Hello /r/civ! I've got a brand new civ challenge for you, and I hope you'll like it!
The challenge for this week will involve a very specific world type. The idea was submitted to me by /u/whoopy42 in the week 5 thread. The post reads as follows:
- Highlands Map
- Mountain Pattern: Ridgelines
- Mountain Density: Thick
- Water: Seas
- Do NOT play as Carthage (Make sure Carthage isn't an AI either)
- Domination victory only
Those map settings basically result in a maze. The map is made up of a series of valleys that generally only have 2-3 land exit points that connect them to other valleys through the mountains. Sometimes there will be an inland sea that connects 2-3 valleys. You could have only one mountain range between you and another civ and still never meet them until late in the game because there only route there winds through 4 other valleys. Early exploration and expansion is very important because the valleys are very defensible if you control the mountain passes. Things open up again once planes and paratroopers become available.
There are also some optional settings that could mix things up further. Sparse resources, hot temperatures and arid climate would put even further importance on early expansion in order to gain access to valleys with important resources and fertile land. You could add a few extra AI players beyond the default amount to ensure plenty of early aggression with survival of the fittest civs. Or you could do the opposite and have fewer players than normal so there's an early rush to claim open territory and resources.
So hopefully that answers any initial questions you have! Let's hop to it!
If you are interested in participating, save this thread. Then, please post a screenshot (or many) of your victory (or defeat!) to this thread with a detailed description of what your journey was like. I'll list off the most popular campaigns in next week's challenge.
We had a few great starts last week, but due to the challenge's CPU heavy nature, it was hard to finish. But whatever, it was fun, right?
Here are some from last week!
If you have any questions about this challenge, feel free to ask. Ideas are also welcome for next week's challenge! Good luck!