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.

Post comment Comments  (520 - 530 of 666)
mnartiss
mnartiss Jan 28 2010, 2:46pm says:

This game looks very interesting !!! :-)

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Quintus_Arrius
Quintus_Arrius Jan 21 2010, 7:31pm says:

Will this game be released before the end of 2010?

+4 votes     reply to comment
WFG-Kimball
WFG-Kimball Jan 22 2010, 3:33am replied:

Nope.

+2 votes     reply to comment
feillyne
feillyne Jan 27 2010, 11:26am replied:

Unless you hire a dozen of pro people working full-time on it...

+3 votes     reply to comment
WFG-Kimball
WFG-Kimball Jan 30 2010, 1:46pm replied:

Even then, we plan to have a long beta release period that maximizes our bug fixes before the "1.0".

+3 votes     reply to comment
RKotern
RKotern Jan 20 2010, 3:51pm says:

Voted

+3 votes     reply to comment
HAILCOMMUNISM
HAILCOMMUNISM Jan 18 2010, 5:05pm says:

will the final version of the game have a map editor?

+3 votes     reply to comment
Mythos_Ruler
Mythos_Ruler Jan 19 2010, 12:15pm replied:

Yes it will (it has a rudimentary map editor already -- that's what we use to make screenshots).

+2 votes     reply to comment
thunderising
thunderising Jan 9 2010, 1:36am says:

This game luks too beautiful to be a indie free game..

+3 votes     reply to comment
Razihel
Razihel Feb 5 2010, 11:09am replied:

That never sizes to amaze me... it's just to good to be true! Well, we should be happy that it is true!

+1 vote     reply to comment
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