Some Casual Civilization V

2013-08-13_00002Every so often I’ll back down from playing my typical MMOs and go browse through my collection of steam games. There has been a lot of talk about these collections on G+ lately, so that’s where the inspiration came from.

One game that I received some time ago but had yet to actually play was Civilization V and I was very much in the mood to play this sort of game, so I started it up. That is how I lost track of the next 4 hours. I absolutely fell completely in love with this game, even though to date I had not played any of the Civs before.

Of course then all my dreams were crushed as the game crashed, and I had not saved – except wait! It saves every 10 moves! Not all of my hard work was lost. At the time I did not see the tab that lets you check the last spots where you’ve saved, all I saw was the steam cloud save which was NOT updated at all (grumbles). So I thought all of my hard effort to take over Venice was lost. Turns out it’s not lost (yay).

In my first game I randomized everything and started as Russia. In the second map I was England, and things were going a bit poorly as I had issues taking over my neighbours kingdom. I didn’t realize that I needed some melee to help out instead of just ranged attackers, so I spent a good 20-25 minutes pummeling their walls with my archers only to have the city continue to stand. Eventually I clued in and sent some pikemen over, and victory was mine.

I don’t own any of the expansions but I added them to my steam wishlist. If you happen to be on steam and want to add me to your friends list, please go ahead! I’m over there as Stargrace, as usual.

It is a really nice break from MMOs to play some single player games. I know there’s a multiplayer game available too, but I haven’t tried that out yet.

I was a bit interested in Steam’s Trading Card mini-game, so I decided just for fun that I would not sell the cards I had earned towards Civ. 5 and instead I would purchase the ones I was missing (I dislike the idea of asking my friends for them) and craft the badge. It was neat, and I admit, addicting. When I crafted the badge I received a bunch of steam experience (for what, I have no idea), a :gems: emoticon (which I sold), A Civ 5 background, and 90% off of some game that looked cute but that I don’t really have any use for. I may pick it up so that I can gift it at a later date, I love helping out people who have games on their wishlists. It wasn’t super fancy, but I did have fun. I’m not sure if I’ll keep future cards or just sell them, we’ll see.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

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2 Responses to Some Casual Civilization V

  1. Jaffa says:

    I played a lot of Civ 5 when it was released, and I’ve been picking up the expansions when I see them for sale on Steam (so I have everything except the most recent expansion). But I haven’t actually played it with any of the expansions installed. I guess I should do that sometime :)

  2. pkudude99 says:

    So without the expansions you can still play against expansion civs? Interesting.

    I’m sure you saw it since it’s on your site, but here was what I thought of Civ5′s latest expansion: http://nomadicgamers.com/2013/07/18/civ5-brave-new-world/