Every current PC gamer can probably think back to a time when videogames were unaffordable – when you’re a kid, money is usually pretty hard to come by. One Redditor says that while they waited to be able to afford the real McCoy, they created a version of Civilization to play in their notebook at school. They called it ‘Paper Civ.’
Alexander-00AK says ‘Paper Civ’ kept him busy in school “while the rest of my class was taking notes.” In a post to the Civilization subreddit, Alexander-00AK includes several photographs of old games – meticulously hand-drawn maps on graph paper showing the locations of coastlines, resources, mountains, and cities. It’s an honest-to-God 4X game, brought to life in a student’s notebook.
Paper Civ was a lot more than mere notebook doodles, however – Alexander-00AK had a full ruleset developed, with specifications for how each resource tile near a city was to work, how each special building works, for unit movement and combat, and for settlers and expansion. Military units could be stacked, but had a per-turn gold cost, and everything takes into account the population you’ve accumulated by controlling cities.