Sid Meier's Civilization: the Board Gamehttp://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/3633 was published by Eagle Games in 2002. It tanked. Then Eagle tanked. Funagain/FRED distribution ends up with a warehouse full of games/boxes and some filing cabinets full of "stuff" relating to their products, and possibly some games in various stages of development.
It may be that Glenn was hoping to have another go at a better version of SM's Civ and then found he needed a new publisher to shepard it along. Under the circumstances it would have to be a very different game (a good thing) and, at the very least, have a totally different name. Considering the uncertain nature of IP rights in the US regarding the "umbra" of the term Rise of Nations, that choice for the title likely was ruled as too risky.
When Martin replaced Glen as the chief designer of a game that was now to go "in a different direction," the choice of title takes on a different hue. Martin has a stable of games with the noun "Empire" in them - all that was needed was another (innocent) verb/adverb/adjective to go with it.
edit note: Glenn's concept may yet find a publisher.
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