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Free and open source RTS 0 A.D. Alpha 23 is now out

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0 A.D. [Official Site] the free and open source RTS from Wildfire Games has a new alpha build available and it's a pretty huge release.

I'm always amazed at the progress of 0 A.D. as they really do put the effort in to make it looks so incredibly detailed and professional. This release is no different, with a lot of work going into all aspects of the game.

At a glance, here's what's changed:

  • New Civilization: Kushites
  • Mod Downloader (Using the mod.io open API we recently wrote about)
  • Cavalry and Spartan Building Models
  • Combine Victory Conditions
  • Attack Range Visualization
  • Diplomacy Colors
  • Destruction Damage
  • Unit Information Dialog
  • AI Behavior
  • Lobby Authentication to prevent impersonation
  • Nomad Mode on all Random Maps
  • New Random Maps: Lower Nubia, Jebel Barkal, Elephantine, Fields of Meroë, Hellas, Dodecanese, Scythian Rivulet

Here's their update trailer:

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It might be quite some time between each new alpha release, but they sure are a dedicated bunch.

If you wish to download it, head here. The Ubuntu PPA has not yet been updated, hopefully it will be soon. I enjoyed my time with the previous alpha, can't wait to test this one. Maybe we can get some community multiplayer events going soon.

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KohlyKohl 18 May 2018 at 10:59 am UTC
I was pleasantly surprised when the snap updated yesterday. Didn't see any community mods yet but I expect it won't be long before a few show up.
razing32 18 May 2018 at 11:25 am UTC
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I do like this game.
It is a very good AOE like game.
The AI can be a bit brutal to beginners though.
My only issue is this has been in Alpha since I was in college 10 years ago. Wondering if I'll die of old age before they ever reach Beta status.
STiAT 18 May 2018 at 11:40 am UTC
Very nice. Didn't try it for some time now, will have to play a bit again.
CJOR 19 May 2018 at 5:22 pm UTC
Still missing the option "Do not minimize on focus lost"
Until then: SDL_VIDEO_MINIMIZE_ON_FOCUS_LOSS=0 0ad
Cyba.Cowboy 4 years 21 May 2018 at 9:49 am UTC
KohlyKohlI was pleasantly surprised when the snap updated yesterday.

Is that the snap from Ubuntu Software? I'm still on Alpha 22...

Also, I have a question - with my NVIDIA laptop, is there any (graphical/performance) benefit over using one version (snap or "regular" installation) over the other?


Last edited by Cyba.Cowboy at 21 May 2018 at 9:51 am UTC
KohlyKohl 28 May 2018 at 12:35 am UTC
KohlyKohlI was pleasantly surprised when the snap updated yesterday.

Cyba.CowboyIs that the snap from Ubuntu Software? I'm still on Alpha 22...

I was mistaken, it was the flatpak version: https://flathub.org/apps/details/com.play0ad.zeroad

Cyba.CowboyAlso, I have a question - with my NVIDIA laptop, is there any (graphical/performance) benefit over using one version (snap or "regular" installation) over the other?

Being that it just packages the libraries I don't see why it would.

I could see startup taking longer as all of the libraries would need to be loaded into memory. With a traditional setup, shared libraries can exist in memory already which helps with load time.
Cyba.Cowboy 4 years 28 May 2018 at 12:11 pm UTC
KohlyKohlI was mistaken, it was the flatpak version: https://flathub.org/apps/details/com.play0ad.zeroad

Oh okay.

Hopefully the snap update shouldn't be too far away then...


KohlyKohlBeing that it just packages the libraries I don't see why it would.

I could see startup taking longer as all of the libraries would need to be loaded into memory. With a traditional setup, shared libraries can exist in memory already which helps with load time.

Yeah, I have noticed that with snaps...
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