Civilization Three

So… A while back, I told Teisha that I’d show her Civ3. Now, after two straight nights of 5 hour binge-sessions, I feel justified in my assessment that she’d like it. Which is great, since I love that game!

Civ3 to me has always been a marriage of beautiful traits. One, it’s sweeping in scope. The sheer number of possible units, terrains, governments, Technologies, Improvements, and Wonders is exhaustive– there’s always something new to see, do, or make. It’s also got a good game-play balance: You’re very rarely rushed, but it can get tense and exciting during battles. You can (as I am wont to do) use city governors and swarms of automated Workers to reduce micromanagement to basically non-existant, or you can control every single action by every unit and city– that’s an incredible design feature that really widens the ability of people with different styles and tastes to play together.

If you’ve never seen Civ3, I urge you to check it out.

Also– If you’re interested in a Civ3 Play the World Play by E-mail (PbE) game, respond here and I may try to get one going. Sure, the early turns will be annoyingly slow… but once it got going, just picture it: A huge map with mostly human players. *drools*

5 Responses to “Civilization Three”

I’m up for it.

Owen - January 13th, 2006 at 12:56 pm

Probably goes without saying, but I’m up for it! (Even though I’ve just played two games and you veterans would probably kick my butt.)

Teisha - January 14th, 2006 at 11:18 am


Off-topic, but I just saw your topic at

I can see you fixed that behavior on this comment pop-up. Could you tell me how it was done?

Thanks a lot,

Cristiano Canguçu - January 16th, 2006 at 5:22 am

Hey Cristiano- It’s okay, the WordPress support topic on my blog has gotten kind of buried.

I use a customization of the function the_content_pop which uses javascript to open the permalink in a new window… the permalink contains the entire post, of course.

This blog is WordPress 1.5 right now (I haven’t confirmed that this works in WordPress 2.0 yet– doing that upgrade soon), and it 1.5, if you have a plugin which contains an identically named function as a core wordpress one, the plugin takes precedence. So I copied the the_content_pop from the wordpress files into a plugin, then modified it. If you’re interested, I can spell it out more step by step to you. I’d prefer to do that over e-mail, if you want. My e-mail is

Paradoxdruid - January 16th, 2006 at 8:01 am

[…] Lately, I’ve also liked a lot too.  Yes, there can be a lot of fighting involved in this game too, but it’s more optional, and I am more interested in the expansion and research aspects of the game.  Andrew also introduced me to but it, unfortunately, has a lot of glitches — I always get the feeling that it was finished too quickly to work out all the technical problems.  But, those aside, it does make for an interesting single-player-vs.-computer game.  And, well, I guess that’s about it for me with new games recently.  Long ago, I loved FFVII and FFIX, but then the series became online and I lost interest.  Are there any other oldies but goodies out there that people recommend, that, unlike online universe games, don’t suck you in for all the spare time you’ve got?  (Ok, non-online ones can do this too, but are probably not as likely too.)  Or, just fun, shorter games in general? March 14th, 2006 | teisha | […]

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