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November 26, 2015

0 A.D.

New Release: 0 A.D. Alpha 19 Syllepsis

Wildfire Games, an international group of volunteer game developers, proudly announces the release of “0 A.D. Alpha 19 Syllepsis”, the nineteenth alpha version of 0 A.D., a free, open-source game of ancient warfare. This alpha features building and siege engine capture, a new pathfinder, visual replay and more!

Easy Download and Install

Download and installation instructions are available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. 0 A.D. is free of charge and always will be. Although you might find some people selling copies of 0 A.D., either over the internet or on physical media, you will always have the option to download 0 A.D. completely gratis, directly from the developers.


Moreover, you can redistribute the game and modify it freely as long as you abide by the GPL. You can even use parts of the art and sound for your own projects as long as you abide by CC BY-SA. No “freemium” model, no in-game advertising, no catch.

New Gameplay Features in This Release

  • Building and Siege Engine Capture: Non-siege units can now capture buildings and siege engines. When you hover your mouse over an entity that can be captured, two crossed flags appear so you can issue a “capture” order. If you do, you will start gaining some of that entity’s “capture points” at a certain rate. (On screen, you will see your color taking up a greater proportion of the width of the entity’s capture bar.) Once you gain all of these points, you capture the entity, and it is yours! (Note: You can still specify a regular attack on buildings and siege engines by holding CTRL when right-clicking on a target.) There is currently no animation for the units which are capturing, that will be added in a later version.
  • New Victory Modes: “Conquest Structures” (destroy or capture all enemy structures to win) and “Conquest Units” (destroy all enemy units to win).
  • Ceasefire Game Mode: The game can be set so that all players are completely unable to attack their enemies for a predetermined time at the start of a game.
  • Attack Coordination: Players can request allies (including bots) to attack a specific enemy by clicking a button next to the player name in the diplomacy window. Also, Petra AI now supports attack coordination.
  • Petra AI now warns its allies when it needs a tribute and lets them know when it advances to a new phase.
  • The Ptolemaic lighthouse now has its special feature implemented: It reveals the shore on the entire map.
  • New Skirmish Maps: Tuscan Acropolis (for 4 players; map preview), Northern Island (for 2 players; map preview), and Alpine Mountains (for 3 players; map preview).

Graphics and User Interface

  • Increased Maximum Map Height: The engine now supports an eight times greater range of terrain heights, allowing for the creation of maps with more diverse and impressive landscapes.
  • Visual Replay: Re-run a game and understand what took place in real time.
  • Aura Visualization: Units affected by an aura are now marked with an icon when the aura giver is selected.
  • New animals: New mastiff and wolfhound units have been added as well as a new rhinoceros.
  • The Roman units now have voices in Latin. Voice actors and people with knowledge in ancient languages are invited to contribute more voices to the game!

Under the Hood

  • New Pathfinder: The pathfinder is the component of the game engine that picks a route for a unit to move along from its current location to its target location, so that it does not collide with other units or with structures or with impassable terrain. The new pathfinder improves performance, but at the same time, it also introduces some new bugs. We have done as much as we could to ensure it was bug-free, but please report anything unusual!
  • XML Validation: In 0 A.D., the behavior of units, buildings and other world objects is defined by their components, such as cost, health and more. All of these are described in XML files. The “grammar” of the XML files is now checked for correctness before being used by the game engine, which helps prevent technical problems.
  • The generic Hellenic and Celtic factions have been removed.
  • Linux users, please be advised that SDL2 is now enabled by default on Linux.

Getting Support

Please see the “Get Support” page on our website to find ways to get help from the active and friendly 0 A.D. community.

We are well aware there is some room for improvement in 0 A.D. Some known issues are: Lag, visual glitches or textures not loaded, missing animations and more. When you provide feedback, we would ask you to focus on some of the other points that could be improved. Thanks.

Please Contribute!

We are seeking volunteer contributors in programming, art, sound, documentation and more. Programmers are especially welcome and can get started immediately.

Interested? Log onto #0ad-dev on QuakeNet on IRC and meet the developers. Also, you are invited to register on our forums and start participating!

Why “Syllepsis”?

We name our releases according to development status (“Alpha” or “Beta”), successive release number (1, 2, 3, …) and a word relating to the ancient world, in alphabetical order (“Argonaut” for A, “Bellerophon” for B, …).

“Syllepsis” relates to 0 A.D. as it means “capture” in Greek, and refers to the building and siege engine capture feature implemented in this version (Thanks, bouke!).

For the next alpha, we welcome fan suggestions for words relating to the ancient world beginning with the letter T. Keep it original and related to the time frame portrayed in 0 A.D. (appx. 500 BC – 1 BC)!

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Contact info for press, bloggers, etc.: aviv@wildfireATHENSgames.com without the capitalized name of a Greek city.

by feneur at November 26, 2015 05:03 PM

November 25, 2015

FreeGamer

Top 3 Open Source Pinball Games


The first flipper pinball machine was released 68 years and 1 month ago and yet there is only a handful of open source, cross-platform pinball video games available! Oh well, let's take them for a spin, shall we?

Nexus Pinball



Started only a month ago, Nova Pinball's simple sole 2D table is a lot of fun and development has made good progress.

Emilia Pinball



The ancient 3D Emilia Pinball project has a recent fork on GitHub that adds more tables (the last official release had only 2, the new one has 5).

The game has 4 perspectives (F5-F8)


The models are very low-poly, which is fine and fast but the textures are sinfully low-resolution. However editing textures appears to be simple in existing tables, simply by overwriting them with higher-resolution files, as demonstrated with the angry gnu head in the screenshot above.

Creating new tables requires an editor, which I unfortunately was not able to compile yet (possibly due to lack of old Qt libraries).



There is a zombie/horror/Halloween table, which unfortunately contains non-free content.

Linball



The 2D Linball table is crazy fast but suffers from some sounds ripped from proprietary games (maybe there's more non-free content).

Honorable mentions


Sadly, Visual Pinball only runs on Windows (wine page).


Vector Pinball for Android unfortunately has no instructions for desktop/Linux compilation.



Devil's Pinball is a Blender-made pinball table. It's quite buggy when played in recent Blender and there is no license information.

by noreply@blogger.com (Iwan Gabovitch) at November 25, 2015 03:03 PM

0 A.D.

0 A.D. Financial Report, November 2015

In the interest of transparency, the Wildfire Games team would like to report on the finances of the project as of 2015-11-25.

0 A.D. has funds in three places:

  1. Funds earmarked for the project and held in trust by US-based non-profit organization Software in the Public Interest, Inc. (hereafter “SPI”);
  2. A private account in the US, under the name of former project leader, Jason Bishop (Wijitmaker). This account is a legacy of the time before we became affiliated with SPI;
  3. Flattr, a Sweden-based microdonation provider.

SPI Earmark for 0 A.D.

As of 2015-10-31, the 0 A.D. earmark is USD 34,410.05.

  • Web hosting costs about USD 85-90 per month, or USD 1,000 a year, and are paid directly from these funds.
  • Some of these funds (approximately USD 5,200) will soon go towards reimbursing Erik Johansson (feneur) who has bought the perks we promised our donors.
  • We know donors have been waiting for their perks for a long time. We sincerely apologize for the long delay in perk fulfillment.

Other Accounts

In our “legacy” US bank account, we have USD 332.82.

On Flattr, we have EUR 619.75 available, which are approximately USD 662.27.

Total

In total, we have approximately 35,405.14 USD in all three accounts.

Concluding Remarks

The 0 A.D. project finances are managed by the Treasury Committee: Erik (“feneur”), Adarash (“MishFTW”) and Aviv (“Jeru”). We welcome your comments and suggestions on the forums.

by Jeru at November 25, 2015 09:50 AM

November 23, 2015

FAR Colony

Alpha 10 -iteration #05: Full Week Report (in addition of the Nov. 17 post)

The calculations are completed for the two Energy Generation Modes; Nuclear Fission and Photon Energy. They were previously partially implemented in game, especially for Nuclear Fission.
Additionally they fully support technological improvement by taking into account the mastering and the development level from their related and required technosciences.

Beside that, the products and infrastructures now, also fully support their required tech too, included those for their custom effects, if there is any.
It is not yet supported by the production system itself, but it will be after I completed the audit / expansion phase and updated the interface, interface that will also take into account the requirements for building the infrastructures.

To put comptability with the calculations for energy output, I also integrated technosciences and development levels into the data structure of the space units. Their design integrate more than one technoscience due to the modularity of it, in the contrary of the monolithic single technoscience requirement for products and infrastructures.
Of course, no space unit design exists in the game yet (I use hardcoded data for now) since it is a 0.7.0 future feature, after the completion of the ten iterations if the current 0.6.x version, but spacecrafts are in game already and the built side of data structure must support the technosciences. So it is now, a thing to not do anymore for the 0.7.0 :).

So what's next? The last phase of the audit of the production system; the resource spots.  After that I finally work the interface, better late than never isn't it?

Stay tuned

by Jeff B (noreply@blogger.com) at November 23, 2015 12:03 AM