Vassal Engine

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VASSAL Engine
VASSAL's official logo.
Developer(s)The VASSAL Team.
Initial release2003 (2003)
Stable release
3.2.16 / April 2, 2016 (2016-04-02)
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inJava
Operating systemAny
PlatformCross-platform
Available inMultilingual (English and 6 other languages)
TypeGame engine
LicenseGNU LGPLv2+
Websitewww.vassalengine.org

The VASSAL Engine is a game engine for building and playing online adaptations of board games, tabletop games and card games. It allows users to play in real time over a live Internet connection, and also by email (PbeM). It runs on all platforms, and is free, open-source software. For example, there is a Star Wars Miniatures module, where players can play with up to three others in a digital replica of the table-top game.

It is written in Java and is available from SourceForge under the LGPL open source license.[1]

History[edit]

VASSAL began as VASL (Virtual Advanced Squad Leader), an application for playing Advanced Squad Leader.[2]

Available modules[edit]

VASSAL modules exist for over 1000 games, some of which are listed here. A more comprehensive, but not exhaustive, list of modules exists on the VASSAL module site list.

Tabletops[edit]

Boardgames[edit]

Card games[edit]

Copyright and licensing[edit]

In September 2008, Games Workshop issued a cease-and-desist order regarding V40k to Tim Davis, the team leader at that time.[9] The module is still played.

Games Workshop has also issued a cease-and-desist order regarding Space Hulk.

Similar projects[edit]

ZunTzu is a similar engine for playing boardgames.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official VASSAL Website
  2. ^ R.Flaibani. "The Master and His Vassal". Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  3. ^ http://www.vassalengine.org/status.php?when=month
  4. ^ Warmachine&Hordes Vassal Module Download
  5. ^ Download Source for Battlefleet Gothic Module
  6. ^ Module Shadows over Camelot Download
  7. ^ Playing Cards
  8. ^ Module Site
  9. ^ GW V40k Legal Action
  10. ^ http://www.zuntzu.com/

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