We managed to assemble a group for the second week running, which isn’t as impressive as it sounds since we have already shown we will play if only two of us show up, letting the AI wreck havoc with the empires of those who fail to attend. This time it started off with Mattman and I, Loghound having let us know that he was running behind but would join as soon as he could.
Potshot, however, was feeling under the weather… the weather being an oppressive hundred degrees Fahrenheit is his part of the state, so much misery… and would not be able to make it.
This was going to make the game “interesting” for me. If Mattman or Loghound fail to show, it has very little impact on me. Most of the time I barely know what they are up to on their side of the world, aside from fighting barbarians and Russians. Potshot and I, however, have been cooperating allies in a war of conquest against the Aztecs. We left off last match stuck into the enemy, hostilities still on and with the Babylonians throwing in against us.
The AI is very, very bad at cooperation. And it isn’t just a matter of heightened self-interest. The team working for Sid Meier managed to capture the petulant selfishness of a grumpy five year old for the diplomatic relations aspect of the AI. So, when you look at why the AI civs are mad at you, it is things like, “You’re trying to be friends with Zurich, and they are MY friend! Go Away!” and “You have a city that I want!” and “You’re friends with China and I hate China, so now I hate you too!” along with “I won’t take this mutually beneficial trade deal because you were being mean to somebody else on the playground!” Plus there is the whole, “You have ideological cooties!” thing.
It is like the devs got in there and said, “Realpolitik? Screw you, Ludwig von Rochau! We’re going with Kinderpolitik!”
So that programming was going to be driving my close ally with whom I share a border and a whole series of open border and mutual defense agreements, not to mention the whole coordination of the war thing. I was clearly pessimistic as to how that would turn out.
More after the cut.