En Garde is a turn-based fencing game designed by master game designer Reiner Knizia and implemented in Second Life by Rifkin Habsburg. Two players face off in a duel involving wits, tactics, and bluffing.

All games are registered on the Procyon network, and all players are ranked on a ladder.

Basic Stats
  • Prims: The game uses just 16 prims.
  • Rights: Licensed (see below). You get the best of Copy- and Transfer-OK
  • Space: There are no space restrictions on the game. If you purchase multiple copies you can put them as close together as you like.

Each version comes with the following features:
  • HUD Controls The game table gives out free HUDs to all players
  • Weapons The game gives out free weapons. Also, you can create your own custom weapons for the game.
  • Unattended Play Having a host is not necessary. Players can start a game on their own at any time.
  • Remote Control A separate control unit lets you adjust, reset, and configure your game to your liking.
  • Free Upgrades Upgrades can be delivered to you via your remote. Your purchase comes with free upgrades for the life of the product.
  • Asset Protection System Your En Garde game unit is licensed and registered to you. If it is ever lost for any reason, you can get a new one, automatically. If your sim goes down or the asset server eats your entire inventory, you can replace your game with just one click. Use your En Garde remote to deliver new copies of the game directly to your inventory (see remote help for details). You can keep as many unrezzed copies as you like. You never have to worry about losing the game due to a rez error. If you wish to transfer the game, your license can be transferred to any other avatar free of charge. Read more in the Asset Protection FAQ
  • Scoreboard All En Garde games are registered on a central server, and your scoreboard shows an up-to-date ranking of all players. Touch your scoreboard to change its mode. In Global mode, the board shows the top layers in the world. In Local mode, only the people who have played on your board are shown. So you can see how you and your friends rank against each other, even if you aren’t a top player world-wide. Cycle mode switches between Local and Global.
    Tourney mode lets you run tournaments. You can place names on the board and dim them when players are eliminated.
    Scores are calculated differently in Local and Global mode. Local is simpler. You get one point per touch, and if you beat someone with more points than you, you get all their points. So if you beat the #1 player, you become the new #1. Points decay after 2 weeks.
    Global mode ranks players based on an algorithm similar to Google’s PageRank. You can read more about it in the Scoring FAQ.

Custom Textures
You can customize the appearance of your En Garde set with your own textures. The game is not mod-ok, but by dragging textures on to it you can change its look.
You must have textures that are copy- and mod-ok. To change the track texture, name your new texture “tile”. Click your game, then click “Set Texture”. Control-drag your new track texture onto the center space of the track. It will be tiled 23 times along the length of the track.
You can also change the appearance of the cards in the HUD. Make a texture called “card” and control-drag it the same way (on to the center space of the track). The texture must consist of 6 images: two across and three down. Here is a template texture you can copy so you’ll see what you have to do.

Custom Weapons
En Garde has an open weapons system. The game comes with a default weapon, the epeé. There are two scripts inside the epeé, “custom weapon” and “game interface”. Both of these scripts are copyable, so you can copy them to your own weapon. The “custom weapon” script is mod-ok. You can edit it to see how to trigger animations and sound effects from the game. You could make a weapon that had special attacks for double and triple-strength attacks, for example. You will have to provide all your own animations and special effects. But if you are a good animator or script writer you could make an awesome weapon!

A simpler option exists for people who just want to use their own swords. You can equip the standard epeé, but in a different location. You can even wear it as a HUD. It doesn’t matter where you attach it; as long as it is attached it will animate your avatar. Then you can wear your own sword as normal, and play the game like that.

Team Play
Buying a game gives you the right to make your own team. Get your friends to join and compete against other teams across the grid! You can name your team whatever you want.
Your game comes with a signup prim. Rez it wherever you want, and people can touch it to join your team. You can rez as many copies of the signup prim as you want. It’s also mod-ok, so you can change its texture; or, you can copy the sign-up script to your own objects.
If you already have a team (because you already own another Procyon game) then there’s no need to sign everyone up again. Your Procyon team works across all Procyon games.
To set your team name, wear your Remote and say “/8 teamname RIfkin’s Rapiers”, or whatever you want to name your team. Once your team name is set, it can’t be changed.

Video Tutorial
Included with your game is a video prim that will play a 5-minute video teaching the game to new players. You must have video stream privileges on your land, and the prim must be owned by the land owner to work (so if the land is group-owned, it must be deeded to the group). The video is also available on YouTube, and you can watch it here on this site.

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There are two En Garde licenses. You can upgrade your license at any time for the difference in price. The only difference between the two licenses is that the Personal License allows Free Play only. The Commercial license lets you charge people to play and/or award cash prizes.

For the solo fencing enthusiast who just wants his own copy of the game, to play with friends. The personal license gives you a complete game, suitable for home use.

The Commercial License has everything the Personal License has, but also allows players to contribute to a pot. You can set a rake, a minimum bet, and also operate your unit in Free Play mode, additionally giving out prizes to the winners.