• Java 1.7
  • Server needs to forward the following ports when playing online:
    • TCP: 54555
    • UDP: 54777

How to check your Java version?

To check your java version:
Run command prompt (Start -> type: CMD -> hit enter)
Type java -version

This should result in something like:

C:\Users\user>java -version
java version “1.7.0_03”
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_03-b05)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 22.1-b02, mixed mode)

It is recommended that you install java version 1.7.0_07 or higher however, so always keep you Java version up to date.

How to play?

Find yourself a friend! Yes, got one? Good!

In Windows you should be able to start the game by running the bat file.

In Linux you should use a command like:
java -Djava.library.path=”native/linux” -jar sh.jar etc/

To play, you need at least two players. One of them will be the server and host a game, while the others join in. The server needs to make sure he has the network ports mentioned above open. The server can select the map and decides when the game will start.

Other players will have to fill in the IP address of the server to join. If you’re unsure what your IP address is, the guy being the server can check his IP address on a site like:  All well and good and you’re in a lobby with chattering people? Good, now you can decide who you will play, each map has a set of predefined factions, you can select what colour you want, who’s team you’re on and with the agreement of the others with how many marine points you have to spend, or how many blips per turn you can insert.
As not everything updates automatically in this menu, you’ll have to press the synchronize button to send all the changes you have made to the other players. Perhaps it’s even better to let the guy being the server do all the settings atm. This will be changed in a later version so this is not necessary anymore. Once all the settings have been entered, the server can start the game.

Ingame players can move the map with their middle mouse button and dragging the screen. Zooming can be done with the mousewheel.

Marines start by placing a marine on a starting position, the triangle in the right of the map on the example map (the icon for this can be different in others maps). Once placed, he can be given an initial rotation with the arrow keys and finishing with the Finish rotation button. Once rotated, the marine can be moved around the map by clicking nearby tiles with the mouse button.
Once your turn is done you can press the End Turn button and the next player will start his turn.
Attacking and opening doors can be done by clicking upon the enemy or door once you are in range.
Other keys that are usefull are:
  • Left mouse button – Selecting/Attacking/Moving/Opening doors
  • Right mouse button – Deselecting unit
  • Middle mouse button – Zooming/Moving the map
  • End – Interrupt enemy turn as marines
  • Arrow keys – Rotating a unit, panning the map
  • Tab – Hide/unhide chat menu

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