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28 November 2005 @ 08:21 am
 
Another weekend full of computer games - which leaves me with rather little to say about each day. Civ4 was mostly a multiplayer game with marble and a graphxgrrl/gravilim collective ... I think in retrospect we should've set the game speed to 'quick' as the game is taking quite a long time, we've played for something like 12 hours and I reckon there's almost as much game left as there has been. And maybe we have too many civs in the game - playing on a standard map with three teams of three, and it feels cramped. My cities are shoved up the top in a patch of tundra/ice, which makes it somewhat more of a challenge ;) So thoughts for another time are a bigger map and a faster game :)

Quake4 was much as usual - playing free for all deathmatch. J's sorted us all out using the XBattle mod which has a slightly better HUD, tweaks the weapon colours and gives the players bright skins. Makes it a little easier for those of us who aren't as good to pick up on where people are and what the weapons are etc. We were also using some maps that're tweaked for frame rate - you can switch how many light sources you're seeing, so if you turn that down then it runs faster on slower machines, which I found helped quite a bit, too. And some new maps in - just for variety.

Cooking happened, too. Cooked chicken chow mein for Sat dinner, possibly not the best time to try and do something new (after an afternoon at the beer festival (see below) and in the midst of a Civ game). But it turned out well, definitely one to try another time :) And last night was Vegetable Casserole, with sausages as per becs's suggestion. Which stops it being vegetarian, but never mind.

The Dove Street Inn had a beer festival this weekend, so Saturday afternoon we wandered down to sample the beers. I had:

Dark Star Chocolate Stout
Mighty Oak Oscar Wilde Mild
Whitstable Raspberry Wheat (Which I found delightful - and it really did taste of raspberries, I think it would be rather a dangerous drink to have on a night out, you could drink pints and pints.)

J had:

Theakstons Old Peculier
Adnams Old
Springhead Newark Castle Brown

And then we shared:

Adnams Tally Ho! (which is 7.3% and just a tad treacly - it improves as you make your way down the glass, but we were sharing it rather than one of us drink the whole thing)
J W Lees Plum Pudding (mmm, plums)

That was just a mere fraction of what was on offer - there were 66 beers and 4 ciders. We didn't really feel like going out on Sunday though, so didn't go back to try some more.
 
 
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