Multiplayer Guide | Console Commands
RtCW Console Commands v1.0

Title: RTCW Console
File: Download RtCW Console Commands v1.0
Version: 1.0
Date: 02/15/03
Author: spike232
Author: Nologic

This is the start of the documentation being done on the RtCW Console, currently it only lists the basics for multiplayer commands but will later include variables as well, and maybe at some point singleplayer.

So if you're looking to get down and dirty with RtCW's console then this is the place to start.

This document was created by spike232 using my database as a resource. I do hope that this release and future releases will be of great use to the community.

1.0 Introduction

This document was written because a number of people are curious and inexperinced with console commands. This document is the ultimate referance to console commands for RtCW it is also based on the great work done by JakFrost, Randy @ PC Game, Commander Keen, Nologic, and Over-Lord.

1.1 Questions

If you have any questions regarding console commands or console variables please do not contact me because I don't have the time to answer them. If you want to find out more about what a certain console command does or what it could be used for the go ahead and experiment with that console command on your own until you can answer your own questions. I don't have the time nor the patience to answer any technical support questions. If you have a problem then please don't ask me how to fix it because I won't help you. Basically, if you have a problem with something then solve the problem on your own and do the necessary work to answer your own questions do not send me any emails because I will not read them.

1.2 Corrections

If you are reading this document and you find any errors, please contact me and tell me exactly where you found the error. I appreciate any corrections sent in because I want to make this document as accurate as possible. Any person who sends me corrections about console commands or variables will be acknowledged.

2.0 The Key

Below there are explanations to all of the different fields which are used to describe each command. It is good to know what the information in each field contains and refers to. The fields that I have used to describe each command and variable are a way of standardizing information among each command and to make sure that all of the information is given in an orderly fashion.

I have also taken upon myself to classify all of those console commands and console variables. These classifications are in no way related to how the game feels about the various types of commands and variables. The game only distinguishes between commands and variables. The names of each class are only meant to identify the different type of a command or variable, and give some insight into it's syntax and what type of parameters it accepts. Basically if a user knows that a given variable is classified as a toggle, he won't try to use negative numbers or fractions as input, or if a command is classified as an operation he will know not to use any parameters. These classifications are just here to help you with the syntax recognition and to remove unnecessary syntax fields.

2.1 Fields


This field appears for all commands and variables. The information in this field classifies the command or variable based on it's syntax. The inclusion of this field also allows for the shortening of this document by specifying one syntax for a whole class of commands or variables and not having to display the identical syntax for each command or variable. Further explanation about all of the different types of commands and variables that have been classified is included in the section below.
This field only appears for the class of function commands since each of those commands has it's own syntax. It displays the parameters that the command accepts and any other special characters. The convention of using words in parenthesis, i.e. (filename), designates that a single value should be specified which is described by the phrase inside the parenthesis, i.e. base1.bsp.
This field only appears for the variables. It displays the default value that is used by the game when it is started for the first time. The information in this field displays the default value for any given variable which can be referenced when it is necessary to restore that variable to it's original setting.
This field appears for all commands and variables. It displays a short description of the command or variable.
This field appears for some commands and variables. It displays a long, detailed description of the command or variable. Usually a lot of background information is displayed in this field if the command or variable has some special functions or special syntax is necessary. This is to be considered a supplement to the description field where longer explanations should be provided.
This field only appears for the class of toggle variables. It displays all of the possible settings for a variable if there are more than the usual 0 and 1. This is an important field because it identifies all settings for that toggle variable.
This field only appears for the class of function commands since each of those commands has it's own syntax. It displays some examples of how the syntax should be used. For some commands this field is very necessary because some function commands have a very weird syntax.

2.2 Commands


An Action command performs an action when the +action part of the command is executed and terminates that action when the -action part of the command is executed. When an action command is bound to a key, the +action is executed when the key is pressed, and the -action is executed when the key is released. The default syntax for an action is '+command' or '-command'. The syntax field is skipped for all action commands.
A function command performs a single function based on the parameters included for that operation. A function usually has extra parameters and they are usually necessary for proper execution. The default syntax for a function is 'command (parameter)'. The syntax field is present for all function commands since each one has it's own unique syntax.
An operation command performs a single function in the game every time the command is executed. It does not use any parameters. The default syntax for an operation is 'command'. The syntax field is skipped for all operation commands.

2.3 Variables


A bitmap variable is able to toggle more than one feature by using a single value. The way that a bitmap variable works is that a value is assigned to each bit. Each bit is like a toggle, only being able to be set to an on and off state. To turn on the desired features all the values representing individual bits are added together. So if you want to turn on the features which have values of 4, 8, 32, 256, you would set the variable to the sum of these values which is 300. The default syntax for a bitmap variable is 'variable (value)'. Allowable values for a bitmap variable include integers only.
Command Line Parameter:
A command line parameter is a variable which is set from a command line. The reason for setting a variable from the command line, is that some variables are write protected once the game starts and cannot but changed. Command line parameters are usually used to enable or disable a handful of features before loading up the game. The default syntax is 'quake2.exe +set variable (value)'.
A register variable is able to store any type of numeric information. Register variables are used for numeric data which does not have clearly defined boundaries. The default syntax for a register variable is 'variable (value)'. Allowable values for a register variable include integers, fractions, and negative values.
A string variable is able to store any type of text information. The default syntax for a string variable is 'variable "(text)"'. Allowable values for a string variable include all numbers and all text characters.
A toggle variable is able to turn a feature on, off, or set it to an alternative setting. The values for a toggle are usually only 0 and 1. Sometimes there are alternative settings for a toggle, in which case subsequent numbers are used such as 2, 3, 4, and so on. The default syntax is 'variable (value)'. Allowable values for a toggle variable include integers only in increments of 1.

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