Planets Magazine Invitational

The first Planets Magazine Classic Invitational is well underway; details can be found here. Invitations for the second Invitational are currently being prepared, and the new game is being designed even as we speak.

The Rules

(Tentative, and subject to change.)

This game is Classic, with a Total Planets victory condition. The main variation from the original Classic rules is: Fight or Fail is set permanently at five planets, ensuring that no vassal race can continue perpetually or after the player’s death.

Players will select their races as they join, on a first-come, first-served basis. (Some invitations may be conditional.)

Unlike in previous — official — tournaments, but reflecting long-standing tradition, players will be permitted to vote in a winner at a certain point, if they choose to miss the final wind-down of the game. Votes representing two-thirds of the planets will be required to so do, and the final winner must be one of the top two planet-count races at that point. IMPORTANT: If the game is ended early, we’ve been informed that there can be no Achievement awards.


Invitations will be sent out through the Planets Nu messaging interface, to a list of players based on a modified version of the Mercenaries Top 100 and the top commanders of each race. If you feel you deserve an invitation, please contact our editors at


Prizes will be awarded, depending as always on the level of support received from the community. We have a custom coffee mug — black, large, with a starfield — with an inscription commemorating this epic battle. One of these will be shipped FREE to every champion; in order to boost the prize fund, significant contributors to the Planets Magazine will have the option of ordering mugs for themselves.

We’re also actively seeking a trophy worthy of the victorious champion.

To contribute to the prize fund, please attach a note to your donation either at PayPal or the Buy Me A Coffee link below.

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