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Remember the good old days, when we all thought we’d be cruising around in our own spaceships by the year 2002? Trading fuel, organics and technology at every StarPort we managed to find? Dodging the Federation and blowing up aliens (and each other) while trying to save up enough credits for a bigger ship… hauling human cargo to our home world so we could increase production and begin our mission of universal conquest?

Well… those days are back my friends.


Thanks to a miracle of not-so-modern technology, I’ve set up a TradeWars 2002 server. Now you too can experience the joys of ascii based space gaming. Take a look at these stellar graphics, depicting the transportation of human resources to your home planet:


I know, right? You can’t wait to play… same here. The good news is, I’ve got the server set up, and I’m doing some connectivity testing now. If you have a TradeWars 2002 client (or a telnet client that supports ANSI) you can hit it now at RCG.GAME-HOST.ORG

If you don’t have a dedicated TradeWars 2002 client (which I highly recommend) you can get one at (it’s a 30 day trial, but worth registering.)

Marvel at the super realistic rendition of interstellar space travel:


Galactic Commerce has never felt SO REAL:


Upgrade and outfit your own spaceship!!


I know… you’re asking yourself how can a game THIS AWESOME be free to play?? I assure you it is! I do this because I love the game and want to play with all my friends. I’ve set up a 5000 sector universe as a test run, and you can connect to it now.

Sometime around midnight Sunday night, I’ll be wiping it all out and doing a Big Bang on the universe, so don’t get too attached to your ship this weekend. The game will officially start at that point.  Good luck!

One more time, in case you weren’t paying attention:

Telnet to:  RCG.GAME-HOST.ORG (port 23)

Use a client that supports ANSI
Use a dedicated TW2002 client like SWATH (

The current (test) universe ends midnight on Sunday 9/13/09, The Big Bang will wipe EVERYTHING out.

The universe will have 5000 sectors. There will be bad aliens in it.

Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 10:27 AM | Back to top

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wow, this brings back some memories...
Left by Travis on Sep 11, 2009 12:02 PM

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If you want others to find your server trying post it at
Left by Anonymous on Nov 12, 2009 6:44 PM

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Hey I play all the time. this game is still very much played. We use alot of autobot scripts to speed the game up now. Scripts available from 30 different authors at
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