Friday night we got ourselves together in the designated Google hangout in order to return to our game of Civilization V.
Mattman, Potshot, and I were ready to go, but Loghound had some guests to evict or some such, so we got the game warmed up and ready while he set about pointing people towards his front door.
Potshot restored the game from the previous week and Mattman and I were able to join just fine, so things looked good. Loghound just had to join and we would be set.
And then somebody else showed up in our game. Potshot kicked him. And then he returned, taking one of the AI seats. He got kicked again. Somebody else showed up, just to be kicked. Potshot fiddled around, changed himself to one of the AI seats, couldn’t figure out how to get back to the Ottomans again, and we all had to leave and restart the game.
While setting things back up, Potshot ensured that the game was flagged as private. We joined back up. And the parade of strangers continued to flow into our game, just to be kicked.
Later we figured out that if the leader clicked the not-very-obvious ready button, it locks down the computer players and then people can no longer just appear in your game. Until that point we were kept busy calling out people to kick.
Finally, Loghound secured his domestic situation… or abandoned it, I am not sure we actually heard what came to pass… got into the game and we were ready to pick up at turn 101.
Our first order of business was to destroy the Mongols. Our discussion in the hangout revolved around Loghound, having started as a close neighbor of the Mongols, being involved in a protracted and bloody conflict with Ghengis Khan to the point that he was falling way behind us in almost all civilization measures.
So we resolved to all declare war on the Mongols. Potshot, Mattman, and Loghound were all in the vicinity of the Mongols, while I was somewhat out of the picture. I knew where one city was, so I sent some archers there, though who they eventually sided with isn’t clear.
I managed to get a couple of shots in and even managed to capture a Mongol civilian. When informed that it had, in its turn, been captured from Japan (Loghound), and asked if I wanted to return it, I clicked “no” and remained quiet when, later, Loghound was wondering aloud where his captured settler had ended up. Well, it was only a worked when I got it.
The Mongols were destroyed and the spoils of their civilization was divided up amongst the chief participants in the war.
I got nothing… except that worker. Though, with the war taking place decade of travel away from my territory, I didn’t exactly put my economy on a war footing either, choosing instead focus on building infrastructure and the occasional wonder.
And then we moved into the period of the long peace.
Well, for some of us. Loghound felt he was far enough behind that he needed to continue his martial ways in order to play a role in world affairs, so remained in almost constant conflict with the Mayans or one of the city states throughout the evening.
Religions were founded. I spread the word about Neo-Zoroastrianism to my protesting neighbors, leaving my pamphlets wedged into their door jams when they refused to answer the door.
Otherwise I was in a bit of a tight spot. While I came out of the war flush in gold and happiness, with a booming economy, an efficient education system, and a culture that was the envy of all the neighbors, I was pretty much boxed in to my own little corner of Pangea. I eventually found a place to plant an additional city, but that was about the extent of my expansion. All of the other civilizations had more cities than I, and in the fullness of time I expect my little empire will be eclipsed. Even Loghound has more potential at the moment. His cities will grow, if he lets them. Mine are already reaching their capacity.
As we wrapped things up at turn 175, which put us at midnight, my little corner of the world looked like this.
The demographics chart showed me out in front in all but one key category, land area.
I am efficient, productive, technologically advanced, well armed, and trapped in a small area. What does Germany usually do in such situations?
Plus, just playing Sim City in a group setting isn’t exactly thrilling. It might be time for some conflict. I hear Hong Kong is lovely this time of year.