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Part 8: The Magic Eight Ball of History

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    This is /u/sigmapolis bring you Part “Great Eight” of the Battle Royale! I have probably been the largest Lurker on /r/civ and /r/…

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    Take a moment to soak in this lovely map made by SylonL showing the state of the world as it was at the end of the last installmen…

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    Now for a a graphic showing the Top 10 Rankings from the end of the last instalment, meticulously compiled by a group of experts!…

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    The calm before the continuation of the storm on the Asia minor front, where Sparta has secured for itself a nice dowry of Constan…

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    Rome grabs Furchal, though the Portuguese fleet sailing throughout the Med threatens to have it back in their safe, colonial bosom…

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    Persia crosses its gulf to make an assault on the Arabs. This is an interesting strategic decision for Darius, though, to be fair,…

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    The Indian subcontinent is the new South America in this update, so drink it in while you can here. To be fair, not much is going…

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    Opening stages of these series of wars. If you thought the Anatolia hot potato game was intense, just wait until Africa gets in on…

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    Southeastern Africa is peaceful now. Strangely, unlike the first iteration of this Battle Royale, the Boers and the Zulu are playi…

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    Opening stages of the war, where the Huns and Timurids look to do a classic envelopment maneuver on their drab, boring, neutral, g…

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    You know, the Cham really do have a nice color set. I would have thought Purple-and-Purple would have looked awful, but it comes o…

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    War breaks out in North America, but it is relatively minor in nature as the Sioux (no borders) and Iceland (only via the sea) dec…

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    The Union is going to be a tasty target for whoever decides to strike first—the Buccaneers have some sea assets to move, Texas is…

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    Tibet likes Vietnam’s green, but thinks it really should be for textual colors rather than backgrounds. Shanghai, a huge bonus to…

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    Damage level… rising… Vietnam could do some great things if it can consolidate its empire. Nhang Hong, for instance, is in a great…

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    Remember how Mao had a pair of cities in the middle of nowhere Siberia? I did not either. Sure, they are great for sending people…

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    Stalin packs on the cities by settling to the Arctic Ocean. Sure, they are not going to have quite the benefit somebody like the I…

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    Take a good look at the size of these armies now. This is going to be quite the war of attrition going forward, having looked thro…

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    Saladin and Hannibal call it off, realizing they are all bros and no need to fight over Olympia. Not like there was much going on…

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    The Khanate of Sibir had managed to carve itself a nice empire in Central Asia (not unlike the one it had in reality and, hey, Chi…

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    This is the situation in Asia Minor after the end of the wars. Saladin, aggressive for a while now, calls off the dogs from Jerus…

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    PERSIA! Out of nowhere! Snipes Baghdad from the Arabs! I would say this is a War of Christmas with the color schemes, and Persia’s…

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    This war thing is getting out of hand. Seriously. I filled up two pages of notebook paper drawing Old World and New World maps wit…

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    Hey, Paul Kruger, what did Leonidas’ sculpted, oiled, perfected abs ever do to you? Two wars going on here: Vietnam and Tibet then…

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    Aha, now the Magic Eight Ball of History is rolling. Nzinga shakes it, “Shall I capture and keep Atebubu?” “Don’t count it it.” Os…

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    The Portuguese scouts signed up to explore the world on the high seas. This stuck in the desert stuff is BULLSHIT. Neither side se…

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    I know this is not the first pikeman that we have seen, but I think it is the first one in an actual combat situation (or, at leas…

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    The Maori are sort of… there. I would say that fleet is scary, but then I compare it to the Australian one “just down the road” an…

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    “Why do the Mongols have a region of their empire on the island of New Guinea?” Oh, yeah, that’s right. Oops. My bad people. For s…

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    I think the War of Asia Minor is going to have several further chapters. Sparta is at war with Germany but has little angle to att…

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    So far, our game has had four major points of military contention with multiple combatants, huge armies, and cities changing hands…

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    AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE! OI! OI! OI! The Kimberly and Australians are an interesting juxtaposition of each other. Australia has the s…

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    Evidently this conversation just took place in Hanoi with their Magic Eight Ball of History: “Should we declare war on China?” “No…

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    China looks screwed. Guangzhou should fall to Korea quickly; their offensive towards Tabriz is only going to leave their one (1!)…

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    We have a Gavar down! We have a Gavar down! Leningrad (and the USSR as a whole) is back from the grave with an astute snipe of Gav…

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    Surgut! We have a Surgut down! Attila takes his second city of the game and, of course, proceeds to torch it. He has a settler nea…

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    As my father used to say, “Afghanistan is dug into those mountains tighter than an Alabama tick at feeding time for the chickens.”…

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    Stalin sits in front of the politburo, a black sphere located in the center of the table. Only Stalin stands, but all eyes are on…

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    Oh, wow. Nine declarations of war in one turn? Ladies and gentlemen, the Great War of 2100BC has begun. Most of these are not goin…

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    England is doing a nice turtle job with its large navy and cities, but I have to imagine they end up the cream in the Oreo amid Fr…

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    Sparta has a small window on Germany, but maybe not enough to make a strong push on Munich. The Spartans seem to think it is time…

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    Hitler stands outside Berlin, in his lederhosen though no shirt, waving two heavy broadswords in the sky, challenging all comers.…

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    Australia is making short work of its first city conquest. The Filipino fleet is nowhere in the defense of Pangasinan. The Austral…

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    CAPITAL SNIPE HYPE! Kumasi is in the red from a combined Mali-Morocco fleet banging on its doors. The wars are heading south fast…

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    The Boers puppet Bair Dar into their empire and the Arabs make peace with Israel without any significant gains (no Jericho, no Gaz…

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    To the west, the Boer’s general staff is running an enviable multi-front war in weakening Mpinda down to the red. With only a cata…

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    Looks like a year of peace, where the heat finally leaves Berlin (as the Polish peace out, swearing to return later) and the Sibir…

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    Timur, the last great conqueror of the east, the sacker of a thousand cities, the Attila’s Attila, looked forth at his campaign ag…

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    We have peace in our time again in Europe. There are several potential fuses, however: Sparta masses against Poland, Byzantium eye…

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    Magic eight ball says, “Somebody declare war up here already. I WANT BLOOD ON THE ICE!” Most reviewers long held that Norway had a…

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    A Filipino spearman decides to scare the hell out of some Australian tourists in Geelong by strapping shark fins to their back and…

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    Pangasinan learns that “this is a knife!” as the Australians move into town. The Australian fleet had enough of an easy time with…

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    We have another capital down as Ashanti loses its centerpiece city to Morocco. They might have some trouble holding it, though, as…

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    Finally, a good look at this mystical land called South America, and my oh my, we do have a pressure cooker here. It seems the thr…

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    Where in the world would Lincoln want to go with that settler? Do not tell me he is going to try to conquer some things and resett…

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    Iceland wants to keep settling. Sure, go for it, bro. Some lovely islands between the Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean have zero perm…

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    Tutu has his capital back… well, what is left of it… not much of a capitol… the government moves to the local rec center for awhil…

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    Napoleon and Leonidas decide they are best bros and decide to high-five each other somewhere around Ravenna. Seeing that Caesar ob…

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    Somewhere in Asia, there is a land of mist. A land often spoken about over campfires, feasts, and amongst scholars and intellectua…

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    As Rick Perry tells us, everybody is moving to Texas! North America is crawling with people, as is Australia.

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    Good news: everybody is in the seven-figures now, so nobody has fewer than 999,999 friends of their nation out there! Whoo! Bad ne…

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    Australia has the same question I do: what happens when you settle more cities than is on your list. Is it like Civ3 where you hav…

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    Some well-regarded civilizations in here—Norway, for its large army, the Mughals for their population bonuses, England for their t…

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    A reminder on the Australian UA… Boundless Plains to Share: Settlers found Puppeted cities that generate +1 Tourism. +1 Tourism fo…

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    I should have noted earlier that Vietnam is slowly dividing into portions of Akatt-u, Shinto, and Buddhism. The Trung Sisters migh…

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    Catholicism looks ready to dominate the New World before caravels make constant contact across the oceans a thing (the Icelanders,…