News:SGOTM 20 Sign up Thread - Spreading The Faiths


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Jan 9, 2003
Sign up NOW for the next SGOTM, featuring Deckhand's first SGOTM with a hand crafted map and scenario from guest map maker, BSPollux.

You will play as Mehmed the Defender of Faiths.

You are Mehmed II and you are in charge of what's left of the Ottoman Empire.

Just a few years ago your glorious capital was flourishing under your King's rulership and you and your men were proud to protect its borders against all foes. Your people engaged in trade and cultural exchange with various foreign tribes and the future seemed bright.

But it all changed when all the different preachers arrived. When the foreigners brought their beliefs to your city, the King tried to prevent them from spreading and caused great unrest. And now, you find yourself at the height of a devastating civil war. Your King is dead and the capital is burning.

You took your loyal guard with you as well as a small group of your subjects. They have followed you to the northern border of your nation to rebuild your empire.

Your starting situation
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Your guard is well trained: The warrior and the archer both have the city garrison promotion and your scout is an experienced medic.
The people that will settle your new city know about The Wheel, Fishing and Agriculture, but they lack any higher education.
Your former capitol lays to the south. The last time you saw it it was burning and the people were fighting in the streets. It might be dangerous to go back anytime soon.

Your goals
You have sworn to rebuild your empire and to ensure such madness will never be repeated, by encouraging and not suppressing faith. To do so...

Take control of the Religions! - Only you (or your vassals) may own a Holy City.
Bring them together! - Each of your cities has at least two religions. There are at least seventy temples in your cities.
Promote Equality! - You must adopt and stay in Free Religion upon learning Liberalism.
End the madness! - You will be told how to do that after you capture three Holy Cities or when you have met every other civilization.
Prove that you are a worthy ruler! - You win the game in any way but conquest.

Game Options
Ancient Era Start
Normal Speed
No Goody Huts
No Events
All Victory Conditions Enabled

Map size Large
9 Opponents
Normal Barbs
Map: Custom made Pangaea
Difficulty: Immortal



The Pre-game Discussion Thread for this game is now open for business.

Please sign up in this thread by June 29 at the latest. To help us to assign players to teams, please indicate your preferred team, whether you have played previous SGOTMs or SGs, and the highest level of Civ4 difficulty you can typically win at.

The team discussion threads for this game will open on or before July 1

The team starting saves will be available here on July 7.

The completion deadline will be October 31. Plan your game, and please avoid a last minute struggle to meet the deadline.
Please be warned, except in the event of cosmic catastrophes. THERE WILL BE NO DEADLINE EXTENSIONS.

  • Versions
    This game will be played in Civilization IV Beyond the Sword, version 3.19, using the standard BUFFY-3.19.003 HoF mod, Unless stated otherwise in this thread before the game starts..
    If a later BtS patch is released during this game you will NOT be able to use it to play. You will need to complete this game in BtS version 3.19 before updating your copy of BtS, or you should create and update a separate copy. See also the note about Steam updates below.

    Macintosh players can only join in if they are able to run the Windows software on their system.
  • Steam
    If you play BtS using Steam, then your BtS will auto-update to a new version which is incompatible with those playing the DVD version. You will therefore need to install the Steam "beta" version to play this game. You can check whether your copy of BtS is compatible by downloading a SGOTM 19 starting save. If it loads OK in your copy of BtS, then you are ready to play.
  • Rules and Procedures
    Please visit the Civ4 SGOTM reference thread to check out the rules and procedures to ensure that you are adequately prepared for this game.

    Note, the usual GOTM restrictions apply: no replaying, no liberating cities to a civ you are at war with (except in peace deal), no subsidizing resource trades with AI, no goto mapping or flying camera, only 1 tech from Oracle/Liberalism.

    All saved game files uploaded to the server are parsed through software that extracts and archives data about your save, including reload count for each turn set.
  • Spoiler information will absolutely NOT be tolerated in this thread.

Please sign up for this game as soon as possible by posting your own details in this thread. I shall update the draft team lists below during the sign-up period.

Please use the separate Pregame Discussion Thread for any non-sign-up questions or comments about this game. Deckhand will give definitive answers to detailed technical issues you raise.

Current Sign-up Lists
The table below will display your stated team preferences as I add you to the database. The number of players in each team is shown in brackets, as are non-playing advisers.


HoF Quattromaster
Sep 14, 2004
Vicenza, Italy
FE of course.
In the hope that the previous game team can reform. And to have some good new member.


fly (one day)
Apr 29, 2006
berkshire, england
As opposed to a poor previous member. FE please.


Dancing Bear
Jan 6, 2008
Houston, Texas
Previous SGOTMs: Several
Usually win at: Emperor
Team: Misft Gypsy Nuts, please. We will try to not miss any conditions this time. :lol:


Phoenix Rising
Feb 12, 2006
PR again please.


Follower of Zoamelgustar
Aug 21, 2010
Łódź, PL
OMG next SGOTM so early?? FE please


Apr 10, 2006
47.48N 117.77W
Nuts please.


Gypsy Prince
Jun 13, 2004
Maryland, USA
Prior SGOTMs: Once upon a time ...
Win at: Emperor if I am not being stupid
Team: Misfit Gypsy Nuts

(Hopefully my return won't cause anyone to jump ship) ;)



Jan 7, 2010
I'm in. If Also Sprach Sid is in the game I will try to play with them again.


May 16, 2011
Ann Arbor, MI
Hi all,

I'm still a n00b when it comes to putting the S in front of GOTM. I think I probably have as much or more time available as most of you, but what is the actual time commitment? Including reading and posting, as there seems to be more of that than there is gameplay.

For reference:
I win pretty consistently at Monach, maybe 50% at Emperor.
I have no concept of the various teams, so you could assign me whereever
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