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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.