As its name suggests, Empire Server is the server version of the beautiful Empire game. It aims to be installed on Linux kernel-based operating systems in order to host an Internet-based Empire game where different clients can connect to. It is a completely free software, distributed under an open source license.
What is Empire?
Empire is a RTS (Real-Time Strategy) game, online and multi-player game that features military, economic and diplomatic goals, where you play against other human opponents over a computer network.
An Empire game can take from a few hours to several months. It is an acclaimed strategy game that claims to be the best game of its genre. Empire Server is designed from the offset to act as a server for the famous Empire Internet-based war game.
Runs on Linux, Windows and Mac
Empire is available for multiple operating systems, including GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. Both Empire Client and Empire Server are compatible with all distributions of GNU/Linux and runs on computers supporting either of the 32 or 64-bit hardware platforms.
Getting started with Empire Server
To install the Empire Server on your Linux kernel-based operating system, download the latest release from Softpedia or from the project’s official website (see the homepage link at the end of the article), save it somewhere on your Home directory, and unpack it.
Open a Terminal app, move to the location where you’ve extracted the archive files (e.g. cd /home/softpedia/empire-4.3.32), run the ‘./configure && make’ command to configure and compile the program, and then run the ‘sudo make install’ command to install it system wide.
Under the hood
Looking under the hood of the Empire Server open source project, we can notice that is has been written entirely in the C programming language. It’s a non-interactive daemon that runs in the background. It can only be configured through a configuration file.