Manual Reference Pages - GSPADES (6)
gspades - GTK+ NetSpades client
gspades is the client portion of a stand-alone or networked spades game. In order to play across the network, you must also have a server,
spadesd(6), running, either on the local machine or on a remote machine.
Print version and exit.
Play offline (non-networked).
-n name ||
name is an eight character string used to identify you to the other players.
If you do not specify your name on the command-line, you may enter it in the options dialog window.
-s server ||
server is the hostname on which the spades server is running. You may also enter this in the options dialog window. This overrides any
SPADES_SERVER environment variable.
-p main-port |
main-port is the port number on which gspades will look for the spades server. If this value is not specified, the default value of 7626 will be used.
-t taunt-port |
taunt-port is the port number on which gspades will look for the TauntServer(tm). If this value is not specified, the default value of 7627 will be used.
The hostname of the machine running the spades server. If not set, you may specify in the connection dialog box. Overridden with the -s option.
When you first invoke gspades, an options dialog will pop up with three tabs: server options, player options, and game options.
It is important to note that only the first player to register in a given game is allowed to set options. All pther players requested options will be ignored.
On the server options tab, you will find a check button to allow for offline play, as well as entries for the host on which the spades server is running and the ports to use for spades and the tauntserver (you can probably leave the port settings at their default values). If you are playing offline, you need only worry about the "Play offline" button. When this button is depressed, all network-related options will be greyed-out.
On the player options tab, you will see an entry for your name at the bottom, and three buttons to select human or computer players for your partner and opponents. These buttons are only available in network mode (if you play offline, all other players must be computer players).
The game options tab contains two spinbuttons which allow you to set the minimum team bid (defaults to 3) and the score at which the game ends (defaults to 500). Future versions of gspades will have more options here.
A description of the game of spades is beyond the scope of this documentation. Please see the Appendix A of the README file distributed with slspades. If you already know how to play spades, read on.
When the game prompts you, adjust the bid spin-button until it displayes the number of tricks you think you personally will take with your hand. Valid bids are 0-13 and nil, however, your team must also satisfy the minimum bid of three.
PLAYING A CARD
Play a card in your hand simply by clicking on it with the mouse pointer when it is your turn to play.
You may send a message to the other players in the game by using the taunt mechanism. At (almost) any point in the game, you may enter your one-line taunt in the taunt box in the lower right of the window. Submit your taunt either by pressing Enter, or by clicking the Send button. The taunt will then be displayed on the screens of all the players, attributed to you (sorry, no anonymous taunting).
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