|- Elder Magic (Regeneration). This is a great rune that regenerates your health at a rate of 4 a second. Also if you get a 100 health power up, your health will stay above 100 so that you can possibly get up to 250 health. This is a good offensive rune, because you can take some hits and recharge on the run.|
|- Earth Magic (Resistance). This rune will cut your assailants hits in half so it could take, depending on armor, 4 to 5 rockets to kill you. This is also a good offensive rune because you can go into a base and take the flag while rockets are pelting into you and only take minimal damage.|
|- Hell Magic (Haste). This will double the speed that your shotguns, grenade launcher and rocket launcher. Even if you have a wimpy weapon you can beat people down easily, expecially with a close range double barrelled shotgun. And if you get a rocket launcher you can mow the best people down with a spray of rockets. For this reason a rocket launcher with haste is good for defensive and offensive.|
|- Black Magic (Strength). This is possibly the most coveted rune, allowing double the damage hits for all weapons and just think what happens with the quad (X8), death to all. Just be careful not to get to close when using a rocket or grenade launcher, the explosions have a large radius. This is probably the best defensive rune along with a rocket launcher. One rocket can kill just about anyone, so you could be the one man guarding machine.|
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Author: Kevin Bruce
"Bot" is used to describe a computer controlled player, typically one that can duplicate the feel of multiplayer Quake. The strength of a bot is found in its artificial intelligence (AI), and some member of the Quake community have created some surprisingly intelligent bots. These programs are great for replicating the multiplayer experience for a single player, and can be a great tool for improving a player's skill.
The dark side of the bot is the bot that controls the actions of a human player in multiplayer action. The most famous of these is the StoogeBot. The StoogeBot is a client side program that performs all of the aiming and firing for the player. The technology is impressive, but it eliminates skill as a factor. Unless a user has reworked the StoogeBot code, you can spot a StoogeBot, by the letters "SGBT" prefacing the player's name. Including the words "No Bots" on the server's opening screen will prevent the use of the bot, unless the code has been rewritten. Fortunately, several people have been working on a patch that will detect a StoogeBot, even if the code has been hacked, and will remove the bot from the server. The LoefBot is another another bot similar to the Stooge. James Loe is the author of the LoefBot, and defends his bot this way: "I wrote the LoefBot because it could be written. The atom bomb was invented because it could be invented, not because it was needed or wanted."
The Zeus Bot
The ultimate bot for Quake is the Zeus Bot by Jonathan E. Wright, aka Nelno the Amoeba. The latest information on the Zeus Bot can be found at Inverse Reality, Nelno's homepage. The bot will currently swim, dodge rockets, target with deadly accuracy, and much more. If you are going to try a bot, this is the one to download. Unfortunately for fans of the Zeus, Wright is now working for Ion Storm, so further development of the Zeus Bot is doubtful.
The Reaper Bot
The ReaperBot, by Stephen Polge, is one of the best bots available, even though it hasn't been developed in over one year. The superior AI of the Reaper allows it to learn your particular style of play and adapt to take advantages of your weaknesses. The Reaper is difficult to kill because it is excellent at avoiding your shots, but is then deadly accurate with the placement of its own shots. Poolge ceased development of the Reaper at version 0.81, but it is still the best bot available. Poolge is now working for Epic on their much anticipated release, Unreal.
The CTF Bot by Drew Davidson is another great bot to try for Capture the Flag. The current version of the CTF Bot is the beta for 1.30