Thanks for the invite Sirian. I have heard of MOO, but have never played it. I've been a Civer since the original, and when not playing Civ games I've mostly played sports games (NHL, Madden, FIFA, etc) and Unreal Tournament.
At the moment I don't really have a lot of time for video games. I'm in my last semester of college, writing an English thesis and playing varsity lacrosse. I am a little ashamed by my SG participation of late, asking for skips and hardly commenting in the threads, but I anticipate I will have more time for gaming after graduation in May.
As for Epics, I do love participating. I've played 5 of the 20 or so since I first started coming to RBC, but I've found that during the school year I just don't have the time (was gone today from 8am until 8pm , with a paper to write tonight, for example), so my play has been mostly limited to games open during vacations. I do a lot of lurking in the Epic forum and read most of the reports, and sometimes comment.
Lately I've felt like I am barely staying above water, not in the sense that I'm unhappy or depressed or anything like that, but there's constantly something to do (practice, work, finding a job, etc) or somewhere to be. I've had small pockets of free time, maybe an hour or an hour and a half a day, and passive activities like laying on the couch, watching TV have been a lot more attractive than sitting upright at my computer playing Civ3. Nothing against Civ3 or the Epics or the SGs, but more a reflection of all the stuff I've got going on in my life at the moment. It's hard to believe that college will be done in about 6 weeks, but in some respects it will be a relief.
Anyways, longwinded response, but like you, I'm a writer...