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       Maelstrom - an arcade-style game resembling Asteroids


       Maelstrom [options]

       Maelstrom [-netscores] -printscores


       This  is  a  Linux  port  of  the Macintosh game by the same name. This
       version is remarkably faithful to the original.

       You pilot your ship through the dreaded "Maelstrom"  asteroid  belt  --
       suddenly  your  best  friend thrusts towards you and fires, directly at
       your cockpit.  You raise your shields just in time, and the  battle  is
       joined.   The  deadliest  stretch  of  space  known to mankind has just
       gotten deadlier.  Everywhere massive asteroids jostle for a  chance  to
       crush  your  ship, and deadly Shenobi fighter patrols pursue you across
       the asteroid belt.  But the deadliest of them all is your sister  ship,
       assigned  to  you  on  patrol.   The  pilot,  trained by your own Navy,
       battle-hardened by months in the Maelstrom, is equipped with a twin  of
       your  own  ship  and  intimate  knowledge  of your tactics.  The lovely
       Stratocaster R&R facility never sounded so good, but as you  fire  full
       thrusters  to  dodge the latest barrage you begin to think you’ll never
       get home...


       -display host:0
              Runs Maelstrom on the given X11 display.

              Puts a big black border around the Maelstrom screen, and centers
              Maelstrom  within it. This help create a "full screen" effect on
              large displays.

              Runs Maelstrom with a private (custom) colormap.  This  prevents
              Maelstrom  from locking up all of the colors on your display. It
              is only useful on 256 color (pseudo-color) displays.

       -gamma [0-8]
              Sets the gamma correction level for Maelstrom.  The  higher  the
              gamma  correction,  the  brighter  Maelstrom will appear on your
              monitor. If no gamma level is given, Maelstrom  will  print  the
              current  gamma  level  saved  in your custom configuration. Once
              this option is used, the gamma correction level  is  saved,  and
              this  option  doesn’t  need  to be used later unless you want to
              change it again.

       -volume [0-8]
              Sets the sound volume.

              Prevents Maelstrom from doing the screen fading. This is  useful
              if you find the fading annoying.

              Causes the entire display to fade, not just inside the Maelstrom

              Tells Maelstrom to use the Internet Maelstrom Score  Server  for
              the high score list.

              Prints  out  a list of the current high scores. If used with the
              -netscores  option,  it  will  will  connect  to  the   Internet
              Maelstrom  Score  Server  and print out the world-wide Maelstrom
              high scores.

       -player N[@host][:port]
              Tells Maelstrom that it is playing  a  network  game,  and  that
              player N is at host host and/or port port.

       -server N@host[:port]
              Tells  Maelstrom  to  use  a network address server at host host
              (and port port) for a multiplayer game with N players.

       -deathmatch [N]
              Configures a multiplayer game to continue until someone  gets  N
              frags (default = 8). A frag is 3 shots at a player.

              Prints the version of the Maelstrom binary.

              Runs  Maelstrom in a graphics test mode. It prints the number of
              milliseconds it takes for your graphics  display  to  display  a
              full  48-frame,  360  degree  rotation  of  your ship. It is for
              comparative information only.


       maelstrom is an alias for Maelstrom; you may use either  to  start  the

       Maelstrom_sound  is  the  Maelstrom  sound server. You do not need (nor
       should  you  try)  to  start   this   yourself;   Maelstrom   uses   it


       The  original  Maelstrom was written for the Macintosh by Andrew Welch.
       The Linux port was done by Sam Lantinga <>.

       The  author  has  approved  the  inclusion  of  Maelstrom   in   Debian
       distributions,  including commercially distributed versions, as long as
       Maelstrom is not sold independently and remains freely available.

       This manual page was contributed by Robert Leslie <>.