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  1. Darsnan

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    Scenario Name: SMAC Game of the Month
    SMAC/ SMAX: SMAC
    Author: Kratylos
    Date of original posting: 2/14/04
    Original host site: Apolyton

    Link does not work properly

    Probably the first one on the 'Net. Chiron explorers, check it out now!
    more info look ->
    http://www.civ.org.pl/smac/gotm/rules.php?lang=Eng
     
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    Scenario Name: Flo's Morgan Challenge
    SMAC/ SMAX: SMAX
    Author: Flo
    Date of original posting: 11/17/00
    Original host site: Apolyton

    Link does not work properly: page 66 of 'poly archives

    Open challenge for all of us to learn.
    You are Morgan on the huge map of planet. Your goal: win the game as
    soon as possible. By transcending, planetary conquest, or an energy
    monopoly. It won't be easy; too much riff -raff made it to planet: The
    Drones, Chairman Yang, Svensgaard and Miriam are your fellow human
    factions. Last year two alien craft made a landing, too.

    Start: 2106

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    Scenario Name: The Cha Cha Challenge
    SMAC/ SMAX: SMAX
    Author: Googlie
    Date of original posting: 11/21/00
    Original host site: Apolyton

    Link does not work properly: page 67 of SMAC archives


    It's the season for challenges

    It's 2106, and you are Cha Dawn, landed on an inhospitable Chiron.

    Huge planet, largely landmass, rare native lifeform, weak erosion and
    arid. Neighbours are unfriendly and aggressive. Your Cult scientists
    have no idea what they are doing, so your research is blind. You can't
    capture a tech on capturing a base, and the Unity seedpod ejector drive
    was damaged in the meteor collision, leaving just a handful that made it
    to Planet's surface around the landing pods.

    Could life be tougher.

    You betcha - the Aliens have also landed.

    Now play on

    get the file from:

    http://clik.to/sparta

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    Scenario Name: ?
    SMAC/ SMAX: SMAX
    Author: zsozso
    Date of original posting: 5/29/09
    Original host site: WPC

    OK, so in the spirit of open source development (release early,
    release often, incorporate feed-back), I'd like to present the first
    work-in-progress (v0.1) version of the scenario.

    The attached file contains the scenario as well as all faction and
    graphics files including an alphax.txt, so it is best to unpack it into
    its own sub-directory under the scenario directory of SMAX.

    The factions:

    caretaker based:
    hortus - gardener of Chiron, fungus and worm bonuses
    pario - builder, constructor, economic power
    techtriad - scientist, researcher

    usurper based:
    chondrichthyes - sea based offensive (latin for shark)
    antimind - mindworm, spore launcher, native life offensive
    phoenix - air power offense

    Please, if you have time to do some play-testing, give it a try and let
    me know what problems you encounter or what suggestions you have.

    ***

    ooops, I get a database error when trying to upload my 3MB zip file, but
    it works if I upload the scenario only (39KB) and the text files, so I
    will limit my upload to that for now...

    Some obvious things that need work, and I am open to suggestions for these:
    base names
    blurbs
    leader names
    datalinks entries


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    Scenario Name: SMAX - Christmas Complete!
    SMAC/ SMAX: SMAX
    Author: Larrin and Buster's Uncle
    Date of original posting: 12/24/09
    Original host site: WPC

    Well here it is, after many sporadic bursts of activity, from
    Buster's Uncle & myself, over the last month or so, x-mas scenario
    is ready... the scenario is nothing special, just quite an aggressive
    game, but the factions and graphics will work for a normal game as
    well... Just follow the easy steps below (sorry about the amount of
    files, i've not done this before):

    1 - Back up your SMAX folder

    2 - Unzip the 'Santa's Longest Xmas' in the scenarios folder.

    3 - unzip the smaxmas1 through 6 in the main SMAX directory

    4 - unzip 'facs' and 'projs' in the same named sub directories in the smax folder

    5 - Load SMAX, choose your favorite Smaxmas Faction and enjoy...


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    Scenario Name: June '09 GOTM
    SMAC/ SMAX: SMAX
    Author: Russia4Life
    Date of original posting: 6/1/09
    Original host site: WPC

    Well it is the 1st of June and as promised here is the game I designed. Players will be controlling the Drones.

    I intended the game to be difficult, but I doubt anyone will experience
    any major problems completing the game. It is a scenario game that
    starts at turn one with some advantages given to the AI factions. As
    such you will need to play the scenario through the scenario option on
    the main game menu.

    (I can't think of anything else to add at the moment so I guess I will just wish everyone good luck.)


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    Scenario Name: July '09 GOTM
    SMAC/ SMAX: SMAX
    Author: Russia4Life
    Date of original posting: 7/1/09
    Original host site: WPC

    Here is the Game of the Month for July: The Ultimate Builder Challenge.
    For the purpose of the GOTM any type of victory is OK, you do not need to win by transcendence.

    The game is "almost" a standard SMACX game with a very specific set of
    setup option and faction choice which makes it hard to transcend.

    The factions
    1. Planet Cult - the human player, i.e. You
    2. Hive
    3. Believers
    4. Spartans
    5. Pirates
    6. Caretakers
    7. Usurpers

    Rule options:
    * All victory conditions ON
    * Do or Die ON
    * Look First ON
    * Tech Stagnation ON
    * Spoils of War OFF - can't steal it
    * Blind Research ON
    * Intense rivalry (aggressive AI) ON
    * Bell Curve ON - better comparison chances for the challenge
    * Iron Man ON
    Difficulty: Transcend (of course!)

    The game is played on the Huge Map of Planet - so that everybody has the
    same chance to know it including me, because I want to participate too
    without unfair advantage.

    For the same reason, I give you the starting locations (pods/scouts,
    look first is on, so you can walk about before putting down your city).
    Of course, you can also load the scenario into the editor to look around before you play.

    Just don't use the editor during the challenge game...
    1. Cult (You) start at (69,17) - Isle of Deianira
    2. Hive at (91,71) - near Monsoon Jungle
    3. Believers at (110,32) - near Upland Wastes
    4. Spartans at (32,102) - near Freshwater Sea
    5. Pirates at (74,78) - between Sea of Unity and Geothermal Shallows
    6. Caretakers (15,55) - near The Ruins
    7. Usurpers (46,54) - near Garland Crater

    Now, the only remaining thing to explain is the almost above, i.e. what
    makes this scenario very different from a game started up with the same
    setup parameters and factions. It is the diplomacy setup!

    Each AI faction has the following special diplomacy setting:
    * Vendetta with Planet Cult
    * Atrocity victim of Planet Cult
    * Want revenge against Planet Cult
    * Fight to Death with Planet Cult
    * Pact with all other AI factions
    * Surrendered to all other AI factions (yes the Scenario editor allows
    both ways surrendered state - go figure )
    * The current diplomacy status is fixed - cannot change during game!

    BTW, do not hope to get some freebie tech or Alien Artifacts from the Unity pods. These 2 goodies are disabled.


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    Scenario Name: December GOTM
    SMAC/ SMAX: SMAX
    Author: Darsnan
    Date of original posting: 12/1/09
    Original host site: WPC

    Directions

    1) In your Scenarios subdirectory create a folder called "Dec GotM", and download and unzip the “Dec GotM” files into it.
    2) Start up SMAX, then select "Scenario", "Play Scenario", and then go
    to the subdirectory "Dec GotM" and choose the scenario. The game will
    automatically load with the University.



    Changelog

    The alphax.txt file for this game has been aquatized, with some of the more notable modifications as follows:

    #RULES

    - Artillery Numerator/ Denominator is at 15/7: with arty, it is much better to give than receive!

    #RESOURCEINFO
    - Ocean squares yield 1/1/1.
    - Monoliths give 2/3/2
    #CHASSIS
    - the speeder chassis has been disabled. Note that there is a speeder
    based unit available at Nonlinear Mathematics, and this unit can be
    reverse engineered as the player sees fit.
    - the Foil chassis is available at Doc: Mobility.
    Needlejet and copter movement have been reduced to 6.
    - Gravship movement has been reduced to 5, and the chassis is available at Monopole Magnets.
    #UNITS
    There are 43 units in the alphax.txt for this game, most favoring the aquatic.

    FACTIONS

    Several factions have been modified to make them more challenging.


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    Scenario Name: February 2010 GOTM: "What would Pravin do?"
    SMAC/ SMAX: SMAX
    Author: Buster's Uncle
    Date of original posting: 2/1/10
    Original host site: WPC

    Peace In Our Time - U.N. Succession

    Datalinks: Aphelion Meet (redirected from 10-10-10 attacks)

    1. Diplomatic context: Initial projections assumed a period of four to
    five decades before a full Council could meet. These projections came
    from calculations based on limited faction motility, helial radiation
    disturbances, and the slow adoption of ionosphere broadcasting tech.
    However, the projections failed to account for the presence of Unity
    resupply pods littering Chiron's surface, many containing data key to
    sending/receiving commlinks. After establishing face-to-face contact
    with Believer and Spartan factions, the U.N. communications directorate
    pieced together enough data from recovered data files in Unity pods and
    inter-faction transmissions to reestablish ties with all existent
    factions. The final official "first contact" brought the Hive into U.N.
    communications in MY 2108.

    The quick pace of interfactional contact allowed for global scrutiny
    over any border disputes, forestalling the worst-case scenario of
    internecine conflict. An uneasy truce governed the standard year between
    full contact and first summit. In MY2110, delegates of all council
    member factions met under U.N. auspices at the Neutral Zone to address
    the Commissioner's proposed New Charter. The summit drew its name from
    the Aphelion of Chiron from Hercules B, considered an auspicious
    timeframe due to reduced native life activity.

    2. Aims of the Aphelion Meet: The U.N. agenda planned for the meeting
    included the following unresolved binding goals: establishment of
    multiilateral military communications; clear demarcation of border and
    territorial claims; an up-down vote on adoption of the Unity Charter.
    The agenda included the following unresolved aspirational goals: opening
    round of talks to set a cross-border trade regimen; initial outlines of
    a human rights code; discussions on a universal energy standard; and
    humanitarian technology-sharing for research vital to Chironside
    survival.

    Gaian agenda: The only other faction to submit a full agenda was the
    Gaian leader Deirdre Skye, whose agenda mirrored U.N. interests in key
    concerns, but introduced several measures of binding multilateral
    limitations to avert the heavy man-made environmental concerns of
    Earthside industrial development through history. Skye also emerged as a
    strong supporter of native biomorph research, nominally outlawed under
    the U.N.'s interim preservation doctrines.

    3. Diplomatic results: The meeting successfully achieved several key
    goals: establishing a common commlink protocol; affirming the Charter's
    central tenets while leaving key provisions open for revocation at a
    later date; and the re-establishment of Earthside "energy credit"
    currencies for uniform economic liquidity.

    Surviving records show that the meeting was due to begin a second
    schedule of talks addressing military cooperation and resolving
    territorial disputes. The Meet participants were unable to reach
    consensus before the 10-10-10 Attacks, which claimed the lives of all
    faction leaders and Meet staff.

    4. Terrorist attack: The 10-10-10 Attacks comprised a series of
    coordinated attacks on the Neutral Zone complexes. Together, they
    eliminated all seven faction members and resulted in the death by
    exposure of more than five hundred identified victims. Piecemeal records
    suggest that the initial attack occurred inside the Meet Hall, with an
    intentional fire or chemical alarm. This caused automated and manned
    systems to seal, and to activate oxygenation. Chemical tests from the
    site show traces of isotopes, likely pumped into the air supply from
    points inside the security perimeter. The initial contamination gave a
    lethal dosage of radiation to more than half the Meet staff. Adding to
    the confusion, many of those lethally affected from outset were key
    personnel, and thus received a disproportionate amount of first aid and
    support systems when no remedial effects were possible.

    By 2110-10-11, a small remnant of staff were suited against the
    atmosphere, attempting to overcome the failsafes and possibly dealing
    with armed aggression. In the evening of the second day, vehicle fire
    directed by people or persons unknown destroyed the central hall and
    dormitories. The last eyewitness account recovered comes from U.N.
    Security Detail Pvt. Nova Sudiwikarmi, who recorded that men in his
    squad had attempted to exit the compound and come under fire from
    vehicles commanded by unconfirmed, and seemingly contradictory,
    factions. Sudiwikarmi surmised that the confusion after the terrorist
    attack caused many legitimate security personnel to use force in
    self-defense, at which point distinguishing terrorist from soldier
    became impossible. Sudiwikarmi's last transmission in the evening of
    2110-10-11 describes an attempt to regroup and take control of one of
    the few mining rovers present as perimeter defense. Sudiwikarmi's body
    was recovered along with several civilians approximately 13 km from the
    Meet: each had signs of death by nitrogen asphyxiation save one, U.N.
    Minister of Education Simi Rosan, who died of a firearm injury and blood
    loss.

    5. Aftermath and global condemnation: U.N. patrols were the first to
    arrive onsite, owing to border proximity, but were slow to respond to
    other factions' demands for information. By 2110-10-13, Acting Secretary
    Sarita assumed ministerial powers in accordance with U.N. succession
    directives. Sarita released full decedent lists to all factions, but
    held details of the attack confidential. She also initiated a full-scale
    review of security measures and numerous depositions to determine
    terrorist complicity within the U.N. These measures, though justified
    under the Police Powers act, brought U.N. internal functions to a
    standstill, further delaying the release of key facts to other faction
    representatives.

    Factual findings of the U.N. investigation were made public 2110-10-15,
    along with a call for unity in condemnation of the perpetrators of the
    attack and in resolution to bring them to justice. Sarita relinquished
    her position after the Electorate ratified Prashanti Lal, sister to
    predecessor Pravin Lal, as Interim Commissioner. Her first act was the
    repeal of the Police Powers and the normalization of citizens' personal
    freedoms. Less than two days later, the interim Spartan military command
    officially revoked the state of truce between their faction and the
    U.N., and advised that U.N. personnel encountered on Spartan claims
    would be subject to imprisonment without trial. One week later, forces
    under Believer command attacked and overran a U.N. border depot, seizing
    sensor technology and materiel. Local reports indicated that the depot
    now broadcast the religious agenda of Reverend Manuel Godwinson. Despite
    these hostilities, Interim Commissioner Prashanti Lal on 2110-10-33
    formally declared her intention to preserve civilian freedoms, even as
    she passed the bill mobilizing unprecedented forces to defend U.N.
    borders.

    The Gaians under Ailean Skye communicated a statement of mutual
    bereavement and regret on 2110-10-18, indicating a continuation of
    formal truce status. No official contacts have been reported from the
    University, Hive, or Morganites. The state of relations with these
    factions, and their leadership successions - if any - remain undefined.

    * ~ * ~ *

    "Sister Lal?" Sarita's soft words brought Prashanti back from her thoughts. "Secretary-General, the meeting is in 20 minutes."

    Prashanti turned from the sunset out the window. "Thank you, Sarita. Show them in when it’s time."

    It felt strange occupying Pravin's office, being addressed as
    Secretary-General in his place. Prashanti was no stranger to command;
    since Planetfall, as Pravin's sister and most trusted lieutenant, she'd
    issued orders in his name, been his closest counselor.

    But with him gone...

    Tears began to well again, red in the sunset. The week since the
    explosion at the face-to-face Planetary Council meeting had been a
    hectic one. The simultaneous loss of leaders had thrown Chiron into
    chaos. "Oh Pravi," she thought, desolately.

    The task of guiding humanity towards reunification had seemed endless
    even with Pravin’s resolute hand at the helm, and now... Prashanti wiped
    tears and opened the dossier on the other new faction leaders.

    The faces were all new. Many were taken from furtive angles, or strange
    lighting, as if the photos were illicit artifacts. Far too little was
    known for sure - this dark cabinet of humanity's new leaders. Lord
    Ailean Skye was believed more detached than his late wife; the
    philosopher of the Gaians. Here was the new University Provost, Iskra
    Vadima, whose name turned up no results at all in the academic
    publication archives. Smiling out from the page, the broad face of CEO
    Chinwemma Morgan seemed oddly out of place, given the solemnity of her
    rise to power. The Spartan leader, Colonel Sosimo Fernan, seemed oddly
    friendly for a military man, beaming out from the distance like a jolly
    uncle, in stark contrast to Manuel Godwinson, whose fiery oratory was
    already the stuff of legend. And finally, rounding out the seven, the
    enigmatic mouthpiece of the Hive: Speaker Liren Yang, whose
    clockwork-regular broadcasts assured the Hive workers - and indeed any
    other humans inclined to believe her - of the certainty that everything
    was proceeding to her plan.

    Already, these faces were making their presence known in the U.N.
    corridors of power. Within days, the Spartans and Believers had begun
    pushing their troops towards Peacekeeper territory, in clear violation
    of the border agreements. Days when Peacekeepers watched their new
    leader and wondered if she really had what it took to lead.

    Prashanti smiled to herself, despite it all. Turns out, she did. In a
    democratic civilian government with strong institutions, all you needed
    to lead in times of war was a damn good general. And Daoud al-Bahraini
    had been just the damn good general she'd needed. They'd mobilized in
    mere hours and held the line until the crisis passed.

    And people on the holopodes were cheering in the streets, clasping each
    other and shouting with joy. And chanting. Prashanti brought her hand to
    her eyes again, but for tears of humbled happiness, not bereavement.
    They'd been chanting her name.

    She smiled and dried her eyes properly. This was no time to be getting
    soft-headed with pride, or a time to be weeping with despair. Her people
    were still in peril; they needed her to be strong, sure, and above all,
    wise.

    And as she had promised at the ceremony, she would lead them out of the darkness.

    "What," she wondered as always, "would Pravin do?"





    Directions
    1) download the zip file and place it into your main game directory.
    usually this is: C:\Program Files\Firaxis Games\Sid Meier's Alpha
    Centauri
    2) unzip it.
    3) start up SMAX, then select "Scenario", "Play Scenario", and then go to the subdirectory "GotM1002" and choose the scenario.
    4) choose the difficulty level and the game will automatically load with the Peacekeepers.
    4) if you liked the introductory story, please enjoy the other files in
    the .zip- they tell the story of how each of the other factions handled
    the transition. Feedback would be appreciated. They might help suggest
    creative directions for your AARs, too.



    Changelog:

    Carrier Deck special ability moved to Doctrine:Air Power.


    FACTIONS

    This scenario (and the associated stories) was built around the
    Alternate Gender Leader Project custom factions- which have all been
    specially modified to fit a realistic sudden power-vacuum situation, not
    the simple “same persons with their genders switched” that they began
    as.

    #Objectives:

    The PKs must conquer six objective bases in order to capture and interrogate the respective governors.
    The six cities are:
    - Great Conclave
    - Judgement Seat
    - Penal Colony
    - Spartan Citadel
    - Manufacturing Warrens
    - Sparta Command
    There's no need to achieve a standard victory condition in order to be eligible for the GotM Competition.
    The scenario can be played at any difficulty level and even though it
    doesn't have a time limit, you should be able to finish it in less than
    100 turns.

    Have fun reading and playing!


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    Scenario Name: March 2010 GOTM: UNSA - United Nations Space Agency
    SMAC/ SMAX: SMAX
    Author: Mart (w/ art by Buster's Uncle)
    Date of original posting: 2/28/10
    Original host site: WPC

    This month we start in mission year 2150. Pravin Lal is busy with
    diplomacy, planet wide tensions and a vendetta, but is concerned with
    technological progress that would take humanity back to space.

    Installation:
    1) Download the zip file and place it into your main game directory.
    usually this is: C:\Program Files\Firaxis Games\Sid Meier's Alpha
    Centauri
    2) Unzip it, but use "extract here" command rather than "extract to 'gotm_1003_unsa' "
    3) Start up SMAX, then select "Scenario", "Play Scenario", and navigate
    to folder 'GotM_1003_UNSA' that is in your 'scenarios' folder (Game
    should already be in your scenarios folder).
    4) Choose 'Kirkway_UNSA_2150.SC' scenario to play. It is transcend
    difficulty and you play Peacekeepers derived faction of United Nations
    Space Agency.

    Submission:
    Your submission is due May, 9th at 12:00 (Noon) GMT.
    You can send a game save one turn before launching the first satellite.

    Submission by email:
    Bdanv:
    borcea [ _ ] dan [ AT ] yahoo [ DOT ] com.
    Mart:
    marcin777 [ AT ] gmail [ DOT ] com.

    ===============================================
    To: Commander Kirkway
    From: Commissioner Pravin Lal
    U.N. Headquarters, MY 2150, January 29

    Commander, I am greatly concerned that recent conflicts on Chiron threaten
    our ambition of returning into space. Therefore, I have created United Nations
    Space Agency (UNSA). I apoint you to the position of Agency Director.

    I prepared adequate means to build UNSA facilities on one of the islands of
    Santa Ana Archipelago, south of Monsoon Jungle and east of Sea of Unity,
    which was scouted 10 years ago by Believers. Spartans have already established
    a base near Geothermal Shallows. So far, we have good relations with Colonel
    Santiago. You can also ask assistance of Lady Deirdre Sky, our long time
    pact-mate. Her bases are on Monsoon Jungle coast to the north. Our intelligence
    is sketchy, but there is possible Hive activity in the west. I know Yang
    can threaten your bases, but still the archipelago is the safest location
    for UNSA. There is intellegance of a possible recent drone rebellion in the Hive.
    Watch for Hive rebels in the region. Send a patrol to South 2 Airbase Complex,
    I will send supplies to that location for you.

    Your objective, Commander Kirkway, is to successfully launch our first
    satellite into Chiron's orbit as soon as you can.

    Good Luck!
    Pravin Lal

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    NOTES:
    - Use CTRL+F4 to see scenario objectives.

    ===============================================
    OBJECTIVE:
    - Launch the first satellite of UNSA in the smallest possible number of turns.
    You need to acquire Orbital Spaceflight technology and build a satellite in
    one of your bases. Save and submit the turn before one such satellite
    would be completed.

    ===============================================
    OTHER NOTES:
    - Your GotM score depends on the number of turns you played.
    - In case of a tie, victory points determine the winner.
    - Hit CTRL+H to home your any independent supply crawler, once it is in a base.
    - U.N. Airbase Complex, South 2, has some goodies for you! Use Lal's advice!
    - Missile chassis is now available with Doctrine: Air Power.
    - Colony pods are disabled. Protect your five bases!
    - You are allowed to purchase or to sell a base from/to AI for energy credits
    (EC) only. Extortion or gifting is allowed too, but you are not allowed to
    exchange a base for a base.

    Good Luck, Commander!


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    Scenario Name: April 2010 GOTM: Jihad
    SMAC/ SMAX: SMAX
    Author: bdanv (w/ art by Buster's Uncle)
    Date of original posting: 3/31/10
    Original host site: WPC

    The psalmist writes in Psalm 24, “The Earth is the Lord’s and
    everything in it, the world and all who live in it;” We are all part of
    God’s creation and the Good News is that God is actively working to
    redeem and reconcile all of creation. As a follower of God, I must take
    an active role in my stewardship of God’s creation and in advocating for
    the redemption and protection of this new Earth that God has blessed us
    to be a part of.

    Planet has spoken to me. In this Promised Land God has given us, there
    is a special thing; the Planetmind is touched of His essence – a Holy
    thing, worthy of our reverence.

    In First Peter 4:10 We are told: “As every man hath received the gift,
    even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the
    manifold grace of God.” We have done as our Lord has commanded, and He
    has smiled upon us, gifting our efforts at good stewardship with
    prosperity. But with this prosperity comes a further duty.

    I have studied and prayed upon this since we came together as the
    Believers of Planet. Our creed is a simple one; we must care for Planet,
    Mankind’s new home that God has given us a birthright. To do any less,
    as Man did to Earth, defies God’s Holy Grace and would be punished, as
    God did Man on Earth – with death. But to be good stewards without faith
    denies God just as surely!

    We are surrounded by the faithless, the blasphemous and the poor
    stewards. This is an AFFRONT to our Heavenly Father! We, God’s chosen,
    have a duty to set things right in this Promised Land – God’s new
    incarnate being; we alone have the true faith and the backing of God. He
    has anointed us – God has made the humble strong!

    Were Deuteronomy 7:1-2 written today, it might read: “When the LORD thy
    God shall bring thee into the world whither thou goest to possess it,
    and hath cast out many factions before thee, the Gaians, and the Hive,
    and the Spartans, and the Peacekeepers, and the Consciousness, and the
    Drones, and the Data Angels, and the Pirates, eight nations greater and
    mightier than thou; And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before
    thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make
    no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them”.

    Our crusade against the unrighteous shall not falter; for our faith will
    sustain us. God commands us that we issue forth and cut off the
    generations of the wicked. NOW is the time! NOW shall we don the Armor
    of Righteousness and blot that which is evil in his sight from this Holy
    world!

    Amen.

    ...


    [2132: Peace Conference]

    The xenchibi blooms were beautiful.

    His staff had done an excellent job, Cha thought. When they’d urged him
    to have a private dinner with Sister Miriam, he’d insisted on a relaxed
    setting; he rarely had to deal with people on a one-on-one basis, and he
    wanted to be as comfortable as possible. The burgundy colors of the
    wall hangings were muted against the background of old wood. The
    lighting was low. Mellow music was playing quietly in the background.

    The master touch was the extraordinarily robust xenchibi centerpiece
    crowning the feast laid out on the table. Xenchibi blooms were in common
    enough use as a decoration among the People of Planet for intimate,
    social settings – not least for the tranquil, sense-of-closeness effects
    their spores fostered. Cha had noticed the soothing scent of the
    impressive bouquet as he entered the room and immediately felt more
    ready to face the woman already seated at the table... (read more)


    [2149: Study]

    It was an actual, physical, paper book – and it was massive. White,
    leather-bound, faint traces of gold leaf remaining in places among the
    floral pattern embossed around the border of the cover; it was obviously
    an antique.

    “HOLY BIBLE” the title read.

    Jezebel Dawn kept running her fingers over it. This… was a treasure!
    What an astounding sixteenth birthday present to receive from a
    stranger. Long ago, Sister Miriam of the Believers had sent Jezebel a
    datapad of the Bible for her 10th birthday; to her puzzlement, Father
    had insisted that she write Miriam a thank-you note.. (read more)

    [2153: Planet Dreams]

    In the darkness, something goes >pop<, and you are lying on your
    back on a hillside among the soft orange and purple tendrils of a vast
    fungal forest. The sound of running water gurgles loudly in the vicinity
    of your right ear, but you cannot identify the source. Panic rises
    briefly in your throat as you realize you have no filter mask or oxygen
    tank, dressed only in your worksuit, but breath comes easily and you
    detect no signs of nitrogen narcosis. From somewhere, a voice seems to
    whisper "earthJezebel," but perhaps it is only the breeze.. (read more)

    DIRECTIONS
    1) Download the zip file (at the bottom of this post) and place it into
    your main game directory. usually this is: C:\Program Files\Firaxis
    Games\Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
    2) Unzip it there.
    3) Start up SMAX, then select "Scenario", "Play Scenario", and then go
    to the subdirectory "1004 Jihad" and choose the scenario.
    4) Choose the difficulty level and the game will automatically load with the new faction - The Zealots.


    OBJECTIVES
    For GotM 1004 any square of Planet will count as objective and i will
    accept any submission regardless of completing the scenario.
    Whether you manage to conquer/subvert only one base or loose some of
    the land you own at the start, you are eligible for the GotM contest.
    There's no need to achieve a standard victory condition in order to be eligible for the GotM Competition.

    In order to complete the scenario, you will have to reach 950 objectives (squares of territory).
    That's almost the entire surface of the planet.

    WARNING!
    Raising/lowering terrain with the formers is disabled in this scenario! You can't acquire territory this way.


    CHANGELOG
    The main changes in gameplay are introduced by the traits of your faction - The Zealots.
    The are some other minor tweaks, none of them worth mentioning. I will let you discover it all by yourself.
    The tech tree remains untouched.

    WARNING!
    Don’t build an army of conventional units! They are useless because of their combat modifier.
    Just go native! Natives are cool. Trust me!





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  12. Darsnan

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    Scenario Name: May 2010 GOTM: "Warcrimes: Operation Slapdash"
    SMAC/ SMAX: SMAC
    Author: bdanv (w/ art by Buster's Uncle)
    Date of original posting: 5/6/10
    Original host site: WPC

    War Crimes (by Buster's Uncle - pt.1)

    The rover patrol along the disputed border with the Gaians had been
    routine. Ravi was relating one of his stories about yet another
    improbable romantic adventure from the driver’s seat, while Lev scanned
    the landscape from shotgun and pretended to listen. They’d pulled duty
    together lots of times over the years; Ravi wasn’t a bad guy, if you
    could stand the bragging. He was a good Spartan.

    “So when I put my pants on the next morning, I realized I had 10 more EC
    in my pockets than I’d left barracks with,” Ravi said, “I don’t
    remember everything, but she must have paid-”

    “BOIL!” Lev shouted, pointing towards a fungus-covered rise.

    Ravi instantly slammed the wheel left towards the threat; it was
    doctrine to attack mindworms on sight, before they attacked you. Lev
    brought the turret gun to bear and opened fire.

    Lev saw the world swirl before his eyes; contracting, expanding,
    contracting, expanding – whirling - impossible pressure building. He
    remembered every time he’d been cut in his entire life at once. Ravi’s
    screams beside him were the hunting cries of great cats. Fangs ripping
    at his flesh, eating him!

    WORMS BURROWING IN THROUGH HIS EYES!

    …

    Ravi slowly realized he wasn’t dead. He hurt too much to be dead. He
    blearily realized he was folded over the wheel of the recon rover. Ugh.
    The worm had counterattacked while they were still in motion and they’d
    crashed into something. He looked over at Lev.

    His mind blanked out again.

    …

    Ravi didn’t remember sealing his airmask, grabbing the flamethrower and
    exiting the cabin, but his training had held strong. Making sure of
    every last bit of the boil was S.O.P. His throat was too raw to scream
    his rage at the burning remains; there was nothing but pain.

    He was looking around to be sure he was done when he spotted the
    barely-stirring woman lying prone nearby, her hands clutched to her
    head. Gaian insignia.

    It was true then; the Gaians were controlling mindworms for weapons. Unleashing those horrors on people. Killed Lev.

    He couldn't even scream as he aimed the flamethrower.


    Editorial (by DrazharLn - pt.2)

    The Interview (pt.3)

    “Commander Santos? I’m Dean Gómez, with Instant Briefing.” Gómez’ eyes
    slowly adjusted to the dim hospital room as Santos turned from the
    window he’d been standing at. “I’m here for the interview. How are you
    today?”

    “Gómez… What rank?” Ravi said.

    “Lieutenant,” Dean said, “Reserves, of course, but that won’t last with war on the way.”

    “Well sit,” Santos said, himself settling on the edge of the bed, tiredly.

    “How are you holding up, Commander?” Gómez said.

    “I’ve been better and been worse,” Santos said, “The nightmares are
    pretty bad, still, but I’m okay when I’m awake,” he grinned wryly. “Now,
    there was this time that I was seeing this woman that- “ He broke off
    at a sudden loud commotion of voices in the hall.

    Gómez’ datapad beeped loudly at the same time. Glancing at the screen
    for a second, he exclaimed, “The Gaians have declared vendetta!”

    The two men looked at each other, surprized. Everyone knew war was
    coming after the border incident, but no one had expected the Gaians to
    start it.

    “I’m doing fine, Lieutenant Gómez,” Ravi said slowly, “The nightmares
    have gone away. Tell them I’m ready for active duty; I’m going to kill
    the Gaians.”

    DIRECTIONS
    1) Download the zip file (at the bottom of this post) and place it into
    your main game directory. usually this is: C:\Program Files\Firaxis
    Games\Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
    2) Unzip it there.
    3) Start up SMAC (not the expansion), then select "Scenario", "Play
    Scenario", and then go to the subdirectory "1005 WarcrimesOS" and choose
    the scenario.
    4) Choose the difficulty level and the game will automatically load with the Spartans.

    WARNING!
    •You cannot build additional bases in this scenario. The Spartan people
    are afraid to relocate closer to the Gaian border because of the recent
    war crimes. You will have to 'clean' the shores of the Freshwater Sea
    before the colonists will arrive.
    •You won't be able to direct the research capabilities of the Spartan
    Empire or trade techs with the other factions. Remember you are 'only' a
    Governor! (Of course, you can always steal the precious techs available
    to the Gaian forces).
    •There's no Planetary Council in this scenario. This stuff is only
    available for the 'guys in the big league' (faction leaders). However
    you will be able to contact the Gaians using the commlink.


    CHANGELOG
    Habitat Complex available from the begining of the scenario.





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  13. Darsnan

    Darsnan Emperor

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    Scenario Name: June 2010 GOTM: "Market Forces"
    SMAC/ SMAX: SMAX
    Author: bdanv and Rymdolov (w/ art by Buster's Uncle)
    Date of original posting: 6/1/10
    Original host site: WPC

    The restaurant was expensive, possibly the most expensive on Planet,
    but in an extravagant, rather than exclusive, way. The cutlery was heavy
    with precious metals; the meals were large, even ones made up of
    genuine, non-vat grown, meat and rare spices. The room was bright with
    harnessed solar energy, leaving the dark Chiron night to those of lesser
    means.

    In Jeneba's mind, though, the primary source of light seemed to be the
    smile of the man sitting opposite her, lighting a fine cigar.

    "This, in fact", CEO Nwabudike Morgan said, indicating the cigar, "is a
    good example of what I was talking about. If some other faction leader,
    Lal for example, was to smoke one of these in public, there would be
    talk of the leader setting a bad example by smoking unhealthy cigars
    before the eyes of those poor helpless drones who can't think for
    themselves. We, however, would think of it as inspirational. 'Look, he
    is rich enough to smoke expensive cigars'! Then we leave it to the
    individual drone to pursue his or her happiness in order to be able to
    smoke one of these one day.

    “Or, for that matter, buy a restaurant and turn it into a non-smoking area.

    “The point is that we don't demand a certain behavior - all we demand is
    that you work hard, by hand or by brain, whatever your assets are, to
    be able to afford the behavior of your choice! And we don't need an army
    of bureaucrats to make sure you don't put in more than you take out -
    because you can't! That's the power of the Market!"

    Morgan leaned back, obviously pleased with his speech, cheerfully
    slapping the bottom of the waitress who had just brought him a glass of
    brandy and laughing loudly at her wide-eyed surprise. He leaned forward
    and winked at Jeneba.

    "That would have been called 'sexual harassment', or perhaps 'adultery',
    in several other factions; indeed it would have in much of our own.
    However, in this restaurant, 'brief body contact with serving personnel'
    is part of the deal we made when having this table reserved for us. We
    paid good money for it and so it's ours!"

    "And does the girl get extra money for providing this - service? ," Jeneba asked. Morgan raised his eyebrows.

    "Why, if she was smart enough to negotiate for it! Her body is, of
    course, protected as her private property under our property laws - the
    only kind of laws you need - and may be sold or leased as she likes.
    It's all a matter of supply and demand! It's all in her contract; signed
    by her out of her own free will!"

    "You see", Morgan continued, "the Market is good not only for organizing
    the distribution of energy, minerals and other limited resources, but
    also for organizing most human relationships. 'Human behavior is
    economic behavior', to quote my own greatest role model. And it's not
    just crude egotism, either. By striving to accomplish wealth for
    yourself, you inevitably create a better life for everyone around you,
    from the scientist getting rich from patenting a medical drug which
    helps ill people all over Planet, to the actor earning sweet credits
    pursuing his dream while at the same time entertaining his audience."

    Jeneba considered her next move. Her boss had asked her to question The
    Morganite lifestyle, so that he could defend it as a sort of
    intellectual pastime.

    "Well, but what about inherited wealth? Might that not be construed as unjust? Didn't you - "

    "Yes, there's a point right there", Morgan interrupted. "We all know
    that some - not all - who inherit wealth become lazy and passive.
    However, the urge to provide for your offspring is such a strong driving
    force that the benefits are greater than the costs. Market forces gain
    their strength because they are tied to the deepest evolutionary drives
    imprinted in our very genes. When you mess with the Market, you're
    messing with a force of nature, which is why the non-market economies
    are like people thinking they've grown wings when they're really
    plain-old people in a plane that's about to run out of fuel."

    Jeneba spread her hands, "Well, that's plain to see. But the elites of
    the other factions have invested huge resources and much prestige in
    their systems. They are not likely to listen to reason and some of them
    are heavily armed, you know..."

    Morgan leaned forward, lowered his voice and put on the
    let's-get-down-to-business face that Jeneba had come to admire and fear
    through the years of working for Morgan.

    "Ah, this brings us to the reason we're here tonight. You see, I have a plan..."

    DIRECTIONS
    1) Download the zip file (at the bottom of this post):
    -for Transcend difficulty download the file: 1006 Market Forces.zip
    -for Librarian difficulty download the file: 1006 Market Forces-Librarian.zip
    2)Place the archive into the scenarios directory. Usually you can find
    it here: C:\Program Files\Firaxis Games\Sid Meier's Alpha
    Centauri\scenarios
    3) Unzip it there.
    4) Start up SMAX, then select "Scenario", "Play Scenario", and then go
    to the subdirectory "1006 Market Forces" and choose the scenario.


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  14. Darsnan

    Darsnan Emperor

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    Scenario Name: July 2011 GOTM: Drone secession wars - part 1 "First Strikes"
    SMAC/ SMAX: SMAC
    Author: bdanv and Rymdolov (w/ art by Buster's Uncle)
    Date of original posting: 7/2/10
    Original host site: WPC

    The Alpha Centauri Game of the Month (GotM) is a SMAC / SMAX scenario
    made for your entertainment, featuring often custom factions, graphics
    and also fanfiction.
    It is also a single player contest to see who can beat a scenario in the most effective way.
    Scenario objectives can vary from building a facility to conquering some
    bases or reaching one of the standard Alpha Centauri victory
    conditions.

    The July 2011 GotM is called: Drones secession wars - part 1 "First
    Strikes" and it's a SMAC scenario (no need for the expanssion pack -
    SMAX)
    Estimated time of play: 45-60 minutes

    The Free Drones were founded very early in Planet's history, only 60
    years after Planetfall. During the early years after Planetfall, the
    Human Hive was even more restrictive than it is currently, as Chairman
    Yang had much more direct control over his subjects. Nevertheless, there
    were rebellions.
    Domai was a young man, born to drone parents. He grew up in the Hive,
    indoctrinated into Yang's beliefs, pursuing the Hive ideal of each
    person contributing to the glory of humanity as a whole. His defense of
    Hive ideology and his natural intelligence and strength drew attention
    to him. He soon became part of the Hive leadership cadre, and slowly
    began to rise through the ranks.
    However, as Domai matured, he found himself drifting away from some of
    the Hive's basic concepts. In particular, he began to reject Yang's
    contention that humans were valueless except when they contributed to
    the whole. Domai asked himself "If humans are valueless except when they
    contribute to society, why then does society have value?" He came to
    the conclusion that all humans have value, but they only fulfill that
    value when they help others achieve their potential, through their
    contributions to human society. Domai also began to question the
    nihilism of Yang's philosophy. As he experienced more and more of life
    outside the education creche, he saw many things that suggested that it
    was not only will that gave humans purpose and meaning.
    Indeed, Domai was struck by the simple power of those who resisted
    attempts to break them down. They gained meaning through resistance, not
    through imposing their will on others. In his private thoughts, Domai
    questioned Yang's leadership more and more.
    Domai kept these reflections private, but some hint of them began to be
    noticed by his superiors. His rise in the hiearchy slowed, and he began
    to get more unpleasant tasks assigned to him. He was often involved in
    supressing drone dissent, activities that only added fuel to the fire of
    his doubt...

    Domai had been noticed by Chairman Yang himself, who recognized the
    young man's idealism. Yang appreciated Domai's belief in the importance
    of cooperation, but he felt that Domai's faith in human nature had to be
    broken. As part of this program, he sent Domai to Struggle's Respite,
    one of the main Hive bases, where major drone riots had broken out, with
    instuctions to subdue the rioters at any cost. Yang hoped that seeing
    humanity at its most violent and irrational would crush Domai's
    idealism, leaving him an ideal Hive administrator. The effect on Domai,
    however, was quite the opposite.
    When Domai arrived at the base, he instituted some stopgap measures to
    contain the rioting drones. However, instead of then attempting to crush
    the dissent, as his superiors expected him to do, he began to
    investigate the source of the riots. What he found disgusted him:
    widespread exploitation of the drones, including what was essentially
    private slaves for high ranking Hive members, arbitrary and unjust
    punishments, and extremely inferior living conditions. Domai attempted
    to remedy these issues, but he was blocked at every turn by the base's
    command, who resisted all attempts to remove their priviledges. However,
    as Domai worked, he gained a major rapport with the drones and middle
    class of the base, who respected him for his fairness and unwillingness
    to give up. Finally, the last straw arrived: Yang sent orders for mass
    nerve staplings to quell the rioters, and instructed that no change in
    conditions, aside from removal of corruption, be instituted. Domai
    rebelled.

    Working quickly, he organized the drones and sympathetic talents in the
    base. Using his high level security clearances, he was able to allow
    drone forces into the administrative and military sections of the base,
    where the high officials were captured before any warning could be sent.
    The drones were in control of the base. Unfortunately, they realized,
    they would be no match for the full military might of the Hive, who
    would surely descend on the base as soon as the revolt was discovered.
    The drones grimly prepared for a heroic last stand, declaring that they
    would rather die free than return to slavery. However, Domai proposed a
    daring alternative: an exodus. The base's production facilities were
    quickly retooled to vehicle production, and the population willing to
    leave began to gather all the equipment they could easily transport.
    Meanwhile, captive administrators were forced to send messages saying
    all was well.
    Finally, after 3 months of backbreaking effort, everything was ready.
    The population of the base, almost 10,000 people, were loaded into
    massive transports, defended by a mobile rover squadron, and the journey
    began. The rover was equiped with a large industrial laser adapted for
    combat. This was their only defense against the Planet's hazards.

    The Drone Exodus, as it was later called, was an epic tale. Domai led
    the drones for over ten years. At first, they were forced to travel as
    stealthily as possible, to avoid Hive patrols. Once out of Hive
    territory, they still had to contend with hostile native life and
    unexplored terrain. Domai pushed the people south as far as possible, to
    escape the Hive's reach. The worst section of the trek was when they
    passed through Planet's major desert, the Great Dunes. Finally, the
    drones reached the isthmus known as Planetneck, and they encountered
    their future great benefactors, the Spartans.
    The Spartans were surprised to see the drones, but not totally unaware
    of their existence. Sparta had been skirmishing with the Hive for
    several years, and word of the great escape had caused much amusment in
    Spartan headquarters. However, the Spartans had expected that the Drones
    would quickly perish in such a mad attempt. But now, the drones were
    here, on the Spartan doorstep. The first thought was to simply integrate
    the drones into the Spartan's own society. However, this idea was
    quickly rejected: the drones were too independent and egalitarian-minded
    to fit easily into the Spartan ideal of military dominance. Instead,
    Sparta Command decided that the drones should be given aid and
    assistance to establish bases of their own. Arrogantly, Sparta assumed
    that drones such as these would never make a serious military threat,
    and would provide valuable industrial services to Sparta. So, they
    granted the Drones the right to colonize the peninsula to the south of
    their territory down to Cape Storm.

    fanfiction by K.Pedersen

    YOUR MISSION
    Foreman Domai of the Drones,
    In order to qualify for the prizes of the GotM competition you will
    have to successfully incite drone riots, simultaneously, in at least 2
    of the following Hiverian bases:•Chairman's Burrow
    •Social Artery
    •People's Endeavor

    RESTRICTIONS
    No colony pods can be built. Your people are thinking of their brothers
    and sisters who are still suffering all over the Hive homeland. You
    should do something about them first.
    No secret projects can be built. You should concentrate on your mission instead.
    You are not allowed in the Planetary Council (you are still the leader of a minor faction).
    You are not allowed to conquer any bases of the Hive. Your brothers and
    sisters are working in these bases. You must help them overthrow the
    Regime not kill them. However you are allowed to fight the Hive's army
    as well as engage the base's garrison (you have no mercy for those
    fighting for the Regime).


    DIRECTIONS
    1) Download the zip file (at the bottom of this post) and place it into
    your main game directory. usually this is: C:\Program Files\Firaxis
    Games\Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
    2) Unzip it there. Confirm overwrite if asked (ONLY FOR WINDOWS USERS)!
    3) Start up SMAC, then select "Scenario", "Play Scenario", and then go
    to the subdirectory "1107 First Strikes" and choose the scenario.
    4) The game will automatically load with the Drones and you will see a
    briefing. You can bring back the briefing at any time during the game by
    pressing the '=' key.

    GOOD LUCK!

    *Note: the scenario is made for Transcend difficulty level.



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  15. Darsnan

    Darsnan Emperor

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    Scenario Name: Battlefield Earth Scenario
    SMAC/ SMAX: SMAX
    Author: Googlie
    Date of original posting: unknown
    Original host site: Rynn's Gallery

    There is no description with this scenario: if someone plays it please let me know so I can update it accordingly.

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  16. Darsnan

    Darsnan Emperor

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    Scenario Name: Orbital Wars playtest
    SMAC/ SMAX: SMAX
    Author: Googlie
    Date of original posting: unknown
    Original host site: Rynn's Gallery

    From the text files it comes with, it appears that it is designed to test satellite combat.

    There is also a bug in it when I tried playing it. If I pick the Gaians
    the first unit I am given to move is a Supply Crawler if I push O the
    game crashes. If I tell the unit to wait or select a different unit then
    come back to it later in the turn I can use the O command without
    problem.


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    Scenario Name: The Axis Awakens
    SMAC/ SMAX: SMAX
    Author: Googlie
    Date of original posting: unknown
    Original host site: Rynn's Gallery

    The text files say it is a single player version of a PBEM game
    where you can play as the Hive, Spartans, or Believers. They are allied
    against 4 AI's. However I tried starting a game as the Spartans and they
    were not allied to the Believers only the Hive.


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    Darsnan Emperor

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    Scenario Name: Hammertime!
    SMAC/ SMAX: SMAX
    Author: Darsnan
    Date of original posting: 7/20/14
    Original host site: CFC

    BACK STORY
    Location: Dynesian Low Grav Training facility, Greater Pol Sphere

    Background: with a gravity of only 0.623 standard and little atmosphere, the Dynesian Low Grav facility is considered one of the best training facilities for low gravity warfare in human space.


    Episode 1: Ambushed!

    As they walked across the dusty planetoid surface, Brevit-Commander Antonio Al Mudeh realized the visiting Morganite dignitary had said something and was now awaiting a response. "Yes Councilor", Al Mudeh offered, "it is very typical of our organization that we form our new units with a mixture of old hands and new recruits."
    "But how can you guarantee their integrity in battle?", the dignitary, Councilor Leonidas, responded, getting quickly to the point, "You have nothing to back your claim as to how they will perform as a unit under the rigors of an actual combat situation". Leonidas stopped and turned to face Al Mudeh in order to highlight his point, "you understand, we are not in the habit of hiring 'show battalions' . The units we contract with will be expected to go and fight where we tell them to, and under extreme and varied environments. A physical unit with a proven record of working together in such environments would be viewed much more favorably than a group of soldiers just picked up off the streets". Leonidas turned and resumed walking, inviting Al Mudeh to respond.
    Al Mudeh had enough experience with civilians to understand that the conversation was now more about the contract, and the price he could get for his brigade of troops, than the surface insult which had been directed at him. He turned and walked with Leonidas, "Oh, I agree Councilor, units with experience should be able command more for their services” Al Mudeh paused to emphasize his point, before continuing, “for instance, The Legion deserves every credit their outfit earns: they’ve drawn some of the worst assignments on record, and have come out with a stellar record.” Al Mudeh’s oblique point as to how much it would cost to hire The Legion’s services made, he redirected the conversation, “However the contract you submitted to my organization specifically stated that it would involve deployment to a low gravity environment, and my unit was assembled specifically with that request in mind”. Al Mudeh motioned to the units displayed before them in parade formation, their combat armor in Garrison mode, “All these troopers have experience in low grav combat”. Al Mudeh continued, pointing to the armored chest on one of the Infantrymen before them, “and one of the methods we use to build cohesion within our units is to allow soldiers to wear citations they’ve earned in previous operations”.
    Leonidas studied the citations on the trooper’s chest. One emblem caught his attention, “I’ve seen that before – what is that?”
    “That citation was for the defense of New Stalingrad”, Al Mudeh answered, hoping Leonidas would pick up on the fact Al Mudeh had taken the time as commander to know each of his soldiers and their backgrounds.
    “Oh really”, Leonidas responded, “I heard at one point in the battle they used dead combat troopers to fortify their foxholes – the frozen corpses were enough to stop railgun rounds”. Leonidas turned his attention to the trooper before him, “Is this true?”
    There was a slight pause from the trooper, the eyes lost focus for a second and a far away look passed over her face, as if she relived the ghosts of those moments one more time, before the steel of the combat veteran returned, “Yes sir, that was true”.
    Leonidas nodded. His question answered, he resumed walking down the line of soldiers, “and what about you, Commander? You seem a little young to be commanding a Brigade of combat troops”.
    Al Mudeh resisted stating that all his officers’ dossiers were provided to Leonidas as part of the contract proposal. “I graduated as an officer candidate out of the Variable G Warfare School on Neumar”.
    “Ah, always wanted to lead drop troopers, eh?”
    Al Mudeh nodded, “I’ve made fifteen orbital assaults since then, ten at the company level leading combat troops. I was then promoted to battalion HQ”. Al Mudeh paused to let Leonidas consider this, before continuing, “on the last drop my HQ was wiped out and I assumed command of the battalion”.
    “Ah yes, the Darneth Affair. You weren’t going to take ‘no’ for an answer there, were you?”
    So Leonidas had at least glanced at Al Mudeh’s dossier! “In a low gravity environment speed and mobility are paramount. I took advantage of this more so than my adversaries”.
    “If I recall correctly you achieved the objective by leading the survivors of your drop and systematically eliminating the other assault forces”.
    Al Mudeh shrugged, “When the other assault forces weren’t trying to secure the objective, they were too busy trying to attack me where I had been, and not where I would be. This made them predictable in their movements”.
    “Some might say your adversaries merely underestimated your ragtag group”.
    Now it was Al Mudeh’s turn to smile, “Would you underestimate me, Councilor?”
    Deciding this was not going to be a profitable approach to the conversation, Leonidas took a different tack, “as you had stated earlier, our contract involves a low gravity environment. It also involves the defense of a specific objective, which your troops would be assigned to protect against any incursions onto the planetoid surface”.
    “A garrison assignment?”, Al Mudeh asked skeptically, “and you feel you need an entire brigade to protect this facility?”
    “Let’s just say the issue of ownership of this facility may come into question during your assignment”, Leonidas responded, before continuing, “thus we have brought you here to our corporation's training facility”.
    Al Mudeh nodded, “you want to assess our capabilities under a similar environment”.
    “Yes”, Leonidas agreed, “you say that your soldiers have experience in low gravity environments, and you say that your unit can fight cohesively in this environment, but you have no proof of this" Leonidas paused, before continuing, "what my corporation intends to ascertain is whether your claims are factual or not". Leonidas took a step back and made a flourish with his arm, "and thus today's demonstration".
    Al Mudeh studied Leonidas for a second. The man had gone passive, a faint smile tugging at the sides of his mouth. "I'm not following".
    "When your brigade arrived we had them armed with simulators".
    "Yes - you claimed you wanted a demonstration in marksmanship. We are ready to begin whenever you wish".
    A new voice piped in over Al Mudeh's command channel, "Sir, tracking multiple bogeys approaching from the north".
    Al Mudeh's eyes narrowed as he continued to scrutinize Leonidas: the man remained passive, however the smile on the corners of his lips seemed slightly more pronounced, as if the man was enjoying a private joke. Understanding swept over Al Mudeh - this was the "demonstration"! He snapped into command mode, "All units attack plan Delta", Al Mudeh took a second to assess the map data his combat suit's HUD was feeding him, then "Infantry, bearing West North West, Armor bearing West!"
    The units before him responded: almost as one the combat armor of the individual soldiers went from garrison mode to field deployment, their combat suits' choosing the camouflage patterns best suited for the surrounding barren terrain. Infantry began deploying forward in skirmisher mode, while the turrets of the mobile artillery began slewing towards the danger, their tracked vehicles then beginning to follow the infantry.
    The armor, the last to respond, moved slowly out from the surrounding garrison area. "Your not going to have your armor engage the threat?", Leonidas asked?
    "Its overkill", Al Mudeh responded, pointing for emphasis to his receding infantry who were already approaching the near horizon of the planetoid, "in the low grav environment infantry can cover significant ground, and with the artillery support they are more than comparable to a battalion of hovertanks".
    Al Mudeh's command com squawked to life again, "Commander, we are tracking incoming long range artillery".
    Al Mudeh turned a quizzical eye to Leonidas, "how are you simulating an artillery strike?", he demanded.
    Leonidas was taken aback, the smile fading from his face to be replaced by a puzzled frown, "I.... I don't know", the Councilor responded, "no one said anything about an artillery simulation".
    Again Al Mudeh's eyes narrowed as he assessed things, "come with me" he said to Leonidas, and for emphasis he grabbed the collar of the Councilor's environmental suit and began dragging him towards the nearest bunker. Simultaneously Al Mudeh barked into this command com, "Trajectory?"
    "Sir, projectiles just clearing the horizon now". A slight pause, then "Parabolic calculated: they are targeting your position. Repeat: HQ targeted!".
    Al Mudeh reached the bunker and pulled Leonidas in behind him, and they hunkered down and waited. The final few seconds ticked off as the incoming rounds, bound by Newtonian physics, descended towards their position, and only at the last did the rounds become audible, screaming in through the thin atmosphere and detonating on their position.
    The concussions shook the bunker, knocking Leonidas to the ground. Al Mudeh rode through the reverberations, his attention completely on his command channel, "Report", he demanded as the last of the detonations subsided.
    "Minor injuries", the reply came, "they were targeting the parade ground - good call moving the unit out".
    Al Mudeh ignored the compliment, "Belay the Infantry orders - tell them to skirmish Zebra. Repeat: Skirmish Zebra"
    "Skirmish Zebra - acknowledged", then, more urgently, "Sir, more artillery being tracked. Same trajectory".
    Al Mudeh turned to Leonidas. His eyes had narrowed again, but now there was a look of complete rage on the commander's face, "I have my soldiers moving towards what they believe is a simulated engagement", he paused in order to add emphasis, "but this is a trap, isn't it, Councilor?"
    Leonidas, still on the ground from the last aftershock, looked up at the enraged commander, "I have no idea what you are talking about", he began, "its true that we wanted to see how you would respond to a surprise attack, but that was all it was intended to be - a simulated attack!". Leonidas cringed as Al Mudeh then took another step towards him in response, looming threateningly over him, "If any of your soldiers are killed, we will of course compensate you accordingly!" , Leonidas said almost pleadingly.
    Al Mudeh's contempt reached its limit, "Morganite!" he spat contemptuously at the prostrate man before him. Then, regaining his control, he pulled a data pad from his combat armor, "then you will have no issues signing the contract". Al Mudeh proferred the tablet to Leonidas, "this will allow me to switch my men to live fire mode and protect themselves".
    " I don't have the authority to sign this!", Leonidas protested.
    "Then we are all going to die, Councilor", Al Mudeh responded. The second volley of incoming artillery rounds reached their target and began detonating on the parade grounds outside, nearer this time. The concussions again rocked the bunker, adding emphasis to Al Mudeh's words. The Councilor, just barely recovering from the first round of explosions, was again tossed around from the reverberations. He noted Al Mudeh rode through the concussions and remained standing - no doubt a product of the man's training in variable gravity warfare.
    The command com came to life again, "Incoming rounds clearing the horizon, this time in force", the man responded, before adding, "they've bracketed us".
    As the last of the previous round of concussions subsided Leonidas looked up at Al Mudeh. The command com was still open, and in the background the screams and moans of the injured could be heard. Al Mudeh stared back at Leonidas, the tablet still profered. Leonidas locked eyes with Al Mudeh for a second, and knew it was a mistake. Gone were the soft outlines from the face of the diplomat Antonio Al Mudeh, replaced by the barely controlled fury of a combat soldier. Leonidas closed his eyes and looked away, relenting. He sub vocalized a command, sending his acceptance of the contract to Al Mudeh, "its done. I've accepted the contact".
    Al Mudeh waited for the electronic receipt, then reviewed Leonidas' acceptance of the contract. Once satisfied, he accessed the command com. "Joaquim".
    "Yes Commander?"
    "Unleash Hell".

    PREMISE
    You are Commander Anthony Al Mudeh, newly promoted commander for your mercenary organization, and your unit is currently being evaluated for employment into a low grav environment. However something has gone horribly wrong with the simulation: instead of the AIs using the simulator weapons, they are firing live ammunition! It is now up to you Commander to respond: your job is to knock out the enemy bases!

    OBJECTIVES
    1. Destroy the initial Peace Keeper attack.
    2. Immediately locate and conquer the simulator "Peace Keeper" bases.
    3. Destroy all remaining AI units, to include all Hunter-Killer Satellites in near-orbit

    Changelog

    The alphax.txt file for this game has been set up for a low grav environment, with some of the more notable modifications as follows:

    #RULES
    - Movement rate along roads is now 4. Rationale: simulation of a low grav environment
    - Max Artillery range is 6. Rationale: simulation of a low grav environment
    - Max Airdrop is 15 tiles. Rationale: simulation of a low grav environment.
    #TERRAIN
    - all terraforming has been disabled. Rationale: this is a training simulator, so there are no terraforming tools available. If you lose a terrain enhancement at one of your bases, there is no way to replace it!
    #CHASSIS
    - Infantry, Speeder, and Hovertank movements have been increased by one. Rationale: simulation of a low grav environment.
    - there are no choppers or aircraft. Rationale: there is negligible atmosphere on this planetoid, so aircraft cannot fly.
    - there is a missile-based drone available immediately for you to build. Rationale: in a low-grav environment missiles require less lift.
    #WEAPONS
    - Conventional Warhead changed to 6. Rationale: scenario balancing
    - the Tectonic weapon value has been changed to 7. Rationale: aesthetics
    #UNITS
    - the only unit I am going to go in-depth about here is the E-Drone Mk1. This is a reconnaissance drone designed specifically for low grav/ low atmospheric environments. The unit has a missile chassis, as well as drop pods for extended range. Also, because it is flying high above the ground, it has enhanced visibility of the surrounding terrain. The E-Drone Mk1 has limited offensive and defensive abilities: because it is a military craft, the chassis is hardened (armor value of 3-Pulse), and offensively it has a weapon value of 6, so it can put out a punch, however as with all missiles it is destroyed once it attacks.
    #FACILITIES
    - Recon Satellites are available with Industrial base.
    - Hunter-Killer Satellites are available with Applied Physics.
    FACTIONS
    - the Spartan Faction has been modified to receive a free Aerospace Complex in every base. Rationale: scenario balancing.
    GAME SETUP
    - no terraforming. If you lose an enhancement, its gone forever!
    - Spoils of War is on.
    - No native life
    - no colony pods can be built
    - no technology advances
    - no technology trading
    - no planetary council


    Directions:

    1. In your Alpha Centauri/ scenarios folder create a new folder called "Hammertime".
    2. Download and unzip the attached files into the subdirectory.
    3. Start SMAX.
    4. Select "Scenario", then "Play Scenario".
    5. Navigate to the "Hammertime" subdirectory and load the scenario. It will automatically start up with the Spartans.
     

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  19. Darsnan

    Darsnan Emperor

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    Scenario Name: One if by Land, 2 if by Sea
    SMAC/ SMAX: SMAX
    Author: Darsnan
    Date of original posting: 8/24/14
    Original host site: CFC

    Welcome to the SMAX Spartans Scenario "One if by Land, 2 if by Sea". History on this one is that I recently CMN'd a PBEM for Kirov and Kataphraktoi, and while playtesting the PBEM I thought to myself that this would make a great scenario. This game is the result.
    Highlight of this scenario is that it uses a low grav mod in that movement values for most units have been increased by one. And the only other thing I'm going to say about that is that its a good thing that the Spartans get to use 2 military units for Police purposes!

    Directions

    1) In your SMACX Scenarios subdirectory create a folder called "1 Land_2 Sea", and download and unzip the “1 Land_2 Sea” files into it.
    2) Start up SMAX, then select "Scenario", "Play Scenario", and then go to the subdirectory "1 Land_2 Sea" and choose the scenario. The game will automatically load with the Spartans.



    Changelog

    The alphax.txt file for this game is using a low grav mod, with a majority of the various chassis receiving +1 movement. Infantry now move 2, Speeders 3, Hovertanks 4, etc. Other notable changes are listed below:

    #RULES
    - Max Artillery Range is 6: the AI rarely uses it, however it is "in theme" for a low grav mod in that ballistics should be able to travel further in a low gravity environment. Have fun with it!

    #RESOURCEINFO
    - Ocean squares yield 1/1/1.
    - Monoliths give 2/3/2

    #WORLDBUILDER
    - Global Warming has been reduced significantly.

    #CHASSIS
    - As noted above most chassis have increased movement points.

    #DEFENSES
    - most defensive armor types have been increased by one.

    #UNITS
    - There are 41 units in the alphax.txt for this game. It is advised to review these units at game startup, and develop your strategies accordingly.
    - Several of the base units (such as Colony Pods, Probes, Scouts) have been aquatized, meaning they have the Amphibious Pods ability.
    - The 8th Faction has been replaced by my own set of units called the Sentinels.


    #FACILITIES
    - The Virtual World has been moved to Social Psychology. Rationale: watering down the beeline to Industrial Automation.
    - The Cloudbase Academy has been moved to Monopole Magnets. Rationale: watering down MMI.

    FACTIONS
    AI factions have been modified to make them more challenging.

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  20. Darsnan

    Darsnan Emperor

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    Scenario Name: Sid and Brian (a.k.a. "The Easter Eggs Game")
    SMAC/ SMAX: SMAX
    Author: Darsnan
    Date of original posting: 11/7/15
    Original host site: CFC

    A couple months ago a player named slaughterfish had mentioned that he had been playing around with one of the hidden Firaxian factions that comes with SMACX, and it got me to thinking that no one had ever made a scenario with these hidden factions, so once I got the opportunity I thought I'd whip up a scenario with them in it, and here it is! These two hidden Firaxian Factions are also referred to as "Easter Eggs", which got me to thinking that I'd include some of the other Easter Eggs which come with SMACX. So in this game you will also find the following:
    - the original default cvr image of the mindworms
    - the original default cvr image of the alien artifact
    - the image I believe was designed to represent a skybase
    - the natural landmark called "Nessus Canyon"

    I've modified the "Sid" and "Brian" factions to make them playable by removing the free "Superstring Theory" technology and replacing it with "Industrial Base". Otherwise these factions are exactly the way they came with the game.

    Directions:
    1) In your "scenarios" subdirectory create a folder called "S and B", and download and unzip the attached files into it.
    2) Start up Alien Crossfire, then select "Scenario", "Play Scenario", and then
    select the scenario "S and B". The game is set up to allow you to choose your own difficulty level, and then you can choose to play either Sid or Brian.

    Hope you enjoy! :cool:

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