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Game Schedule 2018

Discussion in 'Civ3 - Game of the Month' started by Più Freddo, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. Più Freddo

    Più Freddo From space, earth is blue

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    The GOTM series of friendly competitions is a community effort.
    Please feel free to volunteer to design a game!
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    Game Civilization Level Required VC Release Spoiler Submission Creator
    COTM137 Arabia Regent 17 Jan 18 27 Jan 18 28 Feb 18 Più Freddo
    GOTM165 Mongols Deity 7 Feb 18 10 Feb 18 21 Mar 18 tR1cKy
    COTM138 Germany Emperor 28 Feb 18 10 Mar 18 11 Apr 18 Più Freddo
    GOTM166 Babylon Regent Domination 21 Mar 18 31 Mar 18 2 May 18 Più Freddo
    COTM139 Portugal Demigod 11 Apr 18 21 Apr 18 23 May 18 Lanzelot
    GOTM167 Rome Emperor 100k 2 May 18 12 May 18 13 Jun 18 Più Freddo
    COTM140 Sumeria Monarch 23 May 18 2 Jun 18 4 Jul 18 Lanzelot
    GOTM168 Iroquois Monarch Conquest 13 Jun 18 23 Jun 18 25 Jul 18 Più Freddo
    COTM141 Egypt Regent 4 Jul 18 14 Jul 18 15 Aug 18 Lanzelot
    GOTM169 China Warlord 20k 25 Jul 18 4 Aug 18 5 Sep 18 Più Freddo
    COTM142 Zululand Emperor 15 Aug 18 25 Aug 18 26 Sep 18 Più Freddo
    GOTM170 England Emperor Diplomatic 5 Sep 18 15 Sep 18 17 Oct 18 Più Freddo
    COTM143 India Demigod 26 Sep 18 6 Oct 18 7 Nov 18 Più Freddo
    GOTM171 Persia Monarch 100k 17 Oct 18 27 Oct 18 28 Nov 18 Più Freddo
    COTM144 Russia Monarch 7 Nov 18 17 Nov 18 19 Dec 18 Più Freddo
    GOTM172 Japan Deity 28 Nov 18 8 Dec 18 9 Jan 19 Più Freddo
    COTM145 France Sid 19 Dec 18 29 Dec 18 27 Feb 19 Più Freddo
     
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  2. Più Freddo

    Più Freddo From space, earth is blue

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    Here are the BIX and BIC scenario files to be used when creating GOTM and COTM games, respectively. I've updated the scenario files to fix the "default rules" as required for these competitions.

    Also provided is a PediaIcons.txt file including definitions for allowing Austria as a civilization. All players are encouraged to always use this file in lieu of the one installed with the game by default. There are only additions, and they don't interfere with normal games. The file must be placed in the

    <installation directory>\Conquests\Text\

    directory, e.g. in my personal installation:

    c:\Program Files\Firaxis Games\Civilization III Complete\Conquests\Text\

    It is prudent to first rename the original file and then copy the one provided here into the directory. The process is then reversible. This change to the installation must be made only once.

    There is also a German-version PediaIcons.txt file. Only use this file if you have a German-language installation. Rename the file to PediaIcons.txt.

    There are two base scenario files for COTM. COTM.BIQ includes China but not Austria and COTM_A.BIQ includes Austria but not China. It is not possible to have more than 31 civilizations in a BIQ file, so for 32 civilizations we need two different files. It is up to the game designer to pick one of these for each COTM game. In this way, it will be possible to include Austria as AI player as well. Of course, games based on COTM_A.BIQ will only be playable after the change to PediaIcons.txt has been performed.
     

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  3. Più Freddo

    Più Freddo From space, earth is blue

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    The game schedule is created with the principle never to have the same civilization trait two games in a row (per PTW/C3C), and to circulate the unique units between early, middle and late.

    The difficulty level goes for Play the World:

    1. Regent
    2. Emperor
    3. Monarch
    4. Deity
    5. Regent
    6. Emperor
    7. Monarch

    and for Conquests:

    1. Regent
    2. Emperor
    3. Demigod
    4. Monarch
    5. Deity
    6. Regent
    7. Emperor
    8. Demigod
    9. Monarch

    The idea here is to have varying difficulties between high and low, and with 7 and 9 items in each list, the combined pattern over both games is pretty long.
     
  4. Più Freddo

    Più Freddo From space, earth is blue

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    Civilization order for PTW:
    1. Rome
    2. Iroquois
    3. China
    4. England
    5. Persia
    6. Japan
    7. Carthage
    8. Arabia
    9. Germany
    10. Egypt
    11. Zululand
    12. India
    13. Russia
    14. France
    15. Aztecs
    16. Greece
    17. America
    18. Spain
    19. Scandinavia
    20. Korea
    21. Celts
    22. Ottomans
    23. Mongols
    24. Babylon
     
  5. Più Freddo

    Più Freddo From space, earth is blue

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    Civilization order for C3C:
    1. Rome
    2. Persia
    3. England
    4. Japan
    5. Inca
    6. Carthage
    7. Iroquois
    8. China
    9. Greece
    10. Arabia
    11. Germany
    12. Portugal
    13. Sumeria
    14. Egypt
    15. Zululand
    16. India
    17. Russia
    18. France
    19. Aztecs
    20. Austria
    21. Byzantines
    22. America
    23. Spain
    24. Korea
    25. Celts
    26. Ottomans
    27. Mongols
    28. Babylon
    29. Netherlands
    30. Hittites
    31. Maya
    32. Scandinavia
     
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    Più Freddo From space, earth is blue

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    Rule changes for both PTW and C3C:
    • Iron locations are fixed
    • Workers are popped from Goody Huts instead of Settlers
     
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    Più Freddo From space, earth is blue

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    Rule changes for PTW:
    • The Great Wall Wonder: gives free walls in all your towns/cities on the continent
    • Explorers and equivalent unique units have been moved from Navigation to Astronomy
    • Space Race - SS Stasis Chamber Has been moved from Synthetic Fibers to Robotics
    • Republic Government Unit maintenance cost is 2 gpt/unit with free unit support of 1/3/4 for town/city/metropolis
    • Mobilization has been turned off
    • Archer/Bowmen added defensive freeshot at 1/0/1
    • Longbowmen added defensive freeshot at 2/0/1
    • Marines Increased attack strength from 8 to 12 and cost increased to 120 shields
    • Radar Artillery Movement increased to 2 and rate of fire increased to 3
    • Lethal Sea Bombardment for all air units that can bomb targets
    • Lethal Land Bombardment for all bombers and steath bombers
    • Fighter operating range increased to 6
    • Bomber operating range increased to 10
    • Jet Fighter operating range increased to 9
    • Stealth Fighter operating range increased to 12
    • Stealth Bomber operating range increased to 16
    • F-15 stats increase to 8/4/1 (range of 9) with bombard at 6/0/2 lethal land & sea
    • Helicopter transport capacity has been increased to 3
    • Stealth Fighter stats increased to 8/6/1 with bombard at 6/0/2
    • Stealth Bomber stats increased to 0/5/1 with bombard at 18/0/3
     
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    Più Freddo From space, earth is blue

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    Rule changes for C3C:
    • Flood Plains do not cause Disease
    • Jungles and Wetland have their Disease level lowered from 50% to 25%
    • Knowledge of Sanitation cancels Disease in Jungles and Wetlands
     
  9. templar_x

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    GOTM172 is supposed to be on Sid level, but there is no such level in PtW.
    t_x
     
  10. Più Freddo

    Più Freddo From space, earth is blue

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    Thanks! I edited the wrong line.
     
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    Più Freddo From space, earth is blue

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    Instructions for creating a GOTM game

    1. Download the appropriate base scenario file from this thread. There are two zip archives for GOTM/PtW and COTM/C3C, respectively. GOTM.zip contains just GOTM.bix, whereas COTM.zip contains COTM.biq and COTM_A.biq. The difference between the latter is that the first contains China but not Austria and the second contains Austria but not China.
    2. Open the editor of either PtW or C3C suitable for the game you are creating.
    3. In the editor, open the base scenario file. Save under a new name suitbale for your game so you don't destroy the contents of the base scenario file.
    4. Open the Scenario Properties... dialog and in the Description on the first tab change the x-es in GOTM0XXX_OPEN or COTM0xxx_OPEN to the appropriate game number of the game you are creating. Save again.
    5. Still in the Scenario Properties, on the tab Players, set the first Player to the appropriate Civilization of the game you are creating.
    6. Still on the Players tab, set the Difficulty Level to the appropriate Difficulty Level of the game you are creating. Save again.
    7. Create the game as you find suitable keeping the following caveats in mind:
      1. Flood Plains cause Disease on Play the World. It may be a good idea to avoid putting them directly around the playable Capital.
      2. One-tile islands can make the Victory Condition Conquest very difficult to achieve, as there are very few amphibious units available.
      3. If you use a generated map, select a starting location for Player 1. Check all starting locations and move them one or two tiles if reasonable, since they are oftentimes placed in a non-optimal way. The AI always settles at first opportunity, so help it make the right decision.
    8. Save the scenario. Start the game programme.
    9. Some settings are not taken over from the scenario, but from the previous game played. Therefore, if you have made any of the following settings (the list may not necessarily be complete), create a dummy game from the menu item "New Game" and apply the settings there. Use the intended playable Civilization, for this is one of the affected settings. Start the game, play one round and save. Now press shift-ctrl-Q to exit the game and get back to the main menu.
      1. Map size change for a 100k game in Conquests. The cultural limit is chosen according to the map size of the previous game and not that of the scenario.
      2. The setting "No Barbarians". It is replaced by the Barbarian setting of the previous game.
      3. There may be more similar bugs.
    10. Load the scenario into the game. Click away the initial welcome message. Make a screen dump to be used for creating the starting location picture. Save the game in order to create the published starting save.
    11. Please, if you can, play the game in order to test it and see if your design works as intended. If needed, go back to the editor, make changes and repeat from item 8. above.
    12. Open the screen dump in a picture editor and cut it down to show just the starting location. Use this picture to create the Pre-Game Discussion Thread in the Forum. This thread should ideally be started three days before game release.
    13. Email the correct save to AlanH. This can be done months ahead of time.
     
  12. Lanzelot

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    I just noticed: GOTM167 and GOTM171 are both 100k games. Shouldn't there also be a Space Race GOTM this year?
     
  13. Più Freddo

    Più Freddo From space, earth is blue

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    I will take a look at the spread-sheet when I get home tonight.
     
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    Più Freddo From space, earth is blue

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    The scheme is the following: for each difficulty level (regent, monarch and emperor), the six victory conditions are rotated. We just had space races on monarch (GOTM164), emperor (GOTM160) and regent (GOTM152). The next space races will be Carthage Regent GOTM173 in January followed by Aztecs Emperor GOTM181 in December.

    What about COTM140, is it on its way?
     
  15. Captain_Jack

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    Piu, I have trouble opening a game I have created. It looks like I have it saved as the wrong type of file. It opens in Editor, but I can't save it to the correct folder to open it in PTW. What follows is a screen shot of the save. Any suggestions? 014.jpg
     
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    Sorry, important information: "Ennead" is the name of the saved game.
     
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    Più Freddo From space, earth is blue

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    Yes. Move the file to the parallel folder "Scenarios". It is not a save. To open the edited game, use the main menu option "Load Scenario" rather than "Load Game".
     
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    Thank, that worked fine. I'll get cracking on the GOTM/Arabia.
     
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    @ Piu - is there any game in the 2nd half of the year you would like to participate yourself? just assign that one to me then and let me know, i will go and design that one for us...
    t_x
     
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    Più Freddo From space, earth is blue

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    I've set you up for COTM148 Byzantines Demigod 1 Jul 19
     

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