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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Lesser
Lesser Apr 15 2010, 9:46pm says:

i will download this when it comes out it looks really good keep it up

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WFG-Kimball
WFG-Kimball Apr 10 2010, 12:38am says:

Yes, we haven't had an opportunity to ensure that the game works on Windows 7 in this revision. We can verify that it runs well on XP and Vista, and we will support 7 in a future update. Sorry for the inconvenience. :/

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maksikk
maksikk Apr 9 2010, 2:23am says:

dosnt work on windows 7 64 bit =(, or at least for me

+1 vote     reply to comment
Triarii_90
Triarii_90 Apr 8 2010, 5:18pm says:

Nice work, i love old type strategy and when this game was released ?

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WFG-Kimball
WFG-Kimball Apr 9 2010, 1:54am replied:

The game is still undergoing development, but you can check out our progress in the pre-alpha release in the downloads section above. That was released just this past week!

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mnartiss
mnartiss Apr 8 2010, 3:05pm says:

I just tested the game and I think its awesome! Some stuff could be fixed but as you said it's pre-alpha! Great music (Y)

Keep up the good work!

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HAILCOMMUNISM
HAILCOMMUNISM Apr 8 2010, 9:24am says:

Just tried out the Pre alpha, The editor felt a lot like the Age of Mythology Editor in many ways, which is a very good thing!

I especially love the lighting modification that is available, and the celt structures look amazing.

Even in the Pre-Alpha stage this is incredibly promising, tracking!

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WFG-Kimball
WFG-Kimball Apr 8 2010, 10:16am replied:

Thanks for your approval! Releases will be more frequent as time goes on, but we'll also try to avoid pushing a release out prematurely. You can always check out the latest version via SVN (if you don't mind building the game from the source!): Trac.wildfiregames.com

+1 vote     reply to comment
P4TRICK
P4TRICK Apr 8 2010, 5:33am says:

Going to try this out on Mac, ill give some feedback of bugs when im done :D

+2 votes     reply to comment
WFG-Kimball
WFG-Kimball Apr 8 2010, 10:10am replied:

The Mac can be a little bit of a hassle when building from the source. What's your OS?

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