my first experince was when a friend (i'll call him Gary as it really is his name ) invited several of us over to try out what has become Civ I. nothing really significant happened that day = we played as a group the romans on chieftan, and were generally doing better than the AI, but we never finished the game. I do remember being confused by the tech tree and we had something against Ceremonial burial (we refused to research it ) It did inspire several of us to get the game though to play later. The one more turn syndrome (if i finish this turn, and get up 7 minutes before i have to leave for class, i can still get 90 minutes of sleep ) and the demo-style games (I was responsible for every city and unit derived from the first settler and my brother was for everything derived from the 2nd settler came later )
Civ II came when one of the lab helpers at the university started installing it on every computer in the CS lab (and the shock of getting granaries from the Pyramids). Since gone out and purchaced new CDs of both 2.42 and MGE to better participate in various games in the Civ II forum. SMAC and CtP II came from a friend from church who found it too addictive so gave me the games so she wouldn't be able to play it and actually do her schoolwork Never really got into either of those two games for whatever reason.