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Epic Five: Covenant of the Sea

So, hi again everybody!

I haven't been an active player of Civ 4, but I have read quite a lot about the game. I've lurked at the Realms Beyond forums all along, and often at Civfanatics as well. Back around 2004, I was in on the Civ 4 playtesters group with Sirian, but I was just completely burned out from Civ 3 at that time and only ever played one game, barely up to AD times. But with that and the lurking, most of the major gameplay changes in Civ 4 don't come as great news to me.

A couple weeks ago, I picked Adventure Six to play as my first real Civ 4 game. It was exactly what I was looking for in an intro game - Noble difficulty (the "fairest"), small map, with a normal unconstrained game scenario. It took a bit of time but not too much trouble to take a clear tech lead by the Industrial era. I left off there, but might return to finish it and write a full report.

Well, on with this one. I hestitated at first after seeing the difficulty setting was way up on Emperor, three levels ahead of my intro game. But there wasn't any other current or scheduled Epic or Adventure that really grabbed me, so I went for it. (Always War as my second game, no thanks. Stagnation wasn't what I'm looking for presently either, though I may play that one next.)

This is the story of my game of Civilization IV Epic Five from Realms Beyond Civilization. The scenario setup is a tiny pangaea where we may never research either Fishing or Steam Power, playing as the Aztecs.

The Report! Oh, it's been a long time since I last typed that...