@bcrt2000: I didn't know you wrote that guide. I was actually just there last week and thought it was amazing work. So, thanks for doing that!
I remember being incredibly excited about XvT - I figured it would have its own campaign with versus multiplayer. Instead, it was all pretty much straight up versus. I lost my XvT discs, but I do have the Balance of Power expansion, on disk, sealed. I believe that has a campaign?
I think X-Wing Alliance kind of died on the vine not just because of XvT, but because Freespace had come out before it and Freespace 2 came out shortly after. Didn't X-Wing Alliance need the mouse for controls that were not ship based, though? I remember the cockpits being rendered rather than sprites, and I vaguely remember them being interactive.