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Subject: web based game research..
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: emailproject-ga
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Posted: 01 May 2003 15:10 PDT
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Question ID: 198131
I am working on starting an online war site. Very much like and . I was
wondering if you could tell me who all of my competition is online? Or
are these two sites that I have given the only people online running
text based war games. Also if you could tell me the date all of the
competition started and where they stand as far as the busiest sites
on the net. For example where do they rank and how long have they been
in business.

Clarification of Question by emailproject-ga on 01 May 2003 22:20 PDT
I hope you unserstand this... Do I need to pay more money? Just let me
know whatever needs to be done to get this ansewerd
Subject: Re: web based game research..
Answered By: j_philipp-ga on 02 May 2003 00:53 PDT
Hello Emailproject,

The best way to find out the competitors to Kings of Chaos and Outwar
(and how well they rank) is to search the Google Web Directory for
"Kings of Chaos" and "Outwar", and check the other entries in that
category [1]:

Google Directory - Games > Internet > Browser Based > Strategy

The higher up on that page, the more popular. (That doesn't mean the
site is the busiest or makes the most money, even though it helps as
an indicator -- rather this is speaking in terms of Google's
definition of web popularity, that is, PageRank and so on.)

Also, entering [2] into Google gets some
sites, similar to using the TouchGraph Google Browser [3], but it's
not as useful as above strategy. Added to that it's a good idea to
search the web and Google Groups for strings like "it's like Kings of
Chaos", but this didn't yield too many results this time. Finally, one
can use Google Sets [4] using two or more terms, but I already got
enough results from the first strategy of looking up the category.

Now, the somewhat harder part of your question is "how long have they
been in business", but then again that can be approximated by looking
up the date the domain was created. I use a WHOIS-database lookup [5]
for that purpose and will give you the dates here for the top 10
(top-level .com/.net) competitors, along with the site description:

 1 -------------------------


"Turn-based game in which players control empire, from the military."

Created: 16-Sep-1998

 2 -------------------------

Merchant Empires

"A web based sci-fi RPG. Turn-based strategy game of space exploration
and economic competition. Loosely based on both Trade Wars and Space

Created: 09-Mar-2001

 3 -------------------------

Space Pirate

"Intergalatic wargame played online."

Created: 21-Jul-1997

 4 -------------------------


"Multi-player world simulation. User input to the sim is summarized
every day for another simulated year."

Created: 21-Nov-2001

 5 -------------------------

The Carnage Blender

"Fast-paced game of role-playing combat and strategy, much like Diablo
or Angband."

Created: 11-Nov-2000

 6 -------------------------

Starship Traders 

"Free space trading game. Build your armies and trade with others."

Created: 21-May-1999

 7 -------------------------

Star Kingdoms

"A free online interactive game where you can manage a kingdom in an
online universe right through your browser."

Created: 24-Jun-2000

 8 -------------------------

Parallel Universe

"Fantasy online game which blends strategy with a large does of
hacking and slashing, treasure, power, building your character, ruling
provinces and eventually commanding your entire guild."

Created: 14-Jul-2000

 9 -------------------------


"Flash game offers strategy and action and lets you compete against
other online players. Take control of a robot, slugging it out for
survival and trying to catch all the computer chips scattered over the
game board."

Created: 03-Jan-2002

10 -------------------------

Metal Knights

"Build, conquer and rule empires online. Play against up to 10 players
in the same game in this intense turn-based strategy game."

Created: 11-Aug-1997


(For more entries, please refer to the Google category [2].)

Hope this helps!



[1] Google Directory - Games > Internet > Browser Based > Strategy

Official description from the category data source provider

Open Directory Project

"Strategy or wargames played through your Web browser. In these games
you typically control an army or an entire country, and try to conquer
territory and defeat other armies and countries. Other games also have
economic development or exploration aspects.

This section is not for Unofficial guide sites, clan sites or other
sites that are not the games themselves."

[2] Google search for:

[3] TouchGraph GoogleBrowser V1.01

(Note: above tool is known to sometimes crash the browser.)

[4] Google Sets

[5] Search Network Solutions Whois Records
Subject: Re: web based game research..
From: thespirit-ga on 10 Mar 2005 04:09 PST
The games you refer are not as common as other online games, so I
think you would benefit from joining to a website already popular and
blend in with the games already listed. That way you would get a lot
more of attention. As an example, you can check <a
href="" target="_blank">K1ck Clan Online
Gaming Website</a> for reference.

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