I saw a post up at Ars Technia about a game of Civilization II that has been going on for 10 years. This initially came up as a thread on Reddit when the player recounted his experiences with the game so far.
I’ve been playing the same game of Civ II for 10 years. Though long outdated, I grew fascinated with this particular game because by the time Civ III was released, I was already well into the distant future. I then thought that it might be interesting to see just how far into the future I could get and see what the ramifications would be. Naturally I play other games and have a life, but I often return to this game when I’m not doing anything and carry on. The results are as follows.
- The world is a hellish nightmare of suffering and devastation.
- There are 3 remaining super nations in the year 3991 A.D, each competing for the scant resources left on the planet after dozens of nuclear wars have rendered vast swaths of the world uninhabitable wastelands.
It sounds almost like the world from Orwell’s Ninteen Eighty-Four, where three sides are locked in eternal warfare that does nothing but keep the three governments… two theocracies and a communist state… in power via an endless state of emergency.
The ice caps have melted due to global warming brought on by constant nuclear war and the world is now covered by unproductive swampland. There are no more large cities. 90% of the population has died off from its peak 2,000 years earlier. Military production takes precedence over all other improvements. Military power is balanced, with all three nations possessing all of the possible technologies. And war is eternal, with each cease fire broken by the next turn.
This is probably the most extreme example of what the end-game in Civ II can turn into. But the author is not without hope.
My goal for the next few years is to try and end the war and thus use the engineers to clear swamps and fallout so that farming may resume. I want to rebuild the world. But I’m not sure how. If any of you old Civ II players have any advice, I’m listening.