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CIVILIZATION.RARE 1988 STRATEGY BOARDGAME BY GIBSONS GAMES
CIVILIZATION.RARE 1988 STRATEGY BOARDGAME BY GIBSONS GAMES

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 July 2014
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Quality very good for how it was described. Delivered promptly


Kryptonite KryptoLok Series 2 Standard Lock with EZMount Bracket
Kryptonite KryptoLok Series 2 Standard Lock with EZMount Bracket

1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute waste of money, 4 Feb 2013
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The bracket sticks out 2 inches from the frame, for no apparent reason. This means you can't attach it anywhere without the pedal or your leg hitting it.

As for fitting it the bolt isn't long enough to reach the mount, after struggling an hour or so I ripped off some superfluous plastic to bring it within reach. Still a massive effort of strength to make it reach.

As for the strength of the lock, I had to reposition it twice due to the absurdly sticking out proportions. On the third fitting a thin bit of metal out of view snapped with just a mild turn of the bolt. So I imagine a thief could just kick it off.

All in all worst £20 I've ever spent. Do not buy this product


Sid Meier's Civilization V
Sid Meier's Civilization V
Offered by AllGoodDealz
Price: £13.89

33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 2 Oct 2010
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
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First off the good - The social policies are an ok replacement for the civics. The city states, not quite right but a nice idea.

Now the downsides, The game has been developed as a compromise between Civ Revolutions and proper Civ so everything colourful, interesting and strategically challenging from CivIV has gone or been scaled back. No religion, less wonders, less technologies, fewer diplomacy options (whilst AI trading technologies too fast was an issue I don't think wiping it out was the solution). There are fewer civilisations to choose from and each one only has one leader. The only innovations seem to be city states and social policies (which are just a nicer version of civics). City states are too erratic and offer too great bonuses for non-strategic challenges (wipe out this barbarian village, oh bad luck it was next to someone else, there goes a huge food bonus to every city). You might think this is all in aid of gameplay, as in Civ Rev to get it working on a console - no, didn't work out that way.

The balance between realism and gameplay is worse than ever ie. it is less realistic than ever and the playability is worse than ever (~10-20 turns to build military units, ~10 turns to get them across the ocean, come on). Balance is way off in most respects. Research skyrockets whilst culture lags and production stays pretty much the same as in ancient era. Opportunities to improve realism and make the different eras really develop have gone in the opposite direction (you'll never build more than one or two of the 20th century units before game over). The no-stacking military units didn't worry me at first, makes it a bit like chess I thought, but actually it just doesn't work out and you get walls of units you can't pass, weaknesses you can only protect by surrounding a unit and cities that cave in far too easily. I presume the rule on not-stacking led to the vastly increased production time of military units, since there is no space for them on the map. This has made upgrading old units far too powerful. Another thing about conquering cities, capture one and the civ will immediately offer you all the rest for a peace treaty!
I think they should have started from the position of realism and only departed where it improves gameplay. Instead they started with CivIV and Civ Rev and forgot about planet Earth in its entirety.

The bugs are many and frequently require you to ctrl-alt-del out and start again. First thing you should do is set autosave to every 2 turns because crashing alone will ruin your day. It takes ages to load a game (a problem with the old Civs too to be fair, 5 seconds to save 5 minutes to load). This used to be ok because it discouraged you from compulsive reloading to get the perfect military outcome but when you're loading after a crash, no.

In conclusion, probably fun if you've never played a Civ game before, not a patch on CivIV, or II, or I
A grand disappointment. How about some beta testing next time eh?


Aztec Esquina Plus Two Man Tent
Aztec Esquina Plus Two Man Tent

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice orange tent, 3 Aug 2010
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Just taken this on its first outing. Design is a bit wacky when putting up for the first time but easy enough. 4 poles, 3 interchangeable. Can keep flysheet and inner clipped together for fast pitching. This tent is spacious for one, close but not intimate for two. If you are over 6 foot tall you will not fit in this tent.
Weight in product description should read 3.7kg not 37kg (obviously)- so a reasonable weight for the price and seems like a hardy construction/material. Packs small. No groundsheet for the porch but you don't need one. Overall quite happy with it and recommend for hikers on a tight budget.
Bright orange!


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