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OpenBOR is a royalty free sprite based side scrolling gaming engine. From humble beginnings in 2004, it has since grown into the most versatile, easy to use, and powerful engine of its type you will find anywhere. OpenBOR is optimized for side scrolling beat em’ up style games (Double Dragon, Streets of Rage, Final Fight), but easily accommodates any sort of gameplay style and feature set you can imagine.

Want to try your hand at game making? Open up one of the already existing modules and tinker around – the community is right here to help you along.

Ready to make something of your own? Get some images together and away you go!

Feeling ambitious? Delve into the built in script engine and graphical suite to build a masterpiece rivaling the most outlandish Triple-A productions. Sell it if you if can!

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History

In 2004, Senile Team released Beats of Rage, a free beat-'em-up for DOS inspired by SEGA's Streets of Rage series and using sprites from SNK Playmore's King of Fighters series. The game spread only by word of mouth, but it nonetheless amassed popularity very quickly. Senile Team soon released an edit pack allowing anyone interested to create a module for the BOR engine.

In 2005, Kirby2000 asked Senile Team to open the source code to BOR. They agreed, and OpenBOR was born. Development on the engine was continued by the community, and still is to this day.

Platforms

OpenBOR has a very modular and portable design inherited from Beats of Rage - several ports have been made available.

Current

These platforms are actively supported and may be compiled with the latest OpenBOR engine.

  • Android
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Wii
  • PSP

Discontinued

The following platforms are still available as legacy binaries, but are no longer supported and may not be compatible with current iterations of OpenBOR.

  • Dreamcast
  • GP2X
  • GP2X Wiz
  • Mac OS X
  • OpenDingux (Dingoo A320 & GCW-Zero)

OpenBOR Team

Current Members

  • Damon Caskey (2007-)
    • OpenBOR project manager and site owner of the OpenBOR community. Primary contributions are core engine and scripting development, code cleanup, and organization. Main focus is keeping OpenBOR future proof and modular by replacing specialized hardcoding and overlap with generalized features that allow for more author creativity.
  • Plombo (2009-)
    • A developer who prefers to work on OpenBOR's supporting libraries and platform-specific backends. Known for maintaining the Wii port, writing the GPU-accelerated video code for Wii and OpenGL, and a few engine features.
  • Douglas Baldan (2018-)
    • Known as O'Ilusionista, Douglas is a highly respected administrator of the OpenBOR community and also a prolific member of the Mugen scene. Douglas is new to coding but brings a plethoera of graphic and game design experience to the team. We look for exciting things from Mr. Baldan soon!
  • Malik (2018-)
    • Malik came to the team with a strong OpenBOR scripting background, and quickly established himself as a resident go-to for the Android Port. Malik dedicates himself to keeping the Android port of OpenBOR a commercialy viable platform for authors who wish to sell their orginal IP projects.
  • Wasin Thonkaew (2019-)
    • Haxpor in the forums, a Linux centric developer who works hard to ensure our penguin crowd has the proper tools for development and underlying libraries of OpenBOR remain compatible to compile for mobile platforms.

Former members and contributors

  • White Dragon (2016-2018)
    • A long time module author and extremely knowledgeable coder who joined the development team in 2016. White Dragon generally focused on level and menu properties, but branched out into other facets of the engine over time.
  • uTunnels (2007-2014)
    • Among many other powerful additions, contributed the original scripting engine to OpenBOR, single handedly breaking nearly every limitation module authors faced. While not officially retired, uTunnels' presence became gradually more infrequent before stopping altogether in early 2014.
  • Anallyst (2011)
    • This developer's work centered mainly around trimming the fat and optimizing the codebase.
  • SumolX (2006-2011)
    • Former project manager and lead programmer, retired from the scene in 2011. Known for porting PSP, PS3, Linux, Wii, GP2X and maintaining all other platforms and code base.
  • KBbandressen (2007-2011)
    • Contributed a plethora of features, including the powerful text object and filestream capabilities.
  • CGRemakes (2005-2006)
    • Main developer after Kirby2K. Introduced many exicting features to engine.
  • LordBall (2006)
    • Developed offshoot engine based on OpenBOR. Shared features with both engines.
  • Tails (2006)
    • Developed offshoot engine based on OpenBOR. Shared features with both engines.
  • Fugue (2006)
    • Developed offshoot engine based on OpenBOR. Shared features with both engines.
  • Kirby2K (2004-2005)
    • The original developer of OpenBOR who asked Senile Team for permission to open up Beats Of Rage.

Senile Team

Senile team was not directly involved with developing OpenBOR, but their opening of the orginal Beats of Rage codebase was vital. Parts of the orginal BOR still reside in OpenBOR to this day.

  • Roel (credited as "Opla" in BoR)
    • The team's chieftain. Does most of the game design, programming and artwork.
  • Jeroen (credited as "Leila" in BoR)
    • Does all the things no one else does.
  • Sander (credited as "Albatross" in BoR)
    • 3D artist and animation sequence editor.
  • Ben
    • Senile Team's composer.
  • Neill
    • Neill was the first to port Beats of Rage to other systems, namely Playstation 2 and Dreamcast. He now supports Senile Team with advice regarding console hardware and code compatibility.

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