Reclaimed, a uDG 2008 contest entry

March 6th, 2009| Posted by Andy Korth
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Hello all, it’s been a while since our last blog post; I’ve been working on a contest entry called Reclaimed, and finally finished it!



You wake up on the surface of an unfamiliar planet… The last thing you remembered was the doors of the escape pod closing in front of you, and flames filling the window. As you look around, you can see another escape pod entering the atmosphere, leaving a trail of smoke. There are other survivors on this virgin world.. and more landing every day. Thousands were on your ship, now can you work together to survive.. to rebuild…

Reclaimed is a multiplayer role playing game that I wrote in about three months. In Reclaimed, you are given an open world, and it is yours to explore and build in, however you’d like. Unlike many traditional RPGs, Reclaimed focuses on building and player interaction over combat. It has a persistent world, so your creations will be viewed by other players! Reclaimed is influenced by games such as A Tale in the Desert, Dwarf Fortress, Eve Online, and various muds.

Just run it, and it’ll start the game. Reclaimed requires a 1280×800 or better display.. otherwise some stuff gets cut off.

On a Mac, I recommend the app bundle, it seems like a much nicer interface… no certificates to accept, etc:

Here’s the Java web start, which will run on a Mac, Windows, or Linux. 

Here’s a quick readme, converted into a pdf: 

For more help, check out our first fan site!

Enjoy, and I am looking forward to hearing feedback! Please vote for Reclaimed in the contest. It’s just a few checkboxes!


  1. Christopher Weeks
    March 10th, 2009 at 18:39
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    When I click on the .jnlp, Firefox on XP just opens it as a doc rather than launching the game. Am I supposed to save it or something?

  2. andykorth
    March 10th, 2009 at 19:21
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    Hi, try saving it to your computer and then running it with the java web start program. You need Java installed, but you’ve probably already got it.

  3. Arwym
    April 6th, 2009 at 11:30
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    — Been wanting to try this game, but every time I launch it it suddenly stops responding, before I can see anything. I only hear a sound for a second or two, and then it stops. 🙁 What I am doing is ‘open’ the .jnlp file, nothing else. I am assuming those are the instructions.

  4. Andy Korth
    April 7th, 2009 at 10:10
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    It sounds like you’re doing everything correctly Arwym. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to do much testing on Windows. It seems like people occasionally have problems, and I am not sure why. If you can get any error messages to me, that would be very helpful in letting me track this down. I’ve had it work okay on Windows XP and Vista, but I have only tested on a few machines. If you run the jnlp file with javaws on your command line, you might get some debugging information.

    Thanks for your interest!

  5. Arwym
    April 7th, 2009 at 16:00
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    I don’t get any errors at simple sight, so I’ll try what you suggest in the command line and report back to you. 🙂

    I forgot to inform you that my system is precisely Windows Vista. Also, my Java version is up to date. If that helps.

    Well, I’ll come back here once I have some info.

  6. Arwym
    April 7th, 2009 at 20:07
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    Arwym :
    I don’t get any errors at simple sight, so I’ll try what you suggest in the command line and report back to you.
    I forgot to inform you that my system is precisely Windows Vista. Also, my Java version is up to date. If that helps.
    Well, I’ll come back here once I have some info.

    Okay. I don’t know much about the javaws command, but I searched and found some official information. I managed to run the file with it. The only option I used is -online, as I didn’t know what else would help. I don’t understand everything I read. So I ran the file, and nothing different happened. I thought I’d get some information after the file was closed, but no. I’m having to force the program’s closing because, as I explained, it doesn’t respond. It ‘freezes’. So there’s no other way.

    When I use the javaws command alone, a window with some information shows up. I took a screenshot. If any of that helps, let me know, and I’ll upload it so you can see.

  7. Andy Korth
    April 7th, 2009 at 20:56
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    Hmm. Okay, I was hoping some logging information might show up, but I guess not.

    I did figure out how to get logging to work on windows. Unfortunately it is a bit more complicated than I hoped. If you’d like to give it a try and email me the log file that it generates, I should be able to track down the problem.

    First, you need to turn logging on for java web start. To do this, open up the file and edit it. In windows vista, it should be in /Users/yourName/Application Data/Sun/Java/Deployment/ I really hope that it didn’t move around too much in Vista.

    Once you find the file, add the following line to it:

    Now, try double clicking on the jnlp file. It should start up as before, and probably freeze just like before. After you force close it, there should be a log/javawsSomething.log file. That one should be full of useful stuff, and email it to me at andy at

    If it doesn’t work.. don’t worry about it too much. It’s worked on the latest java on Vista for some people, but maybe I can track down someone with problems whose machine I can use.

  8. Arwym
    April 8th, 2009 at 09:51
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    I think I did it. But I have more than one file. Some end with .log.lck, and the others are text files. The text files have some information. Like, “Loading music…”, “Connection established”, etc. Which should I send you?

  9. Andy Korth
    April 8th, 2009 at 09:58

    Definitely the ones with text like “Loading music..” would be helpful, but any of them might help, so feel free to send them all if they aren’t too big. Otherwise, just send the text files. If the lck files are lock files, they might be empty- in that case, don’t worry about em.

  10. Arwym
    May 3rd, 2009 at 09:03

    Hey Andy,

    I’ve forgotten to get back to you. Just letting you know that I’m still having trouble running the game. The same thing keeps happening. 🙁

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