The SRE Text Series

What is SRE?

"Solar Realms Elite" is a strategy game for bulletin board systems (BBSes) in which you build an empire. The goal is to become the biggest and strongest empire. Reaching that goal requires attacking other players, forging alliances, performing covert operations, and some economic strategy. Oftentimes deception, misinformation campaigns, and behind-the-scenes dealmaking come into play.

Unfortunately, the game's author, Amit Patel, lost the source code, and development pretty much ceased in 1994.

You can learn more at these links:

You can play SRE on BBSes today, like Fire Escape's BBS. To connect, you will need a telnet program. If you aren't sure how to use telnet, you might try a web-based game called Imperium Galactica whose gameplay is almost indentical to SRE.

Origins of the Text Series

In the early 1990s, I wrote a series of short stories based on Solar Realms Elite. I uploaded these stories to the file sections of several St. Louis BBSes where other users could download and read them. I was about 13 or 14 years old at the time, so these are not works of high art.

The first three stories (SRE I-III) were narrative descriptions of an actual game of Solar Realms Elite played on the Knight's Armor BBS. They were my attempt to make clear how important my role was in the outcome of the game, since I felt I didn't receive the glory I deserved within the game.

People did read and downloaded the stories and a few folks encouraged me to write more. So I did. The subsequent stories came solely from my imagination as I created a universe (later, a multiverse) of empires and emperors and various races. The exceptions are "Feqh Galaxy" and "Galaxy Sei," which were based on other games I participated in, but set in the same universe as the rest of these stories.

I also wrote a document about trade and economics in the game itself. This was mostly a theoretical document, and doesn't have much practical value. In the years after I wrote all this stuff, I actually did discover a few tricks beyond the standard 'two empires at different economic levels trade and make money' strategy. Some day I'll write those down.

One other note: I recently learned that "Va fan culo puttana" (the empire name used by a SEE player who became a character in one of the stories) is actually an Italian curse phrase. Ah yes, the ignorance of youth is bliss.

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* This story is about a substance called "X." The X in the title is not a Roman numeral, and is not to be confused with the later SRE X: Legacies. I have no idea what I was thinking at the time. :)

This story was written later as a prequel to the series

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