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Open source strategy game Unknown Horizons is in need of developers

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Unknown Horizons, an open source strategy game that has been around for quite some time is currently in need of help.

A developer emailed me to request an article about it, and I'm always happy to help an open source game.

They need Python Developers for the game and c/c++ coders for the engine. If you're looking for a project to help with in your spare time this could be your gig.

About the game
Unknown Horizons: is a 2D realtime strategy simulation with an emphasis on economy and city building. Expand your small settlement to a strong and wealthy colony, collect taxes and supply your inhabitants with valuable goods. Increase your power with a well balanced economy and with strategic trade and diplomacy.

You can find the game on github here, and the game engine they use here. Article taken from
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MayeulC 21 Jun, 2016
@Andrei B. There is always the possibility of implementing a python interface to an existing engine. Python has some quite good C bindings, it is a plus for the engine; and the game can still enjoy its customizability.

I would like to know what are the missing pieces of the engine. What exactly needs improvement? Where are you heading to?
Is it "just" a matter of fixing every issue on the GitHub tracker?

Edit : until now, in the comments, we focused on the engine itself. While this is the most interesting area for me personally, there might be a good chunk of work that needs to be done on the game itself, according to liam. This is probably an easier starting point, with python's entry barrier a bit lower than C.

Last edited by MayeulC on 21 June 2016 at 4:47 pm UTC
Andrei B. 22 Jun, 2016
@M@yeulC: I think I was misunderstood. I'm not saying that the engine is not good.

It's just that it takes so much energy to learn a new engine each time you want to contribute to a new game.

I think my message is better suited for new games. Oh well..
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