Anyone on this fine forum a Galactic Civilizations
player? And if so, got any cool stories, memorable triumphs, or awesome failures?
I've been playing vanilla II a lot lately, and I managed to actually stumble into one of the best moves I've managed in a long time.
OK, so here's the scene. I'm at one end of a Gigantic map, playing a homemade empire. The Drengin have had no chance to expand beyond their first few systems and I'm in the middle of culturally subverting them. The Drath are cornered by the Thalans and similarly limited. A random event throws me into war with the Terrans, who are quite a long way away and who are located right next to the Yor. All-out war doesn't suit my playstyle, so I took a look at the relative military strengths and thought "hey, it'd be nice if someone else was doing this for me".
The nice thing about the Yor is that they're so refreshingly open on the subject of being paid to kill other people. One quick transaction, one lightning raid on a starbase, and the Terrans cheerfully accepted an offer of peace. What I wasn't expecting was that this would be the opening shot of the Yor Collective vs Everyone Else, especially when the Korx - the only real friends the Yor had - went down before my cultural subverters.
Over the next few years, the Yor were attacked by the Thalans, the Terrans, the Torians, the Arceans (who they managed to take down), the Altarians, and even the Paulos, a minor
race. At least five times, a race made peace with the Yor, only to declare war the very next turn. Naturally, I had very good relations with the Yor because I was the only one who was not only not trying to kill them, but willing to throw them a fistful of cash whenever they came begging for help. And of course, when they eventually surrendered I was the main beneficiary.
Yes. I managed to produce this much chaos without actually planning anything beyond "hey, I don't want the Terrans to start destroying my stuff".
So. Anyone got a cool story of their own?
"My version of hope has calluses and dirt under its fingernails and isn't above bringing brass knuckles to a fight." - Max, Freefall