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August(us) 2015 Monthly Challenge - A Tribute to Caesar

Postby JamesKer1 on Fri Jul 31, 2015 11:31 pm

Official Monthly Challenge for August 2015
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Augustus Caesar, born September 23rd, 63 BC, was the founder of the Roman Empire and its first emperor (following the death of Julius Caesar). Born Gaius Octavius, he acquired power after he was named in Caesar's will as an adopted son and sole heir. After forming the Second Triumvirate with Mark Antony and Marcus Lepidus, he was able to overcome his great-uncle's assassins. From there, the rulers divided Rome into three sections and ruled as military dictators. The Triumvirate was eventually torn apart due to overambitious leaders- Lepidus was sent into exile and stripped of his position, and Antony would commit suicide following his defeat in the Battle of Actium.

After the fall of the Second Triumvirate, Augustus would make a series of improvements to the political structure of Rome, under the premise of a Republic, in order to ensure his autocratic rule as a military dictator. Under Augustus' rule Rome would enter the Pax Romana, although they had minor internal conflict they were free from the large-scale affairs in the world around them. Augustus would die on August 19th, 14 AD. Here at CC, to celebrate his life and my pun-making skills, we will use several Rome maps in this challenge: Imperium Romanum, Poison Rome, Battle of Actium, and Colosseum. To represent the strife preceding Augustus' rise to power, we will be using Assassin and Terminator settings.


NO SIGN-UPS REQUIRED - Everyone is eligible!
To sign up all you need to do is join and win at least one game started between August 1 and August 30 with the following settings:


Settings
Maps: Imperium Romanum, Poison Rome, Colosseum, Battle of Actium
Players per game: 12, 26 (Colosseum Only)
Game Type: Assassin, Terminator
Initial Troops: Automatic/Manual
Round Limit: 20, 30
Play Order: Freestyle
Spoils: Any
Reinforcements: Unlimited
Special Gameplay: Fog and Trench both Optional
Round Length: Casual


Medal Criteria
75 points are required for a medal and at least one of each token.


Tokens are for wins only
Bronze: Battle of Actium, Posion Rome, or Imperium Romanum (5 points)
Gold: Colosseum Win (10 points)

Wins will still be counted until September 30.

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Re: August(us) 2015 Monthly Challenge - A Tribute to Caesar

Postby Silly Knig-it on Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:42 am

Looks like lots of fun. I would be so all over this, except for the freestyle. When one can't sit by a computer this is a killer. Is it possible to open it to sequential?
I would love to participate.
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Re: August(us) 2015 Monthly Challenge - A Tribute to Caesar

Postby Dukasaur on Sat Aug 01, 2015 2:37 am

Silly Knig-it wrote:Looks like lots of fun. I would be so all over this, except for the freestyle. When one can't sit by a computer this is a killer. Is it possible to open it to sequential?
I would love to participate.

Unfortunately, if the BRs were Sequential, there would be a high risk of them not finishing within a month. In fact, a very strong chance of that. So, freestyle is kind-of forced on the BRs, and that dictated the choice for the rest of the games.

I, like you, am not a fan of freestyle. However, keep in mind that this is the entire point of the Monthly Challenges -- to drag us out of our comfort zone, to get us trying new settings that we wouldn't otherwise play. The entire point of the Challenges would be lost if they stuck to the more popular options.

I'm not really sure if I will make a serious effort at this one, but I might. I still have a long way to go for my Freestyle gold medal. This might be just the impetus I need.
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Re: August(us) 2015 Monthly Challenge - A Tribute to Caesar

Postby Roussallier on Sat Aug 01, 2015 5:16 am

Conquer Rome can't have more than 8 players. Can we play it with 8?
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Re: August(us) 2015 Monthly Challenge - A Tribute to Caesar

Postby Frito Bandito on Sat Aug 01, 2015 10:52 am

ugh, freestyle?!?
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Re: August(us) 2015 Monthly Challenge - A Tribute to Caesar

Postby JamesKer1 on Sat Aug 01, 2015 11:46 am

Roussallier wrote:Conquer Rome can't have more than 8 players. Can we play it with 8?


That's a problem I didn't foresee. Unfortunately, we would have to recode the map to compensate for a 12 player game. And based on the token values already set, which I don't want to have to have BW change after all the work he has already done, it would be a huge advantage to play 8 player Conquer Rome games over a 12 player Battle of Actium or another map.

So, when we get a Rome themed challenge rolling back around again, Conquer Rome will be included. But for now, it may have to sit one out.
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Re: August(us) 2015 Monthly Challenge - A Tribute to Caesar

Postby Endgame422 on Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:19 pm

Wait so we have to win a colosseum game?
Cant you only join 1 BR per month or will special BRs be created for this?
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Re: August(us) 2015 Monthly Challenge - A Tribute to Caesar

Postby Dukasaur on Sat Aug 01, 2015 3:55 pm

Endgame422 wrote:Wait so we have to win a colosseum game?
Cant you only join 1 BR per month or will special BRs be created for this?

Yeah, there are special BRs being created for this. You can access them from the August Challenge box at the top of your Central Command page.
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Re: August(us) 2015 Monthly Challenge - A Tribute to Caesar

Postby Endgame422 on Sun Aug 02, 2015 10:49 pm

Thanks duk for the info and thanks james for taking these challenges over.
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Re: August(us) 2015 Monthly Challenge - A Tribute to Caesar

Postby b00060 on Mon Aug 03, 2015 10:06 pm

I love the challenges, but this is not considerably easy. Good luck to this that try. Getting a collesium win is basically pure luck and having to play 30+ games to try and win one is comical.
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Re: August(us) 2015 Monthly Challenge - A Tribute to Caesar

Postby JamesKer1 on Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:38 pm

b00060 wrote:I love the challenges, but this is not considerably easy. Good luck to this that try. Getting a collesium win is basically pure luck and having to play 30+ games to try and win one is comical.


26 Player Colosseum Games, there will be 30 Scheduled. I was going to make it 15.

Statistically, everyone should win one if it is truly "pure luck".
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Re: August(us) 2015 Monthly Challenge - A Tribute to Caesar

Postby b00060 on Tue Aug 04, 2015 7:10 pm

Yeah except you forgot people that win will probably not join the others. Seriously, just trying to give you feedback that will keep these exciting yet still attainable.
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Re: August(us) 2015 Monthly Challenge - A Tribute to Caesar

Postby thelord on Sat Aug 08, 2015 5:22 am

How do we get silver medals?
2 BR wins though! gotta be happy with that. Especially when I make a sweep both times ;-)
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Re: August(us) 2015 Monthly Challenge - A Tribute to Caesar

Postby JamesKer1 on Sat Aug 08, 2015 10:25 am

thelord wrote:How do we get silver medals?
2 BR wins though! gotta be happy with that. Especially when I make a sweep both times ;-)


Don't need 'em ;)
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Re: August(us) 2015 Monthly Challenge - A Tribute to Caesar

Postby Endgame422 on Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:59 am

You might consider lowering the requirements to 50 points.
At the halfway mark(where no more BRs are being created)only 3 or 4 people are on track to hit 75.
The rate these games are filling at ill be suprised if any of us make it to that mark.
I still need 7 more 12 player wins.(tied for 2nd on leaderboard)
Thats 84 more games at a 1/12 chance.
If your down in the 20s or so youd have to play well over a hundred more games and i do not think enough games will be started/filled for that to be possible.
Once again thanks for taking these over and thanks for your time
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Re: August(us) 2015 Monthly Challenge - A Tribute to Caesar

Postby JamesKer1 on Sat Aug 29, 2015 10:58 pm

Endgame422 wrote:You might consider lowering the requirements to 50 points.
At the halfway mark(where no more BRs are being created)only 3 or 4 people are on track to hit 75.
The rate these games are filling at ill be suprised if any of us make it to that mark.
I still need 7 more 12 player wins.(tied for 2nd on leaderboard)
Thats 84 more games at a 1/12 chance.
If your down in the 20s or so youd have to play well over a hundred more games and i do not think enough games will be started/filled for that to be possible.
Once again thanks for taking these over and thanks for your time
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I'm not sure what sort of stupor I was in making those numbers.

That will be revised, that's absolutely absurd.
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