Spaceward Ho! is a terrific "conquer the galaxy" game. Essentially you explore and colonize new planets, and either fight against or ally with other players. You research technology, mine and terraform planets, and build scouts, fighters, colony ships, and satellites to pursue your conquests. You can play across a network against other humans, or against computer players. The computer player "AI" is well done, with several different levels of difficulty. And the Diabolical level is very challenging indeed. The galaxy is very customizable.
One of the best games ever made. There are zillions of very cool games out
there, but most of them are fun only once or twice through. Spaceward Ho!
was the first game I bought, and years later it's still a blast. As soon
as I dig up my manual, I'll put up some of it's most entertaining bits.
And as soon as I get the chance, I'll put up more screen shots and other
neat stuff about this incredible game.
You MUST read the Spaceward Ho! FAQ (thanks Beecher).
Rumor has it that D.T. will be selling a Spaceward Ho! strategy guide sometime after v4.0 ships. Until then, here are important Spaceward Ho! tips.