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Challenge #121: Paths to Victory

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Challenge #121: Paths to Victory

Post by Ullissen » Wed May 23, 2018 9:14 pm

Challenge #121: Paths to Victory
Story: Noctua
Challenge Design: Liort
Showrunner: Ullissen

And so the walls of the mighty capital, that were said to be impenetrable and high enough to touch the heavens, fell to the might of this powerful 'black powder'.

Bia put the book down thoughtfully on the table in front of her. It truly was an inspiring and at the some time sobering historical record of a time in which gunpowder had not yet been common.

Empires governed by those specialised in bureaucracy and matters of the state. Generals leading their armies into war, helped along with information gathered using spies. Knowledge is power after all. It's easy to lay traps if you know exactly where to put them and for how many. In addition, the weapons involved were ever evolving.

Bia herself had always been focused on tactics and wits herself, but even she couldn't deny that if she had been the general defending that capital she would have stumped by the sudden emergence of these powerful explosives.

"Oh, reading up on some literature?" Victor commented as he passed by the reading room. Bia nodded. Victor walked up to the table and picked up the book.

"Interesting choice. I found it humbling myself. What did you think about it?" He asked as he pulled up a chair for himself.

"The defending general underestimated his opponent. He believed the walls to be impenetrable and did not bother looking further than his nose. However, his opponent had been developing both their nation's economy and their technology. As a result, they had the funds, resources and means to topple the enemy's army and in the end, their 'impenetrable' capital."

Victor smiled. "I see you gave this some thought. Indeed, the path to victory is not merely through superior tactics. Without the black powder the walls would have withstood them, however they might still have been able to open the gates using spies or other means. I'd say there are multiple routes to success. One of which will always be diplomacy in my eyes."

Bia drew up an eyebrow: "And yet you've chosen to study tactics as well."

"As I said, there's many routes, but one has to be prepared to fight if one wants peace."

"But that doesn't make sense!" Yelled out a girlish voice from the doorway. Bia and Victor both turned towards the voice.

"If you truly believe in diplomacy you wouldn't want to be prepared to use violence! That will only instill distrust in people! Why are you gearing up to fight if you want peace!" Hildegard argued annoyed.

"And here I thought I would go and read in peace for once." Hatice pouted while entering the room. "But I think they do have a point, Hildegard. Though I think it's good there's people like you who truly believe in a peaceful world without violence." She remarked kindly.

Victor curled his mustache and nodded. "There's many paths to victory and not everyone will walk the same paths. Isn't that what makes life interesting and diverse?"

  • You must play on adventure mode.
  • Your score is your renown.
  • There are 3 paths you may walk for this challenge. Choose 1 and abide by the following rules for it.

    Science Path
  • You must go to the Caribean, Andes and Emerged.
  • Your final attitude must be Devious
  • Your main resource must be science.

    Status Path
  • You must go the Hungarian Fort, Highlands and Transylvania
  • Your final attitude must be Friendly
  • Your main resource must be status.

    Gold Path
  • You must go to Mali, Egypt and Anagogic.
  • Your final attitude must be Aggressive
  • Your main resource must be gold.
Your score is your renown. Make sure you meet the conditions for the path you chose.
  • BRONZE: 4000(1MP*)
  • SILVER: 8500(2MP*)
  • GOLD: 18000(3MP*)
  • PLATINUM: The highest score from each path (assuming that score also meets the gold medal requirement.)
* Number of medal points awarded when playing on Classic Difficulty. Easy and Normal give less, according to these rules.
Gold and Platinum medals may only be achieved without losing, though Silver and Bronze are still possible to get with just the Record sheet for that trip.
** The platinum medal is extraordinary and can only be achieved on Classic or Impossible difficulty without losing. It doesn't increase Medal Points further than a Gold medal, but we will track how many you have.

How to participate
You can participate with a highscore, a story or both.

Write a story. Use the Challenge theme as an inspiration by looking at the constraints. Find other stories in the Fan Story directory or by looking at previous challenges.
Post your story in a new topic in these forums.
Also link to it to this thread with a comment: Include the first paragraph/few lines of your story in the post here to show readers what your story is about.

Play the game according to the challenge rules and in Adventure mode.
Post in this topic a screenshot of your Win Screen*, right after the ceremony or your Leaderboard record.* Also include a text version of your score with the submission to allow for error checking.
Submit by 12:00 noon CEST, 30/05/18 (Or 05/30/18 for those using MM/DD/YY)
(click here for your local time equivalent )
NOTE: Only one score will be accepted - only one submission for each player please. If you wish to enter a new score, please edit your initial entry and make it clear which score you are submitting, and add the word "EditGreenlight" to the entry so we can see immediately when the result needs updating.
*If you forget to screenshot the Win screen, you can also enter with a screenshot of your Leaderboards: Go to Main Menu > Leaderboards > Local > click the entry that matches your submission game > screenshot those details.

Game Version
Game version must be #489 or later.

Story ideas:
What are the explorer's strategies for their paths? Will they ever achieve victory?

For the previous challenge - Challenge #120 - click here

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