April 26, 2020: Free Online Game: UltraCorps
One of the hidden treasures of the Steve Jackson Games universe is getting a lot of renewed interest during the global pandemic "shelter at home" days. UltraCorps (www.ultracorps.com) is a turn-driven strategy game set in deep space. It started as a comic book, was turned into a massively-multiplayer browser-based game, spent time on the Microsoft Zone, and finally landed at SJ Games where it was completely re-coded and dropped onto a new server. The game is FREE, because we have never figured out a great way to charge for it . . . but Steve, and a volunteer staff, love it too much to let it die. It's fun and engaging and challenging and more. UltraCorps has outlasted some of the great computer games of ancient lore. It started not long after the internet and is still kicking. It features negotiation, secret movement with a full 24 hours to plan each turn, and an in-game chat room with a mechanism to create private chat rooms for ultra-secrecy in planning coordinated invasions.
There are also modes for solo and private games, so you can get a quick education in the game without worrying about your devious, untrustworthy neighbors who want to take the galaxy that, by right, is yours!
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