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Quake 2 Battleground for MacOS X and IRIX

Battleground is a server-side mod for id software's Quake 2. It's most of all meant for team matches, usually two clans in a tournament. If you want to learn more about q2 battleground, visit the official q2bg site.

If you just want to play a battleground match on someone else's server, you don't need to install or download anything. The downloads on this page are strictly for hosting a Quake 2 Battleground game on a Mac running MacOS X or an SGI box running IRIX.

I didn't write this mod myself. Q2 Battleground has been available for Windows, Linux/x86, Linux/Alpha and Solaris for a couple of years. If you need binaries for one of these platforms, go to the official q2bg site. The author of Q2 Battleground is Ernie Pistor, who kindly gave me the permission to port it to additional platforms.

If you have questions or corrections, please mail me at q2bg@ray.deleet.de.

Installation on MacOS X

  • Get and install Quake 2 for OS X
  • Create a directory 'battle' inside your main Quake 2 directory
  • Expand Q2BG_MacOSX_v1.38.tar.gz inside this directory
  • Read battleground.txt and modify battle.cfg according to your needs

Installation on IRIX

  • Get and install Quake 2 for IRIX
  • Create a directory 'battle' inside your main Quake 2 directory
  • Expand Q2BG_IRIX_v1.38.tar.gz inside this directory
  • Read battleground.txt and modify battle.cfg according to your needs

Starting a dedicated server

Open a shell, go to your Q2 dir and start the Q2 executable with

+set game battle
as a parameter. On MacOS X, this is Q2DedicatedServer. On IRIX, this is just quake2, but you have to add
+set dedicated 1
to the command line.

Depending on your configuration, you might need a few additional parameters, but that's beyond the scope of this page. For an excellent list of Quake 2 command line options (and console commands), see http://www.planetquake.com/console/commands/quake_2.html.

Compatibility

The OS X version has been tested with MacOS X 10.1.2 and Quake 2 (Fruitz of Dojo port v1.0.3). The IRIX version is an ELF N32 MSB mips-3 dynamic lib, so it should work on most machines. It has been tested on an Indy (R4400, IRIX 6.2) and an O2 (R1k, IRIX 6.5.x). If you manage to get it to run with other configurations, please let me know.

Note: The FOD OS X port seems to have problems with nested config (.cfg) files. If you get error messages along the lines of "no game loaded" (lots of them), you should probably try a flat config first.

Downloads

Q2 Battleground v1.38 for MacOS X (234 KB)
Q2 Battleground v1.38 for IRIX (790 KB)

Q2 Battleground v1.38 for other platforms (Windows, Linux, Solaris)

Q2 Battleground is distributed only in binary form. No source code at the moment.

History

February 1, 2002

Initial Release