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Before you read below please be advised that many server owners do not like you putting bots on their servers. This could earn you a ban at the owner's discretion. If you wish to run bots on a public server ask permission from the server owner first.
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Single Player Mode is a term (misnomer) often used to describe the act of playing BZFlag on a local server using the computer-controlled player (bots) of a client. BZFlag itself is designed to be a multiplayer game.
  
BZFlag can start a local BZFS. See the start menu, then join "localhost" on the default port (5154 for 1.10 and newer).
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=Overview=
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Using bots on a local server is a way to play the game without an internet connection, or to gain experience in playing without the need for other human players. Bots are currently only run by the game client and can be run on any server. The term "Single Player Mode" is most commonly used to describe a single client that is logged in to a local server with a number of bots. It is mostly used to test maps, as the simple robots do not offer any real gameplay challenge.
  
Use '''-solo <n>''' to include bots when you join the server. This allows you to play locally.
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Bots can be used on remote servers, but many of the owners of public servers do not allow bots to join with players. Use of bots on public servers is not recommended and can lead to being banned from the server.
  
Note: Not all of the server options are available from inside bzflag. You are better off starting the server in another window. See [[CreatingAServer]] for more information.
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=Starting a Single Player Session=
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The basic idea behind starting a single player session is the following.
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#Start a local server, ether by using the in-game menu, or via the command line.
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#Start the game client using the '''-solo''' [[BZFS Command Line Options| command line option]].
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#Join the local server using the client and begin play.
  
== Additional Info ==
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==Starting a local server==
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The simplest way to start a local server is to use the in-game '''Start Server''' menu. This menu is found on the [[Join Game Menu]] at the very bottom. This menu gives a number of settings for the server, including shot counts, and world options such as [[jumping]] and [[ricochet]]. Specific flags or more advanced options can not be set via the '''Start Server''' menu.
  
Open up a terminal (unix) or command prompt (windows) and change directory to wherever you installed BZFlag (something like '''cd "C:\Program Files\BZFlag2.0.8\"''' on windows). Then type the following command.
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To set additional options one must run [[BZFS]] manually and enter in a number of [[BZFS Command Line Options| command line options]]. See [[Creating A Server|creating a server]] for more options. To keep the server local, do not use the '''-public''' option.
  
bzflag -solo X callsign@servername:5154
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==Starting the client with bots==
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The game client must be started with a command-line option to enable bots. Bots can not be enabled from within the game menus.
  
Replace "X" with the number of bots you want, "callsign" with your callsign and "servername" with the address of the server. A callsign or server is not required at the command line, as the GUI will start if not given.
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===Linux and Unix===
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On Linux or other Unix-like systems the game client can be started with command line options directly from the terminal.
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{|
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bzflag -solo ##
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|}
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Where <nowiki>##</nowiki> is the number of bots you want to run.
  
Example:
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===Microsoft Windows===
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Microsoft Windows users can follow the following steps to create a shortcut that starts the game client with bots.
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# Locate the BZFlag shortcut installed in the programs section of the start menu.
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# Drag the BZFlag shortcut with the right mouse button on to the desktop.
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# Pick the "Copy here" item from the context menu that pops up when the drag is complete.
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# Click on the Copied shortcut with the right mouse button and pick the "properties" item.
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# Find the "Target" field in the shortcut properties window that is opened, and click in it.
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# Use the right arrow key to find the end of the text in the target field. It will end in bzflag.exe".
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# After the last quote(") add a space and then '''-solo''' <nowiki>##</nowiki>. Where <nowiki>##</nowiki> is the number of bots you wish to have.
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# Save the changes by hitting the OK button at the bottom.
  
bzflag -solo 5 lamebot@bzflag.secretplace.us:5154
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Running this shortcut will now start the server with bot support.
  
This will start a BFZlag client with 5 robots and you can then play along with your robots. You dont need to start a second session just for yourself, you'll be the player without a number after your name.
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===Mac OS X===
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The Mac OS X method for starting the game with bot support is the same as the Linux method, but the path to the bzflag client is required. If you installed BZFlag in your applications folder, then the command that needs to be typed into terminal will be along the lines of:
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{|
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/Applications/BZFlag.app/Contents/MacOS/bzflag -solo <nowiki>##</nowiki>
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|}
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Where <nowiki>##</nowiki> is the number of bots you want to run.
  
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==Joining the Local Server==
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Once the client is started with bot support you must do the following to join the local server
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# Go to the Join Game menu.
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# Enter "127.0.0.1" in the server name field. This is called "localhost".
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# Enter "5154" in the port field.
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# Choose the "Connect" item to join the server.
  
== Windows ==
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This will connect to the local server with the number of bots specified to with the '''-solo''' option.
  
* Select a shortcut icon (on desktop, in Start->Programs or Quick Launch bar - doesn't matter where). Right-click and choose "Create Shortcut". This will give you a second shortcut (numbered "(2)", "(3)", etc.) which you can change without affecting the first one.
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=Autopilot=
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The aforementioned bot method creates what may be called 'simple' bots, which simply shoot and attempt to dodge bullets.
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A feature called autopilot, is activated when you press the "9" key on your keyboard while in-game, although as stated earlier, many servers do not allow this.
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Some players may decide they want to open up 5 or 10 clients and place them on autopilot. When they do, it allows them to be able to jump, grab flags, and are slightly smarter than the 'simple' bots.
  
* Go to your shortcut, right click and choose Properties. Shortcut Target will be highlighted.
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==See also==
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* [[Creating A Server]]
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* [[BZFS Command Line Options]]
  
* Press the "End" key and add to the end of the target the desired options (" -solo 5" for instance). The changed target line will look like this:
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[[Category:Concepts]]
 
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[[Category:Client]]
"C:\Program Files\BZFlag2.0.8\bzflag.exe" -solo 5
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[[Category:Tutorials]]
 
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* This icon will start a game with 5 bots. You can start a server on your own computer from within BZFlag if desired.
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Latest revision as of 18:59, 8 February 2017

Single Player Mode is a term (misnomer) often used to describe the act of playing BZFlag on a local server using the computer-controlled player (bots) of a client. BZFlag itself is designed to be a multiplayer game.

Overview[edit]

Using bots on a local server is a way to play the game without an internet connection, or to gain experience in playing without the need for other human players. Bots are currently only run by the game client and can be run on any server. The term "Single Player Mode" is most commonly used to describe a single client that is logged in to a local server with a number of bots. It is mostly used to test maps, as the simple robots do not offer any real gameplay challenge.

Bots can be used on remote servers, but many of the owners of public servers do not allow bots to join with players. Use of bots on public servers is not recommended and can lead to being banned from the server.

Starting a Single Player Session[edit]

The basic idea behind starting a single player session is the following.

  1. Start a local server, ether by using the in-game menu, or via the command line.
  2. Start the game client using the -solo command line option.
  3. Join the local server using the client and begin play.

Starting a local server[edit]

The simplest way to start a local server is to use the in-game Start Server menu. This menu is found on the Join Game Menu at the very bottom. This menu gives a number of settings for the server, including shot counts, and world options such as jumping and ricochet. Specific flags or more advanced options can not be set via the Start Server menu.

To set additional options one must run BZFS manually and enter in a number of command line options. See creating a server for more options. To keep the server local, do not use the -public option.

Starting the client with bots[edit]

The game client must be started with a command-line option to enable bots. Bots can not be enabled from within the game menus.

Linux and Unix[edit]

On Linux or other Unix-like systems the game client can be started with command line options directly from the terminal.

bzflag -solo ##

Where ## is the number of bots you want to run.

Microsoft Windows[edit]

Microsoft Windows users can follow the following steps to create a shortcut that starts the game client with bots.

  1. Locate the BZFlag shortcut installed in the programs section of the start menu.
  2. Drag the BZFlag shortcut with the right mouse button on to the desktop.
  3. Pick the "Copy here" item from the context menu that pops up when the drag is complete.
  4. Click on the Copied shortcut with the right mouse button and pick the "properties" item.
  5. Find the "Target" field in the shortcut properties window that is opened, and click in it.
  6. Use the right arrow key to find the end of the text in the target field. It will end in bzflag.exe".
  7. After the last quote(") add a space and then -solo ##. Where ## is the number of bots you wish to have.
  8. Save the changes by hitting the OK button at the bottom.

Running this shortcut will now start the server with bot support.

Mac OS X[edit]

The Mac OS X method for starting the game with bot support is the same as the Linux method, but the path to the bzflag client is required. If you installed BZFlag in your applications folder, then the command that needs to be typed into terminal will be along the lines of:

/Applications/BZFlag.app/Contents/MacOS/bzflag -solo ##

Where ## is the number of bots you want to run.

Joining the Local Server[edit]

Once the client is started with bot support you must do the following to join the local server

  1. Go to the Join Game menu.
  2. Enter "127.0.0.1" in the server name field. This is called "localhost".
  3. Enter "5154" in the port field.
  4. Choose the "Connect" item to join the server.

This will connect to the local server with the number of bots specified to with the -solo option.

Autopilot[edit]

The aforementioned bot method creates what may be called 'simple' bots, which simply shoot and attempt to dodge bullets. A feature called autopilot, is activated when you press the "9" key on your keyboard while in-game, although as stated earlier, many servers do not allow this. Some players may decide they want to open up 5 or 10 clients and place them on autopilot. When they do, it allows them to be able to jump, grab flags, and are slightly smarter than the 'simple' bots.

See also[edit]