VGA Planets

VGA Planets

VGA Planets is a strategy, turn-based, multiplayer computer game for the PC, produced as shareware by Tim Wisseman. Older versions worked under DOS; the newer versions also work under Microsoft Windows. In addition, there are now cross-platform third-party tools, including clients written in Java.


The game became well known in 1994 with version 3, although the prior version 2.2 was already played worldwide. Version 3 allows up to 11 players to join, each of them leading one of the 11 possible races; in version 4 this limit has been removed, and several instances of the same race can be played independently by different players.

The predefined races are modeled after Star Trek, Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica, though custom races can be created with special tools. Each predefined race has some special powers and specific fields of expertise (for example: Cyborgs can assimilate native races into colonists; Robots are expert minelayers; Birdmen excel at spy tactics and cloaking).

VGA Planets follows the 4X game (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit & eXterminate) model: The players start with a homeworld, and have to build spaceships, explore the galaxy, colonize planets, mine minerals, build up their industry, etc. The game has no built-in victory condition: the players have to agree on one before starting a game.


A game is set up using three programs: a master program that allows the creation of a universe with the desired characteristics; a host program that acts as a server; and a copy of the client program for each player. Clients up to version 3.0 were DOS programs; from version 3.5 on there were clients for Windows.

First, the host sends a file with the initial conditions to each player. The client program allows the player to view data about the game and make decisions. Once the player has finished giving orders for the turn, either the client program or an external helper program takes the data, creates a turn file (usually with a .TRN extension), and sends it to the host person, who feeds all the turn files into the host program. The host processes all the turns and creates new status files (usually with a .RST extension), which are then sent back to the players. This process can be fully automated (the host can be an automatic server).

At the time that the game gained popularity, LANs and the Internet were not generally available to the public, so VGA Planets was primarily played via dial-up bulletin board systems (BBS), gradually moving to email as it became more widely available. The turn files and the game status files were transferred to and from the BBS or by email manually. This required games to have a regular hosting schedule.

See also

* Stars!

External links

* [ The official VGA Planets site (not current for VGAP4)]
* [ Tim Wisseman's current VGA Planets 4 site]
* [ VGA Planets 3 Wiki]
* [ VGA Planets 4 Wiki]
* []

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • VGA Planets — ist in Version 1 4 ein rundenbasiertes, strategisches Postspiel für den PC (Windows und DOS), produziert als Shareware von Tim Wisseman. Laut ist es der populärste Vertreter der Play by E Mail Spiele und hat als Inspiration für… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • VGA-Planets — ist ein rundenbasiertes, strategisches Postspiel für den PC (Windows und DOS), produziert als Shareware von Tim Wissemann. Laut ist es der populärste Vertreter der Played by E Mail Spiele und hat als Inspiration für nachfolgende Titel… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • VGA Planets — es un juego de estrategia multijugador por turnos para PC, producido como shareware por Tim Wissemann. Las versiones más antiguas funcionaban en DOS, pero las modernas funcionan también en Microsoft Windows. Además, ahora hay herramientas… …   Wikipedia Español

  • VGA Planets — космическая PBEM стратегия. Основой для игры стали телевизионные сериалы Star Trek, Star Wars и Battlestar Galactica. В версии игры от 1991 года (VGAPlanets 3) могут играть до 11 игроков (игровых рас). В настоящий момент все еще находится в… …   Википедия

  • VGA Planets — Développeur Tim Wisseman Concepteur Tim Wisseman Date de sortie 1992 Genre 4X Stratégie au tour par tour Mode de jeu Jeu par courriel Plate forme …   Wikipédia en Français

  • VGA Planets (компьютерная игра) — VGA Planets  графическая многопользовательская компьютерная игра в жанре космической стратегии с возможностью игры по переписке (Play by E Mail, PBEM). Игра имитирует противостояние между империями галактического масштаба. Особый акцент… …   Википедия

  • Jeu 4X — Le jeu 4X est un type de jeu vidéo de stratégie dans lequel le joueur contrôle un empire et dont le gameplay est fondé sur quatre principes : exploration, expansion, exploitation et extermination (« eXplore, eXpand, eXploit and… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • 4X — games are a genre of strategy video game where players control an empire and eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate. This term was first used by Alan Emrich in his September 1993 preview of Master of Orion for Computer Gaming World . Since… …   Wikipedia

  • Planet (disambiguation) — A planet, in astronomy, is one of a class of celestial bodies that orbit stars. (A dwarf planet is a similar, but officially mutually exclusive, class of body.)Planet may also refer to: * Planets in astrology, another concept referring to… …   Wikipedia

  • Liste von Computerspielen — Dies ist eine Liste von Computerspielen nach Genres mit ihren exemplarischen Vertretern. Die Kategorisierung in spezielle Computerspiel Genres ist unscharf. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Abenteuer Spiele 1.1 Actionspiele 1.2 Action Adventures 1.3… …   Deutsch Wikipedia