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Welcome!

Widelands is a free, open source real-time strategy game with singleplayer campaigns and a multiplayer mode. The game was inspired by Settlers II™ (© Bluebyte) but has significantly more variety and depth to it. Still, it is easy to get started through playable tutorials.

For more information read the full description and look at some screenshots. Or you can download the latest release and just try it out for yourself.

This website is the home of the Widelands community. You are invited to visit the forums: discuss strategies, find partners for multiplayer games, help with translations, voice your opinion on graphics, music and much more.

Widelands is currently (and will always be) under development - you can get a feel for what is worked on by looking at the changelog. Everybody is invited to help out too - we need 2D and 3D artists, sound effect creators, composers, map makers, translators, test players, web programmers and C++ coders. All skill levels are welcome - just start working on something or ask in the forums for pointers.

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on the weekend of October 1st and 2nd major upgrade work will take place on all our servers. This includes the website, the game server and the addon-server.
Expect long downtimes and unavailability!


0 comments Posted by hessenfarmer on 2022-09-11, 13:11
Tournament

Widelands Tournament 2022

As we are reaching towards a new release, it is a good tradition to play a tournament to test the Release Candidate(s).

So me, hessenfarmer, will host the 2022 tournament.

Subscriptions are open until Sunday September 4th.

The tournament will start on September 5th.

For more information, visit the thread here.


0 comments Posted by hessenfarmer on 2022-08-06, 23:33
Developers

GunChleoc is Passing the Chieftain Baton to Nordfriese

Five and a half years ago, GunChleoc took over the Chieftain role of the Widelands project from our founder SirVer. During this time, she has contributed more to the project than any other developer. She has implemented hundreds of features, fixed thousands of bugs, and overseen major changes such as the project's transition from Launchpad to GitHub, and much, much more. The entire community is deeply grateful for the enormous amount of work she has put into Widelands.

More recently, GunChleoc has found less and less time for coding for Widelands, and I, Nordfriese, have slowly been taking over most of the Chieftain's duties. Now we made it official.

I joined the project five years ago, a Biology student dabbling in computer sciences looking for some hacking help. After a warm and helpful reception from the community, I stuck around, contributed some Lua scripting and other easy patches, then learned advanced C++ coding and Blender 3D design while working on bigger features for Widelands. This project, in which I invest the largest part of my spare time, has taught me a lot, and it's all thanks to Widelands that my C++ skills developed to a level where I now work as a professional C++ engineer1. As a senior developer, I have overseen some major changes such as the transition of our CI from Travis to GitHub Actions, and I have been managing the last two stable releases of Widelands. I promise to keep contributing to the Widelands project to the best of my abilities as Chieftain for what I hope and intend will be a long time yet.

But wait, there's more! The project has many developers, and two of the most senior active members, hessenfarmer and tothxa, are taking over two posts of responsibility: Let's all welcome hessenfarmer as the first Elder of Scripting and tothxa as the new Elder of Graphics! Here's what they say:

tothxa – Elder of Graphics

I would like to thank being appointed to the position of Elder of Graphics.

When I was added to the elders team on GitHub, I wrote that I have hardly any programming experience. Fortunately this time around I can actually claim some technical and theoretical expertise in both 2D and 3D computer graphics, face-smile.png being a mechanical design engineer with over 2 decades of experience in 3D CAD. Unlike previous Elders of Graphics though, I have no artistic skills, and no previous experience in Blender, our main graphics tool. So feel free to consider me the Acting Elder of Graphics until someone better comes around. face-smile.png And of course, I'd be more than happy to step down if any of my predecessors returned to reclaim their rightful position. face-smile.png

My CAD background means that Blender is at the same time quite familiar and quite alien to me. Fortunately I'm coping with it so far, and I'll keep working on bringing you high resolution images for the old tribes, keeping the old look and feel of the game alive.

hessenfarmer – Elder of Scripting

Many thanks to the developers who chose me to be the newly introduced Elder of Scripting.

Being a player socialised by the Settlers and Anno Series who loves playing slowly, I found widelands quite some time ago and directly got addicted to it.

After having played for some years trying almost every map and every tribe, I felt that the things I miss most are more scenarios. So I started to create one and learned some lua for this. While doing this and testing it I learned that the AI might need some help as well. So my second passion in contributing to widelands was discovered.

As more scenarios are only one good idea to get more variety in the game, but new tribes are another very good idea I realized I could contribute a lot by implementing or reviewing the scripting of new tribes. This comes together with calculating balance scores and making the AI handle them.

All in all these are my three passions in Widelands: Scenarios, Tribes and the AI. So anybody who might have an idea for new content or improvement might just open a new thread and I will be happy to assist / implement the ideas.

May we create lots of new stuff together.

Best regards
hessenfarmer


  1. Our founder said much the same when he looked back on his time as Chieftain in this post which is well worth a read :) 


2 comments Posted by Nordfriese on 2022-05-09, 15:30