woke to find myself in a dark wood, for I had wandered off from the straight path..."
Civ III tournaments, contests and group events are universally plagued by elements
or shortcomings that lead often to compartmentalized results. Spoilers and privileged
info are readily made available while games are still in progress. The game itself
remains in flux through a patching process. The scoring system measures only a
few elements of the gameplay. We at Realms Beyond are not satisfied to settle
for these conditions and compromises.
Realms Beyond is home to gamers who go beyond the norm, who creatively add depth
to good games to make them better, who choose to set our own added limits to gameplay
for the purpose of increasing challenge, varying gameplay flavor, and getting
more out of the games we love. We discard the usual standards and venture into
realms beyond, where we share our passion for gaming with one another, and with
those who are like-minded.
develop and refine our tournament as we go, with the help of the players. Each
game is subject to rules, but we keep the framework light, the emphasis on excellence,
the focus on the spirit of the game. Come and play. Share, compare, teach, and
each event, all participants will use the same map and objectives/ conditions/
rules. After the game is completed, players will post reports of their games and
compare notes. The catch? Absolutely NO spoilers, or any sort of discussion about
the game (even by email) while it's in progress. Want to know more? Read on to
learn about tournament mechanics. Or, use the sidebar for additional information.
in me, Muse, and through me tell the story"
game will have a Sponsor. Any player can sponsor an idea, and will be in charge
of the particulars for a game: map size, settings, opponents, victory conditions,
type of scoring, difficulty level, any variant rules or mod/ map/ customization,
and length of time for the contest to remain open.
the designer has foreknowledge of the map (because it's been customized) they
must recuse from the competition. However, if they play cold from the start on
a random map, they wouldn't necessarily have to take the first random start to
come along. The sponsor may play far enough in to see that the starting homeland
terrain meets with their vision, just so long as they don't restart on same map
or in any way offer spoilers to the field of players.
of the length of time required for playing, reporting on, and discussing each
game, we anticipate that there will be more good ideas than available time to
implement them. Therefore, each game would be subject to the approval of the Organizers,
in order to garner an official place on the schedule. Organizers must approve
the rules, any customizations (mods, etc), and will fit the game in with others,
with an eye toward the integrity and balance of the series as a whole.
will be announced by an Organizer on the Civilization
forum, and information will also be available on the website. Once a game
is announced, players will have until the closing date to complete the game and
write their game report. Do not post any information about the game before the
closing date. At the end of the closing date, each player will have 24 hours to
post their report (hopefully this should be no problem, because the report will
already have been written). Then, finally, it will be time for the discussion
(and, depending upon the game, the scoring)! The discussion will be open to everyone
who would like to contribute.
we encourage players to post complete reports for the Epics, we understand that
this is not always possible. In this case, players may post a brief summary of
their achievements, including any information vital to the scoring, as well as
data such as finish date, win/loss, and whatever details they can include in the
available time. If the game itself is incomplete, the player should save their
game no later than the game's closing date, and post a summary of the game by
the end of the reporting period. These games will be included in the official
results as "retired" games, and will be eligible for scoring based upon
the status of the game at the end of the closing date. Completed games are eligible
for full scoring so long as a sufficient summary is posted. Full reports can be
added later, if the player elects to complete a detailed report. The community
will be interested in full reports even if they are late, but both playing activity
and game summaries need to be completed on time. Players are also welcome to complete
their "retired" games after the closing date and write about the "overtime"
results, but can only be scored through the portion completed before the play
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.