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We Come In Peace: Shoot To Kill

It's been a long time since I dusted off my copy of Galactic Civilizations II, but reading this Tom Francis diary (<3 PC Gamer UK - if it weren't so ridiculously expensive to get it here I'd subscribe) and his brave fight against an addiction to sun-destroying is really tempting me to boot it up and see what's been changed with the final release of the Twilight expansion (months ago) and the 2.0 update (a couple of weeks ago). Nathan, have you gotten a crack at it lately?

Evidence suggests that the new Terror Stars might be the tiniest bit too useful, however funny the situations it leads to:

God, look at me. This was supposed to be my quest for peace, and I've become addicted to destroying suns.

It's my answer to everything. How did I try to mend relations with the Terrans? I destroyed a sun. How did I vanquish the Dread Lords? I destroyed their sun. How did I tackle the volatile Drengin? Destroyed all their suns. Drath relations dodgy? Gear up to destroy some suns.

It was spreading to real life, too. Deputy Editor Tim called just now to ask how this diary was coming along, and all I could say was "It's taking a while. Couldn't we just destroy the sun?"

My one nod to diplomacy, researching the Greater Tolerance technology, was really just a ploy to keep people buttered up long enough that I could build sun-destroyers outside all their suns - and then destroy all their suns.

Mercifully, I was distracted from my mid-war ethics crisis by a problem I couldn't solve by destroying suns.

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rumor_esq
Oct. 18th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
That's pretty hilarious. :D

PC Gamer UK has always been the best in the biz.
jagash
Oct. 19th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
Wait, there is a problem which cannot be solved by solar destruction?
rumor_esq
Oct. 19th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
Extinguishing the Rebel Alliance, as history demonstrates.
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