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The Banana Peel
Battle for Wesnoth 
Tuesday, December 14, 2004, 8:36 AM

Some time ago, a thread at the Freeciv forum pointed out that Freeciv was no longer ranked the #1 open source game at The Linux Game Tome. That position now belongs to another game named Battle for Wesnoth. Freeciv now holds the #2 spot.

I found some time to try it over the weekend, and I must say, I am impressed. When asked to describe it, my first response is that it reminds me of WarCraft II, but turn-based. However, that is far from the whole truth.

I highly recommend that you try the game out for yourself. Pre-built binaries are available on several platforms, including Mac OS X. And unlike Freeciv, the OS X version runs natively on top of Aqua (that is right, no X11 required).

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Freeciv 2.0.0 Beta 5 
Monday, December 13, 2004, 10:55 AM
While part of me is anxious to see 2.0.0 released, another part of me is also glad to see the developers doing their due diligence to squash as many bugs as possible. Or, at least that's what I think they are doing. :-)

Anyway, the fifth beta was posted on December 10th, and my package for Mac OS X Panther is here.

Some have asked about Jaguar support. However, I don't have the resources to spin up a Jaguar system to support it. Now, if you are interested in compiling it yourself, feel free to ask, and I can help you get started.
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Freeciv 2.0.0 Beta 4 
Wednesday, November 24, 2004, 2:22 AM
With the fourth beta released so close to Thanksgiving, one wonders if the final release of 2.0.0 will be pushed out to December!

Nonetheless, here is my beta 4 package for Mac OS X Panther.

Enjoy, and happy Thanksgiving!
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Freeciv 2.0.0 Beta 3 
Wednesday, November 10, 2004, 12:25 AM
Beta 3 was announced on the 5th of November. You can find my package of it here. I've added two utilities to the package to help things out:
  1. Freeciv Server: Double-clicking this AppleScript application will launch the game server in a Terminal window. Games will be saved in the Saved Games folder.
  2. Load Saved Game: Dropping a saved game file on this AppleScript droplet will launch the game server in a Terminal window and load the saved game.
Have fun!
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Freeciv 2.0.0 Beta 2 
Thursday, October 28, 2004, 8:00 AM
On October 22nd, the second beta of Freeciv 2.0.0 was announced. The final version of Freeciv 2.0.0 will be released sometime in November. A non-exhaustive list of the new features and changes in 2.0.0 can be found here.

I put together a package for Mac OS X that you can download and try out.

Aside from being built from the beta 2 code base, his package primarily sports these improvements:
  1. The package is now smaller (4.4MB instead of 7.4MB), because I took the time to figure out which libraries are really needed and threw out the rest.
  2. All items in the package are now placed under a top-level folder within the .DMG file, so that you can just drag the whole thing to your machine without having to create a folder first.
  3. Previous packages relied on setting the DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable to run. This package doesn't need it due to some interesting utilities that is part of way Mac OS X handles dynamic libraries. Specifically, I am talking about the otool and install_name_tool.
Download it, try it, and have fun!

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