An infamous RTS game created by LucasArts, it was largly based off of Age of Empires, and was considered the better Star Wars RTS of the time (Others bieng Rebellion and Force Commander). Despite its age and aged appearence, it still has a small but loyal following at Heaven Games, which hosts a vault of tools which make modding the game a rather simple task.

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About Expanding Fronts with 21 comments by Gen_Rhys_Dallows on May 4th, 2014


One of the four branches your civilization can specialize in is air power. Using swarms of powerful fighters to overwhelm your enemy is a fairly common tactic in Galactic Battlegrounds, and we're aiming to reinvent the system to add more fun and flexibility to the use of aircraft by introducing new classes, and adjusting old ones.

In addition to adjusting the main aircraft classes in Galactic Battlegrounds - Fighters, Bombers, Air Transports, and Air Cruisers - we have added five entirely new types of aircraft to the mix: Interceptors, Attackers, Dropships, Corvettes, and Missile Frigates.


Fighters are your standard, multirole aircraft. They have decent speed, armor, and weaponry, all at a low price. They are your go-to aircraft for most situations, but they don't excel at any one particular role. Relying on them exclusively could mean leaving significant vulnerabilities open for exploitation.


Bombers are a necessity for dealing with fortifications. Their powerful, high-impact weapons can reduce structures to rubble in moments. Bombers are generally slower and more costly than their Fighter counterparts, but make up for it with increased armor. In Expanding Fronts, Bombers have an additional perk; they are now fully capable of using their bombs to engage other aircraft. These bombs deal heavy damage, but travel slowly and have poor accuracy. Trying to take on a group of Fighters with only a Bomber wing won't end very well for you. However, Bombers are an excellent choice for quickly bringing down Air Cruisers, Transports, and Corvettes - provided they're undefended.


Interceptors are fast and dangerous pests that can wreak havoc on an unprepared fleet. They have flimsy armor, but their quick-firing weapons and high speed enables them to get several shots in and flee before defending craft can react. Interceptors are especially dangerous to slow-moving targets like Bombers. This power comes at a cost, as Interceptors are more pricey than standard Fighters, and they can be quickly brought down by even light Anti-Air defenses. Effectively using Interceptors requires good micromanagement skills; miscalculating maneuvers can send these expensive units head-first into a barrage of missiles.


Attackers function similarly to Bombers; prioritizing ground attack. However, unlike Bombers, their firepower is geared towards harassing units instead of structures. They carry powerful lasers that can shred through infantry and mechs. Their heavy armor also makes them a significant threat to Fighters, Bombers, and Interceptors. These powerful craft are some of the costliest aircraft you can field, but their power, when harnessed effectively, more than makes up for it.


Air Transports are a vital part of your fleet when you need to safely move units. Their tough armor and ability to ignore any land or sea-based obstacle is a necessity when fighting battles across difficult terrain. In Expanding Fronts, Air Transports are much improved with an increased carry capacity, allowing them to transport 10 units at a time. Air Transports, while durable, have no defensive capabilities, so they must be placed under escort. A surprise Bomber or Corvette attack could result in an expensive and embarrassing loss.


Dropships are the smaller sibling to Air Transports. They are generally lighter, faster, and cheaper than their larger alternatives. However, they have a lower carry capacity, and can only transport infantry and/or light vehicles. A special benefit to these craft is that they are capable of defending themselves in a pinch with onboard weapons, although it's still recommended to keep an escort nearby. Every dropship is built for a different purpose, so their specific roles, transport capabilities, and combat strengths/weaknesses tend to vary.


It's hard not to worry when you notice one, (or several) of these flying behemoths inching towards your base. They can cause widespread damage to units and structures, and are able to flatten an economy in moments. These units remain largely unchanged in their capabilities, but those who use them should take extra precautions. There are many new ways crafty players can knock them out before they can cause any damage.


Corvettes are the antithesis of Air Cruisers. They are just as expensive, but while Air Cruisers wreak havoc on the ground, Corvettes are tailored to terrorize the skies. Their powerful, rapid-fire weapons can swat nearly any challenging aircraft down in a heartbeat. Attempting to take on one or more head on is guaranteed to result in severe losses. While they are extremely hazardous to aircraft, their effectiveness against ground targets is limited. Proper ground-based Anti-Air units will bring them down quickly. Corvettes do not have the durability of Air Cruisers, and rely on their increased speed to evade enemies.


Missile Frigates are the middle ground between Corvettes and Air Cruisers. These heavy aircraft use long-range missile weapons to bombard enemy units and fortifications from a safe distance. While their attacks aren't nearly as devastating as an Air Cruiser, they can outrange most Anti-Air defenses. Intercepting these weapons with Bombers and Corvettes is a must before they can cause too much damage.

With summer rapidly approaching, we are slowly getting the ball rolling again. Hopefully updates will be more frequent over the following months. As always, if you have experience in terms of 2D/3D art, Random Map/AI scripting, or general editing experience with the AoK/SWGB Genie engine, and would like to contribute to the Expanding Fronts project, feel free to contact project members Gen_Rhys_Dallows or Sarthos via ModDB Private Messaging. Alternatively, you can post a message in our project thread at

Again, we thank everybody who has been following our project so far. Last I checked, Expanding Fronts has amassed over 3000 downloads. That certainly doesn't sound like a lot, but it's about 3000 more than we expected when we started this. We appreciate everybody's suggestions and feedback, and we look forward to bringing you more content in the future. Until then, May the 4th be with you!

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Jan 5, 2014 Expanding Fronts Demo 5 comments

This extensive update fixes numerous bugs and balance issues. Also included are several new units and map design objects. This download includes a manual...

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Jan 5, 2014 Expanding Fronts Demo 11 comments

This extensive update fixes numerous bugs and balance issues. Also included are several new units, and map design objects. This download includes an automatic...

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Expanding Fronts - Galactic Empire BETA

Oct 31, 2013 Expanding Fronts Demo 17 comments

This is the first official Expanding Fronts beta. It contains a rebuilt and functional Galactic Empire civilization, alongside numerous new units and...

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May 26, 2013 Expanding Fronts Audio Pack 3 comments

This audio pack increases the number of audio taunts available in the game from 62 to 250, giving you a massive library of new sounds to rally your allies...

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Expanding Fronts Preview - Spinnaker's Spoil Co-op

Feb 13, 2013 Expanding Fronts Multiplayer Map 2 comments

The Trade Federation requires resources to fund its invasion of Naboo. The coastal town of Spinnaker has those resources. With the help of your partner...

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The Naboo have captured a Droid Control Program, and rendered a portion of the Trade Federation army motionless. With your partner, secure the Control...

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NumberWan Nov 30 2014, 4:09pm says:

Looks very promising, I should try this mod, though I haven't played Battlegrounds in a long time now. Is there any way to read the so-called "behind-the-scenes" section? I mean, how the team decided to work on the mod and what difficulties it had when creating new units for the game.

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sandtrooper956 Jun 23 2014, 2:44pm says:

Does this work on windows 7 or 8?

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Kaylee18 May 24 2014, 11:13am says:

Hello everyone,

We want to make a new Star Wars game. It will be a second Empire At War (probably NOT called Empire at War 2, only if we can get permission from Disney). Right now i'm looking for a team to help us with the game.

We hope to get the Alamo engine from petroglyph so we can use the old engine, if we can't get it, we gonna use Unity 3D or a similar one to Unity 3D or the Alamo engine.

If you want to help us with this game, please contact me at: kayleed16 @ outlook .com or pm me.

We are looking forward to work on this project.

With kind regards,

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cafrank95 Nov 5 2013, 1:28am says:

hay is there any where to get this game? for download if possible. gave my old copy to a friend like 12 years ago.

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DevinShadowV Jun 20 2013, 12:55am says:

I want to play this game again but I cant get it to work anymore since I use Win7

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moddlord1 Dec 14 2012, 2:14pm says:

may the force allways be with you!

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