MirOS Manual: battlestar(6)

BATTLESTAR(6)                BSD Reference Manual                BATTLESTAR(6)

NAME

     battlestar - a tropical adventure game

SYNOPSIS

     battlestar [-r] [saved-file]

DESCRIPTION

     battlestar is an adventure game in the classic style. However, it's
     slightly less of a puzzle and more a game of exploration. There are a few
     magical words in the game, but on the whole, simple English should suf-
     fice to make one's desires understandable to the parser.

THE SETTING

     In the days before the darkness came, when battlestars ruled the
     heavens...

           Three He made and gave them to His daughters,
           Beautiful nymphs, the goddesses of the waters.
           One to bring good luck and simple feats of wonder,
           Two to wash the lands and churn the waves asunder,
           Three to rule the world and purge the skies with thunder.

     In those times great wizards were known and their powers were beyond be-
     lief. They could take any object from thin air, and, uttering the word
     'su' could disappear.

     In those times men were known for their lust for gold and desire to wear
     fine weapons. Swords and coats of mail were fashioned that could with-
     stand a laser blast.

     But when the darkness fell, the rightful reigns were toppled. Swords and
     helms and heads of state went rolling across the grass. The entire fleet
     of battlestars was reduced to a single ship.

SAMPLE COMMANDS

           take    ---     take an object
           drop    ---     drop an object

           wear    ---     wear an object you are holding
           draw    ---     carry an object you are wearing

           put on  ---     take an object and wear it
           take off --     draw an object and drop it

           throw  <object> <direction>

IMPLIED OBJECTS

           >-: take watermelon
           watermelon:
           Taken.
           >-: eat
           watermelon:
           Eaten.
           >-: take knife and sword and apple, drop all
           knife:
           Taken.
           broadsword:
           Taken.
           apple:
           Taken.
           knife:
           Dropped.
           broadsword:
           Dropped.
           apple:
           Dropped.
           >-: get
           knife:
           Taken.

     Notice that the "shadow" of the next word stays around if you want to
     take advantage of it. That is, saying "take knife" and then "drop" will
     drop the knife you just took.

SCORE & INVEN
     The two commands "score" and "inven" will print out your current status
     in the game.

SAVING A GAME

     The command "save" will save your game in a file called ~/Bstar by de-
     fault. You can recover a saved game by using the -r option when you start
     up the game, or by giving the name of the saved file as an argument. Save
     files will be saved to and restored from your home directory unless a
     path is specified - i.e., "battlestar -r savedgame" will look for
     ~/savedgame, but "battlestar -r ./savedgame" will look in the current
     directory. "battlestar -r" will look for the default file, ~/Bstar.

DIRECTIONS

     The compass directions N, S, E, and W can be used if you have a compass.
     If you don't have a compass, you'll have to say R, L, A, or B, which
     stand for Right, Left, Ahead, and Back. Directions printed in room
     descriptions are always printed in R, L, A, & B relative directions.

AUTHORS

     David Riggle <riggle.pa@xerox.arpa>

INSPIRATION & ASSISTANCE
     Chris Guthrie (chris%ucbcory@berkeley.arpa)
     Peter Da Silva
     Kevin Brown
     Edward Wang (edward%ucbarpa@berkeley.arpa)
     Ken Arnold & Company

HISTORY

     I wrote Battlestar in 1979 in order to experiment with the niceties of
     the C Language. Most interesting things that happen in the game are
     hardwired into the code, so don't send me any hate mail about it! In-
     stead, enjoy art for art's sake!

BUGS

     Finite.

MirOS BSD #10-current            May 31, 1993                                1

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