TH2 is wrapping up and due to a great start and solid play we blitzed through emperor faster than we did monarch, both in turnsets played and undoubtedly in the year of victory as well. So, turning it up a notch. This SG is unusual in that we're basically applying the same formula to higher difficulties rather than trying to be all original each time out. We can take another player, but you want to keep that in mind. There will be less discussion of, say, whether or not to build the Pyramids, than you might expect. Five random starts with five random leaders, vote in order, each player can apply a blackball to a particular start. That is, you can't veto a start out right, but if you really hate one of them, say so and I'll count your vote as negative one. So if you vote A > B > C > D > blackball E, the vote is counted A = 5, B = 4, C = 3, D = 2, E = -1. The votes are then averaged and then we make the voting process useless by taking the second highest or whichever one Loki likes best. OK, on to some screenies. The setup: Spoiler : High Seas 3A leader: Spoiler : High Seas 3A start: Spoiler : High Seas 3B leader: Spoiler : High Seas 3B start: Spoiler : High Seas 3C leader: Spoiler : High Seas 3C start: Spoiler : High Seas 3D leader: Spoiler : High Seas 3D start: Spoiler : High Seas 3E leader: Spoiler : High Seas 3E start: Spoiler : And the guidelines, which haven't changed since last game. Spoiler : This is at least partly a learning game for some of us, so if you can provide constructive criticism, please do so. If you have a nonconventional strategy you think might work, spit it out. Making fun of an idea you think dumb is discouraged. Above all, contribute to the planning of the game, not just the execution. Keep communication clear: announce when you see the save and check the thread before playing your set. Log tech trades in particular and your pregame analysis. Keep it moving. Post if you can't make your round, and don't be shy about asking for a swap if you're not sure. Have your save posted within 48 hours. That said, somebody (like me) may ask for a stop in play for a day to allow time for the team to discuss the situation. Be amusing if you have it in you, but it's not mandatory. Screenshots are not mandatory either. I'd actually rather not see yet another screenie of Alexander the Great saying there will be peace in our time. A simple note that we met him is plenty. The first player will be chosen at random and gets to change the team name to something more stylish than HP_Administrator. Loki Strikes, Whosit, Sengir, and nocho all have a spot reserved, should they choose to take it. I surely hope they all do. I think we could take at least one more player, though.