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Crystal Shard
Up to eight players, either human or computer-controlled, can compete in a hot-seat game, or over e-mail. Players can join in teams and can enter binding pacts with one another. Of course you can send each other messages and make plans to gang up on your friends.
Alternately, two players can play simultaneously using split-screen mode. One player uses the mouse controls, the other uses the keyboard. This way you never have to wait for your turn for long. This is also very suitable for cooperative play or for teaching beginners how to deal with the barbarian hordes.