A PC wargame
designed by Mark Baldwin
and released in 1988
. Players vied with one or more human/computer opponents
for territorial control
. Players captured cities scattered across preset or randomly generated maps
, and these cities could be used to produce a variety of military unit
types. While simple by today's standards, Empire
was a true original
and has clearly had a profound impact on the development of today's strategic simulations
History A cruise around the web reveals some interesting facts about Empire. It seems the earliest version was written for a mainframe by Peter S. Langston in 1972. This was apparently updated by several hands, including Walter Bright in 1978. Baldwin's version for Interstel is an update of this version.
On a personal level, I blew uncounted hours of my time playing Empire in college. I would dearly like to find a copy of the Interstel release, so if anyone has any leads, PLEASE contact me.