So I may have just completely lost interest in another micro-managing strategy game. Not because I can’t figure out what’s going on, but because I find myself again in a situation where I am totally kicking ass, but the damn game throws out a “no,no, no, we can’t let it be that easy, so we’re going to do something totally incomprehensible just to make it next to impossible to win that way” bug.
The first time this happened to me was Master of Orion III. If you actually played it, I’m, impressed. It was a really complicated game. But that’s not what bothered me. In one play, I was powerful enough to take on the Orions in their home system (which, in this play, had multiple planets, each with a colony). Wipe out the Orion space fleet, wipe out colony #1, send in some colonists, and presto, I now have a colony in the Orions’ home system. I’m one BAMF, right? The way the game played, if the Orions could produce just one little tiny ship each round, they could send that ship at my fleet (of well over 100 vessels) and keep those 100 vessels tied up protecting my new colony! That meant that one little ship could out maneuver over 100 faster, more powerful ships and maintain the initiative in that sector.
After trying every thing I could think of, I just gave up. I quit playing the game and haven’t looked back.
Now, Civ IV seems to be doing something similar. When a leader “refuses to talk to you”, you can’t declare war on them. There’s just no option for it. So, in the current play, I have a large (but time-limited) advantage over another civilization. Play has been going on for at least 25 turns of not being able to declare war. I now have lost a good chunk of my advantage. This simply does not make sense. If two nations aren’t getting along, one would assume that war is imminent, not impossible.
Gah! I can’t muster the venom needed for a pit thread. (And who would read a pit thread about computer games, anyway?) BUt I think I may be officially done with Civ.
Please, someone tell me I’m wrong. Is there a way to declare war on another civ without talking to them?