There was this crazy old indie game that I played back in about 1990?
It was a 4x with no AI, so you had to multi-play it.
It had all sorts of crazy sci-fi races combined, like the Borg, and you and all your friends took turns issuing orders and then ending your turn.
Combat was kind of interesting, it basically played like Gratuitous Space Battles, where the 2 fleets just met up on the opposite side of the board and started pummeling each other as the drove towards each other...
I wish I could remember what it was....
Then once CIV came out we were all hooked on that... though I thought nukes sucked. I expected an entire city to be annihilated.
Weirdly we didn't get into Warlords until after CIV.
CIV also introduced me to the way American politics worked.... hrrmmm... here comes the good ole' USA's diplomat, at least they are a democracy... what, they just changed to a republic and declared war! How come I cant pull that crap!