I am correct in thinking that the "easy" rating was given before "FixHotel" was available? I can see that the scenario would be a breeze if my treasury was artificially inflated with unearned hotel profits. Does anyone know if it is possible to complete the scenario with "FixHotel" in place?
You've got it! In checking the "Scenario Archive", I see no author listed. That means it was provided by the publisher; and IIRC, it came with Paradise Island
. For some reason, the developers & publishers had not noticed the doubling of hotel revenue - at least they never mentioned it in public. It came to the attention of players on this board very indirectly when some one was examining the financial reporting given in the Almanac.
That's the long way of saying that: Yes, there is little doubt that the 'easy' rating is based on a false level of income.
However, in a more general way, the ratings given with the scenarios are very subjective. There have been discussions about how they are assigned and what they really mean. I opine that they are little more than a crude representation of the two initial settings, Political Stability & Economy
. Just turn on the random events, and the stated rating is out the window. But further, the different authors have different ideas about what the rating means. For example, is it for a 'newbie' or a 'master player'? Or for play totally without cheats, or with a couple of cheats allowed? Some players posting here think that certain parts of the game are "busted" and so certain cheats should be allowed, e.g. Laborers are hard to manage so "Rapido" should be used routinely. Other players posting here advocate "gamey"
techniques such as inflating the Swiss Account by starting & then pausing large numbers of expensive buildings just in time to meet victory conditions.
As to completing the scenario with "FixHotel": I suspect you are breaking new ground.
There have been discussions about why an economic slump seems to occur across games. I don't know about the late '60s; but here is one example of such a discussion:http://tropico.strategyplanet.gamespy.com/cafe/index.php?topic=9134.msg186195#msg186195
I hope you will continue your attempts and show us that an honest tourist industry can work in Tropico