Learning Advanced Civilization

Advanced Civilization, first time playing. Should only take about 10 hours.

A few weeks ago I got together with some local gaming friends to play Advanced Civilization, an expansion released in 1991 for the base game Civilization which came out in 1980. Even though I've been an active gamer since the late 1970s this was a first play for me.

Heard of the computer game Civilization? It is at least partly based on this core system.

My friend Chris organized multiple sessions at his house and helped get us newbies started with some learning tips:

The existing downloadable rulesets out there have many misprints and look to be an OCR of the printed book. I set out to do some cleanup and produce my own versions, which you can find here: PDF version, epub version. It looks like someone else out in BGG world has a similar idea as I just saw a new typeset version of the rules posted which look quite nice.

So I played in a seven player game that lasted 12-ish hours, hung in there for a while and was perhaps in the top 3 early in the game, but ultimately finished last. I didn't care -- it was a blast.

Next up is a four-player game that should happen this weekend with Jacob, Matthew, and friend Connor. We are going to play the Glory that was Greece four player map and variant. I printed an enhanced version of the map on a 20"x30" photo poster at Costco and it looks nice.

Oh, forgot to mention how I got a copy of the game in the first place. I purchased a used and worn copy of the original Civilization on eBay. To upgrade this to Advanced Civilization I needed new commodity and tech cards, and I found some decent options on the 'geek. I then used ArtsCow to print my custom decks. Total cost (including the Costco map) was about $75.

End of High School Athletics for Jacob

Jacob freshman football Jacob frosh football

Today marks the end of Jacob's high school athletic career as Julie, Matthew and I watched him compete at Putnam HS for the district track meet (he took 6th in javelin). Forgive me if I use a few words here to brag about Jacob's athletic history in high school.

Jacob freshman basketball Jacob frosh basketball

  • Jacob played every season, every year in high school. Football, basketball, and track for four seasons.
  • He was a team captain for each of his senior seasons, plus a track captain for his junior year.

20100401-Sherwood Track vs St Helens-105 Jacob frosh track

  • My data may not be 100% accurate, but I think he lost only one football game during four years of high school. He completed a frosh undefeated season, a JV undefeated season (plus some varsity time during an undefeated state championship season), a junior year that ended with a single loss in the state championship, and an undefeated senior season with a state championship.
  • First team all conference in football, first team all-state tight end his senior year

20121201-SHS vs Marist State Championship-1145 Jacob senior year football

  • After nearly quitting basketball after his sophomore year, he dedicated himself to being a role player with hustle and strong defensive skills. He missed most of his junior season with a broken ankle but returned for his senior year to be a key 6th man on the varsity team.

20121207-SHS Basketball vs Hillsboro-287 Jacob senior year basketball

  • He focused on just javelin for his senior year and improved his PR to over 160' which should be competitive enough for him to throw at Carnegie Mellon next season (should he decide to do so)

20130427-Jacob javelin-54-Edit Jacob senior year track