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Freeciv v2.6.3 Updated

billon on 1 Jan 2021
  • 118MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 31 Dec 2020
  • Suggested by Sam Collett

Freeciv is a single or multiplayer, turn-based strategy game modeled after Civilizationā„¢. In this game, each player leads a civilization and fights to become the greatest in the world. You can play with the computer or with other players over the network.

The program is cross-platform with support for Mac, Linux, BSD, Solaris and many more.

Alternatively, Freeciv Portable is also available.

Runs on:WinAll
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract using 7-Zip to a folder of your choice
  2. Delete $PLUGINSDIR
  3. Move all subfolders contained in $_OUTDIR to the root folder, then delete $_OUTDIR
  4. Launch freeciv-mp-gtk2.cmd, freeciv-gtk2.cmd or freeciv-server.cmd
For info on playing the game, read the Introduction
What's new? See:
Latest comments
webfork on 2011-05-23 18:54

link: thanks, updated

SYSTEM on 2011-12-16 09:00

Apparently UniExtract got into an infinite loop when I tried to extract the installer. I have edited the instructions a bit.

lintalist on 2015-04-27 12:36

For v2.5.0: I don't think civclient.exe is present anymore and it should now be freeciv-gtk2.cmd or freeciv-gtk2.exe which would start the game.

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The Battle for Wesnoth v1.14.15 Updated

billon on 20 Dec 2020
  • 490MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 19 Dec 2020
  • Suggested by Sam Collett

The Battle for Wesnoth is a turn-based strategy game with a fantasy theme. Build up a great army, gradually turning raw recruits into hardened veterans. In later games, recall your toughest warriors and form a deadly host against whom none can stand! Choose units from a large pool of specialists, and hand-pick a force with the right strengths to fight well on different terrains against all manner of opposition.

Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and install to the default folder
  2. During installation, select "Store userdata in the install location"
  3. After install, copy all files to a folder of your choice
  4. Uninstall the application
  5. Launch wesnoth.exe
What's new? See:
Latest comments
darkest on 2012-02-24 18:07

revering to the version number, that is. (sorry for double-posting)

Napiophelios on 2017-12-03 08:41

Wesnoth @ v1.12.6 : Maintenance Release

shnbwmn on 2018-05-13 16:30

I'm glad that Wesnoth made it to Steam. Hopefully the community will grow and attract more enthusiasts.

On an unrelated note, I still have the Wesnoth 0.8.8 setup file from 2004/05, only 32Mb. A game must be very good if over a decade later it is still endlessly playable :)

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Project Invincible v2.10

webfork on 6 Sep 2015
  • 7MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on
  • Suggested by SYSTEM

Project Invincible is a chess game with a highly configurable artificial intelligence, as well as 3D graphics, animations, reflections and unlimited undo.

Cross-platform (Linux) and a PortableApps version is also available (thanks Gemini).

Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Project Invincible.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: NagaSkaki, Pawn, Slow Chess Blitz
What's new?
  • Dropped support for old GNU/Linux distributions.
  • All processor architectures are supported again.
  • Added detection for all draw conditions:
  • threefold repetition
  • insufficient material
  • fifty-move rule
  • stalemate was already detected
  • Added undo and redo.
  • Added options to change piece colors.
  • Added an option to make knights face sideways.
  • Added support for the XBoard protocol commands "?", "undo" and "remove".
  • Now changed settings are applied instantly even when the engine is thinking.
  • Now the status labels indicate if the game has ended and the reason, if any.
  • Now the engine can use results from partial searches.
  • Significantly improved engine performance.
  • Improved exit time when the engine is thinking.
  • Added repaints to fix some cases where nothing seems to happen until you move the mouse.
  • In XBoard mode, now Project Invincible stops thinking when it receives the command "new", "force", "white", "black" or "result".
  • Improved responsiveness in XBoard mode when a process with higher priority has high CPU usage.
  • When the engine finds that it can be mated no matter what, now it makes the move that leads to the slowest mate. Previously it made a random legal move.
  • Improved startup time in XBoard mode.
  • In XBoard mode, now Project Invincible rejects clearly invalid positions.
  • Fixed a deadlock when changing the number of threads when the engine is thinking.
  • Fixed: the process didn't terminate if you attempted to exit the game when the game showed a dialog that asked something.
  • Fixed an use-after-free on exit if a dialog that asks something has been shown.
  • Fixed theoretical race conditions.
  • Fixed minor memory leaks.
  • Windows: fixed crash on exit with QeffectsGL.
  • Unix: fixed an error message on exit with the closed source "fglrx" AMD graphics drivers.
  • Unix: improved performance by enabling more compiler optimizations.
  • Unix: made the binary smaller by stripping information that you don't need to run Project Invincible.
  • Unix: when Project Invincible is installed, now it stores its settings in $XDG_CONFIG_HOME or $HOME/.config as required by the XDG Base Directory Specification.
  • Minor changes.
Latest comments
SYSTEM on 2012-12-15 09:16

@Magibon: version 2.00 has mouse controls. :)

Lyon11111 on 2013-03-16 12:52

I like it very much. Thanks for providing it for free.

Gemini Apollo Gomez on 2013-03-26 17:22

Alternatively, Project Invincible Portable
is another portable version.

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Pawn v4.01

webfork on 30 Oct 2016

Pawn is a simple chess program with a simple interface and a beginner-friendly engine.

Note: Main site offline, mirror provided. Additionally, old games from previous Pawn versions cannot be loaded due to format changes.

Runs on:Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Requires DirectX 9 or better on your system and a screen resolution of at least 1024x768.
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Pawn.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: NagaSkaki, Project Invincible, Slow Chess Blitz
What's new?
Latest comments
name on 2010-03-05 20:45

new version out

Loner on 2012-04-04 01:22

I don't know how to play chess, and thought this game would help me learn because it said its "more suited for beginners". I even selected "Novice" in the game choice, and each game went so fast, I was Checkmated before I knew what hit me. I'm sure this is not a game for beginners like me with no knowledge of the game, but its misleading to say its "more suited for beginners". It should say for beginners with some knowledge of the game.

Just wanted to warn anyone who might be a beginner like me and might want to download the game.

Emka on 2013-12-16 13:59

link broken

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TurboRisk v2.0.5

webfork on 27 Mar 2016

TurboRisk is the classic game of world domination on your computer. Choose one of four playing maps and compete for global supremacy against up to nine computer opponents. Tools to create your own maps and AI players are included.

Runs on:Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch TurboRisk.exe.
What's new? The Update Manager now has a "News" section, which informs the user about the changes in the programs, TRPs and maps.
The Help menu has an item to go to the Google group about TurboRisk.
Latest comments
Nh on 2011-11-05 06:17

For years I have been playing this game. Very simple and enticing game.

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