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The All Leaders Challenge Game Bullpen

Discussion in 'Civ4 - Strategy & Tips' started by Sisiutil, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. Sisiutil

    Sisiutil All Leader Challenger

    Feb 19, 2006
    Pacific Northwest
    The idea of this thread came about as a place to provide links to the previous ALC game threads, and that's what you'll find in this first post. My board signature was becoming rather cluttered with them, so it's easier to just move them to a thread of their own. And this way I get to include a little extra reference information for the train-spotters out there. ;)

    However, that's not much of a discussion thread, is it? So besides offering links to the old ALC games, I thought this thread could also be a place to discuss the ALC series in general--a place to discuss things that are not directly related to the game currently in progress and would therefore be off-topic. Things like--Should the games move up to the next difficulty level? Which leader should be next? Should the games start using the Better AI mod? How come Sisiutil is so intelligent, witty and erudite, and how can I be more like him?

    Ahem. :mischief: :blush:

    And so forth. Anything related to the ALCs goes!

    But first, without further ado, here are the links to the previous games. If anyone wants the saved game files from these games, just PM me with your e-mail address.

    Game 1: Aztec/Montezuma (Prince Level; Domination Victory; Score: 15232)
    Game 2: China/Mao Zedong (Prince Level; Space Victory; Score: 14668)
    Game 3: China/Qin Shi Huang (Prince Level; Space Victory; Score: 21247)
    Game 4: Egypt/Hatshepsut (Prince Level; Domination Victory; Score: 44777)
    Game 5: England/Victoria (Prince Level; Cultural Victory; Score: 24409) Feature: Late-game cultural win
    Game 6: France/Louis XIV (Prince Level; Domination Victory; Score: 21695)
    Game 7: Germany/Frederick the Great (Prince Level; Domination Victory; Score: 35418) Features: Pyramids gambit, Specialist Economy
    Game 8: Greece/Alexander the Great (Prince Level; Conquest Victory; Score: 21194) Feature: Hybrid Economy
    Game 9: Inca/Huayna Capac (Monarch Level; Diplomatic Victory; Score: 37721) Features: First Monarch Level ALC, Isolated Start
    Game 10: India/Asoka (Monarch Level, Warlords; Space Victory; Score: 37790) Feature: First Warlords ALC
    Game 11: Carthage/Hannibal (Monarch Level, Warlords; Space Victory; Score: 22718) Feature: Internet Project
    Game 12: Japan/Tokugawa (Monarch Level, Warlords; Domination Victory; Score: 75824)
    Game 13: Mali/Mansa Musa (Monarch Level, Warlords; Space Victory; Score: 37247)
    Game 14: Mongolia/Kublai Khan (Monarch Level, Warlords; Domination Victory; Score: 91103) Feature: Great Merchant Economy
    Game 15: Ottoman/Mehmed II (Monarch Level, Warlords; Loss; Score: 2657) Feature: Isolated Start
    Game 16: Persia/Cyrus (Monarch Level, Warlords; Domination Victory; Score: 76759)
    Game 17: Russia/Peter (Monarch Level, Warlords; Loss)
    Game 17, Take 2: Russia/Peter (Monarch Level, Beyond the Sword; Space Victory; Score: 38754) First Beyond the Sword ALC
    Game 18: Spain/Isabella (Monarch Level, Beyond the Sword; Diplomatic Victory; Score: 66550) Feature: Apostolic Palace early religious diplomatic victory
    Game 18, Take 2: Spain/Isabella (Emperor Level, Beyond the Sword; Domination Victory; Score: 48052) Feature: First Emperor Level ALC
    Game 19: Sumer/Gilgamesh (Emperor Level, Beyond the Sword; Space Victory; Score: 39919)
    Game 20: Vikings/Ragnar (Emperor Level, Beyond the Sword; Domination Victory; Score: 102108) Feature: Early Astronomy Gambit
    Game 21: Zulus/Shaka (Emperor Level, Beyond the Sword); Domination Victory; Score: 123429) Features: Aggressive AI, No Tech Brokering, No Goody Huts
    Game 22: Arabs/Saladin (Emperor Level, Beyond the Sword); Loss
    Game 22, Take 2: Arabs/Saladin (Emperor Level, Beyond the Sword; Domination Victory; Score: 108819)
    Game 23: America/Lincoln (Immortal Level, Beyond the Sword; Space Race Victory; Score: 50980) Feature: First Immortal Level ALC
    Game 24: Babylon/Hammurabi (Immortal Level, Beyond the Sword; Domination Victory; Score: 135666)
    Game 25: Celts/Boudica (Abandoned)
    Game 25: Celts/Boudica, Take 2 (Also Abandoned)

    The ALCs: The Next Generation

    Game 26: Dutch/Willem van Oranje, Played by Lord Parkin
    Game 27: England/Churchill, Played by DMOC
    Game 28: Ethiopia/Zara Yaqob, Played by Benginal
    Game 29: France/De Gaulle, Played by Benginal
    Game 30: Germany/Bismarck, Played by Benginal
    Game 31: Greek/Pericles, Played by Benginal
    Game 32: HRE/Charlemagne, Played by Benginal
    Game 32: Korea/Wang Kon, Played by Benginal


    Attached Files:

  2. Sisiutil

    Sisiutil All Leader Challenger

    Feb 19, 2006
    Pacific Northwest
    On a related note, here is a list of anticipated future ALC games, in order. Since I've now retired and others are playing the games, I will allow those brave volunteers to decide whether to follow this schedule or not.

    Game 34: Khmer/Suryavarman
    Game 35: India/Mahatma Gandhi
    Game 36: Mongolia/Genghis Khan
    Game 37: Native American/ Sitting Bull
    Game 38: Ottomans/ Suleiman
    Game 39: Portugal/D. Joao II
    Game 40: Rome/Augustus Caesar
    Game 41: Russia/Stalin
    Game 42: America/Roosevelt
    Game 43: Byzantine/ Justinian I
    Game 44: Celts/Brennus
    Game 45: Egypt/Ramesses
    Game 46: England/Elizabeth
    Game 47: French/Napoleon
    Game 48: Maya/Pacal II
    Game 49: Persia/Darius
    Game 50: Rome/Julius Caesar
    Game 51: Russia/Catherine
    Game 52: America/George Washington
  3. gallego

    gallego Chieftain

    Mar 31, 2007
    Are we ever going to see a game with aggressive AI and raging barbarians? The gameplay just seems more realistic and hectic with those options, and I feel like overly calculated, super efficient starts are a little bit of a misinterpretation of the game; a tribe of settlers should first be worried about protection, not getting out a warrior, worker, etc. on the exact right turn in order to build the Oracle at the exact right moment a thousand years later, etc. The need for protection first is more true to the concept of the game, I think.
  4. scy12

    scy12 Chieftain

    Feb 17, 2007
    Enough with the Warmongers. How can you select Catherine as last , how ?
  5. marowaker

    marowaker Chieftain

    Sep 29, 2006
    Good luck trying 36 games before CivV comes out. I don't see how you are going to do it though:confused: seeing as you are only up to ALC 15 and the 2nd expansion pack of the game is about to be released. If you want to try and play all of them, speeding up could be an option?

    I have no idea :confused: Maybe start my own ALC series :lol:
  6. Steppin' Razor

    Steppin' Razor Chieftain

    Mar 31, 2007
    Just a quick word of thanks, this series has been a great help.
  7. Sisiutil

    Sisiutil All Leader Challenger

    Feb 19, 2006
    Pacific Northwest
    Interesting suggestion! In many ways, I think I like this idea better than moving up to the next difficulty level. Lately people have been dissuading me from moving up to Emperor as it usually entails more restrictive, tried-and-true strategies rather than allowing for some of the wild-a** gambits I've tried in a few of these games. Altering the game settings might be a good alternative to Emperor level.
    Well, Cathy is one of the most popular of the Civ leaders (as your post helps to show), and I wanted to focus the ALC series on leaders (a) who are less popular and (b) that I myself have not used. This is also why my own personal favourite leaders (Ramesses, Elizabeth, and both Caesars) are down near the bottom of the list.

    However, I'll consider your request. I myself don't play as Catherine very often anymore, not since Warlords changed her from Financial :) to Imperialistic :( . What about everybody else?
    I'm paddling as fast as I can! :lol:

    Believe me, I know I might not ever get there. (Another reason I've left my personal favourite leaders, as whom I play most of my off-line games, to the end of the list; no big if they're not featured in an ALC.) But with a provisional schedule in place, you folks can do your best to persuade me that a certain leader is more deserving of an ALC game and should move up. Someone PM'd me recently, for example, requesting that I play as Brennus in the next game.

    I'm not opposed to playing as certain leaders out of order--Hannibal, for example. It's a game, it's about fun, so whoever looks like they might be the most fun to try next--wins! And hopefully I will too. :D
  8. axident

    axident Chieftain

    Jan 30, 2005
    There are emperor and immortal challenge threads that put more early barb pressure on the human player, if that's your thing. I wouldn't mind the ALC sticking to Monarch, but yeah a little raging barbs or a Quick or Normal game here or there, or whatever, would keep things fresh. Emperor+ also lessens the likelihood of seeing more things like the Great Merchant Economy, too, which isn't necessarily a good thing.
  9. vormuir

    vormuir Chieftain

    Mar 14, 2006
    I like the idea of changing the settings instead of advancing to Emperor.

    One thing we haven't seen: different map types (beyond Continents and Fractal, that is). How about some games on Small or Large maps, or on Highlands, or in an Ice Age? Nobody seems to use those variants much, so it might be interesting to see.

  10. Sjaramei

    Sjaramei Chieftain

    Nov 16, 2005
    Do it when you hit these leaders :D
    And if people are worried about gambits like GME and other wierd things, you could try to do the warmongering leaders at emperor level since that will give you more of a challenge in war. (last game went a little bit too fast :)) Keep monarch for peaceful wierd stuff :)
  11. martin031

    martin031 Chieftain

    Feb 27, 2007
    What are your experiences with Better AI. I have been using it, but the AI seems to docile, even though they mix their stacks better and seem smarter. (And this is with agg option checked)

    I wouldn't mind seeing you start with checking Agressive AI first.
  12. Rancid Sushi

    Rancid Sushi Last year's catch

    Dec 7, 2006
    The OC
    I agree, you should prioritize unpopular leaders. I've read every single ALC so far and I've learned a lot, but I still can't win before 1900AD (I need to get 1750 before I move to from Noble to Prince). Don't forget about your noob readers. Even though the experts help you win your games, the noobs benefit the most from them. I've improved a lot because of the ALCs. Catherine is a good choice for a couple reasons: both her traits and her UU have been nerfed. It will be good to see how cope with that. You might also have a hard time with unhealthiness in your capital city. Catherine has a way of getting around.:D
  13. TRJS

    TRJS Chieftain

    Feb 28, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    I would be interested in seeing an ALC on a HUGE map. Just to see more details on war strategy in the late game.

    Currently late game tends to be finishing of space race/diplomatic victory and the military plays little or no role.
  14. oyzar

    oyzar Have quit civ/forums

    Oct 7, 2006
    I would like to see a move to emproer sometime soon since you clearly is easily mastering monarch now. It will still be educational as there is still plenty of room to play around if your good enough(as you seem to be).
  15. EEE_BOY

    EEE_BOY Chieftain

    Jan 13, 2007
    i think the warlord expansion offers an option to prevent single player from editing the map and random seeds on reload. this is done by ticking those two options in the custom window. i usually did frequent reload when playing civ :blush: so these two options help me to play 'honestly'. i didn't mean that those ALC's or EMC's maps are edited, but ticking those two options before start convince people who read the thread that the game is played in a normal way. anyway, those threads are so great that i keep reading again and again.:goodjob:
  16. lukep

    lukep Chieftain

    Jan 29, 2007
    no mods please.

    that would means mac players cannot read your saves, if the mod is not ported (which afaik is the case of better AI).

    for increased challenge, large maps, aggressive AI would be my choice.

    You can also pick up the worst opponents, like all financials when you are not, or starting with assured monty, alexander, louis, etc...

    Oh, and yes, i use a mac (or rather severals ;) )
  17. aelf

    aelf Noctis Lucis Caelum

    Sep 16, 2005
    Kate Spade oligarchy
    This is a great idea. Mind if I use it too? I hate complicated sigs.

    I believe you could open the saves anytime and check the game settings. I think both the ALCs and the EMCs/Immortal Challenges do not have the random seed option (with which each battle would give a different outcome when reloaded) checked as it is. I haven't heard of any game option that prevents editing of the map. Anyway, I think doing so takes away the fun and the suspense.
  18. r_rolo1

    r_rolo1 King of myself

    May 19, 2006
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Sisiutil, do you have any idea where to put the (sort off) confirmed civs of BTS x-pack? I'm saying that because my gut feeling says the Portuguese leader will be a difficult one to handle ( based on the civ III ... no trait sinergy, a less than useful UU ... in warlord terms, a Brennus with Expansive/ Creative). Maybe Prince Henry ( I would prefer the King Jonh II ( a guy that putted Isabella of Spain in a diplomatic negotiation (resulting in sharing the world) deserves to be on Civ4 :lol: ) , but outside Portugal most people don't know him) can be a top priority.
  19. Scaphism

    Scaphism Boondoggle

    Jul 20, 2006
    I'm really looking forward to seeing you play Shaka, get an early GG and make a Medic 3 + Morale + Mobility Impi. I don't know how useful having all that extra movement is, but it's just fun.
  20. Hero

    Hero NPC

    Sep 2, 2004
    Columbus, OH USA
    First, thanks Sisiutil for your efforts. I have learned alot from the ALC games. I play Prince so I vote for no move to Emperor and no mods, but Aggresssive AIs or Raging Barbs could be entertaining. I'd like to mention something that relates to the current ALC game. I would like to see fewer "I checked out the map. See spoiler below" or "I played to xxxx AD. See spoiler below" posts. They don't really add anything to the discussion. Perhaps people could be encouraged to start their own "ALC Game XX Spoiler Thread"s or something.

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