I have made a mod targeted at speeding up the pace of play by giving the player and the AI colonists and explorers at game start. The AI also gets 5 points of each affinity type to give it a strong head start and improve its military units quality. To install the mod: - Download and unzip the rar file. - go to this directory: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Sid Meier's Civilization Beyond Earth\assets\DLC\Expansion1\Gameplay\XML\GameInfo - copy the file to this folder (make sure you make a backup of the old handicap folder first! To play the mod: - Start a game of beyond earth. - Select Vostok difficulty to get the mod to work *IMPORTANT*. - In the cargo options for your civ select laboratory. This will enable the free colonists for your civ at game start. - Turn off stagered start in the game seeding advanced options. - Start the game when happy with your settings and enjoy Mod features: - Free colonists at game start. The player gets 7 and the AI gets 10 (it tends to lose 2/3 to aliens). - Free explorers. Player gets 3 and AI gets 4. - AI receives 5 points of each affinity at game start. - Most of the vanilla AI vostok bonuses are removed. It does keep the 10% bonus to health and it also gets +100% max unit supply. - Tougher, more competitive AI. - More agressive AI. - AI tends to develop more leader traits and do better in general. - Do your best to catch up with the AI at game start! I may release a steam version, although there's quite a lot of XML scripting to do.. If you want to change some of the mod bonuses/handicaps just edit the XML file. Uninstall: just verify the game on steam or replace the file with a backup handicap folder.