Because I do believe that all popular culture derives from the Three Stooges, I wanted to make a Stooge themed variant. However, that will have to wait as I do have an idea I'd like to try. (Although, if I stretch things I could say that it is inspired by "Violent is the word for Curly" where the boys pose as university professors and general hilarity ensues). Anyway; Flavor: Warlords Map: Standard, Pangea Difficulty: Monarch (although all are welcome, including the n00bs out there) Civ: Ragnar Opponents: All financial civs Speed: Normal Victory Condition: Spaceship (although all enabled) 24 hour I got it, 48 hour play The variant: Inspired by the collective mind concept of Wikipedia, knowledge is the birthright of all. In other words, all tech must be traded, all the time, for anything, always. We must beeline for Alphabet. Only 1 researched tech out of the beeline is allowed. Once we have Alphabet, we must then trade all techs we have to anyone that will trade by the end of the set. If they don't have anything to trade, then we give it away. This is repeated every turnset, we should never end a turnset where we have any techs that the other civs don't have. After Alphabet, the beeline is Literature, then Education. Only one researched tech allowed out of the beeline for those as well. No wars of agression, however, we may destroy anyone that attacks us or that attacks anyone that is pleased or friendly with us. We may also join our friends in their attacks. I think anyone that is not financial will be a drain in this variant, so all civs will have the financial trait. In Vanilla, this means the world will contain: Catherine, Elizabeth/Victoria, Huayna, Mansa, Qin Shi and Washington. In Warlords it would be Hannibal; Wang Kon, Ragnar, Victoria and Huayna. This is a smaller number of civs than normal for a standard map, which also would be interesting to try. Anyone Interested?? If so, I'll roll the start, but someone else gets to play the first set. Roster: Foolonthehill Baru douglas 21 ruff hi ??????