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Author:  SPYDER [ Thu Dec 11, 2008 12:01 am ]
Post subject:  Open Arena

Has anyone here heard of or played OpenArena yet?

I downloaded it to my spare pc, and have been playing it for the past few days.

It basically is a version of Q3 Arena, that was developed by the open source community, and is covered by the GNU public license.

I personally think it is very interesting that these folks have taken advantage of id software's release of the Q3 source code to the general public, and developed a game that VERY closely mimics Q3, but also includes maps and ideas from Q1 and Q2.

Another great feature of the game is that the developers have included download redirects, so that maps and mods download at the fastest rate possible  (no more waiting forever to have a map download from a server).

There are presently between 75 to 85 servers running various vanilla and custom versions of it on the net for multiplayer.

The guys at Quakefour.net (DK Clan - players - Croaker, Pepsi, Uncle Buddy), have a server with a selection of classic custom maps that we all know and have played before, and a mixture of original maps that were made for the game by the developers.

Another great thing about this game is that it will run on just about any pc and operating system, including Linux and Mac.

I really like the gameplay, and I would strongly recommend that anyone who visits this site try it out.

And, BTW you can create custom configs in your baseoa, (as in baseq3) directory, just as in Q3.

The url for info is http://openarena.ws

Author:  SPYDER [ Thu Dec 11, 2008 1:26 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Open Arena

BTW, I neglected to give the name of the server I mentioned.

It is the Duckpond Customs, at

Be sure to turn on autodownloading to get the maps. Like I said above, they download very quickly.

Of course, download and install the game first, before you try to join the server--------

Author:  bunkeR [ Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:50 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Open Arena

This looks interesting.  Downloading now...

Author:  SPYDER [ Thu Dec 11, 2008 5:32 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Open Arena

Hey bunkeR:

Let me know if you like it as much as I do.

Some of the audio is pretty hokey, but the gameplay has been very good from my perspective.

Author:  SPYDER [ Mon Dec 15, 2008 3:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Open Arena

Here is an update to my OpenArena exploration.

There is a server called the Jade Garden, at, that is running OSP, and has OSP maps available on it.

If OSP will run on this game, it makes me wonder what other possibilities there are------

Author:  SPYDER [ Sun Dec 21, 2008 12:53 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Open Arena

Another OpenArena update:

I have a third pc that is powered by an old AMD Athlon 32bit 1200mhz processor, 256 megs of pc 133 memory, an 80 gb hard drive, and an old Gforce 2 ti video card.

I presently have it set up to dual boot Windows ME (yuck!), and Ubuntu Linux, which is based on Debian, and uses the Gnome GUI.

I run Q3 on it under Wine (a linux windows environment), and I recently installed OpenArena on it, and tried the windows version under wine, and also ran it natively using the linux version of the game.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the game runs very well, especially the native version, with this old hardware.

Ubuntu linux supports "legacy" drivers for the Nvidia cards that are supplied by Nvidia, and can be installed effortlessly through the program installation interface provided with Ubuntu.

The only thing I haven't been able to get working with Ubuntu, is Punkbuster, but it isn't necessary for OpenArena anyway, just for the Q3 install I have running on the PC, and I have no problem connecting to any Q3 servers not using it.

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