Release of Boson 0.13, a Real Time Strategy (RTS) game for the K Desktop
Most of the work since the last release has been on behind the scenes
features, such as fixing various issues with the new cmake based build system
(which has made our life a lot easier) and a lot of small code improvements.
Also the groundwork of a few new features has been layed that will get used
in a later release, but are not yet supported by the game. An example here is
code support for radar jammers.
The actual user-visible highlights of this release:
* New fog of war. In addition to the original fog of war that covers the whole
terrain until it has been explored by a unit, we also have "fog" that covers
all units that are outside the players' sight range.
* Icons for distant units: Units that are very far away from the camera
position are replaced by a constant-size icon showing unit's type and it's
owner's status toward you (friendly/neutral/enemy). This makes it possible to
still recognize units that would otherwise be a small dot on the screen only.
Note that many core features are still in development and thus Boson is still
For a longer, though still very incomplete list see
You can find a list of hardware and software requirements at
Note that proper 3d acceleration is required.
Source packages can be found at
First of all you need at least cmake 2.4.2, see
Then download boson-all-0.13.tar.bz2 and follow these instructions:
tar xjvf boson-all-0.13.tar.bz2
If you want to install at a different prefix,
use "cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/install/boson/to .." instead of
the "cmake .." line.
Installation instructions can also be found at
The Boson Team