LARN(6) BSD Games Manual LARN(6)NAMElarn — exploring the caverns of Larn
SYNOPSISlarn [-r] [-H number] [-n] [-h] [-o optsfile]
Larn is a fantasy games in which your child has contracted a strange dis‐
ease, and none of your home remedies seem to have any effect. You set
out to find a remedy in a limited amount of time, and to collect gold
along the way of course!
The options are:
-r The -r option restores a checkpointed game after it has died.
-H The -H option sets the hardness of the game.
-n The -n option suppresses the welcome message at start up, putting
you directly into the game.
-h The -h option prints the command line options.
-o The -o option specifies a different options file than ~/.larnopts.
These are the movement commands:
h move to the left H run left . stay here
j move down J run down Z teleport yourself
k move up K run up c cast a spell
l move to the right L run right r read a scroll
y move northwest Y run northwest q quaff a potion
u move northeast U run northeast W wear armor
b move southwest B run southwest T take off armor
n move southeast N run southeast w wield a weapon
^ identify a trap g give present pack weight P give tax status
d drop an item i inventory your pockets Q quit the game
v print program version S save the game D list all items found
? this help screen A create diagnostic file e eat something
The file ~/.larnopts may be used to set a few options for Larn. A
sequence of words terminated by whitespace is used to specify options.
bold-objects Select bold display of objects.
inverse-objects Select inverse video display of objects.
no-introduction Do not display intro message.
enable-checkpointing Turn on periodic checkpointing.
no-beep Disable beeping of the terminal.
male Choose your sex to be a man.
female Choose your sex to be a woman.
name: "your name" Choose your playing name.
monster: "monst name" Choose a name for a monster.
savefile: "save-file-name" Define what the savegame filename will be.
Your name and monster names must be enclosed in double quotation marks
and may be up to 34 characters long. Longer names are truncated. Any‐
thing enclosed in quotation marks is considered one word, and must be
separated from other words by whitespace.
When dropping gold, if you type '*' as your amount, all your gold gets
dropped. In general, typing in '*' means all of what you are interested
in. This is true when visiting the bank, or when contributing at altars.
You can get out of the store, trading post, school, or home by hitting
When casting a spell, if you need a list of spells you can cast, type D
as the first letter of your spell. The available list of spells will be
shown, after which you may enter the spell code. This only works on the
1st letter of the spell you are casting.
/var/games/larn.scores Score file.
~/.larnopts Options file.
BSD December 30, 1993 BSD