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March 7th, 2006
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Ugh, today's oatmeal was just this side of bread. Adding a little water turned it into something just this side of glue. Glad this isn't normal.


Two nights in a row I have done something most unusual. I have plopped myself down in front of the TV for several HOURS. See, I pulled out my knitting and turned the TV to TNT for the Law and Order marathons they do. I can't say I watch per se, but I do listen and look up often enough that my knitting is a bit slower than if I were, say, on the van. But the knitting is getting done. I may just finish this sweater yet.

Got Civ IV at my son's request. I think I have it running okay on his computer, but he can HAVE it. Ugh.

Me, I am waiting most impatiently (gosh darn it. I was trying not to get excited about this. Really I was.) for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. And to think, if it weren't for Pat pushing me to play the first game (Arena) lo! these many years ago, I likely wouldn't even know about it.

Man! You know, I STILL occasionally get at twinge to play Daggerfall again? But I can't, since it really needs Win 95. I understand game mechanics so much better than I did when that came out, I wonder how much better I would do at it, sometimes. But I haven't a clue how to set up an emulator and haven't done much to turn my oldest (currently unused) machine into a Win 95 box.

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From:stormknight
Date:March 7th, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
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Got Civ IV at my son's request.

Good for you! The kid'll love it.

I think I have it running okay on his computer, but he can HAVE it. Ugh

Any specific complaints, or are you just taking a reactionary approach to something new?
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From:solan_t
Date:March 7th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC)
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It reacts slowly, and there's WAY too many options to choose from (be it technology, land upgrade or unit/building). Ugh. And more enemies (wild animals roaming the country side?!). And did I mention 'slow'? SOME of this may just be Thomas' computer, but.....


The tutorial said there would be white circles around the land in city view indicating which places were being used, but I don't see any such thing (only the icons being a bit bigger). Is this just Thomas' computer? Or are there, in face, no circles in the city view? I don't much like the fact that there's no close button in the city view, either. It's all sorts of little things that annoyed me, really.
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From:stormknight
Date:March 7th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
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Slowness is actually not much different than Civ3's Endgame. It's actually an improvement, since in Civ3, the AI Civs would spend up to a full two minutes (If in a game larger than 6 civs) doing maintenance on their 8 billion cities, then move their individual armies.

There are circles in the city view. That works just fine on my own PC.

There's a close button. The ESC key works fine for it as well.

As for Wild Animals? They are not that much of a hassle when compared to the 10-Deep stack of barbarians you can find in Civ3. (Animals never exist in more than two sets in an area) and only exist for the first age of the game. (Which can be bypassed in the Game Setup.)
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From:solan_t
Date:March 7th, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC)
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Ah, well, see, when I play Civ III, I always make the barbarians 'sedentary'. Thus, no marauding armies of them.


Now, where is this 'close' button in the city view screen? (and is the 'always ask to end the turn' a thing with the tutorial, or the default with the game?)
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From:stormknight
Date:March 7th, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC)
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Ah, well, see, when I play Civ III, I always make the barbarians 'sedentary'. Thus, no marauding armies of them.

WUSS!!!! (Actually, I did the same thing. Barbarians were too much of an annoyance to be of any use)

"Always Ask to End Turn" is a default setting that can be changed.

Close button... frak, I haven't played in a number of months (I hit a wall with my own enjoyment of Civ). I'd have to look again.
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From:electron_pusher
Date:March 7th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
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Emulator:
What kind of machine (the highest power one you have) do you want to run it on ?

Is the game one that requires lots of horsepower or is it fairly static ?

I ask, because I am running XP under emulation and it's easy as friggin pie (seriously, it just worked, unlike every other friggin thing in Linux).

VMware runs on Windoze and Linux and will let you run a virtual machine. You can run VMware Player for free (though someone will have to build you a Win95 image, I think I can do that for you).

One the player is installed, you simply run the win95 image and voila, you have win95. You can play anything you want in it too.

I THINK I can make you a win95 image.

If you have a P2 or the game needs a ton of horsepower it might not be good, but most win95 games should run fine on a reasonably modern computer in emulation.

http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

IT guy thinks I should be able to make you a Win95 image to play in the player.

Feel free to email me if interested ...
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From:solan_t
Date:March 7th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
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As I recall it, it was pretty graphics heavy. I will need to refer to the box to determine exactly what the specs were at the time.


I think I would prefer to just make my oldest computer into whatever was needed to play, if I do anything at all. The FAQ about running Daggerfall on an emulator wasn't very hopeful and I am just not savvy or patient enough to fiddle with it. Truth be told, the idea scares me. I don't much like the thought of complicating my new computer even more than it is. I have enough crud running in the background that I don't know a thing about, nor if I can kill it... or even HOW to kill it.
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From:electron_pusher
Date:March 7th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
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OK, offer made :)

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