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gytha, a Netrek client,
by James Cameron, 2012-10-24
IntroductionNetrek is a multi-player real-time 2D strategy game.  
Your team starts with ten planets. Each player flies a starship. You shoot at enemy ships with torpedos and phasers. You fly to, scan and bomb enemy planets to deny their use by the enemy team. You protect your own planets by preventing the enemy from reaching them.
Once you make a kill, and don't die, you beam up armies from the planets you protected, and drop them on the enemy planets that have been bombed.
Your team wins when all the enemy planets are taken. Your team loses if all your planets are taken from you. Strategies include escorting, controlling space, and coordinated attacks.
Gytha is a client for Netrek. It is multiplatform, in that it works on multiple operating systems.
Microsoft Windows - 32-bitDownload and run the installer gytha-0.7-1-win32.exe. If you are not sure, try 32-bit first.
Microsoft Windows - 64-bitDownload and run the installer gytha-0.7-1-win64.exe.
Mac OS XNone available yet. To contribute a build, please write to me.
Linux - Ubuntu or Debian
Linux - from source
Building and PackagingOn Linux, no building is required, gytha will run from your copy of the source. Packaging for Linux distributions is welcome, please write to me.
For Microsoft Windows developers, see building on windows which was copied from Zachary Uram's page.
A splash screen, containing the name of the game, a license, and a
rotating icon. During this time the imagery pipeline is stabilised,
and graphical assets are loaded.|
What you do: wait.
A list of available Netrek servers is displayed, discovered on the
local area network, or via the internet based metaservers. Against
each server is a number of squares corresponding to how many players
are on the server.|
A pair of white objects are in orbit around each other above the list; when they pass close to each another the metaserver is checked again.
What you do: choose a server and left-click on it to log in, or middle-click on it to join the game as a guest mercenary.
A list of helpful hints, or tips, on how to get started.|
What you do: read them, then click on Server List.
A server login screen. Shows the name of the server you have
connected to, the server message of the day, and asks you for your
What you do: read the message of the day. Type guest and press enter if you do not want your statistics saved, or type a name and password. If someone else has already used your name, you won't be able to use it unless you know their password.
The ship and race, or team selection screen. Shows ships for each
team you can join.|
What you do: choose a ship and race by clicking on one of the ships. The ship closest to the centre is the best general ship, called a Cruiser (CA). The others have special improvements and weaknesses. Some ships aren't available on some servers. All ships of the same type are equal regardless of which race or team you choose.
The tactical view. Your ship is in the centre. A ring around your
ship shows your shields are up.|
Also on this view are:
Press enter to swap to the galactic view. Your ship is in the centre
of the small white box. The other boxed areas are teams or races.
The circles are the planets. In this screenshot, you goal in the game
is to take control of the red Romulan team planets.|
Also on this view are:
The white burst is a torpedo that has just exploded, it it has caused
your damage to exceed 100%, so your ship has started to explode. The
coloured ring around your ship is the start of the explosion. The
green dots are more torpedos from the enemy that would have hit had
A short time later, your explosion has engulfed the enemy ship as it expands. This damages the enemy, though not always fatally. Your death is not in vain. You will be returned to the team and ship screen from which you would normally come straight back in with the spacebar. The supply of new ships is endless until your team runs out of planets.
Another three screenshots of a death are below; you have fired a phaser which missed, and the enemy ship number 4 has killed you with a torpedo and a phaser at the same time. That ship is caught in the blast radius and damaged, though not fatally.
sudo aptitude install darcs darcs get http://james.tooraweenah.com/darcs/netrek-client-pygame/Read the netrek/__init__.py file and start making interesting changes.
See what you have changed:
darcs diffRecord and send what you have changed:
darcs record darcs send