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Bug#141099: ITP: xpilot-ng -- XPilot game "next generation"

Package: wnpp
Version: N/A; reported 2002-04-03
Severity: wishlist

* Package name    : xpilot-ng
  Version         : 4.3.0X
  Upstream Author : Uoti Urpala <uau at users.sourceforge.net>
* URL             : http://xpilot.sf.net/
* License         : GPL
  Description     : XPilot game "next generation"

I am the maintainer for XPilot, and have been following this fork from the official
XPilot release for some time.  The polygon map format that it implements is a
radical departure from the official version which is why these changes aren't
presently integrated back into the official one.  That is to say, the map format
that the xpilot-ng server uses is fundamentally incompatible with official xpilot
clients.  That being said, the xpilot-ng client will work with both new and old
map formats.

My intent is to package the CVS version of xpilot-ng instead of the latest tarball,
as it is rather out of date.  I will periodically rebuild and upload new CVS versions
until such time as this project has established a regular release cycle of
distribution tarballs.

My packaging of 'xpilot-ng' will be done in such a way that integrates well with
the official 'xpilot' package:
  - sharing data files where appropriate
  - providing alternatives where appropriate
  - supporting multiple instances of the server on the same system without conflicts
    so that a games server can serve users both with official and "next generation"

Changes will be made to the official 'xpilot' package to accomodate for 'xpilot-ng'
as needed.

Hm, what else ... umm ... you'll notice that there is a java map editor which
depends on a non-free implementation of java.  I won't be including that.  Uoti
Urpala has written a map editor in python, so I will include that instead.
There is also a C++ map editor, but that hasn't been worked on for many months.
Hopefully once we get more users for this version, that will help spur along
development of one or both of these editors.

Ben Armstrong
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