Dear community of Vox Populi! This challenge's submission date is over, don't miss the next one! Christmas is nearing - with all the family tension and stress that might come with that. But don't worry, you can always take a break while playing the 11th Vox Populi challenge, hopefully leading the Tewahedo Church to a glorious future. No matter whether you already know the challenge, or this is your first time, read on and participate! Continuing the path of getting feedback, I'd like to know your opinions on the length of individual challenges today (see the poll above). Anyone that in principle could imagine to participate in the challenges is welcome to vote. As a general explanation: The last (10th) challenge was far on the short side at least for the prince difficulty. In general, I aim for an average length of around 200-250 turns. In addition to that, you are again very welcome to provide detailed feedback also on the nature of the challenges (too hard, too easy, whatever you don't like in general). I hope you did live out your violence fantasies in the last war-oriented challenge - this time it might get more peaceful (however, a nice little opportunistic war isn't necessarily bad, is it?). In an increasingly secular world, show that the idea of religion still is something worth pursuing - at least if it's your religion. Wouldn't that be a great christmas gift for the patriarch? I understand that after this confusing paragraph, you're very curious on what the goal of this challenge is, but before you continu, make sure that you have Vox Populi version 12-18 / 12-19 with the newest hotfixes installed. The thread is called 12-19 while the installer is called 12-18, that's why there are two numbers there. Please make also sure that you play with the "normal" Vox Populi and didn't edit any files (as suggested by G in the version post), or restore the original values for this game. Also, please make sure you know the rules. Especially, don't share ingame information unspoilered, not even the number of points you achieved (or the turn where you finished the challenge). I don't want anyone to be discouraged by your score, or knowing what numbers he should aim for. In spoilers, you are very welcome to describe your game, of course Spoiler Game Rules : 1) The Golden Rule: Don't replay, don't reload, send in your first try! It is recommended to set your auto-save frequency to 1 turn for this game. If you have a crash that forces you to replay, write it in the mail afterwards and try replaying as closest as possible to what you did before the crash. 2) Don't exploit any bugs you may find. At the moment, I'm not aware of any exploitable bugs, but just in case, don't overuse obviously bugged mechanics (like the infinite tribute-bug a few patches ago). 3) Don't share ingame-information unspoilered! If you want to share strategies or ingame information in this thread, use spoilers and write "Do not open unless you already sent in your game." on top of it. A separate thread for spoilers would be good, but I don't want to spam the main forum for this pilot. 4) Don't look at spoilers if you didn't finish your game! 5) Don't use cheat tools (Ingame Editor, Info Addict...) and don't open the map in some editor or else. 6) Don't use any additional mods besides full Vox Populi (1 to 6, either EUI or non-EUI) as I'm not sure whether I will be able to open your savegame files if you do. The exact goal for this challenge: Submission deadline is Wednesday, the 16th of January, 6 pm Eastern Time (midnight in Central European Time). You can submit by personal message to me, posting your save in this thread, or sending it to email@example.com. Don't forget to write the name under which you want to appear in the ranking if sending by e-mail! That's almost 4 full weeks, so I hope that despite the holidays (hoping you get them) and possible christmas things, you have enough time to submit if you want to. Also allow me to emphasize that Chill Barbarians is active in this game - partially because I forgot to uncheck it, but also because it's christmas and the barbarians deserve a bit of holidays, too. Spoiler Game Settings : Map: Pangea, Small 6 players Research Agreements, No Tech Trading No Ancient Ruins No Events Chill Barbarians (it's christmas ) If something is not clear, read the following spoiler, then ask a question if still unclear. When you find an error, something is not working etc. please notify me as fast as possible as in a few days, I won't have access to a computer with Civ 5 on it till next year. Spoiler Challenge Specifications : In the very improbable case that you don't manage to found a religion (if you're doing the right thing and build Stele first, I don't really can imagine that happening), you can also conquer a holy city to take over a religion. There are no further requirements for your religion, in particular I don't care whether it has been enhanced or not - however, my pre-game strategic thinking dictates me that it's probably wise to enhance at some time, but I might be wrong. As always, you can submit an earlier save if you think that your follower count will decrease, or stagnate and your happiness will decrease. A strategic advice: Keep in mind that faith buy costs change at era transitions and some policies change them, so pay attention to your timing, especially with the free technologies Ethiopia gets. This challenge is the eleventh of a season of 12 challenges. After the submission deadline, I will rank all participants (divided by difficulty level) and you will get 15/13/11/10/9/8/7/6/5/4/3/2/1/1/1/... points for the 1st/2nd/3rd... rank. At the end of the season, your best 10 results will count for the final ranking. The winners of the season (one for Prince, one for Immortal) will be granted the opportunity to become a part of the game as a Great Person of their choice (Prophets excluded). Thanks to Gazebo for this contribution to the challenge! To get you into the right mood, otherwise completely unrelated, here's one of my favourite arias of the Christmas Oratorio, with the all-time greats Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor) and Peter Schreier (tenor): Now... download the save for your difficulty, make sure you have Vox Populi version 12-18 and you're ready to go!