In high school and college, I spent a lot of time playing StarTrek games…you know, the ones where you send a lonely torpedo that appears as an * on the screen. The graphics were cheesy but for a young Trekkie, it was great stuff. I thought all that was in my past but then I stumbled across–The Netrek Nexus.

Netrek is a multi-player battle simulation with a Star Trek theme. As a player, you captain starships to engage enemy vessels, bomb armies and invade planets in order to expand your team’s space empire. The ultimate goal is to genocide the enemy race, but the carnage of battles along the way is ruthlessly fast paced and a lot of fun!

It’s a team-oriented game with realtime dogfighting but involving a lot of ongoing strategy. It costs no money to play, there are no ads, and it’s open source.

I had fun playing this game, so different from everything else we’ve grown accustomed to. Amazing what the imagination will fill in if you give it a chance.

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