Monthly Archives: March 2013

Daily Prompt: Five A Day

You’ve been exiled to a private island, and your captors will only supply you with five foods. What do you pick?

Hmm… that’s a toughie. Sushi would be my first choice, because I love it and it has fish and rice and other important foodstuffs inside it. Next I might pick potatoes, because you can survive for years on potatoes alone. Does milk count? I’m a bit of a milkaholic so that would have to be included. What do you mean, there’s water there?! What, I’m supposed to drink water for the rest of my life? Yeah, right… Chocolate is essential. I can even mix it with my milk (which I am bringing, thank you very much) to make a milkshake and use it for firewood and whatnot. And finally, I want cheese. Why? It has been scientifically proven that it either a) gives you good dreams, or b) gives you weird dreams, which will be good while I slowly go insane from lack of books, wi-fi etc., because at least I’ll have imaginary people to talk to when I fall asleep.


Civilization V: How do I make it do what I want?

I am not a brilliant gamer. I do OK with Age of Empires, flail miserably at StarCraft II and can get about 10 kills on Halo 4. On a good day. But I just bought Sid Meier’s Civilization 5 and I figured that I might as well down my thoughts about it. Here goes:

After a couple hiccups in the installation process (because Steam hates my guts and decided that Civ needed to be downloaded sixty times) the 2K Games logo popped up, and I watched the entry video with amazement (I am a massive sucker for those). Then I found the entry screen and got started. Let me get this straight, I have never played a turn-based strategy game before, unless you count 10 minutes of the original Civilization at a gaming expo. So I didn’t have much of an idea what to do. I was America, because it was the default option and I figured I could do worse, and Chieftain difficulty for roughly the same reasons. I was spawned in the middle of a suspiciously England-shaped landmass, and an Ancient Greek lady popped up and advised me to found a city. I did that and then hunted around until I found the Next Turn button, and my adventure began.

I spent about 40-something turns setting up, fighting Persians and doing nothing much. I’ve now set up as Hiawatha of the Iroquois on Settler (sandbox) difficulty and I’m busy fighting Alexander the Great and island-hopping. Civilization is very fun, with great graphics and almost no bugs or glitches. For my first TBS, I think this was a pretty good choice.

The Ghost House

Italo Calvino said: The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts. Describe the ghosts that live in this house: Image credit: “love Don’t live here anymore…” – © 2009 Robb North – made available under Attribution 2.0 Generic

Ghosts? That house is so run down that I doubt there’s a single poltergeist, specter or phantom left to haunt it. However, judging by the long grass and the ‘middle of nowhere’ location, it’s probably home to several Pixies and maybe even a Trogg colony.