An awesome space RPG series from the 90s and early 00s. Top down Asteroids style action with spaceship customization. Older games (EV and EVO) can be played on emulators or on Nova's engine (which you can run under WINE). The registration server is long gone, so these downloads include a cracked Nova binary.
A classic in its own right, EVN is the gold standard for EV games with tons of glowing prose and graphics that still hold up. Six storylines (though with a few shared elements between them) and many new additions to the engine such as inertialess ships.
Enthusiasts have been tweaking nova to try and keep it compatible with modern systems. Escape Velocity Nova: Community Edition (with modern windows goodies)
WineNova (for macs)
Matt C Burch's original from 1996. Launched the series and a vibrant online community. Partially inspired by (believe it or not) the manual to Elite.
Nova Port (Windows)
Peter Cartwright's larger sequel (which, like Nova, started as a TC mod) featuring numerous factions.
Nova Port (Windows)
In addition to the official games, I've taken the liberty of packaging up a few of the biggest fan-made mods which weren't picked up for official distributions.
A total revamp of nova including rebalanced combat, new missions, and Sharky's Supernova Shipyard.
Originally a TC for Classic, ported to Nova. Makes good use of Grand Novice and (I think?) Canarveron Sation graphics.
Star Fleet Adventures is a Star Trek TOS-themed TC. It's got its own TvTropes page. It's got klingons.
A combat focused TC pretty well documented at the evn wiki
A focused TC that goes for depth over breadth.
A TC that doubles down on the "fighting a race of aliens" trope, and makes good use of Meowx's graphics.
A consolidation of some of the 'Empire' series of Plugins for Classic.
A well regarded plugin for Override which includes a novel on which it is based.This reddit poster. Bonus shout out to this poster who recovered Frozen Heart.