woke to find myself in a dark wood, for I had wandered off from
the straight path..."
Realms Beyond is home to gamers who go beyond the norm, who creatively
add depth to good games to make them better, who choose to set our
own added limits to gameplay for the purpose of increasing challenge,
varying gameplay flavor, and getting more out of the games we love.
We discard the usual standards and venture into realms beyond, where
we share our passion for gaming with one another, and with those
who are like-minded.
develop and refine our tournament as we go, with the help of the
players. Each game is subject to rules, but we keep the framework
light, the emphasis on excellence, the focus on the spirit of the
game. Come and play. Share, compare, teach, and learn.
Future is Now
is the only constant"
is a grander, more ambitious game than its predecessors. We at the
Realms Beyond are proud to extend our traditions and culture to
this new title. The RBCiv Epics are back and bigger than ever! Sirian
and Griselda have teamed to bring the Epics to Civ4. We start with
a blank slate. The possibilities are limitless. New adventures await
us. Let us explore them together.
in me, Muse, and through me tell the story"
each event, all participants will use the same map and objectives/
conditions/ rules. After the game is completed, players will post
reports of their games and compare notes.
game will have a Sponsor. Any player can sponsor an event if they
can win approval of their scenario design. A Sponsor will be in
charge of the particulars for a game: map settings, opponents, optional
rules, victory conditions, type of scoring (if any), difficulty
level, any variant rules or mod/ map/ customization, and length
of time for the contest to remain open.
the Sponsor has foreknowledge of the map (because it's been customized)
they must recuse from the competition. (They are still allowed to
play, but must play a "shadow" game that will not count
for any scoring). However, if they play cold from the start on a
random map, they wouldn't necessarily have to take the first random
start to come along. The sponsor may play far enough in to see that
the starting homeland terrain meets with their vision, just so long
as they don't restart on same map or in any way offer spoilers to
the field of players.
of the length of time required for playing, reporting on, and discussing
each game, we anticipate that there will be more good ideas than
available time to implement them. Therefore, each event is subject
to the approval of the Organizers. In order to garner an official
place on the schedule, you must provide a summary of your scenario
idea, complete with any variant rules and your intended settings.
Organizers must approve the rules, any customizations (mods, etc),
and will fit the game in with others, with an eye toward the integrity
and balance of the series as a whole.
will be announced by an Organizer on the Civilization forum, and
information will also be available on the website. Once a game is
announced, players will have until the closing date to complete
the game and write their game report. Do not post any information
about the game before the closing date. At the end of the closing
date, each player will have 24 hours to post their report (hopefully
this should be no problem, because the report will already have
been written). Alternatively, an executive summary can be posted,
with a more detailed report to follow later. (Though, truly, we
encourage you to be ahead of the process whenever possible and have
your report ready to post when Closing Day arrives). Then, finally,
it will be time for the discussion (and, depending upon the game,
the scoring)! The discussion will be open to everyone who would
like to contribute.
we encourage players to post complete reports for the Epics, we
understand that this is not always possible. In this case, players
may post a brief summary of their achievements, including any information
vital to the scoring, as well as data such as finish date, win/loss,
and whatever details they can include in the available time. If
the game itself is incomplete, the player should save their game
no later than the game's closing date, and post a summary of the
game by the end of the reporting period. These games will be included
in the official results as "retired" games, and will be
eligible for scoring based upon the status of the game at the end
of the closing date. Completed games are eligible for full scoring
so long as a sufficient summary is posted. Full reports can be added
later, if the player elects to complete a detailed report. The community
will be interested in full reports even if they are late, but both
playing activity and game summaries need to be completed on time.
Players are also welcome to complete their "retired" games
after the closing date and write about the "overtime"
results, but can only be scored through the portion completed before
the play deadline.
who will be unavailable to post their reports or summaries in the
reporting window may have someone else do it for them. One way is
to email the game sponsor and/or RBCiv staff and ask them to hold
the report to be posted on Closing Day.
and RB Succession Game Rules