Thursday, November 07, 2013

Timewalking Archive Trap: Battle-Civ Beta: Episode #1

As you might be aware, I've recently redownloaded Civilization 2, one of the top three most addicting games ever created (the others being Minecraft and WoW). It brought up a lot of old memories and a quick search through my downloaded Xanga blog revealed that I'd already blogged about a game of Civilization 2. So enjoy this Timewalking Archive Trap from May of 2007.

If you're not familiar with Civ 2, I think it's best to summarize that it's something like a computerized board game; an empire-building enterprise which allows a player to win by building the first spaceship (a boring triumph of science and industry victory) or through direct world conquest (sweet!). The rules can be easily modified by manipulating a text file and changing a .gif to make the units look different.

For those of you more familiar with the game, I modded it to be Battletech-themed. Overall unit costs were lowered, tech research rates were raised, and movement was modified to accommodate all-powerful, mobile battlemechs. Diplomats, spies, trade units, nuclear weapons, and cruise missiles were cut entirely, and everything was re-named--if not restatted--to be a battlemech (except for transports and aircraft carriers[carriers became hovercraft]).

The planet Dinot was crafted to be a wonderland of combat and character. Wide, beautiful vistas coupled with desert strips and isthmuses, all of which share intricate coastlines and seaways. Narrow passageways and open fields allowed for a variety of combat scenarios as well as for a variety of passages which act as shortcuts between places otherwise distant from one another.

It was on the fertile, northern coast of an equatorial desert of the planet's single, speckled landmass that the noble Jade Falcon people first came to be. They were a smart, industrious people from the city of Sudeten, who in their fancy produced almost no military hardware, but an excess of settlers from their burgeoning, carefree cities.

The Motherland, c. 1943AD, present day

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