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Much like Elite, Tradewars 2002 is considered a space trading game, but it gives you a perfect mix between strategy and action by allowing you to play against other people and giving you options such as building citadels and ports.

A text based game who found it's popularity by being played through dial-up BBSs, Tradewars has evolved dramatically since it's first release. It now allows multiplayer action and is easily playable over the internet through any telnet client. You can also set up your own server for people to play at and it's still costs nothing to play.


Trade Wars 2002 DOS Creating a planet out of nothing but deep space and one Genesis Torpedo
Trade Wars 2002 DOS Haggling while trading yields rewards beyond financial savings
Trade Wars 2002 DOS Vital statistics of the current install's configuration
Trade Wars 2002 DOS Specs on the Ferrengi Assault Trader - NPC-only ship

Alternate Titles

  • "TWGS" -- internet game server
  • "TW2002" -- abbreviated title

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ANSI in action 1 Pseudo_Intellectual (45476)
Jun 26, 2015


Drew Markham, artist of many of the game's striking ANSI art screens, is paid homage to in the name of the Markham Space Tech company, builder of the (largely Federation-only) ships the Valiant, Intrepid, Dauntless, Excelsior and the Assault Carrier.

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Joel Gonzales (12) added Trade Wars 2002 (DOS) on Feb 15, 2001
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