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DOPEWARS(6) Games Manual DOPEWARS(6)


dopewars - drug dealing game


dopewars [OPTIONS] ...


dopewars is a ncurses- and GTK- based drug dealing game based in New York, with you as the drug dealer striving to become filthy rich. It supports network play and single-player games.


Valid commandline options:

"black and white", i.e. do not use pretty colours
Do not connect to any available dopewars servers
Antique dopewars; stick as close as possible to the functionality of the original version.
Specify a file to use as high score table (defaults to /var/games/dopewars.sco)
Specify a multiplayer hostname
Run in server mode. (Note: see the -A option for configuring a server once it's running.)
Run as a "private" server (do not report to the metaserver)
Specify the network port to use
Specify the pathname of a dopewars configuration file
Specify the pathname of a PID file to maintain while running as a server
Write log messages to the given file (rather than standard output)
Connect to a server running on localhost, for administration
Create and run a computer player
Force the use of a graphical client (GTK+ or Win32)
Force the use of a text-mode (curses) client (by default, a windowed client is used when possible)
Sets the default player name
Convert a high score file used by dopewars-1.5.1 or earlier to the format used by more recent versions
Display a help screen
Output version information and exit.


This manual page was written by Leon Breedt <>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others). Additional updates by Ben Webb <>.