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April 2010 Game of the Month: "Jihad"

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The psalmist writes in Psalm 24, “The Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it;” We are all part of God’s creation and the Good News is that God is actively working to redeem and reconcile all of creation. As a follower of God, I must take an active role in my stewardship of God’s creation and in advocating for the redemption and protection of this new Earth that God has blessed us to be a part of.

 

Planet has spoken to me. In this Promised Land God has given us, there is a special thing; the Planetmind is touched of His essence – a Holy thing, worthy of our reverence.

 

In First Peter 4:10 We are told: “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” We have done as our Lord has commanded, and He has smiled upon us, gifting our efforts at good stewardship with prosperity. But with this prosperity comes a further duty.

 

I have studied and prayed upon this since we came together as the Believers of Planet. Our creed is a simple one; we must care for Planet, Mankind’s new home that God has given us a birthright. To do any less, as Man did to Earth, defies God’s Holy Grace and would be punished, as God did Man on Earth – with death. But to be good stewards without faith denies God just as surely!

 

We are surrounded by the faithless, the blasphemous and the poor stewards. This is an AFFRONT to our Heavenly Father! We, God’s chosen, have a duty to set things right in this Promised Land – God’s new incarnate being; we alone have the true faith and the backing of God. He has anointed us – God has made the humble strong!

 

Were Deuteronomy 7:1-2 written today, it might read: “When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the world whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many factions before thee, the Gaians, and the Hive, and the Spartans, and the Peacekeepers, and the Consciousness, and the Drones, and the Data Angels, and the Pirates, eight nations greater and mightier than thou; And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them”.

 

Our crusade against the unrighteous shall not falter; for our faith will sustain us. God commands us that we issue forth and cut off the generations of the wicked. NOW is the time! NOW shall we don the Armor of Righteousness and blot that which is evil in his sight from this Holy world!

 

Amen.

 

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[2132: Peace Conference]

 

The xenchibi blooms were beautiful.

 

His staff had done an excellent job, Cha thought. When they’d urged him to have a private dinner with Sister Miriam, he’d insisted on a relaxed setting; he rarely had to deal with people on a one-on-one basis, and he wanted to be as comfortable as possible. The burgundy colors of the wall hangings were muted against the background of old wood. The lighting was low. Mellow music was playing quietly in the background.

 

The master touch was the extraordinarily robust xenchibi centerpiece crowning the feast laid out on the table. Xenchibi blooms were in common enough use as a decoration among the People of Planet for intimate, social settings – not least for the tranquil, sense-of-closeness effects their spores fostered. Cha had noticed the soothing scent of the impressive bouquet as he entered the room and immediately felt more ready to face the woman already seated at the table... (read more)

 

[2149: Study]

 

It was an actual, physical, paper book – and it was massive. White, leather-bound, faint traces of gold leaf remaining in places among the floral pattern embossed around the border of the cover; it was obviously an antique.

 

“HOLY BIBLE” the title read.

 

Jezebel Dawn kept running her fingers over it. This… was a treasure! What an astounding sixteenth birthday present to receive from a stranger. Long ago, Sister Miriam of the Believers had sent Jezebel a datapad of the Bible for her 10th birthday; to her puzzlement, Father had insisted that she write Miriam a thank-you note.. (read more)

 

[2153: Planet Dreams]

 

In the darkness, something goes >pop<, and you are lying on your back on a hillside among the soft orange and purple tendrils of a vast fungal forest. The sound of running water gurgles loudly in the vicinity of your right ear, but you cannot identify the source. Panic rises briefly in your throat as you realize you have no filter mask or oxygen tank, dressed only in your worksuit, but breath comes easily and you detect no signs of nitrogen narcosis. From somewhere, a voice seems to whisper "earthJezebel," but perhaps it is only the breeze.. (read more)

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DIRECTIONS

1) Download the zip file (at the bottom of this post) and place it into your main game directory. usually this is: C:\Program Files\Firaxis Games\Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

2) Unzip it there.

3) Start up SMAX, then select "Scenario", "Play Scenario", and then go to the subdirectory "1004 Jihad" and choose the scenario.

4) Choose the difficulty level and the game will automatically load with the new faction - The Zealots.

 

 

OBJECTIVES

For GotM 1004 any square of Planet will count as objective and i will accept any submission regardless of completing the scenario.

Whether you manage to conquer/subvert only one base or loose some of the land you own at the start, you are eligible for the GotM contest.

There's no need to achieve a standard victory condition in order to be eligible for the GotM Competition.

 

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In order to complete the scenario, you will have to reach 950 objectives (squares of territory).

That's almost the entire surface of the planet.

 

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Raising/lowering terrain with the formers is disabled in this scenario! You can't acquire territory this way.

 

 

CHANGELOG

The main changes in gameplay are introduced by the traits of your faction - The Zealots.

The are some other minor tweaks, none of them worth mentioning. I will let you discover it all by yourself.

The tech tree remains untouched.

 

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Don’t build an army of conventional units! They are useless because of their combat modifier. hunter.gif

Just go native! Natives are cool. Trust me! cool_shades.gif

 

 

POINTS SYSTEM

The standings will be calculated using the following criteria (in this exact order):

  1. difficulty level;
  2. number of objectives reached;
  3. number of turns needed;
  4. standard victory condition (reached or not) - Cooperative victory is not allowed;
  5. Alpha Centauri score,

meaning:

  1. The games played on lesser difficulty level won't be able to beat a superior level.
  2. On the same difficulty level, the player with most objectives will hold a superior position.
  3. On the same number of objectives, the scenario completed in less turns will outweigh the others.
  4. If we have the same number of objectives completed in the same amount of turns, reaching any victory condition will be the tie-breaker.
  5. If there will be more than one submission still tied, the Alpha Centauri score will decide the winner.

 

Example:

No code has to be inserted here.

 

SUBMISSION:

You can send your files (last save before game ends) by email to: borcea [ _ ] dan [ AT ] yahoo [ DOT ] com or post them in this thread.

Don't forget to inform us on the moves needed to complete the last turn (if any).

Deadline:

deadline for submissions provisionally set to June,12 at 12:00 (Noon) GMT.

 

PLAYERS ABOUT THE SCENARIO:

Jihad was a fun GOTM. My game definitely will not be in the running for the win for the GOTM but I learned quite a bit about (not ignoring) game mechanics. I'll probably give the scenario another go at a higher level to try to improve..
This was quite an intense scenario, using all those worms spores and isles was quite fun, and finally I have finished cleansing the planet.
Thanks for all the effort you put into this guys, I may have to check out all the previous GOTM's. Very cool to have a custom faction as part of the scenario, I liked the Zealots city art and of course the portrait was perfect.
It's fun to play a new faction and the "only use native units" thing makes the scenario interesting. :b:
..This [scenario] has been the most fun for me to play so far. The older ones did offer up more of a challenge as far as winning is concerned, but this one had a good combination of being unique while still offering up a challenge, and you guys did a great job of creating a story. I still have the urge now and then to replay this one.

 

 

Good luck! :)

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Seems good! :cool:

 

I just need to get that +2 Morale to motivate me to play it...after the UNSA one.:doitnow!:

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what happened with the UNSA, Vish? :confuse:

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what happened with the UNSA, Vish? :confuse:

Nothing: I just downloaded it as said Buncle.

It's just that I want to play first things first: UNSA, then Jihad

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i tought the morale was modified after trying to play it.. :relief:

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I think my morale will be modified before i win UNSA! i think i need some practice! :scared:

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It looked too good to wait. I started it this morning. It has been very interesting so far playing with mostly native units.

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thanks for the signature ad, nbcman. :)

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Jihad was a fun GOTM. My game definitely will not be in the running for the win for the GOTM but I learned quite a bit about (not ignoring) game mechanics. I'll probably give the scenario another go at a higher level to try to improve my end date-but I won't submit another attempt to be fair.

 

 

I could have won faster if I used probe teams more effectively or built more CPs to claim territory as I conquered.

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I'll probably give the scenario another go at a higher level to try to improve my end date-but I won't submit another attempt to be fair.

It's fair to submit your different tries.

Some of these scenarios can be horribly competitive.

I had to play GOTM November 9 times before I won!!

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What follows is the second installment (the sermon in the OP is part one) of my story, Jihad, which accompanies this scenario. My ego is fragile, lately, so please do me the courtesy of commenting - and please be gentle...

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[2132: Peace Conference]

 

The xenchibi blooms were beautiful.

 

His staff had done an excellent job, Cha thought. When they’d urged him to have a private dinner with Sister Miriam, he’d insisted on a relaxed setting; he rarely had to deal with people on a one-on-one basis, and he wanted to be as comfortable as possible. The burgundy colors of the wall hangings were muted against the background of old wood. The lighting was low. Mellow music was playing quietly in the background.

 

The master touch was the extraordinarily robust xenchibi centerpiece crowning the feast laid out on the table. Xenchibi blooms were in common enough use as a decoration among the People of Planet for intimate, social settings – not least for the tranquil, sense-of-closeness effects their spores fostered. Cha had noticed the soothing scent of the impressive bouquet as he entered the room and immediately felt more ready to face the woman already seated at the table.

 

“Mister Dawn,” she said, “A pleasure to meet you.”

 

“Sister,” he nodded as he sat.

 

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Miriam must have had a fresh rejuvenation in preparation for the conference. She had to be over 70 years Cha’s senior, but didn’t look much older than his 31. He noted that her eyes seemed larger, her face thinner and her hair less… haystack-like than usual. Apparently the Believers were very serious about making this pact if Miriam condescended to comb her hair for the meeting, he thought. Her demeanor was different, too; softer and less stern than the often-disapproving face seen on comm screens.

 

She took a deep breath, “You set a lovely table, Prophet. What is that flower? It smells wonderful,” she said.

 

Cha blinked. “My people know their work. The xenochibi is a form of native life; Holy Planet knows no end of bounty.”

 

Miriam raised a bemused eyebrow at the blasphemy. “Well, to business, then. We face a mutual foe; if I could send a battalion along your northern border-“

 

“No,” he said flatly.

 

Miriam’s eyes widened slightly, surprised. She wasn’t used to being contradicted so openly. “No?”

 

Cha waved a hand dismissively. “Details are for our staffs to take care of. We are here to eat and get to know each other… or so mine tells me.”

 

Miriam burst into laughter, “That’s blunt!”

 

“I have led my people since I was a child; I am their Prophet. There has rarely been a place for subtlety in my life,” he said.

 

She paused, considering him. “No childhood. You never had a normal life, did you?”

 

Cha began to grow uncertain again. He never felt like he knew what to say to people outside the bounds of his duties. “I had the Way. Planet sustains me.” He wondered why he hadn’t noticed what a mesmerizing color her hair was before.

 

“In person, you’re… nothing like the fiery boy in the vids of your speeches, you know that? A man now; so calmly assured,” she smiled dreamily, still fixing him with her penetrating gaze.

 

He didn’t feel assured; he felt like the xenchibi spores were going to his head. “You’re different, too. Much prettier than over the comm” –His voice trailed off, embarrassed. Why had no one considered the aphrodisiac effects of the bloom-spores from a prodigious centerpiece like this concentrated in a small room?

 

Her smile lit up like the sun. “No one’s called me pretty since before you were…” She giggled, “No childhood; you’ve never danced with a girl, have you?” She rose from her seat and approached him with her hand extended.

 

Cha let her pull him to his feet. “Sister, the blooms; they-“

 

“Smell wonderful,” she smiled into his eyes from inches away as she put her arms around him. “Come. I have a sinful urge to dance with my handsome young man.”

 

Cha didn’t know what to say; he was too distracted by the feel of her body pressed against his.

 

 

Cha sequestered himself in his private garden, deep in meditation, for days, speaking to no one. None of his top lieutenants ever dared ask him what had happened when the Believer delegation abruptly departed without a treaty the next morning.

 

 

Three quarters of a year had passed when a Believer courier arrived with an astounding post for Cha. A baby girl with red hair and his own pink eyes. “She has the mark of Planet from me,” he thought. He didn’t know how to feel.

 

The letter from Miriam was terse. “Her name is Jezebel, because she was conceived in fornication and sin. I want no part of her. God will bring justice on you and your demon flower in due time.”

 

“Fatima,” he turned to his aide, “See to the child; I’ll be in my garden meditating.”

 

The xenchibi blooms there were beautiful.

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Very entertaining! I was wondering how those two could possibly have gotten together. :b:

 

A new educational film from the Believers, "Xenchibi Madness!" :D

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The mellow music mentioned playing in the story?

 

Marvin Gaye singing Let's Get It On...

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So Cha Dawn has, indeed, been sniffing spores again....

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By the way I don't understand how these scenarios work. If they include custom factions, will they overwrite your own custom factions/alphax.txt file? Or are they just inside the scenario somehow?

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It saves them somewhere different if you follow instructions. Shouldn't be a problem...

 

So Cha Dawn has, indeed, been sniffing spores again....

...And engaging in self-abuse -- over pictures of Miriam, yes...

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...And engaging in self-abuse -- over pictures of Miriam, yes...

 

:lol:

 

:cha::cha::cha:

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Of all the people it could have happened to, it happened to Miriam! very clever BUncle!

 

“Her name is Jezebel, because she was conceived in fornication and sin. I want no part of her. God will bring justice on you and your demon flower in due time.”

 

Good ol' Miriam!

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Very nice backstory. I was wondering how Cha Dawn and Miriam got together. Also, it gives a feeling of satisfaction when playing as Jezebel Dawn to smashing up the Believers faction due to Miriam's abandonment of Jezebel.

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