Vassal Engine

Vassal Engine
Developer(s)The Vassal Team.
Initial release2002
Stable release
3.5.1 / February 14, 2021
Written inJava
Operating systemAny
Available inMultilingual (English and 6 other languages)
TypeGame engine
LicenseGNU LGPLv2+

The Vassal Engine is a game engine for building and playing online adaptations of board games, tabletop games and card games. It allows users to play in real time over a live Internet connection, and also by email (PbeM). It runs on all platforms, and is free, open-source software. For example, there is a Star Wars Miniatures module, where players can play with up to three others in a digital replica of the table-top game.

It is written in Java and the source code is available from GitHub under the LGPL open source license.[1]



Vassal began as VASL (Virtual Advanced Squad Leader), an application for playing Advanced Squad Leader.[2]

Available modules

Vassal modules exist for over 1000 games, some of which are listed here. A more comprehensive, but not exhaustive, list of modules exists on the Vassal module site list .



Card games

Copyright and licensing

In September 2008, Games Workshop issued a cease-and-desist order regarding V40k to Tim Davis, the team leader at that time.[9] The module is still played.

Games Workshop has also issued a cease-and-desist order regarding Space Hulk.

Similar projects

Similar engines for making board games include ZunTzu[10] and[11]


External links

Categories: 2002 software | Free game engines | Free software projects | Free software programmed in Java (programming language)

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