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Lost Eden GOTM: Stranger in a Strange World (SMAC)

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The GotM has landed once again on Alpha Centauri and this time we have another surprise for you. Of course, we have custom factions, nice graphics and some well-written fiction, as usual. So what's so special about this new SMAC scenario? :hmmm:





Well, the author, Kilkakon (with the help of Buster's Uncle and Buster's Aunt) gives us a glimpse at his very unusual mod: Lost Eden which features new artwork, predesigned units with a wide range of tactical options, redesigned technology tree, original quotes... Well, it's not all in this scenario, but this should give you a small taste, so I should stop here. ;)


So, the January 2012 GotM is called "Lost Eden GOTM: Stranger in a Strange World" and it's a SMAC scenario (no need for the expansion pack - SMAX). You'll step into the shoes of the innocent military genius Brother-General Tristan who fights against the intolerant original AC preacher-lady, Miriam. Hmm.. you've always wanted to teach her a lesson,haven't you? .. Now is the time!



If you remember Poke'mon fondly, or just think the very notion of it crossed with AC is funny, you ought to read the Kilkakon's story and check out the scenario (estimated time of play: 45-60 minutes).








Lost Eden GOTM: Stranger in a Strange World

by Kilkakon



Tristan and his squad burst into the small room. Meora was nowhere to be seen, but the room was almost completely consumed an enormous Gateway. Tristan's silver eyes studied the instrumentation. The design of this particular portal was alien to him. His pale blue totodile hands tried each of the various controls until he struck gold.


An eerie yellow glow filled the room as the Gateway crackled into life. Tristan looked on with resolve. His cape swept majestically behind him as an otherworldly wind blew out of the portal. The air smelt strange, but the wind was warm against his otherwise naked body.


"Let's move out," Tristan ordered with a flourish, "Meora's attempting to flee and reinforce. But his reign is ending—he's just playing for time." With the pep talk complete, Tristan and his squad of charmanders entered the Gateway.




Within moments, it became clear to the party that the world beyond the Gateway was neither Earth nor Eden. They were standing in an apartment of some kind with daring dark wooden and obsidian décor. Strange plants and uncomfortable-looking furniture filled the room. Wogan, Tristan's trusted charmander aid and friend, walked over to the large window that took up an entire wall.


"Tristan, look!" he shouted. Everybody ran over and was equally shocked: this wasn't just an apartment, but an entire city! Large dark brown towers loomed overhead in every direction and hundreds of little floating cars were negotiating their way around them. Twin suns burnt brightly overhead, illuminating an alien sky.


"Where are we?" Tristan wondered aloud. His heart sank as he realised that Meora could be anywhere by now—any attempt to pursue him would be pointless. But there was another problem: they were strangers in a strange world, without any way to return to Eden. "My people, we have more pressing priorities now. We must find information, safety and supplies. Who knows what dangers lay out there? Or the rules that define this new world?"


Tristan was interrupted by the apartment door opening unexpectedly. A woman, middle aged, entered the room, and was shocked to see a dozen or so brightly coloured and heavily armed naked creatures in her living room. Instinctively she hit the security button outside the door before anybody could react.





"What?!" Santiago barked. "Hold on, I'll come down", she told the lieutenant. Stepping into the lift, she tried to master her anger at somebody's idea of a practical joke. A busy Colonel has no time for such childish behaviour. Heads were going to roll for this breach of discipline.





"You weren't kidding!" Santiago barely stifled laughter. "Is this Morgan's idea of a peace offering? Cute little naked creatures?" She sputtered. The already spooked Spartan guards did not know how to react to her discomfiture.


"Um yes hello?" Tristan spoke up in a funny tone. "We have no idea what is going on!" Recomposing himself he continued, "We are strangers to your world. We came here in pursuit of a great evil—but he seems to have gone. We are sorry for taking up your time and we'll be on our way now."


"Fine!" Santiago responded, finally losing her composure completely, laughing uproariously. "If you are planning to leave and set up camp somewhere, feel free to take one of our obsolete Colony Pods."


"Are you sure that's fine?" the totodile enquired.


"Oh yes; I've been needing to clear the surplus for ages," she snickered.


"Well thank you ma'am. Your gift will be most helpful. Perhaps we can talk about business again in the future. God Bless you."


Tristan's party left Sparta Command, Santiago wiping a tear in their wake. Several mission years would pass, turning Tristan's fledging group into a small community, and turning Sparta and the Realm from being worlds apart into near allies.




Miriam gently blew over her stew before taking a small sip. Perfection. Her aides had prepared her favourite evening meal to exacting specifications. She was up late reading newly arrived intelligence reports. Here was confirmation of a Christian group forming in Fort Survivalist! This was joyous, albeit puzzling news; no missionaries had been there since the last set had been turned away years ago. Her fingers swiped the datapad continuously. There were many fragmented pieces of information to consider; photographs, status reports and eyewitness accounts. Nevertheless, the big picture was starting to fall into place.


Miriam's fingers stopped. Her stew fell, barely remaining in the bowl. She couldn't believe her eyes—a close-up of a man-sized orange and yellow monster, a bit of something that looked like a tool-belt around its waist showing at the bottom of the shot, seemingly in conversation with a soldier. It was holding something out… her fingers tapped the area to zoom in on the image.


"The Bible?!" she exclaimed. Her mind raced. Intelligent beasts, Christian ones, in Defiance Freehold? And why were they succeeding in converting the people when her own missionaries failed? She was the leader of the Church, and yet these… things were winning the hearts of the Spartan populace.


It was time to get to the heart of this matter and contact the Spartans. Picking up her datapad, she left her private study and began the short walk towards the communications centre, steeling herself for the upcoming conversation with Santiago along the way. Relations between the two factions had always been strained—and they had deteriorated further over recent decades.


The conservation between Miriam and Santiago that followed was standoffish at best. Miriam was fast to dispense with the formalities of military bragging and technological trade offers and got straight onto the topic of "rumours of intelligent creatures".


Bewildered by Santiago's unusually snickering tone, Miriam walked away with the creatures' commlink for a mere 25 energy credits.




Tristan stepped out onto his bedroom balcony and looked out over the base. It had taken some time to adjust to the technological developments of this new world but he had succeeded in creating a Realm colony here in this strange place. Unsurprisingly, however, the greatest challenge was dealing with the people of the planet rather than indigenous life forms.


Wogan politely knocked on the window before stepping out as well. Tristan began, "beautiful, isn’t it? God's been good to us, even in this barren place". Wogan stopped beside Tristan and gave him a friendly hug.


"We're receiving a transmission from a faction leader. Haven't seen their before but from the looks of things they might be Christians!"

Tristan turned to face his friend. "Really? This is great! I'll accept the call immediately. If these are brothers and sisters of ours, we should unite the family and work together as one."


The two quickly dashed over to the communications room. It was basic, being cobbled together from mostly obsolete Spartan components, but sufficiently functional for faction negotiations. Wogan motioned to the operator to accept the call, while Tristan stepped into the centre of the room. The hardware had issues focusing on close objects, so it was necessary to step back from the camera somewhat when taking calls. The viewscreen activated, showing only static while the operator frantically adjusted the various controls. "Come on…" Tristan mumbled to himself.


Eventually, the picture of a middle-aged woman, with orange hair, came into view. "I am Sister Miriam Godwinson of the Believers," Miriam introduced, "I have heard that you have built yourself a small empire on this rocky planet. I plan to embrace the truth of the Lord's Scripture and will brook no interference in this matter…" Her voice trailed off as she looked down upon Tristan's body.


Miriam's eyes widened as she noticed that Tristan was obviously male. How could this be? She'd been following an information trial leading towards intelligent Christian creatures, but this creature seemed to be neither of those. What sort of intelligent being, or Christian for that matter, reveals his genitals in public?


Tristan interrupted her train of thought with a flourish of his cape. "Greetings Sister Godwinson! I am Brother-General Tristan, leader of the Realm of Light. I welcome our meeting, knowing that are not the only people on this strange world seeking the will of God. You stated your intention; therefore I shall express my own: I seek to bring some sanity to this confused planet. I will offer them the Light of Jesus Christ."


"We are the children of God here," Miriam responded firmly, "You and the other naked creatures like you have interfered with our plans for this planet."


Tristan attempted to calm Miriam with a soothing tone. "Rest assured that our nudity is of innocence, not of perversion, Sister. I also fail to understand how we have interfered with your plans. Isn't the highest goal of all the desire to see God's message brought to every person in this world?"


"Yes, but you have corrupted the Lord's Gospel when you sent missionaries to the Spartans. Why else would my missionaries, who preach the true Word of God, be sent away?!"


Tristan looked down. "I understand now, Miriam, why your missionaries failed. Somewhere, somehow, your message has fallen away from love. Without love, it is impossible to please God," he spoke mournfully.


"WHAT?!" Miriam roared.


Tristan spun and pointed at the viewscreen. "Your missionaries presented rules and laws and wanted to give them even more bondage than they already had. We gave them the truth that no one can escape the coming Judgement, but we can let Jesus into our dark hearts and let him set us free. And with his help there is no more fear or condemnation!"


Miriam disconnected.




The formal declaration of war arrived two days later. Tristan was uneasy. This was… wrong. War between Christians was the worst possible outcome. Regardless, he resolved to end the hostilities, quickly and without Spartan aid. It was time to exercise his strategic genius again. His goal: capture New Jerusalem with as few civilian losses as possible.











Brother-General Tristan, you need to capture New Jerusalem to end the conflict.

However, you should reduce civilian losses as much as possible.

Each population unit in an original Believer base (whether you captured it or not) counts towards the score of this Game of the Month.



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

- difficulty level;

- number of turns needed to reach the objective;

- total population of the Believers (the more, the better).



The games played on lesser difficulty level won't be able to beat a superior level.

On the same difficulty level, the scenario completed in less turns will outweigh the others.

If the objective was reached in the same number of turns, the total population of the Believers will be the tie-breaker.



The three best results will receive points for the 2012 GotM Competition:

The best result will bring you a 'Gold victory' :1st: and 4 points in the 2012 Game of the Month Competition as well as a special badge visible in your profile and your post bits.

The second best result will bring you a 'Silver victory' :2nd: and 2 points in the 2012 Game of the Month Competition.

The third best result will bring you a 'Bronze victory' :3rd: and 1 point in the 2012 Game of the Month Competition.



The winners of the 2012 GotM Competition will receive prizes consisting of downloadable games from gog.com.


All gog.com prizes are courtesy of alphacentauri2.info.



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. Confirm overwrite if asked (ONLY FOR WINDOWS USERS)!

3) Start up SMAC, then select "Scenario", "Play Scenario", and then go to the subdirectory "LEGotM" and choose the scenario.


Download link for Librarian difficulty level: http://alphacentauri2.info/downloads/?sa=downfile&id=29


Download link for Transcend difficulty level: http://alphacentauri2.info/downloads/?sa=downfile&id=30




*Important: for everything concerning submissions, AARs, prizes please use this thread: http://alphacentauri2.info/command-nexus/january-2012-lost-eden-gotm-stranger-in-a-strange-world-(smac)/ or use this email address: submissions [ @ ] alphacentauri2 [.] info


*Kind of important: please use the [ spoiler ] [ /spoiler ] tags if you want to talk about strategies. some players want to give it a try before reading the others' experiences.


*For the full Lost Eden mod, and discussion of same, see this thread.


*The most important: if seeing an anatomically correct Poke'mon with no britches on will ruin your day, best not to download this - if your curiosity gets the better of you, you were warned.

Lost Eden GOTM.zip

Edited by bdanv

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Nice piece of fiction, there, with some ideological tension, as there should be in SMAC. The line "What sort of intelligent being, or Christian for that matter, reveals his genitals in public?" is destined to become a classic, I think. It's very Miriam-esque, too. :-)

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:lol: Yeah; it's a pretty sweet story. :b: to Kilkakon.


I enjoyed playing the scenario, too.




Have you seen the the discussion of Warcrimes II in the team folder?

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I just started a game today, two things I noticed. The difficulty is not on transcend(only costs 24 ec to make a SE change) and I cant seem to pick a difficulty level before the game starts. Christianity shows that it should lower growth by 1, but it has no effect at all on growth. They start at -1 growth with Christianity and switching to free religion still keeps them at -1.


Also charmander troops are epic.


If these things aren't too serious to warrant an edit I will go back to my shock and awe campaign on the hopeless believers HQ.

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Well that only took me 29 turns, and it was only my first try.


I saved right before I took New Jerusalem. I have no idea how much population there was in their other cities, doesn't say on the score screen.


Don't click the spoiler if you don't want easy mode game tips.


Having their HQ on the water was maybe a bad idea, I found it right away when I was scouting with the starting sea former. I then proceeded to make transports and dropped Charmanders right next to it. Aside from a random IOD that killed 2 transports, 1 loaded, I encountered very little resistance. There was NOTHING they could do about it when I seized control of the monolith on a forest tile right near New Jerusalem. With +50% defense from the forest, 1 free upgrade to all units, and healing every turn = GG Miriam.



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On the water was my fault - I suggested moving the goal further away than in the first draft.


Still, this was intended as an easy, short, relaxing scenario to play. 'Spose a real killer ought to be aimed for next time...

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Yeah, Buster's Uncle. :p Before it was at House of Sentence and I couldn't complete it. XD Was completely hammered by Recon Rovers. He was like "It's too easy, move it away" and I was like "That's the furthest base, but it's near water..." But hey, it's my first scenario and yeah it's just for fun.


Charmander units are crazy good yeah. :p They become a bit sad about turn 80 when Miriam figures out how to build Missile Launchers.


The Realm has immunity to Christianity. :)




"What sort of intelligent being, or Christian for that matter, reveals his genitals in public?" -- remember it folks. Thanks Rymdolov. :D

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I just realised that I had nothing to do with the creation of this GotM, so I should be able to join in the fun without it counting as cheating. So, remind me: What do I do with the files I've downloaded?

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Extract the .zip to the AC root folder, then do the play scenario thing - it'll be in the LEGotM folder that installs itself in the right place.

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Well, I had a go last week.


Since I play mostly for immersion I have a tendency to get confused when I'm supposed to do things quickly. I just started building and exploring like I would have done if I'd started a new single player game, singing "Tum-dee-dum-deh-deeeee / Let's build a societeeee!"...



Soon I realized I had to do something about the borders. I found the Believers soon enough, but if I hadn't it would have been apparent from where their hordes of howling troops came from. At first I figured I had to build up a ridiculously large army so that I could sweep through Believing land like your average grasshopper invasion and be able to avoid all bases except the prize (New Jerusalem). The onslaught from the enemy meant that I wasn't really left alone to do my recruiting. In the end I sent out a bunch of Charmander Troopers (I have no idea what they are, being completely unfamiliar with the Poke'mon universe, but they were very use- and powerful) to watch and patrol the border, making short raids to overcome any invading Believers.


This took a lot of time, especially since I'm a builder at heart and couldn't resist setting up a few facilities, especially recycling tanks, rationalizing that once in place they would help me build my army so much faster. I also sent out a ship to do some exploring. This ship found New Jerusalem and a master plan started to form in my head. I would build my ridiculously large army and send it by sea to New Jerusalem. This way I could conquer the Believing headquarters with a minimum loss of civilian casualties. Also it would be a really cool sneak-attack style of winning the game and I would forever be admired by everyone here at WPC for my intelligence and cunning.


This soon turned into a bit of an obsession. The fierce fighting along the borders went on as i built my army, moved it to the sea base and started to build enough transport foils to move them all. The plan was to research probe teams and then switch to atheism (once the research penalty didn't matter anymore), to have better support, allowing me to build a large army. I thought I was going to send in a probe team or two to take out the perimeter defence at NJ, thus allowing me to kick rear-end quickly and with a minimum of civilian casualties.


However, the research took its own good time, so the army was practically finished once I had probe team tech. By that time I had a) gotten a little unpatient with my lack of progress and b) gotten a message saying that the scenario time limit was due in twenty rounds! Aaargh, one might say. So I gambled everything on moving my entire army by sea to NJ and attacking it Red Army style (by this time I was an atheist, remember?). Who could put up resistance against such awesome power?


The Believers could, it turned out. I hadn't brought he probe team along, since its home base was under siege by mind worms at the time and also impatience, time limit, etc. I didn't stand a chance at conquering New Jerusalem! The bastards held the fort like so many rappers claim to do. Once Rymdolov's Army had been annihilated I decided to resign and let younger pocket monsters take over.


Looking back I realize I should have gone for demonism to get the research done quickly, then switching to atheism to build an army quickly. Or I could have just gone over land and to heck with sneak attacks.



Anyway, the whole shebang ended in defeat and humiliation. It was kind of fun to play though. I like the custom Social Engineering choices. But "atheism" meaning more support for military units and slower research? You have a peculiar world view, my friend... :)


Kil: Without going political (I haven't read much in the OT part, but I'm under the impression that religion is a touchy subject here at WPC) I would like to know your thoughts on the society effects of the different religion settings. Demonism makes sense to me without anyone explaining it to me.


Good job with the scenario, anyway. I guess it's testimony to the greatness of Alpha Centauri that I suck at it so badly and still enjoy it so much. :D

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Was their HQ on water, btw? I never noticed... :o
Their HQ is on the coastline IIRC.


Also your gameplay report was a fun read. My favorite part...


Who could put up resistance against such awesome power?


The Believers could, it turned out.

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Very enjoyable read there, thanks for playing and telling us about it! You are welcome to try again if you like. :D


Kil: Without going political (I haven't read much in the OT part, but I'm under the impression that religion is a touchy subject here at WPC) I would like to know your thoughts on the society effects of the different religion settings. Demonism makes sense to me without anyone explaining it to me.

It's been discussed in a relatively mature manner before. I'm happy to share my thought processes behind the religious stats.


I wanted to have state religion in Lost Eden but I dislike Civilisation 4's approach (don't know about Civ5) of making all religions the same when they are all very different. My resolution was to try and model what it would look like if an entire society embraced the holy text of the appriopriate religion whole-heartedly, without any reservations. The ultimate conclusion on a social scale, if you will. So the stats there aren't necessary those of a real person. It's definitely possible to have a Christian who likes big families or an Athiest that encourages free thinking and open discussion.


I'll use Demonism as the obvious example. Growth is up because demons themselves are base so there's more adult activity going on. Research is also up due to lack of moral restraints. But Police is way down to the anarchy that ensues. Moving onto Christianity. They are about loving people and being good stewards of the environment, so bonuses in Order (Efficiency in normal SMAC) and Planet. However due to the high levels of modesty and sometimes lack of interest in reproduction, growth is down. Athiesm, historically as a state religion, has led itself to police states (Nazi Germany and Soviets come to mind). There's stricter controls on free thinking and research, as well as increased police and military support measures.


If I was a leader of a real life country, I'd go for free religion as my state religion. That way everybody can seek and find the truth themselves rather than have somebody else choose for them! :)

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Their HQ is on the coastline IIRC.


Ah, on the water, as in Stratford-on-Avon. I spontaneously thought of a water base. It's a language thing. A coastal city would not be described as on the water in my language. Well, well.

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If I was a leader of a real life country, I'd go for free religion as my state religion.


Sounds good to me! I thought of the in-game religion choices as being the dominant world view or largest religion, rather than the state religion. That's why the research penalty for atheism bothered me. I think that to give a fair representation of the relationship between atheism and research (in the "dominant world view" model) Police State would have to have -2 RES and atheism +1 RES. That way atheism would have good effects on research in a democratic society, but not in a police state. Maybe. Well, it's complicated, and the only way to play a game that is a 100% accurate rerpresentation of reality would be to go into politics irl. :)


Btw, Nazi Germany was very far from atheist. I hear this misconception a lot, mostly from people from English-speaking countries. Christianity was an integrated part of Nazi society. However, Nazism wasn't a purely Christian ideology, since it was mixed with bizarre pseudo-germanic paganism and tribalism.

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Yeah it's the dominant and largest one at the time. :) But yeah, freedom of choice is God's way so it's my way too. :)


I am aware of some scientists in a documentary who have their work silenced and have trouble getting their papers published due to being obvious Christians. I'm not sure to what extent that is though...I'm a Uni student and aware of how University can be hostile to Jesus, but these could be isolated cases. To more accurately answer your Police State point: in Lost Eden, all the social engineering lines are changed, so there's no room for the normal Police State, so that's why it sort of fused with Athiesm somewhat. Apparently it was the most powerful, at least that's what Imagine was saying. :D


I am not a European, and I'm 21, so I can't talk from experience, only from what I have read and reasoned. I can say that, as a Christian, Nazism is against what Jesus taught; he said to love people, not go to war or anything like that. Still, I'm fully aware of how different belief systems can fuse into something that's really strange.

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(...) different belief systems can fuse into something that's really strange.


Yep, that's the point. Just look at all the different interpretations of Christianity. Or atheism; there is quite a difference between the atheism of Bertrand Russell and that of Stalin...


Since Nazism is used as a metaphor for ultimate evil (and not without reason) it's important to remember that it's often futile to try and pin a certain ideaology to it. Hitler was happy to describe himself as a Christian - when speaking to Christians. I think he wanted to gain support from any group in German society whose ideaology, in his view, wasn't directly opposed to his own.

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I kind of wondered myself, the thinking behind the research loss on atheism and the population growth penalty on Christianity. In America it is usually Christian groups that oppose research usually citing morale reasons or a bible verse. I am not saying Atheists lack morales or anything but I never seen a group of them get together to oppose research of any kind. I know a few older Catholic people and they have told me directly before that the bible forbid the use of contraception of any kind. One of the ladies had 8 kids by the way. I can't really speak on their interpretation of the bible, since I haven't studied it and haven't been to a church since I was a small child. From that and other experiences though, I wouldn't have thought Christianity to have a growth penalty, but rather a growth bonus.

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In my experience, Protenstants breed plenty too, though nothing like that.

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