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TORCS Endurance World Championship 2012 Roundup

Friday, January 11th, 2013

I created a video covering the last championship, if you are interested you can watch it here.

Enjoy, Bernhard.

We Won Second Place!

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

0 A.D. has just won second place in IndieDB’s Player’s Choice for Upcoming Indie of the Year contest for 2012.

Thanks so much to all the wonderful fans who voted for us! This is a huge vote of confidence in the project, and a huge encouragement for the developers.

With your help, we hope to make an even larger splash in 2013.

And of course, congratulations to the winner, Path of Exile, which like 0 A.D., is entirely free of charge to download and play. Hats off!

Indie of the Year Awards

Championship 2013 is ready to sign in

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

I wish you all and your families merry Christmas and a happy new year. As a little gift I uploaded 2 new TORCS songs, TORCS2 and TORCS3, I created them for 2 TORCS videos. The menu song of TORCS is as well available.

I set up as well the Championship for the next year, you can find details here. To warm you up/get you going test races are offered.

Another thing: I did recently a 100000 km practice session (took around 3 hours real time to complete) and endurance race in the command line mode (took around 3 days real time), it worked like a charm. Btw. the simulation time is stored as double in TORCS, so I expect the simulation to start to struggle in the range around 1 and 10 million simulated days;-) So you can do pretty extreme things with the current version.

I hope to meet some of you guys in the championship, see you next year.

Bernhard

New Release: 0 A.D. Alpha 12 Loucetios

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Wildfire Games, an international group of volunteer game developers, proudly announces the release of “0 A.D. Alpha 12 Loucetios”, the twelfth alpha version of 0 A.D., a free, open-source game of ancient warfare. This alpha features diplomacy, packing siege engines, super fancy water 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.

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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.

Please Vote for Us in the Indie of the Year 2012 Contest!

If you care about 0 A.D., please vote for us in the second round of the Indie of the Year 2012 contest.

Under “Upcoming games of 2012″, under “Real Time Strategy”, you need to click the word “VOTE” on the left of “0 A.D.”

Voting continues until December 21st. Thanks in advance, from all of us in Wildfire Games.

Top New Gameplay Features in This Release:

  • Diplomacy: Determine if you and another human player are allies, enemies or neutral to each other, and change this relationship in mid-game as you see fit. If you downgrade the relationship, the change is automatically mutual (i.e., by turning someone into your enemy, you automatically become their enemy); But if you try to upgrade relations, as in forging an alliance, you need the other side to explicitly agree. (As of Alpha 12, AI players will not react to diplomacy changes at all. We hope to add this in the future.) (See screenshot below.)
  • Packing Siege Engines: Certain siege engines need to be in a “packed” state to be moved from place to place, and in a stationary “unpacked” state to be able to fire. Moving a siege engine between these states is called “packing” and “unpacking”, and takes time, during which the siege engine can neither move nor fire. (This is important for both realism and balance, as siege engines can inflict lots of damage.)
  • Formation Order Queueing: Allows giving units several tasks to carry out in order, e.g.: (1) Build a house here, then (2) move near to the other player’s territory, (3) build a army camp there and then (4) attack the fortress first and then (5) go straight for the civic center. All these orders can be given in one sequence by pressing “shift” and right-clicking the relevant parts of the map in order.
  • Heroes are back, but now each player can have only up to one living hero at any time.
  • Slaughter Attack: All domestic animals are killed with melee weapons, even by otherwise ranged units. This speeds up meat harvesting.
  • Unit Training Hotkeys: If you select a building that can train units, and then hit “Z”, it is as if you clicked the first unit training button on the left on the GUI; “X” for the second button from the left, “C” for the third, etc., up to the letter “M”.
  • New Match Setup Options: Choose the population cap and the amount of resources players will start out with.
  • Five New Random Maps: Nomad, Syria, Corinthian Isthmus, Belgian Uplands, and English Channel.

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Graphics and User Interface Improvements:

  • Improved Water Rendering: The new, “super-fancy” water includes the white foam of waves crashing onto the shore, it can be much wavier, and it casts surface and underwater shadows.
  • Post-Processing Manager: Recent changes enable features such as distance fog, bloom and more. (See screenshots below. Top left is default. Effects on bottom right exaggerated for demonstration purposes.) No less importantly, the post-processing manager is extremely moddable, so from now on, developers can very easily add new visual effects to 0 A.D. using existing code from other projects. For an example, see the Bokeh Depth of Field effect shown below.
  • Rubble appears when you destroy a building (see screenshots below).
  • We have also added icons to the tooltips, instead of names of resources like “Food” and “Wood” and time units like “seconds” (see screenshot below).

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Music and Sound:

  • New song: “Calm Before the Storm”, meant to be played in menu screens.
  • Recent changes to the audio improve the way music sounds, and ensure it is heard in stereo.

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 “Loucetios”?

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, …).

Loucetios was a Gallic god related to storms and lightning, that was identified with the Roman god of war, Mars. He is often found accompanied by the goddess Nemetona, as part of a divine couple.

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

Happy Holiday Season!

Just for fun, we’ve made up this character, who is like Santa Claus, except he is skinnier, he wears thick glasses and has a penchant for hiding in large crowds.

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Can you find him in this winter-themed screenshot?

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Long Time, No Siege

Wildfire Games will keep releasing new versions of 0 A.D. from time to time. Watch our news feed to get updates, or follow us by e-mail, RSS, Facebook or Twitter. And you’re always welcome to join the 0 A.D. community on our forums.

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Contact info for press, bloggers, etc.: aviv@wildfireODYSSEYgames.com without the name of Homer’s ancient Greek epic written in all caps.

Interview with Cheerful Ghost

Friday, December 14th, 2012

We have just conducted an interview with Jon from Cheerful Ghost. Nothing really new for people who have been following the project closely, but it covers all the basics for newcomers.

jdodson: Do you want to believe in the Loch Ness Monster?

Aviv: It would be interesting if what people saw was actually a relic of an ancient civilization in Loch Ness.

Read the whole thing.

Please Vote for Us Again in IOTY 2012!

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Just a few days ago, we made it once more to the top 100 indie games on Indie DB!

Thanks for your support, but we need your help to vote for us one more time to win a top prize.

Please vote for us in the second round of the Indie of the Year contest.

Under “Upcoming games of 2012″, under “Real Time Strategy”, you need to click the word “VOTE” on the left of “0 A.D.”

Thanks in advance, and may the odds be ever in 0 A.D.’s favor.

Welcome to the New 0 A.D. Website!

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Wildfire Games proudly presents the new 0 A.D. website, a new showcase for the game and FOSS project we have all grown to love.

You’ll notice that the content has been redone, the design better reflects the interface within the game 0 A.D., and it is easier to get to download the version of 0 A.D. that is right for you.

New Address

The new website is available on http://play0ad.com.

Please point your RSS readers to the new website if needed.

(The old website will remain at http://www.wildfiregames.com/0ad for posterity and so as not to break any links to old pages. We’ll put up a notice soon.)

New Features

A new game manual, with video tutorials, is available on the new website, to help newbies negotiate the complexities of an RTS game. (Thanks, BrynnOfCastlegate!)

Also, the global navigation on the top right corner will help surfers navigate between the main website, intended for a broad audience, and the forums and development wiki, which are usually for hardcore fans and developers.

For the more technically inclined readers, the current website runs on WordPress and conforms to modern web standards, which is important and a big step forward from our older website.

Credits

A huge round of applause goes to the team members who made this thing happen:

  • Geek377
  • Brian Stempin (bstempi)
  • GerbilOFDoom
  • Ludovic Celle (Ludo38)
  • Michael Hafer (Mythos_Ruler), and
  • Pureon

Please enjoy and give feedback on the new website on our forums!

TORCS, vote for project of the month

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

If you like to support TORCS to get the project of the month vote here.
Update: I removed the link because the vote is closed now, the winner is DOSBox, congratulations. Thank you for your votes, maybe we make it another time.
Bernhard

Indie of the Year 2012

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

It’s that time of year again.

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For those unfamiliar with the event, each year ModDB and IndieDB hold a contest for the best mods and indie games of the year.

In previous years we have been nominated for the Editor’s Choice: Best Upcoming Indie (2008), won third place for Indie Game of the Year (2009) and received an Honorable Mention for Players’ Choice: Best Upcoming Indie (2010).

We’ve come a long way this year too. Just think about it: A year ago we had no Romans in the game, and Hellenes and Celts were grouped into one faction each. There were no technologies or civilization phases, no trading system, and none of the amazing newly implemented graphical effects like specularity, ambient occlusion, etc.

As always, we want to win! More publicity means more players and probably more developers joining development, which is always great.

The nominations for the Top 100 have just begun, and will be ongoing until December 11th.

Please vote for us!

Thanks in advance, from all of us on the 0 A.D. development team, also known as Wildfire Games.

Indie of the Year 2012

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

It’s that time of year again.

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For those unfamiliar with the event, each year ModDB and IndieDB hold a contest for the best mods and indie games of the year.

In previous years we have been nominated for the Editor’s Choice: Best Upcoming Indie (2008), won third place for Indie Game of the Year (2009) and received an Honorable Mention for Players’ Choice: Best Upcoming Indie (2010).

We’ve come a long way this year too. Just think about it: A year ago we had no Romans in the game, and Hellenes and Celts were grouped into one faction each. There were no technologies or civilization phases, no trading system, and none of the amazing newly implemented graphical effects like specularity, ambient occlusion, etc.

As always, we want to win! More publicity means more players and probably more developers joining development, which is always great.

The nominations for the Top 100 have just begun, and will be ongoing until December 11th.

Please vote for us!

Thanks in advance, from all of us on the 0 A.D. development team, also known as Wildfire Games.