Civ 111 &  IV

Once upon a time…

A small reminder of fragility of the mind and how to distract it. Or Justifying a Purchase… [Trying to see whether family  related, winemaking, sickness or health. Health of mind?]

About twenty years ago, I had been overseas for a while with an international oilfield services company, and was back home in Oz to show the other guys in the company [in the “Colony”] the wonderful attributes that PCs had for field operations, and to make sure the clients were happy with the progress/evolution we had going. The company had brought in PCs to the workplace in the late 80’s, an advance on VAX machines and 8 inch floppies, ‘to be sure, to be sure’. I thought they were great, with the ability to transmit* raw data in real time back to clients from remote locations… and was thinking that with all the drilling data available with the geology attached, what a goldfield to mine down the track… 

A whippersnapper, fresh outta uni, had just joined the mudlogging crew I was in charge of on a MODU off Western Australia. 

Young ‘AJ’ brought enthusiasim and gusto for life [that only young and new loggers lose quickly enough] along with some games for the new style computers. We also had another senior engineer on the crew, my second and another logger, a four man crew as it were.

And so games [shock and horror] had snuck into the unit, like Golf, Railroad Tycoon and Civilisation by S.Meiers. I liked RR a lot. I thought the games were fun, and as other oilfield service company hands also had some ‘demos’ on their machines, I allowed it on ours. My offsider was never ever going to sit there and play games on the machines on the off times, Never. Then AJ showed him how if you were good enough at the strategies in Civilisation, you could Nuke Your Enemies… THAT got him interested! And Hooked. Every day! Like me…


Some time later, I had to bring home a work PC for a while to do with remote supervision and client liaisons, but really, there was more late night game playing… For a short while anyway, the company wanted the PC back for another job. Bugger. By 1996, I was still without a home PC. But… At a large electrical establishment with a personal computer department, I saw a CD with RR and Civ and two other games on it… And got it! A few years later, I scrounged up enough courage and told Tarn that I needed a home PC to go with the fax machine. To help with remote crew supervision and all that. On top of the windsurfing interests… Just two grand or so… And so the game CD was finally unwrapped.

Which brings me back to…

About Christmas time I found some game DVDs of ‘Rome’ and Civ 3 &4 at a local games shop down the street, pretty cheap too, and so the other month, I got them. I had got tired of only playing Rail Road Tycoon Deluxe after all these years and wanted an alternate for those days when you needed an alternative for wasting filling in several hours while doing the weekend housework… I trialed ‘Rome’. Not that good. And then installed Civ4. Ah, yes, Civ2 and 3 were improvements of Civ 1, but I do like Civ 4. So far, wasted a fair bit of time trying to be Sole Ruler, but finding that skills have not improved. Lots of diplomatic stuff, not aggressive enough. Yet…


* With the PCs and modems we had started to use satellites to relay information back to clients, almost real time without having to watch several sheets of paper being faxed instead, or despatching blueline-copies and floppy disks via chopper once a week. Until a client back charged us for several hours worth of satellite phone time where we had attempted transmitting data earlier in the year at twenty dollars a minute… Obviously what we had wrong was fixed.

*MODU mobile offshore drilling unit, a semisub or jackup or drillship


This is a Not Mudlogging

About tone

Widowed exRigPigGeo 50yr old dad of 4 'teens', is doin' job raisin' kids, misses a lot of things. Family (close and extended) and Friends - an important part in our of life. Likes gadgets, speedsailing, reading (SF), geology/archeology, maps. Coffee monster- burnt out one espresso maker too many. Have to have plenty spare "moccona" in cupboard. Things I miss- Tarn. The rig life and income. A lot of sailing. Tarn. gonna try to break 35 knots speedsurfing- or 70knh
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