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Getting Started

Thank you for taking the time to read this document. This manual contains important information regarding this release, including installation instructions, troubleshooting tips, gameplay information, listings of what works and what doesn't, and important copyright information. Please read this document thoroughly before playing Generations Arena.


Full, registered version of QuakeIIIArena installed.
Quake3 v1.32 Point Release. This version of Generations Arena has been compiled under the 1.32 source.

128MB or more of system memory. Maximum performance can be attained by setting Q3A's com_hunkmegs to two-thirds of your available system memory. Normal com_hunkmegs values range from 90 to 128; higher values are not needed but won’t hurt either.
OpenGL-compatible video card with 16MB of memory or higher. Users may need to reduce certain graphics options, including dynamic lights, to increase performance. A GeForce-class or better video card is highly recommended.


Double-click on the .exe file to begin the installation program. The installation will request an installation directory. By default, this location is "C:\Program Files\Quake III Arena\generations". You may use the Browse button to point the installation to your Quake3 folder. However, it is recommended that you maintain the \generations portion of the path. For example, if Quake3 is installed in C:\Games\Quake3, change the installation to "C:\Games\Quake3\generations".

The installer will copy the necessary files to the \generations folder underneath the Quake3 directory. These files include the .PK3 files necessary to play the game, as well as server configuration files, class-specific configuration files, this readme, and a more detailed manual.

If you are installing an update patch or opted for a zip version then unzip the files into your existing generations folder to install. Be sure to check the troubleshooting.txt file if you have difficulty running Generations after initial installation.


It is recommended to use a shortcut to start Generations Arena as opposed to selecting it from the Mods menu under Quake3. If you do not have a shortcut then create one using the following arguments:

"C:\Program Files\Quake III Arena\quake3.exe" +set com_hunkmegs 128 +set fs_game generations

Substitute the appropriate drive letter and Quake 3 folder for your installation. Mac and Linux users should alter the arguments appropriately. Consult your Q3A documentation.


Generations Arena operates remarkably similar to QuakeIIIArena. The major difference lies in the generation, or class, you choose to play as.

When you first connect to a server (or start up a local game) you’ll be floating as a spectator, with a menu of available classes. Just select one, and you’ll join play in a second or two. Your class will stay with you until you decide to change it for as long as you play (unless you selected the random class option). For Teamplay games you will have to choose which team to join after selecting your class. At any time during play use the Escape key to bring up the in-game menu to select from a list of control options, Player options, and Team options.

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