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Oh dear. I've not played CIV since the original game back in the days of beige box PCs in the 90s. On a mate's machine, where it was the centre of a smoking session where I brought the beer
Whole days were lost to the game. Sometimes I'd pop in to see my mate and there would be some lost soul playing a game of it sat down in the corner, completely engrossed. It was worse than drugs
I knew then that if I was to ever achieve my dream of being a published rpg writer I would have to not have this game installed on my pc. EVER!
So is it still the same timesink that it was twenty-odd years ago? Yes, I lost a good part of last Saturday to raising the Chinese up from the Stone Age to currently the Modern Era. Still addictive as hell. I had to cheat on my family, "oh dear I'm just going upstairs to do the supermarket order", and flat out blank them for hours on end
I'm completely losing my first game of it. I hadn't twigged the tech-tree and fell behind in terms of technology. I got a reputation as a warmonger early on, which I've never shaken with my prissy neighbours. Heck bloody Peter the Great doesn't like me because I'm not as cultured as his Russians, oh yes I forgot to advance culture for pretty much the first two-thirds fo the game
And the age-old of tactic of going to war to advance my culture, isn't going as well because WAR COSTS MONEY, and even when I've got sweet Elisabeth I (of the English) on the ropes she always offers me a fortune in gold with a sweet smile, and I accept peace between our neighbouring civilisations. Then a couple of turns later she is looking down her nose and denouncing me as a warmonger
But even though I know, playing the long game, I've got long term problems which I should have dealt with in the Ancient Period, I love my little Chinese civilisation and I'm not quite ready to give up on them and restart anew with a culture that I will take everything I've learnt and lead to VICTORY!
So CIV is back, I just have to keep on telling myself I've not got a problem, I can stop anytime I want (after this next turn)