This week's Cracked LCD may appear to be a "Games from the Crypt" entry featuring CIVILIZATION but it is really my raptuorous adulation to one of the few real masterpieces that our hobby has produced- it, along with DUNE and SETTLERS are the Holy Trinity of Game Design as far as I'm concerned.
I had not played the game in over a decade. Good gravy, what was I thinking wasting my time on lesser games. This game is completely modern, playable, and revolutionary. It is also an absolute enigma- it somehow features everything that Eurogamers want (low luck, logistical/efficiency planning, sophisticated mechanics, simple rules) as well as more than enough meat to satisfy the Ameritrash palate (brutal conflict, dramatic randomness, fierce competition, epic narrative, meanigful theme, and depth).
SO WHY THE HELL AREN'T YOU PLAYING THIS INCREDIBLE GAME???