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In those days, at that time...
[Magazine Edition]
Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Author: Shamah, David
Date: Nov 29, 2002
Start Page: 26
Section: Features
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As mentioned, you can play FreeCiv (using the FreeCiv client) over a network or over the Internet. At game startup, you can load an existing game or sample scenario, or use one of the built-in server addresses to connect to an existing or new game (Internet games can accommodate up to 30 participants). Be aware, though, that you may have to do some "legwork" in order to get into a game (you can send messages to other users using the message dialogue box). If you want to play against the computer, you can run the FreeCiv server and create as many as five "artificial intelligence" opponents. You can also choose a play level (easy, medium or hard). FreeCiv will at first seem like a very calm game. Don't be fooled; the computer will show you no mercy when it decides you are weak enough to attack!

I mentioned that FreeCiv is a free version - distributed under the GNU General Public License - of the commercial Civilization (which costs about $50). FreeCiv was developed out of original code for Unix computers, and it is definitely missing the bells and whistles of its commercial cousin (wizards, 3D, etc). But, as the FreeCiv site states, the lack of "eye candy" makes you concentrate all the more on the game's strategy - which is what you're really playing for, after all. As with many other Unix programs, the documentation and guides are a joint effort by dedicated players; and there is no "company" to complain to if you have a problem (although you can reach all of the developers at the FreeCiv site).

Nevertheless, this is a fun game that will keep you occupied for hours, whether you play against a computer or human beings. And you can put those lousy Hellenists in their place, for once and for all! Download FreeCiv for Windows from ftp://ftp.freeciv.org/freeciv/ packages/ windows/freeciv-1.13.0-win32.zip. All FreeCiv documentation (and FreeCiv Unix versions) can be seen and downloaded at http://www.freeciv.org.

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