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March 9, 2007

FreeTrain English Project Started

Filed under: News — admin @ 9:22 am

Well I, Charles Goodwin (of Vexi and Free Gamer fame), have set up a project to bring FreeTrain to the non-Japanese masses.

FreeTrain is a game by Kohsuke Kawaguchi, written in C# using Microsoft’s .NET platform. It is inspired by the A-Train series of games which focused on a combination of train and business simulation. Kohsuke wanted to translate it to English but never had the opportunity.

Currently the game is entirely in Japanese and the codebase is not localized at all. So there are two main initial tasks:

  1. Localize the code
  2. Translate the game into English

Beyond that there’s porting it to Linux (should be possible with Mono’s recent WinForms support work).

There are two main stumbling blocks from my perspective - I don’t speak Japanese nor do I know how to localize code. However I can learn the latter and am hopeful of finding help for the former.

In the meantime I have set up a Sourceforge project for FreeTrain and imported the code into SVN from the Japanese version of the project. There are mailing lists set up and I have obviously installed Wordpress (with a temporary train theme) which should hopefully make the project more accessible to those interested.

If you are interested please subscribe to a mailing list or two and speak up so we can make this game go!


  1. Good job tracking down this project and setting up the internationalization project! Really looking forward to what an international dev community can do with this.

    The train theme is nice, but I reckon the logo as seen in the Japanese wiki is the one that will be used in the long run. Love the layout of the Japanese wiki BTW; simple and light-weight, but very usable and attractive in it’s own way.


    Comment by Daniel M — March 20, 2007 @ 6:12 pm

  2. Yeah I just grabbed a train theme for this site. It’s not my handywork. :-)

    Comment by charlie — March 23, 2007 @ 5:31 am

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