Nexuiz 1.6 FAQ


How do I install Nexuiz?

Just unzip the file. You can do this with any archive program (like 7zip). It's very important to remain the directory structure while unpacking (in WinZip this option is called "Use folder names"). The directory structure should look like this afterwards:

|-- Docs
|   |-- *
|-- data
|   |-- data*.pk3
|-- navnodeedit
|   |-- progs.dat
|   |-- *.cfg
|   |-- *
|-- *.exe
|-- *.dll
`-- nexuiz-linux-*

When I start Nexuiz all I see is a black screen with some checkered squares

This happens when the engine can't load the data*.pk3 file. The reasons could be:

  1. you unpacked the zip file without folder names (see How do I install Nexuiz?)
  2. on Linux: the current directory is not your Nexuiz/ folder (see How can I place a shortcut to Nexuiz on my Linux desktop?)
  3. your download might be corrupted

The sound is broken, it crackles and stutters

Try run nexuiz-sdl.exe instead of nexuiz.exe (on Windows). Adding the command line options -sndspeed 48000 and/or -sndstereo can also help on some systems (on Windows, Linux, Mac).

When I join a server or after a map change I see nothing but a black screen, but I can still move and shoot

This is probably because you don't have the map, that's running on the server. There is no map/content download in Nexuiz at the moment so you have to get the map the old fashioned way. Most servers will have a download URL in their name or welcome message. There is also a wiki page dedicated to new maps.

Server setup

How do I start a server?

There's a tutorial on how to setup up an dedicated server in this forum post.

Which ports do I have to open in firewall/forward from my router to run a server?

The default port is 26000 UDP. You can change that by starting Nexuiz with nexuiz-sdl.exe -port <port> (on Windows) or nexuiz-linux-686-sdl -port <port> (on Linux). To add the command line argument on Windows, create a new shortcut to nexuiz-sdl.exe and right click on it. Select properties and -port <port> in the "Target:" line. Be sure that the "Start in:" line contains the full path to your Nexuiz folder and click "OK". If you follow the tutorial mentioned above you do not need this command line argument as it will be done in the config file created for the server.

Is there some kind of rcon?

Yes starting with Nexuiz 1.6 there is rcon (QuakeWorld compatible). To use it you must enter set rcon_password hackme in the server console or server config file. The Nexuiz client has to set the same password in the same fasion. You can then issue commands with rcon <command>. There are also external rcon tools but make sure you use a QW compatible rcon tool. There is also a feature called client side commands. To enable it enter set sv_clientcommands 1 on your server console. Don't forget to set a password with set sv_clientcommands_password hackme. Now you can become admin ingame by entering ccl hackme on the client console. To issue commands enter cc <command> (e.g. cc restart or cc chmap dm_nexdm12).

How can i kick people who are using special characters in their names?

Enter status at the console. You will see a list of all players. In front of their names you will see a number (the player id). You can kick the player you don't like with kick # <player id> <reason> (notice the space after #).

General questions

How do I install new maps?

Maps usually ship as *.pk3 file. All you have to do is to copy this file to your Nexuiz/data/ directory.

How can I place a shortcut to Nexuiz on my Linux desktop?

Use the script instead of the binary. It will use the right version (32 or 64 bit).

How do I open the console?

Press [shift]+[escape]. To close it press [escape]

What console commands/variables are there?

You can get a list of variables by entering cvarlist on the console. cmdlist will give you a list of available commands. An annotated version of that output can be found at the Nexuiz wiki.

How can I speed up my frame rate?

The greatest performance boost can be achieved by turning off dynamic lights and shadows. Bloom is also quite resource intensive. On older graphics cards or on-board/notebook chips with little video ram you can try to lower the texture resolution. To do this open the console and type gl_picmip #; r_restart (where # is a number between 0 and 10, 0 is the highest quality).

How can I activate colors in my name?

Colors can be used in nicknames and chat messages by typing ^ followed by a number between 0 and 9.

code color  
^0 black  
^1 red  
^2 green  
^3 yellow  
^4 blue  
^5 aqua  
^6 pink  
^7 white  
^8 light grey  
^9 dark grey  

How do i watch/record demos?

To record a demo: open the console and type rec <name>. The demo file will be stored in ~/.nexuiz/data/demos/<name>.dem (Linux) or Nexuiz/data/demos/<name>.dem (Windows). To watch a demo: open the console and type ply <name> (name is the filename without extension). If you downloaded a demo, copy it to Nexuiz/data/demos first. You can list all your demo files by typing dem on the console. Some usefull keybindings for viewing demos are listed here.


How do i set up gtkradiant to create/edit Nexuiz maps?

There's a guide on gtkradiant setup in the forums. There are also Windows tool that will help you to setup gtkradiant 1.4 and a Linux script to configure gtkradiant 1.5.

Where can i get latest development versions of the source code?

Engine: instructions are available at (you will need a cvs client, beta builds are available here)

Game data: to check out the Nexuiz svn, you'll need a svn client. To check out the repository with a commandline svn client, do

svn co svn://
To compile the gamecode you need fteqcc. Just download it and run it twice, once in data/menuqc and once in data/qcsrc/server.

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