My 2022 Videogame Challenge Experience

This event is new to me, and I'm discovering more about my games and gaming tastes as I go along. So I thought I'd create a third blog just so I'll have a place to reflect in writing.

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Weekly Challenge Update: Civilization?

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"‘Well, at any rate, the Dormouse said—’ the Hatter went on, looking anxiously round to see if he would deny it too: but the Dormouse denied nothing, being fast asleep. ‘After that,’ continued the Hatter, ‘I cut some more bread-and-butter—’"
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Wait a minute--Civilization is not on my 2022 Videogame Challenge list. In fact, I made a point of leaving it off the list and uninstalling any versions of the game I still had up. So what am I doing playing it again?
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Challenge Update: FTL

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"‘Well, at any rate, the Dormouse said—’ the Hatter went on, looking anxiously round to see if he would deny it too: but the Dormouse denied nothing, being fast asleep. ‘After that,’ continued the Hatter, ‘I cut some more bread-and-butter—’"
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More than halfway through the year, and I still have nine more games on my list to play for at least ten hours each. But now that I've spent eleven or twelve hours on FTL: Faster Than Light, that's one fewer game than before.
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Weekly Update: XCOM

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"‘Well, at any rate, the Dormouse said—’ the Hatter went on, looking anxiously round to see if he would deny it too: but the Dormouse denied nothing, being fast asleep. ‘After that,’ continued the Hatter, ‘I cut some more bread-and-butter—’"
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OK, so I've finally resumed progress in the 2022 Videogame Challenge (which this blog is all about).

I'd been learning Endless Space 2 and playing Dominions 5: Warriors of the Faith, but I was pestered by the nagging feeling that I'd better get back to the challenge soon--so I did.
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Search for the Ultimate MoO

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"‘Well, at any rate, the Dormouse said—’ the Hatter went on, looking anxiously round to see if he would deny it too: but the Dormouse denied nothing, being fast asleep. ‘After that,’ continued the Hatter, ‘I cut some more bread-and-butter—’"
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I keep reminding myself that I need to get on with the challenge. That probably means playing another eight hours of XCOM: Enemy Unknown next, followed by the half dozen other games still on my list. But when I sit down to play, my inner child whines, "Aw, do I have to?"
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Another Galaxy

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"‘Well, at any rate, the Dormouse said—’ the Hatter went on, looking anxiously round to see if he would deny it too: but the Dormouse denied nothing, being fast asleep. ‘After that,’ continued the Hatter, ‘I cut some more bread-and-butter—’"
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I've never been a science-fiction fan, but I've been inundated with it all my life anyway. In PC gaming (my main thing), it started with Master of Orion (maybe foreshadowed by Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday). Now, decades later, I'm still exploring space-conquest games.
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Pleasant Detours

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"‘Well, at any rate, the Dormouse said—’ the Hatter went on, looking anxiously round to see if he would deny it too: but the Dormouse denied nothing, being fast asleep. ‘After that,’ continued the Hatter, ‘I cut some more bread-and-butter—’"
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Instead of bullishly forging ahead with the challenge, I'm acting more like the hare in the old fable: I figure I'm far enough ahead in the race that I can afford to take a break, since that tortoise will never catch up with me.
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Sword of the Stars

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OK, I'm in. Last week I was meaning to play Sword of the Stars, but I ended up mostly playing Tales of Maj'Eyal. Now I'm well into SotS and neglecting ToME for lack of time.
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Roguelikes vs 4X Strategy Games

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"‘Well, at any rate, the Dormouse said—’ the Hatter went on, looking anxiously round to see if he would deny it too: but the Dormouse denied nothing, being fast asleep. ‘After that,’ continued the Hatter, ‘I cut some more bread-and-butter—’"
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I'm still about where I left off in my last blog post--committed to Sword of the Stars but mostly playing Tales of Maj'Eyal. And I'm liking ToME so much that lately I'm reluctant to start or continue any 4X or map-conquest game. I wonder why that is.
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The New MOO?

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"‘Well, at any rate, the Dormouse said—’ the Hatter went on, looking anxiously round to see if he would deny it too: but the Dormouse denied nothing, being fast asleep. ‘After that,’ continued the Hatter, ‘I cut some more bread-and-butter—’"
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I've got a nudge to play Sword of the Stars next.
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Time for Another Weekly Update Already?

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"‘Well, at any rate, the Dormouse said—’ the Hatter went on, looking anxiously round to see if he would deny it too: but the Dormouse denied nothing, being fast asleep. ‘After that,’ continued the Hatter, ‘I cut some more bread-and-butter—’"
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My, how time flies. That gets more obvious as one grows older, at least in my experience. The other day I was confused when I saw how light it was when I got up in the morning. Shouldn't it be getting darker by now? I wondered. Then I remembered we're moving into summer, not winter. And I thought, Really? Summer is coming around again already? It's not just seasons, but years and even decades that fly by faster than my mind can keep up.

But in the past week of gaming . . .
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