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Old November 2, 2007, 17:43   #1
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Zangband versions & development

After many years, I decided to try once again the variant that got me interested in roguelikes in the first place – Zangband. I checked the official site and searched about the forums, and now I have two questions that I’d like to ask.

1) Is Z in development at all? Is somebody working on it? Is a new version to be expected any time soon?

2) If I’m not mistaken, the latest Z release is version 2.7.5. However, on the forums here and there I saw some remarks and complaints about this version and that other versions were better (and are still considered as primary Z releases). Can somebody please explain this version-confusion to me? What Z variants are being played today (the most popular) and what are their main features/characteristics?

In short: If I’d like to play just one, “definitive” version of Zangband (considering that there will be no future releases), which version should I get and install?

Many thanks!

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Old November 5, 2007, 17:50   #2
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Old November 5, 2007, 18:02   #3
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Z follows the *NIX convention of version numbers odd in the 2nd place being known-unstable. So you probably would want the highest-numbered 2.6.x version.

There were a number of forks off of 2.2.x however, so the latest 2.2.x may also be a good "representative" candidate. (Most of my experience with Z-style variants actually is with Hengband, which was forked off of some Z 2.2.x.) And then one would want to include 2.4.x for academic completeness.
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Lipa, I'd advise searching the forum and the newsgroup. There was this topic lately.

As for me, I'm quite fond of the latest version (2.7.5.pre_something --- the one on Sourceforge), but there is a problem: I cannot compile it on my Linux, so I cannot actually play it. :<
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There was a debian package for 2.7.5 for the unstable distribution in the last days. Perhaps you should look there for patches and bugfixes. It could also be that those fixes were only relevant to debian systems.
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Many thanks! I downloaded versions 2.6.2 and the latest 2.7.5 - I'll try them out both.

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