At the suggestion of a developer known as "book", I am submitting details on a project I've begun involving FreeCiv. Essentially, it is an offline game manual. The intended scope for now is everything single-player and default, which means there will be nothing on the server or customized rulesets, etc. What makes this manual unique is that I am enhancing it by adding historical content: every technology, unit, improvement and wonder will have a blurb on its historical counterpart, with plans to (after a small break on my part) add in blurbs on all default nations as well (sans the fictional ones). Currently, I am in the process of copying all the information from ther Game and Client Manuals. After all that the real fun begins, as I add in historical information taken from Wikipedia, but put into my own words. In addition, I see the Client manual needs updating, if only for some better pictures (the current ones don't do justice to how beautiful the default client is, now).
I will be providing the "source code" to this project in the form of an ODT file, but the manual itself will be PDF (I think it suites the project rather well). It is my hope, in time, for the manual to expand to include the server stuff, a section on customization, and a "tips" section, for new players. I won't be involved in any of those things, but I fully intend to give this project a good shove out the door. The only thing I need from the FreeCiv community on this is some interest in the project, and some critical review when I'm done. That's it. No other resources are required on your part, except that I hope whoever I give this to would host it so people can use it, if they choose (or just incorporate what is desirable into the wiki). Not a bad deal, huh?
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