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The Lost Games


Civilization: Greeks
Difficulty: Monarch
World Size: Standard
Opponents: Seven
Climate: Normal
Rainfall: Normal
Mountains: Normal
Land Mass: Normal
Land Shape: Continents
Barbarians: Roaming
Version: 1.07f
SPECIAL NOTE: this game was my second game, played on the original release version. In the wake of the first patch, version 1.16f, game elements have changed, rendering much of what I planned to write here obsolete. As such, anything learned here that holds true for the new patch will be reported in future updates.
A chronicle of this game will not be written, nor will the game be completed. With the patch changes, I believe they are significant enough to warrant starting over from scratch, so I retired this game at 800 AD, in sixth place in the score, with about 750 points. I had an isolated start position while all other civs were on large continents. It was an interesting situation to say the least, but new adventures await.
Also never to be completed, my fifth game (also with a green civ, ironically: The Lost Green Guys) will not be completed. I retired it in the early industrial age, as one of three emergent great powers, who had each swallowed the homeland of one other civ. The Persians are an interesting game, and I will play them again, perhaps soon.
Civilization: Persians
Difficulty: Emperor
World Size: Standard
Opponents: Seven
Climate: Normal
Rainfall: Normal
Mountains: Normal
Land Mass: Small
Land Shape: Archipelago
Barbarians: Restless
Version: 1.07f
My third game was Japanese on Huge, Harsh, Monarch. My fourth was French on Pangaea, Emperor. In those two games, both played to completion, I mastered a level of solid competency in regard to the prepatch version, finding many imbalances to exploit to one degree or another. So in this fifth game, I played a squeeze setup, and it was some rough going. I did come out ahead, but the English had a total domination in score, swallowing the Germans quickly and taking complete control of the only sizeable continent in the whole game. My land was fairly large, but had two other civs on it and was spread all over like a spider with many legs.
I got the Sistine Chapel for the first time ever. That time period, in all my previous games, has been dominated by the AI's. I would not catch them until a bit later. This time I had the tech LEAD at that point and got not only the Sistine Chapel, but also Bach's cathedral! I was doing rather well, but the game is done now.

I got about 1100ish score off this retirement. Not too bad. My sixth game, fourth complete game, and final prepatch game, would be on the Apolyton Tournament, Game Two, with the English. A complete report on that is forthcoming soon. For more about my thoughts on the patch, I refer to you to the Epistles section, where the editorial scrolls are kept. There would be things to write about these two "lost" games, but whatever remains of value through the new patch will work its way into future reports.

- Sirian

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