domenica 9 ottobre 2011

Free Game Alliance is born !!!

The Free Game Alliance is born!

Today it's a great day! We are finally launching the Free Game Alliance initiative!

The Free Game Alliance (FGA) is a great collection of Open Source games, one per genre, which will keep you busy for years to come.

FGA is not an external entity, it's made by the projects participating.

We are very excited to have MegaGlest, PlaneShift, Rigs of Rods, The Battle of Wesnoth, Xonotic as part of FGA! There as been a lot of work in the last few months to organize our collaboration, discuss about the best ways to present FGA to the public, review the objective, requirements and benefits for players.

Let's speak a bit more about each game!

MegaGlest: a 3D real-time strategy (RTS) game,where you control the armies of one of seven different factions: Tech, Magic, Egyptians, Indians, Norsemen, Persian or Romans. All action is real time and you have to be quick and take the right decisions for your army to be successful. The game can be expanded with new armies and new functionalities.

PlaneShift: a Role Playing Game immersed into a 3D virtual fantasy world. PlaneShift is made by a group of RPG enthusiasts who decided to make the impossible: a mmorpg built from scratch! The game is not completed, but playable with dozens of players online you can partner with. Many playable races, a large world to explore, magic, quests and combat. Invent your alter ego and role play him with your friends, increase your skills, find new rare magical items or weapons, become a famous crafter!

Rigs of Rods: Started as a physic engine, and then evolved in a playable game! What makes Rigs of Rods different to most simulators is its unique soft-body physics: vehicles, machines, objects, etc. are simulated in real-time as flexible soft-body objects. Plenty of vehicles to choose from made by the community are multiplying the fun. You can drive race cars, cranes, monster trucks, 4 wheel drive cars, rock-crawlers, boats, planes and many more!

The Battle for Wesnoth:  a turn-based tactical strategy game with a high fantasy theme. Build up a great army, gradually turning raw recruits into hardened veterans. Being turn based it gives you the chance to think about all your moves and greatly enhances the strategy element. There are at least two hundred unit types, sixteen races, six major factions, and hundreds of years of history. The world of ''Wesnoth'' is absolutely huge and only limited by your creativity - make your own custom units, create your own maps, and write your own scenarios or even full-blown campaigns.

Xonotic: a fast-paced first-person shooter providing addictive arena shooter gameplay which is all spawned and driven by the community itself. Xonotic is a direct successor of the Nexuiz project with years of development between them, and it aims to become the best possible open-source FPS (first-person-shooter) of its kind.

At this moment we would like to add one more genre to the list: a space combat and trading simulator. Candidates have been reviewed already! But you are welcome to post your suggestions!