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:
- Localize the code
- 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!