
       continue a game after level editing.  This feature is there for testing
       and development purposes (and not for cheating).  To  enter  the  level
       editor,  use  the  ’Level  Editor’ option from the escape menu inside a
       running game.

       If you wish to make permanent changes to a map and then contribute  the
       map  to  the Freedroid project, please make sure that you start a fresh
       game and then edit the fresh map.  Otherwise there will be blood on the
       floor,  items lying around and mission relevant doors already opend and
       the like.  So best select  ’New  Game’  and  then  enter  level  editor
       immediately after game startup.

       How FreedroidRPG maps are organized

       FreedroidRPG  maps  contain  a  multitude  of data.  The important data
       types are:

              Floor: This  is for floor tiles like grass floor, grass-and-sand
                     floor, stone floor...  Floor tiles are irrelevant to  the
                     Tux movement.

              Obstacles:
                     Obstacles are all the map parts, that are above the floor
                     but still not items that the  Tux  could  pick  up,  e.g.
                     walls, doors, teleports, chests, ...

              Items: Items  are  stuff  that  the  Tux can pick up, e.g. laser
                     sword, buckler,...

              Level parameters:
                     Level parameters are  values  that  control  the  overall
                     properties of the level, like light strength, level size,
                     where the level is connected to other levels, what  music
                     tracks to play, ...

       Level editor controls

              Moving around:
                     You  can  always use the left mouse button to move around
                     on the given map as well as use the cursor keys for this.
                     To  change  the current level, you can either use the ’go
                     level north/east/west/south’ buttons  (if  available)  or
                     you  can  press  escape  to enter the menu and change the
                     level inside the menu.

              Floor edit mode:
                     The FreedroidRPG level editor has 2 modes  of  operation:
                     The  first  mode is floor edit mode.  In floor edit mode,
                     right mouse button will plant floor tiles.  You  can  use
                     the  left mouse button to select the floor tile type from
                     the selection bar. To change  from  floor  edit  mode  to
                     obstacle edit mode and back again you can use the ’f’ key
                     on the keyboard.

              Obstacle edit mode:
                     The other mode is obstacle edit mode.  In  obstacle  edit
                     mode,  right  mouse button will plant new obstacles.  You
                     can select the type of obstacle to be planed by  clicking
                     the  left mouse button into the obstacle selection bar on
                     top of the screen.  However, planing obstacles  with  the
                     mouse  is  a bit unprecise.  To plant obstacles in a more
                     precise way, you can use the number  pad.   Each  of  the
                     number  pad  keys  1-9  will  plant  the currently marked
                     obstacle to a specific standard location within the  tile
                     you’re  currently  standing  on.  It doesn’t matter where
                     inside this tile you’re standing if you use this mode  of
                     operation.

                     In obstacle edit mode, there are also several other keys,
                     that might help to speed up level edit  operations.   The
                     1-8  keys  on  the  normal keyboard (not the number pad!)
                     will select specific wall types.  The T key  will  select
                     teleporter.   The  R  key will select refresh.  The U key
                     will select a chest.  The A key will select an alert.

                     In obstacle edit mode, you will also notice that  if  you
                     get   close  to  some  obstacle,  the  obstacle  may  get
                     ’highlighted’ i.e. it’s color map will be  awkwardly  but
                     noticeable  shifted.   That  means  that this obstacle is
                     currently marked.  If you press  the  ’x’  key  now,  the
                     obstacle  in  question  will be deleted.  Sometimes there
                     are more than one obstacle associated  with  the  current
                     map  square.   If  that is so, you can use the ’n’ key to
                     switch the marker from one obstacle to the other and back
                     again.

              Planting waypoints:
                     Currently,   droids   (and   that  means  all  non-player
                     characters)  move  about  on  a  level  using  predefined
                     waypoints.  To plant a waypoint, press the ’w’ key.  This
                     should turn on/off  the  waypoint  on  the  square  where
                     you’re standing.

              Connecting waypoints:
                     Waypoints are of no use as long as they are not connected
                     among each other.  To connect  one  waypoint  to  another
                     waypoint,  go  to  the first waypoint, press the ’c’ key,
                     then go to the second waypoint  and  press  the  ’c’  key
                     again.   This  has  established a one-way connection from
                     the first waypoint to the second waypoint.  To allow  the
                     droids  to move the other way around as well, do the same
                     thing with reversed order of waypoints.  To  inspect  the
                     possible  ways  for  droids  from  one  waypoint to other
                     waypoints, just step on the  square  with  the  waypoint.
                     You  will notice a dotted line leading from this waypoint
                     to all other waypoints that  are  possible  targets  from
                     here.

              Planting map labels:
                     Map  labels  are  not  the  same as obstacle labels.  Map
                     labels can be used for various  purposes,  like  e.g.  to
                     define the point where a teleporter should put the Tux or
                     to define a spot that will cause some event to happen  as
                     soon  as the Tux steps on this spot.  To define a new map
                     label, press the ’m’ key on the keyboard.   You  will  be
                     prompted  for the map label.  Giving an empty string here
                     will delete the existing label on this square.  Note that
                     there will be a colorful circle appearing on any map tile
                     that has been fitted with a map label.

              Planting obstacle labels:
                     Obstacle labels are important so that some obstacles  can
                     be  marked  for  events  to  happen.  If e.g. an event is
                     supposed to remove a special  wall  obstacle,  then  this
                     obstacle  must  be  given  a  name  first,  so  it can be
                     referred to later in the definition  of  the  event.   To
                     plant  a  label  on an obstacle, you must first mark this
                     obstacle (see obstacle mode explanation above).  As  soon
                     as  the  obstacle  in question is marked, you can use the
                     ’h’ key on the keyboard.  You will be  prompted  for  the
                     new  label  to  attach to this obstacle.  Giving an empty
                     string here will delete any existing  obstacle  label  of
                     this obstacle.

PROJECT HOME PAGE AND LATEST VERSIONS

       The     FreedroidRPG     project    features    a    home    page    at
       freedroid.sourceforge.net.   The  project  itself  is  hosted  at   the
       Sourceforge.        The       project       summary       page       at
       http://sourceforge.net/projects/freedroid/  can  be  used   to   access
       download  and  status  information.   Note  that  home page and project
       summary page are shared with the Freedroid classic  development  branch
       as well.

FILES

       ~/.freedroid_rpg/config
              The file containing all configuration setting of this user.
       ~/.freedroid_rpg/
              Saved games for this user will also be placed in this directory.

ENVIRONMENT

       FreedroidRPG does currently not care about any environment variables.

DIAGNOSTICS

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

BUGS, LIMITATIONS AND HELP

       While  the FreedroidRPG engine can now be considered fairly stable, the
       story and characters are still far from completed and also the maps are
       seriously  underdeveloped.  If you encounter any problems or bugs, have
       some idea for future FreedroidRPG development or wish to contribute  in
       some      way,      please      send      e-mail     to     <freedroid-
       discussion@lists.sourceforge.net>.

AUTHOR

       Johannes Prix, Reinhard Prix, Bastian Salmela.

SEE ALSO

       freedroid(6),