Copyright (C)  2001 -2002  WOTLAS Team

WOTLAS Client v1.3 RELEASE NOTES
20 May 2002

          These release notes are here to guide you. We provide pointers to help files, describe the installation of wotlas ( Wheel Of Time - Light And Shadow ), detail the contents of the package, present the game features and give access to support information. Wotlas is a free software available under the GNU General Public License.

Contents
Features
Changes & Known Conflicts
Requirements
Installation
Help, FAQ, Chat smileys
Contact, Bug Report, Forum, Support



Contents
We describe here the contents of the wotlas-client zip packages you'll find here. If you have installed wotlas via Java Web Start you have the same contents as the wotlas-client package.

The wotlas-client package contains :

- The wotlas client game files ( java classes, graphics, sounds, musics )
- The help files, access to online news.

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Features

The main game features of wotlas v1.3 are :

- One world ( RandLand ), four Towns ( Tar Valon, Braem Wood, Blight Refuge, Shayol Ghul ), 16 maps to explore. Plus a hidden passage leading to the Ways.

- Seven character class : Aes Sedai, Warders, Children of the Light, Asha'man, Wolf Brother, Aiel, Dark Lord.

- Integrated chat with advanced features : threads, commands, voice level, smileys.

- Meet bots and chat with them ( we are using the alicebot artificial intelligence ).

- Possibility to leave a message attached to your player.

- Possibility to lie on your name.

- Possibility to create and use HTML macros.

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Changes & Known Conflicts

All the changes between wotlas versions are listed here. The known conflicts are :

- Divx3.1alpha drivers cause wotlas to crash when you enter the game... please install the Divx4.0 (or better) software.

- In some cases Midi musics can make wotlas crash.
If you experience any problem when you enter the game ( after your account creation ) turn off the music in the option panel (available on the main screen and in the game).

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Requirements

Hardware requirements on the client side :

- A 300Mhz processor minimum ( 500Mhz or more strongly recommended ), 64 Mo RAM.
- An Internet connection ( 56k Modem or better ).
- A sound card with Midi support.

         Wotlas has been tested successfully on Windows OS ( 98, Me, NT4, 2000 & XP ) and Linux OS. We also tested wotlas successfully with Java 1.3.0, 1.3.1 and 1.4 . Some bugs that have not been fixed yet are listed in our FAQ.

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Installation

           We provide many ways to install Wotlas. The easiest of all is via Java Web Start (JWS), a new application-deployment technology that gives you the power to launch full-featured applications with a single click from your Web browser. JWS includes the security features of the Java2 platform, so the integrity of your data and files is never compromised. We describe here the installation of wotlas via zip packages.

If you want to install Wotlas via Java Web Start click here.

Otherwise if you prefer to install Wotlas from a zip package ( available here ), download the package you want ( description here ) and follow the instructions :

1 - If you have an old version of Java ( 1.1, 1.2, 1.2.1 ) first un-install it ( for windows check the Java Plug-in in the configuration panel, for unix enter 'java -version' in a shell window ). Wotlas works only with Java 1.3 or higher.

2 - If you have to install Java on your computer you can use the links below. You can download Java 1.4 if the size ( 9MB ) doesn't bother you. Otherwise Java 1.3 ( 3MB ) will be just fine. Note that wotlas runs faster with Java 1.4. In both cases you are looking for the JRE package ( Java Runtime Environment ) with US English support ( there is no special need for the international version in wotlas ).

Java Runtime Environment 1.3.1 for Windows
Java Runtime Environment 1.3.1 for Linux
Other Versions of Java 1.3

Java Runtime Environment 1.4        ( select your OS and click on the JRE column )

3 - For Windows users : restart your computer after Java's installation.

4 -  Start the game with wotlas.bat ( Windows ) or wotlas.sh ( Unix ). If you encounter any problem first read our FAQ . If your problem is not listed here please contact us. If no wotlas server seems to be running please check our news section.

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Help, FAQ, Chat smileys

           To help you we provide a FAQ about the Wotlas Client, Wotlas Server, Java Web Start and other related topics. To get some help about the game itself you can also read the in-game help (just hit the help button on the main screen). We also provide the list of the smileys we recognize in our chat and a document explaining the architecture of the game.

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Contact, Bug Report, Forum, Support

           If you have something to tell us don't hesitate ! Go to our SourceForge site. On this site you'll be able to report bugs, ask for new features, submit your questions on our forums, ask for support, etc... Know that we are very opened minded and welcome any critic or comment. This is an open-source project and we are glad to have points of views and advices from everyone. Any idea will help us improve wotlas. If you want to contact us directly you can also use the following mail address :

light-and-shadow@netcourrier.com

For more news on the wotlas project go to http://wotlas.sf.net .
For more information on the GNU General Public License click here.
For more information on Jakarta Ant click here.
For more information on AliceBot click here.

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