When I started playing Planets in 1995, I found quite fast that
there are things where standard client programs don't help. The
only front-ends available at that time were
Planets Command Center (or PCC for short) is a complete client program for Planets. It started as a message-reading and starcharts-with-ion-storms tool in late 1995, and can now be used to play complete turns. My friends and I rarely use anything else than PCC during the game.
PCC is freeware: you don't have to pay for it. However, it will maintain the shareware limitations of the Planets game if you don't have registered an original client program, and it will benefit of your registration if you have one.
PCC runs on any computer from a 386 onwards. It is a DOS program, but has been tested under a variety of platforms: Windows 3.x, 9x, 2000, and XP, as well as DOSEMU and DOSBOX. For best comfort, use anything that has 66+ MHz and some Megs of RAM.
To get an impression how PCC looks like, check out these screenshots. If you already have an older version of PCC, here is a list of changes between versions; this list is also part of the PCC distribution.
PCC is actively worked on. Have a look at the "To do" list for what's coming next. If you encountered a bug, look there if it is already known.
Even if you prefer playing with a different client program, PCC is a useful thing to have on your hard disk. It is much more flexible in dealing with VGAP data files than most other programs, and can be handy to fix problems or do other rare operations.
Installing PCC is easy: grab the appropriate ZIP file, extract it
into a directory of your choice, and you're (almost) ready to
Here's the list of what's available on this page:
By default, PCC comes with English help & documentation. Wenn Sie es lieber in deutsch hätten:
To install this package, unzip it into your PCC directory (this
will overwrite some files) and type
If you already have PCC v1.1.18 (with or without German documentation), there's also a patch:
Unzip into your PCC directory and type
If you'd like to use just PCC's scripting language, you need not install all of PCC. There is also a standalone version of the interpreter. Basically, this is the standard PCC with all the graphical stuff removed.
The manual for PCC scripting is available on the help system. If you prefer a different format, look here:
Additional PCC Files
There are several add-ons to PCC. You can find them on the PCC Extra Downloads page.