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