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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Let's go back to the motherland and look to what happened prior to the discovery of what now is Hvanndalir.


A couple of youthly fellows is send away to prove that they have what it takes to be true Norsemen. (that temple you see on the right side is made by Stanislas69)They leave on their ship in search of adventures, riches but most of all: honour.

Back again to Hvanndalir

Our little town is growing immersively because it's in a strategic location for raids on the mainland. Therefore the island will soon grow too small. Expanding to other places however isn't possible without waging war because of the ominous presence of Carolingians. The Elders are aware of that and they're recruiting new forces in the motherland. Also new, and higher quality armours have been made (by wackyserious and Stanislas69) like you see in the 2nd image of this post.

The King has heard of the preparations and has sent some of his finest men: Huskárls (by wackyserious and Stanislas69).


Will the Norse be able to get a foothold on Carolingian lands?

P.S.: The first two images are taken on the brand new Fjords skirmish map made by Skhorn. The images also showcase the new building textures made by niektb and Stanislas69.

niektb has retextured two old buildings from 0 A.D. The left is a market, the right is a house:



The main menu background is made by Alexlinde from Deviantart. You can find him here: Alexlinde.deviantart.com

Next to that Lion.Kanzen has made a couple of buttons and backgrounds in the UI.


Help needed!

You probably noticed that it has been a while since we posted updates (about 11 months!). That's not without reason. In the last few months a couple members retired leaving us shorthanded.
We are currently especially in the need of artists. So if you're a talented artist with a passion for history and you would like to help us out, please contact us using a PM or in this thread: Wildfiregames...showtopic=18412

Also we really want to do a release along with 0 A.D. Alpha 19 so we are in the need of some playtesters to iron out possible bugs and to enhance the gameplay. Please note that it is required to install the developer version of 0 A.D. which is a little complicated so it might not be for everyone (Trac.wildfiregames.com)

Lastly we would like to start on the Carolingian units but we do not have a design document or a unit roster yet. So if you're into French history and like to talk about how the civilization should play and look, please sign up on our forum and let us hear your opinion here: Wildfiregames.com

Thanks in advance! biggrin.png

Sun Tzu 18 now available!

Sun Tzu 18 now available!

7 months ago 0 A.D. Rise of the East 5 comments

The Council is both happy and proud to announce a brand new release of Rise of the East!

New release: 0 A.D. Alpha 18 Rhododactylos

New release: 0 A.D. Alpha 18 Rhododactylos

8 months ago News 12 comments

Featuring an in-game tech tree, the Nomad game mode, performance improvements, and more!

Thanks for voting us into the Top 100!

Thanks for voting us into the Top 100!

11 months ago News 4 comments

Thanks for all the votes so far! Please read the full post for an update on the 0 A.D. development since the last Alpha release.

New Release Alpha 17 Quercus!

New Release Alpha 17 Quercus!

1 year ago News 13 comments

Please welcome Alpha 17 Quercus! Among other things it includes triggers and better mod support as well as units on walls and a major gameplay rebalance...

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With the help of some Chinese historians we (especially Stanislas69) have turned the Chinese Army upside down. A lot of armors and helmets are completely...

0 A.D. Alpha 18 Rhododactylos (Mac Version)

0 A.D. Alpha 18 Rhododactylos (Mac Version)

8 months ago Full Version 0 comments

Featuring an in-game tech tree, the Nomad game mode, performance improvements, and more!

0 A.D. Alpha 18 Rhododactylos (Windows Version)

0 A.D. Alpha 18 Rhododactylos (Windows Version)

8 months ago Full Version 12 comments

Featuring an in-game tech tree, the Nomad game mode, performance improvements, and more!

0 A.D. Alpha 17 Quercus (OS X Version)

0 A.D. Alpha 17 Quercus (OS X Version)

1 year ago Full Version 0 comments

Triggers, units on walls, gameplay balancing, and a lot more.

0 A.D. Alpha 17 Quercus (Windows Version)

0 A.D. Alpha 17 Quercus (Windows Version)

1 year ago Full Version 9 comments

Triggers, units on walls, gameplay balancing, and a lot more.

Rise of the East Xù yuē 17

Rise of the East Xù yuē 17

1 year ago Rise of the East 2 Full Version 10 comments

The buildings are completely reworked with a brand new texture and various new buildings were added. I would like to thank Enrique (art dept. lead at...

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thelastlambda May 13 2010 says:

I love just the way it looks! I am tracking probably getting the alpha asap!

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Dr_Gonzo May 13 2010 says:

Holy **** where did this come from? Hadn't heard of this project before. Looks absolutely amazing. Unbelievably professional. Would love to help you out in anyway possible, and can't wait to get modding it when it's released 'proper'.

Good luck!

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damiandj90 Apr 25 2010 says:

very nice!!! I will wait for the full release!!! =)

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lol1234 May 12 2010 replied:

good reviews from other game developers is cool :D

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0SmooK0 Apr 25 2010 says:

Juat played pre-alpha, and it really reminded me age of empires 2, and for me that means graphics is just perfect, offcourse dozen glithces, but thats normal for pre-alpha, btw if there is going to be story mode, then please make a good storyline, and btw, if needed then i can help with storyline, since im good at thinking new storys...

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Lesser Apr 25 2010 says:

i just payed the pre-alpha version looks good still needs work like you said can't wait for the full version

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Pliqu3011 Apr 24 2010 says:

This game made me remember good ol' Age of Empires... And since that is one of my favorite games of all time, that's a huge compliment!
The minute this game releases I will buy a copy! :)
Hope it won't take too long... ;)

BTW: Music is awesome

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Razihel May 14 2010 replied:

No need to buy, it's free open source.

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GamerWolfOps Apr 22 2010 says:

I am getting an error at start up (Windows Vista)

Details: unhandled exception (Unknown (0xC06D007E))

Location: wdll_delay_load.cpp:358 (__delayLoadHelper2)

Call stack:


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burstisaac Apr 20 2010 says:

are you going to add greek fire ships to the navy

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Mythos_Ruler Creator
Mythos_Ruler Apr 20 2010 replied:

Greek fire ships were used by the Byzantines, centuries out of our timeline I'm afraid.

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