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One of the things that makes 0ad great are its gorgeous graphics and breathtaking environments! Yet they're limited by a factor I couldn't find much discussion of and was curious to ask if there are any plans for: Lack of a dynamic time of day and weather. I had 3 different questions:

  1. Is a dynamic daytime cycle going to be implemented at some point? I've looked at the shadows closely and the sun never moves during a game, it's always a fixed time of day.

  2. Even with a static daytime I haven't ever gotten a mission during a red sunset or night time, it's always day with different sun angles. I understand a night option was implemented in 0.24b; Is there only day and night, or are times such as red sunrises / sunsets possible as well?

  3. Will weather ever be supported? I noticed that on some maps there are particle clouds in the sky, but there's never any raining or snowing or sandstorms going on.

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Weather, seasons and things like are widely discussed in the forum. The answers will probably depend of your point of view : graphical or gameplay related. I understand you speak more about the graphical part. In that case, I think it depends mostly of artists. For example, for the winter part we would have to switch to the snowy variants of all structures and things like that: that needs a lot of artwork. (But that's doable and was even done).

2. Perhaps does it depends mainly of the map maker ?

3. It's yet done I think : there are maps with rain or snow.

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11 minutes ago, fatherbushido said:

3. It's yet done I think : there are maps with rain or snow.

yes i think so. a few days ago i saw it raining somewhere, in some map. was really surpriced

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13 minutes ago, seeh said:

yes i think so. a few days ago i saw it raining somewhere, in some map. was really surpriced

(names are probably different in 0 A.D., those are from Fork AD)

For rain, you have those ones:

random/extinct_volcano.js
random/rmbiome/fields_of_meroe/rainy.json
skirmishes/Deccan_Plateau_2.xml
skirmishes/Gambia_River_3.xml
skirmishes/Punjab_2.xml

You have also maps with fireflies or volcan dust.

You have more chance to find nice maps in the skirmishes and scenario category.

That one from @nani is nice for example:

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There are night maps in the game and I mostly play them instead of the regular day maps. They're in scenarios but I wish there were more of them. Perfect if you're playing as the celts. Also, can we have torch props and bloom effect for fire?

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