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Introduction

An introduction to the game of Crossfire, and links to other sites and what they have to say about the game.

In the words of its original author Frank Tore Johansen:

"Crossfire is a multi-player graphical arcade and adventure game made for the X Windows systems environment. It has certain flavours from other games, especially gauntlet and the rogue-like games (Nethack, Moria, Angband, and Ragnarok.) Any number of players can move around in their own window, finding and using items and battling monsters. They can choose to cooperate or compete in the same world.''

In the years of development that have followed, Crossfire has grown to encompass over 150 monsters, ~3000 maps to explore, an elaborate magic system, over 15 character types, a system of skills, and many, many artifacts and treasures.

Crossfire is freely distributed under the GNU license and the code may be obtained from a number of FTP sites. Take note: you will need at least an ANSI C compiler (i.e. gcc) and UNIX to build the game.

Read more about the start of Crossfire, as posted to the Mailing List. (Sep 2, 1999)

 


Here is what some other sites have to say:

Building With Someone Else's Blocks: Going Open Source With Games - http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/6467/building_with_someone_elses_.php

The Linux Game Tome at http://www.happypenguin.org

Website for the Metalforge Server
http://www.metalforge.net

Crossfire at Netarbeiter
http://crossfire.netarbeiter.com/

Kevin's Crossfire Project Development Page
http://crossfire.homelinux.net/

"Your goal is to gain experience, find treasure, explore and have fun. You do this by figuring out puzzles in maps, killing monsters and destroying generators. You loose by dying."
http://tenjin.ics.es.osaka-u.ac.jp/crossfire/
(This site also has additional links to sites that are in Japanese)

"Crossfire is a multiplayer graphical arcade and adventure game. Several players (over the Internet) explore the maps, enter various houses and dungeons, find and use items and fight monsters. This game works in the X Window environment. Depending on your machine, you can have color or monochrome graphics, sound effects, etc."
http://www.montefiore.ulg.ac.be/~quinet/games/crossfire-en.html

In the October Issue of Linux Journal, there is a review of Crossfire.

 "Crossfire is a different kind of game from the rest of these dungeon crawlers. The Linux Game Tome ( http://happypenguin.org/ ) describes it as a cross between NetHack and Gauntlet, and that's actually fairly accurate. The game is graphical, multi-player (!) and immense. With over 150 different monsters, about 3000 maps, 19 character classes, about 65 different weapons, dozens of armours, helmets, shields and clothings, and 18 levels of magic available to wizards (with roughly 85 spells at last count), Crossfire is a whole different world in which you and your friends can live. Any number of people can have clients (even available for Java and Win32), but the server has to run on a UNIX-based system such as Linux. If you're tired of being an @ and want to be an animated graphic again, here's where you can do it!"
Jason Kroll

Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossfire_game