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ArchLich Front End

  • project status: pre-alpha
  • operating system: WinXP, OS X, Linux
  • programming language: Ruby

ArchLich is a client (or front end) written for use with Simutronics-based games that support the StormFront data stream, such as GemStone IV. ArchLich is currently in development; it is being written for Linux, but should be able to run in both Windows and OS X as well. It is being written in the Ruby Programming Language with the GTK2 library.

This project is an ambitious one: bring full functionality of the StormFront protocol to Linux (and, in time, OS X) users, while building in full Lich or Lich-like functionality. When this project is complete, all Lich-based scripts should run equally well in both Lich and ArchLich, as well as scripts written in the Simutronics "Wizard" script standard, including their StormFront expansions.

Project News

Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at 2:53 PM
Well, financial issues have caused me to close my GemStone IV account, which means development will slow down a bit until I get the account open again. It won't completely stop; I seem to have more time on my hands... just less money, and I built a test instance that emulates a connection to the program. However, if you wish to help out, you're welcome to make a donation at my user page on

Sunday, July 1, 2007, at 10:12 AM
Date of the creation of this website, so the news is pretty retroactive. However, there is news listed on the project page pretty much covers it. The entire source code is in the CVS repository. I'll work on it some more later this week; I have a lot of work to do today and tomarrow, though.

I may have a graphic artist to help me with the icons and whatnot that the Front End will inevitably require. That'll allow me to focus more on the actual code itself, which'll be good -- I really don't want to get burned out on the project too quickly, and having someone to help divy the work up will help greatly with that. Though, you know what else will help? Someone who can maintain this website. I like code and all... but I am not a huge fan of HTML.

If you guys have any questions, feel free to ask me on the forums or you can send me a private message. I also have a user page that lists a few other methods of contacting me. Also, if you download and compile the code, feel free to let me know about any problems you find. The project page has a bug tracking system -- feel free to either use that or simply send me a direct message.

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