XCountdown - X version of the popular Channel 4 quiz show, for 2 players. ********** Countdown is a daily British quiz show involving word games and number games. This is a 2 player implementation of it, for the X Window System. Each player has their own game window on their own display. The included OSPD (Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, version 2 - all words up to 9 letters) is used for the word games. Various algorithms are used to show the best possible score for each game, after the players have attempted it. It also contains some pictures of Carol Vorderman, who features on the show. To configure: edit config.h - you will need to change this To build: xmkmf make Makefiles make There are two directories of source code. The first to be built is part of Xc, the Control Panel Widget Set, v 1.3, copyright 1992 by Paul D. Johnston. The second is the main XCountdown code. This also contains the CircPerc widget from the Free Widget Foundation, and an OS dependant implementation of usleep(), if you need it, copyright 1991 by Patrick J. Naighton. If all goes well, you should have a executable xcountdown in the src/ directory. Most problems should be fixable by editing the Imakefile in the appropriate directory. Copy the dictionary, src/OSPD_2-9.gz, to the location you defined in config.h, and same for the logo, src/xcountdown.xpm.gz, and then run the executable with one argument - the display of the second player. Run it without any arguments for a short explanation. NOTE: For the number round you need the bc command (basic calculator). This must be pointed to by your $PATH variable. It is often in /usr/bin/bc. Full help, and rules of the game, are available from within the program, in the Extras menu. Please tell me if you get it working, or send the errors if it fails to build. Bug reports are also welcome. Make sure you mention which system you are using. Have fun. Matt Chapman. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (no longer email@example.com) Version 1.08. Feb 1997.