Anyway, we’re back. And this time we brought a friend: Stan Dolcini of the 0 A.D. team. We’ve talked about 0 A.D. a whole bunch on the podcast. I’m a big fan, and when I showed it off to Squidge… well, he goes into that in the podcast.
During my intro to both Stan and 0 A.D., I mention an episode that Chief was in charge of
he turned up and told us that we were doing an episode on RTS and RTT games
But before we could get on to the task at hand - i.e. talking about 0 A.D. - we had some business to take care of, such as our recent games
Squidge’s Recent Games
You may remember that Squidge had recently started re-playing this when we interviewed Mike Hermann about RetroMania Wrestling a few weeks back. Well, no to shatter the illusion, but this episode was recorded a few days after we recorded that one.
Stan’s Recent Games
Stan had set up a Raspberry Pi with a bunch of emulators
Whereas Stan had mentioned that perhaps there was something announced in that day’s Nintendo Dispatch
we really do record these in advance, and you’re about to learn how far in advance
The above embedded YouTube video is for the Nintendo Dispatch which was released on the day that we recorded.
Here’s the spiel that I tried to read out, by way of an intro to RTS games:
Real Time Strategy games are all about building up a civilisation or army of some kind, and capturing as much land and resources as possible. Some of the big names in this genre are games like Command & Conquer, Dune, Age of Empires, Populous, and Warcraft 3
And here’s my attempt at intro-ing 0 A.D.:
0 A.D. is all about picking a civilisation and making it grow through established stages of societal evolution: from the stone age onwards. By evolving your civilisation you gain access to advancing technologies, but it also makes you a target for other civilisations.
And considering that it’s a completely free game, too.
It works on very old laptops, from 6 to 16 year old laptops… some players have gotten it working on PlayStation 2 and Switch
In order to prepare for this episode, I’d asked Squidge to take some time to play 0 A.D. He’s not a huge fan of RTS games, in fact there are very few of them that he actually likes. He had told me, before we started the interview, that he had some thoughts and reactions and that he wanted some time to talk Stan through them. And I thought that it would be a great idea to actually log his reactions here. So here we go:
Clouds?! That’s awesome
I love the music!
In fact, the soundtrack is available for you to stream, purchase, download
and anything else that you want to do with digital audio
on BandCamp. But for your convenience, I’ll put an embedded player here:
Seriously, I love the music!
Battle Elephants! Sweet!
which is one of my favourite things that I’ve ever heard him say
One of the things I really did like … is that when you choose a unit, you can give them different formations to stand in and to attack in as well.
Stan then told us about “A Tale of Warriors”
which is included in the soundtrack
…there was somebody at the Los Angeles Opera that did a voice over for one of the songs [in] the game
Here’s an embedded player for that song:
He also tells us that the popular Total War mod “Europa Barbarorum” - essentially - rips off their video trailers
it is open source, but even so. That’s a bad guy move
which is against the open source license of the game
did I mention that it’s free and open source yet?
I think that one of it’s strengths is that you can micromanage, but that you don’t have to