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5 best open source board games to play online
Board games have seen a resurgence in recent years, and Linux has a good range of board games to choose from. There is a credible implementation of Catan called Pioneers. But for my favourite implementations of classic board games to play online, check out the recommendations below.

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  • Dwarfs!?
    Dwarfs!? is a free arcade/strategy game set deep underground. Your goal is to explore a vast, randomly generated dungeon, while at the same time protecting your home town from harm. Read more hot
  • FreeCol
    The FreeCol team aims to create an Open Source version of Colonization (released under the GPL). At first we'll try to make an exact clone of Colonization. The visuals will be brought up to date with more recent standards but will remain clean, simple and functional. Certain new 'features' will be implemented but the gameplay and the rules will be exactly the same as the original game. Examples of modern features are: an isometric map and multiplayer support. Read more hot
  • FreeOrion
    FreeOrion is a turn-based game of epic space strategy game inspired by Master of Orion. It builds on the classic '4X' model by incorporating the nation-building elements of games such as Europa Universalis 2 and a versatile tactical combat engine. Read more hot
  • Glest
    Glest is a project for making a free 3d real-time customizable strategy game. The current version is fully playable, includes single player game against CPU controlled players, two factions with their corresponding tech trees, units, buildings and some maps. Read more hot
  • Globulation 2
    Globulation 2 is an innovative high quality Real-Time Strategy [RTS], which minimizes micro-management by automatically assigning tasks to the units. The player has to choose the number of units he wants for the different tasks, and the units will do their best to satisfy the requests. This allows to manage more units and to focus on the strategy. Read more hot
  • Savage: The Battle for Newerth
    Choose to be a commander and you will play an in-depth RTS managing the stronghold, or choose to be a warrior and you will play an intense game of first person combat. With the creation of a new game play genre, RTSS (Real Time Strategy Shooter), Savage expertly redefines the first-person shooter and real-time strategy genres by combining elements of both into one cohesive experience. Read more hot
  • Spring
    Spring has the ambitious aim of creating the best ever Real-time strategy, a strategic game that is distinctly not turn-based. It sets out to bring the gameplay experience of Total Annihilation (TA) into three dimensions. Read more hot
  • The Battle for Wesnoth
    The Battle for Wesnoth is a fantasy turn-based strategy game. Battle for control of villages, using variety of units which have advantages and disadvantages in different types of terrains and against different types of attacks. Units gain experience and advance levels, and are carried over from one scenario to the next campaign. Read more hot
  • UFO: Alien Invasion
    UFO: Alien Invasion is a strategy game featuring tactical combat against hostile alien forces which are about to infiltrate earth at this very moment. You are in command of a small special unit which has been founded to face the alien strike force. To be successful on the long run, you will also have to have a research team study the aliens and their technologies in order to learn as much as possible about their technology, their goals and the aliens themselves. Read more hot
  • X: Reunion
    X: Reunion is a space trading, empire building, combat game similar in some respects to the classic game, Elite. Read more hot
  • 20,000 Light Years Into Space
    You have to build and maintain a steam distribution network on an alien planet, while under attack from aliens and other hazards. The game has three difficulty levels, an interactive tutorial, and a scoring system.
  • ADIC
    ADIC (Any door is closed) is a unique cooperative multi-player game. The goal is to lock all the players of the other teams.
  • Annals of Rome retro remake
    Annals of Rome is a remake of a turn-based strategy game written from scratch, using graphics created with screenshots of the Spectrum release.
  • Assassin of the Underdark
    In Assassin of the Underdark, you take a drow assassin through the underdark. RPG elements are included in the form of weaponry.
  • Attal: Lords of Doom
    Attal: Lords of Doom is a turn-based strategy game under Linux that can be played alone (against AI) or against others through a network (in French).
  • Battle for Mandicor
    Battle for Mandicor is a free real-time strategy game. Its engine is based on Stratagus.
  • Battlemass
    Battlemass is a turn-based strategy game with both single-player and multi-player support. A match is played on a map consisting of tiles, and in turns of 3 phases ? combat, harvest and build. The goal is to destroy your opponent's Base/City Unit. One of the cool features of the game is that you harvest the map/board's tiles for resources but in the process destroy the tiles, and any unit on such a tile.
  • Bitfighter
    Bitfighter is a free multi-player 2-D space combat game with Robotron-like controls. It is a team-based strategy game featuring retro vector graphics and customizable ships. The game is fast, addictive, and hectic. Read more
  • Boson
    Boson is a real-time strategy game, like Command&Conquer(tm) or StarCraft(tm). It is designed to run on Unix (Linux) computers and uses the QT Toolkit and the QwSpriteField library. A minimum of two players is required, since there is no artifical intelligence yet. Read more
  • Cultivation
    Cultivation is a game about the interactions within a gardening community. The resources needed for genetic propagation are tight, and relations can become tense. Cultivation explores self-interest, the common good, conflict, and compromise.
  • Demolization
    Demolization is a Civilization clone but with a more political nature.
  • Dominions II: The Ascension Wars
    (commercial) Acting as a pretender god leading one of seventeen different nations, players will strive to become the one true god through the power of spell and steel.
  • dopewars
    dopewars is a free Unix/Win32 rewrite of a game originally based on "Drug Wars" by John E. Dell. The idea of dopewars is to deal in drugs on the streets of New York, amassing a huge fortune and paying off the loan shark, while avoiding the ever-annoying police.
  • DungeonX
    DungeonX is a text-based game where your immediate goal is to come out alive and win.
  • Entombed!
    "Entombed!" is a one- or two-player maze game based on the classic Atari 2600 game "Entombed". You and your team of archeologists have fallen into the "catacombs of the zombies." There's no time for research, though; the walls are closing in, and the zombies have sprung to life!
  • Evolution RTS
    Evolution RTS is an open source real-time-strategy-like game. Evolution RTS revolves around fast thinking and micro-management as well as macro-management gameplay. Read more
  • Final Frontier Trader
    Final Frontier Trader is a 2D single player space strategy, combat, and trading game. You pilot a starship which is upgradable. You can buy, sell, or trade parts and even new starships. You can even join a fleet for experience in missions and combat.
  • FreeSynd
    FreeSynd is a cross-platform, GPLed reimplementation of the classic Bullfrog game, Syndicate.
  • FreeVikings
    FreeVikings reimplements the DOS game Lost Vikings.
  • Galaxy PBW
    Galaxy is a multiplayer strategic space game. Player represents one race in huge Universe. The goal of the player is to control all Game Universe. Welcome !!! You have arrived to the Galaxy PBW home page. Let this page be the brief introduction to Galaxy PBW. Galaxy PBW is a game, or, more precisely, Galaxy PBW is the game engine. It is based on the Galaxy PBEM strategic multiplayer wargame
  • GalaxyHack
    GalaxyHack allows you to design a fleet of spaceships which can then be tested in AI script based battles against fleets designed by other players. Though battles take place in real time, the strategy comes before hand, both in writing short AI scripts in a simple scripting language, and also in the set up and selection of your fleet.
  • GalaxyView
    GalaxyView is a turn viewer for Galaxy, a multiplayer play-by-email game of interstellar war. Features include a map with detailed information, a ship designer, a move editor, turn report charts, a battle simulator, forecast, history and help.
  • Gamma Low
    Gamma Low is an open-source, multiplayer strategy game where players in two teams fight for the dominance of a cellular system in a real-time, match-based environment. In each team, one player is elected to be The Mind, the commander. A few other players are chosen to be his tactical helpers, called the Spirits and the other players form the working and attacking force of the team.
  • GCCP
    GCCP is a GURPS Character Creation Program (for GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, etc). GURPS is a role playing game by Steven Jackson Games.
  • Genghis
    Genghis is a Risk-like text-only game written in C++.
  • Ghornon's Hammer Alpha
    Ghornon's Hammer is a 3D strategy adventure game based on missions and adventure rather than on mass armies or leveling stats.
  • ghtsclient
    ghtsclient spoken GTK+ Holsham Traders Client is an GTK+ based client application for the Holsham Traders realtime multiplayer trading game for Linux.
  • Gigalomania
    Gigalomania is a 2D real time strategy game that is a clone of Mega-Lo-Mania. The gameplay consists of researching and developing new technology with which to conquer your enemies, from rocks and sticks to nuclear weapons and spaceships. Read more
  • GNOME War Pad
    GNOME War Pad is a play-by-email space conquest strategy game, it can be played by 11 players max. This game is being played by strategy fanatics all over the world for some years now, is very addictive and there are several servers on the Internet that host various kinds of this games.
  • greed
    The strategy game of Greed. Try to eat as much as possible of the board before munching yourself into a corner.
  • GtkBalls
    GtkBalls a clone of well-known game DOS game, Lines.
  • Hacker Evolution: Untold
    (commercial) The concept behind Hacker Evolution: Untold is to create a game that challenges the gamers intelligence, attention and focus, creating a captivating mind game. To progress in this game, you need to be good at solving puzzles, examining code and bits of information, to help you achieve your objectives. Read more
  • Heroes of Newerth
    (commercial) Heroes of Newerth (HoN) is a real-time strategy game heavily based on the Warcraft III scenario Defense of the Ancients, or DotA. Read more
  • Holsham Traders
    Holsham Traders is a realtime multiplayer trading game. You are a trader who sends transporters around and tries to make as much money as possible by buying and selling goods.
  • Homeworld SDL
    Homeworld SDL is a Linux port of the Homeworld code released by Relic. It is still in a very early state, and many of the features (and stability) of the Windows version are not yet implemented.
  • Hyades
    Hyades is a free space strategy game developed using the GPL. In Hyades, there are no battle boards or special battle engines?all battles take place in the same 3D space that ships travel through from star to star. Hyades features realistic game mechanics and multiplayer oriented play.
  • IceBreaker
    IceBreaker is a game involving a bunch of penguins on an iceberg in Antarctica.
  • IGE - Outer Space
    IGE - Outer Space is an on-line strategy game which takes place in the dangerous universe. You will become powerful commander of many stars, planets, and great fleets and will struggle for survival with other commanders.
  • Invasion - Battle of Survival
    Battle of Survival is a real-time strategy game using the Stratagus game engine. Invasion - Battle of Survival 2.0 integrates new features like Guichan menus, improved UI, image-based map system, new units, new set elements, internationalisation.
  • KAtoms
    KAtoms is a clone of an old Amiga turn-based multiplayer strategy game for the KDE desktop, with improvements such as irregular board shapes, AI players, and a scalable user interface. Players take turns to place their atoms on the board, causing explosions and chain reactions which convert enemy atoms to their own color. The object of the game is to overwhelm the board. The simple rules of the game give rise to complex and unpredictable reactions which provide interesting gameplay.
  • KJumpingcube
    KJumpingcube is a simple dice driven tactical game. The playing area consists of squares containing points. Players move by clicking on either a vacant square, or on own square.
  • KsirK
    KsirK is a free and Open Source strategy Game for KDE. KsirK is a computerized version of a well known strategy game. KsirK is a multi-player network-enabled game with a basic AI.
  • KTris
    KTris is a tris game for KDE. It allows you to set up the size of the field and the number of symbols to line up to win.
  • LinBolo
    (shareware) LinBolo is an implementation of the popular Macintosh network game "Bolo" from the early to middle nineties from scratch on the Window platform. It runs on Windows 95, 98, NT4 (SP5+) and Windows 2000 operating systems. It also runs on Linux. Bolo is a 16 player graphical networked real-time multi-player tank battle game. It has elements of arcade-style shoot-em-up action, but for the serious players who play 12 hour games with 16 players working in teams in different networked computer clusters around an office or university campus, it becomes more of a strategy game.
  • LordsAWar!
    LordsAWar! is a clone of Warlords 2. It is a turn-based strategy game where up to 8 players strive for control of as many cities as possible. Produce new armies in cities to conquer nearby cities. Using the income from those cities, make more armies to take more cities. Read more
  • M.U.L.E
    A Linux/SDL port of a MULE clone. You play a colonist on the moon, you acquire territory, and decide how to use it, by either farming, mining ore, collecting solar energy or mining crystals.
  • Majesty
    (commercial) Majesty contains both the full Majesty game, and the expansion pack, The Northern Expansion. Majesty is a Real Time Strategy game with a difference. Instead of controling your forces directly, you have to ask them, and if they think its a good idea, or if you pay them enough, then they will do it.
  • Matanza
    Matanza is a multiplayer game where each player controls a ship and is supposed to destroy the other players.
  • Mega-Glest
    Mega-Glest adds a lot of enhancements to Glest. This project aims to improve both on the game and its content. Read more
  • Miller's Quest!
    Miller's Quest! is a role-playing simulator game. It could also be described as a "fire-and-forget role-playing game". In other words, it is not a role-playing game in the most traditional sense, because there is absolutely no player interaction. The emphasis on this game is the simulation of role-playing.
  • MyLink
    MyLink is a free Uplink clone. MyLink supports network play already in this early stage of development.
  • Myth II: Soulblighter
    (commercial) In command of a ragtag army of beserkers, dwarves, soldiers and sorcerers, you are the last hope (yet again) of saving the folk of Madrigal and the West from the evil might of Soulblighter and his minions.
  • Nautix
    Nautix will be a full-featured Open Source game with a 3D view, multiplayer mode, customizable levels and a lot of items like wood, stone or gold. It is both realtime strategy and roleplay game, so it features Avatars as well as large armies. It can be played alone, in a local network or over the Internet. The 3D graphics are scalable to the speed of the computer and the needs of the player.
  • NGStar
    NGStar is a clone of a HP48 game called dstar. The goal is to catch all gifts in the level to get access to the next one.
  • nhtsclient
    nhtsclient is a ncurses-based client for the realtime multiplayer trading game Holsham Traders.
  • NiwiE
    NiwiE consists of the game of Neutron and Co-Neutron.
  • Okiworld
    Okiworld is a host-to-host console-based strategy game. You can play it 1 on 1 over a LAN or the Internet.
  • Openglad
    Openglad is an SDL port of an old DOS game called Gladiator, which was developed by FSGames in the mid 90's. It is a top-down gauntlet-style RPG in which you hire team mates, go on missions, and improve your team with the spoils you reap.
  • OpenRedAlert
    OpenRedAlert is a Westwood Red Alert game engine. It is a real time strategy game. To play the game with this engine, you need the original game (mix files). The only game supported is Red Alert 1.
  • OpenRTS
    OpenRTS is a realtime strategy game. It features isometric graphics, networked multiplayer support, and single-player scenarios.
  • palito
    palito is a real time strategy game in early development, inspired on the playability of Total Annihilation.
  • Pizza Business
    Pizza Business is a console-based game written in C++. You start your own restaurant, with 10 000 as initial budget. Buy ingredients, hire chefs, servants and managers, and fake, ingame-choice of advertising in newspapers, internet, and through SMS
  • Prometheus
    Prometheus is a runtime strategy game for X Windows that features nine different buildings, four different types of vehicles, fog of war, ten levels and more.
  • Qonk
    Qonk is a small build-and-conquer strategy game with very simple rules. The setting of the game is a solar system of planets. Your goal is to conquer all of the planets in the game by sending ships there.
  • Railroad Tycoon II
    (commercial) Railroad Tycoon II is a strategy/simulation that captures the authentic look and feel of the fabled late-1800's railways and focuses on industries such as coal, steel and textiles. Railroad Tycoon II has over 34 types of cargo and 50 train engines, and also features sophisticated economic system and simulated stock market.
  • ri-li
    ri-li is a really nice wooden toy train game. The goal is to control your wooden toy train through the rails and collect all the special items.
  • Russian Mafia
    Russian Mafia is a client-free multiplayer popular IRC Game written in perl. A very popular multiplayer game in Russian IRC.
  • SDL-Toms
    SDL-Toms is a clone of the game Atoms, using SDL. Works on Linux, and now has Windows binaries.
  • ShipWars Terminal
    ShipWars Terminal is a ETI (curses based) client for the XShipWars system. For when your in the mood for blowing up vessels and other anti-social activities but you just don't have a graphical enviroment to run XSW.
  • SimCity 3000
    (commercial) The famous SimCity series from Maxis is now on its way to Linux at last! Now you can get down and dirty with zoning, energy consumption, crime control, and taxation, all in the hopes of keeping those finicky Sims happy in your metropolis -- or suffer their wrath at the ballot box.
  • Spellcast
    Spellcast is a multi-player X pseudo-strategy game which concerns a conflict between two or more powerful wizards. The opponents use mystical hand gestures to invoke their spells -- spells of summoning, elemental energy, protection, psionic influence, and good old-fashioned brute force.
  • Star Conquest
    A turn-based strategic wargame. It may be played as a single player, multi-player or network game. Up to ten players can play in a game, accompanied by up to ten computer controlled players.
  • Star Voyager
    Star Voyager is a space combat and exploration game set in the Star Trek universe. It uses the SDL library for portability and should compile on any platform supporting SDL and Standard C.
  • Starlane empire
    Starlane empire is a turn by turn space strategy game. The game in itself is a port to newer operating systems (currently unices) of the old DOS game Ascendancy.
  • Starlink
    (commercial) Starlink is a Sci-Fi real-time strategy game designed for handheld devices (ideally tablets). Play by yourself against challenging AI, cooperatively with up to 5 of your friends, or even competitively against them -- whether on the same device or on multiple (over WiFi or Internet).
  • StormWar
    StormWar is a 3D realtime strategy game inspired by a quite unknown but great old game: NetStorm, Islands at War.
  • Sumeria
    Sumeria is the good old "Govern Ancient Sumeria", with a 1983 ecology re-write.
  • Tanky
    Tanky is a game is for two or three players and the main goal is to shoot your opponents. Has 10 stages + one if draw. Uses 640x480 16 colors.
  • Teddy
    Teddy is a modular, generic space-role playing framework.
  • TEG
    Tenes Empanadas Graciela is a round-based computer board game. The idea for this Open Source program came from 'Plan Tactico y Estrategico de la Guerra' but it differs in many aspects of the rules. Read more
  • Thousand Parsec
    Thousand Parsec is a free and open source 4X space strategy game, but it is different in the sense that it is designed for long games supporting universes as large as your computer can handle. 4X stands for eXplore, eXpand, eXterminate and eXploit which are the main phases in games of these genre. Similar games are Stars!, Reach for the Stars, Master of Orion and Galactic Civilizations.
  • Tornado
    Tornado is the clone of a C64 game. The goal of the game is to destroy the opponent's house with certain weather phenomenons: rain, snow, hail, lightning and tornado. The game can be played together (two players), against the computer (or two computer players against each other) or over a TCP connection.
  • Transit Executive
    In Transit Executive you build transit systems, make profits, and take over the competition in this real time strategy-simulation game.
  • Turnracer
    Turnracer is an open-source (GPL) Turn-Based racer game.
  • TW-Light
    TW-Light is an open source clone/sequel to the epic cross-genre game Star Control II. Currently it includes only a combat portion, although epic adventure part that is called TW:Legacies is actively developed now.
  • TWClone
    TWClone is a multi-player turn based strategy game; clone of the popular BBS Door game Trade Wars 2002.
  • Twixt
    Twixt is a remake of an old 3M Bookshelf game by the same name. It is an abstract thinking type of game. Network play is supported. Required: X and SDL as well as SDL_image.
  • UFO 2000
    UFO2000 is free and opensource turn based tactical squad simulation game with multiplayer support. While having its own engine written from scratch, the game still relies on the data files from the famous X-COM: UFO Defense game. That's why it looks very much like a multiplayer mod for X-COM.
  • Widelands
    Widelands is inspired by Bluebyte's Settlers II and will someday be the logical extension of this game although you do not need the original game. Play it on Win/Linux against human & AI opponents. Read more
  • wxAtaxx
    wxAtaxx is a strategy game based on Ataxx, a popular arcade videogame. It is a game of position and movement. The goal is to have the most pieces - or globs - of your color on the board at the end of the game.
  • wxSpellcast
    wxSpellcast is a cross-platform, client-server networkable version of the venerable XWindows "spellcast" game, using the studly wxWindows GUI library.
  • XiStrat
    XiStrat (aka 'Extended Strategy') is in particular about turn-based, networked multiplayer, non-cooperative, zero-sum, abstract strategy board games (e.g., Chess, Go, Reversi variants, etc.) on 3D-visualized polyhedra and contains a server, client GUI, autoplayer engine, utilities and documentation.



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