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       tetrinet-client - textmode client program for tetrinet


       tetrinet  [-fancy]  [-fast] [-log file] [-noshadow] [-noslide] [-slide]
       [-shadow] [-windows] nickname server


       tetrinet-client is a textmode client program for tetrinet, a  networked
       version  of  tetris.  You  can play both on TetriFast server and on the
       original servers with it.  Please notice that  you  need  at  least  50
       lines to be able to play it.


       A summary of options is included below.

       -fancy Use  "fancy"  TTY  graphics.   (Note  that  this  will slow down
              redraws somewhat.)

       -fast  Use the "tetrifast" mode to connect to the  server.   This  mode
              eliminates  the  delay  before a new cube appears, thus speeding
              the game up noticeably.  This  mode  is  incompatible  with  the
              classic mode and the server has to support it.  If in doubt, ask
              the other players.

       -log file
              Log network traffic to the given file.  All lines start with  an
              absolute time (seconds) in brackets.  Lines sent from the client
              to the server are prefixed with ">>>", and lines from the server
              to  the client are prefixed with "<<<".  This could be used with
              a utility program to replay a  game  later  on  (though  such  a
              program is not currently included in the Tetrinet distribution.)

              Do  not make pieces cast "shadows" when they are slowly falling.
              (Normally the area under piece is filled by dim dots to help  to
              determine  where  the  piece  would  hit the ground if one would
              press the spacebar.)

              Do not allow pieces to "slide"  after  being  dropped  with  the
              spacebar.   (Normally,  there is a short time after pressing the
              spacebar during which a piece can "slide" left or  right  before
              it solidifies.)

              Opposite  of  -noshadow;  make  the  pieces cast "shadows".  Can
              speed up gameplay considerably, but  it  can  be  considered  as
              cheating  by  some people since some other tetrinet clients lack

       -slide Opposite of -noslide;  allows  pieces  to  "slide"  after  being
              dropped.  If  both  -slide and -noslide  are given, -slide takes
              precedence.   If  both  -windows and -slide  are   given,   this
              overrides  the  "no  sliding" part of -windows without affecting
              the other changes in program behavior.

              Behave as much like the Windows version of Tetrinet as possible.
              Implies -noslide and -noshadow.


       When you start tetrinet-client you will find yourself in the partyline.
       In here you can chat with the other players. With /help  you  will  get
       the list of the server supported commands. You can switch between three
       screens with F1 through to F3.

       With /start you can start a game (if you are in position one). You will
       have  to switch over to the Fields with the F1 key, an automatic switch
       over on game start is planed. To pause a running game you have to enter
       /pause in the partyline. To restart the game you enter /unpause.

       With  the  cursor  keys  left  and  right you can move the stones, with
       cursor up you turn the stones clockwise, with cursor down you pull  the
       stones  to  the  bottom, and with space you drop them. You have to fill
       the lines completely, because complete lines will get removed from  the
       display.  The  more  lines  you  can  eliminate with a single stone the
       better. If the play room supports specials you will  eventually  see  a
       list  of  letters below your playfield that you can use with the number
       keys from 1 to 6 for the corresponding playfield.  If you want  to  get
       rid  of a special, drop it with d.  You can also chat in the playfield,
       to open the chat box press t (for talk.)  That's it, more or less.


       This manual page was written by Gerfried Fuchs <>.



                                  2004-11-23                TETRINET-CLIENT(6)