Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning in Lithia, Florida on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. It is a warm day here in the Tampa Bay area, and it’s bound to get hotter. The current temperature is 77◦F (25◦C) under sunny skies. With the wind becalmed and humidity at 81%, the feels-like temperature is 75◦F (24◦C). Today’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies and a high of 91◦F (33◦C). Tonight, we can expect partly cloudy skies. The low will be 68◦F (20◦C).
Today I am taking a break from playing Crusade in Europe. I played the 2022 reissue of the MicroProse classic from 1985 that depicts the Allied campaign in Northwest Europe as a command level strategy game that lets a player refight the battles of Normandy, the pursuit to the Rhine, Operation Market-Garden, the Battle of the Bulge, and the grand campaign, Crusade: The Battle for France.
I played Crusade in Europe for a while yesterday so I could write Old Gamers Never Die: A Player’s Guide to ‘Crusade in Europe’ (Part Two of a Series). I might have been able to create that post without playing, but I don’t often write “how-to” articles about any topic, and since I wanted to be as accurate as possible when describing specific actions, I played one variant – Clearing the Beaches – of one scenario The Battle for Normandy. That’s the shortest and simplest game in Crusade in Europe, so it’s ideal for a
The upside of that was that I got to spend about an hour playing an old favorite from when I was in college. Sure, the graphics are rudimentary by today’s standards, but of all the games I own, it has a good balance between historical accuracy and ease of play. It’s certainly more fun – for me – and easier to learn and play than its closest counterpart in my game library, Gary Grigsby’s War in the West. And I had been wanting Retroism, Tommo, or Atari – the owners of the “old” MicroProse’s library of computer games – to reissue it for today’s PCs for the longest time.
The downside, from a blogger’s perspective, is that Crusade in Europe lacks a Windows-compatible save option, and you can’t easily minimize the game “window” while you do something else (such as, you know, write a blog post). So first I had to play Clearing the Beaches while I mentally recorded my observations on the progress of the game session and remembered specific keystrokes and decisions I made while playing.
And because I am not a lightning-fast typist – I am not glacially slow, but I’m not secretary material – it took me several hours to write, edit, and revise Old Gamers Never Die: A Player’s Guide to ‘Crusade in Europe’ (Part Two of a Series). So instead of posting the finished article in the early afternoon, I ended up hitting the Publish button sometime after 4 PM yesterday.
I don’t want to do that again today, and I also don’t want to burn out on Crusade in Europe by playing it every day, so I am going to take a hiatus from both the game and the Player’s Guide. I know I’ll get back to both sooner or later – just not any time soon.
Anyway, even if I wanted to play another session of Crusade in Europe or spend almost an entire afternoon writing about it, I am much too tired. I had one of those nights. You know, when it’s one in the morning, you have to wake up early – unless you want to drink café con leche when it’s so cold that it’s turned into an iced coffee – and you have things to do during the day, yet you can’t go to sleep.
I eventually fell asleep around two in the morning, but I was up by 7:33 AM per my computer’s clock, so now I am sleepy, headachy, and not in the mood to stay at my desk all day.
I obviously need a vacation. Or, at the very least, a case of Seagram’s Escapes.