Tuesday, April 17, 2007

I'm Civing it

Noumenon explained to me why I'm so enamored of the scenarios in the Civilization franchise. I play the game until I find a killer strategy, and then the game becomes boring, because winning is a given. However, scenarios tweak the rules and change the balance enough to make you need new killer strategies. In one of the Civ III Conquest tutorials, for example, it was set up like a race between civs, until I discovered that the real way to win was via banditry. After that discovery, it was so easy to win, and so dull. That's probably why I loved the WWII scenario in Civ II so much. The Neutrals were so terribly underpowered that developing a killer strategy took forever.

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