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.

Death by Bandwidth!

I, true to form, completely forgot about my Atheneum and didn’t even log on for weeks, so it’s taken a massive crisis to get me back on: we have no bandwidth! That means NO Planetside 2, NO Age of Empires III and NO Minecraft CTF! I’m DOOMED!!!

No idea why I’m posting this but, hey, I might as well.

Western vs Eastern Dragons

Western or European Dragons – In European folklore, a dragon is a serpent-like creature prone to destroying small villages with two pairs of lizard-y legs and bat-type wings growing from its back. A dragon-like creature with no front legs is known as a Wyvern and are the laughing stock of the dragon world. In Western folklore, dragons are usually portrayed as evil, with the exceptions mainly in Welsh folklore and modern fiction. In the modern period, the European dragon is typically depicted as a huge fire-breathing, scaly and horned lizard-like creature, with leathery wings four legs and a long muscular tail. It is sometimes shown with feathered wings, crests, fiery manes, ivory spikes running down its spine and  in various exotic colors. Dragon’s blood often has magical properties, such as healing and allowing the user to understand the language of animals. Most Western dragons protect caverns or castles filled with gold and treasure and are often associated with a great hero who tries to slay it. Though in possession of awesome wings, dragons normally hide in their underground lair, a cave that identifies it as an ancient creature of earth. Possibly, the dragons of European and Mid Eastern mythology stem from the cult of snakes found in religions throughout the world.

Eastern Dragons – Chinese dragons are largely benign serpentine creatures, who have long, snake-like bodies and small wings. In yin and yang terminology, a dragon is yang and complements a yin fenghuang (“Chinese phoenix”). Chinese dragons symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rain, hurricanes, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and luck. Due to their powers, the Emperor of China usually used the dragon as a symbol of his imperial power and strength. In Chinese daily language,  outstanding people are compared to the dragon while incapable people with no achievements are compared with other, more frowned upon creatures, such as the worm. A number of Chinese proverbs feature references to the dragon, for example: “Hoping one’s son will become a dragon”.

Final Verdict – If anyone reads this, which do you think is better? (I vote for the Chinese dragons, they’re nicer).

Spiritual Talismans For The Win!

I’m not much of a believer in magic and the supernatural, but I have a fondness for lucky talismans and amulets. Here are a couple which I quite like and would probably buy if I had enough money.

ImageWolf’s Head Traveling Amulet (Black Onyx & Amethyst) – Protection and Guidance while traveling, as well as Good Luck and Spiritual Protection.

ImageYin Yang Medallion (Black Onyx & Cat’s Eye Gemstone) – Amplifies Good Luck and Protection, as well as providing a grounding point for the spirit.

ImageBone Spiritual and Business Amulet (Black Onyx) – Promotes Success in Business and Abundance of Wealth.

Hello again! Fancy meeting you here!

Sorry about the long absence. I spent a week at the beach and the Internet connection was so slow that I couldn’t post anything!

But I’m back now, and I will attempt to fulfill my #1 Resolution (Post lots) as soon as I can think of something to write…

*Stares around aimlessly* *Thinks deeply* *Sighs*

Nope, nothing. Ah well, maybe later.