----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Ahn" <ahn at vec.wfubmc.edu>

> It's also possible
> that Netrek is the first real-time internet game based on a client-server
> architecture.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but the above games (including
> used peer-to-peer or multiple X clients off a single machine.

Yes, they did.  The unix strategy game empire is another client-server
real-time internet game (though not graphical) that goes wayyyy back.  I
can't seem to find a history file right now, but it goes back at least into
the 80's.

empire has never used encryption;  individualized smart clients are part of
the game.  I used to write my own tools to play.

-Dan Damouth