Robot War Engine
An open-source real-time strategy game engine that is highly compatible with Total Annihilation data files.
There is currently no stable release. If you would like try out the latest, bleeding edge version, the latest zip file and/or installer is available at:
To find the files, click "Environment: RWE_COMPILER=MSYS; Configuration: Release", then "Artifacts".
RWE is currently only available on Windows, however the code is also built and tested on Linux. Official Linux binaries will be available when the project reaches a stable version.
Source code is hosted on Github:
How to Install
- Create the folder
%AppData%/RWE/Dataand copy your TA data files to it (.hpi, .ufo, rev31.gp3, etc.)
- Run rwe.exe (if you used the installer, RWE will be in your start menu items)
How to Play
- Scroll through the map using the arrow keys (UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT).
- Left click to select units.
- Right click to move units to the clicked area on the map.
- To deselect units, left click on the map itself, off the unit.
- To attack, with the unit selected, press A and select where to attack.
- To stop units attacking, select them and press S.
- To show the collision grid, press F9.
- To show unit pathfinding, press F10. Unit pathfinding will only display when a unit is moving/has arrived at their destination.
- To show passable/impassible terrain for units, press F11 (Be sure to have the unit selected for this to display!). This will show where units can travel according to their movement class.
Progress updates are posted to a thread on the TAUniverse forums, usually once a week. See:
How to Build
First fetch the source code:
git clone https://github.com/MHeasell/rwe.git cd rwe git submodule update --init --recursive
Then follow the instructions for your platform.
Windows with Visual Studio
Get the RWE MSVC libraries bundle. A python 3 script is provided that will do this for you:
cd /path/to/rwe python ./fetch-msvc-libs.py
Alternatively you can double-click the script in Explorer and it should run that way.
If the script completes successfully you should have a
libs/_msvc folder containing various library files.
Now open Visual Studio 2017, go to
File > Open > CMake...
and select the
CMakeLists.txt in the
x64-Debug in the build configuration dropdown.
Finally, go to
CMake > Debug from Build Folder > rwe.exe
to build and launch RWE.
Windows with MSYS2
Download and install MSYS2 (http://www.msys2.org/)
Install the required packages:
pacman -S make unzip mingw-w64-x86_64-cmake mingw-w64-x86_64-toolchain pacman -S \ mingw-w64-x86_64-boost \ mingw-w64-x86_64-SDL2 \ mingw-w64-x86_64-SDL2_image \ mingw-w64-x86_64-SDL2_mixer \ mingw-w64-x86_64-SDL2_net \ mingw-w64-x86_64-glew \ mingw-w64-x86_64-smpeg2 \ mingw-w64-x86_64-zlib \ mingw-w64-x86_64-libpng
MSYS MinGW 64-bit terminal.
cd /path/to/rwe cd libs ./build-protobuf.sh
Generate and build the project:
cd /path/to/rwe mkdir build cd build cmake .. -G 'Unix Makefiles' make
Once built, launch RWE from the top-level directory:
cd /path/to/rwe build/rwe.exe
Install the necessary packages:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-toolchain-r/test sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install \ gcc-7 \ g++-7 \ libboost-dev \ libboost-filesystem-dev \ libboost-program-options-dev \ libsdl2-dev \ libsdl2-image-dev \ libsdl2-net-dev \ libsdl2-mixer-dev \ libglew-dev \ zlib1g-dev \ libpng-dev
Ensure you have a recent version of CMake (3.8+). The one provided by your package manager may not be new enough. Here's how you might install CMake:
wget 'https://cmake.org/files/v3.8/cmake-3.8.2-Linux-x86_64.tar.gz' tar -xf cmake-3.8.2-Linux-x86_64.tar.gz export CMAKE_MODULE_PATH=$(pwd)/cmake-3.8.2-Linux-x86_64/share/cmake-3.8/Modules export PATH=$(pwd)/cmake-3.8.2-Linux-x86_64/bin:$PATH
cd /path/to/rwe cd libs ./build-protobuf.sh
Now build the code:
cd /path/to/rwe mkdir build cd build export CC=gcc-7 CXX=g++-7 cmake .. -G 'Unix Makefiles' make
Install some TA data files (.hpi, .ufo, .ccx, rev31.gp3, etc.) to your local data directory:
mkdir -p $HOME/.rwe/Data cp /path/to/totala/*.hpi $HOME/.rwe/Data cp /path/to/totala/*.ufo $HOME/.rwe/Data cp /path/to/totala/*.ccx $HOME/.rwe/Data cp /path/to/totala/*.gpf $HOME/.rwe/Data cp /path/to/totala/*.gp3 $HOME/.rwe/Data
Alternatively you can symlink
.rwe/Data to your TA directory.
Finally, launch RWE from the top-level project directory:
cd /path/to/rwe build/rwe
The launcher application provides the multiplayer lobby for RWE.
Multiplayer is implemented via a separate application rather than by recreating the original in-game multiplayer lobby for the following reasons.
In the future, the goal is to improve the multiplayer lobby experience beyond what is supported by the orignal TA multiplayer lobby. The RWE launcher will eventually support managing installed mods, and will ensure that all players in a multiplayer game have the same mods enabled before RWE is launched. It is impractical to achieve this with an implementation of the original multiplayer lobby inside RWE because RWE is primarily driven by the supplied game data, and this data dictates the design and layout of screens, as well as what screens are even available. An interface that manages mods must exist and work independently of any individual mod's game data. In this context, original TA data is also a mod that may or may not be available.
The engine codebase is already quite large and unwieldy. It is written in C++ for performance, but this does not provide a great development experience. The multiplayer lobby is not performance-critical, and given what we want to accomplish in future, it seems more practical to use a different platform that provides a better developer experience and is more suited to building traditional GUI applications.
The launcher is an Electron application written in TypeScript with React and Redux.
How to Build and Run for Development
First go to the launcher directory and install the required npm modules.
cd path/to/rwe/launcher npm install
Then start the webpack dev server
npm run server
The server will start up and stay running until interrupted. It serves the compiled application code during development and provides hot-reloading.
Open another terminal session for the next step, launching the application itself.
For development, you will need to set the
RWE_HOME environment variable
to a directory containing the
Now you can start the application.
The application window should now appear.
The launcher expects to talk to a master server that manages the list of publicly available games. In development, the launcher will try to connect to a master server instance running on the local machine. To start a master server instance locally, open another terminal session and run the following:
npm run master-server
The master server will start up and stay running until interrupted. Any running launcher instances should automatically connect to the master server.
How To Package
For releases, the launcher must be bundled up as a complete Electron application. To do this, run the following:
npm run package
The built application will be written out to a subdirectory
whose name depends on the target platform.
For example, for 64-bit Windows the directory name is