Beginner Tips #4: What I see beginners do…

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Well, here it is Beginner Tips #4. I now talk about something that beginners do to an excess.

More CL and L

Let’s think about this again. As I said in my Secrets #1, you can’t shoot CL with L. It just simply makes logical sense. Another way to express the relationship between L and CL is that you can call CL “Cancel Laser”. And, special note to el_nene, no, you’re not cheating when you’ve got L and you’re just shooting right through CL. It’s just the design of the game.

Tab and Wings

Special note that you shouldn’t hold <Tab> when carrying Wings. It’s a bad practice. Remember that the keyboard is still repeating the <Tab> key when you hold it; BZFlag just ignores the extra <Tab> without Wings because you simply can’t have multiple jumps. But with Wings, you do have multiple jumps (on most servers, at least). Holding <Tab> will tell the computer that many times you want to jump. So, if you have only 3 jumps (like on Constitution’s Tunnels), you’ll waste a jump because it was overlapped with the other jumps.

Stop Jumping!

Yes, stop jumping. Dodge instead. Watch some of the GU players. They try to dodge the bullets instead of jumping. Jumping to dodge bullets makes you weaker. The enemy can simply sit there and wait for you to fall. Sometimes you’ll get lucky and dodge a few bullets before jumping again, but you can’t jump forever. So unless it’s a really bad emergency, don’t make jumping your first instinct. If you really want to jump, strategically put a spin on your tank and shoot the enemy from behind.


Tips: Beginner Tips #3

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Here’s Beginner Tips #3. We’re going to talk about jumping today.


To jump, press the <Tab> key. Jumping is used to get on a building, dodge bullets, and for anything where you have to get higher

About Dodging Bullets

It’s usually not a great idea to dodge bullets with jumping, reason being that if the shooter has WG, you’ll get shoot and have no chance of dodging. Also, players sometimes waits to stay where they are and shoot you when you get down. To practice not jumping, go to a pillbox or a Ducati server.

Special Platforms

Some special platforms will make you bounce when you drive on it. It will bounce you in the direction that you are driving. If you somehow stay still on the pad you will be bounced straightly upwards. Different bounce pads has different bounce height, so some pads might bounce you high and some might bounce you not so high. (Perfect example: BZFlag Amusement Land)

More Special Platforms

Some platforms will allow you to jump right through it. (Good example: BZFX: Boxy War) To do so, position your tank under the platform, and jump. These platforms are sometimes provided to reach high locations.

Using Jumping to Your Advantage

Here’s one of the most common trick: Jump and shoot. What you do is to find a victim tank that is on a reachable building, and then jump, and shoot when you get to the level about where the victim is on. This’ll usually give that person quite a shock and it is very hard to dodge. To dodge this trick, look at the radar closely and watch for sudden movements, or get on to a higher building.

That’s it for now. Tune in later for another interesting Beginner Tip!

Tips: Beginner Tips #2

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Welcome back! Today we’ll be talking about driving around, shooting, and using flags.


You can use your mouse or the arrow keys to move around. Use the <Tab> key to jump.

Using the Mouse

In the HUD you can see two squares: one big and one small. If you move your mouse pointer out of the small box, your tank will start to move. If you move your mouse pointer further from the box, your tank will move faster. To move full speed, place your mouse pointer as far away from the small box as possible. This rule applies for going all directions. To move forward, place your mouse pointer to the top of the screen. To go backwards, place your mouse pointer to the bottom of your screen. To turn left, move your mouse pointer left. To turn right, move your mouse pointer right. You can turn and move forward/backward at the same time (like you can with a car).

Using the Keyboard

To move your tank using the keyboard, use the arrow keys. <Up Arrow> moves you forward. <Down Arrow> moves you backward. Press <Left Arrow> to move left and press <Right Arrow> to move right.


To jump use the <Tab> key. If you jump and move at the same time, you will jump towards the direction you were moving. Jumping is good for getting on buildings and dodging some bullets but makes you more vulnerable.


To shoot, press <Enter> or click the left mouse button. To shoot a GM (discussed later), lock on to your enemy using <I> or the right mouse button and shoot normally. There are tactics for shooting bullets. Look for them under “Help: Tactics and Playstyles” in the BZFlag Forums. The most common tactic is to shoot in a stream of bullets.


Flags are things that give your tank new features while holding them. See the description for the flag that you hold by pressing <F>. To pick up a flag, run over it with your tank. To drop your flag, press <Space> or click your middle mouse button. You cannot drop bad flags unless the flag times out or you pick up an antidote flag.

Special Notices for Special Flags

Laser- Infinite range (not really) but long reloading time (about 5 seconds)

GM- Try locking on first, then shoot

Phantom Zone- PZ bullets can’t kill other tanks except for other PZ tanks. Other tanks can’t kill you unless they have Super Bullet, Shock Wave, or Phantom Zone

Genocide- Kills all tanks of the same color you shoot, but can’t kill all rouges; Careful not to hit teammates (disastrous)

Rapid Fire- Reloads faster but have short ranges

Machine Gun- Reloads the fastest but has super short range

Burrow- Careful while using this flag: You can get squashed by other flags

Flag shot limits- Some servers have limits on how many shots you can shoot while holding the flag. When you meet that limit, the flag will automatically drop.

That ends today’s Beginner Tips. Have fun!

Tips: Beginner Tips #1

Monday, August 7, 2006


This is Beginner Tips: the tips for people jumping aboard BZFlag. Here you will find a few tips to help you across the learning curve.

Getting BZFlag

Go to Select your operating system. If Linux, click on bzflag source. Then, select the program version you want. Select the mirror closest to you. Save the download somewhere easy to find (home folder or desktop). After that, for Windows, double click on the setup file. In Linux, unzip and follow the instructions in the readme in the folder, or in Mac OS X, simply drag the BZFlag icon from the disk image into the Applications folder. Read the rest of this entry »