Rise of Nations ended in a Hazy Shade of Nuclear Winter

My tutorial based, mano a mano, get to know Rise of Nations again game ended in a rather surprising way. As I wrote previously, I started a new game where I would be the Romans in the wilds of the Australian Outback. It took me a long time to get my bearings in this new land, but after a time I managed to research decent military units at the library, had enough universities to increase my knowledge and mined, farmed and found enough resources to build an army.

With my ports building battleships and my barracks and stables building weapons I finally got to the point where I could defend myself against invaders – if they decided to show up. From there I built jet fighters, cruise missiles and stealth bombers. I thought I had a pretty badass nation going. So I sent my ships to scout the perimeter to destroy ports and oil fields. With a sea battle distraction I took my troops and started marching into the unknown. My ground forces did a good job of removing farms, mining and lumber camps while my stealth bombers took out the larger, more heavily defended targets. Even though it’d taken me hours to get to this point it looked like I was in good position to turn the tide and pull out a victory.

Then the computer got pissed, advanced to the nuclear age and started building nuclear bombs. Things escalated quickly. Going to the nuclear age unto itself isn’t that scary. It’s not good, but it’s not like there are repercussions. Well, the computer didn’t take those into account.

Next thing I know the air raid siren is going off, helicopters, jet fighters and a mass of ground troops are overrunning my borders. I rushed to build SAM installations, but it was too damn late. My little villagers were sitting ducks. I had troops, but incredibly weak defenses. Remember, this is my first game in a decade.

Then, with the air raid sirens blaring the screen goes white and everything gets irradiated. The computer launched some nukes at me! I was blown to bits in a couple of minutes. The carnage was widespread. My primary city was leveled and my others were overtaken. The computer retaliated for my march on it’s city, but not before giving me a couple of cruise missiles up the tailpipe as something to remember it by.

I got my ass handed to me. Damn, I need to study that skill tree!

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