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Jan 15, 2003, 08:05 PM
"It's vaguely like Axis and Allies, except you play for 4000 years and you don't need 6 friends....."
This was the sentence that got me to pick up Civ I on a Powerbook 180 nearly 10 years ago. Well, 1 decade, five computers, and innumerable cases of Diet Coke and cartons of Marlboros later, here I am.
I know this is off-topic, but did anyone else make a similar strategy-gaming/computer gaming leap? I guess the point of the question is that in cleaning out my den I found my old A&A box in the closet, and I was thinking how cool it would be to play it again. If anyone is near the Gulf Coast of FL and feels like a game, well, bring the chips! Spicy Dorito's, preferably!
Or should I just sell the thing on Ebay?
Jan 15, 2003, 08:39 PM
Ah yes, I started getting that funny little feeling when I bought a mac from a co-worker in the mid-1990s. It had "Strategic Conquest" loaded on it. I played it nonstop. Fifteen levels of difficulty: levels 14 and 15 were insane, I could win on level 13 occasionally, and level 12 was where I could win most often. Delta Tao still produces it and, I believe, its version 4.0 these days. I thought about picking up a copy, but it goes for $45. Oh, that magic feeling!
Jan 15, 2003, 08:47 PM
I was just wondering about some gaming history more than anything else. You know, I was one of those Dungeons and Dragons types in high school (no, I didn't date much) and that led to the big strategy games like Panzerblitz, Vietnam, Axis and Allies, etc. (I'm always reminded of that scene from "Airheads" where Brendan Fraser gets the crowd to admit that they played AD&D in high school too.)
But I didn't make the transition to computerized stuff until the mid 90-s. So, I was curious how many people had had similar experiences in gaming as a whole.
This is probably way off topic- I'm waiting for the moderator's email anytime now!
Jan 16, 2003, 07:06 AM
I was never a board-game person, except for Risk. Never made the D&D scene. I played w/ friends who were, but not enough to get sucked in - too bad.
Jan 16, 2003, 09:37 AM
I'll admit it...I played D&D a little in junior high, but I wouldn't say that I was really that into it. I played D&D, but wasn't a D&D player, if that makes sense (as an aside...I got Gary Gygax's autograph on my Player's Handbook, because his kid went to my junior high for a year and we were pretty good friends). Anyway, in high school, a couple times a semester a bunch of friends would get together to play Diplomacy, which was really the only board game I'd say I was really big on. Then in college I played Axis and Allies a few times (basically on nights when enough guys -- myself included -- didn't have anything better to do). When I got my Powerbook 140 going into senior year, I'd already been somewhat hooked on Harpoon -- a buddy's roommate had it on his old toaster Mac. So that was the first game I bought for the Powerbook. I don't remember where I first saw Civilization, but I do remember thinking that it was a seriously cool concept and I wanted to play it. Between school burn-out, frat fatigue (it's just not as fun when you're about to graduate as it was when you first join), and having a very "fire and ice" relationship going made for lots of time on the couch playing Civ that year...
Jan 17, 2003, 08:23 AM
I am apparently a little yonger than this crowd (23). My first stradegy game, and still my favorite is Dune, the battle for arrakis. It was my first game outside of nintendo and sega. Shortly after beating it on my dads clunky old PC I found civ II. Later I bought Dune for sega genisis and beat it all over again. Then I later bought Dune for playstation and yet beat it again. Haven't played it since since it has no replay value, but I love the story and suspence behind it. I can still here the sounds of the infantry screaming as they die in the back of my head. I wish it was totally revamped with civ style map editors, new units, and a good replay value. LONG LIVE HOUSE HARKONNEN!
Any body else ever play Dune?
Jan 17, 2003, 10:33 PM
Ahhhh- the young ones....
Does anyone remember Gunship played on a 256K PC? How about The Ancient Art of War?
Of course, I am the guy who still has an Atari 2600 in the garage......
Jan 28, 2003, 12:23 AM
YES! YES! YES! A&A all the way!!!!
I played it religiously in high school. I found out about Civ3 last year while in college and loved it, having never picked up either civ 1 or 2. I have played Axis and Allies, the cd-rom version, on Virtual PC, but I can't play multiplayer with it, which stinks. Has anyone else tried this or played it on the comptuer?
A&A is a classic and still worth playing!