All good things must come to an end… and even the dentist will eventually decide he has gotten the last bit of plaque from your gum line with that iron hook and cease his infernal gouging and scraping… and so it was with our game of Civilization V, entering into its 14th week of play. As I mentioned last time, a number of victory conditions were beginning to hove into view and become distinct possibilities.
Things picked up as they had left off the previous week. Mattman, Potshot, and I were online and in the game, ready for turn 751 to commence. We were expecting Loghound as well, but as the appointed hour rolled around he wasn’t online, so we pressed on.
I managed to hold on to Babylon for the first turn, thwarting Nebuchadnezzar’s feeble counter-attack, and went on to take Akkad, the next city in line.
Potshot managed to roll over another Babylonian city to the north at the same time, so it was starting to look like the end of their empire. After the mountainous terrain past their former capital was an open plain, the perfect venue for my combined arms assault. It looked like Nebuchadnezzar would be joining Harun al-Rashid of Arabia as a leader without any cities left to lead.
Arabia was still nominally in the game, as we had not tracked down his final units. Choosing the option that kept empires alive so long as they still had units was such a mistake.
Meanwhile, Mattman and his Chinese empire were buying influence with city states again. With the world leader election about 10 turns off, one of the victory conditions I mentioned, his ambition was transparent. So I decided to liven things up with a little ploy of my own.
More after the cut as we work towards the end of the game.