June 25th, 2012


I'm always the last to know

I have things to say about productivity and cooking and grocery shopping and money management (oy, do I have things to say about money management), but this week I will give it a rest in order to make sure my f'list has seen this post on Reddit about a Civilization II game that has been going on for 10 years. I would say for 3990 game years, but I've never played CivII, so I don't know when the calendar starts.

I seriously wonder if some Hollywood type is going to option the concept from the guy playing the game. Not the story of playing a game for 10 years, but the "world" his game has become. The current game state is stalemate and despair, and it's incredibly evocative. Some of my favorite quotes (from the OP and the thread):

OP: "the Vikings will surprise attack me or the Americans the very next turn, often with nuclear weapons."
OP: "I was forced to do away with democracy roughly a thousand years ago because it was endangering my empire."

comment: "Today I saw hundreds thousands of people on Reddit claim the best course of action was a fundamentalist dictatorship"
comment: "Maybe before this thread 1984 was a failure of a novel about parachute pants and the Thriller video."
comment: "Whenever 'nuke the piss out of it' fails as a strategy, I don't have a plan B."