December 2, 2013. It was a fateful day. The day I started my very own first game of Civ.
I had been wanting to try it since forever but a shitload of other games occupied my free time. Since I never really immersed myself in a strategy game, I felt it was too daring to venture forth alone in this unexplored genre… Which is why some cold late November afternoon Cubilone proposed we play a hot seat Civ game as a trial.
Needless to say I was instantly hooked.
Very soon I started my very own first game as Japan, and won a (not so well-earned) cultural victory if I remember correctly. Since then, I’ve played varying Civs with mostly deadly results, especially after I intsalled the Brave New World expansion. At some point I just ceased winning the game, having taken the decision to play on the Warlord setting… Seems I have a lot to learn.
But even though my last 3 games were flukes, I always enjoy a good game where Casimir is being a gigantic turd, Elizabeth denounces me from 3000 BC because of reasons, Ghandi is promoting peace, Kamehameha has a
hilarious awesome war theme and Attila is screaming more nonsense than the rest of the leaders.
My all-time favourite has to be the Aztecs. Jaguars and gaining culture from killing enemies? Fuck yes.
Now that I think of it, I’ve never played as Greece… Alexander was pretty lame though, declaring war on me, taking a look at my ginormous army and immediately running to save his ass.
No game has ever had the power to keep me glued to the screen repeatedly for hours on end, checking every little detail and parameter, never leaving things to luck. Or at least trying to.
I’m curious about the rest of the Civ games- once we attempted a Civ IV multiplayer game with Rena and QB, but something kept going wrong the whole time and I never got the chance to enjoy it after we gave it up. Talking about multi, I remember an awesome game I played with my brother and one of his friends. Even though it was just us three, it took so much time to process everything that I read a big part of American Gods while glancing at PLEASE WAIT.
(have some moar great music)
Civ V has excellent expansions. Brave New World’s enticing new way of winning a cultural victory drew me in even more. Not to mention the overly clever name. I’d like to be able to win a domination or score victory just once though, but I’m still struggling with the game’s mechanics needed for a such a thing.
Now that I think about it, I generally play peacefully, but if other civs get angry at me because I’m stealing the bananas they wanted, they’re in for a treat. Get off my lawn!
While everything’s great, I discovered that things like global warming have no place in Civ V, apparently. They did, however, in the previous games. Why not this one? Real-life parameters make the game truly challenging and, well, likeable. Thank Steam users for mods, anyway. I just started one as the Galactic Empire.
On a side note: hilarious comic. (artist)
One more turn?