|Gives the display name.|
|Gives the geometry of the play, score, zoo and menu window.|
|-help||Displays the options, possible values and current values.|
|Displays various things for debugging.|
|Creates its own colormap even if unnecessary.|
|On screen with multiple visual, it search the best one to use. In this case it does not use the default visual.|
|-bw||Displays in black and white even on color display.|
Chooses the buffering method for animation.
Each method uses resources.
Speed of buffering method is hardware dependent.
Perfect methods are 2,1 and 3, choose the fast one.
Chooses font for menus, score window...
Chooses a big font for menu (the score and high score)
The height of 3D buttons.
If your display is slow use small button.
The -1 choice is half the height of the font.
Background color for menu window.
Uses X Synchronise. Only for debugging.
If 0, clears line with rectangle filling; otherwise with a black line.
Its useful with some X servers that dont draw the same segment with
the same pixels. Another method to avoid this problem is to
linewidth equal to 1, though in this case drawing is slower.
Thickness of the moving block lines.
Number of frames by second.
If it is set too high, the display might be jumpy.
If set to 0, the game runs at maximum speed.
Number of seconds before the automatic demonstration.
This option helps you to find the fastest buffering mode.
Statistics on launched blocks, they are displayed at the end of the game.
A 19 characters list in the order (D=Down L=Left R=Right U=Up) :
Others: LaunchBloc CancelGame SuspendGame QuitGame Drop1Level
Dont forgot if there are special characters.
|Next options can be changed while game is running.|
This switch chooses keyboard type :
0:Use key table, given by -keytable
SPATIAL is the set of keys of the other 3D tetris : spatial
Displays the zoo (all possible pieces)
when game starts.
Displays the score table when game starts.
|-draw 0 or 2|
Draw mode. 0 for wire frame piece
and 2 for transparent pieces.
On slow host, 0 is necessary.
|-x 3...8 -y 3...8 -z 6...18|
World size : width, height, depth.
Starts game with smooth drawing.
In this mode, pieces dont fall.
By the way scores are not saved.
Next piece is shown.
By the way score are multiplied by 0.7
Level 0 is slow, 10 is unplayable.
This option chooses the starting game level.
Level game increases during game.
0 : Only flat pieces.
1 : Some 3D pieces.
2 : All possible pieces with less or equal than 5 cubes.
0 : Small land (3x3x15)
1 : Big land (5x5x10)
2 : User land (as defined by options)
If not 0 the game is with real 3D. But you need to cross-eye
(or the opposite). The value is positive if your right eye look
the left image et the left eye look the right one.
Indicate a negative value to swap the two images.
/usr/local/lib/xbl Directory which contains the score tables and COPYING file (FSF GPL) /usr/lib/X11/app-defaults/Xbl Defaults for Xbl, this file only contains a data: the option line for Xbl.
xbl*args: -x 5 -y 5 -z 10 -level 0 \\
-bloctype 2 -land 0 \\
-draw 2 -smooth -buffer -1 \\
-keyboard 4 \\
-keytable 14789632azqswx ^[p^C0
XBLOPTIONS Xbl will search his options in this variable, you can put :
XBLOPTIONS=-smooth -draw 0 export XBLOPTIONS
in your .profile or .login file.
If sometime a block fall multiple level at once it indicates that your fps is set too high.
SOUND isnt correct on some X server, no possible correction.
FLICKING DISPLAY on some X server that doesnt handle XSync correctly. You can turn around using : -buffer 2
DIRTY POINT on screen because some X servers dont draw the same pixels for the same segment. You can turn around using : -clearline 0 or -linewidth 1
FOCUS WINDOW doesnt work with OpenWin, so put the cursor in the game window.
DEMO mode seems to cheat (blocs going through other blocs) but it is because the visualization show a direct way (it sums all the transformations up). In fact, the real way could use very complex and tortuous indirect path.
Thierry.EXCOFFIER@liris.univ-lyon1.fr and I thank all the people who gave me ideas, help, bugs :
firstname.lastname@example.org (Thomas Chaboud)
email@example.com (Jamie Zawinski)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Mike Hojnowski)
email@example.com (Leung Chung Shing Anderson)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave Lemke)
And many others.
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