Hi guys, First the good news: I am going to publish my development branch "Challenge" (based on Release 2.8) this way for public testing purposes. (Mainly because there were only a few internal testers so far.) It is absolutely stable and it contains everything we fully finished and tested recently. (And of course also every that was in Release 2.8.) It is thus likely to be published officially as (core of) Release 2.8.1. in a few weeks. (Maybe a few more small fixes and improvement will be added though - but I doubt it will be anything major.) It is working perfectly fine in all tests so far. Feedback from the few internal testers was really good. --------- The changelog can be found here. The biggest change is the "New Founding Cities Mechanic" using Profession "Settler". (Wonderful graphics again from Schmiddie.) But there are of course also other improvements. (by devolution and myself - WTP team members) We also need to give credits this release to Ramstormp, who contributed the feature "Failed Missionary". (For official Release 2.8.1 Schmiddie might still contribute improved graphics. Otherwise it is working perfectly fine as well.) --------- How to install and play: (With advised 2-Plot-City-Radius. Otherwise for 1-Plot-City-Radius, also see below.) First you need the get branch "Challenge" that can be downloaded here. (Use the "Download as ZIP"- option at the big green "Code" button on the right.) It is basically the mod you need copy to mod folder of Civ4Col (but does not contain the DLL yet) - but of course you first need to extract the ZIP. To play it you will also need a current DLL, which can be downloaded from this post here. The post contains both alternatives 2-Plot-City-Radius-DLL and 1-Plot-City-Radius-DLL. You will need only the version you want to play with. It is a .7z and you need to extract it first to get to the DLL inside. (e.g. by using 7Zip or newer version of WinRaR) Then you will need to copy that DLL into the "/Assets" folder of the mod To play this version you must start a new game. It is NOT save game compatible. Have fun playing. And if you have feedback or find issues, please post in this thread. --------- Then the bad news: For a longer time this is the last release for WTP that I will personally participate in. Spoiler : For the next 2 weeks, I will still be around to help fixing bugs or do other improvements. I hope there will not be too many issues and we can then finally officially publish 2.8.1 . Until then I will not implement any further features. I will focus on delivering the current version in good quality. After that I will just stay around to answer questions of team, other modders and community. I will basically be a "normal community member" again. I simply want to take a break again. Everything else I explained to the team internally. WTP always was and still is a team mod and as long as the team exists, the mod will continue. But I can not and will not speak for the rest of the team and do not know their plans. Maybe I will change my mind again in a few months. After all I had left RaR as well for a couple of years and then returned to join WTP. A lot of thanks to the team for being able to dive back into nostalgica of Civ4Col modding. To all who continue this project I wish a lot of fun and success.