Well it had to happen. After a busy week last week of buying presents, getting the food in etc (the ring pictured earning me much brownie points from Mrs P) followed by the dash to see friends and relations over the Christmas holidays, I hit yesterday faced with nothing to do.
I watched some cricket (aren’t England doing well?), flipped through the paper, made innumerable cups of tea, had a crack at the crossword, but basically I was just mentally twiddling my thumbs. I needed ‘something to do.’ So I risked the hordes of shoppers to go and get myself a game for the PC.
Now I’m not a big game player. I enjoy them, but they do tend to be too time-consuming. To be honest, I had no ideas as to which game I was going to buy. The main criteria were that it had to be a game that required thought rather than dexterity with the controls and it had to be one that my ancient PC could cope with.
In the end I opted for Civilization III and it kept me occupied for most of the day, at least until the footie came on at eight o’clock. I played the original game years ago and the subsequent Civilization II and Call to Power, so it was like meeting an old friend your haven’t seen for ages.
The only trouble with these packaged games is that they come without a manual. There’s an assumption that you know what to do. I’ve been struggling to work out how to stack units for multiple attacks. I was sure you could do that in Civ II, or maybe it was just a CCtP concept.
I’ve even dug my Civ II manual from out of the cellar to see if that would give me a clue, but no joy. So if anyone knows the answer, please let me know. Meanwhile, it’s back to empire building.