After a period of 2nd-class citizenship involvement in 0AD in the Council of Modders as programmer and 3D artist, an open source engineer from the non-profit distributive individuals of worlddevelopment and the resurrected open source ecological movement, decided to fork 0AD to be able to work on the features and the required changes for a time machine effect (like time continuity, civilization abstraction, roads, diplomatic interactions, spread of knowledge, ...) that have been rejected in 0AD due to 0AD's vision differing significantly from the one of 0BC.
Joint engine development had been target, but went off the table due to hierarchies in 0AD though improving, which resulted in personal quarrels with 0BC's servant coder, to the increasing impatience and frustration on both sides.
Virtual Time Machine Tech
0BC is version controlled using Git in a modular repository structure and comes with both a python and Cmake based build system, integrates with "blender" as well as with a fully rewritten Scenario Editor framework (UNIX style) that is work in progress, mitigating several OS incompatibility problems, design flaws (like code redundancy), therefore further reducing maintenance workload.
Next to Linux, Mac OS and Windows, a build for Android, especially suitable for CyanogenMod and other Android (AOSP) flavours like Unicorn, will be made available.
Initially the ultimate goal was a merge of the partly rewritten Pyrogenesis engine into the blender game engine. Since BGE is discontinued and Pyrogenesis is not made for RPG features, 0 B.C. will run on a custom engine by worlddevelopment that has been concocted over many previous game projects (mostly online games and The Guild II imitations by Consul Jan).
Of course the gap between Unreal Engine and both BlenderGE and Pyrogenesis and our custom engine is getting bigger and bigger due to lack of serious engine developers and the community contributing fixes upstream since it is open source. Nevertheless Unreal does not suit 0 B.C. nor the fantasy project.
0BC Time Machine targets the educational, diplomatic and strategical aspects like in the real worlds (as known to us), where battles not have been decided by attrition warfare often.
Another important cornerstone is teaching philosophical questions.
The time machine won't give answers, instead it shall get people to ask philosophical questions themselves, i.e. to become critical and educated.
An example is the often sudden emergence of religions, most of the times based on nothing - and suddenly being spread very far by nothing else than brutal warfare. From this it is hoped, that the question arises, why the world is caught in the circles of conflict, crime and inter-cultural catastophes. It must be asked, why is spreading own belief by force or peacefully not helpful for a peaceful world?
The Time Machine, after a phase of heavy development, hopes to establish and tightly integrate with the scientific community to teach history and its lessons in an effective and adventurous way.
Open source question
After the failed effort to give the open source project 0AD a new strategical, historical and educational direction, it became apparent that the functionality changes and additions that a realistic Time machine requires, will not be permitted in the foreseeable future. Also it was noted that the hierarchical structure not fits the scientific community. Thus 0AD was forked and was heavily modified since.
0AD is far better established and widely known (it offers multiplayer servers which is too costly to 0BC) and has a much bigger and capable development team. Therefore it is desired that wildfiregames - even if they one day change their mind and stop blocking the features that have been requested/proposed - need to merge with 0BC and similar projects like "Delenda Est" with equal rights, i.e. without hierarchies, using philosophical dialogue.
Therefore and to prevent commercialization of 0AD and 0BC as well as to keep up the educational character and maximize efficiency (no people wasting time balancing, code style shifting or 'play-testing', as well as no sync and design conflict overhead), the time machine initially will be developed closed source.
Once the Time machine is established in the scientific community, such that historians and other world citizens jointly drive the project forward under the democratic and collaborative terms of science, 0BC Time Machine sources will be provided openly. In consonance with licensing, at latest when the time machine is released.
There is no rush in assigning the following jobs but for driving this project further
This is a trust job, because there will be no control mechanisms to check work done or exert any other pressure. Therefore only highly reputed, reliably known, highly motivated world citizens will be accepted as candidates for filling these vacancies.
Like us, You should be freedom conscious and live for others and not mainly for your own benefit. Altruism needs more rewards to extend "survival of the fittest" to "survival of the fittest gentle(wo)men" - this job is exactly that. A reward. Getting an equal (!) share of worlddevelopment club, which has come out of nowhere and worked itself up into a pretty wealthy position (heaps of territory, multiple bases, debtfree, ...).
Privacy, freedom respecting GNU/Linux or BSD should be your OS of choice (ideally Arch or Void for which worlddevelopment provides simplistic bin.configuration for very slim, speedy, interchangeable systems).
Applications to the worlddevelopment email. Suitable candidates will know what this address is. Do not forget to note why you think you are a suitable honorable knight for world development castle building + references | evidence. Be verbose. What do you think about Unlicense, Creative Commons Share Alike. Elaborate about whether you see some peoples | races being worthier than others. Hint: We do have a strong opinion here. Hint 2: We are an international team.
You will be notified when your application fruits and further talks are to be undertaken.
Alive. Engine considerations. Pro and contra. Future. RTS RPG co-op Hybrid consequences. 0 B.C.E.
An outline of the different kinds and parts of the campaign system is given. Starting with the types of maps and limits. Noting single- and multiplayer...
Some time before finalizing the DIY Java Server Pages open bookkeeping, balance tool, a preview insight into the rental contracts' finances is given.
The company (club) "worlddevelopment" has been founded. It has launched its operations.
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