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Encyclopedia > Capture the Flag

Capture the flag (CTF) is a traditional outdoor game often played by children or sometimes adults where two teams each have a flag (or other marker) and the objective is to capture the other team's flag, located at the team's "base", and bring it back to their own base. It is also a popular paintball game and a computer game. Capture the flag may refer to: Capture the flag, a traditional outdoor game often played by children where two teams each have a flag and the objective is to capture the other teams flag Capture the Flag, a song by the German thrash metal band Sodom from their 1990... For other uses, see Child (disambiguation). ... A woodsball player firing at opponents from behind cover. ...


One variation of the game includes a "jail" area in addition to the flag on each team's territory. If a member of one team gets tagged by a member of the second team in the second team's territory, the tagged person must sit in jail either for a pre-determined time limit, or until an untagged member runs through the jail. In some cases, particularly if the jail is far from the boundary line between territories, players may be allowed to form a "human chain" from the jail towards the boundary. This makes it easier to be "rescued", the more players are in jail. The purpose of this rule may be to reduce the possibility of games ending in a virtual stalemate: if one team has nearly all its players in jail, allowing the opposing team to focus exclusively on the remaining members, it can prevent them from effecting either the release of prisoners or the capture of the flag. With this variation, with mutual consent from both teams, "Jail Break!" may be called, and all players in jail have a chance to run to their respective sides to freedom. [1]

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Software and games

In 1992, Richard Carr released a MS-DOS based game called Capture the Flag. It is a turn based strategy game with real time network / modem play (or play-by-mail) based around the traditional outdoor game. Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Microsofts disk operating system, MS-DOS, was Microsofts implementation of DOS, which was the first popular operating system for the IBM PC, and until recently, was widely used on the PC compatible platform. ... It has been suggested that Real-time computing be merged into this article or section. ... For other uses, see Modem (disambiguation). ... Play-by-mail games are games, of any type, played through postal mail or e-mail. ...


A common gameplay mode called "Capture the Flag" is found in many first-person shooters such as Quake, Zdaemon, Unreal Tournament, Tribes, Halo: Combat Evolved, Call of Duty: United Offensive, Call of Duty 2, the TimeSplitters series (renamed "Capture The Bag"), and Metroid Prime Hunters. CTF is even in some sports games like the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series. Each team has a flag and the players attempt to take the enemy's flag from their base and bring it back to their own flag to score. CTF is most commonly played in multiplayer games. This article is about video games. ... Zombies attacking the player at the starting of Episode 1, Mission 3: The Necropolis. ... ... Unreal Tournament, abbreviated UT, (sometimes referred to as UT99, UT Classic, UT1, or UT:GOTY to differentiate from Unreal Tournament 2003, Unreal Tournament 2004, and Unreal Tournament 3) is a popular first-person shooter video game. ... For the biological concept, see tribe (biology). ... Halo: Combat Evolved, or simply Halo, is a video game in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, created by the Microsoft-owned Bungie Studios. ... Call of Duty: United Offensive is an expansion pack for the popular first-person shooter computer game, Call of Duty. ... Call of Duty 2 is a first-person shooter video game and sequel to the critically acclaimed game Call of Duty. ... For the race of creatures from the series see: TimeSplitters (race). ... Metroid Prime Hunters is a first-person shooter and adventure game for the Nintendo DS developed by NST, a Redmond-based first-party developer for Nintendo, and released on March 20, 2006. ... Tony Hawks Pro Skater (1999) is a skateboarding video game for PlayStation, Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, and N-Gage featuring professional skater Tony Hawk and the first in a series of such games. ... Online gaming redirects here. ...


Possibly the first First-person shooter to feature CTF was Rise of the Triad, released in 1994. One of the multiplayer modes was called Capture the Triad, and conforms to the objectives stated above for CTF games in first person shooters, with the exception that the items to be captured/defended were triad symbols. Note that in FPSes, unlike the children's game, players can be harmed irrespective of whether they are in their own base. This article is about video games. ... Rise of the Triad: Dark War (acronym is ROTT) is a first-person shooter video game that was first released on February 17, 1995 and developed by Apogee Software (now known as 3D Realms). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ...


CTF was popularized when it was first introduced as a modification to Quake by the company Threewave. CTF is also a popular mode in the Team Fortress and Team Fortress Classic mods for Quake and Half-Life respectively. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Zombies attacking the player at the starting of Episode 1, Mission 3: The Necropolis. ... Threewave Software is a videogame developer based in Vancouver, Canada. ... Team Fortress is a team and class based online multiplayer computer game modification based on id Softwares Quake. ... Team Fortress Classic (TFC or TF 1. ... Half-Life For a quantity subject to exponential decay, the half-life is the time required for the quantity to fall to half of its initial value. ...

Flag from CTF in the online game Quake 2

CTF mods are available for multiple first person shooters, including Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, which is a free download using the game engine from the popular Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory (ET) is a freeware first-person shooter (FPS) computer game, and a standalone sequel to Return to Castle Wolfenstein, created by Splash Damage. ...


Compared to a deathmatch game, CTF scenarios often feature some sort of transportation tool that can be used to travel faster and to reach areas which the player wouldn't normally be able to reach without this extra aid. Such tools might be a grappling hook (aka ninja rope) or a portable teleporter. In Battlefield 1942 CTF the many vehicles available in the game serve this role, though in ETF the vehicles move slower than the players, and are vulnerable objectives in most missions. The usual reason for including such equipment is because it allows players to outmaneuver the flag carrier on his way home, as the flag carrier is often not able to use transportation tools — or only certain vehicles such as in Unreal Tournament 2004 where only players in ground vehicles can hold and thus capture the flag, whereas using air vehicles or the translocater (a personal teleporter/grappling hook) will cause the player to drop the flag. This feature gives the defenders an edge, thus making the game sessions last a bit longer. Deathmatch (abbreviated DM) is a widely-used gameplay mode very well integrated into first-person shooter computer games. ... Battlefield 1942 is an expansive first-person shooter (FPS), set in World War II, developed by Digital Illusions CE and published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows (2002) and Apple Macintosh (2004). ...


In the MMORPG Runescape, paying members can play a mini-game called Castle Wars, which includes the basic principles of capture the flag. An image from World of Warcraft, one of the largest commercial MMORPGs as of 2004, based on active subscriptions. ... RuneScape is a Java-based MMORPG operated by Jagex Ltd. ...


There are also CTF variants for more than 2 teams (4 teams most commonly). In that case, the scoring system can vary greatly.


Computer security

In computer security, capture the flag is a computer security wargame. Each team is given a machine (or small network) to defend on an isolated network. Teams are scored on both their success in defending their assigned machine and on their success in attacking other team's machines. Depending on the nature of the particular CTF game, teams may either be attempting to take an opponent's flag from their machine or teams may be attempting to plant their own flag on their opponent's machine. CTF was popularized by the hacker conference DEF CON. Currently the DEF CON CTF competitions are run by Kenshoto. This article “Secure computing” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Contests are generally executed in a hotel ballroom or meeting room. A typical contest will have an area for each team playing, arranged around a central area reserved for the contest administrators. Projectors will display a scoreboard on the wall, which will be intermittently interrupted by witty or humorous video clips. Music is usually provided by a PA system during the contest.


CTF contests are usually designed to serve as an educational exercise to give participants experience in securing a machine, as well as conducting and reacting to the sort of attacks found in the real world. Reverse-engineering, network sniffing, protocol analysis, system administration, programming, and cryptanalysis are all skills which have been required by prior CTF contests at DEF CON.


CTF games often touch on many other aspects of information security, such as physical security, regulatory compliance, and software licensing. Successful teams generally have extensive industry experience and are capable of addressing these issues, even when raised by surprise in the middle of the contest.


An international, academic CTF has been hosted twice by University of California, Santa Barbara. The winner of the 2005 edition was the team from the Politecnico di Milano university in Italy. The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is a coeducational public university located on the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara County, California, USA. It is one out of 10 campuses of the University of California. ... Politecnico di Milano is the largest technical university in Italy with about 42,000 students. ...


A list of winners for some American capture the flag games can be found here.


Urban Gaming

Capture the Flag is among the games that have made a recent comeback among adults as part of the urban gaming trend (which includes games like Pacmanhattan and manhunt). The game is played on city streets and players use cellphones to communicate. News about the games spreads virally through the use of blogs and mailing lists. Urban Capture the Flag has been played in cities throughout North America. Urban Gaming Urban Gaming is the branch of computer games that combines real-world GPS and hand-held computers, like PDAs and cellphones. ... Pac-Manhattan is a real-life version of Pac-Man created in 2004. ... Manhunt refers to a number of variations on the game of tag, usually played at night and in an urban area. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A mailing list is a collection of names and addresses used by an individual or an organization to send material to multiple recipients. ...


See also

Botori is a Japanese game that was once played at naval, military and other schools. ... Flag-rush is a game similar to Botori, that was once played by the Sophomore and Freshman classes of Amherst College (Massachusetts). ...

references

  1. ^ http://usscouts.org/games/game_cf.asp

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