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RTS 0 A.D. - A free, open-source game of ancient warfare

Discussion in 'Strategy and Simulation' started by WhiskeyWolf, Sep 23, 2016.

  1. WhiskeyWolf RPG Codex Polish Car Thief Patron

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    I'm being told by a friend that this "it is basically a modern AoE with better graphics, more mechanics and better historical descriptions".
     
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  2. Beowulf Savant

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    Wow, they are still doing this.

    It's in development for like what, a decade?
     
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  3. kris Arcane

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    it seems this is set in a world were you can grow crops during snow season.
     
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  4. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Holy shit, this is alive?

    This was basically the hope for Age of Empires when Ensemble died.
     
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  5. thesheeep Arcane

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    You've got to be kidding me.
    That is what you are complaining about in a free RTS game?

    Not much changed, actually. They continue developing, with - I think! - very few paid members (last time I looked it was one programmer) and the rest is community work.

    Projects like these usually don't "end". Instead at some point they reach a quite playable point.

    I usually look at the project twice or so per year to check out the new features.
    I think I last played Alpha 17 and that was already quite playable, though you did need quite a machine to handle it.
     
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  6. kris Arcane

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    Stop crying. I saw the video and had a laugh at the people tending crops during winter with snow arund them.
     
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  7. valcik Arcane

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    That's pretty common actually.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Give it a try! It's free!(tm)
     
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  9. SmartCheetah Arbiter

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    That looks like Xenomorph egg farm lol.
     
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  10. anus_pounder Arcane

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    Not being familiar with the game at hand, I thought WW had gone off the deep end and was making a parody topic of that 'give it a try! it's free' guy.
     
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  11. thesheeep Arcane

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    Doubt they would make for a very good food source, though.



    They kinda leave a burning sensation.
    :smug::smug::smug::smug::smug::smug::smug::smug::smug:
     
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  12. Johannes Arcane

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    Last time I quickly tried it, I just felt like I should be playing proper AoE2 instead. It didn't have the right "feel", was it pathing, graphics, tech tree or whatever combo of those it felt inferior.

    Of course that's maybe five years ago so maybe they've improved since. Alas it's just as likely they've just gone further into decline since...
     
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  13. Zewp Arcane

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    Does it now offer anything that Age of Empires doesn't? Any features that set it apart?

    Last time I tried it (also a few years ago) it was basically just Age of Empires in a new skin.
     
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  14. 80s Stallone Arcane

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    It's the same with OpenRA. No port really matches the original games, albeit it features advanced stuff.

    The good thing is someone is truly re-engineering C&C Red Alert, not creating an inferior inspired-by-clone: http://redalertpp.org

    From there, new features could be added, like building queues and advanced A.I.

    But one can only dream...
     
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  15. Johannes Arcane

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    No it isn't, any more than any two RTS are the same.
     
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    Wow dude really. I know modern people know fuckall about farming but... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_cereal

    Granted they dont exactly grow during the winter (merely hide under the snow) but not sure how much field work is still involved.
     
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  17. kris Arcane

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    I am pretty sure I know more about you about growing crops in cold temperatures for sure, which that post really showed.

    The game showed GROWING crops beside snow, which just means that they have crops and seasons in the game, but that seasons dont really affect crops. Probably snow affects nothing at all and is just there for show.

    this is hardly a big issue. but codex gonna codex i guess.

    No. No it isn't, because things dont grow when it is frozen. what is that thing by the way? I been around, but cant remember I seen anything like it.
     
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  18. thesheeep Arcane

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    Ahh, I think that's what you got wrong.
    Afaik, there are no seasons in the game.
    Just maps with a winter setting. So that map the footage was taken with always has winter ;)

    True seasons affecting gameplay... would be interesting, but that game already has lots of mechanics to know about*, not sure if yet another layer would be too helpful.

    *And last time I looked, those were not communicated all too well. Which is to be expected in an alpha, I suppose.
     
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  19. MoLAoS Guest

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    What's the point of having actual seasons in an RTS game? Makes no god damn sense. That would imply the game was going on for decades.
     
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    Ahh yes, because you build stone castles in days (AoE).
     
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  21. Johannes Arcane

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    You start in the Dark Ages and proceed to Imperial Age, that shit hardly takes decades.
     
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  22. If you want a realistic timescale and seasons, you will have seasons rotation within mere minutes, because of research advancements. it's a stupid gimmick for stupid people.
     
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  23. thesheeep Arcane

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    Wow, what an impressive display of a lack of imagination.

    Can't understand what's so hard about imagining an RTS game where a single map/campaign/whatever takes places over the course of a few years, including seasons affecting gameplay in a significant way.
    It hasn't been done yet, but I still think it could be interesting if done well.

    Not saying that 0AD should have it - not at all, for the reasons I stated above.
     
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  24. In a different game, yes, not in AoE clone, which is what obviously being advocated.
     
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  25. Johannes Arcane

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    AoE2 had snow maps too, btw.
     
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