March 30th 2015

Note! The full game is available in Steam! The full version includes online/LAN multiplayer features, more maps and vehicles, and the campaign!

Also Linux and Mac OSX demo versions are downloadable in Steam on the store page.

Download RUNNING WITH RIFLES Windows demo beta version 0.99.9, EXE Installer 139Mb

Microsoft VC++ 2008 runtime and OpenAL components are included in the installer, which are required by the game.

If you encounter problems launching the game, make sure you have the latest DirectX 9 and the latest graphics card drivers first. If that doesn’t solve the problem, please let me know about it on the forum or directly at



  1. martn
    Posted June 22, 2011 at 21:03 | Permalink

    Just tried it, pretty sweet game, lots of running though!

    • Posted June 23, 2011 at 08:17 | Permalink

      Very true about the running; more bases with closer distance should help a lot with that as you can possibly see if you happen to have to attack through the Town/Warehouse/East Farm/Academy lane. I’ve also thought about being able to use vehicles to transport soldiers around, but atm it seems a little far fetched. In the future though, who knows? :)

    • Corbin
      Posted June 25, 2011 at 08:35 | Permalink

      i wish i could choose where i spawm as well

      • Corbin
        Posted June 25, 2011 at 08:37 | Permalink

        retard above

      • Corbin
        Posted June 25, 2011 at 08:37 | Permalink

        i called myself a retard lol

        • Corbin
          Posted June 25, 2011 at 08:39 | Permalink

          i wish there was a real situation that the knife would come in handy

          • Corbin
            Posted June 25, 2011 at 08:41 | Permalink

            but overall great, easy to run, fun pc game, but please fix the online buttion

          • Posted June 25, 2011 at 16:19 | Permalink

            The online button is just a teaser, the online support is still being implemented. :)

          • Posted June 25, 2011 at 16:26 | Permalink

            The intention is that you can sneak into an enemy base and use the knife for silent kills. It might not work yet like in the movies; level design needs more work to enable that silent approach, also making soldier defence behaviour more varied would help, and your squad members still tend to lose their nerves in such close combat situations and start firing and ruin the silence.

            You are rewarded by more authority points when killing enemies with the knife compared to shooting. Can’t say if the reward is balanced properly yet to actually encourage knife usage.

            You can also smash boxes with the knife, in the future you’d find some items there, weapons, grenades, first aid kits, whoknowswhat.

          • drugon
            Posted July 6, 2011 at 21:17 | Permalink

            Maybe limiting of magazines with possibility to take them from ammo boxes like grenades could make knife more useful.

          • riley1231
            Posted November 25, 2011 at 07:03 | Permalink

            i find it handy when in the towns and the enemies are on the other side of a building wall or in a alley.

          • misterparkour
            Posted March 29, 2013 at 17:41 | Permalink

            the knife is extremely handy. one, its always a 1 hit kill, two, you get bonus xp if you kill someone with a knife to rank up, and three if you knife a box, then you get all the supplies inside it. those randomly spawned crates are actualy supply drops. if you knife a crate it normally drops 1-3 grenades and a random weapon.

      • Corbin
        Posted June 25, 2011 at 08:42 | Permalink

        oh yeah in the comment 5 above i meant spawn not spawm

  2. Bongslinger
    Posted June 22, 2011 at 21:03 | Permalink

    Works like a charm on Linux with wine with no particular configuration.

    • Posted June 23, 2011 at 08:23 | Permalink

      That’s splendid! Also, porting it to linux is certainly a possibility as the game is using Ogre3D as a backbone, though currently there are no plans for that.

      • Miles
        Posted June 23, 2011 at 16:36 | Permalink

        It would be so great if Running With Rifles could eventually be ported to Linux! I love the concept of a free roam world, since it’s really uncommon, and the graphical direction gives the game a nice feel (a bit like the Introversion games, like the yet unreleased Subversion). The battle at the end of the second video (starting from 6:45) seems really hectic though ;)

        Anyway, congrats for the game and got get them (the platforms – consoles, smartphones, Linux, whatever possible)!

  3. zigora3
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 01:10 | Permalink

    will the later versions require payment or will this remain freeware.

    • Posted June 23, 2011 at 09:17 | Permalink

      That hasn’t been entirely decided yet, but if it ends up going commercial, it won’t cost much I can assure you :)

      • bilwis
        Posted June 24, 2011 at 01:53 | Permalink

        I’d gladly pay money for this, because I think there is much potential in this. It’s awesome now, It can only get better! ;)

      • Fuzzy
        Posted May 26, 2013 at 10:32 | Permalink

        PLEASE please please please keep it free please im eleven and my parents wont lemme use their credit cards so please keep/make it free

  4. Christ
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 02:45 | Permalink

    I’m loving the game so far! wish there would be a way to add my name to my character… and what about attack dogs? Later down the line of course.

    • Posted June 23, 2011 at 08:40 | Permalink

      Name for the character, so that even if the character dies, you would continue with the same name you set in the beginning of the game? Yes, that could be easily added as an option.

      Attack dogs is a very good idea, adding some animals like birds for atmosphere did cross my mind, but dogs for fighting would be great.

      • Raum
        Posted June 23, 2011 at 12:49 | Permalink

        and maybe sniffing up the trail of enemys?

      • Miles
        Posted June 23, 2011 at 16:43 | Permalink

        A single name if there’s multiplayer, but else if there’s a solo campaign unique names for soldiers would do a lot for the mood of the game (like the Cannon Fodder, Desert Strike, X-Com, Hired Guns and the like), especially if you give them war nicknames and a 2D face (to keep it simple, do like those games did, take photos of all your friends and family and convert them to low resolution / low number of colors). Helps a lot with emotional attachment and adding depth with each player’s imagination.

    • XRumerTest
      Posted July 8, 2014 at 02:39 | Permalink

      Hello. And Bye.

  5. west
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 09:45 | Permalink

    Lots of fun, once you get to the point a few units follow you it really picks up. The only part I found a bit confusing was gauging how high some of the scenery was. Couldn’t always tell if I was shooting up hill or down, or if there were any bumps between the enemy and I. Still I had a blast playing it! Keep up the good work :)

  6. theb
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 11:55 | Permalink

    Game looks great!
    I tried it on 64bit Vista, but it didn’t work.
    Happy to give any more info if that’s helpful, but I’m sure you’ve got enough to do keeping the project moving on.
    Best of luck! I’ll try again once I see a new version.

    • Posted June 23, 2011 at 12:18 | Permalink

      Someone else also reported that the game doesn’t start in Vista with fullscreen, but it does start in windowed mode (run rwr\rwr_config.exe to modify settings again). I’ll try to get my hands on a Vista soon to resolve this for a later build. Thanks for trying it out though!

      • Raum
        Posted June 23, 2011 at 12:47 | Permalink

        Running it fine on my Vista home prem. 64 bit and loving it.

        • theb
          Posted June 23, 2011 at 13:05 | Permalink

          I’m Vista Ultimate 64bit on AMD dual core and an nvidia geforce 6100.
          Like I said, I’ll just keep trying as the versions progress.

      • theb
        Posted June 23, 2011 at 13:00 | Permalink

        Yeah, I tried that too but no joy.
        Not to worry – it’s early days to be thinking about all the varieties of possible configurations, best to keep it moving on the bulk of the platform.

        • theb
          Posted June 24, 2011 at 13:29 | Permalink

          Updated DirectX and card drivers – now working.

  7. Duck
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 12:08 | Permalink

    I like it, it’s fun.

    It’s hard to tell who I am vs my teammates, it’d be great if I was a different shade of Green. It gets confusing with lots of AI running from time to time.

  8. bob johanson
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 12:09 | Permalink

    when i try to start up the program i get a text box with preferred window size, vsync, etc. i click start and it boots to a black screen and crashes back to desktop.

    • Posted June 23, 2011 at 12:23 | Permalink

      Which operating system are you using? There seems to be such issues at least in Windows Vista, you could try windowed mode in the config if it helps. If it doesn’t, I’d be curious to see what’s in rwr\rwr_game.log, please send it to

  9. Osom
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 12:09 | Permalink

    Just osom. Hard to figure out who is the enemy, but it’s for realism, i’ve decided.

  10. david
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 12:12 | Permalink

    Interesting beta!

    * tested it on a laptop (not my gaming rig, but has the latest directx): didn’t work fullscreen, ok on windowed mode
    * same comment than martn: too much running
    * there is no shortcut for the grenade in the doc
    * your character is looking too much like your camarade, it’s hard sometimes to see where he is
    * announcements should stay a bit longer on top left (maybe, at a % of transparency), you can easily miss them

  11. Zhenya
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 12:36 | Permalink

    Awesome game.

    Running might be tedious, but i think it’s OK. punishes for dying ;-)

    tested on WIn 7 64 HP laptop: phenom x4 ATI 5470, works flawlessly.

    add XP to the game, or coins, so we can buy upgrades :-) at least for single player, MP might be hard to balance.

  12. Jack
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 13:12 | Permalink

    Program not starting because OrgeMain.dll is missing. It’s in the file I’m running the .exe from…?!

    Any tips anyone?

  13. Stankor
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 13:33 | Permalink

    The game is pretty fun.

    But why is it so…foggy? Brighten it up mate! And maybe add a healthbar to my guy so I can tell him apart

  14. Pheranova
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 14:49 | Permalink

    Good job on the game, If you will include a paying option I would humbly donate what I can afford to help with the creation of this game.

    And I agree on the excessive fog, maybe a health bar like what Stankor said…

    Vehicles, far fetched? pfft, pish posh….Slowly but surely right?

    • Posted June 23, 2011 at 15:30 | Permalink

      The fog might be just a little bit too much at the moment, I’ll probably reduce it just a bit for the next release. I myself like the monotonic world appearance and am going to keep it pretty much that way, and the fog is one important ingredient in that. Let’s see how it’s in the next release.

      Currently, there’s no actual health; taking a hit, the soldier either dies or doesn’t. Agreed, it’s pretty annoying when you get killed immediately when someone shoots you in the foot. As a quick improvement, I’m thinking about changing it so that it checks the ‘bone’ where the hit was, and there are different factors for the bones whether the hit leads to immediate death or not.

      I’m not a huge fan of any of these options, probability dice, health bar + consuming items to regain health, or the cod-like automatic regain.

      There’s also the medic feature that’s been on the table that has its saying on this matter.

  15. Posted June 23, 2011 at 15:08 | Permalink

    So, I ran it and got a random array of gray lines, vaguely looking like the logo for the game. I take it it shouldn’t do that?

  16. feral
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 15:16 | Permalink

    Works on 7 ultimate 64, 6990. Liking the concept, has potential.

  17. Electricleash
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 15:20 | Permalink

    Had a quick bash after reading it on RPS, really nice alpha you’ve got going here. Managed to take over the map on the second run through.
    Mechanics are great, very frenetic.
    I love the way the higher rank you are the more juniors you can pull in to your formation.
    Would be interested to see how this might play out in a multiplayer situation, though the grenade spamming, that is so effective against the AI, might have to be carefully balanced.
    I love the fluidity of movement, I think you’ve nailed the multiple stance thing too.
    Checking out your ‘to-do’ list, your obviously headed in great directions.

    On RPS Jim likens it to Cannon Fodder, which to some extent, I can see in the mouse aiming mechanics. However Cannon Fodder, for me stood out due to it’s humour not just it’s gameplay. Maybe what your going for is very different, (and would rather not have the pressure of being likened to CF) however I think it might benefit from an interesting graphic design style.

    Would be fun to see a sort of Team Fortress 2 angle, in the character design… ie machine gunner is bulky and slow but can survive more bullet hits. Scout is stealthy and faster, but needs to get closer to the enemy… etc.

  18. Scruff Mcgruff?
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 18:40 | Permalink

    when i try to launch this game i get an error message saying “The program can’t start because d3dx9_42.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.” I did that but it didnt work, when i hit ok on this message another one came up and said,”Run time error! program (cant see what program it is) This application has requested the runtime to terminate it in an unusual way. Please contact the application’s support team for more information.” Please help me

  19. Scruff Mcgruff?
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 20:08 | Permalink

    i can get to where it should start but a black screen comes up then it crashes please help

    • Scruff Mcgruff?
      Posted June 23, 2011 at 20:10 | Permalink

      never mind i finally got it

  20. Andrew
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 21:43 | Permalink

    Worked a treat on my Win7 64 machine. My only wish is the ability to change controls to the arrows instead of WASD :)

  21. Posted June 23, 2011 at 22:02 | Permalink

    I’ve installed, extracted and booted the game, choosing my start-up preferences (trying full screen and windowed), but the game just errors out and states that:

    “OGRE Exception(3:RenderingAPIException): Cannot create device! in D3D9Device::createD3D9Deviceat ..\..\..\..\..\RenderSystems\Direct3D9\src\OgreD3D9DDevice.cpp (line707).

    That is the error message I get. Please help! And thanks!

    • Posted June 24, 2011 at 00:27 | Permalink

      There are several reports now that this kind of error happens on some PCs. Can you tell more about your computer setup, there might be something to connect to the other cases. Operating system? Graphics card?

      Another Ogre3D based game forum suggests that most of these emerge from either outdated graphics drivers or DirectX, so please update those first unless you’ve already done that. One thing worth trying would be to run the game as the administrator; right click on rwr_game.exe and choose Run as administrator. If everything fails, you could also try a couple of different video modes in the config to see if they make any difference.

      You could also send the rwr_config.log and rwr_game.log to, I can take a look at those to find out if there could be a capability issue of some sort.

    • theb
      Posted June 24, 2011 at 13:30 | Permalink

      I had the same error a few times.
      As recommended, I updated DirectX and graphic card drivers, and it all works fine now.

  22. A concerned loyal
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 22:56 | Permalink

    i was wondering when a new update was because i love every part about the game! though it can be made better

  23. Posted June 24, 2011 at 10:25 | Permalink

    Fantastic! Where’s the Mac version, guys? Multiplatform is the future, give us all a chance! This looks amazing!

    • Posted June 24, 2011 at 11:16 | Permalink

      Mac and Linux version are both doable I believe, but there’s enough to handle in Windows for one guy right now :)

      • Posted June 24, 2011 at 12:03 | Permalink

        Wonderful, best of luck! It looks on the right path to awesome!

        A Cannon Fodder junkie

  24. Neil
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 14:54 | Permalink

    Crashes for me, Vista x86

    Log follows:

    13:45:41: : initializing scene manager
    13:45:41: TerrainSceneManager: Registered a new PageSource for type Heightmap
    13:45:41: : initializing terrain
    13:45:41: TerrainSceneManager: Activated PageSource Heightmap
    13:45:41: Texture: grass.png: Loading 1 faces(PF_A8R8G8B8,256x256x1) with hardware generated mipmaps from Image. Internal format is PF_A8R8G8B8,256x256x1.
    13:45:41: Texture: terrain5_alpha_dirt.png: Loading 1 faces(PF_L8,2048x2048x1) with 11 generated mipmaps from Image. Internal format is PF_A8,2048x2048x1.
    13:45:41: Texture: dirt.png: Loading 1 faces(PF_R8G8B8,256x256x1) with hardware generated mipmaps from Image. Internal format is PF_X8R8G8B8,256x256x1.
    13:45:41: Texture: terrain5_alpha_sand.png: Loading 1 faces(PF_L8,2048x2048x1) with 11 generated mipmaps from Image. Internal format is PF_A8,2048x2048x1.
    13:45:41: Texture: sand.png: Loading 1 faces(PF_A8R8G8B8,256x256x1) with hardware generated mipmaps from Image. Internal format is PF_A8R8G8B8,256x256x1.
    13:45:41: Texture: terrain5_alpha_asphalt.png: Loading 1 faces(PF_L8,2048x2048x1) with 11 generated mipmaps from Image. Internal format is PF_A8,2048x2048x1.
    13:45:41: Texture: asphalt.png: Loading 1 faces(PF_R8G8B8,256x256x1) with hardware generated mipmaps from Image. Internal format is PF_X8R8G8B8,256x256x1.

  25. Dutchling
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 21:02 | Permalink

    Great game! Got here via the bay12forums.
    It took me a while to find the map key so I ran aimlessly around for 30 minutes…
    I like the die or don’t system you have, HP always seemed weird to me, this game seems better than most other games :P

  26. shaftz0r
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 22:58 | Permalink

    played it for a few mins today, good fun. Adding a few basic squad cmds like follow/stay, and the ability to bind keys/mouse would go a very long way. The current control layout is really awkward for me to play with.

    • Posted June 25, 2011 at 15:27 | Permalink

      Control config is coming.

      I can see the obvious benefit in having buttons or a UI for commanding the squad members more precisely, but I want to keep the mechanics as simple as possible, wouldn’t want to use every button on the keyboard for something or make a menu for these things.

      Some controls need to be already added to control how many members your team takes, as when you reach a higher rank, you may still want to drop out some guys from the team and go on a mission alone or with just one or two guys. That’s actually quite close to the follow/stay concept.

      I suppose the simplest way to command follow or stay could be implemented by clicking with the mouse on a squad member, he would then toggle between those two modes. How’s that sound?

      A somewhat crazy idea also crossed my mind recently, that you would have to chat to the squad members by typing the commands, that’s what you would do in an online cooperative mode with your human team members anyway :) I’m sure it would become quite annoying though.

      • Sgttarn
        Posted July 1, 2011 at 01:29 | Permalink

        I think the clicking on squad members to stay or follow would be a perfect solution to that. I feel typing commands could work depending on how long they are.

  27. luis
    Posted June 25, 2011 at 02:07 | Permalink

    do i suck or the die punishment is to hard they take to many ranks off evry time u die

  28. Corbin
    Posted June 25, 2011 at 03:23 | Permalink

    i hate this i cant fucking run a game as simple as this i hate my computer

  29. Dave
    Posted June 25, 2011 at 07:58 | Permalink

    love this alpha.

    it reminds me of all the great (and some of the not so great :P ) aspects of faction warfare in stalker.

    one thing that really bugs me though is that there’s no way to tell which bases belong to the enemy. I know the map is shaded two different colors, but that doesn’t actually tell me who owns what and doesn’t even seem to correlate to base ownership at the beginning of a game, let alone after the game develops. I know active combat areas give some idea, if you do some figurin about where the enemy must be coming from to reach the conflicted areas, but a few simple modifications would do wonders to situational awareness.

    Oh, and I’m a bit of an ai programmer myself, and I saw that the ai commanders have trouble directing more than one combat at a time. Are you using influence maps to represent zones of control/threat? Because that sort of system allows for lots of interesting and complex behavior without much work and easily allows you to direct attacks, flank heavily defended positions, and efficiently route reinforcements from the bottom up without the need for a complicated top-level commander ai.

    The games looking great so far though, keep it up!

    • Posted June 25, 2011 at 16:10 | Permalink

      Like said before, the map is an awful excuse of a map at the moment, it’ll be improved in multiple ways in the coming months. Basically, the bases under the red/green shade in the map do represent the current situation in the world. Momentarily, bases might not be actually occupied by any soldiers, at such time the base is still considered to be under the previous owning nation.

      The beginning of the game is quite a hectic moment, as the soldiers are currently just spawned around unbalanced on their own side of the world, and then the AI commanders start sending the teams around to achieve the defence/borderline/attack balance they are after. It’s especially this moment that some bases are actually unoccupied.

      I haven’t read about influence maps, so I’m likely not using one. In a nutshell, the AI commander calculates various scores for the world blocks, depending mostly on distances between the territories and comes up with a value of how many own soldiers each block should have, and then gives out move orders to each team. The block balance scores are naturally updated periodically, and new orders are sent when needed.

      The single attack is organized towards the enemy territory that is closest in distance to any of the own territories. There’s a rendezvouz block on the border, the attack teams are first sent close to that block, and when the AI commander detects that there are enough soldiers around that block, the wave of attack is started towards the target block and its surrounding blocks. The attack continues around the target until it’s cleared of enemies.

      The AI is indeed arranging only one attack at this point, but it should be trivial to increase simultaneous targets.

      There are quite obvious things that could be made to achieve better AI strategy, but rest assured, it will evolve.

      • Dave
        Posted June 25, 2011 at 20:40 | Permalink

        Ah, that bit about the map makes more sense, because what it really felt like was the that most of the map was being ignored in favor of a very specific area and I couldn’t really get a good idea of what was happening outside that area, which makes sense considering how the ai is going about his process and determining an attack location.

        assuming each block is the same size as every other block (which i assume because of how squares tend to light up on the map) you are doing a partial influence map, since you’re determining the desirability of a block by using distances between certain blocks. If you were to use an influence map, instead of having to count up how many dudes are in the block the commander is looking it (which I also assume to be how the commander determines whether that block as enough soldiers), what you could do is “bleed” a strength variable from each soldier to their block’s strength variable. Friendly units would bleed positive strength while enemy units would bleed negative strength. Then you could further bleed strength from one block to another, decaying by the distance between blocks, and using whatever rate of decline you wish. I personally use exponential decay rather than linear, but it depends on the map setup. This would allow the commander to super easily determine what should be attacked, what should be defended, and what should be ignored.

        It’s not that computationally expensive, since I imagine you’re keeping track of the soldier’s positions anyway, and you wouldn’t need it to run at a super high frequency. When you’re dealing with only two factions influence maps are amazing for representations of strength and control because you only need to generate a single influence map, since you can use negative and positive numbers to represent their control, where blocks near zero can be ignored because either the defenses nearby are adequate to negate the enemy or there is no enemy to need negating. I’m personally using influence maps and dealing with arbitrary numbers of factions, and while its complicating things its still the best method i know to represent strategic information. i’m also influence mapping over a thousand objects every second (and i still haven’t finished optimizing!), so it can be done in an insanely performant way while still creating a complex model of the battlefield.

        Another benefit would be that considering you distribute soldiers in an unbalanced fashion at the beginning of the game you’d get a lot more variety in the conflict locations, since distances between bases remain the same between games. if you’re mainly using distances to determine the attack location then the same bases will get picked for attack each time. This would create crazy flanks and pincers and a lot of other interesting emergent behavior. The reason I so heavily advocate this is that a sandbox game is usually about re-playability and emergent behavior, so any system that supports these ends should be well considered.

        A great read on how influence maps work and why they’re worth using was written by Alex Champandard on AI Game Dev here:

        It requires that you register on their site, but that registration is free, and i wholeheartedly endorse ai game dev and its community as one of the best resources on ai development.

        I’m also very willing to answer as many questions as you have about the process, because indie devs should stick together, and any indie sandbox strategy game this interesting deserves as much support as I can give

  30. Corbin
    Posted June 25, 2011 at 08:30 | Permalink

    I got it to work finally but the play online button didnt work >:(

  31. luis
    Posted June 26, 2011 at 01:08 | Permalink

    is there going to be multiple faction like 3 free for all

    • Posted June 26, 2011 at 12:31 | Permalink

      Some day perhaps, it has also been on my long run todo list.

  32. Jornak
    Posted June 26, 2011 at 06:25 | Permalink

    Fun game! looking forward to a multiplayer release.

  33. jacob
    Posted June 26, 2011 at 23:41 | Permalink

    Not working. Iv’e followed the readme instructions, downloaded directX and still cant get it working.

    • Posted June 26, 2011 at 23:58 | Permalink

      Did you try setting antialiasing to none or updating your graphics drivers?

  34. KSCK26
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 07:44 | Permalink

    OGRE EXCEPTION(3:RenderingAPIException): Cannot create device! in D3D9::createD3D9Device at ..\..\..\..\..\RenderSystems\Direct3D9\src\OgreD3D9Device.cpp (line 707)

    This is my error code when I try to run the game. Any idea on how I can fix this? A friend highly recommended the game and I would love to try it out.

  35. shaftz0r
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 16:19 | Permalink

    you should setup a forum. community discussion can only help :)

  36. Mitchell
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 00:36 | Permalink

    Amazing game great job so far can’t wait for multiplayer and some new updates.

  37. Patrick
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 07:46 | Permalink

    It would be cool if there was nighttime fighting where you could see very little, and when you fire a gun the muzzle flash would illuminate a small area and send a shadow behind the shooter. Flares could be used for illuminating an area (morter flares).

    Sort of a random thought that came to mind. Great game!

  38. BURD
    Posted June 30, 2011 at 03:36 | Permalink

    it will be cool if you put some transports like jeep or trucks. you can add smoke granades or flash. if i could choose the respawn point it will be awesome!

  39. Angus
    Posted July 28, 2011 at 13:29 | Permalink

    It wont run it says it failed to start because d3dx9_42.dll was not found

    • Angus
      Posted July 28, 2011 at 13:51 | Permalink

      all fixed i just downloaded direct x9 like it said in readme

  40. okami316
    Posted July 28, 2011 at 18:04 | Permalink

    Just some ideas that came across my mind.
    If there was to be night, it would be darker, and have some sort of light sources. The general land could be near pitch black, but some of the roads can have street lights. The bases (and some of it’s surroundings) also being one of the well lit up places. It’d make stealth approaches more of a possibility and makes it less of a run-n-gun approach. Soldiers could have flashlights to illuminate their surroundings, while risking of exposing themselves in the open.
    Certain environmental varieties like that may make the game more interesting.

    • Posted August 3, 2011 at 10:49 | Permalink

      I’d like this very much myself too, having more light sources out there. I have a few ideas in mind how to implement them, and I’m going to try it some day.

      The simpler ways of making the environment more interesting, e.g. bridges, more varied building models, water, better trees, are going to be made first though.

  41. Red Wolf
    Posted July 28, 2011 at 19:01 | Permalink

    This game is awesome, but it badly needs the following things:
    A Better HUD containing a mini-map, ammo and magazine count.
    The ability to choose between an LMG class or the default AR class.
    The ability to crouch and move at the same time.
    Possibly the ability to lean around corners, though as this is 3rd person to the extreme im not quite sure if this would be do-able.

    • Posted August 3, 2011 at 11:11 | Permalink

      Moving while crouching will come soonish.

      Minimap has been requested by some others as well, but I haven’t entirely made my mind about it yet. The big map needs to improve a lot first before considering spending time with the mini version.

      The ammo count in the HUD would be a simple one to add, let’s see in which version I can squeeze it in – personally I have little use for it, I’m reloading all the time whenever I can, and I can feel it in my gut if I’m about to run out of ammo :)

      Magazine count is infinite currently, so no need to have it in the HUD.

      There are no classes per se, and such will not be added most probably, as you can pick up a new weapon when you find one that suits your style, from a crate or from a dead soldier. Maybe, in case you want to stick to a single weapon type, it could be changed so that the last weapon you had with you when you got killed, would determine the weapon you will have when you respawn, so you wouldn’t need to (once again) go searching for that favorite weapon.

  42. Posted August 25, 2011 at 23:50 | Permalink

    Что за кипешь ??? Сеть появилась или те же яйца ???

  43. ng
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 02:35 | Permalink

    I can’t play the menu is lagged….

    • Posted August 28, 2011 at 13:28 | Permalink

      Did you try to disable post processing and shadows in the in-game options? Also setting antialiasing off, using a lower resolution and/or vsync off in config should help the game perform better.

  44. TerraGod
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 14:11 | Permalink

    Super Epic Realism Great GAME!!!

  45. Eric
    Posted September 21, 2011 at 14:36 | Permalink

    Oh man, I am constantly dying ! :)

    Great game so far. I really had some problem with understanding if the guys in front of me were OK to shoot at or not. Not really sure how that can be improved.

    Currently, I just shoot a few rounds to see if they get to the target. Pretty annoying at some point when you run out of bullet just trying to know if you can shoot at a guy in front of you.

    Oh, and I am constantly dying… It’s hard for me old gamer !

  46. Posted December 10, 2011 at 06:48 | Permalink

    I’ll buy 10 copies if you decide to make a Linux port! :D

    • Posted December 12, 2011 at 14:57 | Permalink

      Linux/Mac port is certainly possible thanks to OGRE and it shouldn’t be a huge task. I hope I can get to it next spring!

      • Posted January 28, 2012 at 04:44 | Permalink

        Cool. You used Ogre3D to make this. I didn’t notice it on the Ogre Showcase forums. You should post it there.

        • Posted January 31, 2012 at 20:21 | Permalink

          Good idea! I will do that at some point.

  47. Ibrahim Bahakim
    Posted February 1, 2012 at 11:57 | Permalink

    Hi I need your help I just bought the game but I did not get any e-mail! QQ

  48. Smion
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 21:20 | Permalink

    Great game so far though I do have a few complaints/recommendations to hopefully make the game even greater (and to boast my ego by telling people what to do over the internet)

    Is there a part in the code that says that a character named Seargeant Bruce Lee has to kick enormous amounts of ass? If not you certainly should add one or maybe have an outro after every mission showing the names of all the soldiers you played and got killed similar to those in the cannon fodder games.
    On a more serious note: Is there any way of adjusting the color of the crosshair/mini-crosshair since I find it sometimes hard to keep track of both of them and I imagine making the smaller one red or some other signal color could help immensely.

    • Posted March 6, 2012 at 17:53 | Permalink

      Regarding the crosshair color, there’s currently no way to adjust it in-game. I’ve thought about providing different kinds of crosshairs, but haven’t really got to it yet.

      Technically it’s still possible by modding it; the crosshair textures can be found in the game folder under media\textures.

  49. Jacob
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 20:26 | Permalink

    Dude’s press F7 and you will get an Vehicle.

  50. max
    Posted May 2, 2012 at 15:19 | Permalink

    my game is flipped sideways how do i fix it

    • Posted May 3, 2012 at 17:04 | Permalink

      Well that’s odd. Which video mode do you have selected in the config?

  51. max
    Posted May 4, 2012 at 17:47 | Permalink

    i got 32 bit colour

  52. Metal
    Posted June 23, 2012 at 02:09 | Permalink

    DAMN is that game good!

    Loads of fun with something this simple doesn’t happen too often. Great job, developers!!! I’m actually thinking about buying it!

    I found at least one con – the see-through building borders are a bit too hard to see. Maybe they’re like that purposedly so this adds a bit of difficulty in shooting, but on the other hand it’s sometimes annoying when you’re trying to move around a building.

    Anyway, it’s one hell of an awesome game :D

    • Posted June 25, 2012 at 01:22 | Permalink

      Thanks Metal! :)

      The behind-borders are supposed to be just noticeable enough to make them usable but unnoticeable enough to avoid making them distracting.

      I can see this being up to personal taste really, so I’m sure we’ll see another visual option to control their appearance in the future.

  53. TheCalmPsycho
    Posted July 2, 2012 at 18:04 | Permalink

    I saw Disrespecting (a youtube commentator) post a video about this, and it looked amazing. Unfortunately, I am too poor at the moment to afford anything. I played this demo and I loved it. I am not a good commentator at all, but here is to my couple of videos bringing you a couple of customers! I know that as soon as I am able, I will buy it.

  54. taatudi
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 09:56 | Permalink

    Hieno peli, hermanni ;)
    No ihan mukavan olonen kun tälläi koitin

  55. Khaled
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 23:53 | Permalink

    the game is first of all empty from any problems.. congratulations.. some one who deserve to make a game.. i started and i was not bieng electrified by it but im telling you i forgot myself playing the gameplay gets so silent yet intense, i only quit because somehow i got sick of shooting people.. i mean ffs when does all this killing end.. enough war.. anyways.. you did a perfect job and it would be killer to play this 100vs 100 online.. im sure you took care of the code to make this possible without downloading at 100mb/s, note that this wont attract any graphics whores or pseudo gamers..all by itself now.. just people willing to have some fun..

    also thanks.. but in a way the atmosphere could be more pleasant.. too much gray and lacks some deepness.. but again good job… btw how much did it take to make? the coding and animation and all? i understand if you dont want to tell your secrets..

    • Posted August 19, 2012 at 14:38 | Permalink

      I’m glad you like it, Khaled! :) The colors are tweaked every now and then, e.g. the latest version has a bit less fog and thus more contrast than the demo version. Also, new decorative stuff will be added again at some point!

      For the question about how much did it take to make, the game development started early 2011 and has been going ever since as a part-time job for me – I recently estimated I’ve worked about 3500 hours for the game so far. It isn’t my first game project either, so my head was initially packed with a lot of knowledge how to pull this thing off.

      The community has been incredibly helpful with bringing in ideas and suggestions, and a handful of them have even contributed to the game with certain textures and meshes. I can’t thank them enough (JackMayol, ComJak, Tuttu, Monsteri, Jojoe, thanks mates, you shall not be forgotten)!

  56. ваня
    Posted August 28, 2012 at 20:33 | Permalink

    Крутая игра жалко не бесплатная

  57. Christopher2643
    Posted September 10, 2012 at 06:55 | Permalink

    Hi, when i download the demo it says i am missing file; d3dx9_42.dll
    Why is it doing this??

    • Posted September 18, 2012 at 17:49 | Permalink

      Below the demo download link it says:

      “If you encounter problems launching the game, please make sure you have the latest DirectX 9 and the latest graphics card drivers first. ”

      There’s a link too where you can update DirectX 9. It will solve the issue!

  58. Blazinblood
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 08:16 | Permalink

    i think that more vehicles like tanks half tracks and stuff like that should be added to make the bazokas more worth while and make more gamemodes like capture the flag team death match. it would also be cool to have airsticks for genrals. Also when u start a game u can create a charector and play thru the game and level up, but the next game u start u use that guy and u can make as many as u want custamization of the guy would also be cool. it would also be cool to have kill streaks for each lvl u have the higher the lvl the better the killstreaks u unlock. Im just throwing out ideas u can choose wether or not to impliment them.

  59. john
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 16:49 | Permalink

    it says ”The program can’t start because d3dx9_42.dll is missing from your computer, Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.” why?

    • Posted November 16, 2012 at 20:54 | Permalink

      The error message is one of Window’s default ones, reinstalling the game won’t help with that.

      The thing that will help is described in the text below the download link above. This:
      “If you encounter problems launching the game, please make sure you have the latest DirectX 9 and the latest graphics card drivers first.”

      Use this

  60. Charles Lanman
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 02:59 | Permalink

    Im getting this error on Linux Mint 14 cinnamon, with all required libraries installed.

    /running_with_rifles/rwr_config: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

    just stays there and doesn’t do anything.

    please help!


    • Posted December 14, 2012 at 15:35 | Permalink

      Is your Mint 32-bit or 64-bit?

      If it’s 32-bit, double check that you installed libwxgtk2.8-0 and that it installed ok.

      If it’s 64-bit, the libs need to be installed as 32-bit, so you need to add :i386 at the end of each library when installing. E.g. apt-get install libwxgtk2.8-0:i386

      Hope that helps!

  61. Charles Lanman
    Posted December 16, 2012 at 02:46 | Permalink

    Ok, so im using Peppermint OS Three 64bit now. Last time i tried to get this running i tried a work around that uninstalled a bunch of system files. I had to format and start over.

    This time, i was able to get the configuration window to pop up, and i pressed the start button, and i am now getting this error. I installed libwxgtk2.8-0:i386

    Creating resource group General
    Creating resource group Internal
    Creating resource group Autodetect
    SceneManagerFactory for type ‘DefaultSceneManager’ registered.
    Registering ResourceManager for type Material
    Registering ResourceManager for type Mesh
    Registering ResourceManager for type Skeleton
    MovableObjectFactory for type ‘ParticleSystem’ registered.
    OverlayElementFactory for type Panel registered.
    OverlayElementFactory for type BorderPanel registered.
    OverlayElementFactory for type TextArea registered.
    Registering ResourceManager for type Font
    ArchiveFactory for archive type FileSystem registered.
    ArchiveFactory for archive type Zip registered.
    DDS codec registering
    FreeImage version: 3.15.1
    This program uses FreeImage, a free, open source image library supporting all common bitmap formats. See for details
    Supported formats: bmp,ico,jpg,jif,jpeg,jpe,jng,koa,iff,lbm,mng,pbm,pbm,pcd,pcx,pgm,pgm,png,ppm,ppm,ras,tga,targa,tif,tiff,wap,wbmp,wbm,psd,cut,xbm,xpm,gif,hdr,g3,sgi,exr,j2k,j2c,jp2,pfm,pct,pict,pic,3fr,arw,bay,bmq,cap,cine,cr2,crw,cs1,dc2,dcr,drf,dsc,dng,erf,fff,ia,iiq,k25,kc2,kdc,mdc,mef,mos,mrw,nef,nrw,orf,pef,ptx,pxn,qtk,raf,raw,rdc,rw2,rwl,rwz,sr2,srf,sti
    Registering ResourceManager for type HighLevelGpuProgram
    Registering ResourceManager for type Compositor
    MovableObjectFactory for type ‘Entity’ registered.
    MovableObjectFactory for type ‘Light’ registered.
    MovableObjectFactory for type ‘BillboardSet’ registered.
    MovableObjectFactory for type ‘ManualObject’ registered.
    MovableObjectFactory for type ‘BillboardChain’ registered.
    MovableObjectFactory for type ‘RibbonTrail’ registered.
    *-*-* OGRE Initialising
    *-*-* Version 1.7.2 (Cthugha)
    : initializing graphics
    : loading plugins
    Loading library lib/
    Installing plugin: GL RenderSystem
    OpenGL Rendering Subsystem created.
    Plugin successfully installed
    Loading library lib/
    An exception has occurred!
    OGRE EXCEPTION(7:InternalErrorException): Could not load dynamic library lib/ System Error: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory in DynLib::load at /build/buildd/ogre-1.7.2/OgreMain/src/OgreDynLib.cpp (line 91)

    Ogre pisses me off. It’s always causing problems. I had looked at a few other forums with the same error, and they said to install nvidia-cg-toolkit, before compiling libogre. Mine is installed from the ubuntu repository, and i have nvidia-cg-toolkit installed. So im not sure what’s going on here.


    • Posted December 16, 2012 at 16:14 | Permalink

      You don’t necessarily need to have Ogre installed to play RWR as it is bundled under lib-subfolder with RWR. Having it installed should not do any harm either as RWR prefers to use the libs in lib-subfolder as long as you start the game with launch_game or launch_config.

      The Ogre build that comes with RWR has been built with Cg support, so nvidia-cg-toolkit was there when Ogre was compiled.

      Did you install the i386 variant of nvidia-cg-toolkit?

  62. Matthias
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 22:23 | Permalink

    Can’t launch the game or config tool on openSUSE 12.2 even though wxWidgets 2.8.12 is installed.

    rwr_config: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

    I installed the “ABI variant: STL API with Unicode support” are you using another API or ANSI encodings?

    • Posted January 5, 2013 at 10:33 | Permalink

      I don’t remember making a choice about it. It would seem that Unicode is in use by default.

      Is your openSUSE 64-bit or 32-bit? If it’s 64-bit, did you specifically install 32-bit wxWidgets?

      • Matthias
        Posted January 31, 2013 at 16:23 | Permalink

        32-bit openSUSE 12.2 and I offer my help in creating proper RPM builds.

  63. Logan
    Posted February 7, 2013 at 05:10 | Permalink

    I really like this game, and I was just going to suggest something. How about adding Landmines? They’d be pretty cool to use with the addition of vehicles (Which are pretty awesome) The landmines wouldn’t instantly destroy the vehicle, but it would do lots of damage. I’m suggesting this because sometimes the vehicles can be slightly overpowered (Perhaps its just me. :P ) but it would still be a good addition.

    • Posted February 7, 2013 at 14:10 | Permalink

      Yeah, we got landmines coming down the road, I’m fairly sure about that.

  64. A Man
    Posted February 9, 2013 at 04:41 | Permalink

    Just tried the demo out today. Really fun! Although there are some limits in the demo. Hope vehicles come in the demo soon!

  65. Nic
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 06:15 | Permalink

    are u gonna put the latest update? :D awesome game btw :>

  66. André
    Posted March 30, 2013 at 06:45 | Permalink

    And for Mac ?! :(

    • Posted April 3, 2013 at 19:38 | Permalink

      Hi André,

      Unfortunately not yet. Mac support is technically not far away, I’d need to get myself a Mac first to compile the game for it.

  67. Babba
    Posted March 30, 2013 at 18:44 | Permalink

    When running the Demo in Windows 7 I get the message “Rwr_config ***Caught unhandled unknown exceptions; terminating”
    Is there anything I can do to make it work?

  68. PeturS
    Posted April 14, 2013 at 16:43 | Permalink

    Is this gamw going to beon mac osx?

    • PeturS
      Posted April 14, 2013 at 16:46 | Permalink

      Dont mind this comment. About 4 comments up is my awnser.

  69. PeturS
    Posted April 14, 2013 at 16:44 | Permalink

    Sorry for that. My keybord fucked up.

  70. sebastian
    Posted June 7, 2013 at 18:23 | Permalink

    como hago para descargar la version 0.89???

  71. Rupertito
    Posted July 1, 2013 at 04:57 | Permalink

    The best game in da world. Incredible !!!

  72. SOmeone
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 03:38 | Permalink

    Someone delete these Russian advertisements. Anyways good game!

  73. james
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 01:14 | Permalink

    Is this demo incompatible with windows 8? I checked the Microsoft Visual Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x64) on and windows 8 isn’t listed in the supported OS. the demo also said that it was included in the installer and after I finished installing the demo, I checked my programs list and it wasn’t there.

  74. Ismael
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 02:25 | Permalink

    Doesn’t work on my system:

    running_with_rifles/rwr_config: running_with_rifles/lib/ version `ZLIB_1.2.3.4′ not found (required by /usr/lib/

    It’s because of a mixture of packaged and system libraries. I’ll fix it, remove all the dependencies, pack the demo as an AppImage, and if you are okay with it, I’ll upload it to PortableLinuxGames dot org :)

  75. APeentiste
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 19:33 | Permalink

    Как дела?:)

  76. The Man
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 03:52 | Permalink

    Thanks for a new demo!

  77. H.Simpson
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 09:06 | Permalink

    BEST DAMN GRAPHICS I’ve always dreamed about this kind of game guys this is f.king awesome it is like 3d soldat but u must go for campaings like WW2 or maybe a future wars.. I love u guys keep going

  78. H.Simpson
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 09:07 | Permalink

    And destructable environment…

  79. Lavi
    Posted May 2, 2014 at 14:52 | Permalink

    The link to the windows demo does not work for me (The Linux one works fine though) ;)

  80. Farhat
    Posted May 4, 2014 at 01:19 | Permalink

    I think it would be best to put the “update your Dx and drivers” thing before the download link. I had the problem and didn’t notice until I read half-way through the comments.

  81. Dewman
    Posted May 4, 2014 at 23:01 | Permalink

    sorry there are a lot of comments and i quickly scanned through them and may have missed it. does this game work on Mac?

    • Posted May 12, 2014 at 11:58 | Permalink

      Some have successfully played it with CrossOver from what I’ve heard. Mac port is in plans, but the work hasn’t started yet.

  82. RaptoXx
    Posted September 18, 2014 at 13:50 | Permalink

    hey guys it sud be able 2 Play in window mode i wanted 2 stream but yeah ….

  83. RobertSela
    Posted December 26, 2014 at 01:12 | Permalink

    hello, great website

  84. Dennis (Menace)
    Posted March 4, 2015 at 01:05 | Permalink

    It’s easily one of the best games I’ve ever played. Well done devs, you guys are doing an amazing job and I’m looking forward to see the game become even greater. Just dont go down the p2w road, please dont ruin something so beautifull.

  85. Mitchell Taylor
    Posted April 4, 2015 at 21:19 | Permalink

    This game is brilliant , unique , and most of all… FUN! Love it.

  86. Wiktorix
    Posted April 5, 2015 at 23:59 | Permalink

    It doesn’t work 4% and it crash HELP!

  87. Tero Laakkonen
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 12:56 | Permalink

    Are you going to release standalone without Stream? :-/ I really don’t want to have steam but would be intrested about the game.

  88. LenchikOi
    Posted April 12, 2015 at 20:10 | Permalink

    Есть тут кто занимается теннисом?

  89. ty
    Posted June 4, 2015 at 21:23 | Permalink

    nice game

  90. KolambaEl
    Posted April 18, 2016 at 09:25 | Permalink

    спасибо. очень хороший
    и полезный сайт.

  91. VenomSnakeCZ
    Posted June 29, 2016 at 16:19 | Permalink

    I have 15 fps with my gtx 960 when i playing on low qraphics…

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