[box_light]Our “Tales From” series tells of our adventures in gaming through the perspective of the in-game characters. This is the first of a four-part series on Civilization V following Napoléon. Please check back next Friday for Part 2.[/box_light]


Having entered into lands unknown to myself, I set out to explore my surroundings with only a settler and a unit of warriors. After briefly surveying the area near my point of arrival, I encountered an interesting man who presented himself as “Genghis Khan of Mongolia.” He greeted me on behalf of his people while demanding respect so that I may “live to see another day.” As if my destiny lay in his hands! Bah! But what more could I expect of a man—for lack of a better word—who is not courteous enough to get off his horse to greet another who is on foot?

As I did not wish to proceed in conversation with this tyrant, I proceeded to scan the location. My settler was put to good use in an area near cattle and the ocean. Not too far off are also spices which I soon plan to cover as well. I named this first city “Paris.” As my settler remained in Paris, my unit of warriors continued their scan of the country and met the city-state of Dublin, whom proceeded to gift me 15 gold.

It was shortly after this that two other leaders introduced themselves. Le premier, Consul Augustus Caesar of Rome. He seemed friendly and expressed honor in my presence. The second, Consul Catherine of Russia whose introduction I was not too pleased with. She commented about enjoying “meeting leaders of lesser nations.” Lesser?!? I opted not to express discontent. Perhaps my interpretation of her comment was erroneous.

While these introductions were taking place, Paris produced for me a new unit of warriors, which I also put to use in exploration. Within no time, both units encountered numerous bands of barbarian brutes. I ordered my two units to avoid conflict for the moment as the two were on separate locations, rendering them unable to offer each other any support in battle. However, these brutes were plentiful and engagement was unavoidable. One of the bands decided to attack a unit of my warriors. As I am no coward, I ordered my warriors to fight back. Zut! Unfortunately, this was a battle I did not win. I lost that unit, leaving me with only one to fight, continue exploring, and defend Paris in the event of an attack by these brutes.


At this point in time, I have succeeded in founding my second city, Orléans. It is located just North West of Paris, near gems that I soon plan to mine. Also, my influence over Tyre, a nearby city-state, has become a friend of mine after my men defeated a group of barbarians that were pestering them. I did not plan to get involved but I noticed Tyre possesses silk, which might come in handy in the future.

Just when I thought things were going well and my expansion was running smoothly, a group of barbarian brutes attacked Orléans. The battle seemed easy at first. Despite not having any military units to defend my city, the city itself proved its own strength in fighting the group. However, just as that unit of brutes was almost defeated, two more units came to reinforce the attack. Orléans eventually produced a tyreme, which assisted in the battle against the barbarians. At last they were exterminated. I don’t understand why they kept coming to attack knowing very well they would lose against me. If anything, they only make my units stronger and more experienced, which in fact, I’m thankful for.

Once the commotion was settled, I received a message from Dublin, a city-state located South West of Orléans. They were in distress due to attacks from other barbarians. I figured it couldn’t hurt to assist because I knew I could beat the barbarians, and as a result gain influence in Dublin just as I had over Tyre, which may be useful to me in the future both militarily or resourcefully, as the city-state possesses wine. So, I ordered my tyreme down to Dublin’s shore, where it alone defeated the barbarians. Just as I expected, Dublin was thankful for the protection, however, since they are not easily influenced, we have only reached a level of neutrality with each other. I still plan to improve relations with them to form an alliance as I have noticed that Genghis Khan has been settling almost incessantly and might be foolish enough to initiate trouble.


Since the last entry, things have not been easy. After having met yet another city-state, Kuala Lampur, who has ivory as a resource, both my cities have become a bit difficult. Paris has demanded gold and Orléans is now demanding sugar—neither of which I have access to. I set out to explore in hope of discovering new city-states or rulers who might have these goods. I only found Capetown. This city-state has gold and horses. However, its hostility will make it difficult to turn it into an ally and gain access to its gold. Nonetheless, I must attempt to gain influence. So, I’ve decided to provide a sum of money to the city-state to encourage relations.

The above has not been much of a problem. However, my problems lay in Orléans and Tyre where a new battle against barbarians has begun. This time, the battle is on a greater scale. The barbarians have two units of brutes and a galley fighting on their behalf. On my own, I have the city of Orléans itself, an injured unit of warriors, and a new unit of warriors. Tyre is apparently helpless, as well as a Roman warrior unit that does nothing but endure the attacks the galley and barbarian brutes are launching against it. Je ne comprends pas! It is ridiculous to realize that Caesar is behaving as such a coward, refusing to defend himself!

[box_light]This is the first of a four-part series. Part 2 will be out next Saturday.[/box_light]

About The Author

Daisy Muniz is a reporter based in Los Angeles.

One Response

  1. Corey Philipp

    Civilization has always been such an addictive series, I honestly can’t get enough. It is fun to see the game portrayed through the writings in a journal belonging to the rulers.


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