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What is a Succession Game?

Discussion in 'Civ3 - Succession Games' started by Pggar, Jan 12, 2002.

  1. Pggar

    Pggar Shikamaru

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    Succession Game (SG)
    A succession game is a Single Player (SP) game played by a group of people.
    While playing the person must keep a timeline of the most important events that occur during his reign. When finished, he passes on a saved game to the next player (either by uploading it on the site or by mail) and posts the timeline in the game's thread so that other players are informed of what happened.

    It generally works like this. One player (the moderator) opens a thread and post the first timeline log and the first game file. Then other players sign to the game (until the limit set by the game moderator), and the succession begins. Each player plays fixed number of turns (usually 20 turns). The moderator may also add extra rules (usually in the first post).

    This can get really interesting as everybody has a different way of playing Civ, and all strategies are tried out in one same game.
    Here's an example.

    Rules normally used:
    - 5 players.
    - 20 turns.
    - 24h confirmation period (you have to say you’re playing; otherwise you’re skipped).
    - 48h to 72h (since the saved game was passed) to play the game.

    Open Succession Game (OSG)
    An open succession doesn’t have a fixed number of players. After one player posts a game file, the next player in the succession will be the first person to post and say he is playing.

    OSGs are faster games because the player has a short period of time to play his turn (4h since the person said he was playing, this period gets higher as the late game is a bit slow). That way, every time you get to the forums, there’s a good possibility that you'll find an OSG in which you can play. Another attribute of OSGs is the fact that they hardly stall.
    Here's an OSG example.

    Training Day Games (TDG)
    A game where an expert of that level trains newer players. The expert may or may not start off the first 20 turns, after that, the player (trainees) play 10 turns, and post a detailed log for each turn. Play does not resume until the expert has reviewed and commented on the save.
    Here's a TDG example

    If there’s something I forgot to say, or something hard to understand, please post here and I’ll edit this post to make things clear.
     
  2. Chieftess

    Chieftess Moderator Retired Moderator

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    I have a few newbie questions. :)

    One, those dots... Did people just paste them (rather nicely) there, or is there an ingame function?

    Also, what's this "Culture Flipping" thing that I keep reading about?


    Anyway, this seems interesting, I'll have to try it. (With my skill, I'll probably end up driving the Civ world into a depression or something, though..) :nuke: But, a good change of pace, nevertheless, after playing for Civ1-3 for 11 years! :king:
     
  3. Pggar

    Pggar Shikamaru

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    First, if you're talking about the white dots in a picture in the first SG example, they were done with help of MS paint. There's no in game function.
    Second, culture flipping is the act of receiving or losing a city due to culture level. For instance, when you have lots of culture buildings and a high culture rate (points), and there's a foreign city close to your border, there's a chance that the city will leave the other empire and ally with you.
    You can check the culture flipping rules at this thread.
    I hope this helps you. ;)
     
  4. Angelic_Tyrant

    Angelic_Tyrant Tyrannical Despot

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    Hi,

    Just wondering how much time would you have to commit? Becasue committing time would be my problem.
    Fascinating idea though:egypt:
     
  5. Pggar

    Pggar Shikamaru

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    I don't think there's an absolute answer for that question. It all depends on the game you enter. If you don't have lots of time, you shouldn't enter a huge/large map game (they really take long towards the modern age), or more than one game at a time. Also, if you can't play your turn, you can notify the players so they can skip you. Then, you come back in your next turn. Does that help you? Or do you need more precise numerical statistics?
     
  6. Angelic_Tyrant

    Angelic_Tyrant Tyrannical Despot

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    I think first it would be nice if I saw the end results for a game that has finished whenever that will be, is that possible?
     
  7. Earl Of Chester

    Earl Of Chester AOK:TC Convert

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    The best one I've read is this German Sucsession Game The same group have jsut started their 2nd German sucsession game
    They can get very long but its spread out over time. And as Pggar said, all u have to do is ask to be skipped.
     
  8. gonzo_for_civ

    gonzo_for_civ Chicken Walker Retired Moderator

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    Additionaly, as you play SGs you get to know the people you play with. This includes what times they are available to play. If there is one time that you are always busy just tell them and usually they can arrange it so that you don't end up playing during that time. Also, If there is a certain time that you CAN play, you can tell them that also so they will know that you will play.
     
  9. rus_tenisist

    rus_tenisist Chieftain

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    i just have a newby question; i never played a succesion game and i wanna try it

    when you are the one who is playing, you need to write everthing that happends on each turn

    but u cant run notepad and civ3 at the same time ?!

    so do u like write on a piece of paper first and then write it in notepad ?
     
  10. Pggar

    Pggar Shikamaru

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    Yes you can. Civ3 is "Alt+Tab" friendly.
    Just open both programs and hit "Alt+Tab" to switch between them.
     
  11. gunning1

    gunning1 Chieftain

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    Can I make a succession game where I don't play. I have played about 13 games and still haven't won yet. So I wouldn't trust myself playing in one. I would just like to have other people play on the settings that I post instead of watching other ones that I don't like? This is a stupid question, I know.
     
  12. Pggar

    Pggar Shikamaru

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    As long as you find people interested in playing your game, I don't see any problems with you not playing. I believe some people already did that.
    You can join the sucessions (of lower levels) to learn how to play the game. Don't be afraid, just play. You'll end up learning how to play or at least how not to lose.
     
  13. Knight-Dragon

    Knight-Dragon Unhidden Dragon Retired Moderator

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    Like Pggar said, no problem with that although really you shld play too. I only play SGs for Civ3. ;) You can learn much, meet new ppl and so on. Try it! :D I think there're SGs too for chieftain, warlord lvls and also all those training games.
     
  14. gunning1

    gunning1 Chieftain

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    I took Pggar's advice and went ahead and started one. But I'm not starting it. I'm going to have someone else start it.
     
  15. mcdan

    mcdan Chieftain

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    This thread has been quiet for a while but I wanted to add how much I have learned from SG's. It is so informative - you learn from your teammates and you also learn by having to justify your turns via your post.

    I used to dread writing the post (It can get very long) but now I see that is how I am learning. Even just writing down the status of each city {whew - there can be so many) you get a grasp of the game and how the AI govenors can changes things so quickly.

    Also have been lucky - Padma has overseen my two games - one TD and the other SG - very very helpful and informative. AM going to learn this game!

    Also yes - used your "tab - alt" to get to word pad - really helps to record each move - plus hit save over and over :)
     
  16. stwils

    stwils Chieftain

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    I am playing two SG's now - one a TD game and one a team playing against another team.

    Mcdan is right. This is a great way to learn the game.

    And it is so much fun. Team mates to discuss the game with, and a mentor to keep you out of the ditch. (Or at least tell you if you are in the ditch and why.)

    I will confess when I played alone I got overwhelmed in the middle of the Middle Ages with all the cities to manage and would quit.

    Now I can't quit. I have to stay the course.

    stwils:sheep:
     
  17. mcdan

    mcdan Chieftain

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    I hear there are some new games out there - everyone plays their turn - and "best man" wins - where is this???

    These SG have taught me so much.

    Thanks, mcdan
    :)
     
  18. hotrod0823

    hotrod0823 Chieftain

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    mcdan - Try this

    LK33
     
  19. mcdan

    mcdan Chieftain

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    thanks hotrod - exactly what I was looking for ! :)

    p.s. I am playing sulla's B game - Can't wait to see how each of our games "played out"
     
  20. Chieftess

    Chieftess Moderator Retired Moderator

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    There is now a new catagory (ironic that I'm posting here when one of my very first posts is the 2nd post in this thread. :p), which I'll post about - Training Day Games.
     

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