Getting Started

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This article covers the basics of getting started with BZFlag.

Step 1 - Downloading and installing the game

To start playing, you obviously need to download the game, [[you can do so right here|Download]. Click on the link for your Operating System.

After BZFlag has completed downloading, you you can install the game.

  • On Windows, it should appear in the start menu, under "BZFlag2.0.10", assuming you downloaded and installed 2.0.10.
  • On OS X, you can click on the .dmg, and then drag the "BZFlag 2.0.10" icon into the applications folder
  • On Linux, you can either build from the source, or your you can install a package. (On Debian based OSes, "apt-get install bzflag" installs version 2.0.8)

Step 2 - Registering your callsign

It is not mandatory to register your callsign, but it is recommended. Here are a few benefits to registering:

  • Your callsign is reserved, no one can take it.
  • Registering gives you an identity, so you can have "proof" of who you are
  • Registering allows you to post on the forums
  • You can join groups, and leagues.

If you are still interested in registering (it is highly recommended), then follow this link.

Step 3 - Entering your callsign, and joining the game

When you start up BZFlag, you will probably see a screen similar to this one:

The Main Menu


For now, we will be concentrating on the "Join Game" Menu. If you use your keyboard to select this option, it will bring you to this screen:


The Join Game screen


This is the menu you use to input your user information, such as your username and password (if you registered), your server of choice, your email string, and your team.

If you want to see a list of current servers, move to the "Find Server" option. A second or two after you select this, a series of servers will appear on the list, with the most popular servers being first.


The Serverlist

Select one that sounds good, and you will be returned to the "Join Game" screen. Then select "Connect", and you will join the server. Once the join is complete, you will see a list of users, a server message, and any other info (such as chat), in the chat box.


A typical server