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LARN(6) Games Manual LARN(6)


larnexploring the caverns of Larn


larn [-chilns] [-o optsfile] [-##] [++]


larn is a fantasy games in which your child has contracted a strange disease, 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:

Clear the high scores file.
Show the command line options.
Show the high scores, including inventory data.
Show the log of all games.
Suppress the welcome message and start the game immediately.
Read the specified options file instead of ~/.larnopts.
Show the high scores.
Set the difficulty (hardness) level.
Restore game from the checkpoint (auto-save) file.


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
(wizards only)


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.


Select bold display of objects.
Select inverse video display of objects.
Do not display intro message.
Turn on periodic checkpointing.
Disable beeping of the terminal.
Choose your sex to be a man.
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. Anything 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 <esc>.

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.


Score file.
Options file.


Noah Morgan
April 23, 2010 NetBSD 7.0