- You'd think we'd know better by now than to expect a patch to
come out on time. Nevertheless, we're in a bit of a bind because
tournament games need to be played using the same version of the
game for the results to be comparable. As a result, we've delayed
opening It's a Wonderful Life
(previously Adventure 23, now likely Adventure 24) and Epic
Fourteen - Boudica the Great until the 3.13 patch is out.
We were expecting the patch by mid-September, but unfortunately
that hasn't turned out to be the case. We're sorry for the delay,
but we think it's important to avoid opening games just before a
we didn't want to leave you hanging. Luckily, Atlas has come with
what should be a speedy little adventure to help you pass the time.
Adventure Twenty-three - Speedy
Gonzalez opens today, and it will run for three weeks. It's
also reporting day for Adventure
Twenty-two - Brick by Brick, so go ahead and post your reports
in the forum.
- Adventure Twenty-two - Brick
by Brick is now open! Also, two new games have been announced-
Epic Fourteen - Boudica the Great
will open next week, and Adventure
Twenty-three - It's a Wonderful Life will open two weeks
after that. You didn't have any other plans for the month, did you?
- Results are up
for Adventure Twenty-one - The
Sky Gods, and Adventure
Twenty-two - Brick by Brick has been announced. It will
open this Monday.
- A new patch for Beyond the Sword is out, which only makes changes
to the game's DirectX support. Although we usually require that
tournament players don't patch until a game closes, we're making
an exception this time. For Epic 13, you can play in version 3.02
or 3.03. For future patches, it is always a good idea to check in
here before you patch, in case of (sometimes undocumented) gameplay
a new succession
game has begun, exploring the "Defense" scenario
- It's opening day for Epic Thirteen
- Expansion Potluck. If you've already signed up, your save
has been mailed! If not, you can still sign up until Monday, August
27, but we encourage you not to wait until the last minute! Please
send me (Griselda) a private message on the forums if you don't
receive your save within 24 hours of signing up.
has opened for Adventure Twenty-one
- The Sky Gods. Did the Gods smile on your game? Post your
report and let us know!
addition, results are up for Adventure
Twenty - Desert Domination and Epic
Twelve - The Gauntlet, and the succession game page has
- It's closing day for Epic Twelve
- The Gauntlet, so please post your reports in the reporting
forum. We're also please to announce Epic
Thirteen - Potluck Expansion, our first Beyond the Sword
game and also a potluck. Signups are open now, and the first files
will be mailed next week.
- It's opening day for Adventure
Twenty-one - The Sky Gods, and reporting day for Adventure
Twenty - Desert Domination. Also, results
are up for Epic Eleven - Hooray
for Hollywood. Enjoy!
- Lots of updates today! Results are now up for all tournament games
that ended earlier than this week! Specifically today, we have
Epic Eight - Potluck,
Epic Nine - Horse Feathers,
Warlords One - Impi Zisshun,
Warlords Two - The Worst form of Government, Adventure
Fifteen - The French Riviera, and Adventure
Sixteen - Let it Snow!. Thanks to everyone who put in hard
work to help make this happen.
also made a few changes to the Game
List page that will hopefully make it easier to use. Completed
games are now in descending order, so that the more recent games
are listed first. We have had so many games that newer ones were
getting buried. Also, I added links near the top of the page so
that you can jump to Adventures, Warlords, or Epics results. Hopefully
that should help you get to what you're looking for more quickly.
have also updated the Succession
Games page in a similar way, with links going to the RB,
RBW, and SGOTM sections. The SG page is again up-to-date, and I
included links to The Real Ms. Beyond's (yes, her secret identity
is out) games so that they will be easier to find.
and we now have an accurate finish date for Kodii's Adventure
Fourteen game, and accolades for those who abstained from
Epic Twelve - The Gauntlet
is now open!
- Lots of updates today! First of all, information pages are up
for two upcoming games - Epic
Twelve - The Gauntlet, which will open this week, and Adventure
Twenty-one - The Sky Gods, which will open in two weeks.
Sulla has also been working on the results pages. Results are up
for Adventure Thirteen
- Sixth Column and Adventure
Fourteen - King of India. The results pages have also been
updated for Adventure Five
- Waiting for Godot, and Adventure
Six - The Cradle of Civilization.
- Results are up
for Warlords Three- Wan Kon and
His Minions, including Ruff_hi's nifty graph. Also, the
succession games page is finally up-to-date.
- Lots of updates today! First of all, it's opening day for Adventure
Twenty - Desert Domination, a gentle adventure. Results
are also up for Adventure
Nineteen - Mao's Muse and Epic
Ten - Rising Sun. In addition, Sulla has provided the worldbuilder
file for Adventure Nineteen, so you can experiment with
different tech choices if you want.
also closing day for Warlords Three-
Wan Kon and His Minions, so you can go ahead and post your
- It's closing day for Adventure
Nineteen - Mao's Muse, so you can post your reports and
(finally) talk about what techs you chose. It's also opening day
for Epic Eleven - Hooray for
- Results are up for Adventure
Seventeen - PETA Crusaders and Adventure
Eighteen - Mansa Moneybags.
- It's closing day for Epic Ten
- Rising Sun, so post your reports on the reporting forum.
Warlords Three- Wan Kon and His Minions
opens today, and Epic
Eleven - Hooray for Hollywood has been announced,
and will open next week.
- It's closing day for Adventure
Seventeen - PETA Crusaders. You can post your reports in
the reporting forum now. We're also announcing Adventure
Nineteen - Mao's Muse. Starting files will be emailed instead
of uploaded to the web for this one, so if you want to start on
opening day, sign up early. Enjoy!
- Epic Ten - Rising Sun
is now open. It's an Extreme
Adventure Epic, on Deity .
- Adventure Eighteen - Mansa Moneybags,
or first Gentle Adventure of the year, is now open. Good luck!
- We're back! First of all, I'd like to thank Sooooo for sponsoring
an informal event to keep things going. There's still a couple of
weeks to play All
the World's a Stage, if you're interested.
am pleased to announce that Adventure
Seventeen - PETA Crusaders opens today, and will run for
four weeks. Sullla has become a second Organizer for the tournament,
and he's sponsoring this one. A huge thanks to Sullla for volunteering
to help out with this! Interested players can also send scenario
ideas to him for consideration. Thanks, Sullla!
- I'm very sorry for the hiatus in games and page updates for the
last little while. We don't have any tournament games currently
open, but we are hoping to restart some soon. You can always visit
the forums for more information (and to let us know what "flavor"
of games you would prefer to see!).
- Out last two tournament games of the year are now open! Warlords
Two - The Worst Form of Government is a gentle adventure
for Warlords, featuring (what else?) the worst form of government,
except for all the others that have been tried. Adventure
Sixteen - Let it Snow! is for the core game of CIV, and
it gives the competition a little twist- players will choose how
to customize the scenario, and will judge each other's reports (not
the games themselves) on reporting day! Of course, the more interesting
the game, the easier it will be to write an interesting report.
- Results are up
for Adventure Eleven - Divided
here are the results
for Adventure Twelve - Catherine.
succession game page
is also now up-to-date. Thanks to Atlas for compiling the information!
first Warlords tournament game has opened. Warlords
One - Impi Zisshun features the return of the Zulu. Enjoy!
also time to post your reports for Epic
Nine - Horse Feathers, and you can read the results for
Epic Seven - Mano y Mano.
- It's closing day for Adventure
Fourteen - King of India. Please post your reports.
- Epic Nine - Horse Feathers
opens today. Yes, we realize that Horse Feathers was Epic Ten in
our Civ3 tournament, but it was time for something a little different.
- Finally! It's reporting day for Epic
Eight - Potluck. Remember, the reporting procedure will
be a little different for this one. Once the reporting threads have
been opened, you'll need to post a link to your report in your civ's
thread. If your report isn't currently up at a website, you can
create a thread for it, but you still need to post a link to your
report in your civ's thread. Also, remember to keep discussion in
the civ threads. Hopefully, this will create a fairly organized
process, and should allow for lots of opportunities for comparison.
The reporting threads are open! Happy reporting! Rome,
are also opening two new Adventures today, Adventure
Fourteen - King of India and Adventure
Fifteen - The French Riviera. Hopefully between the
two of them there should be something for everyone.
- It's closing day for Adventure
Thirteen - Sixth Column.
- Adventure Eleven - Divided We
Fall closes today, so go ahead and post your reports in
the reporting forum!
- It's closing day for Adventure
Twelve - Catherine. Please post your reports.
- Adventure Thirteen - Sixth Column
opens today. It's an extreme adventure that will only run for three
weeks, primarily geared towards those who tend to finish tournament
games weeks before the closing date. If that's you, enjoy!
- It's reporting day for Epic
Seven - Mano y Mano. Because this is a holiday weekend in
the USA, posters have until Wednesday to post your reports. You
still need to finish playing by Monday night, your local time.
- Results are up for Adventure
Nine - Stagnation and Adventure
Ten - Legionnaire. In addition, more information was added
to the results pages for Epic
Four - Rome vs. the Barbarians, Epic
Five - The Covenant of the Sea, and Adventure
Seven - The Warlords.
- A big day today! Saves for Epic
Eight - Potluck have been emailed, but you can still sign
until Sept. 18. It's also closing day for our first Always War event
for Civ4, Epic Six.
- Signups are open for Epic Eight
- Potluck. The save file for this Epic will not be posted
on the site until after the game closes! If you want to play, you
will need to sign up here
and receive your file by email.
- Three games open today! Epic
Seven - Mano y Mano has been announced for some time, and
it finally opens today. In addition, we have an Extreme Adventure,
Adventure Eleven - Divided We
Fall, and a Gentle Adventure, Adventure
Twelve - Catherine opening up. It's also reporting day for
Ten - Legionnaire. I
hope you've cleared room on your schedules!
- Looking for something to play while waiting for Epic
Seven to open? Adventure
Eleven - Tedium Incarnate, will open Monday, July 31.
- Results are up
for Epic Four - Rome vs. the Barbarians.
There are 29 reports listed in the results, and 5 Epic Heroes! Also,
Results are up
for Epic Five - The Covenant of
- Results are up for Adventure
Seven - The Warlords and Adventure
Eight - The French Revolution. Congratulations to all
of our participants!
- It's War! Epic Six - Always
War opens today, as well as Adventure
Ten - Legionnaire open
today. It's also closing day for Epic
Five - The Covenant of the Sea.
- Adventure Ten - Legionnaire
has been announced, and will open next week. Also, it's reporting
day for Epic Four - Rome vs. the
- Adventure Nine - Stagnation
is now open!
- The Succession Game page
has been updated.
- Adventure Nine - Stagnation
has been announced. Please keep in mind that this is NOT a gentle
adventure, even though everyone gets to start with Sirian's opening
moves for this one.
are up for Adventure Six - The
Cradle of Civilization. As this was an unscored event, they
are listed in alphabetical order. Thanks to everyone who participated!
are up for Epic Three - Rise of
the Incans. Thanks to mostly_harmless for compiling them.
I've also included a link to pling's graphed results for easy reference.
- Epic Five - The Covenant of
the Sea is now open! Please make sure you have seen the
updated variant rules. Also, it's closing day for Adventure
Eight - The French Revolution. If you haven't finished
your game yet, you'll just have to eat cake.
- Results are up
for Epic Two - Eastern Gem Dealers.
Thanks to Kylearan for compiling the results, and congratulations
to our Epic Heroes Kylearan and Sulla!
variant rules have been updated for Epic
Five - The Covenant of the Sea, which opens on Monday. Please
make sure you reload the page when you check the rules, to make
sure that you're up to date before you play.
- It's closing day for Epic Three
- Rise of the Incans! Please post your reports in our reporting
forum. We have also announced details for Epic
Five - The Covenant of the Sea, Epic
Six - Always War, and Epic
Seven - Mano y Mano. Enjoy!
- Our first Deity Epic for Civ 4, Epic
Four - Rome vs. the Barbarians, opens today. Remember, come
back with your shield, or on it!
- Hello everybody, we're back online. We had a problem with the
FTP, which is why the site hasn't been updated in a few weeks. I
hope that you checked the forums, because they were up and running
the entire time, and we have been updating the tournament from the
games have opened in the mean time, Epic
Three - Rise of the Incans and Adventure
Eight - The French Revolution. In addition, two have closed:
Epic Two - Eastern Gem Dealers and Adventure
Six - The Cradle of Civilization. The results have been
compiled for those games, and are available on the forums. I will
have them up on the site later. For now, I wanted to get the tournament
full game information has been posted for Epic
Four - Rome vs. the Barbarians, and that will open tomorrow!
for the delay, but I hope that you have a good time getting caught
- Adventure Seven - The Warlords
opens today. We've also announced Epic
Three - Rise of the Incans, which will open next week, and
Epic Four - Rome vs. the Barbarians.
I'm posting this on May Day, I have a perfect excuse to post my
favorite May Day picture. I don't know why I like it so much. Whatever
you're up to today, please don't get as rowdy as the girls in this
for the politically minded, here's a fun
- Our second "Gentle Adventure" is now open! Adventure
Six - The Cradle of Civilization opens today, and will run
for four weeks. Good luck!
- It's been a while, but the patch for CIV is finally out! As such,
Epic Two - Eastern Gem Dealers
opens today. We're sorry for the wait, but we hope that you enjoy
the game anyway. If you read the rules that Sirian posted on the
forums a few days ago, please take the time to re-read them before
playing. There have been some changes made to the final version.
also reporting day for Adventure
Five - Waiting for Godot. Yes, in our version, Godot actually
arrived. This was somewhat of a quasi-adventure as Didi and Gogo
were never really clear on what they wanted to accomplish before
Godot arrived (read- game information was never posted, accidentally
on purpose). But, if you played, go ahead and post about what happened
in our reporting forum.
having difficulty with the upload server at the moment. Screenshots
that were posted previously should show up, but right now nobody
can log in to upload additional pictures. I'm really sorry about
this, and am working on it, but I'm also running short on ideas
about what could be going wrong. I'll let you know when it is working
congratulations to the SG teams from RB5
- Rome, Emperor, Lakes, Just Win and RB16
- The Renny Teamer on their wins!
- Congratulations to the team of RB
10 - Elitist Hegemony for their victorious game!
- Waiting on a patch does have its advantages. Results
are up for Adventure Two - The
Frozen Jungle. Congrats to all Azteskimos who stuck it out
through that one!
- Results are up for Adventure
Four - Hatshepsut's Hieroglyphics and Adventure
One - Brave New World. Since there was no scoring for Adventure
One, results are listed in alphabetical order by the player's name.
The succession game page is also up to date.
- Results are up
for Adventure Three - Binding of
the Three. Thanks to Kylearan for compiling the results!
- Arathorn has closed Adventure
Four - Hatshepsut's Hieroglyphics. You can post your reports
in the reporting forum. Bonus points if you can do it without using
- It's reporting day for Adventure
Three - Binding of the Three. There's a sticky
thread in the forum where you can ask questions about the
scoring of your game if you need to (since the game is closed, you
can finally use specifics in your questions!). Hopefully that will
help us reply to everyone in a timely manner.
- It's reporting day for Adventure
One - Brave New World. If you have questions about the reporting
process, there is a sticky
thread in the reporting forum that should have the information
you're looking for.
- The deadline for Adventure Four
- Hatshepsut's Hieroglyphics has been extended, so that
it closes a week later than Adventure Three. Also, two new succession
games have opened- RB11
- Gandhi, the Silent Aggressor and RB12
- It's reporting day for Adventure
Two - The Frozen Jungle. If you're still playing, you have
until the end of Monday, your local time, to finish playing. You
can post your reports in our Reporting
Forum. Also, Adventure
Four - Hatshepsut's Hieroglyphics is now open!
- Have you ever imagined doing rocket science using hieroglyphics?
Arathorn is sponsoring the next game in our Extreme Adventures series.
Adventure Four - Hatshepsut's Hieroglyphics
will open on Monday, January 16.
- Two new succession games have opened. RB
9 - Cottage Cheese will feature - you guessed it - cottages
10 - Elitist Hegemony (which still has some open slots,
by the way!) prohibits self-built workers. Good luck to both teams!
- The Epics are on hiatus. They will be back after the next Civ4
patch. Fortunately, we have the Adventures, and Adventure
Three - Binding of the Three opens today!
- Our first succession game of CIV, RB1
- Cuban Isolationists, has ended. If you haven't
checked it out before, it's a classic, with many memorable features
such as the "Spain on the Lake" strategy and the "Hydra".
It's quite a read! Congratulations, guys!
Snaproll has started RB8
- Multiplayer Madness. This is a 2 v 2 v 2 multiplayer succession
game. Each round will be played by a team of two players, playing
against two AI teams of 2 civs each. Sound interesting? There's
still a slot open for one more human team!
- Adventure One - Brave New World
and Adventure Two - The Frozen
Jungle are now open. Enjoy!
- Our first two Adventures have been announced, and will open on
Monday! Adventure One - Brave New
World is a Warlord-difficulty game featuring the Terra map
script. Adventure Two - The Frozen
Jungle is the first in our line of Extreme Adventures. Extreme
adventures are designed to be significantly more challenging than
other Adventures. In this case, that should be apparent after one
look at your starting position.
games will open this Monday, but please note that Adventure Two
actually closes the week before Adventure One does. Enjoy!
- I've updated our succession game page. Congratulations to the
RB2 A and B teams, who have won the first two completed RB succession
games of Civilization IV!
- Ack! I was concentrating so hard on the technical side of getting
ready for Epic One reports that I completely messed up my usual
routine, which is to post notice of when it's reporting time more
or less simultaneously with the reporting thread on the forum. So,
Epic One - The Honorable French
has closed, but the discussion is just beginning. Participation
for this Epic is much higher than for past Epics, but I'm happy
to say that the reports seem to be written very well, and I am looking
forward to getting to know our new players and each of their reporting
participation is so high, we created a subforum
just for Tournament reports. That way, players can create
an entire thread for their game report, and it will be easy to keep
track of replies. General tournament discussion, as well as other
discussion about Civilization can still go in the main Civ forum,
of course. :)
also have some upload space available for members to upload files
for use on our forums. To find about more about this, see this
- Epic One - The Honorable French
is now open! Before playing, please take some time to visit the
thread. A game's announcement thread is where players ask
questions if they need clarification on a rule, so that's always
where you can find the most up-to-date information. Feel free to
ask if you're unsure about anything. We hope you enjoy the game!
our links page has been updated. If you're a member of the RB community,
and would like for your site to be included, please send a private
message to me (Griselda).
- Our Civilization IV tournament is underway! Epic
One - The Honorable French opens tomorrow and will run for
three weeks. If you think the name looks familiar, our very first
Epic (for Civ3) had the same name and a similar premise.
Invitation - Players who participated in and reported for the
opening game of the Civ3 Epics tournament are hereby cordially invited
to join us for the first Civ4 Epic and be showered with flowers
You will be enshrined as Epic Heroes for being an integral part
of building the future. (If none of you had showed up way back there
in 2002, there wouldn't have been an Epic Two, much less a Civ4
Epics tournament!) Come and join us as the new era dawns. We would
love to see you all again!
course, you know that CIV patch 1.09 is out by now. Please remember
that you will need to patch before you can play Epic One!
- Apolyton has published
the first in a series of CIV interviews, and this one is featuring
Sirian! Only Part
One is available today, but they will be releasing a section
a week until the interview is complete. Apolyton will be interviewing
several people who were involved in the development of the game.
You can keep track of all the interviews by visiting their "Four
Times the Charm" page.
- RB Succession Games are underway! I have updated the list
to help you quickly reference the thread you're looking for if you're
not in the habit of keeping up with the succession games forum at
in the mechanics of combat in CIV? In this
thread, over at Apolyton, Solver, DeepO, and alexman lay
it out for us. You may want to look it over before you get yourself
into any fierce battles. If the numbers are too much for you, the
important concept to keep in mind is that any difference in the
comparative strength of fighting units will be applied several times
during the combat calculations. As in Civ3, it will be used to determine
the winner of each round. But, unlike Civ3, it will also be used
to determine how much damage will be done! So, a weaker unit would
need to win more total combat rounds to win the battle, unlike in
Civ3 where it just had to be lucky 3 or 4 times. It's also important
to remember that you *really* want your units to be full strength,
and that you will need to factor in a unit type's weakness (think
rock, paper, scissors) and the terrain to make the most out of combat.
- Map scripts! Choosing your map will be one of the first decisions
that you have to make when your copy of CIV arrives, but this can
be overwhelming as there are lots of new maps available with the
game. Luckily, our own Sirian was Lead Map Designer for the game,
and he's written a reference guide that will help you make an informed
decision. It contains a text file with information about each type
of map, a graphical sample of each map, plus a discussion of maps
that are particularly geared towards Single- or Multi-player. You
can find it here
- Graphics Card Fix! Many players with ATI cards are having
trouble with CIV. This appears to be due to a problem with two versions
of DirectX9c and some video card drivers. However, there is a fix
you haven't installed the game yet, you can probably prevent the
problem from happening at all by following these steps-
sure that you install the DirectX version that came on your game
CD, even if you already have DirectX 9c!
will also need to install the latest Catalyst drivers (5.10)
you've already installed the game, and are having problems, there
is a fix available! 2K Games has a walkthrough
on their site that's pretty specific. The
fix is only part of 2K's support
site, which you might want to keep in mind if you have other
issues as well (French tech tree, anyone?).
- It's been kind of slow here lately, right? Actually, we've been
pretty busy! Our Civilization IV section opens today, and we have
some goodies for you!
see, there's a reason we've been somewhat inattentive to Civilization
III for the past year and a half or so- many of us have been working
on Civilization IV for quite some time! For more information, please
read our updated Welcome Page.
addition , we are thrilled to announce our Civilization IV Tournament.
We can't just call it the Epics anymore, because it's bigger than
that! We will be hosting "Epics" and "Adventures"
tournaments for CIV. For more information, please visit the main
CIV Tournament Page.
to Realms Beyond Civilization IV! We hope you enjoy your time here.
- Epic Fifty: Wine, Women, and Song!
closes today, so you can post your reports to this
- Sing us a song, Hammurabi-man, sing us a song tonight.
'Cause we're all in the mood for
EPIC FIFTY ,
and it's got us feeling all right.
That's right, folks, Epic Fifty: Wine,
Women, and Song! opens tonight. I can hardly believe we've
had fifty Epics, but here we are. I hope you've enjoyed them as
much as I have.
also reporting day for Epic Forty-nine:
Domination Dilemma. Enjoy!
- Ready to take over the world? Epic Forty-nine:
Domination Dilemma opens today, and will run for five weeks.
It's also our first Epic sponsored by Kodi. Enjoy!
- Oh, sorry, I didn't hear you come in. I've been working on a project,
you see, and, well, I need to get back to it...
still here? Well, go ahead and take this, and let me know how you
get on with it. I need to get back to my work. Here- Epic
Forty-eight: The Absent-Minded Professor.
Epic Forty-eight is open, and we hope you enjoy the change of pace!
- Sirian has sponsored Epic Forty-seven:
You've Got to be Kidding Me, and it even comes with a money-back
guarantee! What a deal!
- It's closing day for Epic Forty-six:
The Two Towers. That means that you have until midnight
tonight (Monday) to complete your game, and until midnight on Tuesday
to post your report. You can post your report to this
thread in our forums.
- Epic Forty-six: The Two Towers
opens today. It's our first Epic to be sponsored by microbe, and
our last Epic for 2004. Enjoy!
- Epic Forty-four: Denial of the Nile
closes today, and you can post your reports to this
have new forums! If you haven't visited our forums lately, you can
find them at http://www.realmsbeyond.net/forums/,
because we're now able to host them right here on our own server!
:) If you were registered at our old forums, you should have received
an email with an explanation of how to log into the new forums.
If you're having trouble, please email
- It's here, folks. The first Always War Epic that will be run on
Emperor difficulty. It's Epic Forty-five:
The X Factor! But, don't think that you will be able to
use Conquests armies and lethal bombard on this one folks- it's
not an expansion game. It will be run on un-expanded Civ3- version
1.29f. You will have eight weeks, though, which should give you
plenty of time to slog it out until whatever end. Good luck!
- Denial is not
a river in Egypt (sorry ).
In this case, the Nile isn't in Egypt either. Welcome to Epic
Forty-four: Denial of the Nile, which opens today and will
run for just over four weeks. Enjoy!
- It's been *far* to long without an update. Sorry about that! Epic
Forty-three: Ports Your Goal closed last week, and I hope
to have the results up shortly. Thanks to some prodding by Dwip,
I got the succession games page updated. There have been 54 completed
"RBC" games! That's amazing considering that there were
only 19 games completed in the original "RBD" SG series.
It's great that there are so many players who have participated
in an RB succession game. Things have slowed down a bit this fall,
but there are still 4 open RBC games. I will do my best to keep
the SG page up-to-date so that it is easy to find current SG's and
track down those old threads.
- The summer Epics continue with their watery theme - Epic
Forty-three: Ports Your Goal opens today, and will run until
Labor Day. Good luck!
- Summer's not over yet, but Epic Forty-two:
Summer Breeze is. You can post your results to this
- The Epics are heading to the islands for the summer! Epic
Forty-two: Summer Breeze opens today. It's sponsored by
T-hawk and is set in the Caribbean. Please note that this will be
the first Epic using the Conquests 1.22 patch.
results are up for Epic
Forty-one: Balance of Power. Congratulations to all players!
- It's reporting day for Epic Forty-one:
Balance of Power. Get out of your milk baths and post
have also been posted for Epic Thirty-nine:
Division of Labor. Thanks for your patience, and thanks to T-hawk
for compiling the results and for the helpful reminder. :)
- Epic Forty-one: Balance of Power
is now open. Good luck!
when you thought it was never going to happen, results
have been posted for Epic Forty: The
Hittite Cosmonauts. Congratulations to all players!
- Epic Forty-one: Balance of Power,
our first Epic sponsored by Bihary, will open on Monday. This Epic
is primarily characterized by the scoring. Your goal is to maintain
balance among the world's powers, rather than to drown them in your
milk bath. Enjoy!
- It's reporting day for Epic Forty:
The Hittite Cosmonauts. Please post your reports to this
- Epic Forty: The Hittite Cosmonauts
is now open! Good luck to all participants!
- Epic Forty: The Hittite Cosmonauts
has been announced, and will open Monday, April 5. Epic Forty will
feature a new Conquests Civ, but will be revisiting an older variant
to see how things play out in Conquests. Please note that this Epic
will be played in Conquests version 1.15 (the beta patch), although
a newer patch is available. This is a small-map Epic, and I hope
that will give many players an opportunity to play and complete
the game early before patching.
- It's closing day for Epic Thirty-nine:
Division of Labor. Post your reports to this
- Rome Everlasting, a Conquests
scenario, is now available for playtesting! This scenario is a variant of Fall
of Rome, in which the player can choose to play as either the Eastern or Western
Roman Empire. Several aspects of the scenario have been changed to help the AI
give Rome a proper threat:
Update the scenario name and description
- Change which civs are human playable
- Add locked alliance of Sassanids vs. Rome
- Add locked alliance of
Celts, Anglo-Saxons and Vandals vs. Rome
- Add locked alliance of Huns vs.
- Allow colonies in desert
- Change War Weariness from High to Low
for the Imperialism Government
- Military police to 1 in Imperialism
Harbor and Walls for Constantinople
- Harbor for Alexandria
to Gobi Bear of BreakAway Games, we now have Rome Everlasting hosted here for
players who are interested in testing the scenario. You can find it in the files
section. Please post any questions, comments, or other feedback about the scenario
you'd like to read more about this scenario, but aren't interested in playing
it yourself, you can follow along with the succession game teams. RBC12I
features the Western Roman Empire, and RBC12J
the East. Enjoy!
other succession game news, two more teams finished up their Fall
of Rome games- the Huns,
and the Anglo-Saxons.
- Epic Thirty-nine: Division of Labor is now
open! This Epic, sponsored by T-hawk, features a variant ruleset that should encourage
the use of specialists. Enjoy!
- Results have been posted for Epic
Thirty-eight: Slavetrader Mayan ECC. Thirteen games are included in the
official results, and several other players participated but missed the reporting
deadline. It's interesting to see what a wide variety of approaches players had
to this game- from OCC Culture to Always War! While this variation makes comparison
more difficult, I find it fascinating to see what is possible in a single map
and variant. Congratulations to all who played!
players have asked when the next Epic will be starting. Check back on Monday!
on the succession game front, several games have been completed. RBC9
- Hittite Charioteers has come to an end, along with several RBC12 games-
- Fall of Rome - Vizigoths, RBC12B
- Fall of Rome - Celts, RBC12D
- Fall of Rome - Vandals, RBC12F
- Fall of Rome - Ostrogoths, and RBC12G
- Fall of Rome - Sassanids. Congratulations to all players!
- It's closing day for Epic Thirty-eight: Slavetrader
Mayan ECC! You can post your reports, or read others' reports, in this
- Updated the succession games page with a link to RBC
12C, the Huns version of Fall of Rome.
- The RBC1
SG team has finally finished their game! Also, the RBC12
game has started. Eight teams
will be taking a crack at the Fall of Rome Conquest, representing each of the
scenario's civilizations across a variety of difficulty levels. There's still
open seats in a few games, so don't hesitate to sign up if you'd like to be a
part of this endeavor!
- The succession games page has been updated. RBC3C
- Ancient Mediterranean Mayhem - Roma is now complete, along with RBC6
- Scrappy Scientific Sumerians and RBC7
- Austrian Fascists. Two new games have opened- RBC10
- Cultured Communist Comrades and RBC11
- Cultured Communist Comrades variant. With all of the Rise of Rome games
now complete, and some other recent closures, I'd expect some more games to be
starting up soon- Fall of Rome, perhaps? The nice thing about Fall of Rome is
that with several teams there should be room for lots of interested players, so
there's probably still time to state your interest in this
- Whew! I have site access again, and there's lots of new things to report! First
off, Epic Thirty-eight: Slavetrader Mayan ECC
opened last week, and will remain open for three more weeks. So, there's still
time to jump in on that one if you haven't already.
results page for Epic
Thirty-seven is now up on the site.
there continues to be strong participation in Conquests succession games. The
succession games page has been updated. I haven't added RBC10
- Cultured Communist Comrades to the list just yet, because I think the
game (and maybe RBC11 too) will start in a new thread. RBC3a
- Ancient Mediterranean Mayhem - Carthago is now complete, and
the Roma team is within a few turns of completion. RB4b
- The Bloody Incas Mesoamerica Conquest and RBC4c
- Mesoamerican Aztecs have been completed, finishing up the Mesoamerican
games. Also, the open succession game, RBC5
- Feudalistic Mongols is now complete.
new "RBC" succession games that have opened since the last site update
- Revenge of the North Koreans and RBC9
- Hittite Charioteers. I
haven't added RBC10
- Cultured Communist Comrades to the list just yet, because I think the
game (and maybe RBC11 too) will start in a new thread.
- Happy New Year! With no open Epics, there is a lot of activity in the RBC series
of succession games! First of all, I did not realize that the Macedonian
team of RBC3 was not yet listed on the succession games page. Not only
has that game started, it's complete! Congratulations to the Macedonian team on
what's turned out to be a very tough scenario.
new succession games have started. The first is RBC6
- Scrappy Scientific Sumerians, a game that continues to explore
"defiance" as a variant rule, and encourages self-research at Demigod.
The second is RBC7
- Austrian Fascists, unlocking the "hidden" civ of Austria,
and exploring fascism. In the RBC
Discussion Thread, Charis proposes several other succession game
ideas, and is seeking participants for the Fall of Rome Conquest.
- When I updated the succession games page, somehow I missed RBC5
- Feudalistic Mongols. This is an open game, so there is no set roster.
After each player, the game is "open" for another player who has some
spare time to play the next ten turns. So, if you're not sure that you'd have
the time to commit to a full succession game, but would like to play, jump on
in and play a round or two!
today, the RBC4a
- Mesoamerican Mayans team has completed their game. Congratulations!
- As you can see, it's been a while since the page has been updated, although
the RBCiv community has continued to explore Conquests. First of all, Epic
Thirty-Seven: Ditchdigger is now closed. You can read the reports here,
and the results page should be up on the site before too long.
updated the succession games page. RBC2
- Phoenicians of Mesopotamia is complete, and the RBC3b
team (the Persians) have also completed their game. Congratulations to both teams!
The Carthago and Roman RBC3 teams are nearing the end of their games, and both
teams appear to be headed for a close finish. RBC4 is now open, playing the Mesoamerica
conquest. There are three teams, each playing through the Conquest in a different
way. Good luck!
is a beta patch out for Conquests, which addresses the major Conquests bugs and
fixes the gold-per-turn bug. The Forbidden Palace appears to work differently
in the beta patch than in Play the World or in unpatched Conquests. It will be
interesting to see how this is implemented in the final version of the patch.
You can download the beta patch from Atari
or from Civfanatics.
- Epic Thirty-seven: Ditchdigger is now open!
How far can you dig yourself out?
- Results are up for Epic
Thirty-six: Pax Americana. Nine players survived this 540-turn Epic. Congratulations!
- Over at Civfanatics, alexman
has released some tests related to corrption in Conquests. It seems that some
of the fixes for recent exploits have rather extreme consequences. Read more about
it in this
thread. We're hoping that these issues will be dealt with via patch relatively
quickly. While we do have Conquests Epics planned, the Epics will be on hold until
we learn more about this bug.
the mean time, the succession games page
has been updated to include the current RBC (Realms Beyond Conquests) succession
games. The plan is to play through the set of Conquests as succession games. While
each game has its own thread, interested players can keep track of upcoming games
and suggest ideas here.
- The Epic Thirty-six reporting thread is open
(and has been for a couple of days, sorry for the delay). You can post completed
If you haven't completed your report, but have submitted your scoring summary
(like me), there's still three days left!
- The Epic Epic, number Thirty-six, is closing
today! Unless you've been granted an extension,
you have until tonight to finish playing, and until November 1 to complete your
report. If your game is completed but not your report, email your scoring summary
to verify that you finished on time. Then, you can post your summary and your
report when they are completed (on or before November 1, that is). If you're done
with your game and your report, look for the reporting thread, which should open
this evening. I'll put a link up when the thread is open.
I do hope that all players will stick around over the next week or two to participate
in the discussion. This Epic will be a little bit different because the reports
won't all be coming in at once, but there certainly is a lot to talk about! Personally,
looking forward to the discussion and comparison was what kept me going through
those last turns of end-game.
- When Epic 36 closes, participants will have
extra time to gather their reports, but a scoring summary will be required within
the usual two-day deadline. Sirian has provided this text
file scorecard to streamline summary reporting. Fill in the statistics
and paste to the forum when Closing Day arrives.
has provided scenario files for the PTW Epics that he's sponsored. So, if you're
interested in trying another helping of Epic 35,
or playing a modified version of Epics 24 or
29, you can download the files from the game's
are up for Epic Thirty-five: Gourmet Menu. Congratulations
- A review of Epic Thirty-five: Gourmet Menu
is underway, and it's time for the restaurant critics to report
on their meals.
- Results are up for Epic
Thirty-four: Dance of the Feathered Serpent. I apologize for the delay
in updating the page; I was out of town. Thanks to Bam-Bam for compiling the results
while I was away! This was an interesting Epic because the relatively open scenario
allowed players to take additional risks if they chose. The hand-drawn map also
served to make the game unique. Congratulations to all who played!
- Results are up for Epic
Thirty-two: Falsfire's Folly. Eight players were victorious, three by
domination and five by histogram. Congratulations to all!
- Epic Thirty-six: Pax Americana is now open!
Good luck! It's also reporting day for Epic Thirty-two:
- Sirian has made a small clarification to the Epic 36 rules. Use of Propaganda
will be considered an "invasion" for scoring purposes. Cultural flips
- Believe it or not, the Huge Map Epic has finally arrived! Epic
Thirty-six: Pax Americana will open this coming Monday, August 18, 2003.
If you have any questions on the scoring, you can ask in this
are up for Epic Thirty-three: The Tortoise and the
Hare. We had 11 tortoises, and 8 hares in the race! Now, excuse me while I
finish cooking these noodles...
- It's reporting day for Epic Thirty-three: The Tortoise
and the Hare. Remember, if you signed up, you need to report your results
to avoid becoming a hare!
Thirty-five: Gourmet Menu is now open. Bon Appetit!
- Epic Thirty-five: Gourmet Menu will open tomorrow.
This Epic allows you to choose your own flavor, and features T-hawk in the kitchen!
I'm sure you can find something that on the menu that you will enjoy!
note that Epic Thirty-five should be played using PTW version 1.27f. The patch
should now be available for all versions of PTW. Keep in mind that Epics Thirty-two
and Thirty-three need to be played with version 1.21f! This will help to ensure
consistency between reports. Epic Thirty-four can be played using versions 1.21f
or 1.27f, but it would be helpful if you make a note of if you patched, and when,
in your report.
- The RBP11b
- We, the People team has completed their game. Congratulations! This
is the first time since I began updating the succession games page
that there have been no current succession games carrying the "RB" name.
Of course, there's still a vibrant and active succession game community. For example,
Sirian has sponsored four new succession games using his new mod, Sirian's
Tweaks. LKendter has started the 52nd
game in his LK series,
succession game series have both moved into their seventh games! There's lots
of other stuff happening in the succession games community, so for the most up-to-date
information, it's a good idea to check out the succession games forum
over at Civfanatics.
- Epic Thirty-four: Dance of the Feathered Serpent
opens today. Good luck!
- Somehow I missed the conclusion of RBP7
- Defiant Nationalists of China. The team won their game about a month
ago, staging an incredible comeback from a position that, at one point, seemed
like certain loss.
recently, the RBP11
- We, the People team won their game as well. Congrats to both teams!
is still in progress.
- Lots of updates today. Epic Thirty-four: Dance
of the Feathered Serpent has been announced, and it will open next Monday,
B of RBP10:
The Spanish Explorers completed their game, which was the last active RBP10
team. It was interesting to see how the game played out with different teams!
files have been uploaded for Epics 22: War Paint,
26: Mystery Meatloaf, 27:
The Ming Dynasty, 28: Mistress of the Sun,
30: Shogun's Challenge (just the rule set, because
it was a random map), and 31: Potluck Brunch!
You can use these files to play through the Epics on a different difficulty, change
your starting Civ, or even tweak the game's rules. Each scenario is linked on
the Epic's main page. Enjoy!
Thirty-three: The Tortoise and the Hare opens today, and there's still
time to sign up. Would be tortoises and hares can post their name and email addresses
results are up for Epic Thirty: Shogun's Challenge,
and Epic Thirty-one: Potluck Brunch. Congratulations
to all who played, and thanks to everyone who took the time to report, win or
- RULES CLARIFICATION!
Sirian recently posted
some thoughts on legit play and Epics enforcement on the Civ forum. The post was
addressed to all players, and it was suggested that we put it up on the site where
it would be more visible. We've edited it a bit for the web, and it can now be
found following the rules page, or right here.
this process, I took another look at our Epics rules, and noticed that one of
them was quite vague. It said:
Sponsors asking for earlier save files is permitted, though not standard for every
event. This information will be provided when each game is announced. Sponsors
may choose to require saves at particular points in the game. Earlier saves can
enhance discussion, by marking the same point in each player's game for further
notice that the mention of earlier save files implies but doesn't specifically
mention that players should be keeping their final save files. This was mentioned
on the forums when we began, but somehow didn't make it into the rules. So, I
wanted to clarify. The rule now reads:
Players should keep their game's final save file. Although file submission is
not standard for Epics games, the game's Sponsor or an Epics organizer may request
files from players for verification purposes. In addition to the final saves,
players may want to keep save files from earlier points in the game to enhance
discussion. Sponsors may choose to require saves at particular points in the game,
although this is not standard for every event. If earlier saves are necessary,
this information will be provided when the game is announced.
Thirty-three: The Tortoise and the Hare has been announced. You'll need
to sign up for this Epic, but it's not a potluck. Confused? You'll have to visit
the Epic's page to find out!
also reporting day for Epic Thirty-One: Potluck Brunch.
You have until the end of the day to complete your game, and until Tuesday night
to post your report (or synopsis). I hope you enjoyed your meal, and have some
room left for dinner!
- Epic Thirty-two: Falsfire's Folly opens today,
and will be run under PTW 1.21f. Also, it's reporting day for Epic
Thirty: Shogun's Challenge.
are up for Epic Twenty-nine: The Five Pillars.
Congratulations to all players, and thanks to T-hawk for compiling the results!
- Tomorrow is closing day for Epic Twenty-nine: The
Five Pillars, and opening day for Epic Thirty-one:
Potluck Brunch. I'll be out of town from now until July 1, so the site won't
be updated in that time, and Sirian will be mailing out the potluck start files
(I have a copy of the saves already, for verification purposes).
attbi.com email address might be changing while I'm gone, so if you want to be
sure I get your mail, use email@example.com.
- What the (bleep) happened to the resources? Sirian is sponsoring our first Epic
to feature a player's name in the title- Epic Thirty-two:
Falsfire's Folly. This Epic feature's a hand-drawn map with plenty of
surprises in store. The map has already been drawn, but we're holding off on a
release date at the moment, just in case a patch or something else comes up before
opening date. There is a shot of the opener on the start page, though, if you
want to take a peek.
has started RBP11
- We, the People, and RBP11b
- We, the People - Emperor Team. Both games use the same modified scenario
that allows each civ to start with Democracy (without the tech), but they will
be using separate maps. Good luck, teams!
- It's been a while since we've had a page update, so there's quite a few things
going up today. Epic Thirty-one: Potluck Brunch
has been announced. Signups
will open today, and the game itself will open Monday, June 23.
are finally up for Epic Twenty-eight: Mistress of
the Sun. Ra must be quite proud of his children!
updated the succession games page, because the RBP8
- Culture Conquerers team has emerged victorious! Congratulations! The
team has completed its game, and is looking forward to comparing notes with Team
B and Team
C, whose games are ongoing.
- Epic Thirty: Shogun's Challenge opens today,
and Epic Twenty-eight: Mistress of the Sun closes.
I'm looking forward to seeing how other games went!
- Epic 29: The Five Pillars is now open. Good
- Two new Epics will be opening shortly. Epic Twenty-nine:
The Five Pillars is on a small map, and is sponsored by T-hawk. It will open
tomorrow, June 2. The screenshot of the starting location will be added to the
page when the Epic opens. Also, Sirian is sponsoring Epic
Thirty: Shogun's Challenge. That one's on Deity, but with a twist. It
will open next week, on Monday, June 9. Enjoy!
- Bam-Bam has compiled the results for
Epic Twenty-seven: The Ming Dynasty, and they're
now up on the site. There were five winning games and seven losses, which, I believe,
is the most losing games we've had since Epic Twelve:
The Gauntlet. I'm glad that so many players took up the challenge, and played
it through until the conlcusion!
I've updated the succession games page, because RBP9:
Old School Deity is now complete! That team was looking for a fast paced
game, and it sounds like they found it.
- Epic Twenty-seven: The Ming Dynasty closes
today, so you have until the end of Monday to complete your game, and until the
end of Tuesday to post
- I've updated the succession games page to include RBP10 - The Spanish Explorers.
Three teams of relatively new Deity players (including myself, yay!) are playing
from the same start file. The goal is to gain Deity experience within a relatively
friendly team environment. Also the teams hope to meet and compare their games
once they've finished. :)
- Epic Twenty-eight: Mistress of the Sun is now
open. Good luck!
- Our first "Lesser Demigod" difficulty Epic has been announced. Epic
Twenty-eight: Mistress of the Sun will open this Monday, May 5!
- Sullla has opened RBP9
- Old School Deity. This game features a steeply discounted tech price
combined with a higher AI to AI trade factor, in order to recreate the pre-1.29f
- You'd think, since I even plugged the RBP7
game on the front page, that I'd have remembered to include it on the succession
games page. But, you'd be wrong!
A big thanks to Dwip for pointing that out, and also for the heads up on the correct
URLs for his Epics reports.
- Results are up from Epic
Twenty-six: Mystery Meatloaf. Although there were only four games included
in the official results, there were several more "unofficial" games,
and quite an interesting discussion. Thanks to all who participated.
wanted to point out the ongoing succession game- RBP7-
Defiant Nationalists of China. Just over a week ago, the game looked like
a certain loss, and most of the discussion in the thread consisted in planning
for the next Deity Defiant Nationalist attempt. But, the team has pulled together,
and may have managed to turn things around. It's definitely a game that's worth
keeping an eye on!
- It's reporting day for Epic Twenty-six: Mystery
Meatloaf. We hope you enjoyed your meal!
- The official results page for Epic
Twenty-five: Numismatic Numidians is now available. Congratulations to
all who played, and thanks to T-hawk for compiling the results!
- A new Always War Epic opens today- Epic Twenty-seven:
The Ming Dynasty. Also, it's reporting day for Epic
Twenty-five: Numismatic Numidians!
new succession game has also begun- RBP8
- Culture Conquerors.
- It's WAR! Your chance to take the Ming Dynasty to glory starts tomorrow, with
- Congratulations to the RBP6
- MOW! Ottoman Deity SG team!
- Epic Twenty-six is now open. Enjoy your meal!
- Sirian has cooked us up a new Epic! Epic Twenty-six:
Mystery Meat will open on Monday, March 17. Will it be a pot of gold,
or a pot of roadkill? You'll have to play to find out!
are now available for Epic Twenty-three:
Prince of Persia, and Epic Twenty-four:
Speed Racer. Enjoy!
- It's reporting day for Epic Twenty-three: Prince
of Persia, and Epic Twenty-four: Speed Racer!
You have until today to play, and until Tuesday night to report at least a summary
of your games (full reports accepted any time!).
- The Succession Games page has been updated to show the victories in RBD19
- The Return of Big Brother and RBE6
- The Naked Vikings. Congratulations!
- Charis has sponsored our newest Epic, Epic Twenty-five:
Numismatic Numidians, which opens today and will run for four weeks.
Info - Because we like to emphasize the comparison between players' games
and strategies, all Epics games must be played using the version listed on that
game's info page. Usually, this is self-explanatory, but it gets a bit confusing
when a patch is released. Epic Twenty-four: Speed
Racer is a PTW version 1.14f Epic, and it must be played using
1.14f. If you're not finished with Epic Twenty-four, but can't wait to patch your
game, you'll need to retire your game and report on the progress made before the
patch was released. Epic Twenty-five: Numismatic
Numidians is a PTW v1.21f game, so you need to have patched PTW before
you begin Epic Twenty-five. We are sorry for any confusion that this might cause
- Once again, the succession games page has been updated! Today, RBP3
- Living by Faith, and RBP5
- Defiant Nationalists of Japan were completed. Charis has started a new
- MOW! Ottoman Deity SG. MOW stands for mounted oscillating war, and the
specific details are in the game's thread.
people have reported having trouble opening the Epics .zip files. It turns out
that the file extraction software that comes with Windows will sometimes show
an empty folder. Most players have been able to fix this problem by using WinZip
to extract the files. You can download an evaluation version for free at their
- We know you're out there, lurking! That's fine, and you're welcome to play any
and all of the Epics even if you're unable to report. But, I would like to encourage
more players to report at least the basic details of their games (those relevant
to the Epic's scoring; sometimes just the ending date of your game, and how it
ended). Naturally, we'd love to get a more detailed report. But, we also want
to hear about your games, so that we'll have as many points of comparison as possible.
updated the succession games page, as promised. The only game that has opened
since the last update is RBD19
- The Return of big Brother, and that's already well underway. RBP2
- Asian Rumble and RBP4
- The Roman Menagerie are now complete.
- I've uploaded results for Epic Twenty-one:
Jack Frost and Epic Twenty-two: War
Paint. Congratulations to everyone
who participated in these Epics!
apologize for letting the succession games get a bit out of date. It's such a
quick update to make that I've been telling myself I'd do it along with these
results pages when they were ready. Now, I've got the results pages up, but I'm
feeling the need to do a bit of "what is RB" soul-searching. That's
a good mental exercise once in a while, right? I hope to have the page updated
soon, but in the mean time, you can visit the CivFanatics Succession Games forum.
- Epic Twenty-four is now open. Good luck!
- Go Speed Racer, go! T-hawk is sponsoring Epic Twenty-four:
Speed Racer, which opens tomorrow.
- Has it really been a week already? Epic Twenty-two:
War Paint closes today. I'm really looking forward to the discussion, so I
guess that means I need to hurry up and finish today!
- Epic Twenty-one: Jack Frost closes today, and
the reporting has begun!
- Epic Twenty-three: Prince of Persia opens today.
It's a Civ3 version 1.29f Epic, and it will run for six weeks.
- Want to see a Viking get naked? Perhaps not, but you might want to read about
- The Naked Vikings. This game will feature Scandinavia, but without civ
traits or unique units. Also, RBE5
- The Defiant Nationalists of Japan should be starting shortly. I think
there's a few open slots for interested players.
- Epic Twenty-two: War Paint is now open!
- Hungry for a midwinter snack? Thirsty for an ancient era bloodbath? Epic
Twenty-two: War Paint should fit the bill nicely. It will open tomorrow,
and will run for three weeks. Sirian has designed this to be a quick game, so
don't let the short length of this one scare you away!
is also the last day to sign
up for Epic Twenty-one: Jack Frost.
- Reports indicate that the Sea, harshest of all mistresses, has been tamed. Congratulations
to the RBE5
adventures of Charis Braveheart, a
Deity Five-City-Challenge Conquest game, have been added to the Strategy section.
The complete version was posted to Civfanatics, in this
- It's opening day for Epic Twenty-one: Jack Frost!
Start files have been mailed out to everyone who has already signed up. The Epic
will be open for four weeks, and signups
will be open until January 19.
- Happy new year! We're opening the new Epics Season with Epic
Twenty-one: Jack Frost, and we're confident that this will be the "coolest"
Epic ever! This is a potluck Epic for Play the World, and you'll need to sign
up in this
thread if you want to play. Sign-ups are open now, and the game will open
this coming Monday, January 6. Jack Frost will be able to nip at your nose for
four weeks, and sign-ups will be open for the first two weeks.
has information that a new patch may be arriving shortly. Those of you who were
around when 1.29f was released remember that Epics games are to be played using
the version with which they were created. So, Epic Twenty-one will be played in
1.14f even if a new patch comes out while the game is still open. We are hesitant
to open additional Epics when a patch may be just around the corner, so Epic Twenty-one
will be our only open game for the time being. For more information, please see
Sirian's post titled The
like to know how many Epics players own Play the World, and whether players would
prefer PTW or non-expansion Civ3 Epics. Everyone who intends to play upcoming
Epics is encouraged to let us know by answering two poll questions here.
- Results have been posted for Epic Nineteen:
The Lamb and the Wolves, and Epic Twenty:
Food For Thought. Congratulations to all who played! I hope that everyone
enjoys their holiday of choice (or lack thereof ;), and I look forward to reading
your reports in the new year!
- The succession game page has been updated once again, with the opening of RBP4
- Menagerie. This game has all the Unique Units available to all the civs.
Also, the rules for RBP3-
Living by Faith have been streamlined. RBP3 is an "open" game,
so anyone jump on in and grab a turn if they have some time available!
- It's closing day for the year's last two Epics- Epic
Nineteen: The Lamb and the Wolves, and Epic Twenty:
Food for Thought. Although there are no new Epics opening today, we expect
to open a new Epic just after the first of the year.
succession game page has been updated again, as the RBP1 crew was victorious!
- Charis has opened two new succession games in the RBP series. The first, RBP2
- Asian Rumble: Warmongering Koreans, is a Deity level game featuring
the Koreans as a warmongering civ. The second, RBP3
- Living by Faith, is emperor, and features the Arabs in pursuit of a
100K cultural victory on a large map. As with any Charis SG, each has some variant
restrictions to give the game it's own unique "flavor". RBP2 is an "open"
SG, meaning that anyone with time available can post "got it" and play
the next turn. In this case, Charis plans to have a set roster for the first round
of turns, and the game will become fully open after the first turns. Both games
have space currently available, so visit the game's thread if you're interested
- Your one-stop customizable potluck scenario shop is now open! Sirian has sent
in the scenario file for both Epic 18 games. Using the scenario files, you can
change the difficulty level, pick the civ you want to play (or see if you can
"randomly" draw the Aztecs as often as Sirian did), change your leader's
name, and even modify available victory conditions. You can download them
18 results have also been posted. Each
civ was represented several times over a total of 24 reports! Congratulations
to all who played. :)
succession games page has been updated, because the RBE SG4 players were victorious!
- Epic Eighteen: Potluck Duet closes today!
It has been a holiday weekend for players from the USA, so everyone will have
until Wednesday to post their reports. But, you need to finish playing by Monday
night. Remember, if your game is incomplete, you can make a save at the end of
Monday, and report on your game's progress up to that point. If necessary, a summary
will serve as a placeholder until you are able to write a more detailed report,
but please make sure to include any relevant scoring details (if you've finished
one game but not the other, for example).
will be a large number of players posting reports for six different civilizations,
so there is a separate thread for each civilization. Of course, everyone is encouraged
to read and discuss reports from any civ. Have fun!
- The results page is up for Epic
Seventeen: The Middle East. There were twelve reporting players,
and six honorable victories! Congratulations to all who participated, and thanks
to T-hawk for compiling these results!
- I've updated the Succession Games page
to include many more completed games, and the newly started RBE DSG5 - The Sea
is a Harsh Mistress.
- Epic Seventeen: The Middle East closes today.
Epic Nineteen: The Lamb and the Wolves and Epic
Twenty: Food for Thought open.
- The last Epic of the season, Epic Twenty: Food
For Thought, has been announced. It will open this Monday, November 18.
have also made some layout changes! The side navigation bar is now the same for
Epics and non-Epics pages, for easier navigation. The "mods" section
has become the "files" section, but Carbon's RBDers mod is still available
there, as is Zed's Deity OCC Challenge start file. I have also decided to keep
an index page of "RB" succession games, whether they are being played
via our forums or over at civfanatics. There is a lot of useful strategy and information
in those game threads, and I hope that this list will help ensure that the information
is readily accessible. The succession games list is currently incomplete, but
I do have the DSG's up, as well as the current expansion pack SG. I hope to expand
this list over the next few days. Enjoy!
- Zed has created a start file for a Deity OCC challenge
game. This is a non-competition game, but it sounds like it should provide
quite a challenge for those looking to add some spice to their Deity play!
- No new Epics open this week, but there are still six days left to sign
up for Epic Eighteen: Potluck Duet if
you'd like to play. The results page for
Epic Fourteen: Alexander the Great is now online.
All of the scoring data is available in table form, so it should be easy to compare
the different results "by the numbers".
- It's about time! I've updated the links page to include Epics players' Civ3
sites. I've tried to be as thorough as possible, but if you feel that I missed
your site, please let me know.
the World has been released! Please remember that Epics 17-20 will be for Civ
III version 1.29f. We are taking some time to familiarize ourselves with the expansion
before we make a final decision about future Epics.
have been posted for Epic Sixteen: The Church of England. I'm also in the
process of getting the results up for Epic Fourteen: Alexander the Great.
In the mean time, T-hawk has compiled all the scores, which can be seen here.
Congratulations to all who played, and a huge thanks for T-hawk for collecting
all the scoring information!
- Two Epics close today, and one "duet Epic" opens. It's closing day
for Epic Fourteen: Alexander the Great, and Epic
Sixteen: The Church of England. If you've already signed up for Epic
Eighteen: Potluck Duet, you should be receiving your start files today.
If you haven't, signups
will be open until November 10.
- Sirian has updated his Evaluation of Moves
to version 1.2. Changes have been made to three areas: "Seed Corn" worker
buy exploit has been added. Shipping issues have been separated into their own
category and clarified, including the new "suicide galleys are dastardly"
rule. Changes have also been made to nuclear weapons use, with honorable and dastardly
usages redefined and clarified. These changes will take effect for Epic Eighteen
and after, but not apply to Epic Seventeen and earlier, as those games are
already in progress. The tactics evaluation is available here at the site, or
downloadable in MS Word
and Rich Text format.
- We've had some excellent games lately that haven't been quite complete by the
reporting day. We know that pesky Real Life often takes priority over Epics games,
and how frustrating this can be after putting so much time and energy into an
Epic. While 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
players 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.
have been posted for Epic Fifteen: Soyuz. There were thirteen games included
in the official results!
- Epic Seventeen: The Middle East opens today,
and Epic Fifteen: Soyuz closes.
- Epic Nineteen: The Lamb and the Wolves has
been announced. This is an Emperor difficulty variant Epic, sponsored by Rowan
- Results have been posted for Epic Eleven:
Hooray for Hollywood and Epic Thirteen:
Passive Aggression. Congratulations to all who played!
- Information has been posted about two upcoming Epics. Epic
Seventeen: The Middle East is our newest Deity Epic, and Epic
Eighteen: Potluck Duet is (as the name suggests) another potluck
game, this time with a twist.
we have so many games running concurrently, it can be difficult to keep track
of all the different opening and closing dates. I thought it might be worthwhile
to point out that we do keep an up-to-date gamelist.
I'm not sure how many of you have already visited that page from the Epics sidebar,
but I thought I'd point it out for those who haven't seen it yet.
- Epic Thirteen: Passive Aggression closes, and
Epic Sixteen: The Church of England is now open.
- Sirian's optional Epic 14 scorecard
is now available here. This is not required, but it may be helpful if you're keeping
score as you play.
- Until today, we haven't had a clear policy about the use of 3rd party "bean
counter" programs such as Apollo and Mapstat in Epics games. However, once
came up on the forum this week, it became clear that the time had come to make
a decision. So, effective immediately, the use of Mapstat
and Apollo is prohibited in Epics games. The use of any bean counter,
trainer, or other program designed to give you an advantage or some information
not otherwise available in the game is prohibited. For the most part, you'll be
on your honor on this one, but isn't that why you're here in the first place?
To help things run more smoothly, we're also asking players not to use "hand
counting" to produce similar results. Try to leave yourself some leeway if
you're trying for one particular type of victory.
have been compiled for Epic Twelve: The Gauntlet.
Out of ten reports, there was only one winning game, Urugharakh's. Kudos to everyone
who took a run through the Gauntlet!
- Epic Eleven: Hooray for Hollywood closes today,
and Epic Fifteen: Soyuz opens.
- Information has been uploaded about Epic Sixteen:
The Church of England. Your goal is to rescue the kingdom, and spread the
teachings of the Church of England throughout the land!
- Our second always war game, Epic Fourteen: Alexander
the Great, opens today. Epic Twelve: The Gauntlet
- "When Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept for there were no
more worlds to conquer." Epic Fourteen: Alexander
the Great has been announced, and will open Monday, September 16.
- Oops! Two games were omitted from the Epic Nine:
Rising Sun results page. This has
been corrected, so Jester and T-hawk are now included in the "official"
Epic Nine results. I've also added a link to T-hawk's report, which covers his
official game and its completion a few days after the deadline.
- Results have been posted for Epic
Nine: Rising Sun. There were two BIG victories, and five retired games!
Congratulations to all who played.
- Epic Eleven: Hooray for Hollywood has been
extended by one week! The new closing date for this Epic is Monday, September
23 (one week later than it was previously).
Fifteen: Soyuz has been announced. This is a monarch difficulty variant
game, sponsored by Sirian. Epic Fourteen information is not quite ready for the
web, but will be announced soon.
uploaded the Epic Eight scenario file,
so everyone can experiment with playing different civs in that game if they wish.
- Today is closing day for Epic Nine: Rising
Sun, and opening day for Epic Thirteen: Passive
Aggression. Because of the holiday weekend in the USA, reports will be accepted
through Wednesday, September 4.
- Arathorn has sent in official game information for Epic
Thirteen: Passive Aggression, which will open this Monday.
- Time to get caught up with the Epics results pages. I've uploaded the results
for Epic Six: Always War, and Epic
Ten: Horse Feathers. Congratulations to all who participated!
rules for Epics games are slightly different than for other games, and it's possible
to use an exploit such as the "phony peace treaty" unintentionally.
So, I've put the RBCiv Epics Evaluation of Moves up on the site in a MS
Word and a Rich Text
format. I hope it will be helpful to have this available as a reference while
you play. Also, please remember that unless the particular Epic's rules state
that Dastardly tactics are not allowed, you are free to use Honorable or Dastardly
tactics in your game. Exploitative tactics are never allowed in Epics games.
- Today is closing day for Epic Ten: Horse
Feathers, and opening day for Epic Twelve:
The Gauntlet. Also, I've uploaded the results
page for Epic Eight: Potluck.
- The Gauntlet has been cast. Epic Twelve: The Gauntlet
has been announced, and it will open Monday, August 26. This will be our first
variant Deity Epic, and it will explore some of the game balance issues that have
come up in Epics discussion threads. Win or lose, take a run through The Gauntlet!
- "That's it! Prepare for WAR!" Epic Six:
Always War is closed, and it's time to post your reports! If all that war
has put you in the mood for something a bit more cultured, Epic
Eleven: Hooray for Hollywood opens today.
- Thanks for bearing with us as the site changed servers over the weekend. For
those of you who didn't have the URL to access the forums directly, the deadline
for reporting on Epic Eight: Potluck has been
extended, so there's still time to post your reports. Please see the reporting
thread for more details.
Epic Ten: Horse Feathers opened Monday. It's
only open until August 26, but the game should play fairly quickly, judging by
the fact that a few participants have already finished their games. So, there's
plenty of time to jump in on this one!
- Results have been posted for Epic
Seven: Mano y Mano. Congratulations to all who played!
- The Tactics Evaluation has been updated.
There have been quite a few changes, and all apply immediately to Epics games
in progress, so please take some time to review the entire document. If you have
any feedback or suggestions, please email us or post on the Civilization
was the last day to sign up for Epic Eight: Potluck.
The start file was requested by 29 different players, so it should be an interesting
discussion! Today, Epic Seven: Mano y Mano
closes, and Epic Nine: Rising Sun opens.
- Sirian has created Epic Ten: Horse Feathers
and Epic Eleven: Hooray for Hollywood.
Epic Ten features the Iroquois, and looks to be a speedy little game. Epic Eleven,
on the other hand, is a four-week Epic on a hand-drawn map. Enjoy!
- Game information is now available for Epic Nine:
Rising Sun. This is a Deity level Epic, but conquest is the only victory
condition enabled. It's also the first Epic sponsored by Arathorn. Signups
are still open for Epic Eight: Potluck,
but only until Sunday, August 4. Also, although Epic Six:
Always War will be open until August 19, remember that Epic
Seven: Mano y Mano will be closing this Monday, August 5.
- Uploaded Epic Four Results and Epic
- Epic Eight: Potluck is our first post-patch
Epic. Each player will be issued a random start file, so in order to play, please
up. Signups will be open until the last week of the game, and signing
up does *not* obligate you to report!
- Patch 1.29f has been released today, which can be a bit tricky for "games
in progress" such as the Epics. Because each patch introduces balance changes,
it is important that the Epics are played using the same version of the game that
the original save file was created in. So, Epics players will need to choose one
of the following three options:
sorry for the hassle, but with all players at a different point in their Epics
games, this was the only fair solution. To help players complete as many Epics
as possible before they patch, we're releasing Epic Seven:
Mano y Mano today instead of Monday. Good luck!
1) Complete all Epics in which you are participating, before you patch, or
2) Retire all Epics in which you are unfinished, and record whatever may be appropriate
(and write your reports) BEFORE you patch. (You can also just quit, but I would
hope you would report your partial results), or
3) You can flop back and forth
between the patches, being extremely careful never to load your Epic games while
you have the new patch active. (This is a real load of work, patching and repatching
and perhaps even reinstalling, but it's a viable option for those with SG commitments
who don't want to give up on their current games in either arena).
- The results have been compiled for Epic
Three: The Rise of the Incans. Our top scorers were T-hawk, J-J
Wilks, and Dredd. Congratulations to all who played!
- Epic Six: Always War is now available for
download, and it's reporting day for Epic Three:
The Rise of the Incans.
- More special snaek-previews for those of you who check the site itself as well
as the forum! Epic Seven will open on July 22,
but you can take a look at the starting position and rules now.
- Part of playing in a tournament like the Epics is to take risks, and to keep
trying in a situation which others might consider to be impossible. Here's what
Sirian had to say about Jester's report: "He stuck it out through absolutely
brutal setbacks and the darkest of times and still pulled out a winning game!
That's the sort of determination it takes to beat this game on its highest level
regularly, and it also somewhat embodies the variant spirit itself." If you
haven't seen Jester's report on the forum,
you can now read it here on-site.
- The results page from Epic Two has been
uploaded. Reminder: Epic Three reports are due this Monday!
- One Epic closes, and one opens! Post your reports for Epic Two: Eastern Gem
Dealers to this
thread. Also, you can now download the start file for Epic
Five: The Covenant of the Sea.
- Epic Five: The Covenant of the Sea, and
Epic Six: Always War have been uploaded
today. They're not open yet, but you can look them over now before it's time to
play. The save file will be uploaded to the server when the game opens.
- Updated the links section to include Sulla's
Civ 3 page. Sulla is posting his Epics reports there (after closing date,
of course!), as well as some reports on GOTM's and other Civ3 games.
- I've opened the results section for Epic
1. As the Epics continue, I hope that this will help ensure that the results,
reports, and discussion of the games are easy to find and to refer to.
- Epic Four: Rome vs. the Barbarians opens
today and runs for one month. Reminder: Epic Two closes just over a week from
- Epic Three:
The Rise of the Incans opens today. This is a Monarch difficulty Epic that
runs for four weeks. Also, Epic One closed yesterday. Check out the reports and
discussion in the Civilization
Two: Eastern Gem Dealers opens today. Epic two will be open for
5 weeks, and the scoring system is quite different than that of Epic one. Enjoy!
One: The Honorable French is now open for play!
- We are
pleased to announce the opening of Epics, a Civilization III tournament. Epic
1 is scheduled to begin tomorrow. In the mean time, you can find out more about
- Charis' Guide to Civ3 Micromanagement is now
available in the Strategy Section! Also, check out his
Welcome Message, with notes to those new to Realms Beyond, and RB'ers
new to Civ 3.
- The first article on this site(!) takes you behind
the scenes - by KoP
- Welcome! We are unofficially open :) While the site is functional for the time
being it's still under construction - just some minor tweaks here and there. The
only active links ATM:
Home - Takes you back to this page for news
Realms Beyond - The gfx on top of the menu bar takes you
to the Realms Beyond front page where you can find the other game sites we host.
Forum - Takes you to the Realms Beyond general forum.
- Takes you to the mods section.
Cleopatra - She will be happy for
a shot at the top ;p
Copy wins the prize to be the first (and the only, ATM) mod hosted. His RBDers
mod is based on the game Diablo and friends from Realms Beyond Diablo. Full detail
and download is available in the Modpacks section, check it out.