rehearsal me tired
Mood: tired
Music: Stanford Talisman A Capella - "Baba Yetu"
Posted on 2006-07-17 09:33:00
Tags: dreams music civilization4
Words: 482

So I got back in to Civilization 4 this weekend. My current goal is to win on Warlord (difficulty level 3 of 9). The last game I started like a week ago was going great, I was way ahead in tech (as usual) and had fought off a few skirmishes, when my next door neighbor totally started laying the smackdown on my fair England. He was about to take London when I stopped, and although I tried to load that game to see it through to the bitter end, it seemed to not load for some reason. Although I can't say I tried too hard.

So, new game! I decided to go for a military victory, which I never never do, just for the novelty of it. So I played as Genghis Khan of Mongolia, and started pumping out military units pretty early. When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail, so I "nailed" my next door neighbor America (who totally had it coming even though they didn't do anything to me :-) ). I wiped them out and now have a large part of a continent to myself (I foolishly let two other civs have a few cities in what should be my territory, so I'm trying to take them out culturally...we'll see). The weird part is, despite my pumping out Knights and Longbowmen and Cavalry like nobody's business, I'm still (barely) ahead in tech as well, which means things are looking good! I have the highest score, and France has the next-highest score, which means I'm gearing up for war with them. The problem is that I just got the tech for some good naval units, so I'm getting ready to bombard their cities and land troops on their continent. Anyway, I'm having a blast :-)

Interesting sidenote - both djedi and I love the opening music, and I found some information about it (yay Wikipedia!) - it was performed by a Stanford a capella group (although they're not a capella for this version), and the game stores it in .mp3 format, so I'm gonna add it to my iPod next chance I get. It's also available online, and I'd highly recommend giving it a listen. Might pick up one of their CDs sometime...

So I dreamed I was at Rice, although not back in school there. The US was having a big meeting with North Korea and it took place at Rice (kinda like when Rice hosted the G8 summit). Apparently various Rice student groups were performing for a big audience, I think it was on the academic quad. Anyway, the Phils were there, and they sang a love song while surrounding Kim Jong-il's wife. I thought this was a very very bad idea, but he and his entourage just sat there, not really reacting or anything.

Edit: Wow, we're moving to the fourth best place to live in the country. Neat!


Comment from djedi:

What a weird dream. :) You're cute.

w00t! Glad to see our new city isn't too shabby.

I can never bring myself to do much military stuff in Civ. It's just not my personality

Comment from onefishclappin:

I'm trying to figure out how, with the rehersal schedule, you managed to play a video game :)

I might have to post my dream from last night too, if I can remember it... it was weird.

Comment from gregstoll:

Well, I only had rehearsal Saturday 9-3 and Sunday 7-10, so there's a lot of time in there :-) And I've basically decided to just be tired for the next two weeks or so so I can still have some fun, esp. since our time in Austin is short.

Comment from onefishclappin:

Good for you - Gary & Kris spent all their extra time working on props and stuff. Silly people.

Comment from gregstoll:

Doh, now I feel bad for not helping :-(

Comment from fairydust1:

actually they spent their time planning props and stuff, but not actually building anything because no one was "sure" what the director wanted. In the end, the director wanted less than they had planned to build - which is good for me, because I will have to spend my ONE day off from rehearsals tackling EVERYTHING, including the kids, while Jay builds last minute set pieces.

Comment from onefishclappin:

Gary seemed to indicate that they were a little more behind on having stuff ready for move in next week. A little scary with opening being less than 2 weeks away, right?

Comment from fairydust1:

this is what Ron gets. You can't have the same people be the board, the cast, and the crew on a *3 week condensed schedule*. It doesn't work well AT ALL. We're TERRIBLY short ushers, because the cast is so small there really aren't enough spouses/family members to draw from. We're behind on every deadline, and we're trying to have the biggest show this organization has ever seen. The costumes will be HUGE - we'll see about everything else *wink*.

Comment from djedi:

We can maybe drag in a couple of friends, Andrew and Sarah, to usher some again. Jonathan may be available the second weekend of shows.

Comment from brittongregory:

I found that a good way to avoid getting the smack laid down on you is to convert everyone around you to your religion pretty early on. You'll still get some militaristic-minded neighbors that want to play rough, but then you can get the rest of your spiritual brethren to join forces with you and carve him into little bits.

That's how I won Warlord, anyway. :)

Comment from gregstoll:

Ooh, good idea! My religion strategy is to get Free Religion as soon as possible - then nobody hates you too much, at least because of religion. But I should try the conversion strategy more often - just kind of a pain spreading Missionaries everywhere...

Comment from brittongregory:

A pain, yes, but so worth it. You get money if you started the religion, you get friendliness, and you get a free "spy" in each of their converted cities as long as you have a state-sponsored religion. Invaluable in detecting amassing troops.

Comment from amorphousplasma:

I wonder how a college a capella group gets chosen to do something like that! That's awesome! Cool song, too. They're really good. I think I have some of their other stuff, too.

Comment from wildrice13:

Ooh, Austin was ranked #2 for big cities... :D

Comment from gregstoll:

Hah, Dallas isn't on there at all!

Comment from medryn:

Check this out! Houston is the third skinniest city in America. I wonder if this will cause Men's Health to retract their claim the Houston is the first or second most fat city. I guess we're not sure whether Houston is very skinny or very fat, but it's definitely extreme. :P

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