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2 years ago Jul 13,2022, 15:30:48 PM

Scenario Challenge 01: Summer Heat

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When we launched the Humankind events with the Dia de los Muertos event last year, we wanted to encourage players to pursue different goals than usual and get creative with their strategies, while also rewarding successful players with some neat but not essential in-game rewards. However, many of you felt that we missed the mark on this, voicing your concerns about various aspects of the events, from the specific challenges to the FOMO of their timed nature. 

 

Clearly, we had to rethink our approach to challenging our players, but we needed time to weigh out options. In the meantime, we relied on the existing system to continue providing challenges, while also experimenting with other formats like the Amplified and Lunar New Year Community Challenges and the Push Humankind Too Far Challenge. 

 

In the end, we decided to keep things simple: Scenarios instead of challenges. 

Many players had suggested scenarios as an alternative to the time-limited goals of the events, and it is an idea we like and had considered before. Unfortunately, hand-crafting scenarios like the first OpenDev takes a lot of work from our designers, and it will take time to create them. So, while you can look forward to some big scenarios, we also want to pass the time between them by providing smaller, more straightforward scenarios, like the first scenario we are releasing today to try the new format. Whether big or small, these scenarios will be provided as a save by us, you will be able to replay them any time you want with no time pressure.

 

However, playing the scenario early will still have some small benefits. As an added competitive element, we will maintain a Hall of Fame, but entry into this leaderboard will be limited to a certain time after the scenario is first published, and the top scoring players may receive a Games2Gether badge as a reward. Beyond those bragging rights, though, there will not be any other rewards for these scenarios, as we do not want anybody to miss out. 

 


Scenario Challenge 01: Summer Heat 


Since we want to focus on trying the new format with this first challenge, we have kept the scenario fairly simple, pitting you against 9 Empire-level AI on a standard-sized map on fast speed, with only 150 Turn Limit as the end condition to keep scores comparable. But water is scarce in this world, with a desert spanning across the center of the map, and barely any rivers, lakes, and oceans. How great an empire can you build in these conditions?

Note that this scenario was created to be compatible with the Ibn Battuta Update, which unfortunately means it is not backwards compatible with the Bolivar update. To play this scenario, you will have to use the beta branch or wait for the release of Ibn Battuta.


Download the Scenario Save here: ScenarioChallenge01-SummerHeat.ctr


How to use it? 

  1. Download the Save File
  2.  Copy the file into the "Save Files" > C:\Users\"username"\Documents\Humankind\Save Files
  3.  Make sure you are on the Battuta Beta (otherwise will crash)
    1. If not, Right Click on the Game on Steam > Properties
    2. Betas > Select "ibnnattuta_beta"
  4. Open the game > Play > Load > Select the "CommunityChallenge01-SummerHeat"
  5. Enjoy and submit your result on the contest section ^-^


For the time being, we are using the contest section on Games2Gether to collect submissions to the leaderboard. If you want to compete against other players for the Hall of Fame, please create a new contest entry, and include a screenshot of your final score as well as the save game on the turn you won. For the sake of fairness and verifying your scores, mods will not be allowed for leaderboard entries. If you played the scenario a second time and got a better score, feel free to update your submission, but please do not create a new entry. We will close submission to the leaderboard in two weeks (July 27th). 


However, the new scenario format does not mean our old events and rewards are lost to time. We may reactivate these events to give all players the chance to unlock their rewards at their own pace in the future. This will require some preparation, though, so we cannot yet tell you when that may happen.


We hope you will enjoy this little challenge, and the bigger scenarios we have in mind for the future.

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2 years ago
Jul 13, 2022, 3:48:52 PM

While I do like the scenario way, I fear I won't be able to play the scenario as I play through a third party plateform. Would it be possible to incorporate it directly into the game?
I'm also unable to get saves, no bragging then for me (btw, on that topic, Humankind doesn't have the same number of badge rewards as EL or ES2...)

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2 years ago
Jul 13, 2022, 5:42:18 PM

Scenarios is such a good idea. I'm very excited. The OpenDev scenarios were super fun (are they still available to play by the way?)

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2 years ago
Jul 13, 2022, 6:09:18 PM

This sounds like a much more promising idea than previous events.  I'll have to give it a try and see how I do.

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2 years ago
Jul 13, 2022, 7:29:31 PM

Ok. I have my first criticism/complaint:


No cultures of Africa DLC?!?!


This desert map is perfect for the Bantu and Garamantes. Why?!?!!?!?


Also with 11 AI you kinda don't get much choice of cultures even at the first opportunity to transcend without the DLC.

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2 years ago
Jul 13, 2022, 10:26:01 PM
blackbutterfly wrote:

Ok. I have my first criticism/complaint:


No cultures of Africa DLC?!?!


This desert map is perfect for the Bantu and Garamantes. Why?!?!!?!?


Also with 11 AI you kinda don't get much choice of cultures even at the first opportunity to transcend without the DLC.

I imagine they did it so anyone can play even without the DLC but that being said I agree, those cultures would have been great (maybe this makes it more challenging). Bigger concern is, as you mention, the risk of being forced to trascend; then again you might want to do it for the Fame, or if you are at a position where you don't need the trascending Fame boost you probably aren't at risk of being left out cultures anyways.

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2 years ago
Jul 13, 2022, 11:13:30 PM

I do like the idea of scenarios more than the previous events, I'm looking forward to giving it a try!

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2 years ago
Jul 14, 2022, 12:02:30 AM

I believe i put it in the right place in my local files. The main problem is... I've scoured the entire front end menu, there's no button for loading scenarios. I'm on the beta branch.

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2 years ago
Jul 14, 2022, 1:47:30 AM
paragonic1 wrote:

I believe i put it in the right place in my local files. The main problem is... I've scoured the entire front end menu, there's no button for loading scenarios. I'm on the beta branch.

It's literally just a save file. Load it up like you would any save.

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2 years ago
Jul 14, 2022, 7:18:03 AM

It would be nice if there was a guide or any kind of hint on how to activate a scenario, since its not properly integrated to the game.

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2 years ago
Jul 14, 2022, 7:26:25 AM
paragonic1 wrote:

I believe i put it in the right place in my local files. The main problem is... I've scoured the entire front end menu, there's no button for loading scenarios. I'm on the beta branch.

File goes in Save Files folder. Run the scenario from Load Game.

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2 years ago
Jul 14, 2022, 8:11:34 AM

Yes, put the crt files, into the savegame directory, adn load game. But during the loading, the game crashes due to the Mega unity opening data... Impossible to play on the scenarii...

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2 years ago
Jul 14, 2022, 9:46:45 AM
Same here...I like to play but its not working.



Arkeah85 wrote:

Yes, put the crt files, into the savegame directory, adn load game. But during the loading, the game crashes due to the Mega unity opening data... Impossible to play on the scenarii...


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2 years ago
Jul 14, 2022, 9:50:06 AM

My scenario is to one day, soon, have a pc that can run Hunamkind :)

Apart from that little hic-cup I am really looking forward to these challenges/scenarios. I love the way the devs have kept Games2Gether alive and connect with the fan base.

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2 years ago
Jul 14, 2022, 11:27:51 AM

Good idea to aim at scenario-ing your events. A great way to implement it, now, would be to have a menu with scenarios in-game and rewards for those who manage to reach pre-determined achievements. I suppose this first scenario is more of a test to see if we like the idea though!

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2 years ago
Jul 14, 2022, 11:32:15 AM
Arkalis wrote:

I imagine they did it so anyone can play even without the DLC but that being said I agree, those cultures would have been great (maybe this makes it more challenging).

For competition purposes I suppose having an equal footing is necessary.

But for fun, really it could have just been a map, could it not? That way we could have played Africa DLC and South Africa DLC.
Also perfect for the Nazca as there seem to be plenty of natural wonders!

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