Background: I've recently been playing a lot of MP games as Mansa Musa of Mali and grew curious about this African leader about whom I knew nothing. Wikipedia came to my aid, as it often does: Mansa Musa ______________________________________________________________ From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Mansa Kankan Musa I or Mansa Musa or The Lion of Mali was a 14th century king of the Mali Empire. He is remembered for his fabled hajj and as a benefactor of Islamic scholarship. Mansa Musa was the grandson of the founder of the Mali's Empire, Sundiata Keita, and ruled over Mali while it was the source of almost half the world's gold. Musa was a devoted Muslim and Islamic scholarship flourished under his rule. With Musa as a benefactor, Sankore University in Timbuktu reached its height. Craftsmen and especially Islamic scholars came from all over the Muslim world to receive a free education at Sankore's guilds and madrasas. When he passed through Cairo in 1324, he gave out so much gold that it took 12 years for the economy to recover, due to the rapid inflation that it initiated. The Arab historian al-Umari records that Musa was so generous that he ran out of money and had to take out a loan to be able to afford the journey home. Musa's hajj, and especially his gold, caught the attention of both the Islamic and Christian worlds. ______________________________________________________________ The Variant: In this game we will take control of Mansa Musa of the Malinese. Preferably on an Earth map if a reasonable one can be found, otherwise a continents map will suffice. I want to keep the rules as non-restrictive as possible, more what we will attempt is a roleplay style variant as follows: Our starting position MUST contain at least one gold resource. This will, naturally, be my responsibility to keep rolling starts until we get one. We will at all times make a reasonable attempt to control at least half of the known world's gold mines. Once we control its mining, we are free to trade it away, but we must be in control of at least half of the mines. If this means war, so be it. We will build monastaries and universities as soon as it is practical to do so. We must found, adopt and spread Islam. If we do not, we lose. Other than that, it's a 'just win' approach. The Settings: Difficulty: Prince. Map Type: Earth or Continents (up for discussion). Map Size: Standard. Civ: Uh... Mali? Barbs: On, standard. Victory: All enabled. Opponents: Standard for the map size, must include Egypt. The Players: 1. Omni Paul 2. TomPW 3. Sand 4. n0xie 5. jeejeep 6. Strauss Alternates: Pholkhero Talamane Noble/Prince level players encouraged. Standard SG ettiquete applies (24 got it / 48 post - ask for a skip rather than going AWOL). Do YOU want to be a Malionaire?