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.\" $NetBSD: phantasia.6,v 1.13 2009/05/26 01:34:32 dholland Exp $ .\" .Dd April 1, 2001 .Dt PHANTASIA 6 .Os .Sh NAME .Nm phantasia .Nd an interterminal fantasy game .Sh SYNOPSIS .Nm .Op Fl abHmpSsx .Sh DESCRIPTION .Nm is a role-playing game that allows players to create characters of various types to fight monsters and other players. Progression of characters is based upon gaining experience from fighting monsters and other players. .Pp Most of the game is menu-driven and more or less self-explanatory. The screen is cursor updated, so be sure to set up the .Ev TERM variable in your environment. .Sh OPTIONS .Bl -tag -width aaa -offset indent .It Fl a List all character names on file. .It Fl b Show scoreboard of top characters per login. .It Fl H Print header only. .It Fl m List monsters. .It Fl p Purge old characters. .It Fl S Turn on wizard mode, if allowed. (Wizard mode is restricted to the super-user.) .It Fl s Skip printing the header. .It Fl x Examine/change a particular character on file. .El .Sh PARTICULARS .Pp The game is multiplayer and game data is saved in a shared common location. Characters are password-protected to prevent abuse. Only characters above .Em level zero are saved. Characters that are left unused for sufficiently long will be purged. Characters are only placed on the scoreboard when they die. .Pp The world is based on a Cartesian coordinate system. New characters are placed randomly near the origin (center). .Ss Normal Play A number of the player's more important statistics are almost always displayed on the screen, with maximums (where applicable) in parentheses. .Pp Most commands are selected with a single letter or digit. For example, one may move by hitting .Sq W , .Sq S , .Sq N , or .Sq E . Lower case may also be used; the game is not case-sensitive. One may also use .Sq H , .Sq J , .Sq K , and .Sq L for movement, as with .Xr vi 1 . To move to a specific (x, y) coordinate, use the .Ic move .Pq Sq 1 command. A character can move a maximum distance of 1 plus 1.5 per .Em level at once. Entering a compass direction will move the player the maximum allowed distance in that direction. .Pp The .Ic players .Pq Sq 2 command shows who else is playing. The exact position is shown for those who are a similar distance or not as far from the origin. .Em Kings and .Em council of the wise can see and be seen by everyone. A .Em palantir removes these restrictions. .Pp One can talk to other players with the .Ic talk .Pq Sq 3 option. This sends a line of text to everyone. To remove the current message, just type .Aq return when prompted for a message. .Pp The .Ic stats .Pq Sq 4 option shows additional characteristics of a player. .Pp The .Ic quit .Pq Sq 5 command exits the game. .Pp One may rest by default. Resting lets one regain maximum .Em energy level , and also lets one find .Em mana . More mana is found at larger levels and further distances from the origin. .Pp One may call a monster by hitting .Sq 9 or .Sq C . .Pp Use .Sq X to examine other players. .Pp One may quit or execute a sub-shell by hitting interrupt. Quitting during battle results in death, for obvious reasons. .Pp Several further commands become available as the player progresses in .Em level and .Em magic , or to other stations in the game .Em ( valar , .Em council of the wise , .Em king ) . These are described elsewhere. In general, a control-L will force the redrawing of the screen. .Pp Other things which may happen are more or less self-explanatory. .Ss Fighting Monsters A player has several options while fighting monsters. They are as follows: .Bl -tag -width skirmish -offset indent .It Ic melee Inflicts damage on the monster, based upon .Em strength . Also decreases the monster's .Em strength some. .It Ic skirmish Inflicts a little less damage than .Ic melee , but decreases the monster's .Em quickness instead. .It Ic evade Attempt to run away. Success is based upon both the player's and the monster's .Em brains and .Em quickness . .It Ic spell Several options for throwing spells (described elsewhere). .It Ic nick Hits the monster one plus the player's .Em sword , and gives the player 10% of the monster's .Em experience . Decreases the monster's .Em experience an amount proportional to the amount granted. This also increases the monster's quickness. Paralyzed monsters wake up very fast when nicked. .It Ic luckout This is essentially a battle of wits with the monster. Success is based upon the player's and the monster's .Em brains . The player gets credit for slaying the monster if he/she succeeds. Otherwise, nothing happens, and the chance to .Ic luckout is lost. .El .Ss Character Statistics .Bl -tag -width energyXlevel -offset indent .It Em strength determines how much damage a character can inflict. .It Em quickness determines how many chances a character gets to make decisions while fighting. .It Em energy level specifies how much damage a character may endure before dying. .It Em magic level determines which spells a character may throw, and how effective those spells will be. .It Em brains basically, the character's intelligence; used for various fighting options and spells. .It Em mana used as a power source for throwing spells. .It Em experience gained by fighting monsters and other characters. .It Em level indicative of how much experience a character has accumulated; progresses geometrically as .Em experience increases. .It Em poison sickness which degrades a character's performance (affects .Em energy level and .Em strength ) . .It Em sin accumulated as a character does certain nasty things; used only rarely in normal play of the game. .It Em age of player; roughly equivalent to number of turns. As .Em age increases, many personal statistics degenerate. .El .Ss Character Types Character statistics are rolled randomly from the above list, according to character type. The types are as follows: .Bl -tag -width "experimento" -offset indent .It Em magic user strong in .Em magic level and .Em brains , weak in other areas. Must rely on wits and magic to survive. .It Em fighter good in .Em strength and .Em energy level , fairly good in other areas. This adds up to a well-equipped fighter. .It Em elf very high .Em quickness and above average .Em magic level . .It Em dwarf very high .Em strength and .Em energy level , but with a tendency to be rather slow and not too bright. .It Em halfling rather quick and smart, with high .Em energy level , but poor in .Em magic and .Em strength . Born with some .Em experience . .It Em experimento very mediocre in all areas. However, the .Em experimento may be placed almost anywhere within the playing grid. .El .Pp The possible ranges for starting statistics are summarized in the following table. .TS l c c c c c c l c c c c c c. Type Strength Quick Mana Energy Brains Magic _ Mag. User 10-15 30-35 50-100 30-45 60-85 5-9 Fighter 40-55 30-35 30-50 45-70 25-45 3-6 Elf 35-45 32-38 45-90 30-50 40-65 4-7 Dwarf 50-70 25-30 25-45 60-100 20-40 2-5 Halfling 20-25 34 25-45 55-90 40-75 1-4 Experimento 25 27 100 35 25 2 .TE .\" .Bl -column "Experimento" "Strength" "Quick" "xxxxxx" "Energy" "Brains" "Magic" .\" .It Sy Charactertype Strength Quick Mana Energy Brains Magic .\" .It "Magic User" 10-15 30-35 50-100 30-45 60-85 5-9 .\" .It Fighter 40-55 30-35 30-50 45-70 25-45 3-6 .\" .It Elf 35-45 32-38 45-90 30-50 40-65 4-7 .\" .It Dwarf 50-70 25-30 25-45 60-100 20-40 2-5 .\" .It Halfling 20-25 34 25-45 55-90 40-75 1-4 .\" .It Experimento 25 27 100 35 25 2 .\" .El .Pp Not only are the starting characteristics different for the different character types, but the characteristics progress at different rates for the different types as the character goes up in .Em level . .Em Experimentoes Ns ' characteristics progress randomly as one of the other types. The progression as characters increase in .Em level is summarized in the following table. .Pp .TS nokeep ; l c c c c c l n n n n n. Type Strength Mana Energy Brains Magic _ Mag. User 2.0 75 20 6 2.75 Fighter 3.0 40 30 3.0 1.5 Elf 2.5 65 25 4.0 2.0 Dwarf 5 30 35 2.5 1 Halfling 2.0 30 30 4.5 1 .TE .Pp The character type also determines how much gold a player may carry, how long until .Em rings can overcome the player, and how much .Em poison the player can withstand. .Ss Spells During the course of the game, the player may exercise his/her magic powers. These cases are described below. .Bl -tag -width "all or nothing" -offset indent .It Ic cloak .Em magic level necessary : 20 (plus level 7) .br .Em mana used : 35 plus 3 per rest period .br Used during normal play. Prevents monsters from finding the character, as well as hiding the player from other players. His/her coordinates show up as '?' in the .Ic players option. Players cannot collect .Em mana , find trading posts, or discover the .Em grail while cloaked. Calling a monster uncloaks, as does choosing this option while cloaked. .It Ic teleport .Em magic level necessary : 40 (plus level 12) .br .Em mana used : 30 per 75 moved .br Used during normal play. Allows the player to move with much more freedom than with the .Ic move option, at the price of expending mana. The maximum distance possible to move is based upon .Em level and .Em magic level . .It Ic power blast .Em magic level necessary : none .br .Em mana used : 5 times .Em level .br Used during inter-terminal battle. Damage is based upon .Em magic level and .Em strength . Hits much harder than a normal hit. .It Ic all or nothing .Em magic level necessary : none .br .Em mana used : 1 .br Used while combating monsters. Has a 25% chance of working. If it works it hits the monster just enough to kill it. If it fails, it doesn't hit the monster, and doubles the monster's .Em quickness and .Em strength . Paralyzed monsters wake up much quicker as a result of this spell. .It Ic magic bolt .Em magic level necessary : 5 .br .Em mana used : variable .br Used while combating monsters. Hits the monster based upon the amount of .Em mana expended and .Em magic level . Guaranteed to hit at least 10 per .Em mana . .It Ic force field .Em magic level necessary : 15 .br .Em mana used : 30 .br Used during monster combat. Throws up a shield to protect from damage. The shield is added to actual energy level, and is a fixed number, based upon maximum energy. Normally, damage occurs first to the shield and then to the players actual .Em energy level . .It Ic transform .Em magic level necessary : 25 .br .Em mana used : 50 .br Used during monster combat. Transforms the monster randomly into one of the 100 monsters from the monster file. .It Ic increase might .Em magic level necessary : 35 .br .Em mana used : 75 .br Used during combat with monsters. Increases strength up to a maximum. .It Ic invisibility .Em magic level necessary : 45 .br .Em mana used : 90 .br Used while fighting monsters. Makes it harder for the monster to hit, by temporarily increasing the player's .Em quickness . This spell may be thrown several times, but a maximum level will be reached. .It Ic transport .Em magic level necessary : 60 .br .Em mana used : 125 .br Used during monster combat. Transports the monster away from the player. Success is based upon player's .Em magic and .Em brains , and the monster's .Em experience . If it fails the player is transported instead. 60% of the time, the monster will drop any treasure it was carrying. .It Ic paralyze .Em magic level necessary : 75 .br .Em mana used : 150 .br Used during monster combat. .Dq Freezes the monster by putting its .Em quickness slightly negative. The monster will slowly wake up. Success is based upon player's .Em magic and the monster's .Em experience . If it fails, nothing happens. .It Ic specify .Em magic level necessary : none .br .Em mana used : 1000 .br Used during monster combat only by .Em valar or .Em council of the wise . Allows the player to pick which monster to fight. .El .Ss Monsters Monsters get bigger farther from the origin (0,0). Rings of distance 125 from the origin determine the size. A monster's .Em experience , .Em energy level , and .Em brains are multiplied by the size. .Em Strength is increased 50% per size over one, and .Em quickness remains the same, regardless of size. .Pp Also, nastier monsters are found as one progresses farther out from the origin. Monsters also may flock. The percent chance of that happening is designated as .Em flock% in the monster listing. Monsters outside the first ring may carry treasure, as determined by their treasure type. Flocking monsters, and bigger monsters, increase the chances of treasure. .Pp Certain monsters have special abilities, as follows: .Bl -tag -width "Assorted Faeries" .It Em Unicorn can only be subdued if the player is in possession of a .Em virgin . .It Em Modnar has random characteristics, including treasure type. .It Em Mimic will pick another name from the list of monsters in order to confuse. .It Em Dark Lord very nasty person. Does not like to be hit (especially nicked), and many spells do not work well (or at all) against him. One can always .Em evade from the .Em Dark Lord . .It Em Leanan-Sidhe also a very nasty person. She will permanently sap .Em strength from someone. .It Em Saruman wanders around with .Em Wormtongue , who can steal a .Em palantir . Also, .Em Saruman may turn a player's gems into gold pieces, or scramble her/his stats. .It Em Thaumaturgist can transport a player. .It Em Balrog inflicts damage by taking away .Em experience , not .Em energy . .It Em Vortex may take some .Em mana . .It Em Nazgul may try to steal a .Em ring or neutralize part of one's .Em brains . .It Em Tiamat may take half a player's .Em gold and .Em gems and escape. .It Em Kobold may get nasty and steal one gold piece and run away. .It Em Shelob may bite, inflicting the equivalent of one .Em poison . .It Em Assorted Faeries These are killed if attacking someone carrying .Em holy water . These are .Em Cluricaun , Fir Darrig , Fachan , .Em Ghille Dhu , Bogle , Killmoulis , and .Em Bwca . .It Em Lamprey may bite, inflicting 1/2 of a .Em poison . .It Em Shrieker will call one of its (much bigger) buddies if picked upon. .It Em Bonnacon will become bored with battle, fart, and run off. .It Em Smeagol will try to steal a .Em ring from a player, if given the chance. .It Em Succubus may inflict damage through a .Ic force field . This subtracts from .Em energy level instead of any shield the player may have thrown up. This is a very easy way to die. .It Em Cerberus loves metal and will steal all the metal treasures from a player if able. .It Em Ungoliant can bite and poison. This inflicts five .Em poisons , and also takes one from the player's .Em quickness . .It Em Jabberwock may tire of battle, and leave after calling one of his friends .Em ( Jubjub Bird or .Em Bandersnatch ) . .It Em Morgoth actually .Em Modnar , but reserved for .Em council of the wise , valar , and .Em ex-valar . Fights with .Em Morgoth end when either he or the player dies. His characteristics are calculated based upon the player's. The player is given the chance to ally with him. No magic, except .Ic force field , works when battling .Em Morgoth . .It Em Troll may regenerate its .Em energy and .Em strength while in battle. .It Em Wraith may make a player blind. .El .Ss Treasures The various treasure types are as follows: .Bl -tag -width "type twelve/thirteen" .It Type zero none .It Type one .Em power booster \- adds mana. .br .Em druid \- adds experience. .br .Em holy orb \- subtracts 0.25 sin. .TP 1.5i .It Type two .Em amulet \- protects from cursed treasure. .br .Em holy water \- kills .Em assorted faeries . .br .Em hermit \- reduces sin by 25% and adds some mana. .It Type three .Em shield \- adds to maximum .Em energy level . .br .Em virgin \- used to subdue a .Em unicorn , or to give much .Em experience (and some .Em sin ) . .br .Em athelas \- subtracts one .Em poison . .It Type four (scrolls) .Em shield \- throws a bigger than normal .Ic force field . .br .Em invisible \- temporarily puts the finder's .Em quickness to one million. .br .Em ten fold strength \- multiplies finder's strength by ten. .br .Em pick monster \- allows finder to pick next monster to battle. .br .Em general knowledge \- adds to finder's .Em brains and .Em magic level . .Pp All the scrolls except .Em general knowledge automatically call a monster. These preserve any spells that were already in effect, but are only in effect while in battle. .It Type five .Em dagger \- adds to .Em strength . .br .Em armour \- same as a .Em shield , but bigger. .br .Em tablet \- adds .Em brains . .It Type six .Em priest \- rests to maximum; adds .Em mana , brains ; and halves .Em sin . .br .Em Robin Hood \- increases .Em shield and adds permanently to .Em strength . .br .Em axe \- like .Em dagger , but bigger. .It Type seven .Em charm \- protects from cursed treasure (used before .Em amulet ) ; used in conjunction with .Em blessing to battle .Em Dark Lord . .br .Em Merlyn \- adds .Em brains , magic , and .Em mana . .br .Em war hammer \- like an .Em axe , but bigger. .It Type eight .Em healing potion \- sets .Em poison to -2, or subtracts two from .Em poison , whichever is better. .br .Em transporter \- allows finder to move anywhere. .br .Em sword \- like a .Em war hammer , but bigger. .It Type nine .Em golden crown \- allows the player to become .Em king by going to (0,0). .br .Em blessing \- cuts .Em sin to 1/3, adds .Em mana , rests to maximum, kills .Em Dark Lord with a .Em charm , and gives bearer first hit on all monsters. .br .Em quicksilver \- adds to .Em quickness . .It Type ten .Em elven boots \- adds permanently to .Em quickness . .It Type eleven .Em palantir \- allows one to see all the other players; used by .Em council of the wise to seek the .Em grail . .It Type twelve/thirteen .Em ring \- allows one to hit much harder in battle, etc. .El .Pp Any treasure type 10-13 monsters may instead carry a type nine treasure. .Pp A monster may also be carrying .Em gold or .Em gems . These are used at .Em trading posts to buy things. A .Em gem is worth 1000 gold pieces. Too much .Em gold will slow a player down. One may carry 1000 plus 200 per .Em level of .Em gold . A .Em gem weighs one half a gold piece. Monsters of treasure type 7 or higher may carry .Em gems . .Pp The chance of a cursed treasure is based upon treasure type. The more valuable treasures have a greater chance of being cursed. A cursed treasure knocks .Em energy level very low and adds 0.25 .Em poison . .Ss Rings .Em Rings are only carried by .Em nazguls and .Em Dark Lords . They come in four different flavors. All .Em rings rest the player to maximum and cause him/her to hit much harder in battle with monsters (assuming the .Em ring is being used for battle.) .Pp Two types of .Em rings are cursed and come either from .Em nazguls or .Em Dark Lords . After a few times of using these types, the player falls under the control of the .Em ring , and strange, random things will occur. Eventually, the player dies, and gives his/her name to a monster on the file. Dying before the .Em ring is used up also renames the monster. .Pp The two remaining types of .Em rings are much more benign. The one from a .Em nazgul is good for a limited number of battle rounds, and will save the player from death if it was being used when he/she died. The one from .Em Dark Lord is the same, except that it never is used up. .Em rings disappear after saving someone from death. In general, cursed .Em rings occur much more often than normal ones. It is usually not a good idea to pick one up. The only way to get rid of a .Em ring is to have a monster steal it. .Ss King A player may become .Em king by finding a .Em crown and going to (0,0). Players must have a .Em level in the range of 10 to 1000 to be able to find a .Em crown . When a player with one or more .Em crowns reaches .Em level 1000, the .Em crowns are converted to .Em gold . .Pp Once a player is king, he/she may do certain things while in the Lord's Chamber (0,0). These are exercised with the .Ic decree ('0') option. .Bl -tag -width "collect taxes" .It Ic transport This is done to another player. It randomly moves the affected player about. A .Em charm protects from transports. .It Ic curse This is done to another player. It is analogous to cursed treasure, but worse. It inflicts two .Em poison , knocks .Em energy level very low, and degrades the maximum energy. It also removes a .Em cloak . A .Em blessing protects from king's curses. .It Ic energy void The king may put a number of these scattered about his/her kingdom as he/she pleases. If a player hits one, he/she loses .Em mana , energy , and .Em gold . The energy void disappears after being hit. .It Ic bestow This is also done to another player. The king may wish to reward one or more loyal subjects by sharing his/her riches .Em ( gold ) . Or it is a convenient way to dispose of some unwanted deadweight. .It Ic collect taxes Everyone pays 7% tax on all .Em gold and .Em gems acquired, regardless of the existence of a .Em king . The king collects the accrued taxes with this option. .El .Pp The .Em king may also .Ic teleport anywhere for free by using the origin as a starting place. .Ss Council of the Wise, Valar A player automatically becomes a member of the .Em council of the wise upon reaching level 3000. Members of the council cannot have .Em rings . Members of the council have a few extra options which they can exercise. These are exercised with the .Ic intervene .Pq Sq 8 option. All .Ic intervene options cost 1000 mana. One .Ic intervene option is to .Ic heal another player. This is just a quick way for that player to be rested to maximum and lose a little .Em poison . The main purpose in life for members of the council is to seek the .Em Holy Grail . This is done with a .Em palantir under the .Ic seek grail option. The distance cited by the seek is accurate within 10%, in order not to make it too easy to find the grail. A player must have infinitesimally small .Em sin , or else it's all over upon finding the grail. In order to help members of the council on their quest, they may .Ic teleport with greater ease. .Pp Upon finding the grail, the player advances to position of .Em valar . He/she may then exercise more and niftier options under .Ic intervention . These include all of the council members' options plus the ability to move other players about, bless them, and throw monsters at them. A .Em valar Ns 's blessing has the same effect as the treasure .Em blessing , except that the affected player does not get his/her .Em blessing flag set. All .Ic intervention options which affect other players age the player who uses them. .Em Valars are essentially immortal, but are actually given five lives. If these are used up, the player is left to die, and becomes an .Em ex-valar . A .Em valar cannot .Ic move , teleport , or call monsters. (An exception to this is if the .Em valar finds a .Em transporter . ) This is to allow him/her to dispose of excess .Em gold . Any monsters which a .Em valar encounters are based upon his/her size. Only one valar may exist at a time. The current valar is replaced when another player finds the grail. The valar is then bumped back to the council of the wise. .Ss Wizard The .Em wizard is usually the owner of the game and the one who maintains the associated files. The .Em wizard is granted special powers within the game, if it is invoked with the .Fl S option. Otherwise, the .Em wizard plays no different from other players. The .Em wizard abilities are outlined below. .Bl -tag -width "super character type" .It Ic change players When examining a player, (game invoked with .Fl x , or .Sq X is used from within game), the .Em wizard may also change the player. .It Ic intervention The .Em wizard may do all the .Ic intervention options. One extra option, .Ic vaporize , is added to kill any offensive players. .It Ic super character type An extra character type is added. This character starts with the maximum possible in all statistics, selected from the other character types. A .Em super character's statistics also progress at the maximum possible rate, selected from the other character types. .El .Ss Special Places Certain regions of the playing grid have different names. In general, this is only to give the player some idea of his/her present location. Some special places do exist. .Bl -tag -width "Trading Posts" .It Em Trading Posts These are located at |x| == |y| == n*n*100 for n = 1, 2, ..., 1000. Trading posts farther out have more things for sale. Be careful about cheating the merchants there, as they have short tempers. Merchants are dishonest about 5% of the time. .It Em Lord's Chamber This is located at (0,0). Only players with .Em crowns may enter. .It Em Point of \&No Return This is located beyond 1.2e+6 in any direction. The only way to return from here is a .Em transporter or to have a .Em valar relocate the player. .It Em Dead Marshes This is a band located fairly distant from the origin. The first fourteen monsters (water monsters) can normally only be found here. .It Em Valhala This place is where the .Em valar resides. It is associated with no particular coordinate on the playing grid. .El .Ss Miscellaneous Once a player reaches .Em level 5, the game will start to time out waiting for input. This is to try to keep the game a bit faster paced. .Pp A .Em guru will never be disgusted with your .Em sins if they are less than one. .Pp A .Em medic wants half of a player's .Em gold to be happy. Offering more than one has, or a negative amount will anger the .Em medic , who will make the player worse (add one .Em poison ) . .Pp The .Em Holy Grail does little for those who are not ready to behold it. Whenever anyone finds it, it moves. It is always located within 1e+6 in any compass direction of the origin. .Pp There is a maximum amount of .Em mana and .Em charms a player may possess, based upon .Em level . .Em Quicksilver is always limited to a maximum of 99. .Pp .Em Books bought at a .Em trading post increase .Em brains , based upon the number bought. It is unwise, however to buy more than 1/10 of one's .Em level in books at a time. .Pp Players over level 10000 are automatically retired. .Pp A .Em blindness goes away in random time. .Pp Players with .Em crowns are identified with a '*' before their character type. .Ss Inter-terminal Battle When two player's coordinates correspond, they may engage in battle. In general, the player with the highest .Em quickness gets the first hit. If the two players are severely mismatched, the stronger player is drastically handicapped for the battle. In order to protect from being stuck in an infinite loop, the player waiting for response may time out. Options for battle are: .Bl -tag -width "power blast" .It Ic fight Inflicts damage upon other person. .It Ic run away Escape from battle. Has a 75% chance of working. .It Ic power blast Battle spell. .It Ic luckout One-time chance to try to win against the foe. Has a 10% chance of working. .El .Pp Sometimes waits for the other player may be excessive, because he/she may be battling a monster. Upon slaying a player in battle the winner gets the other's .Em experience and treasures. .Em Rings do not work for inter-terminal battle. .Sh AUTHORS .An Edward Estes , AT\*[Am]T Information Systems, Skokie, IL .Sh BUGS All screen formats assume at least 24 lines by at least 80 columns. No provisions are made for when any of the data items get too big for the allotted space on the screen.