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       tetrinet-client - textmode client program for tetrinet


       tetrinet  [-fancy]  [-fast] [-log file] [-noshadow] [-noslide] [-slide]
       [-shadow] [-windows] nickname server


       tetrinet-client is a textmode client program for tetrinet, a  networked
       version  of  tetris.  You  can play both on TetriFast server and on the
       original servers with it.  Please notice that  you  need  at  least  50
       lines to be able to play it.


       A summary of options is included below.

       -fancy Use  "fancy"  TTY  graphics.   (Note  that  this  will slow down
              redraws somewhat.)

       -fast  Use the "tetrifast" mode to connect to the  server.   This  mode
              eliminates  the  delay  before a new cube appears, thus speeding
              the game up noticeably.  This  mode  is  incompatible  with  the
              classic mode and the server has to support it.  If in doubt, ask
              the other players.

       -log file
              Log network traffic to the given file.  All lines start with  an
              absolute time (seconds) in brackets.  Lines sent from the client
              to the server are prefixed with ">>>", and lines from the server
              to  the client are prefixed with "<<<".  This could be used with
              a utility program to replay a  game  later  on  (though  such  a
              program is not currently included in the Tetrinet distribution.)

              Do not make pieces cast "shadows" when they are slowly  falling.
              (Normally  the area under piece is filled by dim dots to help to
              determine where the piece would hit  the  ground  if  one  would
              press the spacebar.)

              Do  not  allow  pieces  to  "slide" after being dropped with the
              spacebar.  (Normally, there is a short time after  pressing  the
              spacebar  during  which a piece can "slide" left or right before
              it solidifies.)

              Opposite of -noshadow; make  the  pieces  cast  "shadows".   Can
              speed  up  gameplay  considerably,  but  it can be considered as
              cheating by some people since some other tetrinet  clients  lack

       -slide Opposite  of  -noslide;  allows  pieces  to  "slide" after being
              dropped. If both -slide and -noslide  are  given,  -slide  takes
              precedence.    If   both  -windows and -slide  are  given,  this
              overrides the "no sliding" part of  -windows  without  affecting
              the other changes in program behavior.

              Behave as much like the Windows version of Tetrinet as possible.
              Implies -noslide and -noshadow.


       When you start tetrinet-client you will find yourself in the partyline.
       In  here  you  can chat with the other players. With /help you will get
       the list of the server supported commands. You can switch between three
       screens with F1 through to F3.

       With /start you can start a game (if you are in position one). You will
       have to switch over to the Fields with the F1 key, an automatic  switch
       over on game start is planed. To pause a running game you have to enter
       /pause in the partyline. To restart the game you enter /unpause.

       With the cursor keys left and right  you  can  move  the  stones,  with
       cursor  up you turn the stones clockwise, with cursor down you pull the
       stones to the bottom, and with space you drop them. You  have  to  fill
       the  lines completely, because complete lines will get removed from the
       display. The more lines you can  eliminate  with  a  single  stone  the
       better.  If  the  play room supports specials you will eventually see a
       list of letters below your playfield that you can use with  the  number
       keys  from  1 to 6 for the corresponding playfield.  If you want to get
       rid of a special, drop it with d.  You can also chat in the  playfield,
       to open the chat box press t (for talk.)  That’s it, more or less.


       This manual page was written by Gerfried Fuchs <>.