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ITP: rott -- Rise of the Triad: The HUNT begins

package: wnpp
severity: wishlist

  Package name	 : rott
  Version	 : 1.0
  Upstream Author: Apogee Software, Ltd.
  URL		 : http://www.3drealms.com/rott/ (original)
 		   http://icculus.org/rott/ (Linux port)
  License	 : GPL
  Description	 : Rise of the Triad: The HUNT begins

Rise of the Triad is a high quality, fast scrolling first-person
perspective 3D action game. It has destructive enemies and lots of them,
an arsenal of weapons from simple pistols to missile launchers,
life-preserving armor, traps and ambushes galore. In addition, Rise of
the Triad puts most of the other DOOM wannabes to shame.
WARNING: Rise of the Triad features wanton and gratuitous violence!

The package will install the GPL'ed game engine and then offer the user
to automatically download the shareware data files from ftp.3drealms.com
and install them into the filesystem (similar to `quake2-data' or
`rocksndiamonds' packages).

I have two questions addressed at the debian-legal team:

(1) The shareware data files can be found at
<ftp://ftp.3drealms.com/share/1rott13.zip>. Inside the zip file there is
a file called `VENDOR.DOC' containing the copyright and licensing terms.
As far as I understand the terms it is legally unobjective to
automatically download and install the files as long as we do not
actively redistribute them. Or are there any traps in the phrasing?

(2) The game contains graphical violence. It has an RSAC rating of 4,
whatever that means. However, the violence level is adjustable. To avoid
problems (in countries that are very sensitive concerning graphical
violence in computer games, e.g. Germany), should I hardcode the game to
a lower violence level?
By the way, the game is on the German `Index' (some kind of nasties
list). That means, it must not be sold to underage persons and not even
be advertised *in Germany*. However, Quake 2 and Doom are on that list,
too. Any advise?

Thank you very much!


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