Bolo is a top-down game of tank warfare originally written by Stuart Cheshire for the BBC Micro and Apple Macintosh, and also notably rewritten for Windows and Linux by John Morrison.
Orona is another rewrite of Bolo, intended to be played in any modern browser. Orona is developed in CoffeeScript, and relies on some of the newer technologies made possible by HTML5.
The name comes from an uninhabited island situated in the central Pacific Ocean.
Orona is alpha quality, but still very playable. Take a look at GitHub Pages to see a single player game in action, which should work on most modern browsers. There's also a multiplayer instance kindly hosted by Joyent, but browser support is more limited.
Running an Orona server
These instructions are written from a Linux perspective, but they should work for Mac OS X, or other Unix-likes that can run node.js. Some commandline-fu is required.
npm install orona bolo-server
You will need a small config file;
bolo-server will tell you how to create one. Note that the IRC
functionality is optional, but the only way to do match-making at the moment. If you don't want to
connect to an IRC network, simply remove the
irc section from the config file.
The Orona project lives on GitHub. You can grab the source using:
git clone http://github.com/stephank/orona.git cd orona
If you've installed Orona using npm before, most dependencies should already be installed.
Otherwise, take a look at the
package.json file for what you need. You also need CoffeeScript:
npm install coffee-script
Then, to build and run from the source directory, do:
cake build bin/bolo-server
The source code of Orona is distributed with the GNU GPL version 2, as inherited from WinBolo. Much of the game logic was written with WinBolo as a reference, thus becoming a derived work of it. Though the GNU GPL version 2 is a fine license either way. You can find a copy of the license in the COPYING file.
Some files, or parts of files, are subject to other licenses, where indicated in the files themselves. A short overview of those parts follows.
The source file 'src/server/websocket.coffee' is a modification/rewrite based on:
- Socket.IO, © 2010 LearnBoost, MIT-licensed.
All the graphic and sound files are from:
- Bolo, © 1993 Stuart Cheshire.
For the browser client, Orona also bundles: