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CECILIA BARAJAS INTERVIEW

To start off, what is your involvement with the development of "Civilization: Call To Power"?
I am the Director of the project - which means that I am in charge of the creative direction of the game.

What is your personal history with Civilization-style games?
Other than the fact that I dropped out of life, stopped talking to friends and family, stopped eating, stopped sleeping, stopped working and never answered the phone every time I played Civ2, not much.

I have always been a big fan of this style of game as well as strategy games in general. Along with Civilization, Warcraft2, Starcraft, and especially Heroes of Might & Magic, are big favorites of mine.

On what other games have you worked on in the past?
I Directed and Produced Zork Nemesis.

How do you feel improving a game which has become legendary in the gaming industry?
We are aware that we have very big shoes to fill. Sid Meier is one of the greatest game designers in the world and Civilization is one of the best games ever made. It is an honor to work on the game. I also feel a great sense of responsibility to the many loyal Civ players to deliver a game which does honor to the name and gives them a fresh and completely satisfying Civilization game.

What do you think where the main problems of "Sid Meier's: Civilization II" and how are you try to correct them in "C:CTP"?
Although Civilization is one of the best games of all time, I do think there are some areas that could have been improved -in particular, the pacing and the end game. I think towards the end of the game, Civilization gets very bogged down and the game-play can become tedious and slow.

One of the things that I find in the way I play Civilization is that the way I play in the beginning is the exact opposite of the way I play in the end. In the beginning, I like micro managing my empire in infinite detail. However, by the end of the game, my empire is huge and I don't want to have to do tons of micro management. I want to think about the big strategy not the micro strategy.

We cure this problem with our game by incorporating a macro/micro interface that adapts to both play styles and helps speed the game along.

In what ways does "C:CTP" add new ideas to the Civilization franchise?
C:CTP adds a substantial amount of new ideas to the franchise.

First, we add a score of new strategies to the game- by adding unconventional warfare.

Second, we revolutionize the interface, by giving the player a macro and a micro interface. This allows the player to micro manage really easily - wait till you play with our tab interface - it makes managing your civilization incredibly fast and easy.

Third, and we really haven't talked much about this, we have revamped the trade system to make it more integrated into the game, as well as the diplomacy system.

For C:CTP, did you get ideas from the "suggestions for civ3" sites and various forums? Can we say that the players have been a part of the development of the game? If so, to what extent?
We definitely got lots of ideas from the suggestions for Civ3 sites as well as the usenet groups. Although it is daunting to make a game that follows one of the best games of all times, in some ways, it was also great in that we had a large pool of loyal and smart Civ players to drawn on for ideas.

How easy or difficult is it to make a game that ends in 3000 AD? In other words, how do you come up with the numerous scientific discoveries, improvements and units of the next millenium?
Making a game that ends in 3000AD was actually really fun. We got to go back and read some of our favorite science fiction writers (like Phillip K. Dick and Neal Stephenson)to develop some our visions of the future.

Because Civilization posits a very interesting and factual account of history, we tried to make our future realistic and scientifically plausible.

A possible list of civilizations has been publicized. Through what criteria did you choose them?
That's an interesting question. We tried to fairly represent various diverse and interesting civilizations from around the world.

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