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wesnoth − Battle for Wesnoth, a turn−based fantasy strategy game




Battle for Wesnoth is a turn−based fantasy strategy game.

Defeat all enemy leaders using a well−chosen cadre of troops, taking care to manage your resources of gold and villages. All units have their own strengths and weaknesses; to win, deploy your forces to their best advantage while denying your foes the chance to do the same. As units gain experience, they acquire new abilities and become more powerful. Play in your own language and test your skill against a smart computer opponent, or join Wesnoth’s large community of on−line players. Create your own custom units, scenarios or campaigns, and share them with others.


−−bpp number

sets BitsPerPixel value. Example: −−bpp 32

−−compress <infile> <outfile>

compresses a savefile (infile) that is in text WML format into binary WML format (outfile).

−d, −−debug

shows extra debugging information and enables additional command mode options in−game (see the Wiki at http://www.wesnoth.org/ for more information about command mode).

−−decompress <infile> <outfile>

decompresses a savefile (infile) that is in binary WML format into text WML format (outfile).

−f, −−fullscreen

runs the game in full screen mode.


displays the number of frames per second the game is currently running at, in a corner of the screen.

−h, −−help

displays a summary of command line options to standard output, and exits.

−−load savegame

loads the file savegame from the standard save game directory.

−−log−error="domain1,domain2,...", −−log−warning="...",

sets the severity level of the debug domains. "all" can be used to match any debug domain. −−log−info shows all messages, −−log−warning only warnings and errors, and −−log−error just errors.


runs a multiplayer game. There are additional options that can be used together with −−multiplayer as explained below.


disables caching of game data.


runs the game without sounds and music.


prints the name of the game data directory and exits.

−r, −−resolution XxY

sets the screen resolution. Example: −r 800x600

−t, −−test

runs the game in a small test scenario.

−v, −−version

shows the version number and exits.

−w, −−windowed

runs the game in windowed mode.


runs the game without any delays for graphic benchmarking. This is automatically enabled by −−nogui.


exits once the scenario is over, without displaying victory/defeat dialog which requires the user to click OK. This is also used for scriptable benchmarking.

Options for −−multiplayer

The side−specific multiplayer options are marked with <number>. <number> has to be replaced by a side number. It usually is 1 or 2 but depends on the number of players possible in the chosen scenario.

selects a non−standard algorithm to be used by the AI controller for this side. Available values: "idle_ai" and "sample_ai".


selects the controller for this side. Available values: "human" and "ai".


use this option to play in the selected era instead of the "Default" era. The era is chosen by an id. Eras are described in the data/multiplayer.cfg file.


runs the game without the GUI. Must appear before −−multiplayer to have the desired effect.


sets additional parameters for this side. This parameter depends on the options used with −−controller and −−algorithm. It should only be useful for people designing their own AI. (not yet documented completely)


selects a multiplayer scenario. The default scenario is "multiplayer_Charge".


selects a faction of the current era for this side. The faction is chosen by an id. Factions are described in the data/multiplayer.cfg file.


sets the number of turns for the chosen scenario. The default is "50".

Example to test your own AI:

wesnoth −−multiplayer −−controller2=python_ai −−algorithm2=python_ai −−parm2=python_script:py/my_own_python_ai.py −−side2=Rebels


Written by David White <davidnwhite [AT] verizon.net>.
Edited by Nils Kneuper <crazy−ivanovic [AT] gmx.net>, ott <ott [AT] gaon.net> and Soliton <soliton [AT] sonnenkinder.org>.
This manual page was originally written by Cyril Bouthors <cyril [AT] bouthors.org>.
Visit the official homepage: http://www.wesnoth.org/


Copyright © 2003−2006 David White <davidnwhite [AT] verizon.net>
This is Free Software; this software is licensed under the GPL version 2, as published by the Free Software Foundation. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.


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