Good to see this game is getting a breath of new life. Very fun. Addicting even.
Around that time, I worked in another town and had a couple friends who worked there with me. We all played the game over the local telephone lines...two at a time. If I remember correctly, we could chat with a line at the top of the screen and we would chat and play for hours...sometimes late even on work nights and sometimes all weekend if things permitted. That was before any of the big MMORPGs. The "How to play" wasn't too hard although strategy took a bit of getting used to...especially against other humans. GREAT fun !!!