Anaxis is an approachable space wargame, played on hex grids with ship counters. Its rules were designed for minimalsism and elegance, allowing tactical depth without overwhelming detail or complexity. It features unique die mechanics that speed things along, and there's little to write down, so a large battle can be played out in a few hours.
The game provides six different empires to play, each with four to five main-line ships and one special ship that bends the rules in some way. Several scenarios are included to get you up and playing quickly.
Anaxis is free to download in PDF. Enjoy: