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The Battle for Wesnoth is an open source, turn-based strategy game with a high fantasy theme. Explore the four corners of Irdya in seventeen solo campaigns and dozens of multiplayer maps, taking part in countless adventures as you go.

Stable - This version primarily gets just bug fixes and translation updates. Download this is you want a mostly seamless experience between updates.

Beta - This version gets bug fixes and new features, but things may break between versions. Download this if you want to get the latest changes and won't be too bothered if something stops working for a bit.

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Windows (stable) 477 MB
Version 1.16.6
macOS (stable) 471 MB
Version 1.16.6
Windows (beta) 427 MB
Version 1.17.10
macOS (beta) 419 MB
Version 1.17.10

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Hello! First of all, I wanted to sincerely thank you for your absolutely amazing work on this beautiful game! It’s one of my favourite games of all-time, and it’s probably the only one turn-based game I absolutely love (I prefer real-time in general). I can’t put enough how many memorable moments I had with BfW, this game being also my entry to modding back in 2012, which I love greatly.

One question I have about BfW current status/future: is there a chance for it getting Linux version?

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There is a Linux version actually (Flatpak, Steam, as well as often being packaged by individual distros).

There isn’t a Linux version on itch.io since it would require either for us to include all Wesnoth’s dependencies as part of the download (which is a pain) or require players to download all the required dependencies themselves (also bad). Flatpak and Steam on the other hand provide all the dependencies that Wesnoth needs as part of their respective runtime environments, which makes it much easier to provide just “a Linux version” there.

Might ask this on the forum, GitHub, or Discord later, but can Wesnoth maybe come with an installer again, like it did on SourceForge?

It's a tiny detail, but I have to admit I miss it... made the game feel more professional, for it to have a customized multi-language game install wizard that walked you through installing the game, and even made Start menu and Desktop shortcuts for you.  There's also the issue of accessibility-- I was a child when I first started playing Wesnoth, and it might have taken a lot longer for me to be able to really install new versions of Wesnoth on my own if it didn't come with an installer to do all the hard file-location-finding for me.  It could also be harder for less tech-savvy people to place somewhere on their computer without an installer, if they're used to mobile file systems.  Also, for some reason, my computer took way longer to extract the files manually into the Wesnoth folder I created than the old installer ever did when making its own, so using an installer might speed things up there, too.  Do consider bringing the installer back, please!  It never stopped being cool.

The installers do still exist actually and are created for each version - see here. The issue is that the installer tends to cause issues with antivirus software because it’s unsigned and getting a proper signing certificate would be a lot of time and effort (explanation here), so the link to it was taken off the website main page. The reason being that people won’t have issues with antivirus if it’s launched via the itch.io client, though my understanding is anyone downloading the standalone zip is likely to have the same antivirus issue when running wesnoth.exe as they would with the installer.

The release announcement posts on the Wesnoth forums do also still have a link to the installer.

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The Battle for Wesnoth is the most overrated game of all time. The only thing that has improved about the game in the past 15 years is the file size and hardware requirements. The AI is not good at all.

I was just looking for some random strategy game to pass the time, but I ended up liking this one way more than I expected! The art style is a really cool blend of pixel art for the maps and animations but full art for the character portraits, which really sells the Fire Emblem vibe. I was surprised at how many campaigns there were as well, right now I've only done the tutorial and first one but I'll be doing the others definitely. Good job! 

Extremely fun game. Even my friends who usually don't like computer games, like to play "Wesnoth".

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I remember playing this when it first was released. Stopped and decided to see if it was still being developed. I'm going to start the missions again. Memories from almost 20 years ago. Thank you so much.

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I didn't know this was on Itch! I literally just clicked on the "random games" function and I was shocked when this came up. Great game!

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Great game, a fusion of great ideas with superb design!

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This is such an old game and still fun to play todaaay!

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One of the greatest games of all time. Proof that open source can deliver!

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Wow! A legendary game on itch.io.

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YOOOOO didnt expect BfW to turn up here, espacially after all these years, on the popular section!

HOURS upon hours of fun with custom maps and campaigns, even if the RNG of the single units attacks sometimes really F***ed me over xD cant wait to give it another go with some friends!!