x4war - An X version of the Chinese four-state-war game.
x4war is a game like the Chinese board game, four-state-war.
It involves four players, two players at the opposite
position of the board play an ally and are against the other
two. It runs under X Window environment. At First, players
deploy their army on their own fields, then a war can be
started after all have deployed their army correctly. During
the war, each moves one of his/her pieces in turn. The goal
of the war is to capture the COLOURS of the opponents.
By default, players are named 'PLAYER 0' through 'PLAYER 3',
their positions on the board are sequenced counter-
clockwise, PLAYER 0 and PLAYER 2 forms an ally and are
against the ally of PLAYER 1 and PLAYER 3.
Some description about the board and the pieces:
There're six rectangular areas on the board in which the
pieces can appear. The square at the bottom-left corner is
the RIP, where your pieces are originally placed before a
war session and is the place to collect dead pieces during a
war session. The other five rectangulars are fighting fields
(four at the sides and one in the middle). The fighting
field at the bottom-middle belongs to you and you deploy
your army in this field.
In the fighting fields, the circled places are called safe-
depots, the two non-rectangular places at each side lines
are called base-depots, other rectangulared places are just
depots. For the path, the dotted thick lines are railways,
other lines are just paths.
For the meaning of pieces. If you start the program without
-debug option, all pieces will appear in the RIP first.
There names in English are: (from left to right, in row
COLOURS, MARSHAL, GENERAL, M_GENERAL(Major General)
(2 pieces), BRIGADIER (2 pieces), COLONEL (2 pieces),
MAJOR (2 pieces), CAPTAIN (3 pieces), F_LIEUTENANT
(First Lieutenant) (3 pieces), SAPPER (3 pieces), MINE
(3 pieces), BOMB (3 pieces).
The ranks of some pieces are:
MARSHAL > GENERAL > M_GENERAL > BRIGADIER > COLONEL >
MAJOR > CAPTAIN > F_LIEUTENANT > SAPPER
No rank for the other pieces.
For fighting rules:
When two ranked pieces meet, the higher ranked piece will
defeat the lower ranked one, or they are removed together if
at the same rank.
For non-ranked pieces:
a BOMB goes with everything;
a SAPPER can remove a MINE;
except BOMBs and SAPPERs, every piece meets a MINE
will die and the MINE is left undestroyed;
every movable piece can capture the COLOURS, it
goes together with the COLOURS.
The object of the game is to capture the COLOURS of the
For moving rules and miscellaneous during a war session:
You can move a piece along a path, to an empty
depot or onto a piece of the opponent's (which
means a fight). You can move several steps along
the railway or one step along other paths,
provided that there's no other pieces block the
path. If you move a SAPPER on the railway, you can
change its moving direction. For other pieces
moving on the railway, the direction cannot be
changed, i.e., the piece can only go straight
lines or from the side of one field to the
corresponding side of other field.
You cannot move a MINE and the COLOURS after a war
A piece moved into the base-depot will die.
A piece in safe-depots cannot be attacked.
If a player's MARSHAL is killed, his/her COLOURS
will be shown faced up at other player's board.
Specifies player i 's name. i is between 0 - 3,
default to "PLAYER i".
Specifies the color of player i 's node. i is between
0 - 3.
Specifies the display of player i.
-two Game for two players. Then there's no ally. It is set
such that PLAYER 0 fights against PLAYER 2, so the
command option settings such as name, color, and
display of players should be corresponding to PLAYER 0
and PLAYER 2. And the other two fighting fields are not
used during a war.
A default deploy.
Gives the command options.
Gives the command options.
Press a button on your own piece to move it, release the
button at a position and the piece will be placed there if
it constitutes a valid move. First you deploy your army from
RIP to your own fighting field, some deploy restrictions
apply (see below). Then press START WAR to start a war
session. When a war has started, the players take turns to
make a move. You can move your piece if an arrow is shown in
the upper-left corner of the board. A broken arrow there
means that it's not your turn to move.
The message box at the upper-right corner of the board shows
each move and the fighting result. For a coordinates (w, x,
y), it is defined from the view of the player 0's board as
w specifies which field. Player i 's field is numbered
i (i in 0-3), the middle field is numbered 4.
x and y specify rows and columns in each field,
respectively, which are in 0-6 and 0-5 for rows and
columns in players fields and 0-2 for both rows and
columns in the middle field.
The four talk boxes can be used for talking purposes. key
input is shown in the corresponding box at all players
The functions of buttons at the bottom-right of the board
are as follows:
Starts a new game after one game of war is over, then
players can deploy their pieces to their field for the
Some deploy restrictions:
. the COLOURS can be deployed only in one of the
. a MINE can be deployed only at the bottom two
. no node can be deployed in the safe-depot.
Other restrictions can be set by players. (such as: a
BOMB cannot be at the first line)
After you have deployed your army, you press this
button to get ready for the war. After all four players
have pressed the button, the war gets started and the
one in his/her turn can move a node.
Re-deploy your army after you pressed START WAR button
and before all players have pressed that button. After
re-deploy, you should press START WAR again.
Requesting for peace during the war. Then a dialog box
is shown on the other player's screen, the others have
to answer the request. If one answered NO, the war will
If you surrender, all your pieces are moved and all
pieces on your board are shown faced up so that you can
watch the rest of the war. (seems not a bad choice to
enjoy other players battle tactics at the lose of your
QUIT If you have been defeated, your quit will not affect
the battle, otherwise you can only use it in your
moving turn, and it will cause every one to quit.
A brief example session is like:
1. get four people and four displays.
2. run the program, set the boards to different
3. each deploys his/her army correctly and then
presses START WAR.
4. after all have pressed START WAR, the war began
and the first one can move.
5. fight a decisive battle, have fun!
A Chinese guy or anybody who can read Chinese characters and
knows the conventional rules about the war game.
Xiaobing Chen, firstname.lastname@example.org Feb 25, 1992