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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Arena_Baller
Arena_Baller Mar 3 2009, 10:55pm says:

Yeah a water video
:)

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Jesternz08
Jesternz08 Feb 24 2009, 6:41pm says:

I used to love aoe2, an aoe2 inspired game is one to keep an eye on in my books :), but yeh looks great, keep up the good work.

+3 votes     reply to comment
WFG-Kimball
WFG-Kimball Feb 24 2009, 10:21pm replied:

Thanks for the support! We can only hope to improve on the game we all knew and loved so well.

+1 vote     reply to comment
laserpanda
laserpanda Feb 22 2009, 7:10pm says:

seems very similar to stronghold, but better and free!

defenitely watching this one.

+4 votes     reply to comment
Harimau
Harimau Feb 12 2009, 3:46am says:

Is this game going to have Scythians!?

Is there going to be campaign(s)?

And I have to say that AoEII was probably the best historical RTS I've ever played, so I'm glad you're taking it for inspiration (although the setting appears to be more akin to the original AoE though)

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WFG-Kimball
WFG-Kimball Feb 13 2009, 9:58am replied:

Nope, no Scythians in the original release. However if there's enough interest, I'm sure there will be a mod for them.

Yes, there will be campaigns. :)

Most of the team members, including myself, were once modders from the 'Age of' series community. As such, one of our aspirations is to recreate our favorite aspects of those games and improving what we didn't like.

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Harimau
Harimau Feb 13 2009, 7:49pm replied:

aww, no scythians? :(

what about the vandals and alans, for part 2? a king geiseric campaign would be pretty cool. I mean, he managed to raise a pretty insignificant tribe to a major power that contested with the western roman empire for the mediterranean. If that isn't campaign material, I don't know what is.

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WFG-Kimball
WFG-Kimball Feb 18 2009, 3:44am replied:

As far as part 2 is concerned, Scythians have been discussed as a definite possibility, and I'd encourage you to participate in the conversation at the thread linked to below, as the topic is still very much in debate, and probably will be for a few years to come.

Wildfiregames.com

+1 vote     reply to comment
BcForCe
BcForCe Jan 28 2009, 5:13pm says:

yea grats XD

+3 votes     reply to comment
Brightgalrs
Brightgalrs Jan 20 2009, 7:10pm says:

Top 100 upcoming! Very nice Wildfire!

+3 votes     reply to comment
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