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Jump right in or study?

Discussion in 'Civ4Col - General Discussions' started by Honolulu Blue, Aug 28, 2008.

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You've installed the game! Now what?

Poll closed Sep 27, 2008.
  1. Start directly with a regular game

    27 vote(s)
    45.8%
  2. Start directly with the tutorial

    18 vote(s)
    30.5%
  3. Read the readme.txt (only), then play

    1 vote(s)
    1.7%
  4. Read the quick start section, then play

    2 vote(s)
    3.4%
  5. Read the manual

    11 vote(s)
    18.6%
  1. Honolulu Blue

    Honolulu Blue Chieftain

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    I'm curious about what people intend to do with this game out of the box. I usually study the manual for any game that I buy that has one (and this one figures to have a nice one - Sid's game manuals are the stuff of legend). But on the other side, I'm very familiar with the original game, somewhat familiar with Civ IV (working on it), and quite curious about what's inside.

    Thank you for your time.
     
  2. Lord Shadow

    Lord Shadow General

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    Even though I enjoy reading game manuals, I've been waiting for this for so long I'll leave the reading for later. Despite my experience with the original game, I might play the tutorial to make sure I don't miss any of the new features.
     
  3. morchuflex

    morchuflex Chieftain

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    As someone wrote on another forum, I only enjoy game manuals when I'm camping in the woods and suddenly realize I forgot toilet paper. :D
     
  4. Shurdus

    Shurdus Am I Napoleon?

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    I will start the tutorial for the features yet I do not expect to need it. I want to what's new, that's all.
     
  5. Supr49er

    Supr49er 2011 Thunderfall Cup

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    I jump right in to see what the game looks/feels like.
    I'll read the manual on my commute, and play the tutorial if necessary.
     
  6. Randall_Flagg

    Randall_Flagg The Evil One

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    I never play any game without reading the manual, I do not like not knowing all the commands and what ever tips the manual offers. The reading the manual is part of the getting into the game process for me. My origanl Railraod tycoon manual was like a study in history, wish they would bring back the big manual like that one.
     
  7. BSmith1068

    BSmith1068 Chieftain Retired Moderator

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    I generally tend to jump right in and try to figure it out as best I can. I then peruse the manual for tips and explanations of things I don't quite understand from direct game play. If the game, or genre, is new to me (unlike Civ, which I have been playing since Civ 1) then I might try out a tutorial just to get the hang of the mechanics of the game before jumping in, but that is pretty rare.

    When I buy a new game - I don't want to read a book - I want to play the game! I don't care if I have to re-start a game multiple times as I get the hang of it.
     
  8. Greybriar

    Greybriar Chieftain

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    I've jumped right in and played nearly all the PC games I've purchased.

    I may or may not even read the Readme file depending on how lengthy it is.

    If I experience difficulties playing a specific game, I will usually play the Tutorial but not necessarily all the way through--it depends on the Tutorial.

    If all else fails and I can't figure out how to play the game, then I will read the manual. Usually I use the manual as a reference and only consult it about specific topics.

    I played the original Colonization and have played the entire Civilization series, so I do not anticipate any difficulty comprehending how to play Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization. I believe Sid Meier's games are pretty much intuitive and learning them is a snap.

    Life is too short to spend it reading about a game instead of playing it. :old:
     
  9. I-am-a-panda

    I-am-a-panda

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    tutorial because maunual doesnt really explain much and redme txt is a bit gay.
     
  10. SoonerNation

    SoonerNation Chieftain

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    Since I haven't played the original Colonization, I will probably start with the tutorial. I am a visual learner, so I would rather be shown how to do things on the game itself instead of reading a manual and then trying to remember all the things I've read while playing the game. :crazyeye:
     
  11. Rub'Rum

    Rub'Rum Hates acronyms

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    Haha. Um. I guess that's why we're all here on this forum right?
     
  12. TheMulattoMaker

    TheMulattoMaker Dictator of RF

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    We're just killin' time 'til the game comes out...
     
  13. Rub'Rum

    Rub'Rum Hates acronyms

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    Was talking about all of CFC, which is mostly about games that I could be playing *right now*. Actually, I'm going to play now. Yay.
     
  14. Lubricus

    Lubricus Explorer

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    None of the above. FIRST I'll mod the game to allow me to play as Portugal and Denmark-Norway.
     
  15. Greybriar

    Greybriar Chieftain

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    Here we are socializing. That's different. :cheers:
     
  16. player1 fanatic

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    I would start direclty, but only because I recently replayed old Colonization game, so I'm familiar with basic concepts (which are pretty much same in both games).
     
  17. mech654

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    I read the manual on the way home. I play tutorial than I play the regular game.
     
  18. Captain Pugwash

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    I'll skim through the README just in case there's any show-stoppers in there. Never found one yet but it doesn't take more than 60 secs or so.

    Then I'll play the tutorial. As I find new concepts in the game, I might look up the bit in the manual. I don't ever read the manual end to end. It's good to have a manual though for those occasions where you want to look up something which doesn't seem to make any sense. If the game help doesn't explain enough then there's nowhere else to go ... except this forum of course.

    Hmm, there's an idea, why don't you guys read the manual then I'll ask you on here.
     
  19. sidmeierfan121

    sidmeierfan121 Chieftain

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    i read the manual during installation, then play a tutorial if there is one
     
  20. Metal Alloy Man

    Metal Alloy Man Back in Black

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    I read the manual during installation and then jump right in.
     

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