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0 A.D. development moves to open source


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#1 feneur

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 09:23 PM

0 A.D. is a free, real-time strategy game currently under development by Wildfire Games. It's cross-platform, 3D and historically-based. Wildfire Games is switching from a closed development process to open source, making the game's code available as GPL and the art content available as CC-BY-SA. People are encouraged to reuse and learn from and improve our work. We are not releasing a playable game, but we want to show what we have achieved and make it easier for more people to get involved in bringing it closer to completion.

Check out our open source page for more details and info on how you can contribute.

Questions? Check out the developers forum and wiki.


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#2 Banoffee

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 12:46 AM

Have u released the files yet?
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#3 anti-trend

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 11:48 AM

This is amazing news! I will syndicate it for you. :) I think this will help a lot both in terms of progress and general interest. Very good move.
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#4 janwas

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 12:29 PM

Have u released the files yet?

Yes, details are given in the Getting Started guide, which is referenced from the open-source page mentioned above.

This is amazing news! I will syndicate it for you.

Thanks :)
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#5 dankl__

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 03:59 PM

the installation went smoothy but for some reason none of the buttons work in game
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#6 dankl__

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 10:17 PM

nevermind its fixed
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#7 Daxos232

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 10:31 PM

okay, i'm confused. So now theyre not actually going to finish the game, theyre just releasing the source code?
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#8 Brightgalrs

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 10:59 PM

okay, i'm confused. So now theyre not actually going to finish the game, theyre just releasing the source code?

Go wikipedia the phrase "open source"...
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#9 Daxos232

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 11:15 PM

i know what open source means. but thanks anyways.
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#10 Mythos_Ruler

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 03:38 AM

Open Source developers (people who download the source of the game and code with it) who are not actually part of the Wildfire Games development team will submit patches to us. We'll evaluate them, then add the patches to the game if they are stable and helpful. We even have a task manager system called "Trac" that twe've opened to the public with over a hundred "tickets" (tasks) that Open Sourcers can immediately begin working on if they so wish.

We fully intend to release a completed, full-featured game. Going Open Source is a step that could help us achieve the goal of delivering an enjoyable video game into the hands of our long-suffering fan base. :)
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#11 M1AU

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 09:40 AM

This is great news! Keep it up.
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#12 Belisarivs

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 11:31 AM

Just wanted to inform you that packagers for openSUSE are notified about this, so openSUSE users can expect repository somewhat soon.
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#13 shumushin

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 12:47 PM

Great news! Good move! What about some Ubuntu packages for early testers? :)
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#14 mattie

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 01:09 PM

this is great news! and kind of unexpected :) but very good. the game looks so good you will certainly attract some new developers
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#15 Ykkrosh

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 01:22 PM

Currently the game isn't really suitable for packaging for users - there isn't much of a playable game, and the code isn't particularly clean or stable or well-tested, and the idea is primarily to make it available for developers who can compile and debug it themselves. User-friendly packages would be very useful in the future, but for now it seems a bit premature :)
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#16 Brightgalrs

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 06:41 PM

Simply playing around in the editor and modding a few units is really awesome.
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#17 el_zoona

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 07:04 PM

This is really amazing news! I think this was the perfect choice, hope this will end in one of the most amazing RTS.
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#18 leg25

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 11:04 PM

ei look friends i've this is stupid by me but i can't seem to download and test the game
can someone help me
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#19 Mythos_Ruler

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 11:47 PM

Read this all the way through, m8

http://trac.wildfire...rtoiseSVN_Guide
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#20 Imperial

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 12:35 AM

I can't wait until the games out of the testing stages!
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