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WARNING: This is a highly experimental prototype. Use at your own risk.


BMod v0.1 adds three new features to AsciiSector v0.7.1.4:
  • a fast(-ish) OpenGL renderer
  • an option to disable auto-pause
  • an option to speed up ground combat
If anyone is interested I can port it to Windows (but it will take quite a while).


Unpack to your Ascii Sector directory and run You can edit bdata/options.txt to customize some features.


Delete and the bdata directory. BMod doesn't modify any files.

OpenGL renderer

On my ancient machine rendering using OpenGL gives quite an improvement:
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Resolution    SDL      OpenGL
   640x400    8 FPS    55 FPS
   960x600    4 FPS    55 FPS
  1280x800    3 FPS    55 FPS

Measurements were taken while scrolling the whole screen (the worst-case scenario for SDL).
Press CTRL-F to toggle the FPS counter.


On Linux, auto-pause doesn't interact well with workspaces. This option allows you to turn it off completely.

Ground combat speed

This speeds up ground combat:
  • the health bars move faster
  • the speech bubbles disappear quicker
  • the delay between consecutive shots is reduced
  • a few other things
Try it yourself: go to a big bar and start killing people. Then turn this option on and you'll never want to go back.

Note: this doesn't change gameplay, it just makes the UI more responsive

This post might seem a bit negative, but I assure you I really enjoy this game... except for the auto-pause feature.

Right now auto-pause is just annoying and it serves no purpose (at least with my style of playing). Most of the time I switch from the nav computer/bar/guild to a text editor to lookup some information (trade routes, places I want to visit on the way, things I want to buy, etc.) and I switch back immediately after. I don't want to be forced to unpause the game each time I do that.

The second thing is that it blocks my view when I want to compare imports/exports list with my shopping list (I switch to my shopping list, switch back and the screen is now blocked by the pause dialog).

And the last thing is that it stops the background music every 5 seconds which just ruins the atmosphere (yes, I switch windows quite often).

Please, give me a way to disable auto-pause. I hate it and I don't need it.

Edit: This is not urgent, because I've managed to create a workaround that disables auto-pause. Having an in-game option to do that would still be nice though.

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