dopewars — drug dealing game


dopewars [OPTIONS] ...


dopewars is a ncurses- and GTK- based drug dealing game based in New York, with you as the drug dealer striving to become filthy rich. It supports network play and single-player games.


Valid commandline options:
-b, --no-color, --no-colour
"black and white", i.e. do not use pretty colours
-n, --single-player
Do not connect to any available dopewars servers
-a, --antique
Antique dopewars; stick as close as possible to the functionality of the original version.
-f, --scorefile=FILE
Specify a file to use as high score table (defaults to /var/games/dopewars.sco)
-o, --hostname=ADDR
Specify a multiplayer hostname
-s, --public-server
Run in server mode. (Note: see the -A option for configuring a server once it's running.)
-S, --private-server
Run as a "private" server (do not report to the metaserver)
-p, --port=PORT
Specify the network port to use
-g, --config-file=FILE
Specify the pathname of a dopewars configuration file
-r, --pidfile=FILE
Specify the pathname of a PID file to maintain while running as a server
-l, --logfile=FILE
Write log messages to the given file (rather than standard output)
-A, --admin
Connect to a server running on localhost, for administration
-c, --ai-player
Create and run a computer player
-w, --windowed-client
Force the use of a graphical client (GTK+ or Win32)
-t, --text-client
Force the use of a text-mode (curses) client (by default, a windowed client is used when possible)
-P, --player=NAME
Sets the default player name
-C, --convert=FILE
Convert a high score file used by dopewars-1.5.1 or earlier to the format used by more recent versions
-h, --help
Display a help screen
-v, --version
Output version information and exit.


This manual page was written by Leon Breedt <>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others). Additional updates by Ben Webb <>.