So you are new here and want to know what you need to download to be able to play the game. Here's all the information you need to get started.
Enemy Territory is a free online game. Its a stand-alone game, which means you don't have to have the previous version (RTCW) in order for it to work. There is ONLY a multi-player side to the game (the single player part was dropped by the development team).
To play the game, you must download it, then connect to a server.
How to install game and latest update/patch separately: Assuming one is using Windows...
1 - Download and install basic game (version 2.55)
2 - Download and install 2.60 update. This is an 'exe' file so all one has to do is run the downloaded file.
3 - Download and extract the 2.60b update. After running/extracting the zip file... - look under the "Wolfenstein - Enemy Territory" folder - under there is a folder called "Enemy Territory 2.60b" - under there is a folder called "win32" with two files; et.exe and etded.exe - replace the two existing files (with the same name) in the "Wolfenstein - Enemy Territory" folder with the two new files from the "win32" folder
If you want to start playing right away you can. All you need to do is find a server and connect to it. Make sure that your firewall(s), if you have any, doesn't block Enemy Territory or else things won't work. Although, taking a few moments to read the manual would be appreciated by those already playing the game.
To find a server to play on, start the game then click "Play Online" in the main menu. This will bring up the server list. Make sure that "Internet" is selected in the "Filters" section (click "Source" to change it). Click on a server to choose it, enable PunkBuster and then click "Join Server" in the lower right of the browser. Off you go to play!
Next up are maps. The game comes with 6 standard maps: Battery Oasis Goldrush Radar Rail Gun Fuel Dump
Many independent map makers have made new maps to make the game more fun. Many people ask "which maps should I download?" There is no real answer to that question. Some maps are more popular, like Temple Final, Caen and Supply Depot. Some are less popular. It all depends where you want to play. Each server will have its own map selection (or rotation) and you need to have them all in order to play there. The best thing to do is to get as many maps as you can. Note that some servers allow you to download maps while you are connecting to them. However, most of the time, the download speed is slow. So downloading them before is usually a good idea.
After downloading the maps, you have to put the .pk3 files in your "etmain" folder.
Of course, if the file is a .rar or .zip then you have to extract the archive to get a .pk3 file... only those will work with ET.
Please note that if you are using Windows XP and have installed Service Pack 2, that your computer replaces the .pk3 extention with a .zip when you download. If that is the case, simply change the file extention to .pk3 and all should be ok.
Next are mods (game modifications made by players to make the game different and or better). When you connect to a server, you will automatically download the correct mod so you don't have to worry about that.
There are also other programs that can help you play the game, but are not necessary:
Server browsers (like All Seeing Eye and Pathfinder) Voice-over-web programs (like Ventrillo and Teamspeak) Enemy Territory Minimiser etc.
All these and more can be found in the "Downloads" section.
I know what you're saying to yourself. "I don't want to read the manual. All I want to do is play." However I urge you to please read the manual anyway. If you don't, I'm CERTAIN you will end up coming back here and posting questions like these:
"How can I steal a uniform?" "How do I spot mines?" "How can I make my name in color?" "Where can I find the mobile MG / panzer / sniper gun / etc"
And then all of us here will just scream at you: GO READ THE MANUAL ITS ALL IN THERE!!!
Oh yeah, in case you are wondering, here are the minimum system requirements for the game: *Processor Type: IntelÂ® PentiumÂ® II ;processor, AMD Athlonâ„¢ processor ; *Processor Speed: 400MHz *Operating System: Windows 95/98, Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me), Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0, Windows XP; *System Memory: 128MB RAM; *Hard Drive Space: 800MB; *Video: 3D hardware accelerator with 16MB VRAM with full Open GL suport, 16-bit high-color Video mode; *Sound Card: DirectX 3.0-compatible or higher; *Drive Type and Speed: CD-ROM 4x; *Modem: 56.6 Kbps; *Additional Requirements: Keyboard and mouse, Internet service required to access online features
It is recommended you have the following: * WindowsÂ® 98/ME/2000/XP OS (Windows NT 4.0 not recommended for clients) or Linux * 100% WindowsÂ® 98/ME/2000/XP/Linux compatible system (including all 32bit drivers) * IntelÂ® PentiumÂ® III 600Mhz processor or AMD equivalent * 128 MB RAM * 32 MB 100% fully OpenGLÂ® compliant 3-D video card * MicrosoftÂ® Direct XÂ® 8.1 or higher (not included) * 271 MB total disk space for game files * 500 MB free disk space for swap file * 100% MicrosoftÂ® WindowsÂ® compatible keyboard * 100% MicrosoftÂ® WindowsÂ® compatible mouse * 100% MicrosoftÂ® WindowsÂ® compatible sound card * For internet play, 100% WindowsÂ® 98/ME/2000/XP compatible 56.6k modem or better internet connection. 56.6k modem play is not recommended for games with more than 8 players total; broadband players should be able to handle up to 32 depending on their connection with the server on which they're playing.
The following video cards were fully tested with Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory:
If after getting all those files and reading all the above mentioned material you still have a question or a problem, try reading our very nice Frequently Asked Question sections:
If your question is STILL unanswered, we invite you to post in the appropriate forum section. Someone will help you. Remember to use "Search" as your question might have already been asked and answered before (which is very likely).
I'm posting this again here since many of our new users can't seem to find the FAQ .
Many players get tired of always having to type the same text over and over. Likewise, many get tired of having to go through the voice chat menus to say something. So players end up "binding" keys to say stuff.
Binding is simply assigning a key to a certain task. This means that every time you press the specified key, the same thing will automatically happen. You can bind lots of things to keys like scripts, tweaks, commands, almost anything when you get good at it.
A lot of your keyboard keys are already "bound" to certain things, like opening up the limbo menu or moving or selecting weapons.
In this thread I will only cover how to bind chats (voice and text). Look in the other threads of this section to learn more about making configs and scripts.
First you must know that there are 2 ways of making ET remember your key binds:
1. Type them in the console while playing (press the tilde "~" key while playing). Be sure to write a "/" at the beginning or your code in the console to make it work... otherwise it will come out in the global chat. 2. Type them in your "config" file (the easiest would be to create an "autoexec.cfg" file in your etmain folder with the binds you want, so they work every time you start ET).
The correct way to write a bind is like this:
In the following text I'm using x for every example. Substitute "x" for any key you want (see below for list of keys that can be bound).
Now on to the binds...
If you want to display a message, you can bind it like this:
bind x "say I just killed you!!!"
So now, every time you press the x key, you will automatically say to everyone "I just killed you!!!"
To say private things only to your team, you can use the "say_team" command instead:
bind x "say_team I need help!"
You can also add color to your text binds the same way you do when adding colors to your name.
Here is a final example of what it will look like (with colors):
bind x "say_team ^1I ^4need ^2help!"
Using this bind, every time you press the "x" key, you will say only to your team:
Voice chat binds work the same way as text binds (see above) but instead of using the "say" and "say_team" commands, you use "vsay" and "vsay_team".
Like this: bind x "vsay GoodGame" Everyone in the game will hear "good game"
or like this: bind x "vsay_team LetsGo" Everyone on your team will hear "let's go"
So you know a server and you want to connect to it. How do you do it?
Its easy, go in game, pull down the console (using the tilde (~) key, left of the 1, above tab) and enter "/connect" plus the server's IP adress. Lets say you want to join this forum's server, you would type in console:
Or you can use a server browser (like All Seeying Eye). I gave some links to some of them in my posts above.