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Civ 5 Rage Quit

Posted 17th January 2016 at 05:57 PM by simontoad
Updated 17th January 2016 at 06:05 PM by simontoad

For some reason I have never won Civ 5 as Egypt. This is very odd, as it was not only one of the original civs in the computer game, but it was one of the civs in the board game itself, all those years ago. I simply must have won as Egypt in other versions of the game, but when it comes to Civ 5, computer says no. Steam tells me I have 1707 hours clocked up on Civ 5, so I am frankly rather embarrassed that Egypt has eluded me thus far.

So, early days in my Emperor game as Egypt....
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Interregnum 2015

Posted 1st January 2016 at 09:53 PM by simontoad
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It's been a few months since I played Crusader Kings. I started one game as a Scottish Duke some time ago, and got absolutely creamed by one of my vassals. I foolishly aided my liege and took some heavy losses, allowing my vassal to pounce.

I'm intrigued by the tribal system, and intend to play a family at the head of a tribe next time. It will probably be a Caledonian or Irish dynasty, though I might try a Viking. I've got this idea of getting a Kingdom of the Isles started...
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Capet Disaster Update

Posted 23rd October 2015 at 10:46 AM by simontoad
Updated 23rd October 2015 at 11:01 AM by simontoad

Further to my previous message (10 September 2015), I played the Capet dynasty through to the game's compulsory end in 1453. Because the dynasty became so widespread, there was never any danger of my line dying out. On the rare occasion when it looked like I would have no son, it was easy enough to marry my female heir to some likely Capet lad.

The game always seemed difficult. The post-Charlemagne Frankish empire was unified quickly under an emperor from the Karling dynasty, with...
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Crusader Kings Northumbria Betrayal.

Posted 23rd October 2015 at 03:33 AM by simontoad
Updated 23rd October 2015 at 03:40 AM by simontoad

So my brother has Northumbria, the county thereof, which my Dad very kindly gave him out of my Patrimony. Dad was a great King of Northumbria, expanding our influence to the south, and taking over the entire kingdom of Mercia. He decided we should help one of our allies in Ireland, the Earl of Brefine. Unfortunately, during a battle to dislodge an adventurer's army there, Dad was cut off from the main force with his bodyguard and eventually fell under a hail of axe-blows. My own entourage held...
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Crusader Kings Disaster

Posted 10th September 2015 at 06:30 PM by simontoad
Updated 10th September 2015 at 06:33 PM by simontoad

After building up the power and lands of the Capet family over about two centuries, I had control of the Duchies of Luxembourg and Bourbon, and the lands of the Duchy of Lower Lorraine. Capet family members (and therefore potential allies) held the Duchy of Savoy and the Kingdom of Saxony, both vassals of the Emperor of Francia. Bourbon made me a vassal of the King of Aquitaine, also a vassal of the Emperor. Suddenly, the King starts demanding my lands and titles one by one, because I found myself,...
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