0 A.D. Development Report #3 (Week 32)

Wildfire Games, the international group of volunteers developing 0 A.D., are happy to present this week’s 0 A.D. development report.
If you want to find out more about the development of this open-source, cross-platform real-time strategy game or if you are interested in game development in general, it might be an interesting read.

If you want to be part of this project, we urge you to post your application in our forums. We are currently looking for Gameplay, AI, Sound and Graphics Programmers along with Animators and 3D & texture artists. You prefer to do something else than programming or drawing? Luckily for your portfolio we are also looking for a Sound Lead, Video Editors, a Documentation Manager and Scenario Designers. Still no luck? Head to our forums and join our active community!

Team news!

Last Saturday 6 team members (Enrique, Pureon, Feneur, fcxSanya, bstempi and Mythos_Ruler) participated in a staff multiplayer match. There is no better way to balance the game and to settle small disputes! In the near future we’ll start with matches between departments, if the fear for the art department team can be overcome.

Art & Programming

Deiz kept the pace high this week. The icons of technologies being researched are now displayed in the upper right corner of the screen and player names are now displayed in the summary screen. Add to this at least 10 bug fixes and improvements…
Enrique has finished the Hellenic dock and a scaffold object, which will probably be used as construction scaffolding (WIP). Now he is giving the Hellenic theatron a new lick-a-paint.
Fexor has been working on improving the wall system.
Gen.Kenobi committed a whole batch of new rocks.
Myconid‘s graphical improvements are in an advanced state, and are being tested thoroughly. Thanks also to community members like zoot, who provide detailed feedback on myconid’s work. A new graphical feature that we haven’t mentioned yet are windy trees. We will post an image/video of that soon!
Mythos_Ruler has been updating some maps and doing some balance work.
Pureon has been working on the technology tree and its icons. Unique technologies will be added later, many generic (common for most factions) technologies are already ingame. He has also been working on banners and other artwork for the new website, which is coming along nicely.
Spahbod implemented some basic cheats this week. He is also working on colour selection in the game setup screen.
stwf has been working on the new Sound Manager. Historic_bruno, wraitii and dvangennip have been testing the latest version extensively, as it is very high on our priority list (and on your wishlist, if you are using a Mac OS!).
Wraitii has also been working on merging his AI bot Marilyn with Qbot, the bot developed by quantumstate. This new bot, Qbot Experimental (Qbot XP) will provide more of a challenge. In addition he changed the minimap to display shallow water.

Check back next monday for more development news!