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Falcon's Eye

Falcon's Eye or FE is a multi-player strategy door game for bulletin board systems . The game was created by Mehul Patel, author of Barren Realms Elite, but is now owned by John Dailey Software.

Gameplay is similar to BRE in a different setting. In Falcon's Eye, a player controls a county within a mythical, medieval world. Players must develop their county's economy, employ their people, construct buildings, create a military and expand their lands.

Falcon's Eye has more variables than BRE. A player's country can belong to one of many races; workers can be employed in various types of jobs; different buildings may be built on a county's land, and various types of spells may be cast.

Players compete for the “Falcon's Eye,” a glass eye from a famous sculpture of a falcon. It is awarded each day to the player with the highest score. The player who possesses the Eye gains several advantages over other players, though his population will become more demanding, which results in a lower approval rating.

SCFG Settings

Name                       Falcons' Eye
Internal Code              FE
Start-up Directory         ../xtrn/fe
Command Line               fe
Clean-up Command Line
Execution Cost             None
Access Requirements
Execution Requirements
Multiple Concurrent Users  Yes
Intercept Standard I/O     No
Native (32-bit) Executable No
Use Shell to Execute       No
Modify User Data           No
Execute on Event           No
Pause After Execution      No
BBS Drop File Type        (R) Solar Realms    DOORFILE.SR
Place Drop File In         Start-Up Directory
Time Options               Set as needed for your BBS

Door Specific Instructions

Setup

FE and the other SR / John Daily doors are easy with Synchronet since it supports SR doors native DOORFILE.SR. Basically just place the DOORFILE.SR in FE's directory and you're home free. :!: Note: BRE is not Multiplayer and can only be used on one node at a time. However, we can leave Allow Mulitple Users ON in SCFG as BRE will inform the player the door is in use by itself.

From the command prompt, in the FE directory, run the FE106.EXE executable. Once that is completed, run the UNPACK.BAT file. This will create the DATA and DOC directories. FE.DOC is in the DOC directory. Next, run INSTALL.EXE…

Local BBS Playing only

Install Falcon's Eye (Y/N)? - Yes.
Next screen 'BBS Types', select #10 - Synchronet (DOORFILE.SR).
Ignore next screen which contains 'Setup Instructions' by pressing any key.

Game Setup Screen
FE 1.06 setup:
The FE Directory is '[The directory to which you installed FE]'
Which directory is your BSB in? [Enter the Directory to which you installed FE]
Hit 'Enter'
Enter the full path to your BBS's door files: [Enter the Directory to which you installed FE]
Hit 'Enter'
Batch file to create: [Enter the Directory to which you installed FE]\fe.bat
Hit 'Enter'
FE Can use the fossil driver for communications.
Do you want FE to use the FOSSIL? (Y/N)
Hit 'Y'
If you have locked baud rates, please enter the baud rate:
Hit 'Enter'
Hit 'Enter' again

Score File Setup
Enter the location for the ANSI score file
Enter the location for the ASCII score file
Hit 'Enter'

News File Setup
Enter the location for the ANSI News file
Enter the location for the ASCII News file
Enter the location for Yesterday News ANSI file
Enter the location for Yesterday News ASCII file
Hit 'Enter'
Hit 'Enter' again

BRE creates the following BAT files:
@ECHO OFF
C:
CD \SBBS\XTRN\FE10
COPY C:\SBBS\XTRN\FE10\DOORFILE.SR .
FE
C:
CD \SBBS\XTRN\FE10

Since SBBS places the doorfile in the startup directory, edit it to match this
@ECHO OFF
FE FULL

InterBBS play

Contact the League Coordinator for the League you wish to join and they will send you the files needed to setup InterBBS play. Once you have those files, run FE SETUPINTERBBS and fill out the information as needed.

You are about to create a BBS.CFG file for InterPlanetary warfare.
Proceed? (Y/N) - Yes
Sysop Name: Enter your Name
BBS Name:   Enter your BBS's Name
The Net/Node number should include zone only if BRNODES.DAT has it.
Input as: (zone:)net/node
Net/Node Number: Enter the information given to you by the League Coordinator
The Following questions are related to your front end mailer.
Incoming FILES Directory:     Enter the location where your mailer places inbound files
Outbound NETMAIL directory:   Enter the location where your outbound netmail is placed
FE Planetary League Number:  Enter your FE League number
Your mailer must be one of the following:
FRONTDOOR     BINKLEY     DBRIDGE     DBRIDGEOLD     OTHER     NONE
DBRIDGEOLD is the setting that should be used for DBridge v1.32 and lower mailers
Front End Mailer: Enter the type of mailer you are using (Note: Argus/Radius/Taurus use NONE)

Hit 'Enter' and your BBS.CFG file will be created. Copy the FENODES.DAT that you received from your League Coordinator into the FE directory.

Edit the RESOURCE.DAT file and make the changes requested by the League Coordinator to match the other systems in the League. Normally these are:

ReconUpdate
OldestRecon
TimingCheck

From the command line, in your FE directory, run BRE RESET and set the information to match what your BRE League Coordinator has given to you. Here, for example, are the settings for League 10:

             FE League 10 settings for game starting Jan. 6, 2016
                -=[ Current version used at this time v1.06 ]=-
      
                   Next Start will be around Jan. 2, 2017  


=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Falcon's Eye Configuration Editor -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
Game Start Date               : 01/6/2016  00:00:00
Game Join Date                : 01/8/2017  00:00:00
Turns Per Day                 : 15 (20)
Turns of Protection           : 50
Initial Market Land           : 30000
Land Created / Day            : 3000
Standard Wages                : 25
Starting Land                 : 1000
Starting People               : 1000
Starting Silver               : 35000
Starting Food                 : 5000
Starting Stone Blocks         : 250
Starting Weapons              : 500
Starting Runes                : 100
Max Attacks                   : 10 (7)
Max Spells                    : 15 
Max Players                   : 25
*Days for "Lost Attacks"      : 3
Local Attacks                 : Disabled
Local Attack Scoring          : Disabled
*Dupe Checking                : Enabled

From the command line, run FE TEST and take a look at the RESULTS.TXT file generated. This will tell you if there are any issues.

I run FE inbound whenever my system receives mail. I also run the following every midnight in my nightly maintenance batch file.

::FE League 10
CD C:\sbbs\xtrn\fe10
FE INBOUND [Processes any inbound BRE packets]
FE SCORES [Creates InterBBS score files]
FE PLANETARY [Runs daily Maintenance for BRE]
FE REQUEST [Create global recon updates and requests]
FE BBSINFO [Creates a text file of all League BBS's, their version number and date of last recon.]
FE OUTBOUND [Processes any outbound packets]
cd outbound
move *.* c:\taurus\out\[filebox name] [Moves outbound packets to the filebox for the League Hub system]
del c:\taurus\out\[filebox name]\*.msg [Deletes extraneous MSG files]

Register FE

FE can still be registered at John Daily Software. If you plan on joining a InterBBS league, I highly suggest you register the software to have all functionality available to your players. Registration cost is $15.00. You can purchase the “Bundle” the includes BRE, FE, TAL and FH for $45.00

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