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Wildfire Games, an international community of volunteer game
developers, has launched
an Indiegogo campaign support
0 A.D., a free, open-source RTS game of ancient
The campaign comes after years into development of the game,
done almost entirely by dozens of volunteers. The Indiegogo
campaign for PC/Mac/Linux ends October 20th, 2013.
The developers of 0 A.D. hope to set an important precedent for
software freedom in computer games. In the fundraiser pitch, they
write that the gaming industry need not be dominated by
closed-sourced, proprietary games.
"We think gamers should be allowed to learn how their games
work, change them, share them and redistribute their works. This
freedom to tinker is what free, open-source software is all about
and so we hope a lot of people tinker with 0 A.D. Just
imagine what wonderful things might come out of it," the developers
The announcement of the fundraiser coincides with the release of
“0 A.D. Alpha 14 Naukratis”, the
fourteenth alpha version of 0 A.D. Free downloads of the latest
version for Windows, Linux and the Mac are available at
Fundraising pitch video:
0 A.D. original soundtrack (featuring live instruments, all
entirely contributed by volunteers):
About 0 A.D.
100% free, open-source software: 0 A.D is free of
charge and always will be. It is also completely free to
redistribute and mod under the GPL. No “freemium”
model, no in-game advertising, no catch.
Cross-platform: 0 A.D. runs on Windows, Linux
and Mac OS X.
12 civilizations: Each has unique appearance and
gameplay, including units, structures, and technology trees.
Citizen soldiers: Some infantry and cavalry
units can not only fight, but also gather resources and construct
buildings, making them substantially more versatile than in typical
Combat experience matters: The more time your
citizen soldiers spend fighting your enemies, the higher they go up
the ranks. With each rank, they become stronger, but they also get
worse at civilian tasks.
Technology tradeoffs: Some technologies are
arranged in pairs, and within each pair, you can only research one
technology at most in each game. This choice is irreversible, so
Excellent moddability: From new computer opponent
behaviors to extra civilizations, easily create your own
modifications (mods) of 0 A.D. by editing game files, all freely
available in standard, open formats.
0 A.D. (pronounced zero-ey-dee) is an open-source
war/economy RTS game featuring several ancient civilizations at
their prime, from Greece and Rome to Carthage and Persia. 0 A.D. is
under development by Wildfire Games, an international team of
volunteers. It will always be available free of charge and its
development process is open for all to see and participate in.