270: I keep popping Artists and keep on using them to fuel golden ages. I think I’ve been through about 7 at this point.

286: Seen something I hadn’t yet and didn’t expect; France has gone and attacked too many city-states and has pissed them all off, so they’re all at war with France at this point. Interesting. I’ve pledged to protect three of them so I wonder if this won’t drag me into conflict with France…

289: Looks like that’s exactly what’s going to happen, and he’s got a much larger army than I thought, full of musketeers at this point. We’ll see how this one turns out, he’s antagonizing me now that I’m blocking his assault on one of the city states completely, and making the attack on the second one pretty hard. I haven’t declared war yet as I still need to get some more units up to the northern front without leaving me completely open to attack from the south by Greece. I might be in a pickle here.

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295: Armed conflict was indeed unavoidable with France and I declared war a few turns ago. I needed those city-states to keep their independence and continue feeding me some juicy culture bonuses. It was definately a rough fight around Seoul, but it looks like I’ve managed to grind things to a stalemate, mostly due to some bush league cannon placement which allowed me to eat them with my horsemen units. I hope I can negotiate peace soon, as I’m still unsure whether I’m going to have another front opened up in the south now that my army’s considerably softer.

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300: France gave me some bullshit terms for peace. I’ve got the momentum, I think I might be able to wreck a city or two of theirs.

310: France came back with some more…appropriate terms for peace after I continued to dispatch his musketmen.

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333: Nothing much has happened in the last little while. Greece has been left in the dust and I’m pretty sure I could take his entire army with two riflemen at this point. Bismark is humongous…I don’t know if he can be stopped. I can only hope that if he decided to invade my continent that he takes aim at France first; I’ve been trying to keep on his good side as much as possible.

350: What I didn’t realize, as part of this new city-state mechanic, is that when you attack and conquer too many city-states and they all declare war on you, in most cases such declarations are permanent. This seems…a bit broken but ok. It meant the ultimate demise of my friend Seoul. At this point I’d need France to attack me again in order for me to be able to liberate it; something that could be likely.

375: Turns out I don’t have all that much to fear from France, and I’m well within the range needed to put up a good defense against Bismark if he decides to invade.

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381: Bismark has his sights set on France next; just formed a pact of secrecy with him.

426: completed Christo Redentor. This is going to bring my intended cultural victor within closer reach. I’m deep into the game at this point, but don’t suspect I’m behind in research, nor do I really fear being wiped out by Bismark.

429: Manhattan Project complete.

457: Bismark declares war on Alexander. Welp, he can kiss his butt goodbye. I’d better start arming up.

461: Son of a bitch! France declared war!

467: The war is going well enough. It’s a good thing I had upgraded a few of my Infantry units to Mech infantry a few turns prior. The bulk of the fighting has been centered up around Tokyo, so I plunked a Citadel down up there and that seemed to shore things up. I’ve seen no real motion in the war between Germany and Greece, but my only thought there is it’s simply taking Bismark a while to mobilize his army.

476: France practically begs me to end the war. He’s gonna dump a whole ton of resources on me, including a massive amount of Aluminum which I really need.

492: Bismark has gone totally bi-polar on me. And here I thought I was doing a good job keeping him appeased. Maybe it was the atomic weapon I just completed?

500: Shit, the game ended. I guess I was wrong about it not being limited? Oh well, I guess nobody won, sad.

Feeling a bit under the weather so will post some wrap-up thoughts on this game tomorrow, and start my long-anticipated marathon session if I’m not feeling too crappy.