Sid Meier has been my favorite game designer since I first bought and played Pirates! in 1989 after I retired my old Apple II+ for a Mac Plus. It was, however, when I first played the original Civilization on a friends PC that I realized Sid Meyer was a game designer I wanted to keep an eye on, especially in those lean years of Mac gaming. I loved Colonization and Civilization II, greatly enjoyed the narrative of Alpha Centari, and have spent far too little time with Civilization III. And now, today, I learn that Civilization IV was released this month. I'll be a while before they port it over the Mac, but I'm thinking my poor 400 MHz G3 iMac won't be able to handle it.