Welcome to your game thread. Please use it and subscribe to it, and do not visit the other team threads for this game until you have finished. Please also subscribe to the Maintenance Thread for this game here, where teams and staff may post non-spoiler information of general interest. I hope you enjoy the game. The starting saves will become available on the SGOTM Progress and Results page on November 11th, at midnight, server local time. Thanks again to Gyathaar for coming up with the variant and developing the map. You are the Viking leader, Ragnar Lodbrok*. You have met the Indian leader, Gandhi, and you have signed a pact in blood. The Vikings agree to teach india the art of war, and make them strong through conflict. In return India will take the Vikings to the stars. * Vanilla players play as Einar Ragnarson, but he had the same craving for space travel as his father. You start the game as a near neighbour of India. Following the pact you are at permanent war with Gandhi, and must remain so for the rest of the game. You are allowed no peace treaties with India. And India must win by space victory. All victory conditions are switched on except diplomatic, but the winning team will be the one that gets India to Alpha Centauri, and does it fastest. PTW and Vanilla teams are not permitted to leader rush Great Wonders before 1000 BC in this game Here's the start. Map Parameters Playable Civ - Scandinavia / Vikings Opponents - Seven, preselected, including India World size - 100 wide by 100 high. (Standard) Difficulty - Monarch Landform - Continents Barbarians - Roaming The map is handbuilt, and therefore may not have a standard configuration. Game mods: The AI races have Deity level unit support. Otherwise, this game uses the default rules as defined in the SGOTM Reference Thread. The SGOTM Mediterranean resources are included in this game. If you have played SGOTM 7 then you will be ready. If not you may need to download and unzip a small graphics mod pack. Vanilla/Mac players need to install the GOTM mods. The best way to achieve this is to use the relevant All-in-one GOTM Installer for your OS, linked in my signature. Please visit the following links to ensure that you are adequately prepared for this game. The GOTM Reference Thread. SGOTM Reference Thread. Notes: A. The Classic (Play the World and vanilla 1.29) versions of Civ3 AND Conquests version 1.22 (C3C) are all supported in this game. Because of the different game play, Classic and C3C teams will play for separate awards. B. All teams must play the sponsored variant. C. You MUST play from the start file assigned to your team. 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. Gyathaar's SGOTM 8 created some new challenges for everyone. I hope you will enjoy this one as much. Good luck in your efforts to lose with style and honour.