Today I learned of this full-featured, multiplayer, turn-based strategy game developed in Shockwave. It's called Conqueror, created by Blip Amalgamated Internet Pleasureworks. Although Conqueror! is very similar to Risk, its gameplay is a lot richer. Instead of armies alone, each territory has a peasant population that can produce both gold and soliders. However, if you don't tend to their needs, they can also rebel against you. It's all handled through a system of influence you maintain over each of your territories—such as sending diplomats, developing culture, and building fortifications—you either increase your control over the country, or chance losing it from neglect.
Here's what their website says of the game:
"Conqueror is a turn-based, multiplayer strategy game that takes place on a map of medieval Europe. Play on the web against as many as 16 human or AI opponents, for games as short as 30 minutes or as long as 4 hours. An ingenious system of simultaneous turns means that you don't have to wait for other players to make their moves!"
The graphics are really superb and the sound effects add a nice subtle touch that addresses the medieval theme of the game. Although the site says the game is still in beta release, I was able to play the game for over 3 hours without a major problem. This is an excellent game for anyone interested in turn-based strategy games.