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20 February 2006 @ 04:46 am
Y'know how you stay up late doing stuff online, then wake up sometime the next afternoon, then stumble through your day being zonked, then start playing Civilization and then suddenly realize it's 5 in the morning and you're about to start the whole cycle over again?

Yeah. I don't think that's a good thing.
Johnflirtaciousj on February 20th, 2006 06:09 am (UTC)
Been there, done that. It's not for nothing that my BIL refers to Civ as "the sucking vortex of time."
muchtvsmuchtvs on February 20th, 2006 06:52 am (UTC)
Thats....pretty much my summer. Except delete Civilization and insert "obsession of the moment". The key is waking up by noon so you can get to the pool before all the good chairs are taken.
The_Mad_Poetdreamwarden on February 20th, 2006 08:34 am (UTC)
Yeah, I used to do that with EverQuest. The only reason I ever got up from my chair was to go to the bathroom or answer the door for the pizza delivery. It was pretty bad...
Jer: HappyBoy - Steve Sandvoss (from B'Lane)lugonn on February 20th, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC)
I exactly know that feeling. I haven't played Civ 4 yet. I wasn't crazy about Civ 3. Civ II totally made me it's bitch and that was doubly true for Alpha Centauri. In fact, one of my big complaints about Civ 3 was that they added many cool features that made the game more playable in Alpha C and then removed them in Civ 3. It's as if Sid Meier was so pissed off at Bryan Reynolds for leaving him that he refused to use any of the good new ideas that Bryan added to Alpha C. And I'm not just talking about gameplay, I'm talking about convenient features involving the game controls that simply made playing a bit easier and more fun. But gameplay was the main reason I disliked Civ 3.

So, can I assume you are now addicted to Civ 4?

Another Turn-based strategy game I really enjoyed was the Age of Wonders series. It was sort of Civilization with spells and fantasy races. Very cool. Age of Wonders was something of a remake of Master of Magic. Master of Magic was SUPER buggy, but I loved it. I played that LONG ago ... probably the early 90s. Master of Magic was a magical sequel to the space-based Master of Orion. MoO ROCKED. It was the game that first introduced me to turn-based strategy gaming and made me it's bitch. I didn't have a home computer when I played MoO, so I had to play at work. Let me tell you, I never put in so much unpaid overtime in my life. ;) The sequel to MoO sucked ass (and not in the good way). It was very disappointing.

Another turn-based strategy game that you might enjoy is Disciples. Disciples is fantasy-based, but very different from your traditional civ-type games. Okay, maybe not *very* different, but different. The heart of the game is the tactical battle screen. It has beautiful animated artwork and despite the incredible slow-down to watch the animations (as opposed to instant battle resolution), I usually go the slow route because I enjoy the gorgeous animations.

Age of Wonders also heavily uses the tactical combat screens. This way you can use an inferior force to overcome a superior opponent, once you learn how to utilize your troops effectively. This is a great feature since the computer cheats like a son-of-a-bitch.

And now that I've fueled your addiction a bit more, Rob has another reason to be pissed off at me. :)