Setup and Hosting
Stars! may be played as either a single or multi-player game. Single players are matched against one or more AIs (computer players) while multi-player games pit 2 or more human players against each other and any combination of AIs. Up to 16 human players and AIs can play in the same game.
In a single player game, the computer acts as host, generating a new year for the universe after each turn is submitted. In multi-player games, a human player or non-player acts as host, collecting orders from all human players, generating the new year and then sending that information back to the players.
Multi-player games may be played by "hot seating" on one computer, over a network, or, if the host is at a remote site, by transferring files using a modem, FTP or E-mail.
|Single Player Setup
In a multi-player game, designate one person as the host. This person is in charge of generating turns and generally administering the game. A player can also act as host. The following steps apply whether the game is played on a single machine, over a network, by modem, email or a bulletin board service (BBS).
Finding Multi-Player Games on the Internet
If you want to join a multi-player game, or start your own, but can't find other players, visit either Home World Forum (English) or Forum Stars! (Polski) or Usenet Newsgroup: rec.games.computer.stars, Yahoo Group: starsgameplayers or Internet Relay Chat(IRC): ##Stars! on chat.freenode.net IRC (or via Stars!wiki)