I've been thinking this weekend about what my next story might be. Some people suggested it be an IAAR, on RoM-AND. Why not? "Reader partecipation" seems to be quite popular... My general idea so far is that you, the readers, get to control specific units, cities or even provinces depending on the current state of the civilization, active civics, events... and your own preference obviously. I definitely won't be doing reports every turn, rather I'll play a certain amount of turns (probably around 50 in the Ancient era and fewer as things go on), and eventually stop if something really important happens. I'm thinking that units controlled by a player should get a free "Lead by Warlord" promotion, but no free experience. You can give general orders like "explore to the north" or "when injured, stop on a defensive tile until healed" or more detailed like "move 1N,1NW, heal until 75% health then attack if odds > 80%". Bonus Internet points if you give them in character (i.e. roleplay a bit). So, Question 1: When should the interactive part begin? From the very beginning of Turn 0 From a later era (classical, medieval...) When reaching a certain number of cities Question 2: Should this be an OCC? Yes: players can only control units, and this will be heavily weighted towards warfare (maybe even Always War) No: later on players can get to decide what to do with their own city or even region And Question 3: What mapscript to use? Totestra: wonderful maps based on real world climate models, often with a "New World" empty continent to be explored later on. Highlands: an all-land map which will make barbarians be a real problem, and keep down the size of the world. Hub or Wheel: each civilization will have its own starting area with balanced resources, connected by land bridges, and a "neutral" central area Depending on the choices, I might tinker with the map in WB or not (especially if OCC). Other house rules might be along the lines of "No "Free X Building" in every city" type wonders, or "No upgrading of mechanical units (i.e. siege, ships, tanks...)". Or no upgrading at all, unless the unit has "Lead by Warlord".