For me, that game was Avalon Hill's Civilization, with the Advanced Civilization expansion. About twenty years ago, when I was learning that there was more to strategy gaming than just Chess, I had a group of friends who got together to play a bunch of hobby games. And this was one of them.
And then we all grew up and moved away from one another. And I wasn't able to play the game because my current group was too young and didn't have it.
A few weeks ago, I saw a post on one of the (far too many) blogs I follow that stated that "Mega Civilization" was now available directly from pegasusshop.de (that link takes you directly to the game). Hmm, I thought to myself, I wonder if that's at all similar to the Avalon Hill version of the game.
And it is. In fact, it's the Avalon Hill version turned up to eleven.
So I had to order it. I needed this game. Even at €249 including shipping. Because €50 in shipping isn't crazy for a 22lb package from Germany.
Now I have an internet savings account. It's not there as an emergency cushion (although I have used it that way before). It's there specifically for things like this. Things that I want, but that I need to think about before buying. Because the transfer takes a few days, and I only get a few transfers per month (here's a referral link). I hesitated about ten minutes before setting the transfer up.
And I placed my order with Pegasus Shop.
The good news? That price includes VAT. As someone in the US, I don't have to worry about VAT, so my total cost including shipping was only €209.25. About $230.
... and then I learned that they don't take credit cards. Or PayPal. You need to wire them the money. I'm 39 years old, and my only personal experience with wire transfers was when someone in the UK subscribed to this blog on their Kindle, and they paid me via wire transfer. I made $0.40 and my bank charged me $25 for the privilege. So I was a bit wary of the whole thing.
I called my bank and inquired about wire transfers, and it would have cost me another $50 in fees to wire funds to Germany. Ugh. So I went to BoardGameGeek. Someone there recommended Transferwise. Several someones, actually. Transferwise had a $3 fee and had a better exchange rate.
The drawback to Transferwise is that they were slower to process.
But here's the magical thing: Less than a week after Pegasus had my money, the game was in my hands.
That shipping cost - which I found not unreasonable - was actually express shipping. Meaning it was even more reasonable than I'd expected.
And now the game is in my hands. Here I am opening the monster:
I spent a few hours yesterday punching and cutting tokens. I hope to get a group together to play sometime early next year. Because I can't not play this game.