This is what I've been thinking for a time. THE SITUATION Our community: Civfanatics is 1 of the most long-lived game fora out there, partly because Civ4 is such a marvelous game, as evidenced by @alwalo 's thread, and also because we have great members. Though time is an irresistible force and while all games' fora dwindle with it including ours, we continually defy this flow with contents that engage the interest of almost the whole community, such as that famous Wonderbread economy thread that explored an uncharted strategy of a game that was released more than a dozen years ago. Me: An 'oldbie' who hasn't played Civ4 for years. I read a quantity of high quality gems here but have forgotten most of them by now. That doesn't mean the knowledge is completely wiped out, I can recall parts of them if someone helps nudge me about it. I was an Emperor player, but may have downgraded by some levels by now. Knowing that, my ambition is still to win Deity a couple of times in my life. More importantly, I feel I'm a little in debt with all the great people here and want to contribute back in 1 way or another. THE AIM Is to help enliven our community by some degree by delivering quality contents. IMO people like something because it's interesting, and especially if they can contribute to it, help it. For me to squarely conquer the highest level of difficulty, and To leave a legacy that encourage other newbies (yes they're still freshly coming for Civ4) to achieve the same, in the form of a neatly prepared 'handbook' covering everything I'd learned from that journey. Those newbies today will be the veterans tomorrow who keep the community going on even if some old players go. THE NOT-SO-DETAILED DETAILS I will reinstall Civ4 and start a fair Deity game, with settings I had always been cringed (huge map) and/or never completed (marathon... ok maybe epic). I will make it my goal to finish it no matter what and no matter how long it takes. These days I think my determination is tough enough (I set a goal to read every single APOD page in 4 years & now as 2 years passed, I'm still going strong). Along the way, I will need a tons of help from you guys. All the decisions will be thoroughly discussed in a thread and important ones will get voted on a poll website. It will be as democratic as possible, and I will follow the decisions made by the poll, though ultimately I am the one responsible for the action. Together we will beat the AIs or go to the bitter end. Either way, I will compile everything I learn or re-learn from the playing of the game and put them into 1 place: a short summary in case of a loss and a full-fledged guide if we snatch victory. Believe me, it will be a good read, for if I had to choose 2 traits to describe me, like in Civ, 1 would be Organized THE NEEDS I will commit at least a particular amount of time each and every day for the project, which includes playing the match, uploading the pics, updating the progress & discuss stuffs here, and learn lessons from the Deity-slayers. Then I will have to organize knowledge into a complete handbook, a type of legacy that I will contribute back to the community for saying goodbye to Civ. You will need to have an incredible amount of patience, for I am not the brightest player, and I will assume the role of a newbie in the game, asking for the tiniest things. Oh, and no shadow-playing or spoiling in any way, please, because nothing discourages me more than seeing someone has done that very similar thing already. Besides, knowing some twists and turns beforehand will affect your advice to me, and I consider it a bit of cheating. That's pretty much all. There are more things in my head that I want to say, but you get the gist of it. If you're willing to help, vote for it in the poll. Or vote if you don't agree anyway. Let's see if I will be able to start rolling 'just some more turns' once again, or not. TL;DR Now here's a deal. There will be an epic deity challenge. You help me with pretty much everything. I pay back in form of 1 of the best guides ever made. Deal?