It's free and has many players online.
Runs on Linux, Windows and I think OSX as well.
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Can you please, please, please, get Alpha Centauri working! We have alternatives to Microsoft Office. But Alpha Centauri, the best game in the Civ stable evah, is unclonable. I think I speak for most people here, as well as most people on this planet, and, indeed, most intelligent beings in our Universe, both biological, silicon, and sub-ethereal, when I say this is probably the single most important issue affecting humanity, and life itself.
Why not use the Linux version of Alpha Centauri ?
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