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Empire / Empire Flipping to NSVT Only
December 19, 2023, 08:08:20 AM
Well due to the daily crash, where diagnosis is a port attack on telnet similar to a ping of death denial of service, I am only allowing NSVT (a.k.a. VT-Mgr) log ins from now on.

It's been fun letting gamers in from anywhere, but it seems I got put some filter on.

There's a patch for this on 7.0 but I'm on 6.5. (NSVT only)
Empire / Empire Game 3 Regerated
December 17, 2023, 10:24:05 PM
Normal game EMPIRE3 has been regenerated, it lasts 100 days and expires
WED, MAR 27, 2024

To connect, use Telnet or VT to:
The log on command is HELLO PLAYER.EMPIRE3

Game parameters are:
- 499x499 sector grid.
- 40 islands, starting island is random.
- build and movement points accumulate every 14.4 minutes.
- 99 starting time units.
- ship movement is updated every 4 hours.
- 255 Player limit
- Player identification is created on first log on
- Game is always open, no sign ups required
- Normal information hiding

This message generated by a batch job on the Empire machine.
General Chat / Much Guest
October 04, 2022, 07:14:08 PM
Anyone know what happened to user much_guest? (Includes the underscore.)
Empire / Re: Game 5 Ended Early
September 05, 2018, 09:30:16 AM
Since this is a year long game and there have been only 18 games since 2000.  I think it may be too early to declare a trend.

Operator error, and shutdowns due to DNS, IP, and hardware changes are more frequent.

And you remind me, I need to restart the other four expired games.

Tracy Johnson
​​Old fashioned text games hosted below:

Empire / Game 5 Ended Early
January 31, 2018, 06:59:43 PM
Due to agreement by all Players, they have conceded the game to HORSIA and declared HORSIA the winner.

High scores below:

Power Report

Rank Isl Sects  Populatn Materiel    Power Name
---- --- ----- --------- -------- -------- -----------------------------
  1. 240 66278 134866909 46527670 70870550 HORSIA[3]
  2.  44 10043  20681500 12279628 16277997 SCOTTLAND[2]
  3.  22  3182   5432730  1942790  2948168 SYZYGY[5]
  4.  31  1973   1896468   749784  1147104 SCHMUCK[1]
  5.   1     1     19997        0     2099 EISENHOWER[4]
Empire / Empire Now On Groups.IO
January 08, 2017, 12:43:59 PM
It has been a couple of years since I discontinued the Yahoo group simply because Yahoo turned to crap.  I found a site called that behaves just like the old Yahoo groups, even older, it was designed by the guy that made onelist, the group service that got bought by Yahoo.  You'll find it at the site called
Empire / Re: hp machine down?
August 05, 2015, 12:36:42 AM
The original INVENT3K machine is back alive and kicking at INVENT3K.OPENMPE.COM, and the Empire games are running too.

As predicted all the games expired and they are all new games.  Standard game announcements will be made Tomorrow.
Empire / Domain Name Is Back
October 27, 2014, 03:55:52 PM
The domain name for Empire is back, you no longer have to use direct IP addressing:
Suggestions / Is There Room Here?
November 01, 2013, 07:39:35 PM
Is there any room here for a migration of 300 or so users from a dissatisfied Yahoo group?

They're mainly looking to e-mail, and to be able to share their gaming files.
Empire / Re: Empire on the iPhone
March 29, 2012, 09:59:27 AM
I got links from other sources:

Mocha Telnet Lite on the iPad:

Zatelnet for the iPhone:
Empire / Empire on the iPhone
March 28, 2012, 02:45:53 PM
Anyone try plaing Empire with zaTelnet on the iPhone?

Tracy Johnson
Ye olde fashioned text games at:

Empire / Now that "Texting" is Back ...
March 19, 2012, 09:55:48 AM
Since "texting" on hand held devices are all the rage now.  Does this mean users can play Empire on a hand held device?  Does 'telnet' protocol even work on a hand held device?

(Or are the islands too big to display?)

Or is this thought too much like Floogle?
General Chat / 7 Degrees of Separation...
April 30, 2005, 11:40:17 AM
Ahoy VBGamer,

I'm the site admin for to which Golem refers.

Would like a Game Development forum for my site called "Empire".  

Is this doable?