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TripleA

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Strategic board games let players test their generalship in wars of conquest. TripleA is a free, open-source, Java-based pack containing several strategy games with single-player, multiplayer, and online modes, with more available online. Players manage vast armies of men and weapons, including ships, planes, tanks, and transports, supplies, and other resources. Rolling virtual dice simulates the random element in battle, but different values for various elements mean that strategy trumps chance, at least for skillful generals.

TripleA downloads and installs normally but requires the JRE (Java Runtime Environment) to open, but that's free, too, and easy to install. TripleA's plain start-up screen let us start a new game, but we could also choose another game, load a saved game, start local and online game sessions, download games and maps, and configure game options from this same central point. Clicking Choose a Game let us choose from Big World: 1942, the default game; the classic Capture the Flag; Great War, a WWI game; and Minimap, a quick two-player game. We opted to refight World War II and clicked Play and then Start Local Game. The setup let us choose which armies to play by selecting Human from a list that also offered two AI opponents, E.Z. Fodder and Moore N. Able, to manage the other allied and enemy armies. Selecting Human for all armies lets you play against yourself, while selecting an AI opponent lets the game initiate attacks. Big World: 1942 opened with an interactive global map board with tabs for History, Stats, and Territory. If you've played Risk, you know the basic premise of TripleA's games, which involve moving armies, engaging in battle (rolling the dice), and amassing more pieces to conquer more territory. Instead of dice and a cup, TripleA's pop-up dice-rolling screen contains information about your move, resources, and status. We could even calculate the odds of a battle succeeding, based on the amassed forces.

Why fight your own battles when you can fight someone else's, like, say, Napoleon's? Strategic board games like TripleA offer a level of complexity and detail that is reminiscent of the real thing, but they can also be as simple as a duel. TripleA is an excellent portal to a world of historical and fantasy scenarios ranging from the Roman Empire to WWII to zombie hordes and J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A Great and Easy to Learn Game"

    November 18, 2011  |   By PSUZiggy

    Version: TripleA 1.3.2.2

    Pros

    Active Forums/Community
    Lots of Players and various options/strats
    Veteran players are apt to teach new players
    Pleasant game that is easy to learn, yet hard to master.
    It's Free!
    Constant updates and development!

    Cons

    Graphics are not top of the line, but are great for java.
    Sometimes bugs are found, but these are often resolved via updates.

    Summary

    It's a game I will often replay... yet I didn't pay a dime. Talk about value.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simply Awesome"

    August 18, 2011  |   By comradekev

    Version: TripleA 1.3.2.2

    Pros

    Active player community and forums
    Hundreds of online maps - great graphics
    Continuous enhancement and improvement
    Responsive developers

    Cons

    It's too bad the mega-corps like Hasbro feel the need to meddle in open source, fan-based projects. Where the megas can't - the people can. This far outclasses any for-profit games released by the megas.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome game!"

    August 5, 2011  |   By eurofabio

    Version: TripleA 1.3.2.2

    Pros

    It's free!
    You can play against the computer or another friends!
    You can play by pbem!
    It's update frequently by the developers.

    Cons

    Needs Java, but today almost every machine have Java.

    Summary

    Definitely a great game. If you like games like Risk or Axis and Allies, you must try this one!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "a great game"

    August 16, 2010  |   By SilverBullet1234

    Version: TripleA 1.2.5.4

    Pros

    it is free.

    Cons

    none. none.

    Summary

    better then any other game in history. not for the timid. strategy and dice meet to bring you endless hours of entertainment. try it, you wont be sorry. if you ever played, risk, chess, axis&allies or other similar games, then you need to play this game !!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best open source battle map game out there."

    June 10, 2010  |   By aairborne52

    Version: TripleA 1.2.5.4

    Pros

    TripleA has many game modes to play in. One being the ability to play others across the world. The variety of maps will fit to anyone playing. There's tough ones for veterans to the series, and easier ones for the beginners. The community is moving!

    Cons

    Many people I've talked to found it a little difficult to host a game because you have to portforward. TripleA does however have documentation to show you how.

    Summary

    When you join the TripleA community free of charge, you enter into a friendly community that will happily help you in need and will gladdy take suggestions for the next release. Because all people who play TripleA are also all developers, the game evolves to your liking. The community is small enough to get things done, but large enough to also find help and someone to play with. Let's say you like a map, but you want to change the rules or the units...you can! Everything is open source and easy to edit. So overall, go try this game. If you don't like it so what. It was free. But if you do like it, enjoy.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awsome Game cheap easy and better than axis and allies"

    May 23, 2010  |   By aaaaaa2011

    Version: TripleA 1.2.5.4

    Pros

    Great Map selection, great online play including great friendly players online, easy 2 use no setup needed and understand hard codes the rules of the game so no one cheats and great community always working togeteher ITS FREE can you ask for more?

    Cons

    tutriol is needed could use some more historicial maps sometimes hard for people 2 host games in the lobby games take a long time 4 hrs plus ussaly other than that its great

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Amazing game"

    May 10, 2010  |   By TripleAdevelopers

    Version: TripleA 1.2.5.4

    Pros

    Best if you know how to play Risk, or Axis and Allies, or other similar war games, turn based games, dice games, or strategy games.
    Has a great community of players.
    Very flexible, offers many maps, not just conquer the world types.

    Cons

    No tutorial, so you need to understand similar board games and turn based strategy games before you can pick this one up.
    Games can take a while, this isn't some flash game.
    Not for the feint of heart.

    Summary

    Definitely worth trying. Requires Java to work. Probably should be under the "Strategy games -> Turn Based Games" rather than under board games, as this is nothing like checkers, and much more like Risk and other turn based strategy games.
    If you have Linux or other operating systems, they are supported, visit this website to get versions for other OS:
    https://sourceforge.net/projects/triplea/files/

    and if you need a tutorial on how to play, and how to download other maps, and how to host games online, visit one of these two links:
    http://******/aTuuyA
    or
    http://tripleadev.1671093.n2.nabble.com/Download-Maps-Links-Hosting-Games-General-Information-tp4074312p4074312.html

    thx

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