FAQ — Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQ are partially based on the Smokin’ Guns Manual and on BalleBude pages.

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Smokin' Guns — Basics

How can I open console?

Default key (US keyboard layout) is the tilde character (~). The same key is used to close it.

Generally speaking, it’s the key placed under the ESC one.

With some systems and keyboard layouts, however, tilde is obtained by a combination of AltGr + the key at left of Backspace.

If none of these solutions works press Shift+Escape at the same time, this will bring down the console on any system.


How can I get a coloured name?

You simply need to add the caret character (^) and then a number, as shown here:

^1 red
^2 green
^3 yellow
^4 blue
^5 turquoise
^6 pink
^7 white

For instance, *LAME* Biondo is written: ^1*^4LAME^1* ^6Biondo


How can I get money?

In order to get cash and be able to buy your equipment, you can collect money that you occasionally find in the map.

You can also get money killing other players (the amount of money you get depends on the rank of the player you killed).


How do I buy something?

The buy menu allows you to purchase equipment using the money you earn for killing people or for accomplishing your mission. By default, pressing the “B” key will open it. Navigating the buy menu is done with either number keys, or the mouse.


How do I mount a Gatling gun?

To mount an already deployed Gatling gun, move behind it, point your crosshair at it, and when your crosshair turns yellow press the “use” key (default “E“).

Secondary Fire disassembles the Gatling gun so you can carry it with you.


How can I use the scope?

The scope is a device used for sniping and can only be attached to the Sharps rifle. If you own a Sharps rifle and a scope, then just press your “use scope” key (default Enter) to attach the scope to the rifle. Now you can zoom in by pressing the secondary fire button.


How do I reload akimbo pistols?

Hold down your reload button (default “R“) and then press the primary fire button to reload the left pistol and the secondary fire button for the right pistol.


Is there a difference between the use of left mouse button and the right one?

For some weapons, definitely yes.
Have a look at the equipment in SG Manual, where “Primary Fire” means shooting with left mouse button and “Secondary Fire” with the right one.

Pistols: Remington 1858 Model, Smith & Wesson Schofield, Colt Peacemaker:
With secondary fire you shoot faster (though less accurate than with primary fire) leaving your opponent no time to counteract.

Shotguns: Remington 12 Gauge, Sawed-Off Shotgun:
Secondary fire = double shot (both barrels).

Bowie knife:
If you have more than one knife you can switch between slashing and throwing mode with the secondary fire button.

Dynamite Stick, Molotov Cocktail:
Secondary fire is used to light them.

Gatling Gun
Secondary fire disassembles the Gatling gun so you can carry it with you.


How can I say if a player is a bot or a human?

Apart from the fact that bots usually behave in strange ways (see Bots or Humans? ), you can say it watching the score table: bots have ping 0, and usually (but not in all servers) a gun barrel in the first table column (named “Skill”). The number of bullets in the barrel (from 1 to 6) shows how much skilled the bot is.


How can I record/view a demo (a gameplay recording)?

To record a gameplay open console and type the command: \record
You can give a particular name to the demo file saved with the command: \record NAME (where “NAME” is the name you have chosen)
To stop recording use: \stoprecord
And to review the demo: \demo NAME — or use the visual interface of Smokin’ Guns (clicking on the book)

At least starting with SG 1.1b4, you can convert a demo to an AVI file. While reviewing the demo, issue the console command \video NAME (where NAME is the name of the AVI file you want to obtain). The AVI will be saved in the directory “videos” close to the “demos” directory.

Mainly as anti-cheat feature, BallerBude records the demos of all players that win a game or reach at least 27 points of score. You can find them in BallerBude‘s stats site.
If you’d like to watch one of BallerBude‘s demos, follow the directions at the bottom of their page.

Update: Another easy way to record video of the game is using the freeware called Fraps, available for download from their site. Really easy in use software, compatible with all recent Windows versions (from XP to 7).


I think I’ve found a cheater. What should I do?

First of all, are you sure he is a cheater? It happens often that a newcomer, with no game experience and unaware of the basic rules, accuses other players to cheat only because of their skills.

When in doubt, spectate and record the suspect’s game (read how in another of these FAQ). Review the demo to see what he saw and to hear what he heard. When you are sure he cheated, write an email to server administrators. You should find email address opening ServerInfo window in game, or in server list; if you use Monster Browser or XQF, you can also find it there.

Mainly as anti-cheat feature, BallerBude records the demos of all players that win a game or reach at least 27 points of score. You can find them in BallerBude‘s stats site. If you’d like to watch one of BallerBude‘s demos, follow the directions at the bottom of their page.


I saw players climbing the walls in SpecialBude! How can I climb too?

In SpecialBude you can climb every vertical surface. When you are close to the surface, just jump and climb. It’s fun!


I noticed a number near my name in the “Handicap” column of the scores. What is it?

A handicap is something that penalizes you: you make less damage to your opponents while you become more vulnerable. It’s only useful to good players that want play at the same level of noobs.

To remove your handicap, type: ESC –> Player –> Handicap … and select “NONE”.


My server list is empty! How can I connect to a server now?

Occasionally, it happens that the master server for SG is down, and your client can’t download an updated list of SG servers. In February 2012 the problem has become chronic, with the missing of the main master server. Read these threads in SG forum: Master Server, This is the end…, Serverlist of Monsterbrowser.

You can use SG console to connect:

  • open SG console
  • type “\connect [IP address]:[port]” (without quotes). Where [IP address] is the server address, and [port] is the server port. If no port is specified, the default port is used, that means 27960.

For example, to connect to Baller Bude you have to type: \connect or \connect

Here are addresses and ports of most famous SG servers nowadays.
[Email addresses published here are public, and are obfuscated via JavaScript as a measure against bots. If you want yours to be removed please write to sg.biondo [at] gmail [dot] com].

Address Port Name [and info] Admin email 27960 BallerBude
Compatible with Beta 1.1b5 version [Requires: cl_allowdownload 1, otherwise go to: Settings > Game Options > Auto download: yes]. [Site]
oa.doctor [at] gmail [dot] com
sg.biondo [at] gmail [dot] com 27962 Terra Nova
Compatible with Beta 1.1b5 version [Requires at least Beta 1.1b4. Requires: cl_allowdownload 1, otherwise go to: Settings > Game Options > Auto download: yes]
oa.doctor [at] gmail [dot] com 27961 SpecialBude [Compatible with Beta 1.1b5 version [Requires: cl_allowdownload 1, otherwise go to: Settings > Game Options > Auto download: yes].
oa.doctor [at] gmail [dot] com 27965 sg.wars private server — Provided by Tequila
[Password required. IRC: #sg.wars@quakenet.org. Forum]
mouly_jr [at] hotmail [dot] com 27962 BR only Beta 1.1b4
[Requires Beta 1.1b4. Requires: cl_allowdownload 1, otherwise go to: Settings > Game Options > Auto download: yes]
tequila [at] smokinguns [dot] fr 27960 Circus Maximus
[Site. IRC: #wr.clan@irc.quakenet.org]
rosso [at] parttimegeeks [dot] net 27860 1.1b5 – Circus Novus
[Requires Beta 1.1b5. Requires: cl_allowdownload 1, otherwise go to: Settings > Game Options > Auto download: yes.
Site. IRC: #wr.clan@irc.quakenet.org]
rosso [at] parttimegeeks [dot] net 26000 Fail@pukawka.pl
klisiu [at] failclan [dot] com 27960 Jeuxlinux.fr
rane [at] gentoo [dot] org 27960 Paladin Smokin’Guns Server
paladin_turk [at] hotmail [dot] com 27960 Paladin Bank Robbery
paladin_turk [at] hotmail [dot] com 27964 Private Beta 1.1b4
[Requires Beta 1.1b4. Password required. Requires: cl_allowdownload 1, otherwise go to: Settings > Game Options > Auto download: yes]
tequila [at] smokinguns [dot] fr 27963 Public Beta 1.1b4
[Requires Beta 1.1b4. Requires: cl_allowdownload 1, otherwise go to: Settings > Game Options > Auto download: yes]
tequila [at] smokinguns [dot] fr 37990 Rct. Tsoul’s Smokin’Guns rcttsoul2 [at] gmail [dot] com 27960 Smokin’Frogs.Br tequila [at] smokinguns [dot] fr 27961 smokinguns.fr-DM/BR/DU tequila [at] smokinguns [dot] fr 27960 gamers4Jesus.org n.a. 27980 Q3alive.Net |SG| MIX SVN631 kgdhost [at] gmail [dot] com

[Last update: 06 Mar 2012. Probably a more up to date table can be found here: http://forum.smokin-guns.org/viewtopic.php?p=22862#22862]

Since the end of February the official mater server is "master.smokinguns.fr". Add the following line to your q3config.cfg in order to get the ingame servers list:

seta sv_master1 "master.smokin-guns.org"

If it doesn’t work, try one of the following new master servers:
seta sv_master1 "parttimegeeks.net:27950"
seta sv_master1 "master.q3alive.net"

Warning: not all servers are reporting to these masters yet. If you have added servers to your Monster Browser manually, some of them might disappear when you reload the server list.


Trying to connect, I get the message “No or bad challenge for your address”. And now?

This is a really annoying problem, that luckily doesn’t affect all servers. While waiting for new release of SG that should definitely solve the problem, you can to edit your hosts file and add this line: authorize.smokin-guns.net update.smokin-guns.net

This will be enough to let you connect.

The hosts file used by your computer to map hostnames to IP addresses. The hosts file is a plain text file, and is conventionally named hosts.

Its location in the file system depends on the operating system you are using:

Operating System Version(s) Location
Linux, POSIX /etc/hosts
Microsoft Windows
95, 98/98SE, Me C:\WINDOWS\hosts
NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7 and 8 C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
Apple Macintosh
Mac OS X 10.0 – 10.1.5 (Added through NetInfo or niload)
Mac OS X 10.2 and newer /private/etc/hosts


Smokin' Guns — Advanced

How can I assign a command to a particular key?

To assign a command to a particular key, open console and use the command \bind.

\bind j “buy weapon_schofield”
\bind k “buy weapon_peacemaker”
\bind F4 “say Hi!” // (will produce a chat message onscreen)

These are the names to use for weapons and other objects:

You can also put your binds in your q3config.cfg file, in this case without slash/backslash (be sure to back-up it, before editing).

bind j “buy weapon_schofield”
bind k “buy weapon_peacemaker”
bind F4 “say Hi!”


Where can I find my configuration file?

Config files (.cfg) are text files which contain settings, scripts and binds for Smokin’Guns. SG inherited this system from his big predecessor Quake3 (see: http://www.quake3world.com/q3guide/configs.html).

The one config file everyone has is q3config.cfg, located in:

* Linux: ~/.smokinguns/smokinguns/
* Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/SmokinGunssmokinguns/
* Windows: %APPDATA%\Smokin’ Guns\smokinguns\
[- under Windows XP it expands to \Documents and settings\username\Application data\Smokin’ Guns\smokinguns\
– under Windows Vista or Windows 7, it expands to \Users\username\Appdata\Roaming\Smokin’ Guns\smokinguns\]


Where can I get more maps?

You can get more maps upgrading your installation to the Beta version and downloading them from BallerBude FTP site.
To upgrade your SG installation, follow the directions you find in BallerBude site.


What is “ping” and how does it affect my game?

In multiplayer online video games, ping refers to the network latency between a player’s computer (client), and the game server. [Wikipedia]

Playing on-line is a non-stop dialogue between your PC and the server: the server sends to your PC the position of every player in a particular moment and your PC sends back to the server your position.
As an example, suppose that Biondo is falling down the top of the church in No-name City:
Biondo’s PC informs BallerBude server that he has left the roof and is floating in the air
BallerBude informs other players’ PCs that Biondo is not on the roof any more, he is floating in the air.
These informations need time to travel through the Net. If you have a slow Internet connection — because your network is busy downloading something, or because you are playing in a server far away from your location — you don’t get the updated information in time and mistakenly see Biondo still on the roof. You shoot him with your 2 Colts but you don’t kill him because he isn’t there any more.

Bad Internet connection = bad (high) ping. Generally a ping higher than 100 is considered a bad ping.

The effects of a bad ping look worst when you use precise weapons, while with high spread weapons (like dynamite or Sawed-Off shotguns) they are apparently less penalizing.

Some factors that might affect ping include: Internet connection speed, the quality of a user’s Internet service provider and the configuration of firewalls. Ping is also affected by geographical location.

If you want a better ping play in servers close to your location, change type of Internet connection or choose a better provider.

Some player change the values of cl_maxpackets, cl_timenudge, rate and snaps in q3config.cfg file to lower their ping (search SG Forum for this).


How are BallerBude statistics (skills, ratio) determined?

TheDoctor explained them to us in these words (More on BalleBude stats):

Obviously, BB stats try to measure how good players are. However, one should keep in mind, they represent just one of many possible metrics and no metric is ever perfect. What I mean here is, it is possible for a very successful player winning almost every game to be not in the top ten, while somebody who does not win every game has a higher score.

The following values are considered by BB’s Xlrstats: skill, ratio and kills. Skill is the default ranking value.

Kills is the number of opponents a player has killed.

Ratio is calculated by dividing the kills of player by the number of deaths of the player (“kills/deaths”). A high kill ratio is an indicator for players who have been constantly performing well over their whole account life time. One can optimize ratio by playing very carefully and defensive, possibly by camping at good camping spots. The optimization strategy is obviously to survive as long as possible while killing other players. Ratio is a long-term value meaning, if you have a series of bad games, it will lower your ratio and it would take the same amount of very good games, to let ratio reach the previous value. In other words, it is possibly to ruin your ratio for a long time.

Skill, compared with ratio, is a much more dynamic value. Each player has a skill value (default 1000) and killing an opponent adds skill points while dying reduces skill points, both relative to the skill relationship between the player and it’s opponent. If you kill a more skilled player, you earn more points, while you lose more points if you are killed by a nobody. Similarly to the ratio, it helps if you don’t die often. But if you are really hell-bent on optimizing your skill points, you first have to check the skills of the other players before you would join a game. If you play against overrated (=”overskilled”) players, you will quickly earn points while you can lose many points if a good player decided to create a new account, starting with skill 1000. The skill value will react very quickly to your current level of playing, so one shouldn’t play if one is not a hundred percent focused.

Xlrstats support even more complicated metrics, e.g. one could define that a knife kill is more skilled than a sawed-off shotgun kill. Currently, these features are not used.

See also: Graph of *LAME* Clan Members’ Skills and Graph of *LAME* Clan Members’ Ratio.


Smokin’ Guns — Others

I’ve read the FAQ, but I have another question…

You can post your question in the comment form below, or you can post it directly in Smokin’ Guns Forum.


9 Responses to “FAQ — Frequently Asked Questions”

  1. JesseJames says:

    Tnx Jippi I will send him a mail back 🙂

  2. Jippi says:

    Solution found, it’s now working.

  3. JippiJaYeah says:

    Yes, there is a problem with Captcha. I work for a solution.

  4. JesseJames says:

    Yesterday Dike send this mail to me. Have anyone a solution to his problem?

    hey guys,

    i was about to post some stuff and tried to send the comment. i got a ‘captcha is wrong’ message 10 times at least. highsteric was trying to do the same and did not have any success either. it seems to be not browser related since we both use different ones (FF & chrome) – if this even COULD be the reason.

    quite a pity cos i had a message supposed to be sent before the daily DM commences :/

    hopefully you get this fixed somehow,

    best regards,


  5. Biondo says:

    You are right @spi, but I have had bad experiences with autoexec.cfg and other external config files. Actually I have 4 or 5 config files that I use for different functions (watching demos, recording movies, SG 1.0, SG 1.1b4, …), but for a newbie I think it’s easier to edit q3config.cfg (while always having a backup of it!).

    If you put video settings in your autoexec.cfg (for example: r_gamma) be sure that the last command issued is a video restart (vid_restart) or your settings will be ignored.

  6. @spi says:

    cool … but do you know that its more smartly, to place your config customisations not directly in you q3config.cfg, it works in most q3 based games placing an autoexec.cfg beside your q3config.cfg with your specific settings.
    This file is executed while the game start up like the autoexec.bat under dos (in good old times 😉


  7. Biondo says:

    Thank you very much Serbia! It’s nice to see that somebody appreciates our new FAQ.

    See you in game!

    • SERBIA says:

      New welcome Biondo. I really appreciate you guys. Also hello for you, @spi. I am also teaching some my friends from school to play Smokin’ Guns. I want to delete 100% Counter-Strike players. I really hate that game, I have played it only once and if you’re stuped in it everybody thinks you’re total noob in every game and they don’t let you even to look at school computers!
      Sorry for such long time to respond!

      Best wishes, your Darijan Mićić(in SG SERBIA)

  8. SERBIA says:

    Hello, *LAME* clan! I’m SERBIA in the game, probably you noticed me on Baller Bude. Nice you placed all FAQ’s on your site, so new guys to this game can learn stuffs here also. I have seen’t you recruited Whisky in your clan. Good choise. Anyway, I hope you the best! You have nice players and you can do a nice yob in killing others!

    Cheers, SERBIA

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