Have you played Dwarf Fortress? (http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/) I want to make it MMO. We will create a reasonable graphics engine, and also allow users to upload graphics. This will be a huge project.
Play the game Poxnora: https://poxnora.station.sony.com/index.do Spend at most 2 hours installing and playing. Yes, you may bill for this.
Make a knock off as quick and dirty as you can. Graphics can be colored blocks or text. One unit type with a melee attack and any spell is OK. Would be good if it has 2 players and great if it has arbitrarily many (can be network or just share terminal since it's turn-based). My top priority is making something that resembles "chess with action points, spells and hit points".
Poxnora features which are NOT a priority:
+Player spells (Creature spells ARE a priority)