Civilization V is Here

I haven’t done a post recently to refresh my credentials as the geekiest member of the TAC blog.  Among my hobbies, besides writing blog posts and annoying people for fun and profit, is the playing of rather elaborate strategy games.  I began playing these games circa 1971 when I wheedled a copy of Luftwaffe from my parents for Christmas that year.  The next year for Christmas I received a copy of Panzerblitz, and I have been playing and collecting strategy games since that time.

My wife and I acquired our first computer in 1987, a commodore 64.  Since that time almost all of my playing of strategy games has been on the computer.  Christmas Eve 1991 was a memorable one in the McClarey household.  It was the first Christmas Eve we spent with our newborn twin sons, and our copy of the computer strategy game Civilization arrived in the mail.

In between playing with our infants and introducing them to the joys of Christmas, we took turns charting the courses of society through 6,000 years of history.  For a young married couple fascinated by history, it was the ideal Christmas present.

We have followed the Civilization series through all its iterations.  Now, the latest game, Civilization V is here.  My wife and I are in agreement that this is certainly the most fascinating game in the series.  Our son at the University of Illinois agrees.  Our daughter (Heretic!) is fearful that we will start worshiping the game and lighting sacrifices to it.  Ah the parental pain of seeing one’s own acerbic humor unleashed upon oneself!

For those interested, go here to download a demo of the game and to download the manual.  However, this game can be addictive. 

You have been warned.

8 Responses to Civilization V is Here

  1. Tito Edwards says:

    I just sat through the entire video clip.

    I’m sold!

    Unfortunately, like all Civ games, I’m going to have to upgrade my computer in order to enjoy all the features.

    Which means next Summer!

    It’ll be worth the wait!

  2. JS says:

    11:00 PM-“I should go to bed. One more turn and then I’m hitting the hay”

    12:00 AM-“I should go to bed. One more turn and then I’m hitting the hay”

    2:00 AM-“I really should be getting to bed. One more turn…”

    6:00 AM-“I should get ready for work. One more turn…”

  3. Donald R. McClarey says:

    It will indeed Tito!

    Quite true JS!

  4. David Bonk says:

    I too started with Panzerblitz but have stayed on the military side in my gaming…I am currently playing War in the Pacific, Admirals Edition and it is June 17, 1943…I started on December 7, 1941 and every turn is a day…800+ turns and counting.

  5. Donald R. McClarey says:

    I have it on my harddrive David, but I have never played more than a few turns. I’ve liked Grigsby’s War Between the States which I have played quite a bit and I am eagerly anticipating War in the East.

  6. Phillip says:

    France 1940 and Tobruk. Panzerblitz is good if you want easy play. 😉

    Just getting into Civ IV. ARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Donald R. McClarey says:

    Try the Planetfall mod for CivIV Phillip. It converts CivIV into an intriguing total conversion to Alpha Centauri. My wife has been playing it a lot over the past few months.

  8. Don the Kiwi says:

    ………refresh my credentials as the geekiest member of the TAC blog.

    Yes Don, you are indeed the Geekmeister supreme. 🙂

    I’ve never bothered with these games – seems an inordinate waste of time, especially+ when you’ve got she-who-must-be-obeyed with a never ending list of chores (my idea of Hell) 😉

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