Welcome to the C-IV SGOTM 05 Maintenance thread. The purpose of this thread is to give you somewhere to post about non-spoiler issues relating to the game. It is a way of communicating to the rest of the players outside your team, and with the staff about matters that affect your team or everyone. You can post about bugs, rule clarifications, problems with the roster etc. Please subscribe to it so that you are kept up to date with new information as the game proceeds. The team lists are in the second post in this thread. The Game You are Temujin, Leader of the Mongolian Hordes. You have tired of fighting the Barbarians, and so this time you have decided to join them instead. You will win a glorious victory in this Monarch game, of course, but you are teamed with the Barbarians, and you have to adapt to Barbarian assets and liabilities: You have no starting techs. The barbs are your friends, and are fighting on your team. You will benefit from the Barbarian capability to explore the world in animal and human form. You can research, but you will also learn techs that the Barbarians learn. .... And you start off at war with everyone on the planet except the Barbarians. You can make peace with anyone. The Objective This Monarch difficulty game is on a Standard size, Gyathaar-special map, at Epic speed, against 7 rivals. All victory conditions are enabled, and the laurels for this contest will be awarded to the teams who achieve the earliest victory date in the game. Versions This game will be played in Civilization IV version 1.74, using special HoF Mod 1.74.SGOTM5. Mac players are in a separate team, as there is not a Mac version 1.74, and the HoF Mod cannot be made to work cross-platform. If I am able to produce a mod to support this variant, they will play the game in Civ4 version 1.61 with a modified Mac HoF Mod. Schedule Start files for each team will be available on the SGOTM Progress and Results Page at midnight, server local time, at the start of July 25. Note: The Mac start file and HoF Mod are subject to delays for development and testing, and the feasibility of a suitable Mac mod is not yet proven. The Mac team only has five players currently. I propose that you aim to complete this game in three months, that is by the end of October 2007. Starting Position Here's the starting position - click the image below to see a larger version. Map Parameters Playable Leader/Civ - Temujin of Mongolia. Characteristics - Expansive, aggressive. Unique Unit - Keshik (Horse archer) Rivals - 7: China, Japan, India, Arabia, Spain, Persia and Greece World size - Standard Difficulty - Monarch Landform - Special, sort of a fractal archipelago. Environment - Temperate climate, medium sea level Game Speed - Epic AI Aggression - Normal Barbarians - Raging, and teamed with the Mongols Permanent Alliances - Not Enabled City Razing - Enabled Notes Please visit the Civ4 SGOTM reference thread to check out the rules and procedures to ensure that you are adequately prepared for this game. Teams will compete for up to four awards - the Gold, Silver and Bronze Laurels for the fastest finishes, and the Wooden Spoons for the lowest scoring finisher. The number of awards will depend on the number of teams. All teams must play the sponsored variant - awards will be given to teams who achieve victories in the least turns. 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.