A surfeit of RPGs left me with the desire to do something other than the continuous lather-rinse-repeat of gaining levels and getting loot. I reloaded Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri last night. Despite winning GameSpot's Turn-Based Game of the Year title in 1999, it somehow seemed like Alpha Centauri didn't quite get the attention it deserved. Seemed to get overshadowed by that split-off between Meier and Activision where he went off to go do Firaxis, and then Activision made Civilization: Call to Power on their own. CtP sucked, but somehow, it seemed to get more people buying it, seemed to have more popular appeal, as it was tattooed with the Civ name, which I believe Activision owned at the time. SMAC was the true successor, though. Additionally, I think, frankly, some gamers were lazy. They didn't enjoy a little learning while they played, while I absolutely loved the quotes from Plato and Aristotle mixed in with the fictional faction leaders. (Go fig, as one of my majors was philosophy.)
Anyway, I reinstalled it last night. Fun. :) Nice break from the RPG scene.