Gratuitous Space Battles (GSB) is a video game developed by the UK-based company Positech Games. The game was officially released on November 17, 2009.
As the title suggests, there is no plot per se; the battles are entirely gratuitous. The player is presented with a number of skirmish scenarios in various space locations. Missions are not linked with any particular narrative, nor are there any briefings, debriefings, or scripted sequences: the battles are purely gratuitous.
Gratuitous Space Battles challenges players with defeating opposing space fleets through careful pre-battle planning. For each skirmish or engagement, the player has a fixed budget and a maximum number of ships (pilots), as well as various other limitations or rules which influence the outcome of the battle. For example, a given environment may reduce the effectiveness of ship shields, or may reduce weapon ranges. Players must take this information into account when selecting and positioning the ships that form their own fleet. Once players have selected their ships and issued orders to the ships concerning how to engage the enemy fleet, the battle begins.
The battle itself proceeds completely without human interaction, with the outcome being determined entirely based on the initial configuration, rather than on player reflexes or mid-battle decisions. Players are only able to move the camera and speed up the gameplay to four times the normal speed. Customized fleets can be shared online for others to play with.
The Gratuitous Space Battles (GSB) Division is completely controlled by The Lavinian Legion. If you're looking for fairness in the heat of battle, ideologies or just wanting to have fun with other players, Join up!