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Game Options

Strike-A-Light has many customisable game options to enhance the strategy and your enjoyment of the game.  The 'Game Options...' window can be opened from the 'Game' menu by selecting 'New' and then clicking on the 'Options...' button.

The game options window has four main settings - Board Size, Player Options, Disable Undo and Play-by-Email.


Board Size

Enter the desired board size of the game you wish to play.  Board sizes from 4x4 to 16x16 are supported in the retail version of Strike-A-Light Challenge.  Board sizes 4x4 and 5x5 only are supported in the free trial version.

Strike-A-Light will automatically set the default number of Discs and Lasers for each player for the selected board size.  Click on the 'Advanced...' button to change the default game settings.


Advanced Game Settings...

Discs and Lasers

You can customise a Strike-A-Light game by changing the number of Discs and Lasers available to each player.  You can customise on all board sizes, however the total number of Lasers and Discs cannot exceed the total number of spaces for the nominated board size.  Changing the ratio of Discs to Lasers can have a dramatic affect on the strategy of the game.

Disable Undo

Check this option for competition play or to simply remove that Undo temptation.  When checked, this option will disable the Undo/Redo feature in Strike-A-Light.  This setting cannot be changed during a game.  To alter this setting you must start a new game.

Note that the options and settings in the 'Advanced Game Settings' window can only be changed in the retail version of Strike-A-Light Challenge.


Player Options

You can nominate which player should move first by selecting the appropriate player name from the 'First Move by:' list. If you do not change this setting, then Strike-A-Light will automatically select the first player based on the outcome of the previous game. The automatic selection is as follows: the winner of the previous game will always go first unless the previous game was a draw, in which case the players will take alternate turns in going first.

To set up a list of players click on the 'Players...' button.  This will bring up the 'Players' window. This window allows you to define the number of players for a Strike-A-Light game.  In the retail version of Strike-A-Light Challenge up to four players can be defined. In the free trial version, only two players can be defined. To enable a player, check either the Human or Computer checkbox.  If neither box is checked then a player of that colour will not play. At least two players must be defined.  When a computer player is enabled, the skill 'Level' for that player may also be altered.  Level 1 is a beginner style of play and Level 9 will pose significant challenges - especially on larger board sizes.


Play By E-mail

Strike-A-Light supports an easy to use play-by-email option for up to four players.  Select the 'Play-by-Email' option if you wish to commence an E-mail game.  Play by Email is only possible if two or more Human players are defined for the game.

Click on the 'Settings...' button to bring up the 'Play-by-Email Settings' window.  Here you can set up the Email addresses for all players.  When the first move is made, Strike-A-Light will automatically send an Email to the next opponent with the move attached.  The opponent then opens the attachment to make the next move.  This move in turn will be sent back to you (or on to the next opponent) as an attachment.  Players will need to have a version of Strike-A-Light installed on their computer.

To use the Play-by-Email option you must have access to an incoming mail server and have the appropriate Email client software installed.  Strike-A-Light sends Email directly from the game, a sent message will not appear in your Email program.

If you do not have a Domain Name Service (DNS) defined on your computer system, then it is recommended you enter the IP address of your Email server in the 'Outgoing mail (SMTP)' field of the 'Play-by-Email Settings' window.

A note on Email Privacy:  NetPlay Software does NOT support Spam, Addware or Spyware.  Only game Emails are sent from within Strike-A-Light and are sent only to the Email addresses you provide.

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