SGOTM 21 - Conquering The Hearts This thread gives you and the Staff 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 of general interest that affect your team or everyone. You can post about bugs, rule clarifications, problems with the roster etc., but please do not divulge information about your team's progress. Please subscribe to this thread so that you are kept up to date with new information as the game proceeds. If you need to raise specific issues concerning only your team, then please contact me, BSPollux or Deckhand by PM. The team lists are at the end of this post. You will play as Pericles of Greece. You are good friends with Willem of Oranje, the leader of the Dutch. You are in contact with him from the start and you will be on the same continent. For years he has made fun of you for being a bookworm and more interested in discussing arts and politics with old men than everything else. He himself is a total party animal and skirt chaser. Now the time has come to beat him in his own game: Win the heart of the most prominent women of the world, all three female leaders, before you reach a victory condition of your choice. That's the plan. But how do you 'win the heart' of a leader? Willem knows about your plan, but he's a good sportsman and willing to help you master the arts of male/female interaction. On condition you pay all the bills, he will accompany you on a series of training parties during which you will discover different options to charm the three ladies. He has met them and has a few good ideas about what they might like. You can ask him a total of ten questions. The cost of information increases with each purchase. How to pay the bills for those questions is described below in post#2. 1) He can tell you, roughly, where to find the three female leaders. (This will be general directions only) 2) The three ways to win Elizabeth's heart. 3) The three ways to win Isabella's heart. 4) The three ways to win Catherine’s heart. You need to fulfill only one task for each lady, but some will be easier than others and some may need a long time to finish. So you better get to know them early. It is very well possible that some of these tasks may become impossible to fulfill during the game, by your actions or those of others. But there is at least one way to win each heart that can't be blocked. Obviously, it won't be the fastest or easiest. If Willem’s civilization gets destroyed you are allowed to ask any other male leader for advice, but it will cost you triple the gold or workers. If a female leader gets dethroned you can't win her heart anymore; but if you already fulfilled a task for her this won't matter. You may declare war on anyone at any time, even Willem or the ladies. You may never 'beg' from Willem, same goes with any other leader if you ever buy info from him in case because Willem was defeated. Your starting area Click for a full size image The overall difficulty level is immortal, but some AIs have slightly altered starts and so do you: We added a worker to your starting units. Game Options Ancient Era Start Normal Speed No Vassals No Goody Huts No Events Normal Barbs All Victory Conditions Enabled Map size Standard 9 Opponents Normal Barbs Map: Modified custom continents Difficulty: Immortal ================================= Timetable The Pre-game Discussion Thread for this game is now open for business. The team discussion threads for this game are now open. The team starting saves will be available here on January 10. The completion deadline will be May 8. Plan your game, and please avoid a last minute struggle to meet the deadline. Please be warned, except in the event of cosmic catastrophes. THERE WILL BE NO DEADLINE EXTENSIONS. Notes Versions This game will be played in Civilization IV Beyond the Sword, version 3.19, using the standard BUFFY-3.19.003 HoF mod, Unless stated otherwise in this thread before the game starts.. If a later BtS patch is released during this game you will NOT be able to use it to play. You will need to complete this game in BtS version 3.19 before updating your copy of BtS, or you should create and update a separate copy. See also the note about Steam updates below. Macintosh players can only join in if they are able to run the Windows software on their system. Steam If you play BtS using Steam, then your BtS will auto-update to a new version which is incompatible with those playing the DVD version. You will therefore need to install the Steam "beta" version to play this game. You can check whether your copy of BtS is compatible by downloading a SGOTM 19 starting save. If it loads OK in your copy of BtS, then you are ready to play. Rules and Procedures Please visit the Civ4 SGOTM reference thread to check out the rules and procedures to ensure that you are adequately prepared for this game. Note, the usual GOTM restrictions apply: no replaying, no liberating cities to a civ you are at war with (except in peace deal), no subsidizing resource trades with AI, no goto mapping or flying camera, only 1 tech from Oracle/Liberalism. 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. Current Sign-up Lists The table below displays the current team lists. The number of players in each team is shown in brackets, as are non-playing advisers.