Part II - Playing Your First Game Against The
Phew… I've been rambling on for pages now and we have yet to really play a
game of Quake III. Well I'm sick of all this preparation too, let's got have
Singleplayer Games And Bots
Although Quake III is suppose to be a multiplayer game, id Software was kind
enough to think of the people who have slow Internet connections. Thus they
built into the game computer controlled opponents called "bots." Bots
simulate real life players. So you can play a round of Deathmatch without having
to connect to the Internet or any servers.
Bots are especially useful for getting good,
solid practice time in (that's basically what we're going to do in a couple of
minutes). Although no computer can ever replace the sheer cunning and
unpredictability of a human opponent, bots provide a quick and convenient way of
jumping into a game of Quake III Arena.
Playing Your First Deathmatch Against The
To make this as easy as possible, I've listed step-by-step instructions for
starting a Deathmatch game against the computer controlled opponents, called
- Start Quake III.
- At the Main Menu click "Single
- At the next screen click "Skirmish."
- Click the "Next" icon on the screen
that pops up next.
- The next screen allows you to set the number
of bots and their skill level. Leave the number of bots the same. Set the
skill level to "I can win." Since you're new, or relatively new,
to Quake III we'll want to start off easy.
- Finally, click "Fight."
The Deathmatch will then load and you will be
fighting a computer opponent(s). Don't get frustrated if things seem difficult.
It takes a while to get use to the mouse and keyboard controls. Play this arena
until you become comfortable using the controls. Don't worry if you don't get
many frags at first. It takes practice to get the feel of the game.
Setting Up Different Skirmishes
One neat thing about Quake III is that you can setup tons of different
skirmishes with as many bots as you want, at any skill, and in any arena you
want. Neat! Here's how you setup your own custom Quake III skirmishes.
When you get bored with plain Deathmatches (Free For All) you can try your hand
at Team Deathmatch, Tournament, or Capture The Flag. From the Main Menu
select Single Player / Skirmish. On the first "Game Server"
screen there is an option for "Game Type" near the bottom of the
screen. Clicking on it will cycle between the different game types.
Playing In Different Arenas
From the Main Menu select Single Player / Skirmish. In the middle
of the screen you will see four snapshots of the current set of arenas. Click on
a snapshot to select that level. New snapshots can be viewed by clicking on the
arrow icons at the bottom of the screen.
Each arena has a pre-defined number of bots in them, but if you want to add or
subtract bots you can. To add a bot click on an "Open" slot in the bot
list. The world "Bot" will then appear in its place. To set the bot's
model (what it will look like) click on the "…….." A bot selection
screen will now appear. Click on the bot you want to fight and click
To delete a bot click on its entry in the bot
list until it reads "Open." You can also add and remove bots during
the game by hitting Esc and then clicking either "Add Bots" or
Changing Your Player
You may have noticed that all the bots have different appearances and names when
you're playing the game. You too can modify what you look like to other players
in the game. From the Main Menu select "Setup" and then click
On the next screen you will be able to alter your
player's name, appearance, and handicap.
Handicap is set to "none" by
default. Setting a value lower than 100 will reduce the effectiveness of your
weapons and armor, in addition to reducing your maximum health. Generally this
is used by more experienced users to make games against lower skilled opponents
You can set your Name by clicking on
"Name" and typing it in. Choose a creative and unique name that's easy
for people to type or shorten up if they want to talk to you.
Effects sets the color of your rail gun's
trail when it's fired. This just adds a little more personalization to the game.
Clicking on Model will take you to the
model selection screen where you can choose the character you wish to play as.
This is how all other players will see you in the arena.
End Of Part II
Well that just about wraps up part II. Remember to keep practicing Deathmatches
against bots. Although it's not entirely like the "real thing" it will
give you a good idea of what to expect when you play and actual online game.