The settings: Difficulty level: Monarch Map type: Islands Map size: Standard Large Islands: Several extras Tiny Islands: Various Game speed: Epic Civ: England Victory conditions: All are enabled. However, only Domination is considered a 'true' victory. Opponents: Random 7 Barbs: On The game We are the small island nation of England. We are Isolationists, we don't want to have anything to do with other nations, and this also means we also have no desire to settle anywhere else. We have our own island, and we have everything we need here, so we are happy. But many mythical tales tell about far-away lands, and the English people become fascinated. So when we discover Optics, the people want to explore and colonize these lands. They also start to become attracted by exotic goods from other civilizations, and decide to finally trade with them. Eventually, the English start to return to their Isolationist roots. They get annoyed by the fact that they depend on other civilizations for their goods. This brings out the warlike spirit in the English, and they decide that colonizing uninhabited lands is not enough. England should dominate the world, and for that other civilizations will have to be removed by force. 'The sun will rise on the English Empire, and then never set again.' The variants So to sum it all up, the variants are: - until we have researched Optics, we may not trade or sign Open Borders with other civilizations - until we have researched Optics, we may also not settle other islands - when we have researched Optics, we can trade with other civs, and can colonize other islands, but still cannot invade other civs' homelands - when we have researched Astronomy, we can invade other 'home islands' and should then go for domination victory Roster: I think I'll try out a 4-man roster for this one, which is less than the 'common' SG-roster (5/6) 1) Strauss 2) Bede 3) Kanga_DU 4) Foolonthehill Alternate: Nares Everyone is welcome, although experience with both Prince level and SG's would be very helpful, considering Monarch is quite tough and the variants aren't making it easier. When signing up, please also state your preferred leader - Lizzy or Vicky? General SG-rules apply, 24 hours for a 'got it', additional 48 hours to play. I won't be a total nitpick about time limits, just try to keep up the pace.