Long time, no siege

My hardworking Romans build a domus or house to increase the population that I can sustain.

Sorry, I couldn’t resist using the pun I found from the website for 0 A.D., a free and open source game of ancient warfare. The game, still in the alpha stage, is still far from complete and will probably crash a few times on you, but the quality of the graphics and sound — music and effects — is truly impressive.

Just as impressive are the civilizations represented: the Roman Republic, The Carthaginian Empire, the Celtic Tribes, the Hellenic States, the Iberian Tribes and the Persian Empire, and  the game’s playability.

I downloaded the Linux version, but there are also versions for Windows and the Mac.

To install on Ubuntu, type the following in a terminal window:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wfg/0ad
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install 0ad

Then you can run the game by typing 0AD in the command line.

You can try a more up-to-date but less-well-tested version from the company’s development snapshot.  Follow the instructions above but use the ppa:wfg/0ad.dev for the repository name instead.

The developers need some help to get the game completed.

We are seeking contributors in programming, art, sound, web design, taking YouTube videos and more. These roles on the 0 A.D. development team are great if you want to brush up on your skills and update your portfolio, if you’re seeking a project for school with real-life applications, or if you care about the cause of free culture and software and are willing to work pro bono with a group of dedicated volunteers from all over the world.

Check out their website if you’re interested in getting involved.


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