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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ℱℓσℊℊℯɾ✈ Jan 17 2014, 5:24am says:

Will you guys include Kingdom of Saba ? it was a kingdom in modern day Yemen and south Arabia.

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cofa88
cofa88 Dec 30 2013, 2:56pm says:

Just end a rly intense match, won with spartans (rly strong) !! ;) i had fun... anyway im waiting for naval battles, better performance(less lag with lot of men) and graphics... i wanna ask u, what are u going to add next?and in the future? maybe u can add more units for factions? and miss seleucids true.. ;) anyway good job ;)!

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midsidion
midsidion Dec 30 2013, 11:52am says:

Just played it for bout 3 hours, fun game. Structure and unit roles almost identical to starwars galactic battlegrounds which was an rts I thoroughly enjoyed. Skirimished would end up getting to choppy to enjoy long games so I guess Ill have to wait till thats ironed out but looks to be an rts that will be fun as heck to play. One suggestion though, might make defensive towers able to be build on ally territory? few maps were making a wall and towers for my comp ally would have been really useful

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Jesusfreak
Jesusfreak Dec 26 2013, 1:17am says:

Just finished a 2 hour lan party in this game. Fantastic work so far guys! With DRM being so prevalent it's hard to find a game that multiple people can enjoy without paying $10+(or nothing in this case).

We all used various PCs to play the game, and it ran quiet well considering the amount happening on screen. I played on a personal laptop with an Intel Pentium @2.30GHz. It started to chug after I got over 20 population, but I guess that's what I get for playing on a work laptop. This is definitely my go-to RTS now :)

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RevanShan
RevanShan Dec 24 2013, 10:38am says:

I forsee a Christmas release! Beware!!!!

+3 votes     reply to comment
RevanShan
RevanShan Dec 25 2013, 4:34am replied:

**** YEAH. I was right!!!

+4 votes     reply to comment
Guest
Guest Dec 23 2013, 8:41pm says:

I started playing now, but I'm delighted with the game, but have a problem that I can not solve the game crashes after half an hour of play .. My notebook stand any setting and still helps me caught!! otherwise I'm posting here in Brazil.

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stephenmbanham
stephenmbanham Dec 18 2013, 5:08pm says:

Hey! We're doing an Indie Of The Year special series on the Top 100! And we featured your game!

Check it out? Youtu.be

Thank you so much in advance! and we hope you like the video!

Alot of team effort went into it! So if you could help us out and spread the word we'd be so grateful and thanks again for your amazing game!!!

+4 votes     reply to comment
ppndΣ-snouıɯΘ
ppndΣ-snouıɯΘ Dec 12 2013, 5:33pm says:

Damn... This is pretty. I'd almost call it the Age of Empires that never was.

+6 votes     reply to comment
Mythos_Ruler
Mythos_Ruler Dec 21 2013, 1:10pm replied:

This page will tell you how to enable the wbg (whizbang graphics) yourself until we add a graphics options menu: Trac.wildfiregames.com

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