The Many Faces of Aggie Land
I started out playing SC using only one empire, Aggie Land. This became boring after the first hundred or so games though, so I branched out and created my second empire, Bully. This still wasn't enough, and by the end I had over a dozen emps on the lysator server before it crashed. Each had its own unique and fun planet and ship names. I could often be identified, even if I bothered to keep my identity hidden, simply by the outrageous names I used.
I didn't create these emps just to run through newbie games and get easy nukes, though, since by this time blitzes had left me bored and I was playing bloods and grudges pretty much exclusively. I rotated between each empire...sometimes playing one for a week and moving on to the other, and sometimes playing one until it lost and them moving on to the others, etc. Each had its own personality, its own set of friends and enemies, etc. After the Lysator crash, though, I've typically only used only 1-2 empires in any given time.
And then, of course, there was pat