Turn-based strategy games
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List of Turn-based strategy games
This is a list of free/libre turn-based strategy games:
8 Kingdoms is a 3D turn-based strategy game based on hexagons in which the player is a king in a fantasy world. It is licensed under the GPL. The media license is unknown. The latest version of the game is 1.10 released on July 22nd, 2007. It is written in the C++ and Tcl programming languages and uses the SDL library.
It was created as a project at the Faculty of Mathematics and physics at the Univerzita Karlova, Prague in 2004.
|Advanced Strategic Command||2015-12-06||Turn-based strategy|
Advanced Strategic Command is a turn based strategy game in the tradition of Battle Isle.
ASC can be played against the computer or against other players.
|Allure of the Stars||2018-06-30||Roguelike, RPG, TBS|
Allure of the Stars is a near-future Sci-Fi roguelike and tactical squad game. Binaries and the game manual are available at the homepage, where you can also try the game out in the browser. (http://allureofthestars.com/play Keyboard commands and savefiles are supported only on recent enough versions of browsers. Mouse should work everywhere.)
Not a single picture in this game. You have to imagine everything yourself, like with a book (a grown-up book, without pictures). Once you learn to imagine things, though, you can keep exploring and mastering the world and making up stories for a long time. The gameplay manual  may also help. Enjoy!
Ancient Beast is a turn based strategy game. Players fight opponents by acquiring items and creatures. Ancient Beast is free software released under the AGPL with media released as CC BY-SA. It uses web-technologies, so it is directly playable from the browser.
|Batalla Naval||no image||1997|
Batalla Naval is a networked, multiplayer battleship game.
There is a newer version for gnome: Gnome Batalla Naval.
Batnav is the old version of Batalla Naval. It consists of:
|Civil||August 9, 2004||TBS, Online||
Civil is a turn-based strategy game mainly focused in the American civil war. The game features networked multi-player and is available for multiple platforms. The development of the game stopped in 2005.
|Creep Smash||no image||2009-08-07||Tower Defense,Online Multiplayer||
Creep Smash is a multiplayer tower defense game written in Java. It was developed by ten computer science students within a collegiate software project of the University of Applied Science in Stuttgart. The project requirement was to plan, design and implement a Java-based multiplayer version of Tower defense within 2.5 months. Each student had a specific role in the project such as project manager, developer, or tester. After that, Patrick Schlesinger has started to continue the game development and provide a game server with a growing team of developers. CreepSmash is licensed under the GPL. The latest version of the game is 0.6.0 beta released on August 7th, 2009.
|Crimson Fields||March 1, 2009||TBS|
Crimson Fields is a tactical turn-based war game of two opposing sides (Empire of Kand and Free Nexus Army). Facing either the computer or another player, turns are taken to move various military units and attack the opposition. As of 2011-07-26, the latest version of the game is 0.5.3 released on March 1st, 2009..It is licensed under the GPL.
|FreeCol||2015-10-17||TBS, Economic simulation|
In February 2007, it received the Sourceforge.net Project of the Month award. 
FreeOrion is a turn-based strategy game of galactic conquest inspired by the Master of Orion games. As is typical for 4X games, players have to explore their surroundings, colonize new planets, manage their economies, research spectacular technologies, build up military might and conquer their neighbors, and ultimately, the entire galaxy. Features specific to FreeOrion are the diverse fantastical species and peculiar history of the game galaxy, the design of new ships with a multitude of hulls and ship parts available after research, and the possibility of technological victory after researching transcendence.
The game's source code is licensed under the GPL v2 and its media under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license.
Freeciv is a 2D turn-based strategy game, inspired by Sid Meier's Civilization series, where players control an empire to "eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate" (4X). Both code and media are licensed under the GNU General Public License. Freeciv is mostly written in the C programming language. This game does not require 3D hardware acceleration. The game is also playable as an HTML5 Web game.
|Gnome Batalla Naval||2005|
Gnome Batalla Naval is a networked, multiplayer battleship game based on Batalla Naval.
It includes a server, a client and a robot, and supports IPv6 and GGZ Gaming Zone.
|Harris||2014-10-26||Turn-based strategy games|
The game objective of Harris is to destroy Nazi Germany by launching bombing raids. Harris is a turn based strategy game.
Hedgewars is a turn-based artillery game featuring fighting hedgehogs. In the spirit of worms, the player has to equip their team of hedgehogs with a choice of numerous weapons in order to combat the enemy. It features an AI player as well as a multiplayer mode.
Javelin is a free open-source single-player role-playing game written in Java that uses d20 as the rule system – also found in Dungeons and Dragons (versions 3.0 and 3.5) and its successor Pathfinder. It draws heavy inspiration from many other video games, from Jagged Alliance and Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup to Pokémon and the Final Fantasy series.
Kingdoms is a strategy game in which the player builds an empire and leads his nation throughout history. It is inspired by concepts from Civilization.
|LambdaHack||2018-06-30||Roguelike, Engine, RPG, TBS|
LambdaHack is a Haskell  game engine library for ASCII roguelike games of arbitrary theme, size and complexity, with optional tactical squad combat. It's packaged together with a little example dungeon crawler in fantasy setting that can be tried out in the browser. (http://lambdahack.github.io --- It runs fastest on Chrome. Keyboard commands and savefiles are supported only on recent enough versions of browsers. Mouse should work everywhere.)
|Liberal Crime Squad||September 4th, 2012|
LordsAWar! is a GPL, turn-based strategy game which is intended to be similar to Warlords II. It was created from the original C++ code base of the old Freelords project. Freelords has subsequently been restarted and has switched to Java. LordsAWar! was written by Ben Asselstine.
|Scorched 3D||Aug 1, 2014||TBS|
Scorched 3D is a 3D turn based artillery game and based on the DOS game Scorched Earth. It is licensed under the GPLv2. The latest version of the game is 42.1 released on March 3rd, 2009 It is written in the C++ programming language.
|Tanks of Freedom||2018-05-17||Strategy|
Tanks of Freedom is a turn-based strategy game made with the Godot engine. The game is still in development.
You can make infantry, tank, or air units. The goal is to capture the opponent's base using an infantry unit.
|Teeworlds||2018-10-14||Platform, Run and gun, Online|
Teeworlds is a cartoon style 2D multiplayer platform shooter game (or third person shooter). The game provides an arena where players fight in various multiplayer modes (capture the flag, duel, team death match, race). The player is a Tee, a little ball with hands and feet.
|The Battle for Wesnoth||2018-09-18||TBS, Online|
The Battle for Wesnoth, or simply Wesnoth or BfW, is a fantasy themed 2D turn-based strategy game started by David White in June 2003. The game is programmed in C++ and its code and media are licensed under the GPL. This game does not require 3D hardware acceleration.
Thousand Parsec (TP) is a framework for creating turn-based space-empire-building strategy games.
|VMS Empire||2016-01-05||Turn-based strategy||
VMS Empire is a war simulation between the player and the computer.
|WarMUX||January 21st, 2011||Turn-based strategy|
WarMUX (Wormux until November 21st, 2010) is a Worms-like game that is licensed under the GPL, including its data. The latest version of the game is 11.01 released on January 21st, 2011. This game does not require 3D hardware acceleration.
|Xconq||May 20th, 2004||TBS, Multiplayer|
Xconq is a system for creating strategy games. It have the ability for online play and have built-in support for many types of game. It is licensed under the GPL. The latest version of the game is 7.5pre released on May 20th, 2004.
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- The about page of FreeCol
- SourceForge.net: Project of the Month
- License page in FreeOrion's wiki
- Debian's FreeOrion copyright file
- Freeciv website on licensing
- Freeciv project data from Ohloh.net
- The about page of Hedgewars
- Hedgewars FAQ page
- Old LCS page on Bay 12 Games
- LordsAWar!'s code copyright file at Debian Packages
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- Freelords homepage
- Savannah memberlist for the LordsAWar! project
- Scorched3d copyright file at Debian packages
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- Wesnoth copyright file at Debian packages
- Turious Project Page
- Wormux becomes Warmux (November 21st, 2010)
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