As of October 30, 2009, Sonic.net has a public-facing Tradewars 2002 server running at tradewars.sonic.net. This is a stock Tradewars door as with the classic game, except it is accessed through SSH on port 22 and uses active Sonic.net username/password pairs for authentication.
These games tend to lean heavily on old-timey ANSI graphics. To get ANSI graphics working well on a reasonably-modern terminal program isn't exactly what the folks that made them had in mind, so some tweaking is necessary for optimal old-timey doors gaming awesomeness:
- Getting ANSI to work on an OS X box
- Somebody made a custom version of PuTTY for Tradewars
- Cryptoterm is a good client for Windows systems]
- Setting a terminal program to use a "terminal" font will generally make these games look better, if not quite correct.
- In SecureCRT, set session emulation to ANSI, and the session font to Terminal (this is in the "appearance" category).
At the time of this writing, the following games are hosted on tradewars.sonic.net:
Trade Wars 2002 Game Server v1.03 Copyright (C) 1998 www.tradewars.com Epic Interactive Strategy
that's just the server, which can juggle multiple games. The game itself is version 3.13 gold
In TradeWars, the player takes on the role of a sci-fi merchant, exploring space, settling new planets, and trading between space stations. As a multiplayer game, players compete for resources and can communicate or conflict with each other. TradeWars provides no explicit goal; players may seek to amass wealth, control territory, battle rivals, and accrue experience points.
- Upon logging in, check for the location of Stardock by hitting 'v' at the command prompt. Stardock is where you can purchase upgrades like long-range scanners, genesis torpedoes to make new planets, trade in your ship for a different model, and several other options.
- Be careful about attacking ports. They are rather likely to blow you up.
- When you log out, your ship remains in play wherever you left it. If you have a positive alignment (you are not a criminal in the game), you can park safely in any sector labeled as "Fedspace." Fedspace includes sectors 1-10 and the Stardock.
- By creating or joining a corporation, you can play cooperatively with other players.
Barren Realms Elite
Barren Realms Elite v0.988 Copyright (c) 1999 John Dailey Written & Programmed by John Dailey
Multiplayer turn-based strategy game with a sci-fi theme. Players control planets that go to war with each other. Notable for allowing inter-BBS conflict. I don't know of Sonic.net's BRE server being in cahoots with any other servers.
Legend of the Red Dragon
Legend Of The Red Dragon Compiled Apr 15, 2006: VERSION 4.07 (c) Copyright 2006: Metropolis, Inc. Developed by: Michael Preslar
Unregistered (not winnable)
LORD is a text-based fantasy RPG in which you control an adventurer that goes off on quests to gather wealth and improve skills and equipment until finally slaying the Red Dragon.
Legend of the Red Dragon II
LORD II: New World V1.01
Like LORD, but with multiple cities you can travel to and explore.
Planets: The Exploration Of Space
Planets : The Exploration Of Space V2.02 Developed by Michael Preslar (C) Copyright 2001: Metropolis, Inc.
A space exploration and trading game made by the same person that made LORD and LORD II.
Usurper 0.20d, Compiled 09/13/2004 (c) JAS Software 2004, Dark Deception Series IV [Registered Copy]
Swords & Sorcery RPG game, with the ultimate goal of getting to the lowest level of a monster-filled dungeon.