I checked out a pretty cool game called Tremulous. Its a free and open source, team-based first person shooter. The game features two teams, humans and aliens, and the aim is to build and protect a base. I am not sure I quite got the hang of it, I managed to shoot and kill Jack, who happened to be on my team….oops.

Tremulous is licensed under the GPL, although it includes code from other projects that was released under other GPL-compatible licenses. Most of the game media is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License.

The release of the game as free and open source software has meant that programmers can modify the game and game engine. This has meant that a growing number of players are releasing patches for the game in order to remove bugs, add features to the game or modify the game play itself.

Its well worth a look. I am going to need a bit more practice I think.

Tux Paint is still the best educational art software for children

Watch the Video.

Tux paint is [[Free software]]. Visit the Tux Paint home page and check out some of Bill Kendricks projects:

  • New Breed Software – Games and stuff for Linux, Windows, Mac, Dreamcast, Zaurus and more
  • Bill’s Games – An award-winning collection of classic games that work with any browser
  • WebFX – award-winning web-based image manipulator

Wikipedia: [[Tux Paint]]

Also make sure to check out [[Mugshot (software)]], its the best community software system. Visit the Mugshot home page.

Online Scrabble with Free Libre Software

Previously we had a look at Pengupop and learning Spanish. This is more on the mark. I’ve been playing PyScrabble On-line with a few friendly Germans, its a real challenge playing scrabble in a new language but this is a useful way to use games in learning. So check out PyScrabble its available on windows and the source code is available for non-windows platforms. I installed it on Edubuntu and needed to install python-pygame to get it running.


Frozen Bubble v2.0

Frozen Bubble Homepage

Colorful 3D rendered penguin animations, 100 levels of 1p game, hours and hours of 2p game, nights and nights of 2p/3p/4p/5p game over LAN or Internet, a level-editor, 3 professional quality digital soundtracks, 15 stereo sound effects, 8 unique graphical transition effects, 8 unique logo eye-candies.

More than ever, you really need this game.

It was released a couple of days ago so also check out Pengupop.

Finally a networked multiplayer game in the vein of the puzzle classic Bust a Move/Puzzle Bobble! Beat your friends in this addictive game, or play against a random opponent! Remember to sign up to participate in the score system.


Its available on GNU/Linux MacOS X and windows. I played a few games online, at the end of each round you get to chat with your opponent. All the people I met were Spanish though they all spoke English as well. I learned some Spanish from this Wikibook and a friend who is studying Spanish at Uni so hola,  como estas ? La estudiante es tan inteligente como el profesor. If you let your kids play this game maybe think about introducing the Spanish book.

Bill Kendrick and New Breed Software

Bill Kendrick runs a site called New Breed Software.

We create Open Source software which is available for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Unix, BeOS, and even PDAs and video game systems!

As you can see from visiting Bill’s personal webpage, Tux Paint is his most successful open source project, he originally created Supertux, has won many awards for his games and co-founded Linux Users Group of Davis .

During my Tux Paint screencast I read parts of the description of Tuxpaint from Wikipedia, I skimmed passed this part.

The project was started in 2002 by William J Kendrick.

I think leaving that out was a mistake, the volume was too low for some windows users, though I fixed that and I should have a title screen at the start. Apart from that I think my screencast setup is pretty good, one day I hope to have cortado setup so I can delete the flv’s.

Bill left a comment on my blog here so feel free to reply. Thanks Bill.

Watch the video below or watch my Tux Paint video on youtube.

Playing Games with GNU/Linux users

I was discussing the Games that Empower project with some hardcore gamers and they said something like “but there aren’t any real games on Linux” so I just wanted to share some info about some of the other games that you can play. Some of them you have to pay for and some don’t make the source code available. Here’s some of the well known ones that we can play together.

Updated List 2014

List from when I originally posted this article in Jun 10 2006

That will do, there’s heaps more but I think thats enough to prove my point. Windows users don’t even have a 3D desktop. For the Warcraft games you need to run them using Wine. My younger bro is right into those games so its nice to be able to play them with him.

Free Software in the Classroom

DesktopThere’s a nice story at Newsforge called A free education. It tells the story of how Sean “Nz17” Robinson solved a problem for his sisters second grade primary school class by introducing them to free software.

Someone could finish the Games that Empower project by learning how to use the Nullsoft Scriptable Install System, I might get time, it looks like it would be handy for distributing free software on windows. All the popular GNU/Linux distributions usually come with a nice collection of educational software, games and educational games e.g KDE Edutainment project, DebianEdu, Edubuntu and Fedora OLPC.

Games that Empower

Happy PLayer I put together a project called Games that empower.

Its a collection of Free, Libre and Open source games and a simple way for people to download them.

There’s been a lot of hype about the value of game based learning in education lately so I hope this project is useful to some of them. Recently a few of the teachers I’ve met seem to focus on what they call social justice and the issue of free as in gratis so perhaps this project can be helpful to people struggling financially as well. They can avoid spyware, adware, malware and violating copyright by using these games.

Feel free to spread it around, I know if I had more time for computer games I would enjoy stumbling across this project.

UPDATE: The list is over 3 years old now so the download links aren’t likely to work, visit the games website to download them.


I’ve been playing the online version of a game called Go on IGS Pandanet.


“Go, Weiqi, or Baduk1 is a strategic, two-player board game originating in ancient China between 2000 BC and 200 BC.”

You can download the client here. Here’s the screenshots.
” A 3D and 2D Goban, SGF editor, client for IGS-PandaNet and interface for GNU Go.”

You can also play vs GNU Go.
Its easy to learn but I’m still struglling to get my first cap.
Reading Sensei’s Library improved the way I play so you may want to check it out. It reminds me of chess how you really have to concentrate and at times think ahead. Register at IGS Pandanet and take me on, my username is Chrismo.