Opening Date: Monday, February 25
Duration: Five Weeks
Map Script: Hemispheres
Sea Level: Low
Game Speed: Epic
World Size: Standard
Beyond the Sword v3.13
In Epic One, Sirian wrote this about the Honorable rule set: You
will see them again! Time to live up to that promise with an open-ended
Epic game. You are charged with leading Honest Abe and the Americans
to victory, in a game where the ends never justify the means.
We are using the "Honorable" variant rule set for this
game, with a few minor changes from the original game. The complete
list is reposted below:
civ has a right to defend itself. A just war is one in which you
are not the aggressor. If any civ attacks you unprovoked, you
are entitled to remain at war with them and to take retaliatory
action upon their units and lands for as long as you wish, up
to and including their unconditional surrender. (You may conquer
that civ if you please. This is known as the "You Have Chosen
are not allowed to run Slavery, Theocracy, or Police State civics.
You must adopt Emancipation (and stay there) once you have the
option. Please note that this is a change from the original Epic
One game, which allowed Slavery civic. Honest Abe refuses to hold
men and women in bondage!
are allowed to refuse tribute demands. You are not allowed to
issue demands of your own.
are allowed to sign Defense Pacts.
a friendly civ requests your aid in time of war, you are allowed
to join them in the war.
you joined an ally in a war, and they have made peace with the
enemy, then you must also make peace with that enemy if the enemy
requests peace (unless they are demanding compensation for peace
-- you do not ever have to submit to tribute demands.)
may not choose to raze a captured city that the game would allow
you to keep. (This includes barbarian cities!)
away captured cities is only honorable if they are given to an
ally who owned them when the war began. (If you "liberate"
an ally's city, you MUST offer to give it back!)
must do all in your power (within reason) to feed the people under
your care. No forced starvation!
Spies are only allowed to observe or conduct counter-espionage,
not to sabotage or carry out other aggressive missions. Note that
this rule will actually have some teeth to it in Beyond the Sword!
land improvements in neutral territory, to deny them to a rival
or enemy, is dastardly. No bandits on the highways, please.
are not allowed to fire first with nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons
may only be used honorably in retaliation vs a civ who has launched
a "First Strike" nuclear attack, and then only with
a "proportional response": you may honorably return
fire with as many shots as were launched by the enemy, but no
We strongly urge you to copy and paste the variant rule set to your
local machine, to a text file in a location where you can access
it while playing, in case you need to check the rules.
There is no scoring for this game. However, results will be listed
by victory according to fastest finishes, with defeats listed in
reverse order (those who survived the longest listed first). Those
who wish to do so can unofficially compete in this fashion.
Day: Monday, March 31. Reports due by the end of April 1, your
local time (and no April Fooling!)
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