The Community Scenario Compilation DVD is a disc containing 4.3 GB (binary) worth of mods and scenarios developed by the CivFanatics community. It is designed to make it easy to install these mods, to encourage trying out more mods, and to aid in the preservation of these mods over the longer term. You can request the actual DVD by sending a PM with your address, or download the ISO (4.35 GB, 9.2 GB uncompressed) from this link. See below for a picture of the physical disc, next to the retail Civilization III and a Conquests disc: Spoiler Picture : Boxed copy of Vanilla Civ3 and the Vanilla and Conquests discs not included You can see the list of scenarios and mods included on the disc in this copy of the on-disc readme; a less detailed list of mods included is below: Spoiler Mods : Age of Imperialism, by El Justo The Ancient Mediterranean, by thamis (including several scenarios) Barbarossa: The War in the East, by Sarevok & Rocoteh The Cold War Deluxe, by El Justo Escape From Zombie Island 2 Elite, by Vuldacon Fallout: The Rebirth of Civilization, by Thorgrimm The Great War, by Sarevok & Rocoteh Master of Myrror Fantasy Mod, by Drift Medieval European Mod II, by embryodead & Yoda Power (including several MEM mod-mods) Middle-Earth: Lord of the Mods, by WildWeazel The Old Empires, by Sarevok & Rocoteh Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, by pinktilapia (including several scenarios) Rise and Rule, by Isak, Kal-el, Doc Tsiolkovski, harrier, Pfeffersack, et. al. Rhye's of Civilization, by Rhye The Rood and the Dragon, by Plotinus Space Opera, by NavyDawg Warhammer Fantasy Mod, by mrtn Civilization III: Worldwide, by AnthonyBoscia WW2 Global, by Rocoteh Discs are currently shipping, free of charge and worldwide (except countries experiencing pandemic-related restrictions), to any member of the CivFanatics community who would like one. In order to request a disc, please send a PM to me with your shipping address. Discs are send by first-class letter; as an example shipping time, the test disc from the U.S. to Europe arrived in 11 days, despite winter weather. Some people have asked about covering costs. This is intended to be a free service to the community. However, if you would like to do so, mention that in your PM and I can send you information. As an alternative, sending a postcard from your part of the world to the return address included with your disc is encouraged. Spoiler Original Pre-Shipping Post : Over the past several weeks, I've been putting together a compilation of some of the best and most popular Civ3 scenarios. The motivating factor here is really threefold: Encouraging players to try new scenarios that are on the compilation, but they may not have heard of Making it easy for players to obtain a larger collection of scenarios Helping ensure the continued availability of scenarios, especially those hosted externally to CivFanatics Spoiler More details on motivations : The latter two are both related to the problem of hosting links going down over time. Depending on the scenario you are seeking to download, you may find its availability in several states: Easily downloadable on a high-speed link. These are typically the newer scenarios The original link is broken, but someone has re-uploaded it. You have to find the post where they have the re-upload link, which may not be at the end of the scenario's thread anymore. The original link is still working, but it was uploaded in 2006 and the download speed is not much faster than dial-up unless you're willing to pay $7/month for faster downloads. There is a working link, but the site you download it from is plastered with ads and fake download buttons that download things other than the scenario There is no working download link at all. You're out of luck unless you post asking if someone still has it, and someone makes the effort to re-upload it and post the link The availability problem will gradually become worse over time for older scenarios. Another complicating factor is that some mods require multiple downloads, including patches, to be combined, or perhaps has an installer that worked great on Windows XP but not as well on Windows 10. Thus, depending on the scenario you want to play, the effort required to get it set up can range from quite low, to enough that maybe you decide not to try it after all. So the idea of a scenario compilation pack came to mind, allowing a selection of some of the community's finest scenarios to be accessible without these challenges. After a few weeks of intermittent downloading, setting up, and testing scenarios, it looks like this compilation would include approximately 19 modpacks (13 historical, 6 non-historical), covering 20-some scenarios. The goal would be to have the discs printed with artwork, and mailed free to anyone who wanted one. A downloadable disc image would also be made available free of charge. If you would be interested, please vote above. Having some idea of projected demand is important to knowing how many discs, envelopes, stamps, etc. to order. While there are of course some limits - sending discs to 100,000 people isn't realistic - research indicates that the overall plan is feasible given the expected popularity. As such, I've continued on with scenario curation, having completed a first pass of compilation and testing, with a second pass underway. I've also reached out to the scenario creators, and am pleased that even though many are no longer active with Civ 3, several have already replied in the affirmative to having their mods included in the effort. Thus, I'm pleased to announce the tentative mod list. Items in bold are confirmed; items in italics are Decade Award winners and all but confirmed. Spoiler Mods : Age of Imperialism, by El Justo The Ancient Mediterranean, by thamis (including several scenarios) Barbarossa: The War in the East, by Sarevok & Rocoteh The Cold War Deluxe, by El Justo Escape From Zombie Island 2 Elite, by Vuldacon Fallout: The Rebirth of Civilization, by Thorgrimm The Great War, by Sarevok & Rocoteh Master of Myrror Fantasy Mod, by Drift Medieval European Mod II, by embryodead & Yoda Power (including several MEM mod-mods) Middle-Earth: Lord of the Mods, by WildWeazel The Old Empires, by Sarevok & Rocoteh Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, by pinktilapia (including several scenarios) Rise and Rule, by Isak, Kal-el, Doc Tsiolkovski, harrier, Pfeffersack, et. al. Rhye's of Civilization, by Rhye The Rood and the Dragon, by Plotinus Space Opera, by NavyDawg Warhammer Fantasy Mod, by mrtn Civilization III: Worldwide, by AnthonyBoscia WW2 Global, by Rocoteh If you created one of these mods and do not want it to be included, please reply to the PM I sent in late January. How were the scenarios selected? Please see this spoiler: Spoiler How were scenarios selected? : There is no perfect way to select scenarios. The factors I have been weighing are popularity in the downloads database, thread views, the 2011 Decade Award threads, and in some cases the size of the mod (as DVDs only fit so much data). As more mods are confirmed to be in the collection, you should expect to see more mods meeting these criteria announced. This likely does somewhat bias the selection to older modpacks. As these are also the more likely ones to have availability issues, that seemed like an acceptable tradeoff. Helpers Needed A few helpers are needed to help make this a success. Art Help Needed There's a reason I'm not known for my art creations here. I'd like to recruit someone to create a professional-looking graphics for the DVD. As a sample, I've created the following prototype: Spoiler : This artwork is Seaport by Moonlight by Claude-Joseph Vernet. I'm not tied to it by any means; the main goal is to have artwork that would be appropriate across a wide range of scenarios. I'd also appreciate help making the text look more professional, and less like the plain non-serifed font it currently is. Depending on demand, I am also considering having a printed jacket (the type a disc slides into). This would have artwork on the front and back, and likely a mod listing on the back. Early Disc Sample (Shipping) Volunteers Needed Spoiler : One of the key questions to confirm is what the best option is for postage, which is projected to be the most expensive part of the project, and thus a key determining factor of how many discs can be sent out. Given the ability to reproduce the discs fairly easily, I am favoring going with inexpensive letter-class shipping, combined with higher-quality envelopes and a disc sleeve to protect the disc. However, it would be good to confirm the safe arrival of a couple sample discs before committing to the plan over a more expensive, but more protected option such as bubble packing. Thus I am seeking two volunteers to receive (non-printed) sample discs ahead of time. One should be based in the United States, and the other outside the United States. If the inexpensive shipping option works, I expect to be able to ship the discs essentially worldwide (although 22 countries currently have shipping restrictions due to the pandemic; the full list is here). If it does not work, international shipping may be limited to creators of the scenarios, and countries where a distributing partner can be found. Beta Tester Spoiler : It could also be useful to have a beta tester, to verify that the scenarios work well on someone else's computer, and provide feedback on the documentation. This could be one of the same people who receives an early disc, but would not necessarily have to be. It would be a slight advantage for this person to be able to test with multiple versions of Civ3. I've been testing with the vanilla disc + Conquests disc version, but there are several variants out there - Steam, GOG, Gamersgate, Complete on disc, etc. I plan to do a once-over with the Steam version but it never hurts to have a second set of eyes. Timeline These dates are all tentative. The tl;dr is I hope to have the first discs shipped by the Ides of March, and hope to ship up to 20 per week. Spoiler : First week of February - hearing back from additional creators, continued testing of scenarios, finishing on-disc documentation First/second week of February - Order envelopes for shipping based on projected demand Second week of February - Send out sample discs to early shipping volunteers with "beta" version of compilation. Order printed discs based on projected demand. Buy stamps. 2nd half of February - Finalize the compilation. Printed discs arrive and can start being burned once the compilation is ready. 4th week of February - Hopefully have confirmation of successful shipping. 1st half of March - Start shipping out the discs. First to the creators of the scenarios who have requested a disc, followed by those who have requested a disc in this thread. My current plan is to order the discs printed, but not burnt, and to burn the data at home. This has the advantage of allowing updates to be made when scenarios have updates, as a couple creators have mentioned they are considering making this year. If this winds up being the plan, I plan to burn roughly 20 per week and send them out once a week; please be patient if a lot of people sign up! Depending on demand, I may order the discs printed with data. This is a cost/time/flexibility tradeoff. If this winds up being the route, it will likely take more time for the first discs to go out (as I won't be able to order them until the disc is finalized), but they will go out more quickly once they arrive. Expansion Plans Depending on demand and time availability, I may consider offering larger compilations, such as dual-layer DVDs or Blu-Rays. These will take additional time to compile, and as such for now I've drawn a line to make at least the DVD is sent out. This does mean some worthy scenarios are not going to be included, which is why these larger storage options are appealing. If you are interested in these, vote for that option, but I'd encourage voting for one of the "smaller" options, too. The larger options might not wind up seeing the light of day. Questions Please ask question! I have included answers to some early questions in this FAQ: Spoiler FAQ : Q: How would you handle an update of a scenario that is used on the DVD? A: This somewhat depends on demand. If demand is high - several hundred discs - I plan to have them printed with data, to save burning time. If demand is moderate or low, I plan to have the discs printed without data, and burn them myself. That would allow updates made after the discs are printed to be included. Q: How soon will you making the final cut? A: Depending on the timeline above, either in the second half of February or the first half of March. Q: I created one of these scenarios and am making an update to it. Can the update be included? A: Maybe. It would have to be a stable (well-tested) update, and be available with a high degree of confidence before March 15th. I don't want to delay the compilation by months to include one update, but if the timeline moves quickly and delaying it from e.g. March 1st to March 10th means it can include an update, I have no problem with that.