Friday, April 27, 2007

Super Heroic Efforts

If you want to help the next SuperTuxKart release then be sure to check out 0.3 alpha which has been uploaded. Expect bugs but once ironed out this should be a cool game again. :-)



The lead developer of Heroes of Allacrost kindly let me know that a new version is due in the next two weeks.



Colonies


The "other" Colonization-inspired effort, now called Colonies, saw version 0.0.3 out yesterday. I'm not sure how indicative of the gameplay state that version number is e.g. I wouldn't say that OpenCity 0.0.4 reflected the state of development, I would say it was more like 20-30% complete but what would I know! Anyway I don't have time to check it out properly but I eventually found the screenshots (not in the most obvious place).



Any really dedicated Free Gamer readers may note I said that they claimed to be an open source sequel to the 1994 original, but they are explicit that this is not the case (don't know whether I was being sensationalistic or ignorant or they have changed tact - was too long ago). However they claim it's open source but I could find no source code locations



What's this? 3D Wesnoth? As an RTS? Screenshot posted by the lead Wesnoth developer... maybe he's working on something eh? We'd be so lucky. :-)



FreeOrion


There's now a roadmap for FreeOrion 0.4. I'm looking forward to the next few versions of this open source game, which is inspired by the Masters of Orion series. MOO II is one of those games that sapped up [too] many hours of my younger years. FreeOrion is very thoroughly designed and the graphics are very, very slick. When it's done, it'll be one of those FLOSS games that will be, um, simply awesome. The research UI is especially nice. Still, a few years to go before version 1.0 though.



I wish Beats of Rage (download) was open source. It doesn't run on my Linux laptop. Does it run for anyone else? It looks like fun... so no fun for me! :-(



I would post more but I gotta save at least a few things for another day. ;-)

3 comments:

Jake said...

there is source code for Beats of Rage on their site. The Wikipedia entry says that it is open source...

a Wesnoth RTS would be cool. Though I agree with the guys who are saying that it's basically a whole 'nother ballpark.

Mantar said...

Attention: Grammar Nazi has inspected your papers.

You mean "changing tack" not "tact". Tact is the art of saying potentially hurtful things in a polite way, in order to minimize harm. Tack, in this phrase, is the angle of a sailing vessel. A sailboat can't advance directly into the wind, so instead it 'tacks' by travelling at an acute angle to the wind, turning back and forth (changing its tack) to advance in a zig-zag manner.

Thank you, that will be all for now. :)

Charlie said...

Jake - you are correct and I found the source code on the openbor community site, although I'm unsure about the relationship between Beats of Rage and OpenBoR.

Cheers mantar - I knew it was wrong when I typed it (didn't feel right) but couldn't work out the correct version so left it in anyway.

Lazy. :-)

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