This is a Java-based applet designed to be played on-line from within a web browser or an applet viewer. As an alternative, a downloadable application which can be played off-line will be made available later, when the game is officially released.
Either Java 1.1 or Java 1.2 (Java2) support is required. There are separate versions of the game for the aforementioned versions of Java.
Java 1.1 is supported directly in Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 and in Netscape Navigator 4.0 and above. If you are using an earlier version of either browser, such as Netscape Navigator 3.0 for example, then you cannot play the game from within the browser without a plug-in.
Java 1.2 is not directly supported in the current versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator, but support can be added by downloading and installing a plug-in from the Sun Microsystems website (see the links below). Plug-ins are available for the Windows and Solaris platforms, but not for the Linux platform.
Either version of the game can be played in an applet viewer, a program supplied with the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). The Java 1.2 version of the game will only run in JRE 1.2 and above, but the Java 1.1 version of the game should run in both JRE 1.1 and JRE 1.2.
The following two paragraphs are applicable to the Java 1.2 version of the applet:
If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer and you click on the link to the Java 1.2 version of the applet before you have downloaded and installed the plug-in, then the browser will attempt to automatically perform the download and installation for you. Unfortunately, it may not be obvious that this is what the browser is doing. You could get the impression that it is taking a very long time to download the applet, when in fact it is the JRE which is being downloaded.
Once you have installed the plug-in, you will be able to play the game, but you won't be able to save a character to disk until you have subsequently configured the Java security manager to allow the applet to access your disk. The least difficult way to do this (the word 'easiest' might be too optimistic here) is to use the policytool program which is supplied with the JRE.
Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.1 for Windows
Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.2 for Windows
Java Runtime Environment (JRE) for Solaris (all versions)
Java 1.2 Plug-in for Windows (bundled with JRE)
Java 1.2 Plug-in for Solaris
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Web page last updated August 22, 1999