the best gaming experience; allowing Freeciv games to be played in a browser.
I do not agree about best gaming experience. That might be true for multi-player, but I can't do multi-player due to my personal situation. I have tried single player on Freeciv-web and find at least these drawbacks compared to desktop version -
1 desktop version (at least some graphics clients e.g. GTK3) supports zooming/scaling the map graphics with the + and - keys.
2 when your ISP goes down (like mine did for 2 days recently after a windstorm) you can't play Freeciv-web at all.
3 the biggest issue for me - Freeciv-web can't use my custom made ruleset.
I certainly hope the desktop version continues to be supported and developed.