Civilisation: Succession (Game) Planning

Sidebar: Civilisation or Civilization? I mean… Being in a country that spells via British English, Civilisation is right. But then, this is in reference to a particular game which is called Civilization. So would the latter be more correct? Perhaps… Oh well.

Back on topic — with Paeroka, Tessa, Krikket and myself all highlighting Civilisation as sitting amongst our top five game series; I got to thinking about whether we might have enough interest in setting up a blogger community Civilisation Succession Game.

When I raised it in the Blaugust Discord, it was met with interest by Rakuno as well. So here we are! :D

What on Earth is a ‘Succession Game’?

Civilisation IV — Where I was first introduced to the concept of a Succession Game.

So glad you asked!

It is where you play within a single game save, as a single Civilisation, but as a group — in turns.

So I might start, and have a rule of 10 (or 20, or whatever we decide) turns. I would then put up a post outlining what I did and what happened over the course of my play.

Attached to that post in some way, would be the save game itself.

Then next in line would succeed me, taking over the save game, playing out their turns, and in turn doing their post.

That’s the basic idea — then there are any number of rule variations we might decide to play with. For instance, in some succession games you are not allowed to directly instruct the person following you on what your future plans are. Under such a rule, you might be allowed to write why you did a certain thing in your post, but while carefully constraining yourself to talking about your present why’s. ;)

Any Current Thinking for This Round?

Some, but nothing too much is locked in stone yet!

It’s very likely to be in Civilisation VI — and it seems all interested parties so far have the complete pack (both expansions and the DLC Civilisations).

It’s also very likely we’ll keep it to a pretty low difficulty, if not right on Settler difficulty. I’m actually OK with this, given going to be incredibly rusty and there are a lot of changes with the DLCs that I haven’t explored too deeply yet.

Religious victory might be turned off — unsure if it has been rebalanced since Civ VI’s launch; but it used to be a ridiculously easy win avenue.

No determination on the map type or Civilisation yet either. Although I might suggest the ‘real’ Asia or Europe starting maps, depending on which Civ we have a preference for? I also wouldn’t be completely opposed to going with a Random selection. Hah.

In terms of length of reign; I’m thinking 10 or 20 turns. With a slight lean toward 10 turns, I think. That is a fairly short reign in the early game, I will admit. But when we start getting to the mid- to late-game, with more cities to manage and more units on the map — 10 turns might be about all we want to outline in a post.

Not that every single minute detail needs to be covered, mind you! Just the highlights is perfectly acceptable!

I also wouldn’t expect a particularly arduous schedule to be kept. Perhaps one player / post per week, or there about.

So!

If You’re Interested…

Just drop a comment below if you’re interested in playing.

And if you have any preferences on any of the settings, Civilisation we play, or anything else, discuss!

Even the selection of Civ 6 I wouldn’t say is locked in stone. We have at least one that would prefer Civ 5, but equally we have at least two that would rather Civ 6 thus my current leaning.

This post, very much preliminary though — getting some people together and locking some ideas down.

Also, there is nothing to say this would be our last game of this type. If there is enough interest, heck, we could even do multiple Civilisations in parallel!


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!


Naithin

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.

21 Responses

  1. Rakuno says:

    The only rule I feel really strong about is to not give instructions to the next person ruling. Saying what you were thinking when you made the decisions you did is fine but let the next person do whatever they feel is better. :)

    Everything else I don’t have any particular preference. Although I don’t think a religious victory is that OP anymore. At least not compared to a cultural one. But on the other hand I haven’t tried to go for a religious victory since I did it for the achievement. If everyone wants to have that option disabled I am completely fine with it though, just thought I was going to add my experience with it. :)

    • Naithin says:

      Honestly, I haven’t done religion since… basically the game’s launch. I tried it a few times (even as some Civ’s without any sort of buff to religion) and it just steamrolled every time. It was pretty incredible. xD

      I’m not too fussed either way though.

      And I’m all good with the no instruction for next player rule too.

      • Paeroka says:

        I just really hate religion in CIV VI (that one is something I didn’t mind in V – I really need to give V another try this weekend… :p). So, I always play with this victory disabled as I then won’t have to defend myself against religion. Problem solved. ;) But I wouldn’t mind if others want to have it enabled. I’ll concentrate on other things during my turns then.

        Also, difficulty setting, map setting etc. – no preferences from my side. Anything is fine (well, anything that isn’t a very high difficulty as that would potentially lead to a very short game…).

        I usually only play the female leaders and either with bonuses for ships or culture. But that’s my very personal preference and I’ll be happy to give any civ a try! So, again, no preference.

  2. Magi says:

    I’ve never played any Civ game but I Galactictic Civ 2 and also Civ 3 and I could share my flatmate’s library to play Civ 5 as well if you guys decide to go for that… or I join in in the future when I own Civ 6 or something. We’ll see.

    Overall, I’d be quite happy to join in for Civ and I feel like that might become quite fun! But more than anything else I’m looking forward to reading all of your blog posts :3

    • Naithin says:

      GalCiv series other than a partial match in the name is a completely different thing. Those games are… OK; but I will admit I tended to find them a little soulless.

      In any case, yeah, watch along, see what you reckon and if it’s worth buying in for a future round possibly. I doubt this will be the last. :)

  3. Seems like fun :D I could use some help with things, but I might pick it up in the posts. I’m okay with any rules because I have no idea what I’m doing anyway xD

    • Naithin says:

      Tis no problem!

      You mentioned in chat too, that you have the base game for VI but no the DLC. I think that will be OK, but we’ll need to be careful we don’t select a Civ not included in the base game package.

      So I’m open to suggestions that fit the bill there. :)

      • Rakuno says:

        Paeroka said she prefers to play with female rulers which seems a good way to narrow down our choices. So if we limit to those and that are in the base game, it seems our choices are:

        Catherine de Medici (France)
        Cleopatra (Egypt)
        Gorgo (Greece)
        Tomyris (Scythian)
        Victoria (England)

        So we have quite a few options. :)

  4. Bhagpuss says:

    I have nothing to say about Civilazation but plenty about your sidebar. The difference between English and American spellings (and vocabulary and pronunciation) is a particular interest of mine.

    Over the years I’ve trained myself to use mostly American spellings, paricularly in words that use “o” instead of “ou” like armor and “z” instead of “s” like civilization. I did it because the majority of my reading since I was a child has been American English and also because when I started playing online games I liked to anonymize as much as possible. Using non-American spellings on American servers gives away information. When I started blogging I decided quite consciously from the start to use mostly American spellings because my original intention was to remain fairly invisible. That didn’t last long but I prefer American spellings from an aesthetic point of view as well so even while I’m talking on the blog about British things I still use American spellings.

    I’m at the point now where British English spellings actually look wrong to me. Civilisation with an “s” looks so wrong I had to go look it up to see if it was even a real English spelling. I have to use British spellings at work and it realy irritates me.

    The ironic thing is, American spelling, vocabulary and pronunciation are frequently more authentic than the British, as this BBC article explains https://www.historyextra.com/period/tudor/differences-american-british-english-history-which-more-correct-candy-diapers-autumn-fall/ . Even more pointedly, a lot of the spellings touted as “British” by bigots in this country are in fact Norman French, imported by the conquering race and taken up in lick-spittle fashion by would-be lackeys of the new gallic overlords. That’s where all those “ou”s come from.

    • Naithin says:

      Thanks for sharing the article Bhagpuss! Was a mix of things I had known (but much of it since forgotten) and new information.

      On my part, there is no assumption superiority in the British spelling — simply what I’m used to and absent a drive to blend it in. Besides; I think should I attempt it, no doubt any number of British spellings would slip through here and there and I’d simply look inconsistent and nutty instead. ;)

      In terms of referencing a title of a game though, I gave it more thought than perhaps my sidebar might suggest. I do think it would have been more correct in the context of a title to use ‘z’, but then the back and forth between spellings depending on the specific usage… >.<

  5. Chestnut says:

    This sounds like fun! I wish I were into any of the Civ games at all. Regardless, I’m looking forward to reading all about it! :)

    • Naithin says:

      Should be a good bit of fun! :D

      Hopefully fun enough looking to draw in some other people for any future rounds! nudge nudge ;)

      • Chestnut says:

        Oh goodness. Civ is not a game that’s for me. I’ve tried it before, and it’s not my cup of tea. But I’m happy to watch others play it, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy the write-ups! :)

  6. Unwiseowl says:

    I’d be keen to join . I have Civ 5 and 6. I prefer six just to be contrary, but either would be good. I don’t think I’ve ever won a game above Prince difficulty.

    • Naithin says:

      You are more than welcome to join!

      Thanks for letting me know you commented too — it had gone to the spam folder for some reason, saved it from there now, so hopefully you’re OK for future comments!!

      I’ll update the next post to include you. :D

  7. Charles says:

    What a brilliant idea. Have recently got back into the Civilisation kick. 5 get more solid an experience but 6 added a lot of new concepts that made it different to play.

    • Naithin says:

      I’m curious what you reckon makes V the more solid experience, post VI’s expansions?

      It seems to be a fairly common view though, that V is better than VI; but I wonder whether that is still true. Because certainly when V launched it was… Not good. It came out with less than IV vanilla had, although most of it (and them some) was added back as the expansions rolled out.

      It also occurs to me too, that if Firaxis’ pattern holds, we should hear about a Civ VII before too long! :D

  8. Kanter says:

    As I just mentioned on Discord, I’m interested in joining as well! One of my favorite games I just haven’t had time to play it recently. I had fun playing V some with my daughter but I don’t think we finished a game.

    • Naithin says:

      Nice Kanter, glad to have you onboard!

      Added you to the player list in the ‘Setting the Rules’ post (linked on this comment).

      I’ll be playing through my turns later today and posting for tomorrow’s post, passing the save on to Rakuno for his turn. :)

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