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       Maelstrom - an arcade-style game resembling Asteroids


       Maelstrom [options]

       Maelstrom [-netscores] -printscores


       This  is  a  Linux  port  of  the Macintosh game by the same name. This
       version is remarkably faithful to the original.

       You pilot your ship through the dreaded "Maelstrom"  asteroid  belt  --
       suddenly  your  best  friend thrusts towards you and fires, directly at
       your cockpit.  You raise your shields just in time, and the  battle  is
       joined.   The  deadliest  stretch  of  space  known to mankind has just
       gotten deadlier.  Everywhere massive asteroids jostle for a  chance  to
       crush  your  ship, and deadly Shenobi fighter patrols pursue you across
       the asteroid belt.  But the deadliest of them all is your sister  ship,
       assigned  to  you  on  patrol.   The  pilot,  trained by your own Navy,
       battle-hardened by months in the Maelstrom, is equipped with a twin  of
       your  own  ship  and  intimate  knowledge  of your tactics.  The lovely
       Stratocaster R&R facility never sounded so good, but as you  fire  full
       thrusters  to  dodge the latest barrage you begin to think you'll never
       get home...


       -display host:0
              Runs Maelstrom on the given X11 display.

              Puts a big black border around the Maelstrom screen, and centers
              Maelstrom  within it. This help create a "full screen" effect on
              large displays.  During the game the screen mode can be  toggled
              using Alt+Return.

              Runs  Maelstrom  with a private (custom) colormap. This prevents
              Maelstrom from locking up all of the colors on your display.  It
              is only useful on 256 color (pseudo-color) displays.

       -gamma [0-8]
              Sets  the  gamma  correction level for Maelstrom. The higher the
              gamma correction, the brighter Maelstrom  will  appear  on  your
              monitor.  If  no  gamma level is given, Maelstrom will print the
              current gamma level saved in  your  custom  configuration.  Once
              this  option  is  used, the gamma correction level is saved, and
              this option doesn't need to be used later  unless  you  want  to
              change it again.

       -volume [0-8]
              Sets the sound volume.

              Prevents  Maelstrom from doing the screen fading. This is useful
              if you find the fading annoying.

              Causes the entire display to fade, not just inside the Maelstrom

              Tells  Maelstrom  to use the Internet Maelstrom Score Server for
              the high score list.

              Prints out a list of the current high scores. If used  with  the
              -netscores   option,  it  will  will  connect  to  the  Internet
              Maelstrom Score Server and print out  the  world-wide  Maelstrom
              high scores.

       -player N[@host][:port]
              Tells  Maelstrom  that  it  is  playing a network game, and that
              player N is at host host and/or port port.

       -server N@host[:port]
              Tells Maelstrom to use a network address  server  at  host  host
              (and port port) for a multiplayer game with N players.

       -deathmatch [N]
              Configures  a  multiplayer game to continue until someone gets N
              frags (default = 8). A frag is 3 shots at a player.

              Prints the version of the Maelstrom binary.

              Runs Maelstrom in a graphics test mode. It prints the number  of
              milliseconds  it  takes  for  your graphics display to display a
              full 48-frame, 360 degree rotation  of  your  ship.  It  is  for
              comparative information only.


       maelstrom  is  an  alias for Maelstrom; you may use either to start the

       Maelstrom_sound is the Maelstrom sound server. You  do  not  need  (nor
       should   you   try)   to   start   this  yourself;  Maelstrom  uses  it


       The original Maelstrom was written for the Macintosh by  Andrew  Welch.
       The Linux port was done by Sam Lantinga <>.

       The   author   has  approved  the  inclusion  of  Maelstrom  in  Debian
       distributions, including commercially distributed versions, as long  as
       Maelstrom is not sold independently and remains freely available.

       This manual page was contributed by Robert Leslie <>.

                                  29-Dec-1996                     MAELSTROM(6)

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