New Names - same idea: Game Classes for the Civ4 GOTM Many of you who have played the Civ3 GOTMs will be aware that we offer the starting save file in 3 different classes (Conquest, Open and Predator). Well, they're now back in the Civ4 GOTM, albeit with different names - they're now Adventurer (new name for 'conquest'), Contender (new name for 'open') and Challenger (new name for 'predator'). For new players to the GOTMs, you may be somewhat confused - so what are these about? In running the GOTMs, we try to have a varying degree of difficulty - to keep people interested in new challenges, to provide a change of pace, for learning purposes (you can try things on lower difficulties that you wouldn't on higher ones, or you can learn to push yourself on higher levels than you'd normally play). Sometimes, new players can feel a bit overwhelmed attempting higher difficulty levels. To help them to overcome this, we offer the 'Adventurer' class. The object of this is that we change the starting save to provide the player with an initial advantage or bonus. This helps them get their game off to a better start - with a strong foundation, they can hopefully do better (or even play more confidently) than they otherwise would. Now - the advantages given do not guarantee that the player will win - it is a one-off starting advantage, but if used well, it can be significant. To prevent the really good players from simply taking advantage of this, there are a couple of conditions: The player should never have finished in the top-half of the results in a GOTM, and we modify the score downwards by 15%. The score modification is to ensure that new players who are very good do not take advantage of this class to propel themselves to the top of the leaderboard. We figure that players who consistently finish in the bottom half are playing for enjoyment, learning or just the challenge, so it doesn't affect them much. They are also ineligable for any 'fastest victory' awards. The 'Contender' class is the 'standard' level - its the game most people play. It is the vanilla level - no advantages provided, and no extra challenges. The 'Challenger' class is for those people who simply want to give themselves an added challenge. We make the game slightly harder for them by handicapping their start. There is no restrictions on who can enter this - but its purely for the extra challenge and bragging rights - we give no score bonus to people who play this version. If you have any questions about these, the please ask them here.