I've been playing a lot of Civilization lately, an endeavor brought on by my inability to really get into Sins of a Solar Empire (great game though it is). I couldn't help while playing it but wish I was playing Civilization instead. So that's just what I did.
Only now I find myself sucked into the vortex that is the "One-More-Turn" phenomenon. I stay up later than I ever intend, I raze Russian settlements, and strive ever-onward for the next technological marvel. Such is the life-blood that fuels me now.
And on top of it all, this rediscovery of the awesomeness that is the Civ series has also led me to other 4X games (eXplore, eXpand, eXperiment, and eXterminate) and other simulation based gaming. Revisiting titles like "The Movies", SimCity on my DS (for work boredom), and even Sourceforge's freeware FreeCol (itself a remade version of Sid Meier's 1994 classic Colonization).
And I don't expect I'll stop there in my renessaince of strategy gaming. On the horizon is the excellent turn-based (and therefore more up my alley) Galactic Civilizations II: The Dread Lords, and I hear that the low-budget Dominions III from a couple years back is quite good too.
Oh yes, I am in gaming Nirvana lately... though I still wish these massive worlds I am currently inhabiting were of the online kind. I wonder if someone will ever make a world or universe 4X game that can truly be made into an MMO? Isn't Travian something like this? Inquiring Bildos would like to know.