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Spring RTS

2008-08-04 18:21:55.109397+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Ages ago I found copies of Total Annihilation[Wiki] for Forest[Wiki] and me. It gave us a common game that we could play on whatever hardware was handy. Over the years we've tried various packs, and disks have become scratched and hardware and software have moved on, and it became a struggle to get the thing working any time we got together.

Yesterday evening we set up Spring, the successor to "TA Spring" which was an attempt to build an open source version of Total Annihilation[Wiki]. Spring is much much more, and it looks like the modders are taking it interesting places.

Nowadays I only play games when it's a good way to relate to a nephew or pseudo-nephew, but if you've got the RTS itch it's a danged nice multi-player real-time strategy game. It'd be nice if they toned back the explosions just a bit more on the "minimal detail" modes, 'cause the 3d-ness of those works pretty well until lots of things start going boom, but I'm impressed.

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#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-04 19:18:50.170894+00 by: ebradway

Coolness! I've been thinking about breaking out the TA disks - I'll have to give Spring a try. I stopped playing games (especially TA) several years ago because they became too much of a time sink...

#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-04 20:16:33.624967+00 by: Dan Lyke

I haven't got the AI stuff for single player mode working yet, but I haven't tried too hard. Multiplayer can be classic TA, or much more, with enough eye candy to keep the teenagers happy.