Dear friends of Vox Populi! UPDATE: The submission deadline is over, results are in the second post. With the next version, the fourth challenge will start, don't miss it! Welcome to the second edition of the Vox Populi Challenge! No matter if you know it already or not, keep on reading and participate! Saint Petersburg, Russia, around 1763. A magnificient bedroom, in the bed empress Catherine II and her lover, Grigory Orlov. Orlov: My dear, I'm so excited! Can you believe it those corrupt FIFA bosses gave the football world cup? It's a pity for that diamond, but well... Catherine: Honey bunny, what are you talking about? Football? Leave that for those american brutes! Orlov: No, not that football, the real kind... My dear, don't say that you forgot the world cup just because of that war against the pitiful ottomans! They're not even qualified... Catherine: Oh, come on, honey bunny, you know that I'm not interested in sports where nobody dies... Orlov: I can't believe it! You know that I'm a real fan and I really want this world cup! I mean... I even have cards for the opening game! (starts crying) Catherine: Stop crying, you're a man after all. Don't worry, I'm sure somebody will manage to prepare everything... Do you really want to waste this precious moment with me in the bed alone? (The curtain drops) I beg your pardon for the cruelty of putting you through this result of my overflowing creativity, but the problem is real: Russia has to host a world cup in a few weeks and nothing is prepared! Well, not yet... because that's your job. The challenge you'll playing now is perhaps a bit less diverse than the last two, but I don't doubt you'll have an amusing game. First, make sure you have version 5-20 of Vox Populi installed, with all hotfixes (5-20-3 it is as I write this. Before we go into details, please make sure you know the rules. Especially, don't share ingame information unspoilered, not even the number of points you achieved. I don't want anyone to be discouraged by your large amount of great works, or to know prior to his game what number he has to beat. 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. Now, the details of the challenge (or: how to prepare a world cup): The challenge can be done on difficulty 4 (Prince) or 7 (Immortal). The goals and settings are the same for both challenges, the map and (possibly) other civilizations are different. You may play (and send in) one or both challenges as you don't gain in-game information for the other challenge. A few notes for who is interested in them: The challenge is both relatively long and requires a quiet "general" game strategy. If that doesn't feel appealing to you, I apologize, I try to mix the challenges up a bit in terms of "specialization" and length. And, if you didn't try it, the performance improvements of the current version are truly amazing (at least for me). I hope the settings guarantee an interesting game! Be prepared for a little surprise on one of the two difficulties Also, the map is a only-land one, but nevertheless very crowded. Don't expect much space or much time to expand (especially on Immortal)... and don't expect your neighbours to be peaceful! And one last info (you might guess it if you play one difficulty first and then the other): All civs are qualified for the oncoming world cup, or parts of their core territory is / was in the borders of a nation that is qualified. So, no Rome and Netherlands for you Submission deadline is Thursday, the 7th of June, 6pm 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to write the name under which you want to appear in the ranking if sending by e-mail! Spoiler Game Settings : Map: Lakes, Small 8 players, 5 city states on Immortal, 6 on Prince Research Agreements, No Tech Trading No Ancient Ruins No Events If something is not clear, read the following spoiler, then ask a question if still unclear: Spoiler Challenge Specifications : It does not matter how you got the buildings, the only important thing is that they are in four of your cities. For a valid save, 8 players need to be alive (read that as: 8 major civs control at least one city). It doesn't matter in which state (last city at 0 HP, just resurrected, war etc.) The deadline is the 7th of June because the people need another week for preparing for the world cup (buying beer vodka and barbecue stuff, for example) This challenge is the third 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! Now... download the save for your difficulty, make sure you have Vox Populi version 5-20 and you're ready to go!