Fanfic inspired by the apocalyptic state of a ten-year-old Civilization II game


22 Responses to “Fanfic inspired by the apocalyptic state of a ten-year-old Civilization II game”

  1. retepslluerb says:

    What if one sides gives up.

    • jpm says:

       The mechanic of the game will make the one who gives up (the human), allow itself to be invaded, and at a certain moment, the victor will – again – declare war, thus invading all cities and eliminating that side.  On the other side, the mechanic of the game will never allow the computer team to give up.

  2. Rom says:

    “When roads are build in order to help dry up the swamps, they are immediately destroyed.”

    “This bridge… we build it every night. Charlie blows it right back up again. Just so the generals can say the road’s open.”

    • niktemadur says:

      So it’s all about Keynesian economics in this brave new world, then?

      Hire someone to build a bridge, then somebody else hires somebody else to blow it up, blow it up real good!

  3. TheMudshark says:

    When I first read Lycerius’s description of the game I thought it sounded a lot like a Warhammer 40k background story.

  4. Scurra says:

    Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia.

  5. Stephan says:

    I used to play CIV I excessively. What a great game.

  6. gijoel says:

    War… war never changes.

  7. niktemadur says:

    You really owe it to yourself to have a look at the whole thread.

    Good luck with that, I find Reddit to be very unwieldy and tiring when a thread gets big, gotta click on “load more comments” in sub-threads and and sub-sub-threads over and over again. Also, in this particular case, a whole lot of people repeat variations of the same four comments:

    - This is awesome.
    - Orwell/1984/Eurasia namecheck.
    - Joshua/War Games quote – “The only winning move is not to play”.
    - Holy shit dude, you’ve made (HuffPo) (Rock Paper Shotgun) (Daily Telegraph).

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      You prefer endless repetitive variations of these?

      - Orwell/1984/Eurasia namecheck.
      - Correlation is not causation/The plural of anecdote is not data
      - Deregulation/Invisible hand of the market
      - Apple fanboi rant/Anti-Apple fanboi rant

      • niktemadur says:

        Apple fanboi rant/Anti-Apple fanboi rant

        The thing about this particular Reddit post (and I don’t know if it’s the norm or not) is that it makes apparent the design flaws of that site.  The avalanche of comments (over 5000 so far), coupled with the comment structure, lends itself for many people to post a repetitive comment for the nth time, thinking they’re the first to do so.  I guess.

        Let’s say I like it much better here.  A bit of noise is a good thing, taken in moderation, of course.

        • Dave Jenkins says:

          IMHO, Reddit has become a real-world realization of Monty Python’s Argument clinic: things are segmented, controlled, and it’s the same wrote texts over and over.  The only difference is that Reddit doesn’t cost 5 quid, and Thompson’s Flying Squad doesn’t bop you on the head.

  8. If Sid Meier sends Lycerius cheat codes, would that count as divine intervention?

  9. lhl says:

    One interesting development is that w/ the save game distributed, you can play it for yourself (see the subreddit sidebar). Another fun thing is that its made its way to some hardcore Civ players. It’s now been submitted as a “Game of the Month” challenge in one of the forums, so it looks like there will be some interesting solutions soon:

  10. oasisob1 says:

    You mean there are people who actually look at reddit?

  11. i was a civ fiend and i always found the games to be weirdly prophetic. And also annoying. the AI would ALWAYS declare war instead of collaborate in any way and in the end … even a 10 hour game looks like this one. 10 years …. talk about nothing to do with one’s se;f

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