Stellar Frontier is a multiplayer space strategy/shooter game made by Doug Hendrix in 1995 and later licensed by Stardock. It was one of the first games on the TotalGaming.net subscription package. On November 18, 2008, The game source code was released.
Mankind had barely gotten faster than light travel when the Drengin Empire and the Torians had arrived in the Sol System. Each race wanted full control of our solar system which was merely part of a larger goal for domination of the galaxy. They had possessed faster than light travel for centuries and their weapons were very powerful.
As a lowly Ensign in the Terran fleet, the player will command a small star ship charged with ridding the Sol System of its invaders. Once this has been achieved, the player brings his fleets to new star systems and begin the process of bringing Earth’s presence to new frontiers. The player will move up through the ranks until they achieve the rank of Admiral, at which time they will be able to decide what types of ships or space stations to build.
Stellar Frontier is a 2D top-down space shooter game where players are in command of their own starship. The player chooses a race to fight with (the four standard races are: Arcean, Drengin, Terran, and Pirate) and the objective is to "conquer the system" by taking control of the key planets. However, many players enjoy playing the game just to fight other players, these players usually do not bother to "conquer the system". Stellar Frontier can be played offline (against the computer), on a local intranet, or on the Internet.
On August 4, 2006, Stardock Systems closed the official master server, ceasing official support for multiplayer mode.
As of Stellar Frontier version 1.3, the standard races of the game are as follows:
All ranks are universal for all the races; there are no race-specific ranks for each race.
- SF.NET The official game website
- SFOnline The old official (Stardock) game website
- StellarForum The official game forum