Our game server is a 64 bit AMD box with 4 GB of RAM running 64 bit Debian Linux. One of the many games we run on this powerful server is Doom III (aka Doom 3).
The altFIRE Doom 3 game runs a default map cycle in sequential rotation. There is also the ability to vote for one of 20 custom maps. The server is password protected, so only registered altFIRE members can play.
Getting and installing Doom 3
You obviously will need a copy of Doom 3 to connect to the server and play. If using Windows or Mac OS X, just buy a copy and install. Then patch to the latest version.
If you are using Linux, simply install the Doom 3 Linux binaries and copy the pak files from either the game CD or from another machine (or partition) with Doom 3 installed. More instructions here. If you experience any issues with sound delay in game, see my article on this problem here.
Regardless of your platform, you will probably also need the custom maps we have installed on the server. Download this file and extract to your base directory under Doom 3. This is an important step! If you do not do this, your Doom 3 client will attempt to download the missing files before connecting, which may take some - so best to download the maps now.
Your client will also automatically download the (tiny) VariLight mod, which we run on this server. This small modification to the game code tapes a flashlight on to the shotgun and machinegun, plus adds a laser sight to your pistol. Sweet!
You can now proceed to connecting to the server.
Connecting to the server
As long as your version of Doom 3 is up to date, connecting to the server is simple. To connect to the server, do the following:
1) Start Doom 3
2) Drop the command console using the ' key (usually beside number key 1)
3)Type the following to initiate the connection:
The server password, when prompted, is the same one provided to you when you register with this site (same for all our other game servers). Any problems, let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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