A clarification of the current state of Original War and its community is necessary so you get a better understanding of the charm that eminates from this jewel of a game:
DEVELOPMENT OF THE GAME AND OF THE COMMUNITY
Although the game was released in 2001, it is important to know that it's still being maintained by Stucuk (he uses House as his Steam nickname). He's been the head of every game update since 2005, that is to say fourteen years ago from now when he created OWS (Original War Support).
Throughout the years, several other communities appeared in addition to OWS' forums on the net such as:
OWN (Original-War.Net), which attempts to reach an international target audience but contains mostly most of the Polish fan-base ;
Some other websites have gone 404, we can think of OWAR Centrum (Czech fan-base). Special mention to "other-purpose" websites such as Throwback modification, which now focuses itself on the Steam workshop.
In 2019, Original War is following a big schedule with the upcoming release of SGUI: an entire graphical update of the game which also opens huge doors to modders. Some mods are currently using the latest SGUI technology and seem very promising (it includes the Multiplayer version of the Russian and American campaigns).
Last month, the community also discovered a new way to create textures for Original War's maps with the help of a deep learning program. This is synonym to an increasing number of new maps being released in future mods, maybe even in the vanilla game if the results are convincing. The previous method was to use some old programs to create textures manually and that required a bit of skills and too much time. Too much energy.
Every latest info can be found on our Original War Discord server where every heads of OWS, OWN and WsF were given admin rights resulting in a better teamworking community.
The latest patches can be downloaded on our Discord server months before they are uploaded to the actual Steam servers. This also includes work-in-progress patches and snapshots (small modifications that usually require to be reviewed by the community).
Most multiplayer games hosted in OW's lobby are being tracked by OW's bot on our Discord bot channel, and a bunch of players report their new open games on a daily basis. We are currently undergoing a higher report of open games on our channels so you should take advantage of that!
WHY IS ORIGINAL WORTH IT?
Original War has a very strong and convincing story which actually lets you take real decisions that have real impacts on your game. Once a character dies, it is gone forever and it will often trigger new paths for you to follow. Indeed, every characters are unique, they are being given their own skills, names and animated faces.
The game runs in a slow tempo which is actually a combination of several gameplays: your first step would be to find crates of resources which people from the Present send to you using the TAWAR (EON). That would also include exploring the map. Then comes the building step, where you need to place several unique buildings such as a laboratory and a workshop.
The gameplay splits in several phases at this point as you merge between Science (your scientists need to work on technologies so you unlock new gameplay mechanics) and Advanced Constructions: while your engineers build up your defenses, your mechanics will create new vehicles given the vehicles parts that you decide to use for each of them (type of engine, type of wheels, type of control, type of armor).
With so many tools given to you, you can easily think of every possible ways to complete your objectives, might you play in singleplayer or multiplayer. You will learn a lot from your choices, and even though it's all about pixels then you might create some sort of bound between yourself and the characters who happened to be dubbed in many different languages entirely from A to Z, individually.
Please join us on Original War Discord and share your discovery of the game with us! We'll be more than happy to welcome you.
After two days of interesting matches we reached the end of the tournament! After 42 fierce battles, in which as many as 7 players fought against each other, we were able to successfully select the top four players of the Original War Streamers Tournament 2019. Applause for our champions!
We would like to thank the contestants for their participation in the contest, all those who helped with the organization for their cooperation, and the spectators for their participation! There may be another tournament after some time, but we will inform you about it in the future! And may the Force be with you always.
The time has come for the Great Games! We would like to invite you to the Original War Streamer Tournament, which will take place on 30-31.03.2019 at 12:00-17:00 GMT+1! The main goal of the tournament is to test all default maps, multiplayer modes, sync lost, game exploits, SGUI in multiplayer and most importantly, have fun! During the tournament, several streams will be started by your favourite streamers, and the tournament will be attended by Stucuk himself, the patch maker of the Original War! With the tournament we want to catch all the multiplayer bugs, restoring the play-ability of all maps, so that the multiplayer experience can be even better!
What's more, Sali and Stucuk suggested the tournament to be played on the brand new WIP patch, with developmental version of SGUI. Stucuk has decided to speed up his work on the patch to make it possible for contestants to test out, and show the world brand new Original War user interface!
Thanks for Sali and Stucuk for their hard work! Live streams on their YouTube channels will provide: Bren, Dragon5fly, Jakes, Nefarem, and Thorgall!
Combining fun with useful, we will be able to carry out in-depth tests of the game, and you will see your favourite streamers in action! The following people agreed to participate: Bren, Dragon5fly, Jakes, Nefarem, Sali, Stucuk and Thorgall. Their fights will take place in parallel due to time constraints.
Original-War.net in cooperation with YouTube channel Livid, would like to invite you to sign up for the biggest international Original War Tournament with cash prizes! Registration for the tournament starts Today(20th January 2019) and ends on 9th February 2019.