Tales of Maj’Eyal (ToME) version 1.1.0 and Steam edition

The great roguelike RPG Tales of Maj’Eyal (ToME) is available as a new version (1.1.0) nicknamed “Full Steam Ahead”. Here is a slightly older trailer for version 1.0.5.:Release highlights:New necromancer tree: AnimusAll achievements now feature beautif…

Help to ROTC:Ethernet to become fully open-source

The creator of the nice, but pretty niche, freeware game (but with Creative Commons licensed assets) Revenge of the Cats: Ethernet has just informed us that he started a Indiegogo campaign (target US$ 1500) to liberate the game.The current version stil…

Progress on Octaforge

One of the newer engine/game projects I have been following closely is Octaforge. It is basically a fork of Tesseract, which in turn is an graphic improvement project by the makers of the well known Cube2 engine.The main difference with Octaforge is th…

Zelda can now be free as in freedom

Not only from the clutches of Ganondorf, but also from the dominion of proprietary software. All thanks to the magnificent Solarus Engine, a GPLed, SDL-based, 2D action RPG engine. This amazing project aims to provide a stable and easily customizable p…

Linux Game Awards voting open now!

Quietly in the background a group of open-source and Linux enthusiast websites (full disclosure: including FreeGamer ;) ) has developed a new platform for promoting open-source games: http://www.linuxgameawards.org/One of its regular features will be a…

Holiday Racer 2.2 released (aka Stunt Rally)

Obviously someone is having a hard time with the winter in the northern hemisphere right now:More awesome screenshots of Stunt Rally 2.2 here, and don’t miss the details of the new version in the full change log.Last but not least, discuss it on our fo…

Lips of Suna 0.8.0 released

And another great new release :)Our favorite work in progress & not quite serious anime RPG Lips of Suna bumps its release number to 0.8 (change-log).I know what you are thinking…Most notable changes:New player model and animations contributed by…

MegaGlest 3.9.0 released

Since I am having internet troubles as of late, I’ll keep it short and hope it will actually come through:Megaglest 3.9.0 was released today, see changelog:v3.9.0- we hopefully now really solved the last out of sync problems for cross platform games.- …

Boson X is sciencey, also Free

Boson X is a simple time-waster gamey-thing, which has been making quite a furor in the indie game world. Turns out it’s not only available gratis, but it’s also Free Software. It’s quite a challenging little game, but oh, if only particle physics were…

New releases from the Worldforge project.

Yesterday saw the release of a new version of the client-side software “Ember” for the Worldforge project (an open-source MMO framework).The focus of this version was to improve the world-editing features, and if not yet included, the GoSC 2013 improve…

Quick reminder: Free The Monsters open game art crowd-funding

We talked about it before here, but now there is only about 2 days left and even though all funds go to the team regardless of if the goal is reached, they are still a long way off what then would need to create a nice set of openly licensed fantasy mo…

DevCorner: jMonkeyEngine SDK 3.0 (stealth) release

The maybe most user friendly and complete FOSS game engine jMonkey Engine 3, has recently released the final version 3.0 of their very nice SDK.Here is a list of the full changes:Engine- LWJGL base now works on MacOSX 10.7+ incl. Applets- Hardware Skin…

Frogatto & Friends looking to be “greenlit” on Steam

We have mentioned in the past a few times that it is a common misconception that FOSS games need to be also “freeware”, and in fact the opposite can be quite beneficial to the overall development of a game or the engine it is build on.The 2D jump &…

Breaking news: The Dark Mod 2.0 stand alone version out now!

I guess quite a few people were waiting for this to finally happen :)Have a look at the release announcement here and the full change-log here.They also did a nice introduction video a few months ago:Haven’t got the chance to try it myself yet, but thi…

Blender Game Making Challenge starts on the 20th of this month

While not necessary only for FOSS games, all will be done with the Blender3D included game engine (BGE). Check out their website here and/watch the video below:The overall theme will be announce on the 20th when the contest starts.This post was retriev…

Valyria Tear 0.6.0 released

I have to admit that we are a bit slow on reporting the news on FOSS gaming projects with we actually host ourselves via the freegamedev.net forums. Valyria Tear is sadly no exception, and their new 0.6.0 release has been out a few days already. Sorry …

Fundraiser: Fantasy Creature under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike

Free the Monsters! is a collaborative Indiegogo campaign to create and share five fantasy creature 3d models under CC-BY-SA 3.05 3d models and 10 works of concept art will be released if the goal of USD5000 is reached.Perks include t-shirts and vo…

Stephen Cameron: Space Nerds in Space Interview and Crew Gameplay Video

A 15 minutes long video profile of Stephen Cameron was published on YouTube by Jack Younger – hacker (presumed) at TX/RX Labs.Stephen Cameron Video ProfileThe video includes an interview of Cameron’s about his latest project Space Nerds …

Fundraising for GPL game Plee the Bear

This is a guest post by Julien Jorge, developer, artist and musician behind the open source indie games Plee the Bear and Andy’s Super Great Park, here to present the fundraising campaign he launched for the former.

Some years ago, with the help of three of my friends and anonymous people on the web, I have created Plee the Bear, a great platformer in which you play an angry bear whose son has been kidnapped by god. Here is a guy hard to brave! You sure will jump in this amazing journey to find and rescue your son. Because you want to rescue him, don’t you? Or to slap him? Maybe both….
The game was a spare time project for a long time, then we recently decided to create a real, full, complete, fun and original version out of the prototype. We have thus created our company, Stuffomatic, published a first game and now we are launching a fundraising campaign for Plee the Bear!

The prototypes of the game have always been released for Windows and Linux as free software, available under the terms of the GNU GPL and the CC by-sa licenses. The latest version contains three levels of the storyline and four mini-games; and has already generated very positive criticisms (e.g. on The Linux Game Tome). Players loved the fun, the graphics and the music; other indie developers were pleasantly surprised by the technical skills and the details of the game; and people in the free software movement appreciated the overall process and the quality of the resources, remarkable for a free game.

All these feedbacks motivated us to complete the game and to launch a fundraising campaign to help the development. The campaign is organized in order to implement the new contents of the game one after the other, each time with a new fundraiser. So, for the initial one, the feature you are welcome to support is a complete refresh of the existing work. You can see the details on the project’s page on OpenFunding but let me show you how the game will look:

To be compared with the current release:

(The screen is larger in the new version, it’s not just Plee who is smaller…) 

The animations will also be reworked. For example, here is a comparison of the changes in the animation of Plee walking. The old version is on the bright stripes, the new one is in the black stripes:

If you are a game developer, you may have already used some free resources from websites like OpenGameArt.org or Freesound.org. If you are a gamer, you may have played games using the resources of such websites. In both cases, you are certainly interested by our process consisting of releasing each part of the game under a free license. Actually, we have recently started to supply OpenGameArt.org with our assets.

So, if you like our project:

This way, we will all go toward a fun and good game :)

This post was retrieved from freegamer.blogspot.com.

New Alien Arena, with included alpha-demo of in development commercial spin-off

Yes, it looks like the developers behind the long running idTech2 based AlienArena are going make a more slower paced & ‘tactical’ spin-off and try to sell it. As before the engine will stay open-source (GPLv2), but the assets for the spin-off will…