Hi, folks. I think most people will agree with this little gesture I want to make to @Blake00 :
Back in the old days, Poly used to hand out a thing called the Golden Fleece award for service to CIV2 communities.
In the spirit of that ancient award, I want to give an SL version of the Golden Fleece to Blake00, for his amazing
dedication to finding so many examples of CIV2 mod work, many of which were in danger of being lost for all time...
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I hope you'll all agree with this salute to a very excellent member of our crew.
And keep up the CIV archeology!
Wow! Thanks Curt! Through my archive search work I noticed there were lots of cool awards for great Civ2 work back in the classic years which I was sad to miss out on so it's nice to get one now! Uploading so much stuff to 3 different websites with proper documentation takes so long, so nice moments like this gives me the fuel to push on and finish the last 15-20ish MGE stuff I've got left and I will have finally reached the end of a huge job that's taken so long. But of course then begins the ToT work haha! Then Civ3 later etc.. omg I'm never gonna play another game again haha!
My pleasure, good man. The value of this preservation work is very great.
We might not have as many awards these days, but we can offer you our heartfelt thanks in this way.
Can't wait for the ToT content
Sure. I started the Imperialism II fansite over at SidGames, as well as running the forums there. Midway through the existence of SidGames, one of the people with the admin access to the site went rogue and ran a delete command over FTP which wiped out a good number of the sites. Since everyone involved was a teenager, there were no backups and much of the content was created by live editing the production site. Things that were deleted stayed deleted.
Thanks for preserving all these scenarios!Imperial Ambition Scenario v1.5 by St Leo (MGE)
Issues found: None! Successfully tested in Civ2 MGE.
Changes made: Mod files repacked in 7zip (Mirror copies only).
Main download: Scenario League at CivFanatics and CivFanatics Downloads Area
Mirror 1 download: ModDB
Mirror 2 download: Internet Archive
HD screenshot & thumb:
Oh wow! Another Civ2 modding & SL legend appears! Great to see you here St Leo!Sure. I started the Imperialism II fansite over at SidGames, as well as running the forums there. Midway through the existence of SidGames, one of the people with the admin access to the site went rogue and ran a delete command over FTP which wiped out a good number of the sites. Since everyone involved was a teenager, there were no backups and much of the content was created by live editing the production site. Things that were deleted stayed deleted.
After that, I pivoted and created the Civ2 Ziggurat (web archive link) at SidGames as a repository of various scenarios and resources. That was a fun little project. I rolled my own CMS for it, probably using the wonders of Macromedia Cold Fusion.
SidGames came to an end when Kunal disappeared. I think he may have gotten into some kind of a family tiff.
At that point I volunteered to take over the Scenario League. I recall the League was originally created by BlackClove who retired from the community. I rolled my own CMS again, possibly in PHP. Rolling your own CMS is fun but also tremendously impractical. The only layer of security was obscurity.
After I started using MediaWiki (the Wikipedia software) professionally, I decided to migrate Scenario League to run on it and it has used that since. I'm pretty sure I was not involved in the SLeague move from Apolyton to CivFanatics, so kudos to the heroes behind that.
As an aside, the Ziggurat was actually not my first Civ2 site. That honour goes to SimParliament on Geocities (web archive link). SimParliament hosted a WWI scenario I made early on.
Darn, that's a shame.. it's such an impressive looking scenario. I checked CivTweak and it sadly doesn't seem to have any map related options so it must be one of the other ones. Maybe @Prof. Garfield , @Civinator , @Knighttime , @JPetroski or one of the other gurus here might know which.An issue with Imperial Ambition that I realized much later is that the AI is incapable of founding new cities in it. This is because I never ran the Check Map function in the map editor when making it, so the fertility value is wrong for the terrain. Basically the AI thinks that all the tiles are ocean. I think there's a way of fixing this with CivTweak or another utility