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Multi-player games to be considered for the tournament

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I thought making a systematic list of games that could be played at the upcoming tournament would be a good idea. Here's a start (unsorted):

Licensing 3D ? bloody ? name
free yes yes Nexuiz
free yes yes OpenArena
free (disputed) yes yes Tremulous
free yes no BZFlag
free yes no Armagetron Advanced
free no no Battle for Wesnoth
free no no FreeCiv
free no no Netpanzer
free no somewhat Wormux
semi-free yes somewhat (?) Warsow
semi-free yes yes Sauerbraten
semi-free yes yes Urban Terror
free yes no UFO: Alien Invasion
free yes no Globulation 2
free yes no BOS wars
free no no Snowballz
presumed free yes no TA Spring
presumed free no no Dark Oberon
free yes no Torcs
free yes no VDrift

notes:

* Tremulous media is licensed under a Creative Commons 2.5 license which, while it looks free, is, apparently, not free as per the Debian Free Software Guidelines. Some disagree with this decision, some set no store by Debian's attitude; thus, its freeness is in dispute.

* It appears that UFO:AI includes some non-free data (licensed CC BY-NC-SA or CC Sampling), but can be played without it.

* Wormux only supports network games in the current beta (0.Cool

feel free to suggest more games, or to point out mistakes in the table

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Well regarding Tremulous I

Well regarding Tremulous I believe that considering that you get the four basic freedoms with that CC-BY-SA license it should be considered free by both the Free Works and Free Software definition. Debian is known to have additional requirements specifically related to how they distribute software so they sometimes find obstacles which might not usually apply to most people individually. But I'll admit I haven't checked the details recently.

But if it'd be put for a vote, I'd put Tremulous in a fully free category and as acceptable if we play only 100% Free games.

Edit: Btw, FSF includes CC-BY-SA, although version 2.0, in its list of licenses as Free.

Great table btw. Thanks for putting it together.

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I also suggest UFO:AI.

I also suggest UFO:AI.

It has multiplayer:

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You can play 'UFO: Alien Invasion' with your friends via LAN or Internet connection. One player controls a human team while another player takes command of the aliens for a bloody head-to-head battle. UFO:AI also supports cooperative team play with multiple players on both sides, up to a maximum of 3 teams for each side, 6 players total.

It is under GPLv2.

Artwork seems to be free from what I've read on the forums:
http://ufoai.ninex.info/forum/index.php?topic=583.0
http://ufoai.ninex.info/forum/index.php?topic=1221.0
cf also /ufoai/trunk/base/music/license.txt in the SVN.

Is 3D. Not bloody I think.

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A few more RTS

A few more RTS games:
-globulation 2: http://www.globulation2.org/wiki/Main_Page
-BOS wars: http://www.boswars.org/
-snowballz: http://joey101.net/snowballz/

They are all GPL for the engine at least:
http://www.globulation2.org/wiki/Frequently_Asked_Questions#Is_Globulation_free_or_restricted_software.3F
http://freshmeat.net/projects/boswars/
http://freshmeat.net/projects/snowballz/

None of them is bloody (certainly not snowballz ^^).

For the artwork, I don't know.

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And three more: 1)TA

And three more:

1)TA Spring: http://spring.clan-sy.com/
-Engine: GPL
-Artwork: ?
-3D: yes
-Bloody: No

2)TA3D: http://ta3d.sourceforge.net/
-Engine: GPL
-Artwork: Uses game data from Total Annihilation, so not Free, unless somebody published Free custom data for it.
-3D: yes
-Bloody: No

3)Dark Oberon: http://dark-oberon.sourceforge.net/
-Engine: GPL
-Artwork: ?
-3D: no
-Bloody: Doesn't seem to be.

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How about Torcs, for some

How about Torcs, for some pretty cool racing?

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Well, as my first post,

Well, as my first post, i'll suggest some games:

First, the tournament could include some "casual games", like Chess games, or Bubble Bubble and Tetris clones

Here, I list some other games that may be a good option

**Frets On Fire:

Not a multiplayer as the rest, but allows to create private Scores servers. So, in this way, everybody can play whenever wants and compete at the same time :-P.

Engine:GPL
Artwork:I think it's proprietary (Can't find it exactly in the website, but say it so at SF page)

**FlightGear:

Maybe not the best game for a tournament, but, if (only if) there´s some really deep aviation enthusiast (:-D), a "time-attack" crosscountry would be nice.

I haven't tested, but OpenBirds (http://openbirds.sourceforge.net/index.shtml) seems to be pretty good for some dogfights online.

P.S.: I add my vote to TORCS, VDrift and Racer too.

Goodbye.

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Great game suggestions

Great game suggestions overall, but as you realized yourself not exactly multiplayer the way it is suitable for a tournament like this one. I doubt we'd get enough players for them anyway. Also flightgear didn't really work for me last time I tried.

BUT, there is one idea I am keeping in my mind about what to do after the tournament. I call it the "perpetual tournament" or just a "perpetual gaming contest". It would involve having a sub site in which we would track games, players and results which can be submitted every time a Nuxified.org member plays with another Nuxified.org member. Every win counts as a point so your overall score for that particular game in a table goes up. Losses could lose points as well. So it would be a perpetual score board for Nuxified members playing Nuxified-approved games, likely including at least some of those you proposed. Eye

But we'll discuss that in more detail in another thread later, it's a bit offtopic here.

Cheers

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KIAaze wrote: 2)TA3D:
KIAaze wrote:

2)TA3D: http://ta3d.sourceforge.net/
-Engine: GPL
-Artwork: Uses game data from Total Annihilation, so not Free, unless somebody published Free custom data for it.
-3D: yes
-Bloody: No

Apparently, this game requires data from a commercial game, and thus cannot be used (we explicitly require non-commercial use to be gratis for practical reasons)

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el_zoona wrote: P.S.: I
el_zoona wrote:

P.S.: I add my vote to TORCS, VDrift and Racer too.

Can you provide a link for this "Racer" (the name is pretty generic...). Van Gaal's "Racer" game is non-free.

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Warzone 2100 could be an

Warzone 2100 could be an interesting alternative in terms of realtime strategy. It's free, otherwise it'd hardly come with Fedora.
By the way, I installed Nexuiz, Tremulous and OpenArena on my notebook (they also are available in Fedora) and will try if they run properly.
Torcs sadly doesn't seem to get the performance it needs.

Brakkvatn
How about

How about Legends?

http://happypenguin.org/show?Legends

That's a pretty neat game!

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I tried Legends once and it

I tried Legends once and it seems like quite an exciting game. However, unfortunately, I don't think it qualifies for this gamefest. It is "freeware" which basically means "free of charge" and not necessarily "free as in freedom". A license disallows sharing of modified versions, even though it allows making mods, and it puts a limit on the way you can sell copies of it (albeit not an unreasonable one but still enough to cause uneasiness regarding its distribution).

Overall, the license seems like it's close to being Free Software, but not quite there and I'd bet the source code is missing too.

This fest is about freedomware, not freeware. Eye

legrego
various games

I would add others fun, fast and simple games:

  • Xblast (or Xblast-tnt) (3D no, bloody no)
  • Crack-attack (3D yes (2d but required hardware opengl), bloody no)
  • Frozen-bubble (3D no, bloody no)
  • Gtetrinet (3D no, bloody no) (multiplayer tetris)

some longer games:

  • Conquest (better with conquestgl client) (3D no, bloody no) (free netrek ancestor)
  • Glest (3D yes, bloody no) (Warcraft III-like, free, never used in a multi-player game in debian unstable for few weeks)

A permanent game: Crossfire (3D no, bloody no) (2d, grand-father of the MMORPG)

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