Around the World in 80 Turns

Maybe not strictly true within the context of the game. After all, while In our Civilisation VI Blogger Succession Game we do in fact have an exploring ship — we haven’t yet settled anywhere off the mainland. But it may be true in a player sense? We have representation from the US, Europe, and li’l ol’ New Zealand.

In any case, what I mean to say is — the save game has successfully navigated its way through all 8 players and back around to me again! In pretty stunning time, too. The first game post was just a day over a week ago. Essentially an average of one day per player which frankly is quite impressive.

I’m about to break the momentum a little though I think. It might be the case that I can’t fit in my play and post until the weekend, although I’m going to try my hardest to get it done before then. Tonight though I had another commitment to meet — and that was around the promise of setting up a page on which to keep the saga of this succession game and indeed any future succession games that we may choose to do.

I’ve done that at least, and you can find the page in the menu above, or else right here.

Right now, despite the pluralised form — it is indeed only able to talk about our ‘Long Live the Queen!’ series, but my hope is that this will expand out to multiple succession games (possibly across different games entirely!) and might become a top level page under which more detailed pages sit. :)

There has already been talk bandied about on how other games might work, from Crusader Kings through to XCOM.

So at least at this stage, it seems everyone is enjoying the format. There is certainly a risk of becoming overwhelmed running too many in parallel, but as ideas for the future it’s fantastic. I think my simultaneous limit for such games might be two, after that the posting commitments alone could become a little rough and I’d certainly not wish to see anyone burn out on the format as a result of that.


More than happy to hear what you might like to see or even participate in next. :)


And I almost forgot to note…

You guys… You know what I discovered, tonight, after we’d already started the succession game in Civ VI the ‘old’ way? … well… This:

I can say with some fair certainty that this wasn’t a thing at Civ VI’s launch. But somewhere along the way; they’ve built in native capability for playing exactly this sort of game play.

Fantastic work on Firaxis’ part — next time we might even give this method a go. ;)

Update to this last section: Whoops — no. This isn’t for a succession game at all. I was taken in by the reference to passing around a floppy disk and assumed it meant for a singleplayer save. It does not. It is referring to a modernised way of playing what is essentially Play by eMail (PBeM). So in this setup, each player would be in control of their own civ and then have the option to co-operate or compete as they saw fit.

This was a post for Blapril 2020, the annual blogging event (albeit usually as Blaugust), brought forward to help bring a sense of community during the challenging time of COVID-19. Blaugust is an event aiming to welcome new blogger blood into the fold and revitalise those who’ve been at it a little longer.

The Blaugust Discord is still available to join in, year round!


Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.

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