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0 A.D. Alpha 19 “Syllepsis” Released

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A new alpha release of the open source RTS 0 A.D. has just been released. The new release has various technical improvements and a couple of new gameplay and AI features.

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The biggest feature in this release is also indicated by its name. Syllepsis means “capture” in Greek and capturing is indeed directly related to this new release. You can now capture enemy buildings and siege engines and make them part of your great empire. There are also two new victory conditions: “Conquest Structures” and “Conquest Units” in which you have to destroy/capture all enemy structures or units respectively to win.

Players can also turn on Ceasefire Mode for their games which will prevent players from attacking each other until the ceasefire period ends. This will prevent early game rush attacks and allows you to focus more on economy in the beginning of a game.

There are also some improvements behind the scenes. You can coordinate attacks using the in-game diplomacy system and this functionality also works with Petra AI, one of the more sophisticated 0 A.D. AIs. The Petra AI will also inform its allies when it advances in tech level and if it needs resources. A new pathfinder system has also been implemented and should now be less resource intensive. In the past versions moving huge armies made the game slow down significantly but now the performance should be at least slightly better. 0 A.D. has also made the switch to SDL2, allowing you to alt-tab in and out of the game.

There aren't any new civilizations in this release but there are a couple of new skirmish maps. Also, the voice acting of the Romans has been redone in Latin. Most of the civilizations lack voice acting in their own language but all progress on this front is definitely welcome.

You can read the official release announcement here: http://play0ad.com/new-release-0-a-d-alpha-19-syllepsis/ Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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MayeulC 26 November 2015 at 7:42 pm UTC
Quote0 A.D. has also made the switch to SDL2, allowing you to alt-tab in and out of the game
This is very much appreciated

I am also quite curious about the new pathfinder; last time I tried, it was pretty buggy, especially for boats, or on rough terrain.
Segata Sanshiro 26 November 2015 at 8:05 pm UTC
Is there currently or are there plans to implement an econo-political system? That's just a must have for me and strategy games, not really the military type. Prefer wiping out my advisories with the pen instead of the sword. If they do, then I might actually finally download this after many years of seeing it out there.
Liam Dawe 26 November 2015 at 8:22 pm UTC
Segata SanshiroIs there currently or are there plans to implement an econo-political system? That's just a must have for me and strategy games, not really the military type. Prefer wiping out my advisories with the pen instead of the sword. If they do, then I might actually finally download this after many years of seeing it out there.

Highly doubtful, as the game very much revolves around combat. Would be very weird in a game like this to have that.
Segata Sanshiro 26 November 2015 at 11:05 pm UTC
TheBoss
Segata SanshiroIs there currently or are there plans to implement an econo-political system? That's just a must have for me and strategy games, not really the military type. Prefer wiping out my advisories with the pen instead of the sword. If they do, then I might actually finally download this after many years of seeing it out there.

Highly doubtful, as the game very much revolves around combat. Would be very weird in a game like this to have that.

Damn. Ah well. I'll still try it out when it's out of Alpha I think. I did enjoy Age of Empires back in the day, so who knows.
Mountain Man 26 November 2015 at 11:37 pm UTC
TheBoss
Segata SanshiroIs there currently or are there plans to implement an econo-political system? That's just a must have for me and strategy games, not really the military type. Prefer wiping out my advisories with the pen instead of the sword. If they do, then I might actually finally download this after many years of seeing it out there.
Highly doubtful, as the game very much revolves around combat. Would be very weird in a game like this to have that.
Yes, it's a real-time strategy game and not a 4x or grand strategy game. RTS games always revolve around amassing an army and clashing on the field of battle. It's one of the staples of the genre.
lucifertdark 27 November 2015 at 6:30 am UTC
Segata SanshiroDamn. Ah well. I'll still try it out when it's out of Alpha I think.
You'll have a long wait then, it's been in public Alpha since 2009, you might as well install it now & give it a go, bugs & all.
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