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4X is a genre of strategy-based video and board games in which players control an empire and "eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate". [1]

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Alan Emrich

Alan Emrich is best known as a writer about and designer of video games, who coined the term "4X", contributed to the design of Master of Orion and Master of Orion 3, and wrote strategy guides for video games.

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Andromeda Conquest

Andromeda Conquest is a 1982 strategy game for the personal computer.

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Armada 2526

Armada 2526 is a 4X science fiction computer strategy game developed by Ntronium Games, released in North America on November 17, 2009.

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Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI, also machine intelligence, MI) is intelligence demonstrated by machines, in contrast to the natural intelligence (NI) displayed by humans and other animals.

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Artificial intelligence in video games

In video games, artificial intelligence is used to generate responsive, adaptive or intelligent behaviors primarily in non-player characters (NPCs), similar to human-like intelligence.

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Ascendancy (video game)

Ascendancy is a 4X science fiction turn-based strategy computer game.

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Avalon Hill

Avalon Hill Games Inc. is a game company that specializes in wargames and strategic board games.

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Board game

A board game is a tabletop game that involves counters or moved or placed on a pre-marked surface or "board", according to a set of rules.

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Brad Wardell

Bradley R. Wardell (born June 24, 1971) is an American businessman, programmer, author and AI Engineer.

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Buck Rogers – Battle for the 25th Century

Buck Rogers – Battle for the 25th Century is a strategy board game published in 1988 by TSR, Inc..

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Build order

In strategy computer games, of both the turn-based and real-time varieties, a build order is a linear pattern of production, research, and resource management aimed at achieving a specific and specialized goal.

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C-evo is a free turn-based strategy computer game whose source code – written in Delphi – has been put in the public domain by Steffen Gerlach, its programmer and designer.

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City-building game

A city-building game, or town-building game, is a genre of simulation video game where players act as the overall planner and leader of a city or town, looking down on it from above, and being responsible for its growth and management strategy.

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Civil disorder

Civil disorder, also known as civil disturbance or civil unrest, is an activity arising from a mass act of civil disobedience (such as a demonstration, riot, or strike) in which the participants become hostile toward authority, and authorities incur difficulties in maintaining public safety and order, over the disorderly crowd.

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Civilization (1980 board game)

Civilization is a board game designed by Francis Tresham, published in the United Kingdom in 1980 by Hartland Trefoil (later by Gibsons Games), and in the US in 1981 by Avalon Hill.

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Civilization (video game)

Sid Meier's Civilization is the first in a series of turn-based "4X"-type strategy video game created by Sid Meier and Bruce Shelley for MicroProse in 1991.

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Civilization II

Sid Meier's Civilization II is a turn-based strategy video game in the ''Civilization'' series, developed and published by MicroProse.

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Civilization III

Sid Meier's Civilization III is the third installment of the Sid Meier's Civilization turn-based strategy video game series.

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Civilization IV

Civilization IV (also known as Sid Meier's Civilization IV) is a turn-based strategy computer game and the fourth installment of the ''Civilization'' series.

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Civilization Revolution

Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution is a 4X turn-based strategy video game, developed in 2008 by Firaxis Games with Sid Meier as designer.

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Civilization V

Sid Meier's Civilization V is a 4X video game in the ''Civilization'' series developed by Firaxis Games.

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Civilization VI

Sid Meier's Civilization VI is a turn-based strategy 4X video game developed by Firaxis Games, published by 2K Games, and distributed by Take-Two Interactive.

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Classic Empire

Empire (or Classic Empire) is a turn-based wargame with simple rules.

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Command & Conquer

Command & Conquer (C&C) is a real-time strategy (RTS) video game franchise, first developed by Westwood Studios.

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Computer Gaming World

Computer Gaming World (CGW) was an American computer game magazine published between 1981 and 2006.

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Computer graphics

Computer graphics are pictures and films created using computers.

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Cooperative gameplay

Cooperative gameplay (often abbreviated as co-op) is a feature in video games that allows players to work together as teammates, usually against one or more AI opponents.

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Cosmic Balance II

The Cosmic Balance II is a turn-based strategy game written by Paul Murray for the Apple II and published by Strategic Simulations in 1993.

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Creative Assembly

The Creative Assembly Limited, doing business as Creative Assembly, is a British video game developer based in Horsham, founded in 1987 by Tim Ansell.

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Dune II

Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty (titled Dune II: Battle for Arrakis in Europe and Dune: The Battle for Arrakis for the North American Mega Drive/Genesis port respectively) is a real-time strategy ''Dune'' video game developed by Westwood Studios and released by Virgin Games in December 1992.

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Earth is the third planet from the Sun and the only astronomical object known to harbor life.

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An empire is defined as "an aggregate of nations or people ruled over by an emperor or other powerful sovereign or government, usually a territory of greater extent than a kingdom, as the former British Empire, Spanish Empire, Portuguese Empire, French Empire, Persian Empire, Russian Empire, German Empire, Abbasid Empire, Umayyad Empire, Byzantine Empire, Ottoman Empire, or Roman Empire".

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Endless Legend

Endless Legend is a turn based 4X fantasy-strategy game developed by Amplitude Studios and published by Iceberg Interactive for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X in September 2014.

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Endless Space

Endless Space is a turn-based strategy, science fiction 4X game developed by Amplitude Studios released on July 4, 2012, for Microsoft Windows and August 31, 2012 for Mac OS X. It sold over 500,000 units.

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Fantasy world

A fantasy world is a human conceived world created in fictional media, such as literature, film or games.

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Firaxis Games

Firaxis Games, Inc. is an American video game developer based in Sparks, Maryland.

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Free software

Free software or libre software is computer software distributed under terms that allow users to run the software for any purpose as well as to study, change, and distribute it and any adapted versions.

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Freeciv is a single, and multiplayer, turn-based strategy game for workstations and personal computers inspired by the proprietary Sid Meier's Civilization series.

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FreeCol is a 4X video game, a clone of Sid Meier's Colonization.

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Galactic Civilizations

Galactic Civilizations is a turn-based strategy video game developed by Stardock and released in March 2003.

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Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar

Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar is the first expansion pack to the turn-based strategy game Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords.

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Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords

Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords is a 4X turn-based strategy by Stardock for Microsoft Windows.

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Galactic empire

Galactic empires are a common trope used in science fantasy and science fiction, particularly in works known as 'space operas'.

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Game design

Game design is the art of applying design and aesthetics to create a game for entertainment or for educational, exercise, or experimental purposes.

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Gameplay is the specific way in which players interact with a game, and in particular with video games.

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GameSpot is a video gaming website that provides news, reviews, previews, downloads, and other information on video games.

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GameSpy was a provider of online multiplayer and matchmaking middleware for video games.

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A governor is, in most cases, a public official with the power to govern the executive branch of a non-sovereign or sub-national level of government, ranking under the head of state.

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Graphical user interface

The graphical user interface (GUI), is a type of user interface that allows users to interact with electronic devices through graphical icons and visual indicators such as secondary notation, instead of text-based user interfaces, typed command labels or text navigation.

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IGN (formerly Imagine Games Network) is an American video game and entertainment media company operated by IGN Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Ziff Davis wholly owned by j2 Global.

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Imperium Galactica

Imperium Galactica is a 4X video game, developed by Digital Reality.

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Ironclad Games

Ironclad Games is a Canadian PC game developer.

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The Macintosh (pronounced as; branded as Mac since 1998) is a family of personal computers designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple Inc. since January 1984.

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Master of Magic

Master of Magic is a single-player, fantasy turn-based strategy 4X genre developed by Simtex and published by MicroProse for MS-DOS in.

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Master of Orion

Master of Orion (MoO or MOO) is a turn-based, 4X science fiction computer strategy game released in 1993 by MicroProse on the MS-DOS and Mac OS operating systems.

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Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares

Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares (MOO2) is a 4X turn-based strategy game set in space, designed by Steve Barcia and Ken Burd, and developed by Simtex, who developed its predecessor Master of Orion.

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Master of Orion III

Master of Orion III (MoO3) is a 4X turn-based strategy game and the third in the Master of Orion series.

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Micromanagement (gameplay)

Micromanagement in gaming is the handling of detailed gameplay elements by the player.

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MicroProse Software Inc. was an American video game publisher and developer founded by "Wild" Bill Stealey and Sid Meier in 1982.

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A mini-map or minimap is a miniature map that is often placed at a screen corner in video games to aid players in orienting themselves within the game world.

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A minigame (also spelled mini-game or mini game, sometimes called a subgame or microgame) is a short video game often contained within another video game, and sometimes in application software or on a display of any form of hardware.

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MobyGames is a commercial website that catalogs video games both past and present.

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OS/2 is a series of computer operating systems, initially created by Microsoft and IBM under the leadership of IBM software designer Ed Iacobucci.

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PC game

PC games, also known as computer games or personal computer games, are video games played on a personal computer rather than a dedicated video game console or arcade machine.

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Reach for the Stars (video game)

Reach for the Stars is a science fiction strategy video game.

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Real-time strategy

Real-time strategy (RTS) is a subgenre of strategy video games where the game does not progress incrementally in turns.

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Risk (game)

Risk is a strategy board game of diplomacy, conflict and conquest for two to six players.

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Rome: Total War

Rome: Total War is a PC strategy game developed by The Creative Assembly and released in 2004 by Activision, although its rights have since passed to Sega.

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Score (game)

In games, score refers to an abstract quantity associated with a player or team.

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Shareware is a type of proprietary software which is initially provided free of charge to users, who are allowed and encouraged to make and share copies of the program.

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Sid Meier

Sidney K. Meier (born February 24, 1954) is a Canadian-American programmer, designer, and producer of several strategy video games and simulation video games, including the Civilization series.

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Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri is a video game in the 4X genre which is considered a spiritual sequel to the ''Civilization'' series.

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Sid Meier's Colonization

Sid Meier's Colonization is a computer game by Brian Reynolds and Sid Meier released by MicroProse in 1994.

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SimCity (1989 video game)

SimCity, later renamed SimCity Classic, is a city-building simulation video game, released on February 2, 1989, and designed by Will Wright for the Macintosh computer.

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Simtex was a video game developer established by Steve Barcia in 1988.

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Sins of a Solar Empire

Sins of a Solar Empire is a 2008 science fiction real-time strategy computer game developed by Ironclad Games and published by Stardock Entertainment for Microsoft Windows operating systems.

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Space Empires

Space Empires is a series of 4X turn-based strategy games by Malfador Machinations that allow the player to assume the role of the leader of a space-faring civilization.

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Spaceward Ho!

Spaceward Ho! is a turn-based science fiction computer strategy game that was written by Peter Commons, designed by Joe Williams (Joedelta) and published by Delta Tao Software.

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Stardock Corporation is a software development company founded in 1991 and incorporated in 1993 as Stardock Systems.

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Stars! is a turn-based strategy, science fiction 4X game.

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Starships Unlimited

Starships Unlimited is a 4X real-time strategy game series.

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Strategy game

A strategy game or strategic game is a game (e.g. video or board game) in which the players' uncoerced, and often autonomous decision-making skills have a high significance in determining the outcome.

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Strategy video game

Strategy video game is a video game that focuses on skillful thinking and planning to achieve victory.

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Sword of the Stars

Sword of the Stars is a space 4X game developed by Kerberos Productions.

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Technology tree

In strategy computer games, a technology, tech, or research tree is a hierarchical visual representation of the possible sequences of upgrades a player can take (most often through the act of research).

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Text-based (computing)

Usually used in reference to a computer application, a text-based application is one whose primary input and output are based on text rather than graphics or sound.

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Text-based game

A text game or text-based game is a video game that uses text characters instead of bitmap or vector graphics.

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Turn-based strategy

A turn-based strategy (TBS) game is a strategy game (usually some type of wargame, especially a strategic-level wargame) where players take turns when playing.

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Turns, rounds and time-keeping systems in games

In video and other games, the passage of time must be handled in a way that players find fair and easy to understand.

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Twilight Imperium

Twilight Imperium is a strategy board game produced by Fantasy Flight Games.

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User interface

The user interface (UI), in the industrial design field of human–computer interaction, is the space where interactions between humans and machines occur.

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VGA Planets

VGA Planets is a graphical, multi-player, space strategy war game.

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Video game console

A video game console is an electronic, digital or computer device that outputs a video signal or visual image to display a video game that one or more people can play.

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Video game developer

A video game developer is a software developer that specializes in video game development – the process and related disciplines of creating video games.

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Video game genre

A video game genre is a classification assigned to a video game based on its gameplay interaction rather than visual or narrative differences.

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Video game publisher

A video game publisher is a company that publishes video games that have been developed either internally by the publisher or externally by a video game developer.

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Wargame (video games)

Wargames are a subgenre of strategy video games that emphasize strategic or tactical warfare on a map, as well as historical (or near-historical) accuracy.

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A wheel is a circular component that is intended to rotate on an axle bearing.

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