GTETRINET(6)                     Games Manual                     GTETRINET(6)

       GTetrinet - a Tetrinet client for X using Gtk+ and GNOME-libs.

       gtetrinet [options]

       This manual page documents briefly the gtetrinet command.

       GTetrinet is a Tetrinet client using Gtk+ and GNOME-libs.  Tetrinet is
       a variant of the popular Tetris brick game, that can be played
       simultaneously by 6 players. GTetrinet's goal is to remain completely
       compatible with the Windows, original client. Tetrinet clients need to
       connect to a dedicated server in order to be useful. GTetrient only
       provides the client part, but there are plenty of available servers
       around.  Look at for a list of servers.

       There is also an implementation of the server for UNIX, called
       tetrinetx. You can find more info about it in

       GTetrinet accepts the following options, besides the usual Gtk+/GNOME

       -c, --connect=SERVER
              Connect to the specified server.

       -h, --help
              Display a summary of commandline options.

       -n, --nickname=NICKNAME
              Use the specified nickname on the servers.

       -t, --team=TEAM
              Join the specified team name for teamplay.

       -s, --spectate
              Connect to the server as an spectator.

       -p, --password=PASSWORD
              Use the given password to connect as a spectator (if needed).

       To play Tetrinet, you first need to find a server where you can
       connect.  You may try the servers at or create
       your own using tetrinetx (a UNIX server, not included in this package).
       Once inside a server, you'll be able to communicate with other players
       using the PartyLine tab, see the server's highscores in the Winlist tab
       and the actual game in the Playing Fields tab.  You can switch between
       the three tabs using the Alt+1, Alt+2 and Alt+3 shortcuts.
       Tetrinet is like Tetris, but multiplayer and with some additions. The
       goal of the game is to remain alive, by filling up other player's
       fields. There are some special blocks that can be used for your own
       benefit and against other players. They will appear randomly in your
       field, replacing previously existing blocks when you complete a line.
       You'll gain special blocks when you complete a line that contains one.
       It will be added to your inventory, which is just below your playfield.
       You need to use them in the order you collect them, by pressing the
       number of the player you want to use it against. For example, if your
       active block is "Add Line" and you want to use it against Player 3,
       you'd have to press "3" and Player 3 would get a line added in that
       instant.  The following blocks are available:

              A block
                     Add Line will an incomplete line to the bottom of the
                     playing field to the player you choose.

              B block
                     This will remove all the special blocks from a player's

              C block
                     Clear Line is the opposite to Add Line; it will remove a
                     line from the top of the selected player's field.

              G block
                     The Gravity block may be very useful if applied to a
                     field which has lots of unfilled spaces all around.
                     Blocks over them will fall into the gaps, making the
                     puzzle collapse significantly.

              N block
                     Nuke will clear the chosen playing field completely, as
                     if they had just started the game. It's useful to help
                     team mates or when you are about to lose.

              O block
                     Block Bomb will clear 3x3 portions of a player's field
                     where there are other O blocks. The blocks in the 3x3
                     area will get scattered anywhere around the field.

              Q block
                     Quake will make each of the lines in a player's field
                     shift to the left or right, or stay as they were.

              R block
                     Random will remove 10 random blocks from the selected
                     player's field.

              S block
                     Switch allows you to swap your playing field with another
                     player. This can be a deadly block if used with a bit of


       This manual page was written by Jordi Mallach <>, for
       the Debian system (but may be used by others).  Ka-shu Wong
       <> is GTetrinet's main developer.  You can find
       more information about GTetrinet in /usr/share/doc/gtetrinet.

gtetrinet                      October 12, 2002                   GTETRINET(6)