In January 2003, Cafe Dave released a beautiful map of Nicaragua for a competition.
There are no events for this map other than briefing, almanac & final score, and instructions - just pure strategy. But I will also post soon a scenario version with a freighter load of events based on the real history of Nicaragua and starting in 1937.
So everyone got to practice on the complicated map.
Scoring for this map is a complicated combination of Swiss Bank, Industry Revenue, US Relationship and National Guard ratio to population, so pay close attention to the formula in the briefing and plan your strategy accordingly. The National Guard is your total of generals, soldiers and policemen.
There is the basis of planning laid out for you. Rob the treasury; export finished goods, not just raw matierials; kiss-up to Uncle Sam; power to your guns, not to the unhappy people.
Participation in the competition was a bit sparce; perhaps because of the anticipation of the release of T2.
Then in the middle of April 2003, came the full scenario with events.
The map will be familiar to anyone who played the competition map. But the clock is turned back to 1937 and many events have been added to give a complete history of the Somoza dynasty. I think it will be quite difficult, but many did well on the competition, so if you use those tactics, it may be easy. I have not actually won it yet; so I will be interested to see who does.
This map is dedicated to Mr.P for his event suggestions and encouragement to do it.
I think the turn-back of the clock is only figurative. None the less, this scenario gave the hard-core a ride for its money. It still provides a "challenge" for those who enjoy this game.
More comments are coming.