> I wonder if xconq was inspired by conquer in his ideas, or name, or
> just directly by Empire itself.
Directly by Walter Bright's version - U. Utah had bought a VAX 11/750,
came preinstalled with VMS, including some games. I got hooked on Empire,
and played it a lot in the month or two before they got around to installing
Unix on the machine. The following year I started thinking about writing
of it that ran on Unix, as a break from the rigors of grad school. The X
inspired by a snippy remark from a fellow grad student who saw the curses
version and was unimpressed...