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BATTLESHIPS(6)                                                  BATTLESHIPS(6)

       bs - battleships game

       battle [ -b | -s ] [ -c ]

       This  program  allows you to play the familiar Battleships game against
       the computer on a 10x10 board. The  interface  is  visual  and  largely
       self-explanatory;  you  place  your ships and pick your shots by moving
       the cursor around the `sea' with the rogue/hack motion keys hjklyubn.

       Note that when selecting a ship to place, you  must  type  the  capital
       letter  (these  are,  after all, capital ships). During ship placement,
       the `r' command may be used to ignore the current position and randomly
       place  your  currently  selected  ship.  The `R' command will place all
       remaining ships randomly. The ^L command (form  feed,  ASCII  12)  will
       force a screen redraw).

       The command-line arguments control game modes.

            -b selects a `blitz' variant
            -s selects a `salvo' variant
            -c permits ships to be placed adjacently

       The  `blitz' variant allows a side to shoot for as long as it continues
       to score hits.

       The `salvo' game allows a player one shot per turn for each of  his/her
       ships  still afloat.  This puts(3,n) a premium scoring hits early and knock-
       ing out some ships and also makes much harder the situation  where  you
       face a superior force with only your PT-boat.

       Normally, ships must be separated by at least one square of open(2,3,n) water.
       The -c option disables this check and allows them to close-pack.

       The algorithm the computer uses once it has found a  ship  to  sink  is
       provably  optimal.  The  dispersion criterion for the random-fire algo-
       rithm may not be.

       Originally written by one Bruce Holloway in(1,8) 1986. Salvo mode  added  by
       Chuck  A.   DeGaul  (cbosgd!cad).  Visual  user  interface, `closepack'
       option,  code  rewrite   and   manual   page   by   Eric   S.   Raymond
       <> August 1989.

                                 Aug 23, 1989                   BATTLESHIPS(6)

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