0 A.D. (pronounced "zero ey-dee") is a free, open-source, cross-platform real-time strategy (RTS) game of ancient warfare. It's a historically-based war/economy game that allows players to relive or rewrite the history of twelve ancient civilizations, each depicted at their peak of economic growth and military prowess.

The twelve factions are: Three of the Hellenic States (Athens, Sparta and Macedonia), two of the kingdoms of Alexander the Great's successors (Seleucids and Ptolemaic Egyptians), two Celtic tribes (Britons and Gauls), the Republican Romans, the Achaemenid Persians, the Iberians, the Carthaginians, and the Mauryan Indians. Each civilization is complete with substantially unique artwork, technologies and civilization bonuses.

Developed using Pyrogenesis, a game engine custom-built to suit our needs, 0 A.D. will give players a rich and entertaining real-time gaming experience. 0 A.D. is portable, running not only on Windows, like most games, but also on Linux and Mac OS X.

We believe free, OS software like 0 A.D. encourages sharing, learning and creativity. That's why we have made the code and data available under the GPL license, and released the art, sound and documentation under CC-BY-SA. Modifying the game's data files is as simple as editing JavaScript and XML files, so anyone can learn how the game was developed and share their own contribution to the 0 A.D. world.

0 A.D. is being developed by Wildfire Games, a community of volunteer, hobbyist game developers from all over the world. 0 A.D. has been an open source project since July 2009. We're looking for programmers, 3d artists and more.

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1 comment by feneur on Jul 8th, 2014

In celebration of the five year anniversary (It's really been five years?! Time flies!) of 0 A.D. going Open Source the Council of Modders (a group of 0 A.D. modders) are hosting a map making contest! The aim of the contest is to create a playable skirmish map that fits in one of the predefined themes:

  1. Northern Highlands:
    In the lands where rocks and mountain rule the earth and snow and rain dominate the air, a few remnants of humanity dare to resist the supremacy of the forces of Nature.
  2. Ancient Lands:
    Once there was a highly civilized kingdom, now only pain and rocks. However, rumors say that great treasures are to be found beyond the walls of this destroyed city.

For more detailed rules, and information about the possible rewards, visit the announcement in our forums.

Below are some images of a map shieldwolf23 (one of the judges in the competition) has made, and which we think shows that he's well qualified to judge the contestants' maps.

Shieldwolf23's map

Shieldwolf23's map

Shieldwolf23's map

Shieldwolf23's map

We hope that these images, and the contest themes, will inspire you, and look forward to your creations. For more information about how to use Atlas (our scenario editor/map maker) please see the Atlas (Scenario Editor) Manual in our wiki. And if you've got any questions/are curious about something not mentioned in the manual, please check by our Scenario Design/Map Making forum.

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0 A.D. Alpha 16 Patañjali (Windows Version)

0 A.D. Alpha 16 Patañjali (Windows Version)

May 17, 2014 Full Version 1 comment

0 A.D. Alpha 16 featuring Translation, the "Wonder" victory condition, a new AI, and more.

0 A.D. Alpha 15 Osiris (Windows Version)

0 A.D. Alpha 15 Osiris (Windows Version)

Dec 25, 2013 Full Version 4 comments

The new Alpha release includes Ptolemaic Egyptians, skirmish maps, attack notifications, guard command, new sounds, new technologies, new music, and more...

0 A.D. Alpha 14 Naukratis (Mac 32-bit Version)

0 A.D. Alpha 14 Naukratis (Mac 32-bit Version)

Sep 4, 2013 Full Version 0 comments

A new Alpha release including Blacksmith, Infinite farms, Hero button, Game speed controls and more.

0 A.D. Alpha 14 Naukratis (Windows Version)

0 A.D. Alpha 14 Naukratis (Windows Version)

Sep 4, 2013 Full Version 4 comments

A new Alpha release including Blacksmith, Infinite farms, Hero button, Game speed controls and more.

0 A.D. Alpha 14 Naukratis (Mac 64-bit Version)

0 A.D. Alpha 14 Naukratis (Mac 64-bit Version)

Sep 4, 2013 Full Version 0 comments

A new Alpha release including Blacksmith, Infinite farms, Hero button, Game speed controls and more.

0 A.D. Alpha 13 Magadha (Mac 64-bit Version)

0 A.D. Alpha 13 Magadha (Mac 64-bit Version)

Apr 2, 2013 Full Version 1 comment

New features: Mauryan Indian civilization, improved AI, difficulty levels for AIs, attack-move command, and more.

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StrykerCraft Sep 24 2014, 12:47am says:

This is really weird, some of the replies were posted before the comment itself. I don't know what's wrong with my computer...
BTW, where can I find more updates? It doesn't seem like there has been any updates since July...I've been away for quite a while

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st0ne56 Sep 9 2014, 7:24pm says:

Downloaded 2 days ago I must say I love this game keep up the great work the game is fantastic just hope you guys fix the lag when you have massive armies it sort of makes it unplayable but it was still fun at like 2 fps

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Horrorraptor Sep 6 2014, 12:36am says:

This game is awesome! I can't believe this whole game is completely free.

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Petrell Aug 31 2014, 5:32am replied:

32-bit games work just fine one 64-bit operating systems. 32-bit programs are limited to using 2 GB ram unless explitely modified to be large adress aware. Even then theoretical maxinum 32-bit program can use is 4 GB.

What 64-operating system can not run are 16-bit applications (DOS/Win 3.xx and earlier era), well natively anyway. DOS games can be made to run using DOSBox and others can be run by virualization (running older OS on top of your primary OS). Some 32-bit progams can not be installed because the installers are 16-bit but you are unlikely to encounter such unless you're into retro stuff.

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Damian21 Aug 31 2014, 9:12am replied:

Thank you for the reply mate.
No i'm not into retro stuff.

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Firelord475 Aug 23 2014, 5:44pm replied:

Yes...i have a 64bit...alot of games are still 32bit and they work fine...

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Damian21 Aug 23 2014, 11:02pm replied:

Thank you for all your replies i tried it out a couple of days ago works fine.

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Carens Aug 21 2014, 9:56am replied:

Actually all 32bit programs can run in 64bit I think...

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InStars Sep 25 2014, 10:14am replied:

On 64bit Windows - yes.
On 64bit Linux - you need to download x86 libaries to run them, yes.
On 64bit Mac - no.

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