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The Totalitarian Buddhist Who Beat Sim City

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  1. [10]
    vakieh Link
    OK vice, thank you for predicting the next article I would like to read, I'll be sure to get right on that. As for the article, I prefer the eternal Civ II game.

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    OK vice, thank you for predicting the next article I would like to read, I'll be sure to get right on that.

    As for the article, I prefer the eternal Civ II game.

    5 votes
    1. [9]
      ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
      I remember reading about a similar long game in... maybe Civilization III? There were logs upon logs from the player, documenting the whole thing on a forum of Civ enthusiasts. People who have...

      I remember reading about a similar long game in... maybe Civilization III? There were logs upon logs from the player, documenting the whole thing on a forum of Civ enthusiasts.

      People who have this kind of patience always impress me. I can't even sit down to finish most games I play – and they run history in 'em.

      5 votes
      1. [8]
        vakieh Link Parent
        You should look up the Paradox Interactive After Action Reports. Their entire game design strategy is based on having that happen. You can play a game of Europa Universalis and map out an entire...

        You should look up the Paradox Interactive After Action Reports. Their entire game design strategy is based on having that happen.

        You can play a game of Europa Universalis and map out an entire (and uber detailed) world history while role playing, or Stellaris and do the same thing, but in spaaaaaace.

        4 votes
        1. [7]
          balooga Link Parent
          I picked up CKII ages ago and I really want to get into it, but it's just so dense. Every time I boot it up I'm overwhelmed. I just don't have that kind of time to sink into learning a game anymore.

          I picked up CKII ages ago and I really want to get into it, but it's just so dense. Every time I boot it up I'm overwhelmed. I just don't have that kind of time to sink into learning a game anymore.

          2 votes
          1. [5]
            NaraVara Link Parent
            Their recommendation is to pick a small Duchy in Ireland and set yourself a goal to become King of Ireland and take over the island. It's out of the way enough that great-power politics and...

            I picked up CKII ages ago and I really want to get into it, but it's just so dense. Every time I boot it up I'm overwhelmed. I just don't have that kind of time to sink into learning a game anymore.

            Their recommendation is to pick a small Duchy in Ireland and set yourself a goal to become King of Ireland and take over the island. It's out of the way enough that great-power politics and intrigue doesn't really impact you much, your only main interactions are with the other players on the British Isles, and you get a feel for the game's mechanics.

            It's frightfully boring though, specifically because not much happens and everything goes so slowly. You basically end up feeling like all you have to do is arrange marriages for people.

            3 votes
            1. [4]
              MimicSquid Link Parent
              And choose education traits for kids. I gave up my latest run because 2/3 of all interactions were me choosing how to educate my kids. My fault for having multiple wives, but still not good gameplay.

              And choose education traits for kids. I gave up my latest run because 2/3 of all interactions were me choosing how to educate my kids. My fault for having multiple wives, but still not good gameplay.

              1 vote
              1. [3]
                NaraVara Link Parent
                It's pretty fun if you enjoy asking "what does this button do!?" over and over again. The key to enjoying the game is accepting that everything is too chaotic to make serious plans and just...

                It's pretty fun if you enjoy asking "what does this button do!?" over and over again.

                The key to enjoying the game is accepting that everything is too chaotic to make serious plans and just enjoying the ride. It's more like a vehicle for emergent storytelling masquerading as a strategy game.

                2 votes
                1. [2]
                  MimicSquid Link Parent
                  Maybe I'd have more fun if it was more chaotic, then. I'm sitting pretty as Mali controlling all of Africa with a reformed faith and and not interested in managing more land, and when there's no...

                  Maybe I'd have more fun if it was more chaotic, then. I'm sitting pretty as Mali controlling all of Africa with a reformed faith and and not interested in managing more land, and when there's no more map painting to do, the tedium takes center stage.

                  1. NaraVara Link Parent
                    Try running one of the Slavic or Romuva pagans with the Holy Fury expansion. Always random stuff happening.

                    Try running one of the Slavic or Romuva pagans with the Holy Fury expansion. Always random stuff happening.

          2. SunSpotter Link Parent
            Thats a shame. I don't have much time for games anymore either, but I got into it when I did. It's a great game aside from the absurd amount of content locked away behind DLC. Maybe you could...

            Thats a shame. I don't have much time for games anymore either, but I got into it when I did. It's a great game aside from the absurd amount of content locked away behind DLC.

            Maybe you could watch a lets play or something while you work, just to get a better idea of things.

            2 votes
  2. alyaza Link
    incidentally for those of you who didn't see it, the Outline did a piece on pushing the limits of games with no real end-state (and the sadism that tends to come with that) with this city as the...

    incidentally for those of you who didn't see it, the Outline did a piece on pushing the limits of games with no real end-state (and the sadism that tends to come with that) with this city as the centerpiece.

    1 vote