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(If you use the SVN version they already are, and otherwise you'll just have to wait until Alpha 9 is released - should be within a month or so.)
For now it's not really recommended to play against more than one AI due to performance reasons. So more the game not being finished than your computer :)
(Just an FYI: the game uses OpenGL, so the DirectX version/performance isn't relevant. At least not directly, a graphics card with support for a higher version of DirectX is of course likely to be better in general, and thus should be better at OpenGL as well :) )
I'll quote what Michael (Mythos_Ruler) has said elsewhere: "I know, but it felt wrong to only allow access to a pyramid for only one side. :/ I'm thinking of making them "ruins" by which resources can be harvested."
It's already been implemented for about a year or so, so no need to wait. Just select "Random map" from the "Match type" dropdown in the game setup and you're good to go. Currently there are just a few included, but that should change for Alpha 9 as several of our forum users have started to contribute random maps.
We will change the name from Alpha to Beta once we have all the essential gameplay features done. Beta should be for when we test, balance, fix bugs, improve performance and perhaps add visual enhancements (along the lines of bloom etc, though I'm personally not a fan of that specific effect, but it seems there are others who are, so who knows :) ).
As we haven't added a proper ship garrisoning system (moving the ship and units to a location where they can meet up etc) we haven't fixed that issue as it would make ship garrisoning more or less useless at the moment (or at least a lot of work as you would have to move the ship/unit exactly to the same spot manually. We do hope that we will be able to do it properly though :)
Had some issues with my computer yesterday, but now it's uploaded so as soon as it's authenticated by a ModDB/IndieDB mod it should be available :)
It's continually being worked on. A lot more to be done before it's finished, at least as many more tracks as there are current tracks.
We try to keep the size of the maps down a bit for now as there still are a lot of performance fixes we need to do before the game runs as smoothly as we'd wish to. If you try the random maps you can get bigger maps though, just be aware it can be a bit slow, at least if you have a lot of other players (AI or human).
The round maps have been around for a couple of Alphas, so yeah, you should have them already :)
Depends on the scope of the mod I'd say. If it's large enough to require a lot of planning I'd say starting as soon as possible is a good idea ;) Since the next release should be out this week you can just as well wait for that for that matter though :)
Depending on how much you will want to rely on the 0 A.D. gameplay features you may want to wait longer or shorter amounts of time before actually implementing things. Creating 3D models, designing how you want the mod to play, etc can be started as soon as you would like. And implementing could start soon as well, the only issue would be that there's always a risk that something changes in the main game that means that you will have to change something in your mod. On the other hand most things shouldn't change that much, and once you are into it they should be quick to implement. For example, in Alpha 9 we hope to add a RPS (rock-paper-scissors) system where units have bonuses against each other, and for that the unit template XMLs will have to be edited a bit from what they look like now. Things like that. If you want to avoid having to do such things you might want to wait until we get into Beta to actually implement it. Up to you.
I suggest you start asap though, things like this tends to take time :)
Tanks and battleships should be possible without too much work apart from the modelling/texturing. Jets are likely to take more work as they need to work a bit differently. We do have some demo flying units though, so the flying part should already be there. It's more the landing etc that needs more work, and perhaps some other things that need tweaking. Shouldn't be too hard if you're determined though :)
A hint, read the last paragraph ;) But no, not yet, they will be added in an upcoming Alpha. As it looks now Alpha 9 (not the one we will release really soon, but the next one), but at least within the next couple of Alphas :)
And a view of the environment tab of Atlas (our scenario editor) ;)
To some extent most or all of it is known, if nothing else it might be fairly soon ;) In any case this should not be the only update during the IOTY voting, so we can't show everything the first day, then people would have no reason to check back the next couple of days, right ;)
Our ships are based on the real ones, so if anyone should sue it would be the ancient Romans ;)
Seems like the previous code for the video didn't work, I have updated it now though so you can take a look at it :)
They will be eventually.
Rather, there's no need to download it separately, if you've downloaded 0 A.D. you have access to the engine. If you want more access (i.e. source code) just get the code via SVN: Trac.wildfiregames.com
It should, I have a distant memory there was some place where I could set what platform it's for, but I can't see that reflected here so I should probably add that info to the title/description.
Hopefully we'll be into Betas quite a while before reaching "Z" so it shouldn't be a problem. In the worst case we'd have to start over or something, no need to worry about that until we'd get there though :)
Yeah, it's a big difference to actually hear the music in-game :)
Three and counting :) Eventually there will be both peace and battle tracks for all six civilizations + a main theme and possibly other tracks as well.
Ah I see you're spreading the news about my defeat even here :P (Or now that I check the timestamp you posted it here first =) )
We'll most likely wait with the Romans to the last as we really want them to shine :) To get a taste of what's to come you can take a look at the "Miletus" and the "We are legion" maps where there are some Roman units.
The people who can make scenarios/custom made maps and those who can make random map scripts aren't always the same ;) So don't worry, there will be both. And as Michael (Mythos_Ruler) said, from Alpha 5 on there is Random Map scripting added, and a few random maps as well.
As for enormous maps, if you think the maximum included is not big enough just edit the scripts, be prepared to wait a while though as it takes a while for the map to be created when that large :)
Starting in Alpha 5 three factions will be playable as the caption says: Celts, Hellenes and Iberians. In the final game six factions will be playable, in addition to the above three: Carthaginians, Persians and Romans. No orcs though =) At least not in the main game, mods can make all kinds of things possible ;)
Because they need to be killed before you can gather from them.
It's our intention indeed :) (Just not to make your expectations too high I must add that it's a first basic attempt at an AI, and mostly an example to test/show the AI system. Should make single player games more fun though, and it will be improved on in upcoming releases, so a lot to look forward.)