18th June 2011
Version 2.18.0 was released.
2nd September 2010
Version 2.17.0 was released.
1st September 2009
Version 2.16.0 was released.
25th March 2009
For source control of the server code, see the Wiki.
30th September 2008
Version 2.15.0 was released. See also our Netrek Project on Launchpad.
27th February 2008
Version 2.14.0 was released.
3rd April 2007
Version 2.13.0 was released.
15th May 2006
Have you a contribution or feel we have left something out? Go use our Netrek Development Wiki.
15th May 2006
The Netrek Vanilla Server is an open source software package that provides a multi-player battle simulation server for Netrek clients.
Netrek is the probably the first video game which can accurately be described as a "sport." It has more in common with basketball than with arcade games or Quake. Its vast and expanding array of tactics and strategies allows for many different play styles; the best players are the ones who think fastest, not necessarily the ones who twitch most effectively. It can be enjoyed as a twitch game, since the dogfighting system is extremely robust, but the things that really set Netrek apart from other video games are the team and strategic aspects. Team play is dynamic and varied, with roles constantly changing as the game state changes. Strategic play is explored in organized league games; after more than six years of league play, strategies were still being invented and refined.
Here we're talking about the server program. If you want to play the game, please go to playnetrek.org.
Latest Source ReleaseThe latest version of Netrek Vanilla Server may be downloaded from:
% darcs get http://www.netrek.org/repos/netrek-server
Source Code RepositoryThe Netrek Vanilla Server source code is managed using Darcs. To obtain an up-to-the-minute snapshot of the code, point your Darcs client at the Netrek repository and do a get.
Development CommunityThe community of developers who work on the server source code use a mailing list to coordinate the work. To join this mailing list, or read the archives, go to the list page.
Some developers also occupy the #netrek channel on the IRC freenode network, server irc.freenode.net, which is a DNS alias. All servers listed in the alias are normally interconnected. Quozl, Jerub, Ahn and Basic are the usual occupants and can assist with development or installation issues.
If you wish to assist, please join the mailing list and review the PROJECTS and BUGS files within the source repository.