Feb 15, 2003, 07:30 PM
Since the editor release is (hopefully) just around the corner, I will shortly (fingers crossed) be constructing the map I have designed. Once I've made it, I will of course need playtesters to help me put it through its paces before I release it to the general public. Would anyone around here be interested? I'll append below an excerpt from the readme I've written up for it so you can tell what the idea of the map is.
Note that the map specs are possibly subject to some change, and the descriptions of the game types are what I expect and what I've designed for - part of the objective of the playtesting would be to see if that's how it actually pans out in-game.
Feb 15, 2003, 07:30 PM
This map is basically a Huge Continents map (Raging barbarians, 80% land, temperate/normal/4 byo) with a special caldera region very rich in resources and very difficult to invade. There are two civ starting locations in that caldera, which leads to different starting positions playing very differently:
Player starts alone in the caldera: Kind of boring. You'll just be many times more powerful than the competition. Almost qualifies as cheating, but it could be what you're looking for if you want to try and get all the wonders and/or play a totally peaceful game on Deity.
Player starts with an AI civ in the caldera: Potentially interesting, particularly if you choose not to attack the other superpower. Creates a bipolar power structure that would be more interesting in the real world than in Civ.
One AI starts in the caldera: This is for those of you who want a major challenge. You'll be up against an ultrapowerful AI and at a major disadvantage. If you can win this at Deity, my hat is off to you.
Two AIs start in the caldera: Very interesting. There will be two superpowers, and you can try to play them off one another to give yourself a chance to compete. Lots of interesting diplomatic maneuvering possible here.
Nobody starts in the caldera: This leads to a race-to-the-center type game where it depends on who siezes the caldera first.
Feb 15, 2003, 07:52 PM
Sure Beamup, I'd love to play-test the map. Sounds fun.
Feb 15, 2003, 09:00 PM
Yup, I can be a playtester. I'm already familiar with many aspects of the editor as well, so I can help you out if any bugs need, um, debugging.
Feb 16, 2003, 01:12 AM
I'd love to participate, but I don't use Huge maps.
Feb 16, 2003, 07:17 PM
I'd be willing to give it a try, but it would probably take me a couple of months to finish it with my current schedule - unless I get Moo3 first, in which case it might take years. :D
Feb 18, 2003, 12:09 AM
Hell, I bought Civ 3, didn't I? What's the difference?