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3 Wonderful Open-Source Games to Install After Installing Ubuntu

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Battle for Wesnoth
Battle for Wesnoth is one of the most popular turn-based strategy games for Linux, if not the most popular. Completely free and open-source, it provides both singleplayer campaigns, as well as online multiplayer, hotseat or LAN support. The game takes place over various maps composed from hexes, and in each hex a unit at a time can be deployed. The player has to take advantage of various terrain types (which increase of decrease defence), use wisely the types of attack and abilities each unit has. Wesnoth currently comes with 5 factions (Loyalists, Rebels, Knalgan Alliance, Undead and Drakes), but the add-on server has a whole bunch of custom eras and new factions.

Wesnoth 1.6.5

Scripting is handled in Wesnoth by WML, the Wesnoth Markup Language, which allows for building entire scenarios and campaigns.

Wesnoth is in a continuous change, with every new release bringing more features and gameplay innovation. The current stable release is 1.6.5, but soon 1.8 will be out, and it will include new unit portraits, WML (Wesnoth Markup Language) improvements, updated campaigns and more. 1.8 will also allow the user to directly upload user-made campaigns and scenario from in-game add-ons menu.

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