The more people smoke herb, the more Babylon fall.
Babylon falling was certainly one of the possible scenarios as we went into the 13th session of our game of Civilization V.
This time around Loghound was off at a family event, but Mattman was back from camping, so he joined Potshot and I in the resumption of our campaign to reach some sort of victory condition. But first we had to have trouble with Google.
In an attempt to avoid the problem last time, where Google seemed disinclined to let me join the event hangout, I went ahead and created the even for this week, stealing that job from Loghound. However, while I created an event, I somehow did not attach a hangout to it and so… it was just an event. I am not sure what good an event is in Google+ without a hangout. It is more than a meeting reminder, since you can check in and such.
So Mattman, spotting my error, created a hangout and invited Potshot and I and, of course, Google wouldn’t let me join. No idea why still. Eventually I created a hangout and invited the other two, at which point we were joined together in all the audio/video splendor that this digital age allows. Basically, three middle-aged guys on the a video conference call.
Finally we were able to get started, which meant letting the first turn drag out for a while as Mattman came to grips with how the AI had been handling his empire while he was away. The phrase, “Deep, cleansing breaths” was muttered a number of times between sounds of exasperation. But eventually he was able to reign in the AI’s deficit spending and “600 ship navy” plan so we could move on with the game.
More after the cut.