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First Civ V game in a long time

May 16th, 2012

Everyone else is talking about Diablo III, but I actually started my first game of Sid Meier’s Civilization V since 11-11-6 today. My eyes were starting to glaze over as I tried to read three chapters on economics. Yesterday I went to Civ Fanatics for the first time in almost six months to read their summary of the tidbits gleaned so far about the upcoming expansion Gods & Kings.

I need to return to studying for the CFA exam, you can never study too much for the CFA exam. But it was nice to take a break and play a hundred and fifty or so turns of Civilization V. I played as Rome, lowered the difficulty level and adapted to my small island start. Despite significant updates I had to download and two quick crashes, the game hasn’t changed that much. But with the first expansion, not just another piece of down loadable content, the game is set to change a lot. Hopefully my life improves in June and I can enjoy things like video games without feeling guilty.

Well back to practice problems.


I probably should have been studying, and the game did crash five times, including three multi-language, hold down the power button until the MacBook Pro turns off then press the power button again hard crashes. I won as Rome, via Science Victory. I was on the 4th difficulty level, which is a bit too low for me. I think I was winning most of the game. Russia did attack me two times, including the second time using three nuclear bombs. That damaged some of my secondary cities, but I was well on my way to a Space Race victory by then.

I still haven’t tried multi-player and I’m looking forward to the expansion. Sid Meier’s Civilization V is more my style than Diablo III. Diablo is a pretty game, but it is a carrot on a stick game. You can actually learn something playing Civilization, plus the game has a beginning, middle, and end. Sid games always have high replay value. I earned another badge, but there are just too many tied to scenarios and winning scenarios many, many different ways for me to ever attempt to earn them all. I haven’t won with:

  • Washington
  • Elizabeth
  • Bismark
  • Askia
  • Hiawatha
  • Isabella
  • Pachacuti

I’ll have to try to win with at least a couple of those civilizations. I don’t know what my favourite, ie the best civ for my play style is anymore, my top five scores were with:

  1. Japan
  2. Polynesia
  3. Arabia
  4. Greece
  5. China

Polynesia was very strong when it first came out, sometimes a civ or some of their unique abilities gets neutered. I generally prefer science and culture civs, but religion coming to the game again, all bets are off. I’m looking forward to once again playing as the Celts and the Dutch. Sweden and Austria are new and both are rumored to have abilities that help with the city states, a key component of successful Civilization V strategy.

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