Bertrand II: 1072-1093
Count no man happy until he is dead. If that is the case, my child Garcia is now happier than I have ever been, after only six months of life. I am unsure if the infants of Purgatory are Catholic doctrine yet, but if they are, I wish him a swift passage through the darkness and to the throne of glory. Amen.
Bertrand II – 1066-1071
Immediately I am already disappointed with my prospects. Nothing about my living situation says “royal” right now. I am married to Mathilde de Provence, a local noblewoman of no account either to me or to anyone else. The truth is, though I love my natural daughter, she was conceived out of wedlock and I married dear Mathilde, the most boring person under heaven, to preserve the honor of us all. Some years later, I am less than thrilled with my decision.
Meet my oh so lovely wife.
[Editors note: this game was organised here]
I am Bertrand of Provence. Properly, I am William Bertrand, count and marquis of Provence. Historians are not sure if my name was William or Bertrand, so they left me with me both. If it was the former, I am the fifth of my name to rule Lower Burgundy, and if it was the latter, I am the first or the second, depending on whether you count my father Fulk Bertrand as a Bertrand or a Fulk. Continue reading
I now have fuel for the coming war. A 2008 bottle of Greek wine.
All very civilised.
However, despite the alcohol, the game is not going well, and a steady stream of enemy ironclads drive down from the north east.
Things look bad.
So, I kickstarted this game way back when, and I now have beta access. I don’t usually bother with betas (prefer saving my times for not only released games, but released games that have had time to receive any essential patches.
But, Planetary Annihilation has planets! Similar to the strategy I’m slowly (so slowly that perhaps stationary is a better word) developing as a hobby. Also, I loved Total Annihilation back in the day, so, I thought I’d give it a shot. The game set up is me v AI on a 2 planet system. I’m not entirely sure if the beta includes any other options, so I’ll role with it.
Time to play some more CiV
The engineers report that they have finished they’re work on the Louvre, and it’s time for the artists to move in. This is welcome news, as the extra culture will help our society develop. And more importantly, there is a lot of prestige to be had in controlling more wonders of the world than the other empires. may the Louvre be the first of many jewels in the Eruch Empire. Currently myself and Luther Griggs are vying for the most wonders, with, err, one apiece.
I see to enjoy playing around with less obvious strategy games: just as the latest expansion for Civilisation V comes out (Brave New World), I decide that I’d like to give Empires of the Smoky Skies a playthrough. This was one of the bundled mods/scenarios in CiV: Gods and Kings and if you haven’t guessed from the title, the theme here is steampunk.
Cryrus Rotheram. No relation to Miley.
I opted to go a random faction, and was given Cyrus Rotheram of the Eruch Empire (special power – speedy airships). I set the map to “Europe” (which should a random, but Europesque playing map) and the difficulty to King.