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April 30, 2006 2:17 pm

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Snipes
Some light relief from the ongoing debate on management consoles – a real blast from the past – from the days of SYSCON.

Here is SNIPES. It’s fifteen years old this year.

You can download your own copy of SNIPES from Novell – it’s part of the NetWare Lite 1.1 update. Now doesn’t that make you feel warm, fuzzy and old.. Just download and run the NLSNIPES.EXE binary. 18k of DOS goodness.

Snipes

Written at: Draper, UT.

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6 Comments

  1. Was it NetWare Lite that was a peer to peer type of setup? Didn’t it also come with a cool vector based space shooting game? Space Wars or something like that. If memory serves me, it was similar to the arcade version of Star Wars, except network play. Wait, I think it was Personal NetWare!

  2. Personal NetWare and NetWare Lite were pretty much the same thing – peer-to-peer networking.

    I wasn’t at Novell in those days – but from outside it looked like an attempt to compete with the Microsoft Windows 3.11 (Windows for Workgroups) and Lantastic products.

    I’m sure there are some un-opened copies of NetWare Lite lurking around in Provo still – unopened and in mint condition. Email me your best console designs (see previous posts) and I’ll see if I can send one out.

    As for the game – it was Netwars. [In truth is stranger than fiction - Caldera, now SCO, released an updated version of Netwars in the mid 1990s.]

  3. By:Flyingguy

    NetWars!!!!!

    Heck ya and I still have a copy! A very cool game, but you have to have an IPX stack if you want to play it!

    If I remember correctly, you could have upto 4 players at once, it could not cross IPX segments ( everyone had to be on the same segment) and it was *really* fast.

    Nice blast from the past.

  4. By:At Nel

    Martin, we used a Novell network at school many years ago in South Africa. We used to play network snipes all the time. I would very much like to create a setup where we could play this game again on a network.

    The thing is I only have access to PCs running Windows. I’m familiar with VMWare too so perhaps that’s the way to go. What would be required to get this set up in a Windows environment? Any pointers appreciated – I could research further and give feedback here.

  5. I’m sure it runs in a DOS Window on Windows.. might need IPX though..

  6. By:At Nel

    From the documentation and through some experimentation it seems like Snipes actually uses a shared file for communicating player data between nodes. All players create a mapped drive and execute the same EXE. It works independently of the implementation to share the drive so IPX not required. Still have a few quirks to get it working properly though – got a few unexpected crashes and frame drops.

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