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Projekt "W" (for Weltherrscher = World ruler) - "Phase 2" is a turn-based strategy game set in a hostile not-so-distant future where only five huge nations remain that battle it out for world domination.

You take control over on of these nations, each with it's own territory and specific set of bonus factors, and your goal is to conquer the whole globe.

Current downloads (May 2013, open beta #190) :

(Windows) Projekt “W” – Phase 2 – Open Beta rev. #201 (~83 MBytes)
(Linux, i386) Projekt “W” – Phase 2 – Open Beta rev. #201 (~90 MBytes)
(Linux, x86_64) Projekt “W” – Phase 2 – Open Beta rev. #201 (~90 MBytes)

Note : This is a freeware title. And though it's currently still in beta, the final title will be freeware too.

Quick rundown of what you do during a game :

  • Manage your regions
    Your regions are the main source for resources needed to fund your war efforts, so managing them in an effective way is very important. So you'll spend much time constructing buildings inside your regions and upgrading them. You also need to make sure your people are happy or you're going to loose regions. You can select from dozens of different buildings in several categories (military, civil, research, health-care, science, leisure, etc.).
  • Manage your armies
    Since this is a hostile environment it's inevitable to have a well-managed army. So you need to create and manage division, construct, assign and upgrade military units and hire generals for your divisions that give them bonusses.
  • Unlock new technologies
    The game offers dozens of technologies to be researched by your scientists, with technologies often unlocking new technologies alongside buildings and military units or
    giving you advantages over your enemies. So steady research is a must to survive.
  • Work on global projects
    Global projects are mighty projects that need your whole nation's attention to finish. There are two different categories : Active projects with powerfull attacks you can unleash onto your enemies (nukes, pandemics) and passive projects that boost your nation's skills (build faster, bolster espionage skills). These projects are expensive and need time to unlock but they can become real game changers.
  • Do espionage and sabotage
    The game includes a deep and complex espionage and sabotage system. You can hire agents to infiltrate enemie regions or data nets and even put them into your own regions to do counter espionage. You can get important data from your enemies and even demolish their buildings or steal credits from them. But don't get caught!
  • Manage your staff
    A leader is only as good as it's staff. So hire and train your scientists, agents and generals so they can give you an advantage over your enemies. A well-trained general attached to a mighty division can become almost unstoppable.

Features of the game :

  • State-of-the-art 3D graphics
    The game uses OpenGL and Shaders to render it's starte-of-the-art 3D graphics. From the main globe to the day/night cycle, over to the GUI programmed especially for this game up to the 3D battlefields where you can zoom into the details of all your units.
  • Turn-based hexagonal battles
    New in "Phase 2" are real 3D-battlefields where you can fight for enemy regions (or defend your own) on a hexagonal battlefield, turn-by-turn. Everything here is rendered in full 3D so you can move, rotate and zoom freely while moving your units in half a dozen different environments on dozens of different maps.
  • Over a dozen of military units
    The game includes almost 20 different military units, starting from the basic infantry to modern stealth-bombers and huge walker platforms. Every unit has it's strength and weaknesses, so it's necessary to balance your unit mix. And every single unit has different skins for all five nations and is presented in full 3D.
  • More than 40 different buildings
    The game includes more than 40 different buildings you can construct in your regions, split up into different categories. Many of which are unlocked during research. This offers a lot of variety for regional construction
  • Extensive technology tree
    More than 30 technologies can be research that unlock buildings, military units or give you bonuses. Included are also endless reasearch technology for when you're done with normal research.
  • Different types of global projects
    The game includes global projects that range from nuclear warheads (along with animated explosions) to pandemics that spread over the globe to more passive projects like espionage satellites.
  • Complex strategic gameplay
    Projekt W offers you complex and deep turn-based gameplay. Take your time to plan your steps, a game can last dozens of hours or be over in just a few, depending on your skills and your enemies.
  • Human and AI-controlled nations
    When setting up a game you can choose to either fight against competitive AI-controlled nations or human players (via hotseat). You can even mix both of them.
  • Smooth and rich user interface
    The user interface of the game was written especially for this game and also uses OpenGL for hardware rendering. So you get both an easy-to-use UI that also looks sleek and even allows for 3D rendering inside 2D windows.
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Here comes a new Phase 2 open beta release (#201) :

(Windows) Projekt “W” – Phase 2 – Open Beta rev. #201 (~83 MBytes)
(Linux, i386) Projekt “W” – Phase 2 – Open Beta rev. #201 (~90 MBytes)
(Linux, x86_64) Projekt “W” – Phase 2 – Open Beta rev. #201 (~90 MBytes)

Introducing another platform, Linux x86_64. Contrary to a 64-Bit windows, a 64-Bit linux doesn't support 32 Bit applications out of the box, and in order to run them you need to install some multiarch stuff. So from now on those of you that run a 64-Bit linux (which I guess is standard like in the windows world) without 32-Bit libs installed can just grab the 64-Bit release.

Beta #201 images Beta #201 images Beta #201 images

Highlights of this release include :

  • 64-Bit release for Linux (x86)
  • Fixed a bug that stopped ecology buildings from getting finished.
  • Fixed wrong global project calculation for minimum required funds to progress.
  • (Linux) The sound library (libbass.so) is now loaded dynamically. If there was a problem loading it you get a corresponding message instead of the game not starting.
  • (Linux) Executable bits for the start script and the game’s binary have been set.
  • Fixed lots of spelling and grammar errors.

The Mac OSX release that I recently announced isn't quite ready yet, but the game already runs and plays perfectly on a mac. But since there's still testing left to do (I only have access to one mac, a mac mini at work) and I guess I'll have to tweak some code and fix some minor issues before I can release it to the public. Depending on how it turns out I may run a closed beta with the Mac OSX version first though.

Important note for the desura release : JYI : The updated release has been submitted for desura release, but due to the approval process it may take some time until you can grab this release from desura.

And once again I'd like to thank all of you that downloaded my game and gave me (lots of) valuable feedback. This release doesn't include gameplay improvements that you requested, but these have been noted and will be put in one of the upcoming release.Next on my list is (finally) starting wok on the politics feature, a feature that'll hopefully add to the gameplay and make the game more of geo-political simulator.

Projekt Weltherrscher coming to Mac OSX

Projekt Weltherrscher coming to Mac OSX


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Projekt Weltherrscher - Phase 2 coming to Desura on June 20th


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New beta release #190 (windows and linux)

New beta release #190 (windows and linux)

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doing good ;) ya ever think about adding more units ??

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It's like Sid Meier's Civilization IV and V?

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SaschaWillems Creator

Partially. It's not a clone or copy of Civilization, thouth Civ has clearly been an influence during development of my game.

There are lots of differences between the two, e.g. there are now different ages, the region's are predefined (no creating of your own settlements) and there's no exploration.

On the other hand you have complete turn-based hexagonal battle when fighting for regions, you can hire staff, do espionage and sabotage and much more.

So if you like Civ, then you may also like my game ;)

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I am having fun.

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Hi! I have problem with this game, cant launch it, can someone help me?
Problem is, that just some window blinks and disappears. I have no idea where logs can be.
My HW setup is Radeon 5870, AMD Phenom II 550, 4GB RAM, Xubuntu 13.04.
This looks really nice, but no way to test it for me so far, so help is appreciated :)

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SaschaWillems Creator

Hey there, the logs should be in your user directory, in the sub directory called "ProjektW_Phase2". That directory should contain a "log.html". Could you post it here? It may help me finding out why the game won't start on your machine.

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Do you have solution to play Projekt W - Phase 2 on a Linux 64bits ?

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SaschaWillems Creator

I recently released a native version for linux 64 Bits. You can grab it over from Saschawillems.de

That version contains a native 64-Bit binary and should work on any more-or-less recent 64-Bit distro without the need for 32-Bit libs.

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Thank you!
Unfortunately it seems that my graphic card who used optimus system, don't let me launch the game. But it's really cool to have create a 64bits version!

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SaschaWillems Creator

What graphics card do you have? The requirements are pretty basic and any OpenGL 2.0 compatible card should do.

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I have a Nvidia Geforce GT 620m who need to be run with optirun command to activate it under linux.

When i run projekt-w with optirun I have these errors:

libGL error: failed to load driver: swrast
libGL error: Try again with LIBGL_DEBUG=verbose for more details.
[VGL] WARNING: The OpenGL rendering context obtained on X display
[VGL] :8 is indirect, which may cause performance to suffer.
[VGL] If :8 is a local X display, then the framebuffer device
[VGL] permissions may be set incorrectly.
[VGL] ERROR: in readpixels--
[VGL] 256: GL_ARB_pixel_buffer_object extension not available

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