Hellas Hopeful (an RFC DoC story) Hello all. This is my first attempt at a Civ Story, though I am an avid reader of these, especially those related to Rhyes and Fall. Ive also taken a great interest in playtesting (ok, mostly just playing) Leoreths excellent modmod Dawn of Civilization, which integrates many gameplay elements and a few worthwhile civs into the core RFC experience. I have decided to play my favorite civ from DoC, the Greeks, with an eye not toward their UHV (which if youre curious has been drastically changed in DoC) but toward long-term power if not hegemony. The Greeks are uniquely well-suited to this kind of long-term play, perhaps more than any other civ in DoC. There are others that are close (China and Japan spring to mind) but the combination of a HUGE historical area (the entirety of the Balkans, Egypt, Anatolia, Mesopotamia, and Persia, not to mention Southern Italy and the Crimea) and a ridiculously useful UP (hello there, Great People!) make for a civ that is built to last and prosper. Considering that Leoreth intends to focus on Europe for his next version, I would imagine that some of this strength may be passing. I intend to enjoy it while I can. Of course, its not all roses in fair Hellas, as the Romans covet my land dearly and in DoC have a UP that will go a long way toward letting them take it. The Persians could also be a threat, and as the game progresses the Seljuks, Mongols, and Ottomans will make an appearance. And one can never discount the Arabs, Germans, Russians, and the ultimate boogeyman, Stability, from taking their pound of flesh. Im not entirely certain that the Greeks will overcome all these threats, but well have fun trying. And now for all the sordid details. This will be a gameplay story, light on RP fluff, and Ill be playing on Monarch at Normal speed. Im by no means an expert on this game, nor am I an avid min-maxer, so dont expect me to dominate nor to always make the best decisions. Ill be playing on version 202 of the DoC SVN, and considering the rate at which Leoreth is known to update, I doubt that will remain the most recent for too terribly long. I realize that many people havent played DoC (if thats you, do yourself a favor and give it a try), so Ill try to explain anything DoC specific in more detail, though to be honest its been so long since I played any other version of RFC that I may very well miss some. Ill post screenshots of anything particularly noteworthy, but dont expect dozens of screenshots per update. Im not above re-starting if something goes awry in the first few turns, but once Ive posted the first chapter Ill have to roll with whatever comes. Thanks for your time and I hope you enjoy.