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Friday was mostly a Civ day - I started a game at lunchtime and eventually won it that evening :) Just a time victory, which I'm a little disappointed with as I was 5% of land area away from winning that way ... if I'd either captured Thebes or got a Great Artist to push out the borders of Memphis before the time ran out I'd've got it, I think. I've upped the difficulty level one step now (playing on Warlord) and yesterday I played a few starts (but never very far) ... I'm mostly heading for a cultural victory, I think, but that's pretty hard in this version of Civ. I'd quite like the same sort of start I had on the game I won on Friday - me + two other civs on a continent, then I can conquer them and have my own continent to play in. And get the cities without building settlers ;) Playing as the Mongols this time - Kublai Khan is Aggressive/Creative, so I get the boost on war units to conquer people and a boost on culture too.

Didn't play Civ all of yesterday though - I also played some Quake 4 in the evening, joined J on one of the public servers. I lost, quite a lot, but there were a couple of other people at my level, so I had someone to kill ;) I did do pretty well on one of the maps that was in Quake3, though.

Not all computer games either - yesterday morning started with a dentist visit. I had a filling done (which actually I think replaces one that I had a while ago, I think it must've fallen out - it's a small enough hole that it doesn't actually hurt except when the dentist pokes it so I wouldn't've noticed the loss of filling). We went and looked around the shops afterwards - and picked up a copy of Settlers of Catan :)

And in other non-computer game stuff there were also the ubiquitous icon contests :)



I missed the deadline for travel_icontest which was a shame as I prefered those icons to the one I'd done for icon_vibes, so I slapped some text on them and put them in the icon_vibes contest, where they're currently bombing. Totally.

3 contests have closed voting. Firstly the two where I didn't place were iconartistic and blendage (winners here and here respectively). The iconartistic one had several scenic posters to choose from to make the icon, I entered this:

falling icon

In retrospect the text could've done with more work. The blendage contest was to make a banner for the community layout using just brushes on a gradient/solid colour background. Not the sort of thing I'm at all good at, but this is my entry:

blendage banner

I did well in the blending_star competition though (winners here) - there were only 3 of us entered anything, so I kind of had to place in the blend competition, but I didn't come last :) And out of the 9 icons the three of us entered, 2 of mine placed, one as joint second and one as third (on its own). First, awards:

icon second place banner

icon third place banner

blend second place banner

The third icon I entered was:

icon that didn't place

which I actually think I liked better then the one that got 2nd place. And the blend itself was:

Hilary Duff blend

which is the one where I was talking a while back about how insipid I found the actress's quotes, so the blend is terribly prettypretty, which worked, I think :)
Tags: awards, blends, computer, creative, games, graphics, health, icon contests
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