Ahh that explains that smell...
I also now have a copy of Alpha Centauri thanks to a 3 for £10 PC game deal in game. After hearing people speak good of it so much on here, it was an instant purchase.
Yeah its a top game, if you love Civ you'll love Alpha C, largely because they're much the same game but in Alpha C you can become a transcendant potentially immortal being AND you can commit atrocities on rebelling citizens! Nerve Stapling sounds like so much fun, I keep being tempted to force cities into rebellion just so I can staple them